The updated version of QuickPen AutoBid SheetMetal is expected to be available in November, the company said. 

Trimble said it will soon release a new version of its QuickPen AutoBid SheetMetal estimating software.

In addition to maintaining existing features, the new version will have the ability to convert rectangular duct to an equivalent round duct, to compare on-screen drawings and easily change item elevations.

”With today’s economic conditions, contractors are looking for a competitive edge,” said Pat Bohle, general manager of Trimble’s building construction division. “AutoBid helps them more quickly and accurately find it. The shape conversion tool will save users from having to manually 'red-line' drawings to convert rectangular ductwork to round duct and then re-takeoff the drawing, ultimately resulting in time and money savings.”

Existing AutoBid SheetMetal users who have an annual support contract will receive a free upgrade, officials said. Details on the software are available here .