Who Uses This Software?

On Center Software serves customers in 65 countries and over 300 academic institutions around the world. Solutions are intuitive to the needs of both GCs and Subcontractors.


Average Ratings

122 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
  • 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 On-Screen Takeoff

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 Recently Reviewed!


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Be Here Now

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: When using both OST and QuickBids together there is a synergy that not only allows you to 'standardize' your pricing, but also build unlimited 'conditions' using those standard conditions, or from scratch. As an independent can manage clients in completely different databases if that level of separation is required.

Yesterday a client gave me some feedback-just a little too high. Well, I have 4 other floors ready to submit for the next phase. I just go into 'markups', a little wiggle, a jiggle, and I have my pricing in line to vigorously compete in the next round. Total time, including new reports, 1 hour. Every single condition, adjusted for the new pricing (not just some lump sum discount, that's just lazy) and re-sent in a lunch hour. Nice... Alternates and change orders are even faster.

Cons: Reports stinks. Sorry, I call 'em like I see 'em. It's a bit better, more choices for printing and a 'master list' of available functions, but STILL, the actual graphics are completely terrible! No headings, no subheadings, just all one font, all one size, all run together with random page breaks. It takes me a lot of time, hours for big projects, to go through it all and make it legible. A little bird says it's in the works, I have the champaign chilled to celebrate when it's available in an update because it's probably the only thing that still irks me.

Also, fix the output PDF distiller!!!

Overall: I've recommended this company many times, advised two companies in the last two years, including the one I currently work with, to buy the software because it's simply the best value I know of. And one REALLY important thing; Their SERVICE in superb. Full stop.

I see lots and lots of major changes still ahead for this industry of estimating, and software will lead in that new complexity/simplicity. More to understand, more to buy, more to manage. Having a 'let's get this fixed now' tech team, along with a friendly 'no such thing as a stupid question' mandate, if all OCS keeps doing is being the best at SERVICE, they will always have my business .

Great Takeoff Software

May 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: Great software if you need to do professional quantity takeoffs

Pros: This product offers you a lot of options to structure your takeoff: - Conditions: This is the main structure to organize your takeoff. Fully customizable, conditions can be used as a CSI-Code structure. - Layers: Similar to CAD-Software, you can create layers (even as Master layers which will be available for all projects) and assign a layer to each takeoff. Turning layers on/off helps you to work with multiple takeoffs on one drawing. - Zones: Creating zones (and organize them on a separate layer) helps to split your takeoff according to the zones - fully automated! - Takeoffs: Each takeoff can have up to three different quantities - whatever you need. Takeoff description: each takeoff (condition) has a name as well as a field for notes where you can put a full description of your item. - Multi-takeoff: This is an outstanding feature, saving a lot of time: mark several conditions (takeoff-items) and do your takeoff: the takeoff will be done for each of the simultaneously! - Second window: the program allows you to open a second window, to have another drawing (details etc.) open while you work on your first drawing. - Overlay: changes in drawings can made visible by using the new drawing as an overlay on top of the old drawing: you will automatically see, what changed. There are much more pros and features available than any other takeoff software. This is the great thing about a software that is a takeoff software and nothing else: the software does not pretend to be an estimating software and by focusing on takeoff, the software does a great job. Online descriptions are available for almost every issue you might run in.

Cons: The software is missing only one feature: to assign a different condition to a specific takeoff is not available (up to now).

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The best takeoff software I've used, albeit a little pricey.

Dec 19, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's fast and easy to use once it's setup.

Does most things well.

For most estimators, this is the software you want.

If you have the funds, it's worth getting On-Screen Takeoff & QuickBid together.

When you start to delve into it's various features you really see some great ways to save time. E.g. Typical Areas, Style Sets, Layers, Copying Bids, etc. I'd highly advise setting up one or more Template bids and copying the relevant one every time you have a new bid to do. Saves a ton of time.

I'd highly recommend this software.

Cons: There are some features it could have which would make it better. E.g. Auto-Page labeling, automatic page links, etc.

Database has issues from time to time. E.g. It disconnects from it's sister software QuickBid - which can cause problems. But that's not too often and possibly related to my computer?

On it's own it's just OK, but with QuickBid it's really great. Quickbid is a separate purchase.

The price would be the biggest issue I see with this software. It's quite expensive. Kind of precludes smaller businesses from buying it. Which is unfortunate, since it's possibly the best takeoff software out there. I could have bought a small family car for the price of the two licenses I purchased for my business (that was along with sister software QuickBid)

Overall: Fast reliable estimates

Preferred over Plan Swift

Aug 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: OST is easy to get up and running. It's intuitive and user friendly. I was recently introduced to PlanSwift - a competitor to OST and it was overly complicated. It was hard to figure out how to go in and just take the SF of a room.

With OST it's a breeze to take a simple measurement or do more extensive takeoff without needing an owners manual or even a tutorial.

Cons: Is the difficulty in naming sheets that are imported in. It's cumbersome and time consuming. It also makes it hard to relink to a different folder location.

The high cost for a single license is prohibitive to the freelance estimator and forces us to use alternative programs that aren't as efficient. I wish there was a way to make it cheaper for sole proprietorship businesses in the construction industry.

