Who Uses This Software?

PlanSwift is perfect for commercial and residential contractors, subcontractors and estimators of any size. PlanSwift can be custom tailored to fit all trades from finish paint to earthwork.


Average Ratings

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

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $995.00/one-time/user
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  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • PlanSwift
  • www.planswift.com
  • Founded 2007
  • United States

About PlanSwift

The easiest digital plan management and takeoff software for the construction industry. Measure footage, pitch and angles in seconds with a simple point and clicks, and use drag and drop parts and assemblies to quickly calculate material and labor costs. Bid jobs faster than ever before with this estimating software. Find areas, wall length totals and count items simply by clicking on them.


PlanSwift 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

PlanSwift Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Affordable Digitization

Nov 16, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I've been using Planswift for over 15 years and I love it. While there are other products out there, I feel Planswift gives me the most for my money. If you are looking at other products, I would suggest, that you factor in maintenance cost into your overall price.

Pros: Small learning curve, feature packed, ease of use, the overall cost is lower than most when maintenance cost is figured into the overall price.

Cons: New features could come out faster, not cloud-based, needs to be able to sync with tablets. Import DPI could be higher.

PlanSwift

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: PlanSwift allows us to easily communicate as a team the focus of our bids. We are able to highlight key details that our team needs to pay attention. It allows for accurate measurements and descriptions of projects.

Cons: It does not allow multiple uses to access the account at one time to work collaboratively on a project.

Stress Free, and efficient

Nov 07, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I would strongly recommend this product to all medium to large sized contracting operations, to help aid in the efficiency, accuracy and productivity of takeoffs as well as help with short timelined bids.

Pros: Efficiency, and ease to use makes this the best software for the applications we do. I would recommend this product to any medium to large scale contractors to aid in the efficiency and productivity of their operation.

Cons: The at times "complication" to programing particular areas of the software make the inner workings of this program less user friendly. All of this is easily fixed though with the great and extremely personable support branch, all questions regarding this particular area are placed to ease with the professionalism of all tech support staff.

Great takeoff software, good parts estimation, NO database

Oct 24, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Planswift is like an open-source, do-it-yourself platform. It is awesome in it's capability to write what you need and even design the input screens to look very clean and professional. But negatives come with that...it's not good at all for multiple users, you have to define all your own processes and there is little to no bid-level abilities with the software. Most of the great reviews for Planswift are based on the Takeoff aspect. They are correct. But the estimation side is only great for a single, hands-on user.

Pros: -Takeoff probably couldn't be better. All takeoff software should be judged against Planswift. -Estimation is confusing at first, but very powerful. Everything is customizable. -Price is very low for what you can do.

Cons: -No database. This is a basic requirement. You can connect to MS database, but one shouldn't need to do that. -Reporting is not good at all. It is very glitchy. So it appears easy to customize, but then things just quit working. -Support and upgrades have seemingly stopped. Ownership has a changed a few times and now the software seems to be in limbo.

Awesome takeoff software

Oct 16, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use. I can quickly find values such as square footages, linear footages and counts.

Cons: File storage could be better. When competing with software such as Microsoft word a certain level of user experience is expected. It's hard to move lots of files. But you just have to plan ahead.

This software works great for basic take off in estimating and is easy to figure out.

Oct 16, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: The software boast a lot of function that sound good at the time of purchase. Several of them make similar promises but when it comes to using the product to the fullest it seems to fall flat of the promise. Once you get past doing a take off I don't see how anything can complete the estimation process without a lot of extra steps so I would recommend this and any other products for their ability to do the take off but it stops there.

Pros: Good video tutorials to help you get the most out of the product. Quick and easy to get a take off done. Some basic templates can be made to make the most of your time.

Cons: Written in Pascal so it is old programming and not real easy to modify Customer support can get a little lost if you have a real question.

Planswift for Estimating

Oct 03, 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 product is pretty versatile regarding what it can do for estimating. You can use it for very basic quantity take-off or you can build formulas to figure out multiple materials for complete materials lists for a build with a single click of a button.

Cons: It does take some time upfront to build your formulas, but it is well worth it in the long run and will save you time and money on figuring out your material lists.

Quick and accurate estimating!!

Sep 18, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The speed at which we were able to get new people up on the software is a big bonus and really helps with the fast pace of business.

Cons: Exporting to excel can sometimes be touchy but that is rare. Otherwise this is definitely the way to go for getting quickly started in construction estimating.

Overall: The ability to quickly and accurately provide the best pricing to our customers.

Planswift access

Sep 14, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Zoom in and zoom out options for drawings are amazing. Looks better than other softwares because it gives cut off quantity

Cons: For buying plugins and estimation the every item individually is some what negative. Software should immersed with these plugins to easy access

Effective and Easy to Use

Aug 17, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Great product for its price.

Pros: This product helped me finish plan takeoffs quicker than our previous methods. Being able to calculate all quantities on a page by page basis was very useful.

Cons: It took a little time to learn the different functions of the program. There could be a better tour or assistance program in place.

Plan swift makes estimating quick and easy

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I highly recommend this program

Pros: I like how easy it is to take a photo or a drawing and make it into an estimate. I run a exterior company specializing in the exterior of buildings with 50+ employees. This leaves me little time for estimating but with this program estimating is quick and easy. I would recommend this program all day long.

