March 2021


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AVAware Celebrates 25 Years in Business!

A Simpler Way to Accomodate Remote Users

Krome Hardware Now Offered as a Manufacturer-Supported Catalog

AVAware Academy: Frame Profiles Part 1 - Three-Sided Frames

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Catalog Updates

 U.S. Price Books:

  • Cal-Royal
  • Camden
  • Ceco
  • Curries
  • Dorma D.C.
  • Dorma E.D.
  • Dorma L.K.
  • Falcon
  • Gensteel Doors
  • Hager
  • Ives
  • Kwikset
  • LCN
  • McKinney
  • National Guard
  • Pamex
  • Pamex-D10
  • Pioneer
  • Precision
  • Sargent
  • Schlage
  • Schlage E.S.
  • Stanley Commercial
  • Von Duprin

 Canadian Price Books:

  • Baron
  • Camden
  • Fleming
  • K.N. Crowder
  • Krome
  • Sargent
  • Schlage
  • Stanley Commercial

AVAware Celebrates 25 Years in Business!

2021 brings with it an auspicious moment in the history of AVAware - the company's 25th anniversary!

AVAware was founded in 1996 by the current President, Paul Kirsch, and a gentleman by the name of Steve Rendulic. Rendulic was a veteran of both the business computing and architectural openings industries, having operated companies in both spaces. Motivated by a desire to develop technologically advanced software for the industry, he enlisted the aid of his co-founder, a software engineer with extensive experience in developing line-of-business applications for several key industry segments. Together they began AVAware with a vision towards establishing new standards of quality for both software development and customer support.

AVAware made their debut in the architectural openings industry with the introduction of a revolutionary new product... AVAcad. AVAcad is the first and only CAD application specifically designed for architectural openings. In addition to providing detailers the means to create CAD-quality elevations in seconds, AVAcad launched a new era of technology in the industry with its ability to automatically "disassemble" elevations and generate fully priced material lists.

The first public unveiling of the new software occurred at the annual DHI convention held in Dallas, Texas in April of 1999

Half way there!
AVAware's 12th birthday, December 2008

Immediately following the release of AVAcad, AVAware released AVAproject - an innovative piece of software that would forever change the way take-offs and estimates would be done.

AVAproject was the first estimating package to be based upon horizontal Openings Schedules; a model that would become a standard and be imitated to this day.

Following the passing of Steve Rendulic in 2005, AVAware has maintained that vision that began in those early days. AVAware developers continued to innovate and create unique and powerful software solutions for the architectural openings industry.

The AVAproject platform grew with the release of AVAproject Fusion - the first and only package to offer the ability to integrate virtually any ERP/accounting application with the estimating and detailing "front-end" software. AVAproject Desktop brought the resources of AVAproject to the users' desktop, and the AVAware Plug-In for Autodesk Revit allowed them to connect to architects like never before.

Most recently, the AVAware media production team has produced a library of helpful "tip" and training videos under the banner of AVAware Academy. These highly produced videos are valuable resources for both new and experienced users providing both introductions to, and in-depth explorations of software features.

For twenty five years, AVAware has worked tirelessly to create and maintain the most innovative products ever offered to the architectural openings industry - and support them with an unmatched level of customer service. While we certainly should take this opportunity to look back at the accomplishments of years past, we must also look forward towards the future and the many innovations yet to come.

Everyone at AVAware extends their most sincere gratitude to the past members of the team that contributed to our growth over the years, and the many users of our software products that have so graciously supported us.

AVAware's first offices
1996 - 2009

AVAware's current facility
2010 - present

A Simpler Way to Accommodate Remote Users

In the age of COVID, companies are faced with the challenge of accommodating users that are working remotely.

In a time of lockdowns and "stay-at-home" orders, a growing number of employees are working from home and companies are faced with the challenge of accommodating their computing needs while away from the office. The popular trend is to employ technologies such as "remote desktops" or "remote desktop servers" to facilitate access to software applications installed on users' desktop PCs or company servers. While both of these solutions can be very effective, and are often necessary particularly when dealing with larger numbers of users or old software systems, they do come at a cost.

Remote access configurations can take several forms in practice. At the most basic level, the office maintains physical PCs (often the users' actual office desktops) and allows users to connect to them remotely through the use of a VPN ("virtual private network"). This is a secure connection made over the internet to an office network. The remote user would require their own PC and a high-speed internet connection with sufficient bandwidth for them to connect to the office infrastructure and maintain that connection while they are working. In the alternative, companies could employ "virtual" desktops - a solution that requires one or more servers to act as the users' office desktops and accept remote connections to them.

In either case, the infrastructure and labor costs can be substantial. In addition to maintaining additional host PCs or servers, the office must maintain an internet connection capable of supporting concurrent and sustained connectivity with each and every one of their remote users. This usually involves VPN appliances, servers and all their infrastructure, and of course the people to keep it all running. The net effect of all this is typically a greatly diminished user experience, as software performance is entirely dependent on the quality of the individual internet connections as well as the traffic burden placed on the corporate infrastructure.

