PrebuiltML

4.5 / 5 45 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

PrebuiltML was developed from the ground up with the dealer, builder and framer in mind. From single user to organizations with hundreds of users, PrebuiltML can handle it.


Average Ratings

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

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $60.00/month/user
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • PrebuiltML
  • prebuiltml.com
  • Founded 2011
  • United States

About PrebuiltML

PrebuiltML. The only intelligent takeoff software available that can produce jobsite ready takeoffs for you today. PrebuiltML combines a comprehensive product database with a powerful profile management tool that allows you to create layouts that visually show where material goes, cut list that tell you exactly how each piece needs to be cut and material list organized by pack so there isn't any confusion when to use each piece. That is intelligent takeoff software. That is PrebuiltML.


PrebuiltML Features

  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Calculators
  • Change Orders
  • Contract Management
  • Cost Database
  • Customer Management
  • Job Costing
  • Price Data / Price Books
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • 3D View
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Cross Section Creation
  • Electronic Plans
  • Elevation Checking
  • Error Checking
  • Site Balancing
  • Slope Routines
  • Subcontractor Management

PrebuiltML Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Excellent Software and Very Excellent Support

Nov 16, 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: Very Professional Reports and Layouts. Very little that has not been taken into account. Great built in Database.
Quick learning curve.
Again, I have been completly amazed at the level of support.
Support staff knows their software and quickly help solve the few issues that could come up.

Cons: No Complaints,

Overall: Increased sales immediately, due to the professional reports
Better software than expected. I have used other software for over 10 years and will never go back.

PrebuiltML is an excellent product with an even better customer support. They go above and beyond.

Sep 02, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like the view port and engine for navigating project plans. Very fast and intuitive. Many other features are impressive like the obvious take off portion and color coding along with the custom functionality of creating categories and products. Lots of flexibility to customize quickly.

Cons: I wish there was an undo button and I wish it was available on Mac. This being said the Pros greatly outweigh the Cons.

Overall: Great presentation and communication to clients.

Good I enjoy the software in general

Jun 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I enjoy the ability to quickly make changes to lumber estimates and print out detailed reports quickly.

Cons: There needs to be an undo function to correct mistakes. Every software I have ever used has an undo function except this, and it can be frustrating.

Prebuilt excels at quick accurate takeoffs

Apr 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use Prebuilt for EWP takeoffs. It has cut my takeoff time for a large MF project down from 4-5 days to just 1 or 2 days. Easy to use and great support team.

Great software

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is very efficient for completing a takeoff along with the info it provides when you are done

Cons: Some of the tables have an over powering amount of information- it is easy to get lost on what you are looking at. I've had a hard time tracking down products because I was in the wrong location (mostly hangers). I understand why it is broken out though I find myself scrolling though the application lists a lot trying to figure out what is the right product

Overall: The support staff immediately responded and was very helpful. I switched from oncenter software to prebuilt and have been very happy

Creates a nice presentation for takeoffs.

Mar 17, 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 visibility and location of materials utilized for the takeoff.

Cons: I'd like to be able to remove items never used from the material list as well as be able to code some items for ease of transferring to a pricing software.

Overall: The software is continually improving and adding more features. Being able to create color coded takeoffs makes a nice description of material, usage, and placement. Tech support is very prompt in responding to questions and/or issues. That's invaluable in my opinion for a software company to provide.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep up the good work of making it better for the user.

PreBuiltML Review

Dec 14, 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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Comments: At my age (65) not being computer literate, I was able (along with the Technical Support) to grasp the technology. The Program makes it possible to transform my knowledge of construction on to paper with Layouts and Lists. The accuracy of the program generates lists and layouts that are Informative to the Builder, Supplier, and Carpenter. The layouts are created in color and sizes that are legible. The program can be customized to fit various skilled needs. I would recommend this software to anyone who has the knowledge in the construction field or anyone who has the time to learn the construction techniques.

Pros: The accuracy and the ease of use.

