Actual vs. Budget A new Web-based estimating system from 6x6Builder.com of Altoona, Pa., promises to deliver a powerful combination of estimating and purchasing features at a price many small builders can afford. A job in 6x6 starts with a salesperson entering the selections, house section, and material type. The estimator then adds the quantities to create the estimate, and work orders are then faxed or e-mailed to suppliers. The system, which is sold as a service, costs $62.50 a month for a three-user license. Contact: daniel@6x6builder.com.

Mind Games The new 9.1 version of project management software FastTrack Schedule comes packed with Mindjet's MindManager, a tool that lets builders create a visual work-flow outline of a project plan. FastTrack Schedule 9.1 will let builders take a MindManager file and build a FastTrack schedule or take a FastTrack file and build a MindManager workflow. MindManager is a free upgrade for FastTrack Schedule 9 users.