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Products of Category Type "Wire" are differentiated from other Products like Equipment and Speakers.

General Tab





The dropdown menu lists all the Manufacturers in your Catalog. Click the "New" link to create a new Manufacturer. This is a required field.


This displays the Model number of the Product. This is a required field.


The dropdown menu lists all the Categories in your Catalog. Click the "New" link to create a new Category. This is a required field.


The dropdown menu lists all the Subcategories in your Catalog. Click the "New" link to create a new Subcategory.


Here you can set the link to a webpage for the product.

Part Number

Here you can enter in something other than the Model number to identify a Product.


Here you can mark a product as Discontinued or Approved. Discontinued can be used to keep a Product in your Catalog, but not have it display on forms by default. Approved data automatically synchronizes to your SI 2015 Server for use by all User, unchecking this setting keeps your data changes local to your machine.


Here you can add an image to a Product. You can use the Add, Paste, Clear functions or you can drag and drop images directly into the field.

Description Tab




Short Description

Here you can enter a brief description for a Product for use on "internal" vs. client reports. Maximum of 255 characters.

Long Description

Here you can enter a longer description for a Product. When this field is populated, all client reports will use this description. If this field is blank, client reports will use the Short Description field.


You can change the setting on whether or not to use the Long Description field via Report Settings.




You can Check Spelling:




You can change the case of one or multiple Manufacturers at a time. Make multiple selections by holding down Shift (to select a series) or Ctrl (to select outside of a series). Your options are: Upper, Lower, Title, Sentence.


You can also insert an existing Snippet or add a new Snippet. See Snippets.




Here you can add tags to help identify Products while searching.

Price Tab





Here you can enter the "manufacturers suggested retail price". This does not add any value to the Product. Use this as a reference point for how you set your Unit Price.

Price Type

There are three Price Types available, in this example they are named: Retail, Builder, and Custom. You name these fields under Manage Price Types. You do not need to use all three Price Types but they are there if you need them.

There are four fields available for each Price Type:


Enter how much the Product costs you


Enter how much you sell the Product for


Margin =(1 - (Unit Cost / Unit Price)) x 100. This field calculates automatically for you based off of the Unit Cost and Unit Price. See "Pricing Options" below.


Markup = (Selling Price - Product Cost) / Product Cost * 100%. This field calculates automatically for you based off of the Unit Cost and Unit Price. See "Pricing Options" below


Here you can assign a Phase to a Product, generally something like: Rough-In, Trim, or Finish. Phases can determine what labor rate should be applied to the Product multiplied by the Labor Hours (see below). See Labor Considerations for more information regarding charging for labor this way. See Phases for labor rate settings.

Labor Hours

Here can add the number of hours you estimate (or know) that it will take to install a Product. When used in conjunction with the Phase field, labor may be calculated depending on how you have chosen to charge for labor in SI 2015. See Labor Considerations for more information.


This determines whether a Product is taxable. See Tax Settings.

Pricing Options

This option is checked by default. This will automatically change your Unit Price based on the existing Margin and Markup when you change the Unit Cost for a Product.


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Price Rules

Clicking this link will allow you to use Price Rules to set the pricing fields for the Product. See Price Rules.

Estimated Installation Price

This will show you the estimated installation price for the Product which will include labor, taxesMisc. Parts Adjustments, and Equipment Adjustments if applicable.



Accounting Tab





This field will display the QuickBooks Item Number when using our QuickBooks Integration. You can also manually enter an "accounting ID"  from your own accounting software.


This field will display the QuickBooks Vendor when using our QuickBooks Integration. You can also manually enter a vendor from your own accounting software.

Specifications Tab





Here you enter the Diameter of the Wire. Enter in any field to calculate inches, millimeters and centimeters.

Bulk Wire

Checking this box will treat the wire on a per foot/meter basis. When using this option you will enter your Unit Cost, Unit Price, and Labor Hour by the foot/meter. Use this option for wire that comes on a spool. Wire that is marked as "Bulk Wire", when added to a Project, will trigger a prompt for the Head End and Wire Length. See Bulk Wire.

Start Terminal

Here you can set the terminal type of the start or "source" of the wire.