Overall: I work in multi-family construction and need to be able to do quick conceptual estimates and the later detailed estimates that require more takeoff. I've been using OST for the takeoff for the last 11 years. I love it.

It may have it's weaknesses, but overall it's great!

Dec 07, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Comments: I began using On-Screen On-Center Take-off is Feb. 2016. Overall the program is great. Its fairly simple to import and manage drawings, create conditions, and quantify areas. I am sure there are many features which I fail to use to their potential, but learning to make the system work of me and the types of take-offs I perform was quick. There is very little learning curve, and if you have any questions their Customer Support Tools are incredible. I enter a question and typically receive a call from a person within hours. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. The program has its weaknesses. One huge weakness is it's tolerance. When using the measure tool the tolerance is to the nearest inch. There is no way to adjust this, which can mean rejection of material and a lot of jobsite labor in our particular field (Stone). Also, exporting to excel could be clearer, but overall it's pretty helpful.

Pros: Ability to create various types of conditions, in various types of materials, in various areas, and being able to calculate various types of information from one condition (sq. of one side & top & total lf, Average tile count & overall sf, etc.). Ability to import various file types, PDF, AutoCAD, etc. Ability to export to Excel. Ability to label conditions & include conditions legends, creating a helpful Take-off maps for bids.

Cons: Inability to tighten tolerances. Inability to label linear conditions. Inability to increase the size of the font on condition labels. Excel Export could be much cleaner. Inabiliy to create non-grid tile layouts.

Recommendations to other buyers: This product is wonderful, but try it first to make sure it's capable of performing for your specific needs. I could see certain features being very helpful, while others being very limiting.

Custom Home Builder Review

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: OST is flexable software, meaning it can be manipulated to conform to any/every trade. It is an amazing tool that makes any estimators take-off portion of the job quick and easy.

Cons: There is not much I do not like about OST, but...

- some times I could more color selections differentiation for take-off conditions

- Also it would be nice if i could freeze dimension takeoffs to either only move vertically or latterally respectively.

- Also if dimensions could be a default layer separate from annotation that would be awesome. Sometimes i want to have annotations but do not need the dimensions and i have to delete all the dimensions on the page to only show the annotation that i want.

Overall: I love OST it can be used in so many different ways it's my favorite program for manipulating just about any type of file.

On Screen Takeoff the Equilizer

Aug 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Allows me to constantly and quickly take off plans that used to take all day to provide.

Cons: The software has been awesome for me in many ways but I wish it was more report friendly for people who are working outside of the standard databases and reporting schemes. I had to build my database from the ground up and how we export and report that information isn't typical for OST. Trying to build custom reports and exports has been challenging but On Center support was always there to help or at least let me know that I have hit a dead end.

Overall: The On Screen Takeoff program along with the support provided by On Center is a great combo for anyone looking to standardize and get better control of their takeoff and bids. My experience has been nothing but the best from Training, to implementation, and support throughout the past few years.

Satisfied Customer

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Comments: I've used OST for 10 years and overall satisfied. I think for the annual service fee, there should be more upgrades than once every 2 years or so. We have used tech support maybe once a year if that and the owner of the business doesn't think that justifies the annual cost.

Pros: It's easy and quick to use and easy to train others. I like and use the overlay function a lot. I also like the intelligent paste function as well for repetitious items.

Cons: Only 1 overlay possible, needs ability to remove the original plan and add an additional overlay as plans change (i.e.,80% dwgs to 90% dwgs to final dwgs. The 90% supersede the 80% and now we have final. A new bid file has to be created and the takeoff copied to the new file for adjustments) Database bogs down on very large projects Auto count feature doesn't work very well on scanned plans

The best takeoff I have ever used.

Aug 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Its easy to learn to use and if you get stuck on something the support staff are there to help and they have never laughed at my dumb questions.

Cons: I don't know if there is anything I don't like about it, but I wish you could copy text or images from a plan sheet and past them into a word document.

Overall: I have been using On-Screen Takeoff for about 16 years and I have always been impressed with the ease of use, support and the upgrades that have been made through the years. I can do a takeoff of a large commercial building in a fraction of the time it would take me to do it with a ruler or takeoff wheel and it is extremely more accurate. I am able to bid a lot more work with the On-Screen Takeoff program. Another benefit is you end up with a color-coded plan that you or someone else such as a project manger can look at and see what you did.

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

May 23, 2017
5/5
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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.

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.

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.

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.

I love OnScreen

Oct 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: This software has made estimating so much more efficient, accurate, and easy. I learned to estimate by hand, and those days were so much harder than now. I can handle so many more trades and estimates alone that I would have been able to just a decade ago.

Cons: There needs to be more symbols available for our use such as Mechanical, Fire Suppression Piping, and Electrical symbols. That would be helpful.

Overall: Very positive experience. It's made my life a whole lot easier. I can easily take off concrete, steel, MEP, etc., and it's a very organized program. It's like coloring for adults.

OST is good, QuickBid is absolute garbage

Dec 05, 2018
2/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: OST: On screen takeoff software is powerful, functional and reliable. QuickBid: No pro's. Not worth considering.