Cons: I really had to think hard about this and I can't think of anything that doesn't work for me --------------

Has completely changed the way i do takeoffs and view projects. Really solid program overall.

Jul 21, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I really like the functionality of the software when working on a takeoff. I also like how it ties in to Plasma and saves me many additional steps

Cons: No way to do a keyword search once specs are pulled in to planswift. Sifting through 900 pages of spec looking for important details is tedious and best done outside of planswift using a PDF program like Adobe

Overall: Saves me a trip to the printing office to print off plans, i also like that i can use it offline.

Better than similar products and provides better value

Jul 14, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: Works really well once wall types are setup properly We've designed it export nicely into our excel estimate sheet

Cons: Took about 100 hrs to setup the wall types to our liking. Bigger projects sometimes have trouble exporting to excel from estimating

Excellent Software for Takeoff

Jul 14, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I really like this product and will continue to use it as long as I remain the construction industry

Pros: Planswift is very user friendly it only took me 2 weeks get up and running, the customer / technical support is very good and they really go above and beyond to solve any issues.

Cons: I would like to see a separate labor input to make it easier to set up individual crew rates such as Foremen, Lead Tech 1, Tech 2, Tech 3

It is necessary for our industry!

Jul 11, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It saves us a lot of time and money regarding having accurate measurements. Without this software every estimate would much more time

Cons: It offers way too much for what we need it. Therefore, we would use a cheaper version, if they would offer it.

Must Have

Jul 11, 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: Fast and accurate generating from drawings. Like the overlay feature and has build in estimating support.

Cons: The custom markup and note functions are very basic, can use some improvement. The other marking shapes are also not quite customizable too.

Effective 2D Takeoff Software

Jun 16, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I would highly recommend it as a tool to save costs on plan for things like budgets or for companies making their first leap into on-screen takeoffs rather than old school plans and scaling/highlighting.

Pros: Ease of use for point and click, dimension scaling and calibration, elevation markups, text bubbles and snapshots for RFIs, no annual license fee if you so choose to not receive updates, cheapest entry price of any software

Cons: Estimating software leaves a lot to be desired. The inputs and functions you can use don't always cover your entire needs and leaves us using Excel with our house made matrix to estimate. Sometimes plans with large file sizes crash the software, but could be due to our own RAM constraints (8 GB).

Quantitive Take Off Software

Jun 15, 2017
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: PLanSwift is a great alternative to other overly priced and complicated to use software. The technical support team is quick to help and knowledgable.

Cons: Some of the import features are difficult to maneuver and sometime the software crashes. That being said the software is continually saving so you don't lose work in progress.

Overall: A more efficient and economical way to accomplish QTO

Review

Jun 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Wonderful product would be useful, tools was easy to use, was able to use the program to write proposals

Cons: Expensive hard for a new business to afford if they are starting out was hoping a longer trial or payment plan

Easily the best takeoff & estimating software available!

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We are a large GC and self-perform much of our own work (concrete, framing, roofing, drywall, siding, etc.) and even do takeoffs on the work we are subbing out to keep our subs in check. We feel the sample parts & assemblies that come with the software as well as the plugins PlanSwift offers are useless. We found a company (www.precisiontakeoffs.com) that makes what PlanSwift refers to as "Third Party" plugins and they have been amazing. We have purchased 6 plugins from this company and they are very easy to use, very detailed, and very versatile. These plugins weren't cheap but are worth the investment. We would still recommend PlanSwift without these plugins as it is very easy to use and extremely accurate. I don't understand all the negative comments I see about PlanSwift. You don't need to be a computer programmer to use PlanSwift. It doesn't crash all the time. We rarely have any issues with it and when we do it almost always is a user issue, not a PlanSwift issue.

Pros: We love the fact that you can do everything (takeoff, pricing, overhead, profit, & bid proposal) within PlanSwift!

Cons: It does have a bit of lag on bigger takeoffs as it is only a 32 bit system. Customer service is terrible!

careful with the maintenance fee scams

May 30, 2017
1/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: So I call customer service and know and behold I didn't buy into a maintenance package so it's going to cost more now to have a tech assist. ?

Pros: It's Great for takeoffs, easy to work with, and has many options that lets you customize your own style.

Cons: 1 year and 1month into the program and I get a message that there's an Access violation at an address in the module.

PlanSwift

May 08, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It is easy to use and intuitive software. There are nice and helpful YouTube videos to help you learn more things about the software if needed.

Cons: Customer service was not very helpful for me. There was an update that crashed my computer. When I finally reached someone, after 30 minutes on hold, they basically told me that I was SOL.

amazing software

Apr 20, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Comments: Used this software for two years for roofing Takeoff. It is quick and easy to perform counts and linear/area takeoffs.

Pros: easy to use, great program for take off in shingle roof and flat roof,I'm using form more than 3 years and always is easy to deal with, friendly interface.

Cons: Big files take sometimes several minutes to upload, but with patient still working good, and you need a fast computer.

has constant issues printing

Apr 19, 2017
3/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The ease of use making it easy to train someone how to use the program. Accurate and simple to get the info you need in order to bid a job.

Cons: cant print, always got to use the " print current view" in pdf format. When you are bidding a job that has plenty of sheets, it takes a lot of time doing this to each and every single page.

Ease of use, and rapid efficiency for contractors doing takeoffs on plans.