Clearly there are times when such implementations are necessary. Large user bases and software design to run only on on-premises servers are two of the most common. There are however, other alternatives that can be implemented quickly and without the need for the extensive - and expensive infrastructure.

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Krome Hardware
Now Offered as a Manufacturer-Supported Catalog

AVAware is pleased to welcome Canadian manufacturer Krome Hardware to our growing collection of manufacturer-supported catalogs.

Krome Hardware is available exclusively through BG Distribution, with offices in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Toronto.

With the valuable assistance of personnel from Krome, AVAware has been able create a brand new AVAproject-compatible version of their catalog. All the products found in its printed counterpart are fully priced and are accompanied by their catalog cuts and hardware preparation information.

The Krome Hardware catalog is now available to AVAproject users that are currently subscribed to Division-8 Hardware.

For additional information on Krome Hardware, please visit their website at:

For additional information on BG Distribution, please visit their website at:


AVAware Academy:
Frame Profiles
Part 1 - Three-Sided Frames

Frame Profiles, or "cross sections", are an essential component of an architectural submittal package. AVAproject automatically generates detailed "frame profiles" or "frame details" for all the openings listed in the Openings Schedules.

Parametric data is taken directly from the opening details and used to configure profile templates that are distributed as part of the generic and manufacturer specific catalogs.

Typical profiles include unequal, equal and single rabbet configuration for both masonry and drywall frames, shadow line, thermal break, plaster return and many others.



The Openings Schedule


Profiles are specified in the Openings Schedule using a combination of the Frame Catalog, Frame Series and Profile columns. For each frame series, a list of available choices is offered in the Profile column.

Values provided in other columns such as Jamb Depth, Facing, Door Thickness and Handing are used to further configure the profile for the specific opening. Profiles appearing in the Submittal Package are resized based on the Jamb Depth and Facing dimensions. The rabbet sizes are adjusted to accommodate the door thickness and positioned based on the swing direction of the door itself.

A single profile template can be rendered in a virtually unlimited number of configurations, based on the information provided in the Openings Schedule. For each opening, profile drawings are generated and accurately scaled to represent the frame material as detailed. When dimensions are changed, the resulting profile is changed accordingly - all dimensions drawn to scale with respect to each other.

In the case of an opening with 2" jambs and a 4" head, two profiles are generated - one for each facing.

The handing of an opening can have a profound impact on the configuration of the frame profile, even changing it entirely. Switching from a 'forward' to a 'reverse' swing will cause the door to be positioned on the opposite side of the frame, resizing the rabbets as required. Whereas a 'double acting' swing will cause the stop to be removed entirely, effectively resulting in a 'cased-open' profile with the door positioned in the center of the jamb.



Special Frame Types


AVAproject accommodates a variety of non-standard opening types, generating accurate frame profiles for each. Examples include:

'Communicating frames' in which the profile is adjusted to an equal rabbet configuration with a door positioned on both sides of the stop.

'Pocket frames' for which each jamb component is rendered separately, showing the receiving (or pocket) jamb, the stop jamb, and the header.

'Double egress pairs' with their particular jamb and head configurations.



Shop Drawings


AVAproject Shop Drawings are automatically created for each scheduled opening, showing a rendering of both the frame and the related frame profiles. Each component is tagged with a letter that corresponds to a line on the associated Material List.

These are in turn mapped to frame profiles below. In some cases, a single profile may suffice for all the components, while for others, additional profiles are required.



Submittal Package


When a Submittal Package is generated, frame profiles are grouped and combined based on their visual appearance. This results in a concise package that is free from identical profiles being repeated over and over again.

The Frame Details section of the package contains rendering of every unique profile detailed in the project - each with a unique number assignment.

These numbers are used to automatically populate the special Section Number column in the Openings Schedule. When the Submittal Package is generated, the numbers assigned to the profiles corresponding to each opening are filled in automatically - making it easy for the reader to find the profiles that apply to any given opening.



Frame Profile Editor


While much of the parametric data used to create frame profiles is based on opening specifications, manufacturer standards and industry norms, it often becomes necessary to modify them to suit the specifics of a given project.

It's for this reason that AVAproject provides a tool that allows exactly that. The Modify Frame Profile dialog provides access to the many parameters that govern the rendering of profiles for a given opening.

When selected, the profile details for the selected opening are displayed, along with a preview of how the basic profile will appear given those values. In this example, a typical unequal rabbet masonry profile is shown. Each of the parameters is listed, showing both the current and standard values where applicable.

Note: In the case of the Frame Catalog, Profile and Jamb Depth fields, the values are taken directly from the corresponding columns of the Openings Schedule.

When any of the parametric values are modified, the preview rendering is updated automatically to reflect the changes. When modifications are accepted by clicking OK, any affected columns in the Openings Schedule are updated to reflect the new values.

If any parametric settings were changed to differ from their standard values, the Profile will be shown in blue - along with an asterisk indicating the profile is non-standard in configuration.

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