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Big Hammer Pro Deck Design
Big Hammer Pro Deck Design
Pro Deck Design™ Features
Pro Deck Design has offered the finest tools and features for the past 20 years. The following list highlights the great features enjoyed by deck professionals.
Visual Feature Highlights
Photo Realistic 3D View
Virtual World (Rotate the Deck at Any Angle) 3D View
View Deck Design in Layers by Turning Sections on or off (Decking, Framing, etc.)
Set Material Textures for the Deck
Rotate the Deck with Continuous or Single Step Rotation
Save 3D Deck Image - Transparency supported in GIF or PNG
Integration with Photo Imaging Software
Add Ground, Sky, and Plants for Realistic Designs
Improved Deck Designing Capabilities
Design with Breaker Boards - 3 options for material and/or sub-structure changes
Choose Fasteners from Deck Properties Dialog
Add Multiple Railing Styles on one Deck Edge.
Resizable Deck Holes
Add Door and Window Symbols to Walls
Multiple Views & Printouts
Plan View
Dimensional View
Post Layout View
3D View
Support for Shadows and Movable Light Source in 3D
Bill of Materials
Construction Specifications
3D Wire frame
Materials Usage Lengths
Improved Printouts & Reporting, with Ability to Print all 3D views on larger Paper
Details of connections & cross sections for Post beam connections, footings etc.
Deck Cuts
Add Bay Notches
Add Angles, with that ability to specify a degree of the desired angle or by the length of cut
Add Holes
Add Notches
Add Walls to Design
Deck Customizations
Set Footing Types - in ground, pier in-ground, pier block in-ground, or pier block
Set Decking Direction - vertical, horizontal, or diagonal
Set Construction Method - beam flush with joist, beam on top of post, or beam to side of post
Set Loading Factors - live load or dead load
Set Bracing Methods - bracing parallel to beams, bracing parallel to joists, bracing in both directions, or no bracing
Set Lumber Material Choices - decking, joist, beam, and post materials
Set Lumber Size Choice - joist size, beam size, and post size
Set Deck Height
Set Preferred Overhang Length - joist overhang and beam overhang
Set Preferred Spacing - joist spacing and decking gap
Stair Customizations
Select Lumber Material - stair treads, stringers, and risers
Select Preferred Step Width, and Stringer Spacing
Create Stairs with Landings
Create Decks with Wraparound Stairs
Railing Customizations
Large Variety of Railing Styles
Build Railings with Lumber or Railing Kits
Set Preferred Material - balusters, posts, vertical top rail, vertical middle rail, vertical bottom rail, horizontal top rail, and horizontal bottom rail
Select Material Spacing & Railing Height - baluster, rail post, toe space, and rail height
Material Maintenance
New Feature
Customize Material Options
Complete Generic Materials Database Included
End User Ability to Customize Material Bidding
Add Additional Materials to the Bill of Materials List
Add Kits
Pricing Maintenance
New Feature
Personalize SKU/Model Numbers and Descriptions
New Feature
Upload Pricing and Discounts
Change Prices through a file import process
Add Labor Pricing
Multiple Discount Level Pricing
Maintaining Preferences
New Feature
Material Export into Spreadsheet Readable Format
New Feature
Material Preference Import from Spreadsheet
General Features
New Feature
Quick Quote
New Feature
Print Bill of Materials as PDF
New Feature
Export Bill of Materials in Rich Text Format(RTF)
New Feature
Freeform Decks
Easy to Use Interface
Complete Help Files & Tutorials
Getting Started Guides
Over 70 Pre-designed Project Templates, including platform, hot tub, pool, freestanding, attached, to house deck plans & more
Save Customer Contact Information with Deck Designs
Multiple Decks Can be Included in One Design
Additional Features
New Feature
Material Selection Filtering
New Feature
Bill of Materials Exports all fields
New Feature
Customer Information Profiling
New Feature
Personalized Notes on the Bills of Materials
New Feature
Export as a DXF File
New Feature
New Look & Feel to Improve Usability
Images Shown with all Materials Selections
Material Classes for Composite/Alternative/Vinyl/PVC/Plastic/ Aluminum/Fiberglass
Enhanced 3D Control
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System & Application Requirements

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We need to make sure your computer has the required Microsoft® components installed.

Operating System Prerequisites
NOTE: This is a high-end graphical application that requires a newer PC and additional Microsoft© components.
Required Software Components
  • Big Hammer Security Certificate
  • .NET Framework 4 Client Profile
Hardware & Software Requirements
NOTE: Internet Explorer must be set as your default browser.
Recommended System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows 7® or Windows 8
  • Intel® Core i7 Quad-Core CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space on System Drive
  • nVidia GeForce™ 9 series or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series video card w/ Open GL 1.4 & Direct X9
  • Broadband internet connection > 2Mbps
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device w/ scroll wheel
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • .Net Framework 4
Minimum System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows Vista® or Windows XP® Service Pack 2
  • Intel® Pentium®4 2.0 GHz processor or AMD Athlon™ 2000+
  • 2048 MB RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard-disk space on System Drive
  • Discrete nVidia or ATI video card w/ Open GL 1.2
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • .Net Framework 4
Additional Notes:
  • A Mac version of the Big Hammer Design Series is not available.
  • Intel Integrated Video is not supported.
  • For the best 3D experience, you should update to the latest video drivers (see your video card manufacturer’s website).