Active Takeoff

4.5 / 5 32 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Full featured on-screen takeoff. Whatever the trade.


Average Ratings

32 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $698.00/one-time/user
  • Pricing Details
    599$ + 99$ annual fee
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Quoter Software
  • www.activetakeoff.com
  • Founded 2002
  • Canada

About Active Takeoff

Thanks to its inherent simplicity, Active Takeoff will instantly boost your productivity on all your takeoff jobs. Even if you've never used a computer before! Stop spending countless hours measuring your paper plans manually and get more accurate results at the fraction of the time it used to take. No incompatible scales. Supports Imperial or Metric systems. Thousands of users are already using Active Takeoff, and they love it!


Active Takeoff Features

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

Active Takeoff Reviews Recently Reviewed!

It does the job, but with some changes and updates, it could be a lot better. I will continute to use it, mostly based on price.

Nov 17, 2017
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Price. Obviously you can spend a lot more on similar products. We only do countertops so it gets detailed enough for us and is all we need to spend to do the job.

Cons: Unable to read the font on the main plan sheet page below the pages. There is no way to search for keywords like adobe. Measurements don't show up on small items even after zooming. The report pages are't that easy to read.

Construction tool

Nov 13, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It is easy to use and also can be worked on then converted to the different versions for better usage.

Cons: The product is slow sometimes while file becomes huge. We cant click on the next or the previous page while working.

Great tool without a huge learning curve.

Sep 22, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This is a great tool and I am glad I found it. I am still learning it so I am sure it will get even better once I have all the moves perfected to my needs. The customer support is great. Very timely and helpful. Start with the free trial and a quick lesson. I tried a few different free trials of other types of takeoff software and Active Takeoff won me over. Good price too!

Pros: Customer Support Ease of Use Direct and to the point takeoff and reports without the unnecessary bells and whistles. I like the Export to Excel feature.

Cons: Can get slow and sticky if the page gets too full of takeoff. To counter that you need to create layers and turn them off and on to keep it running smooth. Length counter is not continuous around bends and angles. Need to start and stop then start again many times for long lengths. Can't click to next or previous page. You have to go to the plans page and find the page you want to go to next.

Outstanding customer service support, great value for content!

Aug 29, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Every time that we have needed support the Active Takeoff support team has been there to answer our questions with a live technician. It sure feels good to know that there is still support out there without having to be on hold forever. They are working to make there product even more user friendly; I did not grow up using a computer, am old school, paper, pencil, eraser, calculator and arch. ruler, what it took days to do now takes hours. Thank you Active Takeoff, looking forward to your continual updates.

Cons: There is really nothing bad about this product. They are reprogramming some of the features that can allow us to identify the materials being used, but other than that, it is a great product for the value.

Overall: Help out with the time consumption in comparison to a manual take off.

This is a very useful tool to perform a takeoffs, easy to use and have an excellent accuracy.

Aug 25, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Friendly user interface
- Easy to use
- Keep in order all the information.
- Export options to Excel, PDF, Image files, etc.
- Save time, money and paper.
- Reduce errors.

Cons: - Can't open a file created in other computers.
- Lack of tag options.
- Mark zone option should allow drawing different shapes like the area tool.
- Move items between layers are complicated. This should be more like Autocad when you select multiple objects and you want them in one layer, you just select the items and then the layer.

Bye bye AutoCAD.

May 08, 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: + Much simpler to use than AutoCAD, for roof takeoffs + Allows the use of the right-click button + Allows the storing of templates, to save more and more time with every takeoff

Cons: - Can't rotate objects - No arc option - Cannot resize the Legend -Can be a bit annoying when trying to get the lines straight, should incorporate the SHIFT button like Illustrator does.

Great Take Off Software

Feb 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: This is one of my favorite take off software programs that I have used. It really comes in handy to get the bids completed faster.

Pros: Easy to up load plans

Cons: Don't really have any

Recommendations to other buyers: If you want to complete bids faster then try this out, it is by far the easiest to upload plans.

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Feb 16, 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: USER FRIENDLY AND COST SAVER

Cons: EXPORTING TO EXCEL SOMETIMES MIXES THINGS OR OMITS THINGS

Overall: tried out the free trial of this and planswift and vu360. the most user firiendly and reliable one was without a doubt active takeoff. the price was half of other competitors and also the annual charge was half. the support is also friendly and reliable and gets back to you really quick. i bought a license about a year ago and getting ready to buy another one for a new estimator in the company.

Great product, great service

Jan 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Super easy to setup, tracks all of my takeoff and sort info exactly how I need it in reports.