Apr 18, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I used this program for the entire duration of the trial I was permitted to use it for. While in use this program was highly efficient in is duty to serve as an upgrade to our current takeoff software. (See pros/cons)

Pros: - Can get square footage for concrete of massive plans in 20 - 7 minutes, as opposed to using something like Vu360, and (constantly crashing) taking multiple days to do a single takeoff for one PDF plan. - This program is organized, It comes with an integrated item list that (after you put your prices in for materials) can give you the equivalent of an excel estimate, as you finish the takeoff, and while you are in the middle of doing it. - There is a fill tool for getting square footage or selecting lines for linear feet, you can do supermassive takeoffs for concrete (as long as there isn't a cancerous amount of pointing lines dashing the entire plan) in seconds... - They just broke free from the shackles of oracle so now they have a bunch of awesome plugins back, Plugins such as 'convert takeoff into Quickbooks'... - The program was very quick, no memory leaks here, no lag. - Can be converted into excel

Cons: - High cost, this program is about $ or more PER install (gets cheaper the more you get possibly on a per-software basis), after all of your salesman deals and whatnot, (without any fancy online training) - Complicated at first, Don't try to show the program off to anyone unless you have spent a good 3 - 4 days experimenting with all of the tools, and asking your salesman for a live demonstration. It can be frustrating to know the tool you've been wondering where it is, is under your nose. - The program can only do auto ("one click area") (for getting square/lineal footage) selection for so much space, so on big PDF plans, you will have to use the cut tool to dice the plans into a moderately sized grid, of which it will then handle like a champ.

Great Custom Support

Apr 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: When ever there is a problem, from a Virus to a question Great Response from Plan swift

Pros: Easy Use and Fast for taking off and save $ on Printing

Cons: The Estimate Break out Can be Confusing and hard to set up the way you would like it.

PLANSWIFT

Apr 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Planswift is a good product. the only thing lacking is if you were not the person initially trained for the program and cannot figure out a function, they will not teach you. They want you to go to Utah for their class at 1495 a pop. Too far and Too much as I am in Florida.

Pros: Very accurate

Cons: no customer Teaching support

Problems with planswift

Apr 12, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Over all it is a pretty good program I use it on a daily basis.

Pros: Easy to use, I like the many features and the overall functionality. The value is pretty good accept for the fact that you can no longer download previous versions.

Cons: Program crashes frequently Gets really slow when using Joist tool Sometimes when I do a measuring tool it skips back to another page. Don't like the way the program jumps around like when you start a takeoff item it will jump to another corner of the plans.

Planswift Review

Feb 22, 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: Ease of use, fast.

Cons: Can't get bridge to work between estimating software.

Overall: Planswift is very intuitive to use. It's as easy as picking up the mouse and getting to work. Other takeoff softwares are no as easy to figure out or are slower. I like the earthwork pro feature for quick topographical takeoffs.

Current Planswift user.

Feb 19, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I've been using Planswift for about ten years and think it's a good program but not great. Basic functions are easy, however, getting deep into the programs features are complicated time consuming.

Pros: Price and ease of use for basic functions.

Cons: Customer support! They never take your call right away. Be prepared to wait a couple hours for a callback. I've even waited three days before they called me back. They are good but you will be waiting. I only call tech support a couple times a year.

Recommendations to other buyers: I am looking at other programs because Planswift seems to be getting dated. Look at other options.

Robust Potential, glitchy programming

Feb 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Comments: I've been a Planswift user for last 8 years. The program has a lot of bells and whistles with so many custom options. Its a rather incredible concept but some of the tools like hip/valley tool, comparative overlay and auto count don't work properly. My number one issue with plan swift is the code. I complained about how slow the program would get after just a few hours of measurements, especially when using a lot of joint tool and overlays. I would mostly get silence from customer support when making that comment, it seemed odd but I didn't put much thought into it and just kept upgrading hardware on my PC to compensate. Well, now I have a computer that could animate for Pixar yet Planswift still shows me its hourglass mocking the value of my time. I also noticed it would crash more often than I find reasonable and will also crash excel when open even if not using Planswift at the time. When this would happen, excel was unable to recover my progress in that worksheet. VERY frustrating. So, I started to look into composing better spreadsheet design do compensate. I went to an excel guru with estimating background and after just several hours we were both unsure of how we were to make chicken salad out of the fodder. I decided to go shopping, there are tons of in screen programs out there but if you want takeoff with legends to be able to efficiently convey that fancy estimate you spent hours and days putting together to a team on the forld, there are very few that do it well. Most do not have a joist tool or hip/valley intelligence and many other features Planswift has. But most all the others are faster than P.S. and will allow you to work on multiple jobs at same time (P.S. does not). For the light user on a budget, this could be your ticket and I will gladly sell you one of the four P.S. Licenses I am currently sitting on. But if you want to do whole project estimating that is visually auditable with reliable output that won't slow you down and actually speed this boring, low-to-no paying process down then I suggest you search elsewhere. I found my dream software by mixing tei that have most of what Planswift does combined. But mega faster, without crashing or ever hour classing and better reports I do t have to spend hours cleaning up after exporting.