Recommendations to other buyers: Spend the time to learn the features. The Technical Support Team is fantastic and will work with you anytime the are open.

Hard to imagine a better support staff with this great product.

Jun 21, 2016
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 so much flexibility in it, that you can find all kinds of ways to accomplish your lists the way you want, I did. The more you use it the more you see and learn different ways to do the work. Constantly finding ways to improve efficiency & methods .
The updates with improvements and added features often include your wish lists & always useful.
Updates seem to be released every few months.
The lists provided and trail of information to answer questions later are all there with ease of access.

On top of a great product is the service and support that comes with it.
I can't imagine a support service any better, just ain't possible. This staff is as good as it gets, and I have spoken with several of them many times.
Robbie is always helpful and quickly follows up with answers not at hand for him then, and always a pleasure talking to him and the other guys.

I rate this support team as 6 of 5 in all ways.

Cons: There are no cons to this product & support staff. whatever additional features & improvements can be made they are working on it, and listening to us as customers with our wants.

Overall: I was a Carpenter, Framing & General Contractor for over 47 years, always did my own estimating & material lists.
Starting doing lumber lists for my lumber yard 3 years ago, and been using PrebuiltML X for almost a year now, and sure wish I started sooner.
I researched several other takeoff products prior to choosing Prebuilt, the leasing option allows you to use it without big investment up front, and they extended the trial period to me for over a month. Couldn't be more pleased with my choice.

Estima is the ultimate tool for the building industry!

Feb 21, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Estima is a fantastic tool that is extremely customizable to fit your needs and easy to understand. The software is easy to learn and will increase efficiency and accuracy as soon as you start using it. The staff at Prebuilt ML do a great job at training and supporting the software. They explain everything in understandable terms and very timely. Robbie has been so good to deal with and is always extremely eager to help. It is obvious that he loves his job and has a passion for helping others and representing Prebuilt ML. Greg's vision and morals are prevalent with every person I have been in contact with at Prebuilt ML. All in all, I do not think you could ask for a better partner to have in business than these guys.

PreBuiltMLX is the best, fastest, and unparalleled customer support for projects of all sizes.

Jan 14, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've used AutoCAD and various vendor software solutions but they all fall short compared to PreBuilt's MLX software. PreBuiltMLX has exceeded all my needs in providing accurate, timely, material takeoffs and in creating plans. It is flexible enough to meet all my client specialized needs and integrates with my company's sale department requirements easily. Their support staff is simply incredible, responding to my questions immediately and provided hands-on demonstration and training. After comparing pricing to other competitor's software, the choice was obviously PreBuilt. I would highly recommend trying it out with their free trial to see if it is right for you too.

This product is easy to use especially in the digitizing portion.

Jan 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am not a well oiled machine when it comes to computers. With the untiring and patient support of both Lonnie and Robbie I am able to produce accurate and illustrated take-offs for our customers. The customized template is a thing of beauty. I recommend this software to anyone regardless of there computer abilities not only for the ease of use but also to the GREAT Technical Support Team available to users. Thanks
Wayne Marlow

Very glad this software came up during a desperate search!

Dec 01, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: My old software wasn't cutting it, I literally switched horses midstream and haven't looked back!
I've used the free trial for two weeks on two jobs, and just subscribed when the trial ended. Then the fun really began when the staff customized my template to fit my needs.
All the support has been amazing. Robbie patiently explains, then re-educates, when my notes fall short. The software products list is so complete it contains material I haven't heard of in 25 years of construction. It is malleable, and I'm confident it will serve my clients from decks to three story townhomes and beyond! Thank you Prebuilt engineers and Thank you Robbie!

ROBBIE HAS A PASSION FOR WHAT HE DOES WHICH MAKES HIM AN EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER.

Jun 19, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS OF DEALING WITH SALES/SERVICE REPS FOR ESTIMATING SOFTWARE COMPANIES, YOU FEEL LIKE SOMEONE REALLY CARES ABOUT YOUR PURCHASE AND TRAINING. ROBBIE AND LONNIE ARE EXCEPTIONAL!

