Q. I recently had the opportunity to bid on a pole building. Do any software companies sell estimating software for post-frame construction?

A.Martin Holladay responds: Although such software is available, it isn’t cheap. Two sources of Windows-compatible post-frame estimating software are 20-20 Technologies of Barrie, Ontario (705/725-1966), which sells a program called 20-20 Lumber Pack for $2,695; and Washington Software of Weatherford, Texas (817/599-3372), which sells the Washsoft Estimating System for $995.