Pros: Features, easy to learn, lots of customization options

Cons: Glitchy, crashy, ruined my day far too many times with lost/disconnected data & subsequent reduced productivity

Recommendations to other buyers: Depending on your budget, try eTakeoff for lots of bells and whistles, fast estimating and available remade databases. But the output is graphically limited in terms of field use/reference. PreBuilt ML X has less bells and whistles but for accurate, auditable takeoff with some incredibly innovative intelligent features you will be blown away, especially if you are a carpenter or in the lumber business. It is customizable to other trades as well, I defintely recommend trying it out. With some ingenuity, I have figured out a way to do fast bids that almost estimate the materials automatically...close enough to add the percentage to and still have tome to hang out with my loss and cycle on the weekend...good luck!

pretty good product

Feb 13, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Comments: This is the most complete takeoff software out there.

Pros: ease of use.

Cons: it is only 32 bit. i mean come on. it cannot upload large files at high dpi settings.

Recommendations to other buyers: it is easy to use. i would get it. if it was 64 bit it would be the best takeoff software

1000's of lost hours

Feb 11, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I recently logged in to complete a new project's takeoff and realized that all of my previous projects had been permanently lost. I basically lost thousands of hours of takeoff and had to redo multiple projects just to be able to bid new projects. I have also been looking to add an earthwork plugin and recently found out that they are no longer selling these plugins and couldn't tell me when or if they would ever be selling these again.

Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: Lost projects. No longer selling pluggins.

Recommendations to other buyers: It might be worth investing a little more money for another product to confirm that your work isn't lost.

Planswift take-off software

Feb 09, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: This program works well, but crashes often. I am running it on a 16G ram, i7, 1T windows 10 computer - I shouldn't have this happening so often. Other than that, it's a Great program & easy to use.

Pros: User friendly

Cons: Crashes often

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it before you buy it.

Estimating software

Feb 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: This is the fastest easy to use estimating software available.

Pros: Everything is categorized in an easy to use way.

Cons: Memory

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a try. Best deal.

User Friendly

Feb 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Very easy to learn and start using. We are still learning the more complicated features but we were able to begin using it right after purchasing.

PlanSwift... Best deal takeoff software

Feb 03, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I have used PlanSwift for several years and when compared to other more expensive takeoff software I find PlanSwift a step above even at a fraction of the cost.

Pros: Ease of use. Cost. Look.

Cons: How it handles memory

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a shot.

Terrible product.

Feb 02, 2017
2/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to count item son the screen

Cons: Crashes all the time. Have to change pdf plans to tiff format in low resolution. Cannot print out quantity list on a per plan page basis, only total count for all plan pages.

Overall: Crashes all the time. Have to change pdf plans to tiff format in low resolution. MEP trades have very little features. Cannot print out quantity list on a per plan page basis, only total count for all plan pages. Not user friendly program, unless you know how to write computer programs.

Recommendations to other buyers: Not user friendly program, unless you know how to write computer programs. MEP trades have very little features.

Works good for simple functions, but need to be a computer programmer to use for estimating.

Jan 27, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Works good for simple functions, but need to be a computer programmer to use for estimating. Oracle recently purchased the software and discontinued the "plugins". You literally need to be a computer programmer to use for detailed estimates. I do simple square foot take offs and plug into excel spreadsheets to make it easier for me.

Pros: A lot of functions for taking offs, sharing, and measuring.

Cons: You need to be a computer programmer to use for estimating.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are not familiar with computer programming and coding, I would stay away until they get there "plugins" back.

Project Bild

Jan 19, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I work daily basis with the software which a recommend.

Pros: Easy to learn, flexibly and with simple tools.

Good Takeoff Software.

Jan 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I switched from my previous software to PlanSwift because wanted to get rid of their software dongle and required me to have License Manager running on a server (24-7) to access and utilize their software in a virtual environment, which was unacceptable, as I am a single user with a single license.

Pros: Very feature rich.

Cons: PlanSwift needs a User's Manual.

Recommendations to other buyers: Very capable and affordable Takeoff software.

PlanSwift Review

Jan 10, 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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Comments: 7/10: PlanSwift takeoff is easy to use, and easy to understand. However, I wish that when using a condition (linear, area, count, etc.) it would let you continue with that condition instead of only being able to do a few areas and then the cursor return to click mode. I also wish there were more training videos so I could begin to use the estimating software within PlanSwift. I love that is a cheaper software and does just as much as its competitors like On-center for a fraction of the price.

Pros: Ease of use, price.

Cons: Not enough training videos, sometimes hard to do continuous takeoff areas.

Recommendations to other buyers: When you're on a tighter company budget, by PlanSwift and you won't regret it.

User friendly takeoff softeware

Jan 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Planswift is a very user-friendly software which facilitates the ease of all kinds of takeoffs. It also has the estimating features which are handy to some extend but not that sophisticated. The good point is that the software works really smooth and is not heavy to load the jobs. It is really practical for small and midsize projects.

Pros: It works smoothly

Cons: Estimating part is not that sophisticated

Recommendations to other buyers: Based on the features and abilities of takeoff the price is reasonable.

Planswift Review

Jan 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This product features an easy to use takeoff program, combined with a not so easy to use estimating program. Out of all the different software programs that I have seen this is the easiest but it still takes some getting used to. There is not a manual or go to guide so you have to rely on youtube if you have a problem. The main company has been bought out by another so now they stopped the plugin feature for now which tailors the programs to your specific needs. It's a great program but I personally would like a few features added to the program to make it easier to use. TIP: Th hardest part for me was the estimating. Look careful to see which method of takeoff you select( LINEAR-straight lines, or AREA- length times width) and then look to how the material or PART is priced. It will say (priced by square feet), or it might say (priced by each), or (priced by linear foot). If it says "priced by square feet" then you must put the "price each" as the price per square foot. If it says "priced each" then it means to put the "price each" as a price for the whole part or the whole board).