New to Estimating, Making it very easy to learn.

Jun 11, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The pros are, the customer service, the multitude of options and sophistication. For someone who is fairly new, It has been a great way to learn the job.
The cons are working out the bugs, and the learning curve.

Excellent Software For Estimating

May 29, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: PrebuiltML is a great estimating software. After searching for many months to find the right one to fit our needs, PrebuiltML became our choice. No up front cost, ease of use, and above all else the customer service provided is hands down the very best I have ever dealt with. They are more than willing to walk you step by step on getting your software set up the way you want in the best way possible. If you are in the market for Estimating software, you will NOT go wrong with Prebuilt!

PrebuiltML Software

Apr 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like how thorough the program is. It's fairly intuitive and brings you through all phases of the building to do an accurate take off.

Cons: I find that finding the correct product can sometimes be difficult due to how extensive the material lists are and how they are categorized.

Recommendations to other buyers: To just jump and do several projects start to finish.

Accuracy right out of the box

Apr 02, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a 22 year veteran estimator for homebuilders, I¿ve created some very elaborate Excel spreadsheets carefully designed to precisely quantify building materials. Right out of the box, the accuracy of PrebuiltML blows me away. The intelligence that is built into the program, the ease of which materials can be specified and organized, plus the ability to automatically generate a digital audit trail of the entire takeoff, proves to me that this company knows what they are doing. PrebuiltML will definitely remain in my toolbox.

The new and ever improving Estima Software

Mar 21, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: They are always making it better. I started on the Planswift version. It was very difficult to use. Weyerhausauer has made many improvements to their product. This has made it very user-friendly. I love using this product!

Cons: The newer version, without the Planswift, is better, but tends to crash if I'm not working at the office. I can't understand how it knows I'm not there, but it does. But I'm not an IT guy either. I hope they can get that bug fixed.

Recommendations to other buyers: Pay attention to what your customers are telling you, and make revisions based on their input!

Great product + excellent customer service = PrebuiltML

Mar 21, 2015
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software is accurate and makes takeoffs more time-efficient, while gaining customer confidence.

Cons: There are a few quirks in the software that need to be improved to make it perfect, but the customer service team is responsive and the development team is addressing them one by one in their updates. There's not much that I don't like about this product.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you haven't used software like this before, like I didn't, then there is a slight learning curve, but the videos that are available online along with the excellent support team help you get through it. I would describe this software like riding a bike - it's not hard, you just have to get on and scrap your knees a few times. It's a great product!

Great Time-Saver for Estimators

Mar 05, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like how you are building a model that has properties, and when changes are made to the model, it does all the necessary adjustments to the Materials affected by those changes. The vendor is very responsive and always happy to help work through issues that may arise.

Cons: Being on the opposite side of the country means we can only be in touch for half the day due to the time zone difference, but that is really a non-issue thus far.

Recommendations to other buyers: Put the time in upfront to set up your Templates, as it will save you a lot of time down the road potentially making the same changes over and over in specific job files.

Lumber Yard Estimating

Feb 20, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've been using the product for about 2 months, I believe its revolutionary to have this tool. Its changing the game for us, and more than likely, our competition.

Best Takeoff Software Around!!

Dec 01, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been working in this profession for 12+ years and have worked with 2 other estimating software programs, and have had numerous demos of others. This takeoff software is by far superior to any other I have seen or worked with.

As a former builder, I am most impressed by the way I can easily create layouts to convey "exactly" how the material is anticipated to be used. This allows the customer to ensure that the material has actually been accounted for by the estimator, and basically has a diagram of how to put the building together.

As an estimator, I appreciate the ease of use. I like being able to do everything electronically over the drawings that are provided to us. I can add notes for myself or for the customer, and control what is seen. I can highlight information that is pertinent to the takeoff. I can perform measurements. All of this can be done without printing out the drawing, so it is all saved right in my computer. Thus saving us plotter paper, ink and space in my office for the hundreds of prints that used to accumulate.

