On Center Software

On-Screen Takeoff

4 / 5 67 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

On Center Software solutions serve customers in 65 countries and over 250 academic institutions around the world. Solutions are intuitive to the needs of both GCs and Subs.


Average Ratings

67 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • On Center Software
  • www.oncenter.com/
  • Founded 1988
  • United States

About This Software

On Center Software's On-Screen Takeoff (OST) solution effectively scales to support small construction businesses to large construction enterprises. The takeoff is the visualization of what has been defined as the project's scope. The digital takeoff is the job's benchmark for estimating. With OST, contractors view electronic plans from anywhere office and/or field. From plan viewing and quantity measurements, through project management, it all starts with OST. If it's colored, it's counted!


On-Screen Takeoff Features

  • 3D View
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Cross Section Creation
  • Electronic Plans
  • Elevation Checking
  • Error Checking
  • Site Balancing
  • Slope Routines
  • Subcontractor Management

On-Screen Takeoff Reviews

Use OST for budgeting and bidding large building construction projects.

Jul 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to quickly preform takoffs on multiple drawings. All of the drawing takeoffs are summarized in a table to use in our estimating software.

Cons: Setting up the different types of takeoffs needed can be time consuming up front. Also dislike, loading the drawings into the software program.

Overall: Time savings

Very powerful estimating tool

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to use, easy to copy conditions from one project to another, very user friendly. The software features a lot of different options mark up and bubble changes, type in comments, and, of course, color code take offs.

Cons: Creating overlays can be difficult, it would be great to have more color options and an easier way to scale and align two plans.

Good - admittedly, I have not availed of available training.

Jun 05, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Great customer service and mostly intuitive; Also, we are not restricted to "solid" color, which helps decrease memory requirement.

Cons: Based on limited exposure, the program has a hard time maintaining color and contrast uniformity between areas of a floor plan that are set in a standard North/South & East/West axis as compared to areas of a floor plan that are set at an angle and require alignment. Also the "Linear" condition gets corrupted when used in areas of a floor plan that are set at an angle and require alignment.

Overall: Helps in creating electronic shop drawings.

Easy to use.

Jun 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: ability to create basic assemblies that I can modify as needed for individual projects. this is a big time saver.

Cons: We have had some glitches with uploading plans from our drop box. Other than this I have no complaints.

Using OST we are able to perform take offs much quicker than using a ruler or than digitize(ing).

Jun 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use and how easy it is to review work. Being able to assign different take offs to different area's makes breaking out bids for alternates very easy.

Cons: I would like to be able to "crop" or cut all take offs to assign them into an area. For example, if the portion of a building becomes an alternate after the takeoff was performed. I would like to slice each take off to break out each area. Right now you can select multiple takeoffs and reassign but if you select say a wall that was one take off but you want it to be cut in half you have to delete it and redo the takeoff.

Overall: Can probably do triple the amount of estimating than before.

Was using just OST upgraded to Quick Bid what a difference

Jun 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Less time with written takeoffs and proposals. More accurate bids and proposals without fear of missing something on colorized takeoff

Cons: Wish I would have had more time to train on Quick Bid in stead of on the job training, but I am gradually getting comfortable. Thank God for The Training Center

Overall: More speed and Accuracy of proposals

Using for only 2 or 3 monthsGetting better slowly

Jun 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Quicker highlighting and take off.
Better view of drawings on screen.
Looking at more than 1 page at a time.

Overall: No more printing of plans until job is awarded.
No more highlighting with markers.

Been using QB since 03 started using OST in 14, CAN NOT imagine going back to ole manual method!

May 31, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: In OST it is possible to become very creative in how you make conditions, it allows you to build your take-offs in a manner that makes sense to you, and you are able to constantly refine and make adjustments to the way you do things, which allows for faster take-offs. And the progression just continues.
Also the tech team that comes with the subscription cannot be beat, those people are the best software fix my stuff in a heartbeat group...period paragraph no more conversation about it!!!

Cons: Sometimes the General Exceptions box pops up and when it closes it resets some of my preferences, however its very simple to readjust and be moving again.

Easy to use. Intuitive.

May 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like that my changes are saved without any intervention from me. I love the Master Style Library and ease of use.

Cons: When contacting support, you are required to leave a message for a call back instead of being helped on the call.

Advanced, powerful software provides a plethora of features for construction project management.

May 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ability to accurately quantify count, area, volume, and more on drawings with a high degree of complexity. We use it to count washroom accessories, confirm tile flooring quantities, area of roof, and others when tendering the project. During construction, we use it to track progression and productivity rates.