Pros: Takeoff easy to use great for anyone integrated wit excel comes stock with your standard parts or materials that you will use

Cons: If you have different heights on walls you have to make a new line item for each wall that has a different height.

Recommendations to other buyers: Good product, fare price, get the maintaince package

Solid Takeoff Software

Jan 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Used this software for two years for Mechanical/Air Distribution Equipment Takeoff. It is quick and easy to perform counts and linear/area takeoffs. There were some minor glitches, but once I learned how to avoid them I had no problems with accuracy/ease of use. The software has a lot of potential for speeding up takeoff with custom columns/properties, templates, that require some set-up by the user. When I first got the software there was a great plug-in store that provided added features, but unfortunately, that has been taken down for the foreseeable future. My biggest complaint is that support does not seem to respond to many of my emails or takes a long time which is unacceptable given the cost of yearly maintenance/support. I did not use some of the tools like parts and reports, so I can't comment on those.

Pros: Easy to get started with takeoff (counts, linear, area) and organize your takeoff items Fast takeoff, quick to load new pages/zoom in and out Custom columns/properties allow for in software calculations

Cons: Have to import pages to the software, has proprietary plan swift job files that make sharing a bit harder. Some glitches such as takeoff items getting jumbled when exporting/importing Have to create folders for breakouts/separating takeoff by page (without plugins at least) which can make things like room schedules a bit tedious.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look into the tools available from the software (like the parts and reports) and make sure that it meets your needs, I can see some of these being much more useful to a contractor (I am a rep, so I need to price things out of mfgr software anyways) You definitely will want to set up things like templates and custom properties at the start. It is easy to get into the basics of counting/takeoff, but using these more in-depth features early on can save you valuable time.

Currently this program is a ripoff

Dec 14, 2016
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
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Comments: This program is old and antiquated. Just a glorified spreadsheet. They have no plug-ins and very little support. You basically have to write your own program.

Pros: It does calculations pretty good. But that's about it

Cons: Too many cons to mention. It is currently non-functional and should not be sold. Plus they will not give you a refund once you buy it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Stay away for now. From what I understand they're rewriting the entire program. I need to start from scratch. I believe Oracle just bought this program and I think the only thing he wanted was to the customer database. Because of the programs worthless.

Easy to use!

Dec 14, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: The ability to print a report with a complete material list with pricing has saved countless hours, and even more dollars! Plus they have great add-ons like the ability to take off an existing property using google maps!

Pros: Satellite Imaging, You can enter custom items and pricing for whatever your trade

Cons: I don't like the fact the reports can be difficult to organize if you want them viewed a certain way. This really only applies to extremely large jobs.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's a great way to get an accurate bid on your work.

Excellent Product

Dec 14, 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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Comments: PlanSwift has been an integral part of my business for nearly two years. The capabilities of PlanSwift are an excellent value. I have found the trainers to be good teachers, good listeners and to have the attitude of wanting to meet my business needs. There are a few operating system compatibility issues that come up periodically with the software, but, the accuracy of my takeoffs and speed of preparing takeoffs (as compared to my use of digitizers in prior years) overrides those minor inconveniences.

Pros: Ability to save/print all measurements for use as cut sheets and backup reference. The categorizing and color coding all data. Tools for joist and rafter layouts.

Cons: Creating page overlays of pages saved to different scales are nearly impossible. Labeling tools are not quite nimble enough. The user must use note fields or 'sticky' arrows.

Recommendations to other buyers: Test the product, and give feedback as to your needs so those features can be planned for addition into PlanSwift.

Great for take offs

Dec 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I use this program every day for quick plan quantity takeoffs. I also use it to highlight areas on the plan to show subcontractors clearly where their area of scope is.

Pros: It makes taking off go much more quickly than measuring and scaling from a paper plan set. It's pretty accurate as far as scaling from a PDF file. I like that it saves automatically.

Cons: I don't use the other features that come along with this product- i.e. the reports, links to dollar amounts for estimating, etc. We build custom homes and they are all too different to set to a value template. I wish there was an "undo" button.

Recommendations to other buyers: Its worth the money just for the ability to measure and take off quickly.

Great product

Dec 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: This is a great takeoff software. We have a different software for pricing and cost estimates, but it seems to work well in that regard as well. I can see us possibly utilizing the estimating portion of Planswift in the future. All said, we are very happy with the parts of Planswift we use.

Pros: Takeoff software Ease of use

PlanSwift Estimating

Dec 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: PlanSwift is an excellent take-off tool but a little intimidating when you try to use it beyond that. We recently made the decision to do both our take-off and estimating in PlanSwift. With a minimal investment of time, I was able to input our item database and begin to write assemblies for various common take-off tasks. One of the big payoffs for this was that we entered commonly used formulas and simplified the estimating process. No longer do I have to do a take-off and then do a separate calculation with that quantity. PlanSwift automatically creates separate 'parts' and calculates totals for individual materials when I use the proper assembly.

Pros: The information is taken off and not re-entered in a separate spreadsheet or program.