Cons: QuickBid: I spent 6 months working 50% on managing projects and 50% on developing a usable database for QuickBid(QB) for my company. In this time, I learned everything about QB and had a very high level of proficiency with the software. I knew the limitations, the "workarounds" (which are numerous), and the quirks. The interior database we purchased with the software is far from comprehensive and does not calculate materials correct enough to order all materials. This is why we started fresh with a new database. This software is obviously not designed for walls and ceilings contractors. It does some things well but it does not do both walls and ceilings well. In the database there are so many exceptions you have to make or "workarounds" as OnCenter calls them in order to make the database calculate the dollar total properly. When you do a workaround it creates inaccuracies in another part of the program like a material list, budget, etc. In the end, we could make it work but it became clumsy with all of the workarounds and it lost many features that sold me on the software to begin with. The program also failed to sum equipment properly in a bid which is a deal killer for me. That is the estimating software's number one job.

On-Screen Takeoff review Electrical

Aug 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: The easy use of the software, plus any questions are easily linked to a video showing you your answer. If the answer is not available online, a simple phone call to great customer service will provide direction and resolution of any questions or problems.

Cons: Currently I have had no complaints with the software, it works great!

Overall: My daily use of the software has made me appreciate the ease of use and reliability of the product.

I can trust the software to provide me with accurate counts and footage for my electrical estimating.

Great takeoff software, cost vs. quality

Aug 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the simplicity of the features, the range of details and customization you can do with the software. Definitely like the export to Excel feature, where we can customize the look and functionality of the end product.

Cons: Cost is a major challenge for a lot of business software, especially as a startup company. I'm still looking for the functionality of On Screen but with a one-time purchase and something a bit more affordable to a brand new company with unstable revenue.

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.

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.

Accurate and easy to use

Sep 18, 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 accuracy and ease of use to get started has been great and then once you get into it you realize that there is so much more to the program and that you are only scratching the surface of what the software can do.

Cons: The feeling that if I only had more time to commit to explore the software I would be able to do so much more with it.

Overall: The ability to quickly and accurately develop complete estimates for our clients.

An Easy to Use Takeoff Software

Jan 26, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: I have been using On-Screen Takeoff for several years now and I really enjoy using it. It is easy to set up conditions and perform the takeoff. I enjoy that you can break your takeoff out by areas and you can even create folders for the different areas of the takeoff. This works well for breaking out by CSI, or whichever WBS you may use. Also, OST can store data in Access databases that can be set to backup on a schedule. I personally like how quickly I can bring my drawings into the software and how quickly they load once in the program. Overall I have been using OST for several years now and I would recommend it to the construction professional.

Pros: Ease of use Ability to create libraries of commonly used conditions Customer support Fast Loading Ability to transfer data to other estimating software Ability to export to excel Ability to share entire takeoff file with other professionals

Cons: Cannot currently import an excel document with conditions to create a library Cannot trace drawing lines automatically

Recommendations to other buyers: After using a few different types of takeoff software, On-Screen Takeoff is the premier choice. Its ease of use combined with top-notch reliability and customer service ensures we can do our job with the confidence a cost estimator demands.

Best takeoff software on the market today

Apr 28, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Comments: Before buying I compared this, E-Takeoff, Planswift, and Bluebeam takeoffs. This was hands down the best option.

Pros: Easy and intuitive to use. Some examples are- same copy paste functions as every other windows program, bulk copy (multiple takeoffs), fast plan loading, and a user interface that flows nicely.

Cons: Somewhat complicated to learn, the overall process makes sense, but you need to follow the steps to the letter.

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.

Great Estimating Program!

Jan 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: Keep up the good work On Screen! I would like to see more added features and additional updates more than just once or twice a year.

Pros: This program is also... easy to learn, easy to use, easy to train on! All that you need to complete accurate takeoffs for bidding is available in one software package! Purchase this product, you will not be disappointed! Intelligent paste function is awesome and great to use for repetitive items.

Cons: I would more colors to differentiate areas when I am doing take offs and more overlays should be possible. There are always so many plans and revisions and only allowing one overlay makes it difficult at times to provide an accurate takeoff without doing the work twice.

Best takeoff option available

Aug 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Very easy to learn and use, K.I.S.S.

Quick to use

Doesn't require too much computer power

Cons: Printing to PDF using conventional bluebeam and/or adobe drivers doesn't work very well and we needed to buy an after market print driver to circumvent this issue.

Overall: Very good, I've been using it at various companies since 2007 and have no interest in any other option so long as it works so well.

Great software

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Very intuitive. Customer support is top notch. Features are helpful. Love the areas sort.

Cons: Text editing is bulky. Image legend is good but it is sorted under the group setting in what appears to be a random sort. Toggling between files and image takes too long i think (could be internal sever related).

Overall: Able to take off content with easy and speed. Love it.

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.

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Nov 20, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
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Pros: OnScreen Takeoff Typical Groups works well - I don't know any other software that has this function. Very helpful for apartment takeoffs.

Cons: Software has become outdated. OnCenter is very slow to respond to problems with their software. Several problems discussed with their technical department are known, but they state that in their opinion these issues, some of which can actually result in incorrect bids, are not critical enough to warrant repair. I suggest being extremely careful when using OnScreen and QuickBid interactively. Note that Windows 10 has more issues that older versions of Windows - Oncenter is not keeping up. DON'T GET A NEW COMUTER! OnCenter is not keeping up with innovation that other software companies. Adding notes is cumbersome - in OnScreen they get in the way of doing takeoffs. In QuickBid they easily become buried in the bid and get missed. Adding drawing numbers and names function in OnScreen Takeoff does not work well. Revising drawings to TIFF is outdated. Programs do not work well interactively and also bog down on large bids.