Cons: Printing can be tedious / counterintuitive. Also, the software auto-saves progress, which is great unless you make a mistake...

Overall: This is the fastest way that I know of to complete a takeoff. Once you have a good grasp of the user interface, it becomes second nature and takeoffs can be performed by anyone.

my experience is that this helps me do a more accurate takeoff

May 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: the flexability of being able to copy pages and do different things that helps me be able to look at different pricing

Cons: When taking off walls I build my assemblies in notes. I would like to see this to be able to go into quick bid and my assembly be there.

Overall: It takes the place of me having to have an estimator. The support is very helpful.

Great program; been using it since 2003 and convinced the current company I work for to implement.

May 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like being able to organize areas and zones as well as share takeoff packages with associates who estimate different divisions.

Cons: I HATE having to rename pages one at a time that are combined; your competition has this feature that does it automatically (and its much cheaper)-you guys should have had this a long time ago. If this feature does exist in OST; please contact me to cure my stupidity.

Over all this is a good tool for take offs

May 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Our estimators can quickly and accurately do takeoffs. They can create templates to speed up the takeoff process, quickly modify existing takeoffs when changes are made to the plans.

Cons: The license management of the tool is frustrating. When we have slow Internet connections or connecting over our VPN we can not get a license. Most of my estimators have to borrow the licenses when working from home.

Very positive experience with the program and support

May 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: menu driven and easy to follow. Every time I have a problem and call support I get a good response and the problems solved.

Cons: arc feature when doing areas. The program does not support arc creation by pinpointing the arc intersects when doing area, we have to plot points along the circumference.

Our full office functions on OST and we enjoy it thoroughly!

May 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: We like most that it is pretty user-friendly and easy to train on. The Customer Support has been amazing every time we've called.

Cons: Conversions can at times be slow and renaming pages is very difficult compared to other products we have used.

Overall: easy take offs

The On-Center Suite is very easy to use and versatile.

May 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The take-off and estimating software is much simpler to use and faster than other software I have used. This allows me to bid more jobs while maintaining a high level of accuracy.

Cons: The shortfall of this software in my opinion is that it doesn't have a native accounting companion. Other software suites offer an accounting component built-in which is a great way to tie your whole company together. The export functions are not quite good enough to accomplish that.

Overall: Fast and accurate take-offs and estimates.

As an estimator this program makes my life much easier. Can breakdown my estimate any way I want.

May 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This program is great for our office and field personnel. Both can see the entire scope of work to be performed and know where each condition is to be applied on each floor of our jobs. Allows for better management of our labor hours and cost accounting too!

Cons: That I cannot download it on my iPhone! I have absolutely no complaints, I love, I use it everyday and I enjoy all of the features too! Just wish I could take it with me everywhere I went.

Overall: It not possible to mention them all here. Better accuracy in our estimates. Greater flexibility with our estimates too. Can change conditions very easily if necessary. Our field personnel loves it too. Were able to print all of the plans from any project and breakdown the estimate by floor or zone or phase.

powerful tool

Oct 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Makes the estimating job easier

Cons: The wait time for support should something go wrong

Overall: Makes estimating easier by far, the ability to color code and export speficiations into programs such as Excel help with other office functions as well

On-Screen Takeoff for Estimators

Aug 29, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use - lengths, areas - or both at the same time.

Cons: Needs a better custom scale box - the one it has is "clunky".

Overall: I use it almost everyday of the week for all my 2D takeoff. Roadwork's paving, kerbing (curbing), stormwater, sewer and water reticulation takeoffs just to name a few. Very easy to use once you set up some basic library items. It also has the capability of downloading directly into my Estimating Software.

Recommendations to other buyers: Play with it a lot and make it do the work for you - don't let it control how you do your takeoffs.

Good enough software, but still ghas a lot of room for improvement

Jun 22, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Simple to use

Cons: Messy export to excell.

Overall: I'd like to see in the software more ease of results. I still have to do a lot of work to organize the results, and export to Excel is messy.

Recommendations to other buyers: If it had 3d capacities, it would be awsome.

Vendor Response

by On Center Software on June 24, 2016

Joe, Thank you for the feedback. We really appreciate your review. Make sure to submit your feature requests to our team. On Center

Awesome Software!!!!!!!

Mar 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used OST for over 8 years. Nothing is better out there

Vendor Response

by On Center Software on March 22, 2016

Joe, Thank you for being a loyal customer. It is always great to hear our software is helping you in your business. Looking forward to serving you for another 8 years! On Center