Cons: Sharing takeoff files from one machine to the next isn't available yet, but I hear that's in the next update. Other than this...The software is flawless.

Overall: Not many companies offer the level of service that these guys do. Active takeoff is easy to use, easy to setup and makes tracking estimates effortless. I have used just about every piece of takeoff software out there and this program is by far the best.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you're looking for takeoff software and have considered the other big names out there (sage, on center, planswift, mc2), have a look at Active takeoff....It makes construction estimating easy.

Best Value Takeoff Software

Jan 08, 2017
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: Ease of use. The multiple page layout view is very useful as well.

Cons: I wish there was a separate linear tool that calculates surface area and volume without having to create an extension.

Overall: I've been an estimator using takeoff software for over 10 years and this is definitely the best value takeoff software out there. It's very easy to learn and will definitely increase your takeoff productivity.

incredible find!

Dec 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Relatively easy to use - I made my first set of counts with less than one hour of training

Cons: Didn't know about the knowledge base at first.

Overall: This software is so easy to use once you have it installed. With OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SUPPORT, they really assist when you need it! They are courteous, knowledgeable and respectful to us laymen users that do not know the in's and out's of programming. I am so thrilled that we selected this software over the others. FANTASTIC VALUE!

Recommendations to other buyers: You need to advertise more! We heard about you from a vendor and I am so glad we purchased this! Also - below I could not find our category. We are a manufacturer's sales rep agency for lighting manufacturers. We sell to electrical distributors and commercial homebuilders primarily.

One of the only takeoff options with the ability to record wire drops

Nov 17, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: Fairly easy to pick up basic functions. Help file is abysmal. Extensions are there, but aren't explained very well. One of the only takeoff programs I've found that can actually record wire drops and rises throughout the run.

Pros: It has electricians in mind. Can record wire runs and has a better organizational structure than Planswift.

Cons: Doesn't have a very detailed help file. Doesn't integrate with any major products except Excel.

Customer Service is *****

Nov 14, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I was in a panic this morning when my active takeoff wouldnt boot up, and I have sooo many bids due. Jiraud responded to my inquiry immediately, and had me up and running asap.
TOP NOTCH service. Thanks!

Brilliant Software

Sep 06, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the ease of use and small learning curve for this software.

Cons: Have not run into any problems as of yet so nothing.

Recommendations to other buyers: I tried and compared pretty well every software of this type and found this one meets and exceeds my personal needs.

Very good Software

Sep 02, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It was a very easy software to manipulate, I was able to maneuver around easily and show my co workers.

Cons: Nothing really, Over all I was very pleased, I would say maybe the set up was a bit challenging, but that is not the software's fault and luckly we have great IT!

Recommendations to other buyers: Great Software, I am sure other will find it easy to work through also.

Intuitive, easy to use even for the novice

Aug 18, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Good value, easy to learn and runs fast on any PC, love the printout and report from it

Cons: The report could be more custamizable, and maybe an online plan room

Recommendations to other buyers: take your time and learn it fully before making a final decision

Awesome Takeoff Software for an Old School Scaler

Aug 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Being able to layer drawings and areas for breakouts. Being able to color code different areas

Cons: needs more versatility for masonry. NO 12", 14" or 16" Block. Need Grout Calculations in Yards. Need to figure in splicing for rebar

Overall: Picked up 85% of program in about a day. Saves me hours over the old school scaling.
Accuracy is also much better

Active Takeoff

Jul 29, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Great Price, Easy to load, User friendly.

Overall: I have been using Active Takeoff for a few months now & find it great to use. I think it is great value & easy to use. I did have a problem when I bought a new computer & transferred all my files over. Active Takeoff was not working but after contacting the support team I had an answer very quickly & it turned out to be an issue with the name of my user file nothing to do with the program Active Takeoff.

In my opinion the best takeoff software on the market

Jul 29, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Its quite intuitive making it easy to use from the get go but also has a level of depth to it once you become more established.

Its very good value for money when compared to other products on the market that are both harder to use and more expensive.

Cons: It would be nice to be able to change the currency used for estimations. This may be an option I have not learned yet.

Overall: Prior to using this software I was scaling and taking measures by hand which was extremely time consuming for me and difficult to get perfectly accurate. I tried other similar products but found them no good and so complicated it was not worth bothering. I then trialed this software and was amazed at how easy it was to use. Drawings that would have taken 2 to 3 days to measure by hand can now be measured quickly in minutes or hours which means I can provide quotations to clients much faster and more accurately. After the trial period came to an end purchasing the product was a no brainer. It has paid for itself after just one week of use.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you still do takeoffs by hand you need to download this software immediately it will save you countless hours.