End Terminal

Here you can set the terminal type of the end or "destination" of the wire.


Custom Fields Tab




Here you can set Custom Fields for a Product. There are five Short Text fields, three number fields, three date fields, and three long text fields. Click here to see how to name your Custom Fields.

Accessories Tab




Here you can add Products and/or Labor Items to a Product. Click here to learn about Accessories.

Alternates Tab




Here you can add Alternate Products to a Product. Click here for details.

Large Image Tab




Here you can add a larger image than the thumbnail image that displays on the General Tab. This image is what will be used in Visio when creating a Line View Page. You can use the "Find in D-Tools Library" or "Find in Google Images" links to help you find an image. Use the Add, Paste, and Clear links to manage your image.


Generate thumbnail from large image - This will generate a smaller image on the General Tab that will be used in some Proposal Reports. If you want to maintain separate images, uncheck this box. Default is checked.

Shapes and Blocks Tab




Here you can set overrides for the default Visio Shapes and AutoCAD Blocks that drop on pages in our Visio and AutoCAD interfaces. You can override the defaults for all Page Types: Line, Elevation, Plan, Schematic, and the side view that displays on Elevation pages. You can use other SI 2015 Visio Shapes/AutoCAD Blocks or your own custom shapes/blocks.

Note: these settings are rarely used for Wire Products.

Reviews Tab




The Reviews tab allows you view and write a review about a Product. 

Web Tab




The Web tab allows you to search online for more information about a product.



This opens a browser to whatever link you have in the URL field on the General tab. 


This opens a browser to this product within the D-Tools Library viewer.


The search is based on the Manufacturer and Model fields. You can choose between Search, Products, or Images.

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Additional Fields Within Projects

General Tab




Component ID

This will display the auto-generated Component ID for the Product. This is a unique number given to every Product and Labor Item added to a Project. Click here to see how to set your Component ID. You can override this number by typing in the field.

Serial Number

Here you can enter the Serial Number for a Product. This can be useful for reference and on Service Orders.

IP Address

Here you can enter the IP Address for a Product.


This will mark the Product as Optional. Click here for details.

Price Tab





Here you can enter a discount percentage for the Product.

Net Unit Price

This field will show the unit price after the discount is applied.

Owner Furnished Equipment

Checking this option will zero out the Unit Cost and Unit Price for a Product. If charging for labor using Phase and Labor Hours, the labor will still be charged for the Product. See Labor Considerations.


Checking this option will not zero out the Unit Cost and Unit Price for the Product on this form, but it is zeroing out the Price of the Product within the Project file, but not the Cost. It also zeroes out any labor being charged for the Product, but not the Cost of the Labor. This option is useful for Products that you want to use on Drawing Pages that "come with" another product and should not be charged for within a Project.

Change Product Price

This will allow you change to any one of your 12 available Price Types.

Location and System Tab




This displays the Location and/or System that the Product is assigned to within the Project. You can edit your Locations and Systems here via the buttons. See Location and System Settings.

Accounting Tab




Estimate Number

This field will display the QuickBooks Estimate number when using our QuickBooks Integration. This field is editable.

Specifications Tab




Wire Length

This displays the wire length for "Bulk Wire". This field is editable. For Wire not marked as "Bulk Wire", this value is not editable and is set to a value = 1.

Head End

This displays the Head End for wires that are marked as "Bulk Wire". This field is editable via the dropdown menu you can Manage Head Ends to add new ones. For Wire not marked as "Bulk Wire", this value is not editable.

Order and Install Tab




Order Status

Here you can set the order status of the Product choosing from: Not Ordered, Ordered, and In Stock/Received or any custom Order Status that you have created.

Order Number

This field can be used to enter the Purchase Order number for the Product. There is no Purchase Order functionality in SI 2015 so this number would come from some external source, possibly QuickBooks.

Ordered Date

Here you can set the order date of the Product.

Received Date

Here you can set the received date of the Product.


Checking this box will mark the Product as "Installed" on in the Project and on any Task this Product is a part of.

Installed Date

Here you can set the install date of the Product.

Installed Notes

Here you can enter any installation notes for the Product.


This will list the Task to which the Product has been assigned.

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