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To start an estimate with Esprit, you select "BIDS" from the main menu, give your job a name or number, press the tip of the electronic pen to one of the items printed in your database, and instantly that item is entered into your estimate. Sound too good to be true? I thought so, too, but read on. Scanners, in the form of hand-held pens—not to mention little red beams shining up through counters—have become commonplace in the world of retail sales. We see them at check-out counters in grocery and department stores all over the country. They serve to reduce human error, improve speed, and control inventory all in one sweep—in short, they can help a business