The customer service experience is excellent!! Any issues are immediately addressed. The available online videos can virtually walk you through about anything you try to achieve. Probably the most impressive thing is, they listen to ideas that users give. As a dedicated 40+ hours per week user I'll often think of enhancements that may improve the software. In my past software experiences I'd be told that the ideas would be passed onto development and it may take a year or so before they'd be incorporated into a release. Many of the ideas I have suggested for this software are available in just a few months after suggesting. There seems to be a release every few months, and I am always excited to find out what is new.

This a great tool for sales! Being able to efficiently perform the takeoff, show that the material has been accounted for and present any issues in the design or material discrepancies, to our customer allows us to make a great impression and at the same time helps make sure that our customer is comparing "apples to apples", or that they're clearly able to see what our competition has simply left out or not addressed.

There is simply nothing I'd rather be using! I already have the best there is!!

Excellent all around

Oct 31, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The program is very easy to use. I even asked them if it was really this simple and it really is. They are very helpful if any issues come up, they walk you through everything. Great program and great people. Thanks.

Great Product for all Estimating

Oct 22, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the fact that lists are compiled for me. Once I learned to link walls, the program essentially thinks for you. All products have been accounted for when doing an estimate.

Cons: I dislike not being able to link drywall with my linear wall measurements.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's a great program and it has a lot of features that you discover over time. The support is awesome and you get tips of the week to learn different obscure items within the program.

Estima is easy to use but still need lots of improvement.

Oct 17, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: 1. I like the easy setup to start a job, like inputing job data and scaling, and manipulating tif or png file format background. 2. Using containers to input materials in a wide area of the plan is very convenient, though it still needs improvement when inputing small item accessories, like hangers and blockings. 3. Generating a material list is fast and easy. The different view list options are very convenient. 4. The option to be able to create different list of products, different levels, and application is very convenient. 5. Being able to create bookmarks is great. 6. I also like the option to be able to copy and paste a large amount or the entire product input on a plan. 7. Flashing objects on the plan is excellent.

Cons: 1. The work becomes slow in working big projects. 2. Product labels get tight, and they crowd over one another. It would be very helpful if the user had the tool to detach labels and was able to manipulate its location and orientation (vertical or horizontal) 3. Creating and editing text is easy, but there is no option to resize already created text box.

Recommendations to other buyers: Simply know the software and have used it for complex jobs.

Good software for takeoff

Oct 16, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's easy to obtain material lists for takeoffs. Their responsive support will help when you run into problems. They have useful training videos to get you started.

Cons: Adding custom products is cumbersome. I would like more CAD-type tools (trim/extend). I would like better multiplier features. For example, a sub-pack that you can multiply within a main pack (if there's a repeating unit on the 2nd floor, unit would be sub-pack, floor would be main pack) would be helpful.

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a shot. Once you learn the software (after a couple of takeoffs), it's easy.

Structural Frame Designer

Oct 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the simplicity of input and the great output.

Cons: I cannot say that I have anything negative to say about this software or its vendor.

Recommendations to other buyers: When reviewing this software, make sure you compare it to similar software and not to software that is designed to do more complex functions. You really need an apples-to-apples comparison.

Use product to complete EWP Take-Off's and Design Layout drawings.

Oct 15, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the ease of use to quickly complete a take-off. I also like how materials are linked. Making changes/revisions are fast and it updates easily and quickly. Finally, I like the preset selections for items like hangers/connectors based on products used.

Cons: The file sizes are too large (typically averaging 10MB and up) when only importing 3-4 PDF trace images.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's simple and easy to use. Once getting passed the learning curve, it's easy to remember the steps and functionality.

Nice, Effective Software

Oct 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: It's very easy to use. Being able to overlay on top of plans to do a take-off is a huge time saver.