Cons: Assemblies are relatively basic. Timberline assemblies will choose items from a database for you simply by answering a few questions. PlanSwift assemblies have to be built for a specific material type or the parts need to be selected manually.

Recommendations to other buyers: Register and listen to the free online training that PlanSwift offers.

Good product

Dec 12, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Easy to use software with a lot of good features. The estimating side is not as customizable and easy to use as I would like.

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: Estimating is lacking, I use mainly for doing takeoff dimensions and use a separate program for estimating.

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

Dec 09, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS GREAT AT HELPING ME WITH MY PC ISSUE WITH THE SOFTWARE

User Friendly & Robust Features

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I highly recommend PlanSwift to anyone looking for a user friendly onscreen takeoff product.

Pros: Easy of use for lower level functions. Quality graphics and great plug-in (add on $ features such as Google Map Takeoffs. Overall excellent product that I would purchase again.

Cons: Customer service is hit or miss. My experience has been wonderful (A+) on some interactions, but other interactions with customer service have not been as helpful.

Recommendations to other buyers: I recently contacted customer service (over 1 month ago) to inquire about additional features and plug-ins. I was told that the plug-in store is temporary offline as the company is being incorporated into the Oracle company structure, who recently purchased PlanSwift. I have yet to receive a call back to discuss my options for additinal features.

Plan

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Comments: After using a few different estimating softwares, we have finally found one that meets our needs. It is straight-forward and simple to use.

Pros: Easy to understand, quick, accurate, minimal errors, things get done faster with this program.

Cons: A little more than we would like to spend on it but overall worth it. It did shut down on me once but I have not had problems since, can be slow when first starting up.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try the free trial first to make sure that it suits your needs. If you work with a lot of blue prints, this program will definitely make it easier.

Plan Swift

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: This software will help your business improve your profits and increase the amount of work you are awarded.

Planswift Review

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I love planswift, it is easy to use, i have been using it for many years. I have no complaints. When i had issues, i contacted customer service and they helped me with my issues very quickly. Great program, i would recommend to anyone in my field of expertise.

Pros: Very easy to use, very easy to learn

Cons: Downloading some drawings can be time consuming. A few times it downloaded blank drawings, so i needed to delete them, and re-download using lower settings.

Recommendations to other buyers: familiarize yourself with the drawings before starting on a take-off

Easiest and Simplest Digital Take-off Software

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Plans swift offer an easy to use and simple interface for the people starting out who just want to digitally record quantities. In the back ground however is everything a power user could want. From the ability to customize assemblies, and customize reports it generates, to inputting and adjusting cost information you won't find a lack of features. Additional plugins from planswift and third parties offer customization for different industries.

Pros: Simple and powerful. Once you master the basics and surmount the steep learning curve after that to become a power user it is amazing.

Cons: Steep learning curve once you have mastered the basics.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take the time to master the details/assemblies. It is worth it.

Great On-Screen Takeoff Tool

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We started using this product to save money on plans and expedite the takeoff process. We still use our own excel-based estimating template, but the software allows us to quickly takeoff and add/subtract sections from the estimate with ease and without having to commit to print a full plan set without first being awarded the job. The accuracy is close to what we get for counts with a scale and excel line items.

Pros: The takeoff interface is much easier to use than On-Screen that I have used. Most commands and different functions can all be performed with the mouse and keyboard in a very streamlined and user-friendly manner. It also always you to use and arc function to measure arc distances. The area and linear takeoff/deduct items are very useful as long as you know what exactly you are looking for.

Cons: It is very easy to make a mistake in your takeoff of the elevations if you don't keep track of the floor plans and returns into the building as well. It requires you to be as thorough as if you were taking it off by hand, but the measuring and recording parts become much easier. You must still learn all wall types and details to no make a mistake. A 3D software would take into account returns into the building and wall backups/details that are sometimes hard to keep track of in 2D.

Recommendations to other buyers: This is a great stepping stone to get your feet we with takeoff software. We plan to get a 3D program one day, but this will at the very least familiarize our estimators with using software and save us the time and money involved with printing full sized plans.

Accurate Estimating

Dec 06, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: With a minimum of training Planswift offers a very customizable easy to use pdf Estimating platform.

Pros: Customized Reports, Easy to create formulas, convenient tools.

Cons: Would like Customizable access to hatch patterns/textures.

Recommendations to other buyers: Good for simple or very complex estimating.

Planswift Rocks!!!

Dec 05, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I use to have BluBeam Revu and it was ok for just the takeoff portion. After checking out PlanSwift, there is NO WAY you could get me to use anything else. The ease of the takeoff program, and being able to markup the plans in a way that can translate to my installers, is worth the money alone. Then take in a count that there is a YouTube video for training on any problem that may come up, and I don't have to sit on the phone with anyone, is very helpful and time saving. I have only scratched the surface of the program and it is more than I could ask for.

Pros: The ease of the takeoff portion

Cons: There is quite a bit of data entry that I have really procrastinated in doing, but the program still accomplishes what I need

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure to have a fairly new computer and watch ALL the videos.

Great take-off software!

Dec 05, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Comments: I use Planswift on a daily basis to do take-offs for roofing estimates and jobs and it works great. I sincerely could not image doing my job without it. All the features make doing a complete take-off straight forward and easy. Jobs are easy to review.