Great for Estimators

Jul 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This program is great paired with on screen takeoff. The two programs can be linked together to keep track of your bids. Your materials, labor, etc. all can be tracked within this program.

Cons: There are a lot of functions in this program and it can be extremely confusing if you do not take the time to learn it properly.

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
Value for Money
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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.

OST is very helpful!!

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I honestly could not be as productive working as a metal framing & GWB subcontractor without this software! The ease of use and saving capabilities is very helpful in projects we bid & manage.

Cons: Not very many cons at all, possibly just leaning to use it takes a bit of time.

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
Value for Money
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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.

On Screen take off

Aug 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I liked it, but really like the upgraded oasis version. Faster than doing take off by hand, easy to organize.

Cons: Can't have two or more people working on the same takeoff (building the same data file) at the same time.

Overall: We used it for several years until we upgraded to Oasis. Works pretty well.

Review of OST

Aug 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of Use, Speed and Accuracy for Estimating Purposes

Cons: Updates and changes from previous versions of the software I've used took a little bit for me to get used to.

Overall: Excellent tool for accurate compilation of quantities from pdf's. I highly recommend this to high volume estimators such as myself!

Estimating with OST

Aug 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What I like most about OST is how easily one can load plans and keep track of all jobs.

Cons: What I like least about OST is that you can't modify a take-off until you remove the attachments.

Overall: Overall, my experience with OST has been great. We are able to get through take-offs quickly.

Capterra loader

Great for large Jobs

Dec 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The organization of the take-off items is great. Easy to export the results and easy to use...once you have learned the software. As long as i stick to my workflow i created i do not have any problems.

Cons: If you get off you order of operations or workflow...it can get a bit messy. Use the layers and stick to a color scheme that fits the jobs. figure it out and be consistent with it and it will work amazing.

Overall: at first i did not stick to a specific process and my take-off got messy and difficult for others to understand. Once i figured out a system, I stuck to it and the results were clear. My take-offs are clean and easy to understand. My production has more than doubled and the results are better.

On Center's On-Screen Takeoff software has equipped our PM team with the appropriate tools needed.

Apr 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: On Center's On-Screen take off is built to be easily set up in a team environment.

Giving the tools to effectively execute a take off to qualify a bid, they also provide learning resources online.

Cons: On Center's On-Screen take off is capable of a lot, however the one set back we have seen in our office is that when exchanging keys (which are needed to be able to save changes and can only be used by one device at a time) we realized that On-Screen disables any use when remotely accessing your device. This makes it very difficult as an IT Professional when trying to remotely correct software/user issues.

Can't work with out it.

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simple and intuitive.

quick and accurate pricing in QB.

Cons: Need the be able to order material through quick (send PO) and track inventory.

Quick books integration for job costing.

Hot link within a hotlink.

scale function in 2nd window.

Overall: seeing is believing.

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
Value for Money
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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

Good quality and easy to use.

Nov 13, 2017
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: Most of my customers use this. Which allows me to export the OSP file and send to them to review. Easy to export and categorize areas.

Cons: Can't have multiple people log in to the software at one time to have a compiled take off. So after a project is complete with multiple people working on it. I need to compile all of the files into one OSP file.

Vendor Response

by On Center Software on November 15, 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We are proud to have customers like you as part of the On Center family. If you are looking for a way to have multiple people login and compile a takeoff, you should look at Oasis Takeoff to see if it might fit you needs. Oasis Takeoff allows for "team estimating" inside the same project.

On Screen Review

Aug 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: That you can dump directly into a spreadsheet

Cons: needs to be a little easier to simply write words or notes on the drawings.

Overall: I use On Screen every day performing concrete estimating. On Screen allows me to move swiftly through my take offs saving valuable time.

Great Takeoff Software

Aug 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Speed, accuracy, adaptability, and real time integration with Quick Bid

Cons: Somewhat dated user interface. Oasis does not integrate with Quick Bid in real time

Overall: I have used it off and on for 14 years and still recommend it

Horrible customer service

Oct 03, 2016
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: I have used both Quick bid and Ost for about 4 years now and the company i work for has used it a bit longer. The person who trained me was a very early user of the product. Compared to a scale and a spread sheet this product is awesome. However as we started growing as a company and getting more users product became glitchy. at that time we where told to move to a sql database (They do not support SQL but do recommend it as a solution to issues.) Since this time the support that we pay quite well for yearly is about useless as they go thru the motions like they want to help then say we do not support sql so we can not help you. At one point i had issues approving a change order that i made called support they mentioned yes that is an issue here is a workaround because that feature only works about half the time.(Really!) Basically it seems that whenever we have an issue their "Excellent" support team has issues telling us anything other than it is somehow our fault, yet every time they recommend us to do something a specific way we oblige. In short this product could be amazing however they need to get with the times and start supporting what they recommend.