Cons: There is no undo command. I'm unable to move joists around within a container (I have to delete and add new). Labeling could still be tweaked. It can't manually move labels, and the shift label button only moves joists and beam labels I believe, so other labels such as blocking still get covered up.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure to do a good ten jobs or so before making judgement. It does take a little learning to get used too like any software.

Mixed Feelings

Oct 15, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software is easy enough to use and allows placement plans to be produced with minimal effort. Less detail is required during input, which reduces time spent on larger projects.

Cons: There is no undo function. If you accidentally hit delete, you have no way of fixing your mistake other than redrawing whatever it was that you deleted. Also, the connector selection and labeling is time consuming.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you're looking for a CAD style program with product selection availability, then this is the software for you.

I use Estima on a daily basis.

Oct 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: I like that you can quickly generate a take-off or material list based off of any imported PDF drawing at any scale. The recent upgrades to adjust document skew and rotation have been very helpful.

Cons: I dislike the features. There are a number of features or improvements that would make Estima even better. The ability to copy and paste between .pedb files would be a big help with long term productivity. I'd like better functionality between versions also. Sometimes importing older versions into the current version creates a lot of problems to the point where the take-off has to be re-drawn. Being able to export to a CAD file would also be a nice feature. We often use Estima as a preliminary design tool and then use CAD as a final design tool. Adding the ability to assign shortcut keys would be a great improvement as well.

Recommendations to other buyers: Dive right in! Make sure to learn all the tools and all their features. That will be the key to picking the right tool for the job and getting faster.

Estima Review

Oct 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the ease of use. It has a grand product database with customization options. Little training is required to get up and running.

Cons: The file size is very large once job is done. File sharing could be an issue.

Recommendations to other buyers: Updates are valuable and frequent. The price is lower than other available software.

Estima Review

Oct 15, 2014
4/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like how easy the software is to use.

Cons: I don't like that there isn't an undo button. Estima really needs an undo button.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's good tool for take-offs and is simple to use. It needs design capabilities.

Weyerhaeuser HDH feedback

Oct 10, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: We have a great relationship with PreBuiltML. They have actively resolved and found solutions to many of our issues to help improve our customers experience. We have found ways to improve our own process by using the tools available to our team.

Cons: As we've been trying to develop this software, when a new release is sent out, I don't feel that it has been correctly tested. We often get an update within hours or days of an update to fix a found issue. More testing could be completed before sending to all users.

Recommendations to other buyers: Utilize all the resources available to you. There are great customer service representatives, YouTube videos, PDF training documents, and plenty of in-market resources to help make you as efficient as possible. Also, when upgrades are made, learn about them; don't get stuck only using what you learned when you started using the software. You'll quickly find others passing you up if you stick with your old ways.

Exhilarating

Oct 03, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: They are a constantly a change in motion. Updating the product to fit the customer¿s needs, never a response of it will not do that but how can we make it do that. Taking every ounce of customer input and fitting that into the big picture. Since every customer uses this software slightly different they value the input from all to make a better product for all.

Use the software for several months, enjoy the many conversations with the support staff. Review all the support templates then make your review you will be pleasantly surprised with all it has to offer but you did not know how to look for it. Just like Nike is JUST DO IT there motto should be JUST ASK

I have found no bugs or flaws that in the system that have not been addressed

No question or comment ever goes un heard they also have a system that logs in the comment so that they are filed in specific areas so if one area needs to be addressed they can see this and move the support team in that direction to better assist the customer¿s needs instead of their wish list items.

Experiencing Estima

Sep 24, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It allows us to show the builder we are not just guessing at what they will need for framing etc, but we're using a tool to make his house and lumber package more accurate & efficient. Plus, it¿s just fun in general using the program for roof, floors, ceiling joist etc.

Cons: It's missing some little things that will speed up the time it takes to complete the plan. It obviously takes longer to use the program than to do a manual take off most salesmen are use to for bidding, but it¿s a lot more fun and gives a better end product for the customer. This, will be one of the bigger hurdles. The "old school" guys will be reluctant to switch to the program, because it takes more time (which they seem to think they don't have) and because most will be resistant to change in general.

