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Whether you’re sizing joists, beams, posts, or studs, Forte software performs load calculations and identifies solutions for the conditions and geometry you input. Size for a specific spacing, member depth, or just the best economical fit.

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Install our newest version of Forte software version 5.0 for designing Trus Joist products…totally FREE!

Download Forte
Release Notes: English | French

Installation tips:
- Save .exe file locally first and then double-click to install.
- For best results, temporarily disable anti-virus software for the Forte installation process.
Notice: The newest version of Forte software (version 5.0) addresses a critical issue identified in the previous version of Forte with transfer reactions. Please read the Software Advisory (1510a) for additional information regarding this issue and how to verify accuracy for existing jobs.

Forte software v5.0 will replace the current installation of Forte v4.6 expiring in October.

View the Forte Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to some of the most common questions about new features and troubleshooting.

Supported Microsoft® Operating Systems include: Windows® 10, Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Vista®
See full system requirements here.

What’s new in Forte software

With the newest release of Forte software you can expect:
    Increased productivity
  • You can now customize default values for Job, Level and Member settings including Spans and Supports and Product Selection for each member type. All customized values can be quickly reset through Program Settings.
  • Expanded wall member design

  • In addition to wall member design using IBC we now provide wall member design using NBCC. Design wall members for lateral and vertical loads using the National Building Code of Canada in compliance with CSA O86-09.
  • Analyze Trus Joist® products as studs, columns and headers (including wind sills).
  • Integration with Autodesk® Revit®

  • Users modeling and design structures using Revit software will now be able to design Trus Joist® products using the MWF Advanced Revit extension from StrucSoft Solutions. Visit StrucSoft Solutions for more information about this opportunity.
  • Enhanced file management
  • No need to worry about power outages or system failures – Forte v5.0 can now automatically save a backup file…just in case!
  • Quickly change your default file directory through Program Settings to open or save files to a preferred location.
  • Extended Design Output
  • Member reports for Trus Joist® products created using Forte v5.0 will now include required bearing lengths for both reinforced and unreinforced members. Additionally, cantilever conditions are now reported using ‘2L/’. Plus more enhancement to provide clear, consistent design information.

For more details about these features and more check out our Forte Software Training Videos.

Forte users will appreciate:

Graphical User Interface and Intuitive Workflow
Forte is designed to be used right out of the box, with practically no learning curve. Easily identify members by their framing application in the Add Members toolbar.
Balance Cost & Performance with TJ-Pro™ Rating System
Only Weyerhaeuser design software provides comprehensive views into product combinations that can save money, while delivering on your customers’ floor performance expectations. Learn more about the TJ-Pro Rating system.
Loading Assistance for Complex Conditions
With Forte software, loads are easily calculated and applied on one tab using using a variety of tools, including automated lateral wind load generation for tall wall members and “Quick Loads” which are templates that can be customized for common situations in your market.
Size Engineered Wood and Dimension Lumber
There is no need to switch to other engineering software to analyze members in the same project that are specified with commodity lumber. You can even size engineered wood and commodity lumber side by side; making it easy to compare design results and select the most effective solution.

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Forte Software Training Videos

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Videos in this playlist:

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  • Forte Software Overview
  • Job Tree
  • Program Settings
  • Materials Manager & Pricing
  • Sizing a Floor Joist
  • Beam and Loads
  • Roof Members
  • Hip and Valley
  • Load Linking
  • Tall Wall Design
  • Laterally Loaded Wall Headers
  • Columns and Posts
  • Wall Member Design Using NBCC in Forte v5.0

Open File Exchange: Send Members to Forte for Analysis From Your Software

Learn about the Forte File Format Utility, an interactive guide for developers wanting to export Forte files from their own software applications.
Weyerhaeuser is pleased to provide the Forte File Format Utility to developers looking to export floor, wall and roof members to Forte for analysis. Why remodel spans, supports, and loads in Forte when it may be as simple as right-clicking to send these calculations to Forte, with all the necessary information pre-populated?

Sign up here to be part of the Open File Exchange.

Product Literature

User Guides:

Forte Getting Started Guide
N. America: SVC-F-GSG

Forte Release Notes
English: SVC-F-RN | French: SVC-F-RN

Forte FAQs
N. America: SVC-F-FAQ

Product Overviews

Forte Sizing Software
N. America: SVC-4130

Floor Performance and TJ Pro Ratings
N. America: SVC-4005


Trus Joist No Red Tag Guarantee
N. America: TJ-1013

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