Pros: Takeoff program works very well, lots of different options to show differences in conditions. Quick bid works well sometimes. and you can customize the naming conventions, link items, and do multi condition takeoff. As i mentioned if it wasn't for the poor support and the horrible recommendation to switch to sql that they do not support i would probably be writing a completely different review.

Cons: Customer service they will answer phone and call you back. I think it's so they can tell you that they cant help or support you.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you do have issues call support at night as late as possible they may spend some extra time due to boredom at off peak time.

Ideas going forward

Aug 15, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the changeable nature of the plan take offs. I can adjust quickly and return to understanding where I was up to quickly

Cons: I believe it need to have a time measure on working on each project so it can be tracked

Overall: Support is outstanding and helpful. And learning a new system to bring into our business has been awesome for job understanding and reviewing especially back costing

SR at Homeco

Aug 15, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Multiple colors, and listing features.

Cons: No cut feature. The back-out feature is not as helpful as a scissors type feature

Overall: Plans colored for field operations for easier understanding

estimator

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: compatibility, ease of use, great tools for detailed takeoffs

Cons: scrolling issues, condition properties window highlights style first in lieu of name.

Great Estimating Tool

Aug 25, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The product provides a legend for multiple quantity take-offs which allows the user to estimate the job fully. This is also great during construction to provide adequate materials onsite.

Cons: There is nothing that I do not like about this product as the features provide you exactly what you need during the estimating phase. Color coding can mimic other materials but it's understandable that you can only provide so many configurations.

Recommendations to other buyers: Like all software programs, you become more efficient as you utilize the tool. The more you work with it, the more you can get out of the product.

Great product that drives excellent productivity

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and flexibility customizing conditions for different building materials

Cons: Not compatible working through Citrix Receiver

OST - Commercial Level Estimating

Aug 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease, accuracy and time saving elements come to mind first.

Cons: For my company and level of use, its a bit pricey.

One stop shop.

Jul 20, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to learn and use. Everything in one software. Worth the money. I would recommend this product to any organization who work on a lot of high end estimates.

Cons: No cons but they could try doing new features like adding color to areas to differentiate between them.

Works well Easy to use

Aug 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Captures take off data which is easily inserted into excel for you to use in a standard spreadsheet.

Cons: It is not truly backwards compatible. Newer takeoff data will not work in an older version of the software.

Overall: Allows drawing takeoffs to be completed very quickly.

On Screen Take off has taken bidding to a whole new level!

May 03, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Keep up the great work! I enjoy seeing the added features in the updates and you guys cease to amaze me!

Pros: The software is easy to use and learn and offers almost all the functions I need to complete a takeoff. The time and money saved by using this program can be clearly seen and makes my job fun!

Cons: I really don't have many negative things to say about the software, all of my issues have been address via the support staff!

Great quick software for doing takeoffs for bids.

Jan 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: On screen is very easy to use. It is a quick way to do takeoffs for any roadway, subdivision, or other projects that you need to get a square footage on. It an also do linear measurements and aid in counting objects that are to be done per each. This is our go to software when we need to do a quick square footage of a project.

Cons: This software is not any good at doing earthwork takeoffs. If you need to do any type of earthwork take off you will need two separate software applications. There is no real easy way to do arc or circle takeoffs. You have to click multiple times in the arc or circle and get as close to the line as possible.

Overall: It is a fast way to do square footage takeoffs. It is the fastest software and easiest to use for that application. It saves quite a bit of time.

On Screen Take Off Review

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very Easy to Use. It is the first take off tool that I ever used and have had no problem.

Cons: Some times no intuitive enough. It is the First Take Off tool I use so sometimes it was hard to find a common function.

Overall: Very good

Great estimating tool

Sep 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and the ability to record and track every takeoff.

Cons: The software is a little pricy compared to competitors such as Bluebeam, but worth the extra.

Overall: Easy to record and keep takeoff and pass to other colleagues, if needed.

I have had over 15 years experience with this product

Dec 10, 2013
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Within the program, I like the ability to use it the way I see the project. It is flexible to the old guard and the new age user. Once you have the understanding of how each quantity is captured, you can set up your styles and types to make sense of the number and what it is relative to.

Cons: How much it costs and the annual fee. It is a very good product, just expensive. If you set up Quick Bid to estimate when you are doing your take off, it becomes a slow process. When you enter all the components into the line items, any time you change them, the program completely recalculates the estimate. I had a $25 million estimate and had a few changes to add and delete. It took a long time to recalculate when I added and subtracted information.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are cranking out estimates daily, this product is efficient. It combines takeoff with estimate totals immediately. Use the OST program to get the quantitative survey done and then open up Quick Bid to fill in the takeoff items so the the one time calculation does not hurt your time of takeoff.

Easy to use.

Jun 05, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Easy to Use

Sep 16, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have tried other Takeoff software, but this is the best for me. I like this product because it is user friendly and has several built in tools that others may not have. In addition, other software can be limited in functions or available tools. I also like that the customer service representatives are friendly and helpful.

Cons: The export function to excel gets stuck at times other than that its good. I would like an option to measure segments on a page to accurately scale a page. As it is, a scale has to be either selected or created which could be a hassle when the page does not have a scale in which case you just have to guess until you get the right measurement you're looking for.

Recommendations to other buyers: I found that online tutorials are actually helpful if you have any questions about the software.