Recommendations to other buyers: You should take time to figure out the best way to get all you can in your template that the program will allow. This way each time you start a new design, you don't have to keep going back and do the same work each time. It would be nice if you were able to do a little more in the template. (i.e. saving products you use commonly so you don't have to pick them each time, 2x10's, 2x12's, 7/16 OSB, presets you've saved in other files, etc.).

prebuilt - review

Sep 17, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's extremely user-friendly.

Cons: I would like to have more control over presets. (i.e. to be able to make a preset with multiple areas and also be able to make an area preset with only one edge with a material).

Recommendations to other buyers: There are multiple ways to achieve the same goal. Play around to see what works best for you as far as speed and accuracy are concerned.

This is a user-friendly program; the support is A+.

Sep 10, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the ease of use and customer support.

Cons: Like with most programs, there are glitches, and sometimes they come at inopportune times.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make use of the help and support offered through the vendor

Finding more appreciation for the software the more I use it

Sep 05, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have begun to appreciate the the Prebuilt ML program more and more as I use it. It has been a tremendous help in allowing us to provide service to our customers that most of our competitors do not. I have my issues with the program like any other programs with features that need to be improved, but all in all it has gotten better. I have not had the level of crashes that I had previously. I do look forward to more user friendly and accuracy tools to be incorporated with the software. I hope to see more training tools and support.

Just scratching the surface.

Aug 29, 2014
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I haven't been able to use this program as much as I would like to, so I don't know half of what it's capable of or all the pros and cons. But what I can tell is that it has a lot of potential to do all the things required for a complete building takeoff. It will take a lot of setup and training to make it user friendly for me. I feel like it is fairly difficult and complicated to use, but perhaps with all it's capable of that's inevitable. It's much more than just a pdf measuring tool.

An Excellent Tool for a Difficult Job

Aug 22, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using this product for several months, and have been very pleased with the results. PrebuiltML's visual, hands-on approach has been very effective in capturing the details and unusual building practices used in the custom homes which dominate this market area.
Pros: Extremely accurate measurements, use of digitized plans for measurement, flexibility, and customer support
Cons: Product database could be larger, and some parameters cannot be fully manipulated by the end user
Overall, this product has helped us stay ahead of the competition by offering more accurate measurements while also allowing us to generate material lists and layouts which make it easier for our customers to see how the results are generated, and better demonstrate options which they might have overlooked.

Switching to new software

Aug 22, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: recently we switched to the estima software. The software is a great tool to create a clear and concise estimate. it allows me to create a detailed estimate for our sales staff to use. alitte tough to learn at first but the more time spent using the software it get easier.

Great software

Aug 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I am an estimator, and I use this software all day, five days a week. I started using it when it was first released. When I started, I was taught by another estimator, and he taught me to do everything the way he does his takeoffs. By watching the different videos, attending the online demos, and talking with customer support, I have figured out completely different ways to complete my takeoffs. What has impressed me the most is that you can put as little effort into learning the software as you want to. If you just want a point and click software that will give you square footage, linear footage, etc., you can do that. But if you want to use it like we do - importing stocking lengths, preferences, notes, and layout colors, or creating customized templates for each lumber yard and builder we work with - you can do that, too. Customer service is great. I always get a response to my questions within the hour, and usually within a few minutes. Lastly, the thing I think is most important is that the software developers work hand-in-hand on a daily basis with framers and contractors. The software reflects that. It's easy enough to use that you can pick it up once a month and do fine. It's complex enough that you can use it every day and still find ways to cut down on time and increase accuracy.

Cons: One of the things that I like best about the software, its flexibility, is also one of the pitfalls. It can do so much that sometimes it feels a little overwhelming. Once you start looking under the hood (stocking lengths, preferences, etc.), you realize how much is actually there. Thankfully, you don't have to take advantage of all that stuff if you don't want to. You can always ignore it if you just want really simple takeoff software.