New technology helping residential remodeling company in Boise

Jun 23, 2016
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is easy and fun to use. It makes my estimates extremely accurate. It has all the functionality that I need in my residential remodeling business. My designer wants to use it but I am having too much fun to give it up.

Cons: There are some features that I have asked for that do not exist yet. I have figured out how to work around them so nothing bad to say. My understanding is that it is a little less flexible and powerful than some far more expensive software packages but I am perfectly OK with that.

Overall: I am new to the world of takeoffs. As a remodeling contractor I always thought takeoffs were for big commercial companies. The program is fun and intuitive. There are a few tricks and shortcuts that I am starting to incorporate. The estimating component is out there for me to learn. Other than a few frustrations with my lack of experience and the way I do thing vs the way the industry does them. I am adapting and enjoying the program very much.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use the help manual before you call for help. See if you can figure it out on your own first. Help is a phone call away and extremely helpful.

Good after-sale service

Jun 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: Overall speaking it's good and easy to use. And Jiraud is really willing to help and respond the email fair quickly. For me the software needs further customisation. I have been told can have the function I need in next version. Expecting the update to be finished soon.

Easy to Use. Prompt support when you need it

May 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Brilliant software package for completing take-off's and bills.

No more paper... No more printing... No more waste... Efficient and smart!

Many thanks to the chaps at Active TakeOff, especially Jiraud.

Fantastic

May 05, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Great software, user friendly! and customer service get back within a day!!

Perfect

May 02, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: Perfect for what we need, Saves us time, money and most of all stress.

"So Simple, It Works"

Mar 04, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Experimented with the free trial, bought the software two months ago and am doing over 400,000 square feet a month.

Like any software system, it's very capable and powerful. We find the areas of the software that work for us and use them daily, like 6 days/week.

I get stuck in the areas that I need for my take offs and haven't had time to explore the other features.

I have looked at EVERY system on the market, done trials and found Active Take Off to be easy the use and a good value to buy.

Rick Hutchinson

Easy to pick up and use. very happy overall

Feb 01, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: To be honest, I have been too busy using it, due to a massive amount of bid overload to fully take the time to learn the little things that would help in ease of use. Some of the little annoyances, and they are indeed minor are likely just a matter of me taking time to learn more of the little things that make all the differences.

I am very happy overall, it has saved me a lot of time, and I know my accuracy has skyrocketed.

just started using this a few days ago and so far it seems very easy to use and move around in

Feb 01, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I demoed a variety of take-off packages and for the price this one seemed to be the best value for what we were looking for. The software is missing some features (like an arc-creation tool and ability to add custom extensions) that I saw in other, more expensive packages, however to be fair these packages were at least twice the price of ActiveTakeoff. Overall I'm very happy with the program so far, and when I do have a quesiton or concern, the responsiveness of the customer service has been fantastic.

Active Takeoff is the best

Jan 28, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is by far the easiest software to use and I really like the way that you can personalize just about everything that you would want to. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a takeoff software. The Customer Service is always quick to respond and very helpful. I could not ask for anything more.

Easy to use - Gets the job done

Nov 25, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Our firm actively tested and demo'd several of the competitors offerings. We continued to go back to Active Takeoff since it was easy to use. After chewing up a couple hours on training with others, we felt this product better suited our needs. We were able to install and get to work right away. On top of this, the price point has the competition beat ---- by a lot.

Over all experience has been great!

Nov 16, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Program is great, very easy to use. Their customer service has been quick and responsive.

Simplicity of use and layout

Nov 15, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pro's: I have tested a few other on-screen measuring products and i find 'Active' to be more user friendly with an easier learning curve than most. Customer service is fantastic. Jiraud always gets back to me very promptly when i have any queries, and is happy to assist in any way.

Cons: It would be great to have folders in tools tab to be able to organise tools into categories.

Great takeoff software. Worth the money.

Nov 14, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: I have used many different estimating programs, including some of the most sophisticated and expensive ones. These systems were abandoned because they were too awkward to easily use or from lack of support and costly upgrades. Active Takeoff has been a breath of fresh air. Being gun shy about estimating software, I played with trial version extensively, before buying. I found Active Takeoff to be extremely easy to use and very intuitive. The program has adequate horsepower for any estimates that I do. It plays well with MS Excel and Adobe PDF programs. This estimating program has exceeded my expectations. Two Thumbs Up!