Pros: All the take-off tools: linear, area, overlay... There are also multiple tools I haven't used yet for estimating and templates.

Cons: The facts that I haven't been able to set it so the "database" is on DropBox so all the take-offs are available and share to multiple users.

Recommendations to other buyers: If your job consists of doing material take-offs or reviewing blueprint, Planswift is a "must have".

Horrible support and after sales

Dec 02, 2016
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I was very clear when purchasing this that I have mac products which they said wouldn't be a problem. After realizing that it wouldn't work with them I called them to get support and they said it doesn't work on macs and I have to download another program which they wouldn't tell me or help me do. Once I called my support person they said they would have someone call me and nobody ever has or returned my calls since. I asked for my money back and he said he would get back to me as well and not 1 call or email returned. I do not recommend them at all. Very disappointed. This has been going on for 3 months now. Enough is enough

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't buy

Work Great!!!

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Awesome product works wonders do alot of construction drywall work and let me tell you will use it daily!!!

I work in hospitals. Thus is a must have

Nov 22, 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 saves time with no errors on pipe. Reliable. Dont have to worry about any mishaps later on down the road. Durable and very reliable. Great for take off on plumbing.

Pros: Easy and simple. Gets the job done with great productivity

Cons: Compared to the other products. I cant say anything wrong with it or least liked

Recommendations to other buyers: You wont use anything else once you try

Great for take-offs

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: It's great for plumbing takeoffs. Saves me time. Program is relatively easy definitely better on my tablet than my phone.

Pros: Saves time with no errors on pipe length.

Cons: Could be a little simpler but, and quicker but maybe it's just me .

Recommendations to other buyers: Well worth it. Saves time and money

New user

Nov 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Comments: I am a new user to planswift and have found it very easy and very helpful in keeping up with wall footage for paint and wallpaper. Easy to export to Excel.

Pros: Exporting to excel os great. The

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't be intimidated by the software.

Planswift

Nov 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I do not personally use this, but my asst does. She prepares the takeoff/estimating sheet for me and I put the numbers on it. She seems to like it okay, but does get frustrated when she cannot figure out how to use some of the features it has. I cannot afford for her to be out of the office, so I cannot send her to the class Planswift offers in Utah. She had no training but has figured out how to use on her own. When she contacts customer service they tell her to take t he class.

Pros: Increases t he efficiency of getting bids together

Cons: Needs more online instructions.

Recommendations to other buyers: Buy it, good overall

PLANSWIFT

Nov 21, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: IT HAS ENABLE OUR OFFICE TO RUN MORE SMOOTHLY AND EFFICIENTLY. NO MORE BLUEPRINTS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND PEOPLE CRAWLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR!! MY BOOS AND ASSISTANT CAN WORK TOGETHER, AND GET MORE JOBS EXTIMATED THUS WINNING MORE BIDS.

Pros: EFFICIENCY

Cons: IT NEEDS MORE ONLINE INSTRUCTION.

Recommendations to other buyers: BUY IT!! GOOD PRODUCTS.

Planswift

Nov 17, 2016
2/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I like the software in the beginning until I actually finish setting it up and started estimating. That's when I realized the software get very slow when you are working on a big job.

Pros: Easy to set up and easy to use

Cons: EXTREMELY slow!! and lots of bugs!

Best takeoff software

Nov 17, 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's an incredible software, and now I can bid on more project without headache. I liked this one so much

Great for Takeoffs

Nov 15, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Comments: *Disclaimer* I declined any training in this product, so negative experiences may be the result of ignorance I've been using PlanSwift for nearly a year & am very happy with it. I use it exclusively for takeoffs, of which I have done over 600 this year. I would highly recommend it for takeoff purposes, but I have no experience with it's other functions & cannot offer any comments on them. Customer service was prompt & answered my questions to my satisfaction. They couldn't fix my desktop freezing problem (see below) & were not aware of it being a problem, but I found an acceptable workaround myself. I can't comment on value for money as I am not responsible for any budget in my company.

Pros: PlanSwift gives a high level of user control for the published result of the takeoff. I can modify takeoff colours, add notes, create my own legend (with notes), insert lines, arrows, etc. The takeoff functions are well designed. Adding an area to the same layer is easy, subtracting a section is just as easy & displays very nicely as a blank space which doesn't interfere with other layers or the original drawing. Modifying a takeoff shape or colour is very easy, as well as drawing curved shapes, copying shapes to same or new layer. Various layers don't interfere with each other, don't "fall behind", etc. Layers can easily be turned off & on. Scaling is excellent with preset dropdown & custom input available, allowing you to work in metric or imperial & scale in either without limiting your output unit selection (ie. scale in metric & get takeoff output in imperial units if desired). It appears to me that a lot of attention went into the design of the takeoff features. There are a lot of little things that make it much easier to use. For example, drawing a shape can take several minutes sometimes, & if you are interrupted & need to use another program you just have to move to another screen or minimize the program & when you come back you can carry on. Lots of programs force you to resolve the function you were engaged in before minimizing, but PlanSwift doesn't. This little thing makes a big difference when referring to another drawing on a pdf that has to be zoomed, or moved, etc while doing the takeoff. The published pdf is very easy to read, & looks clean & professional - a very high quality finished product is possible with this program.