Great Software

Aug 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Speeds up the process of doing a take off and allows anyone else to pickup where another user left off

Cons: Importing drawings can sometime be finicky but the customer service support team is great and quick to reply when you need help.

Overall: Reduces the amount of time required to do a take-off and ensures that our old hand-written take-offs are always available on the server to ensure proper project historic records when there is a turnover of staff.

Use this for construction company

Apr 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to take off a project and provide marked up drawings for our men in the field. It's also an easy program to train people with

Cons: Extremely pricey. Wish On-screen would integrate with Oasis field center, or that Oasis take off had the same features as On-screen

Vendor Response

by On Center Software on April 19, 2018

Megan,
Thank you for your feedback.

Please contact your Customer Success Manager as we have a solution for your FieldCenter woes. You're gonna love it!

On Center

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
Value for Money
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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.

Poor customer service.

Feb 09, 2017
2/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have been an On-Screen Takeoff user since 2008. The program is well designed, but the company has made the program non-macintosh user-friendly. I used the program in a Virtual Environment without issue for 8 years, and then OST stopped allowing the program to be utilized in a virtual environment (Parallels Desktop). They now require you to have a Windows Machine running License Manager (at all times) to utilize their product. Simply unacceptable. They have no regard for their Customer.

Pros: The product is well designed and easy to use (except for the what is necessary to run the program on a virtual environment).

Cons: Cannot run the program in a Virtual Environment.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't purchase this program if you utilize a Mac. They are not Mac friendly.

Work with Ease

Nov 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I really like that there is a variety of functions and you are not limited.

Cons: The only thing I get frustrated with is the lag with some of the functions

OCS-Software Angle Specialists

Sep 14, 2015
1/5
Overall

1.5 / 5
Ease of Use

1.5 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The product does well for estimating and has some glitches that you can work around if you have been running it long enough. On Center Software, However is basically working an angle that will chew you up and spit you out! Just like the other reviewer mentioned. You have to keep pouring $$$ into support. We own 3 subscriptions (2 OST and 1 QB) of this product, each subscription cost thousands. Each year you have to pay over $$$$$ for each sub subscription you own just for maintenance. But here is the best part, If you miss a year or 2 of maintenance you have to go back and back pay the years you didn't pay! (I wonder if they hired an old IRS agent as the controller?) Wow! Isn't that a great way to gain customer loyalty! Now just like the manager of the tech support told me, "If you go for a while without taking support, you will eventually have to buy new subscriptions/software, it all ends up to be the same amount of money".. Oh did I forget? If you don't buy your maintenance at the beginning of the calendar year, say 3rd quarter, better get your wallet out again for January! You think they could maybe sell you blocks of time for tech support, get creative, anything? Anything other than coming after a tradesman's pocketbook so hurtfully. I'm disgusted! Consumers, If your looking for estimating software look somewhere else. Its 2015! Everyone makes it! I'm no longer an OCS ADVOCATE!

Cons: Nothing to like about dealing with OCS. Remember it takes a long time to get a customer but imagine what it takes to get them back.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't get stuck with the OCS $$$ hemorrhage! Remember the bottom line is the $

Too much for small businesses!

Aug 29, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the ease of use and how it works with multiple users. It is the Cadillac of on screen takeoff software.

Cons: I used it as an employee of a large construction company. Now that I am on my own I struggle with how much they charge versus other software that can do just as much.

Recommendations to other buyers: It did have its limitations but the program is smooth and intuitive. I would recommend this to someone that is used to it already and does not worry about the cost.

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
Value for Money
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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

Assistant Project Manager, looking for subcontractor's for proposals

Sep 12, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Very easy to use and like being able to down load the contact information. Also its nice to be able to see every important information about the company.

Cons: It appears that not all companies can be searched for the chicagoland area and also companies you know are in the software sometimes do not appear when searched.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure that you know the exact companies name you are searching for as you can not search by trade.

Onscreen take off review

Aug 09, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3.5 / 5
Customer Support

2.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's ease of use and functionality. Easy to transition from One project to another. Take off conditions are easily calculatable.

Cons: Transitioning the take off plan pages to different formats

Recommendations to other buyers: Take your time and go through the demo process completely. Try to have all questions together and tailor your specific needs in an estimating software with your demo Training.

Excellent Software

Feb 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Count feature or the curved linear segment works great for concrete curbing, The ability to search the PDFs for codes is very helpfull

Cons: Ability link drawings to a speific detail and the outdated interface could be improved for looks and to blend with other software

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
Value for Money
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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.

On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid by On Center Software Review

Aug 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The Customer Tech help is absolutely outstanding. I am so pleased with every interaction I have had with your company.

Cons: I would like more flexibility in writing notes on the drawings as I do takeoffs. The Callout function often uses too much space on the drawings and clutters things up to much. I would love the opportunity to type a few notes to myself in various (small) sizes as I do my takeoffs.

