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Peter, Larry,
I would concur with both or you. The v6.0 is not as good as the v5.8. In addition, the wind calc only gives you the pressure. It does not give you the total force nor the base force to each level as the 5.8. My excel can do the trick in no time though. The wood sizer does not work well, I resolve to manually input the size and get it checked. Don't know how to put multiple joists on one page as in 5.8. Now each joist is an exercise and two pages print out. It is not as a summary before.
I was kicked out in the middle of calculations from time to time too. I hope they work on these bugs since I already bought it and stuck with it. No questions, I was impressed with 5.8 and that was the decision to buy 6.0 for me. But not impressed with 6.0 so far.

>>> Larry Hauer <lhauer(--nospam--at)> 8/25/2008 7:22 AM >>>
I have only performed a cursory review of Version 6.0 and, in general, I would agree with you and consequently have stayed with Version 5.8 for my calculations which I have always considered a superb suit of engineering programs. One thing with Version 6.0: I haven't been able to find any documentation on how to use the programs- at least the new "2D Frame." I am sure an emormous amount of time and effort has gone into 6.0 and at some time 5.8 will be left behind as we all use the new version- but for me, not now.
Larry Hauer S.E.

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 19:39:51 -0700
From: pmaregan(--nospam--at)
Subject: Enercalc
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

I was wondering if anybody had the chance to use the latest version 6.0.19  and what their opinion might be.
For the few times I have tried to use it, I was not impressed. The file size gets too large, compared to version 5.8, even if you have one calculation. The screen refresh/update is too slow when you navigate or update a field. The design/layout is awkward. And finally, I think there may be some errors in the  modules, not sure though if I did something wrong, still experimenting (check the steel beam module with composite slab option and the concrete beam module.)  Enercalc web site is not much help at all. No information is provided and no user comments or problems are posted. I believe it was not ready for prime time when it was released.
Did anyone experience any problem or do you have an opinion?
Peter Maregan

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