How can I share a budget between different budgeting programs?

Budgets can be shared between different budgeting programs via IBIS-TRAD’s optional Cuf module. After opening the budget, you can export it as a CUF-XML file. This file can then be opened with other software.

When you receive a CUF-XML file, you can open it in IBIS-TRAD with the CUF-XML option on the Import screen.

I received a budget, but when I try to open it, I receive a notification that says, “The budget has an unknown file structure”/the description on the management window says, “not accessible.”

The budget you received was probably made with a more recent version of IBIS-TRAD. You can ask the person who sent you the budget to save it using a file format that your version of the software can open. You can check which version of IBIS-TRAD you have via Help/Info/Version.

The person who sent you the budget can export the budget via the File menu and the TRADXML option. They can then select version 6.90 or 6.80, instead of 7.00, from the drop-down menu.

How can I import an RSU/ZSU/RSX/ZSX file in IBIS-TRAD?

In order to open an RSU/ZSU/RSX/ZSX file in IBIS-TRAD, use the File Import RAW specification option. The newly generated RAW budget will automatically comply with the calculation method and have the form of a RAW specification or framework agreement.

My print shows asterisks in a column (*******) / Print contains *** as a result of an excessively large number?

When your print shows ********, it means that the column in question is too narrow for the number it contains. There are several ways to resolve this issue:

Widen the print layout of the column in question.

In the Print menu, either turn off the “fit to page width” option or turn it on, along with the “via scaling” setting.

Change the layout settings via the “Change layout” option in the Start menu. When you double-click on the column that shows the *******, you can widen the column by adjusting the number of pixels on the Column tab. This will affect the printed version of your budget.

How can I print a budget in portrait/landscape mode?

Choose the “Change layout” option in the Start menu. Right-click and select “Layout properties.”

On the “General” tab, select Landscape/Portrait/Set by Printer.

How can I enable text wrapping for a column?

Choose the “Change layout” option in the Start menu. Right-click on the column name and select “Column properties.” Check the “Text on multiple lines and automatic wrapping” option on the “Cell Type” tab.

How can I modify the headers and footers?

When printing budgets, you can manage the headers and footers by selecting the Header and Footer Settings option in the File menu.

You can open a header or footer by double-clicking it in the header and footer management window or via the “Open” option in the quick menu (accessed by right-clicking). After opening, the section “Cover page” will automatically be selected. Use the drop-down menu under Display to select other options.

The design of headers and footers


Seen vertically, a header and footer text file consists of five sections; these are shown in the display bar on the left side of the screen:

Cover page

Header first page

Header all pages

Footer first page

Footer all pages


Seen horizontally, a header and footer text file has three margins:

Left margin

Centre margin

Right margin

The left and right margin are both divided into two columns.

The grid’s screen layout determines how each section will be printed and how the different columns are aligned. Via the quick menu options General, Column, Row and Field, you can change various layout properties.

Variables in header and footer text file

A header and footer text file uses variables. These are listed between brackets (“[…]”). Some variables are determined by the system, e.g. the file name, the page number and the date of printing. Other variables are copied from the budget’s “General information,” e.g. the reference date and the surface area. You can enter and/or modify this information via File/General information. Furthermore, there are variables that are taken from the budget, but which are not listed under “General information.”




[name] The budget’s name

In the title bar of the budget you opened


The complete path including the budget name

In the title bar of the budget you opened


[number of pages]

The current page number

The total number of pages


[hourly wage]

Standard hourly wage



Currency Used General information, Budget tab



Date of printing


Time of printing

Time of printing

[client name]

Client name

IBIS-TRAD licence information


Description of the budget General information, Budget tab


Gross total amount of the budget



Total number of hours in the budget


[alg01] .... [alg99]

Project information

General information, Project tab (optional)


Header for project


[Reference date]

Reference date for the project

General information, Project tab


[Date of modification]

The project’s date of modification

General information, Project tab


[Gross volume]

The gross volume of the building

General information, Budget tab

[Gross surface area]

Gross surface area

General information, Budget tab


Single hyphen

Print a line across the full width


Double hyphen

Print a double line across the full width


Click on File and choose the Header and footer settings option. Next, select the file you wish to open and modify by double-clicking or right-clicking and selecting the “Open” option from the menu.


Click on “New” if you want to enter and save new header and footer texts. Now, you can add lines to the header and footer text file for each individual section (the “Cover page” section is selected by default).


Click on the section in question in the drop-down menu under Display. Use the F9 key to create a new blank line. Click on the Add header and footer text menu to view the various options.


Right-click on the window to view the various options. The header and footer texts are not visible on my printout? If this happens, check whether you selected the right option under File Print Budget. You can select the desired file via the “Header and footer text file” option.

How can I add an image to my headers and footers?

In the opened section of the header and footer text file, select Image from the Insert menu. You can add an image to a single field/cell in the header and footer text file. The size of the image determines the dimensions of this field/cell.

If you want to add an image to your headers and/or footers, make sure it is located in a folder that you set up as an image folder in IBIS-TRAD. You can access this folder via File/Settings/Program options/General – Bitmap.

My printout of the budget is not the same as my colleague’s printout?

First, check whether you have both used the same print settings (see File Print Budget). These settings are found under the heading “How do you want to print?”

Finally, the issue may be caused by different page settings (see File Print Page Settings).