Oct 10, 2013
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid since 2005. Since then, I have learned to modify the software for many different applications. Before On Center, I used to do takeoffs by hand. I quote many jobs a year, and too many things can go wrong. Sometimes, the GC's change materials or quantities at the last minute. That is no problem. As long as you have all of your materials taken off to completeness, you really only have to worry about the other half, the labor. I also have modified and added conditions to include steel and iron connections - either welded or bolted. Attending out of town training helped tremendously. They are always there for help when needed. When you are quoting jobs - whether $3K or $1million - this is the tool to use. All guesswork is gone. This software counts the smallest details like screws, rolls of tape, or corner beads. These are far too laborious to do by hand. Even when roofs are concerned it, calculates your pitch on 2-dimensional drawings to give a more accurate square-footage count.

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

Jun 05, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Excellent Software

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: Ability to do concrete takeoffs quick and accuratly. Abiltity to breakdown takeoffs by regions and areas

Cons: Wish thsi software could show you in 3d what it looks like and confirm with the BIM model accuracy and information

Good takeoff tool

Sep 19, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4.5 / 5
Customer Support

3.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, good takeoff data and reports. Our team uses this daily and typically have no issues. Licensing is fairly simple

Cons: Licensing additions and upgrades are painful to coordinate

Recommendations to other buyers: Be sure it is a good fit for your operations team. Decide on a licensing strategy whether networked or local

Great Product

Aug 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Coverage of trades and integration of vendors, subcontractors and clients

Cons: Learning curve, difficulty removing conditions after realizing that they were put in wrong and having to make new ones

Overall: Great experience

It works for me

Dec 14, 2016
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: On-Screen Takeoff Viewer is a free version of the takeoff software. I started using it for drafting Project Submittal Drawings. The Project Managers would use to full version to markup a project and I would use the viewer to determine Scope of Work for the drawings.

Pros: Easy to navigate between pages and views. View all documents of the project in one place. (Except .dwg's)

Cons: Some markups made in Viewer stay - (i.e. highlight) others deleted when going to a different page. (Can't remember exactly - don't use it) Measure only shows to even inch.

Recommendations to other buyers: For free, it works for what I need it to do.

Backcheck Subs

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: For many uses and has saved me on many projects.

Pros: I use this software as a means for QTO when I am creating a budget and when I need to back check my subs so we don't have a scope gap.

Cons: Sometimes it's complicated to convert my PDFs into a .tif file for the program so it doesn't allow me to use the take off and I end up using bluebeam for ease.

This is a great product to do take offs. Still have to export to exce

Aug 25, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Like the easy take off and can change to what ever it is your taking off

Cons: I don't like the worksheet and reports. Have to export to excel and then build my own pricing worksheet

Recommendations to other buyers: Can you manipulate the lines and colors and does it give you lf sqft and volume cy

Will not last

Jun 19, 2015
1/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Software functions fine, gets the job done faster and more organized then paper.

Cons: Apparently there is a Sunset clause where they can cancel your software. Considering the time value of money better to get a program that costs less up front with a monthly fee then to be forced to spend thousands to purchase new software every couple of years.

Recommendations to other buyers: I was recently informed that it will be disabled. Because it comes with a dongle that has to connect to their servers to authenticate and unlock the program, they will no longer allow the dongles to connect. How much could it cost to have a line of code that says "yes" or just unlock the dongle permanently. You would think that the cost would be a program that lasts for good. So basically they expect me to purchase the software all over again and that is not going to happen. There is better software out there for less money and no ridiculous "Sunset".

Best I've found

Aug 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Easy to use for every day tasks. Very flexible.

Cons: The reports are weak. Some features are hard to use.

Overall: Has quadrupled our bid output .

Great product and worth the money for us

Sep 06, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use. Other programs were so simple however that there were not a ton of options and features. This product can work simply but also has tons of short cuts and additional options if you are also looking for bells and whistles to learn along the way. The good thing is you can be up and running in no time with the basics of it and learn more as you go. Videos and training and support response time are all great.

Cons: The two day course was great but it would be nice to have one on one help with the training to skip the things I already knew and get into spending more time on the things I needed to. The training was not specifically for concrete which would have been more helpful than learning things that don't pertain to my field.

Recommendations to other buyers: We have had nothing but ease of use with this product. There is a bit of a learning curve on some things but once learned it really has helped a ton.

I have had a mostly positive experience.

Sep 14, 2016
4/5
Overall

3.5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It is a very intuitive program, the way it operates makes taking off construction material for my job simple.

Cons: Some aspects are not so intuitive. Some of the actions and tools on the program don't operate how most other programs do. I'm referring to tools like text box and dimension where there is no easy way to change text color/style for all text, only indivisually.

Recommendations to other buyers: Really the software is great. The only problems we have had was with our database and server. My advice then would be to get a good IT guy.

On-Screen Takeoff

Oct 13, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: In my opinion, On-Screen Takeoff is the easiest to use digital take-off program out there. Even beginners can be up and running in only a matter of minutes for the simplest most common types of take-off. More difficult tasks (curved lines, items with odd shapes, etc.) can be picked up quickly as well. We use OST for presentations and as part of our proposals.

Pros: Ease of use. Quick.

Cons: Price. Convincing higher-ups that the investment is worth the time-savings and that the time-savings equal cost savings.

On-screen takeoff is fairly simple to use and allows you to create a takeoff quickly.

Jun 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simple to set a scale and create a takeoff. The ease of use make the learning curve easy to overcome. The printable reports make presenting the data simple and professional.