Recommendations to other buyers: No software is perfect for every user. I would suggest watching some online demos, downloading the free trial, and playing for a little bit. If you don't see a feature you want/need, call customer support. With other companies, you might not get the help you need. You might not even get to talk to a real person. Prebuilt customer service is excellent. I have made contact with them several times, maybe even once a week for various reasons. Some of my questions are small (e.g., "Can you help me enter this new product so that I can draw a square footage and it will give me the correct piece count?"), and some of my questions are big ("I have a customer who needs #2 studs at 24" OC for all exterior and bearing walls and standard and better studs at 16" OC for all interior nonbearing walls. How do I do that?"). It doesn't matter; I get immediate answers every time. Customer service is probably the second most important part of software evaluation, but I think people forget to check that.

The New Side of Takeoff Software

Aug 11, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros:
I began using PrebuiltML when it was first released. The software was truly amazing and has become better than ever before in the months since its release.

As a full-time construction takeoff producer, I could not be happier with the firepower that PrebuiltML puts in the hands of a producer. Something that I have really liked about PrebuiltML is that the software engineers are always talking with full-time takeoff producers. It's not a software company that does not know the industry of their product. There is always that practical approach to everything in regards to real world material takeoffs, which are sometimes complex and messy.

Also, something that stands out above other takeoff software, is PrebuiltML's flexibility. There is a way to do nearly everything. Profiles can be set or imported/exported and stored for a certain builder/customer. Each month or so, there is a new release, typically with new features. You might be a full-time takeoff producer, dealing with hardware, siding, rebar, trim, insulation, drywall, roofing, etc, and PrebuiltML will do the job. If you do general SF/LF takeoffs from time to time, PrebuiltML is perfect for that as well. All in all, I am very pleased with PrebuiltML, and having used another big name Takeoff software out there previously before I began using PrebuiltML, I would not go back to the former.

Cons:
I have not really found anything with the product or vendor that I didn't like.

Overall:
If you are looking into buying software for doing takeoffs, whether this software or any other, ask yourself if the software is right for the job at hand. I have worked with software before that, in my opinion, was not adequate and required far too many work arounds. Also, is the software you are looking at overkill? If software takes you several months to learn, it is possible that you are using a Ferrari with tons of bells and whistles when what you need is a 4x4 to get the job done quickly and done right? PrebuiltML can be learned easily in a month if the user does takeoffs fairly frequently.

The New Side of Takeoff Software

Jul 14, 2014
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I began using PrebuiltML when it was first released. The software was truly amazing and has become better than ever before in the months since its release. As a full-time construction takeoff producer, I could not be happier with the firepower that PrebuiltML puts in the hands of a producer. Something that I have really liked about PrebuiltML is that the software engineers are always talking with full-time takeoff producers. It's not a software company that does not know the industry of their product. There is always that practical approach to everything in regards to real world material takeoffs, which are sometimes complex and messy. Also, something that stands out above other takeoff software, is PrebuiltML's flexibility. There is a way to do nearly everything. Profiles can be set or imported/exported and stored for a certain builder/customer. Each month or so, there is a new release, typically with new features. You might be a full-time takeoff producer, dealing with hardware, siding, rebar, trim, insulation, drywall, roofing, etc, and PrebuiltML will do the job. If you do general SF/LF takeoffs from time to time, PrebuiltML is perfect for that as well. All in all, I am very pleased with PrebuiltML, and having used another big name Takeoff software out there previously before I began using PrebuiltML, I would not go back to the former.

Cons: I have not really found anything with the product or vendor that I didn't like.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are looking into buying software for doing takeoffs, whether this software or any other, ask yourself if the software is right for the job at hand. I have worked with software before that, in my opinion, was not adequate and required far too many work arounds. Also, is the software you are looking at overkill? If software takes you several months to learn, it is possible that you are using a Ferrari with tons of bells and whistles when what you need is a 4x4 to get the job done quickly and done right? PrebuiltML can be learned easily in a month if the user does takeoffs fairly frequently.