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Quick Bid Manufacturer Database - Armstrong®

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Armstrong® Ceiling Solutions Database and Assembly Packs

Armstrong is the worldwide leader in manufacturing and marketing acoustical ceilings and suspension systems for commercial applications including offices, healthcare, education, retail, and transportation segments.

With Armstrong’s help, On Center Software is now able provide hundreds of Armstrong ceiling materials within it’s database along with over 125 Armstrong Ceiling System Assemblies into the latest version of Quick Bid.


There are numerous options available, from downloading the entire Armstrong database, to just those Condition Assemblies you need, based on Armstrong's product lines. You are welcome to download whatever makes sense for your estimating needs.

Save the downloaded installer file(s) someplace where you can find it easily - your "Downloads" folder or your Desktop are best.


The database and the Assembly packs are free to all clients under a Maintenance Subscription with On Center Software, and running the latest release of Quick Bid. If you've let your maintenance subscription expire, just contact your Customer Success Manager at 866-426-2447 to renew today.

Entire Database

To download the entire Armstrong database for use with Quick Bid, click the button below.

 Download Armstrong Database 

The database includes all Condition Assemblies and Items available from Armstrong at the time this database was created.

Individual Condition Assemblies Packs

You can also download specific sets of Condition Assemblies, if you don't need the entire database.



After you download the installer file, double-click it to start the installation. If you are prompted by User Account Control, click Yes.

Just follow the prompts to "install" the database to your OCS Documents folder. There are two databases installed, one for Quick Bid and a companion for On-Screen Takeoff

Usually, the database is installed to the default OCS Documents folder, located at "C:\OCS Documents". On some computers, if you have additional hard drives mapped (such as external hard drives or USB drives), the installer may create an "OCS Documents" folder and install the database there. You can copy it to the folder where you store your Quick Bid and OST databases.

Opening Your New Database 

After installing, open Quick Bid.

Click File > Open or the Open Database button,

Quick Bid Open Databases dialog box open

Place a checkmark in the "Open" box next to the name of the database you want to open and then click OK.

You are prompted to update the database to work with your version of Quick Bid, click Yes and follow the additional prompts to update the database.

upgrade database prompt

The new database is shown in your Bid Navigator. Follow the same process to open the companion On-Screen Takeoff database, if desired.

Using Your New Database

You can start bidding in this new database, but that's not recommended. The new database will not have your Master information in it - such as Payroll Settings, Payroll Classes, Markups settings, etc. So, we recommend that you create a new database and synchronize the Trade database into that new database, first, then synchronize your existing Quick Bid database into the new database - this updates the database Masters to match whatever you have in your existing, working database.

For information on Synchronizing databases, see the Quick Bid User Guide (in the left-hand Table of Contents) for your particular version of Quick Bid. Here is the link for Quick Bid 4.99: QB 4.99 - 15.05.03 Database Maintenance - Synchronizing Databases. Reminder: Projects/Bids are not copied during synchronization - you'll do that separately after synchronizing - this is also covered in the User Guide. 

After synchronizing, you need to check a few other things:

  • Default Markups and Indirect Expenses - under Tools > Default Markups and Indirect Expenses, you need to configure your new database to match your existing database - these settings copy over when synchronizing database, however, it is best to err on the side of caution before you start bidding.
  • Payroll Settings - You also must make sure your Payroll Settings (Tools > Payroll Settings) are configured correctly. Again, Payroll Settings are copied from the "Source" database during synchronization.

Do not synchronize the Trade database into your existing database (making your existing database the "Destination") - you may overwrite custom Items or other Master records, or update pricing on Items unintentionally.

The Source database's information is always what you'll see after synchronizing database - the Destination's is updated/replaced.

Individual Assembly Packs

Open Quick Bid,

Select the database into which you want to import (install) the Assembly pack(s) (make sure it is the selected/active database

Locate the zip file you previously downloaded

Double-click that zip file to extract the QBA file inside. 

Double-click that QBA file - the Assembly pack should import into the active database automatically. If it doesn't...

Click File > Import

Select "Quick Bid Assembly File (*.qba) and click OK.

Quick Bid Open Databases dialog box open

Browse to the QBA file, select it and select Open. 

Product documentation (user guides) describes functionality in the latest version of each major release and may not match the functionality in the version you are using. Please check the Product Information and Downloads pages by clicking one of the product buttons above.

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