Cons: On-screen, while simple, can sometimes be limited in capability. The tools are there to educate yourself in the software but it still takes time to learn all of the capabilities.

Overall: Fairly simple takeoffs and easy to present the data.

Great for both Subcontractors and GC's

Oct 19, 2016
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I've used OST for 3 years, and it has always been able to meet my needs for takeoff. Without fail it creates a clear and easy to use takeoff file that i can import, edit, and organize. On top of that it enables clear communication of quantities and values between the estimating department and the field.

Pros: Easy to Use, clear organization, user friendly, easy to export takeoffs

Cons: expensive

Recommendations to other buyers: Worth the money if used frequently

Great software when accompanied with other similar software

Jan 11, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: Love the fact that you can break out projects easily and when linked with quick. I'd, it's a time and life saver! Fairly easy to use, especially if you've used other similar programs. I've only used this for stone and tile take offs and estimating but I'm sure all trades and general contractors will be very happy with their decisions. I believe this can link to Microsoft programs such as word, excel and even Microsoft project manager ...

Functionality

Jan 29, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I use this software every single day and I know there a software that you can do the same thing faster.

Pros: I like the tool assign areas. Is good when there are many walls height.

Cons: You can't do circular take off in a singular click. You have do this in a multiples click delaying the process.

Recommendations to other buyers: Before buying this Software may sure that meet the expectation.

Really Good product!

Sep 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Covers all trades. You can integrate with subs as well.Takeoff is fast and easy. Also offers great adaptability.

Cons: The user interface could be improved. Needs better reporting as well. The software has no ability to copy and paste into a document. No real other complaints.

Jul 31, 2012
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I won contracts with OnCenter QuickBid/OnScreen Takeoff programs for years, and used 6 versions. They have top-notch service and support. We bid 35 million dollars worth of contracts per year with a single estimator, and won more than the industry average in dollars and units. Drywall/Acoustical/MetalFraming assemblies were a snap to produce and to update. The ability to reuse repetitive assemblies was great, even customizing changes on the go for each area. Multi-floor Interiors are a must for this program, and the final Bids and electronic trails are great when your looking to make good impressions! Updating materials, organized by type is a snap, and the system is very reliable.

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

Jun 28, 2013
1/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've had this program for many years and I'm constantly disappointed by them. It's overpriced and crashes on a regular basis. Will not send a patch unless you sign up for their service. I have used them since they were DOS and am fed up.

Vendor Response

by On Center Software on July 03, 2013

Hi Kevin,

We at On Center Software regret that you had a negative experience with the version of OST that you are running. We pride ourselves on providing great products and amazing customer service, so it is troubling to us when a customer feels like they are not being heard and treated appropriately.

We have had a number of releases that address the problems you are having with the version you are still running and we would like to work with you to get you onto a newer version, eliminate the problem and once again be a satisfied customer. We also have a significant number of new enhancements that will improve your efficiency and accuracy in completing your takeoff.

We value your feedback (even negative!) because it brings to light areas where we can improve our service and support. We hope that we can re-earn your faith and trust in On Center Software products and as a company in general.

A Unique Software for Estimation Purposes

Nov 14, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: It is a coupe of years i am using On-Screen Takeoff and i love it, it helps me as much as i want.

Pros: This software can find square footage of any architectural shape. Just needs to move-in.

Cons: Looking for more options.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is better and comfortable more that others i were used.

Easy to use

Jan 17, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have been using On Screen Takeoff for my estimates for a while now. After trying a lot of the options out there, I find that it's the easiest to use. Helps speed up the takeoffs so I can complete more estimates, in return winning more jobs.

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: Nothing.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it and you will love it.

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
Value for Money
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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

Aug 19, 2012
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I use On-Screen Takeoff (OST) from OnCenter at a full sevice site work contractor located in Tucson AZ. OST provides an easy way to export into an excel spreadsheet, which we use to create proposals for both public and private projects. I find it easier and faster to use OST for take-off purposes and to review changes with the overlay option. For those estimators with some basic skills OST can be learned in hours. I watched the tutorials and was up and running with a minimal learning curve. On occasion I have needed customer support to work through issues, which typically aren't a problem with OST.

Very Nice and capable software. Not as user friendly as it could be.

Jan 24, 2017
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Comments: We use the online version of this software (OASIS). It is very robust and it has a lot of filters and functionalities. It produces very nice summaries and graphic outputs (takeoffs with legend and quantities). Once the plans are uploaded, the quality drops down dramatically (I guess for efficiency purposes) and the output graphs and plots are low quality also, but they make a great reference tool. The main problem I see is that it does not has user-friendly controls/commands, it is almost counter-intuitive the way it works if compared to other engineering Softwares. Once you burn that stage and get used to the commands, it gets back to the very powerful tool it is.

Pros: See above

Cons: See above

Recommendations to other buyers: See above

Capterra loader

Good software but outstanding supports

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Support is absolutely second to none. They explained and walked me to understand how to work the software

Cons: Nothing so far that I can put my finger on it

Overall: Made my work so much easier

This is the most amazing program

Jan 08, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I found a program at a price that was better than the others. it seems much more do-able for me. Figure out what your time is worth. How did you do the takeoff and bid so quick. You'll see how fast the software pays for itself. It's definitely worth it.

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
Value for Money
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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.