Cons: The loading time is the biggest drawback. If I load too many drawings into the program at a time, opening the program, publishing a pdf, & organizing files within the program can take a long time. This also causes my desktop to freeze so that I cannot move files around or into folders until I restart windows, wait for my screensaver to come on, or sometimes it just fixes on it's own. This is silly, but it seems that the program loads every drawing in it's database when I open the program, so to keep loading times reasonable, I need to remove files from it's database when I finish with them. It's an annoying & unnecessary hassle. It may be that the program is designed to load several drawings for a single project & then file the whole project when complete; so this might indicate I am using the program in a way it wasn't intended. However, I don't want to file away each drawing when I'm finished & start a new project. The takeoff is the project for me, so creating a project for each drawing will end up costing me even more time, if that is how it is designed. Twice with complicated, multi-layered projects, I've had the program freeze when attempting to publish a pdf. Generally at the end of the day when I've already stayed a bit late to finish, & the takeoff is needed asap. This sucks. Restarting, loading the program & trying again takes 10-15 min. In both case it has not worked after 3 tries & I've had to relay the info verbally or use a screenshot instead of a published pdf. Honestly, out of 600+ takeoffs, that's not terrible - I'm assuming it has something to do with the file format and/or amount of info I tried to publish. I've had lots of complicated takeoffs with many layers & pages work just fine.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use the free trial. If you only need it for takeoffs & you're under 35, you probably don't need the training.

Plan Swift is so easy to use

Nov 15, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Plan Swift was a great purchase for us. The price was good and the software has been easy to use and quick to learn. Technical Support responds quickly and is ALWAYS helpful.

Pros: Easy to learn. Quick Tech Support

Cons: Sometimes, if you are working too quickly, the program will lock up for a minute. It just has to catch up

Recommendations to other buyers: Amazing software and great price

Very good

Nov 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: So far I like it; support team is really helpful; I can customize the formulas the way I need it; Take some time to learn the program, specially if you use to do all take off by hand,

Pros: Nice that I can customize formulas the way I need it

Cons: Plug in store is not working; took me way to long to enter my parts

Recommendations to other buyers: Buy it

Planswift (Construction Takeoff & Estimating Software)

Nov 10, 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: I am a estimating consultant with fifty years experience. I used to get quantities by inputting sizes onto an Excel Spreadsheet. Then I discovered Planswift and am able to get quantities quickly and accurately by downloading the drawings onto Planswift and preforming areas and lengths right on my computer. /The great thing is I can save my takeoff work by printing out a pdf that shows what I took off nd provides me with quantities on the pdf. Then I send it to my clients for documentation of what I took off. Great product, wish I had it 5o years ago would of saved me lots of time!

Pros: Ease of takeoffs onscreen. Inexpensive compared to other similar software.

Cons: Just need to be patient on the learning curve on how to utilize the software

Recommendations to other buyers: You can download the product for a free 14 day trial. Suggest you take the time to view the videos to learn how to use it's function.

PlanSwift On Screen Take Off

Nov 10, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Product is an excellent takeoff estimator for Electrical Takeoffs. Software installs easily, and customer support is available both online and via phone. Does not take long to learn and prepares excellent documentation for analysis.

Pros: Competitively priced.

Recommendations to other buyers: Online tutorials and webinars are available for the novice and expert.

PlanSwift Does The Job

Nov 07, 2016
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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Comments: We have being using PlanSwift now for close to a year and it has been a blessing. We are a commercial irrigation business and strictly use PlanSwift for takeoffs and estimating. It does just about everything we need. It's easy to learn, accurate, customizable for us and their customer service is first class.

Pros: The biggest plus with PlanSwift is that it's easy to use. The takeoffs are accurate, the tools are there to use and all the data is right there at your finger tips. You can create your own library of items, which saves times once you begin to do multiple takeoffs over time. Speaking of time, using PlanSwift is definitely a time saver compared to the way we used to takeoff jobs. Again, the counts and linear footage tools are spot on so I am never worried about inaccurate data.

Cons: At this time, PlanSwift is not compatible with our existing excel spreadsheet. So we do the takeoff in PlanSwift and import the data onto our spreadsheets. On another note, PlanSwift slows down with the bigger takeoffs deep into the takeoff cycle for that particular job. And if I really had to be nit-picky I would love to see more "count" symbols.

Recommendations to other buyers: Overall, I love PlanSwift. It does just about everything we need it to, it's accurate and at the end of the day you save time using this software. I would highly recommend it as a takeoff tool in the construction world.

plain swift

Nov 03, 2016
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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Comments: I use this for take offs and bids it is a really good tool save a lot of time

PlanSwift has been a great tool.

Nov 03, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Plan Swift is pretty user friendly but to fully understand and use it to its full capacity takes quite a bit of one on one with someone who can show you all of the little toys that will make your life simpler. If you are planning on purchasing this product you need to plan on getting some extra training so that you can know where to look for all of the amazing tools this program has. You can move around in it pretty well on your own but the chances of making it profitable and useful without a pro showing you these secrets is slim to none. Unfortunately that is where you have to bite the bullet and get some pretty extensive one on one and they don't give that away.

Pros: Great product with limitless capabilities.

Cons: Count on spending a lot of extra money on training if you want to get the most out of this product.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would definitely still purchase this program knowing what i know about it but unless you are a computer wiz who can read and write your own programs be prepared to pay someone at Plan Swift to get you to that point.

Time saver!

Oct 25, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: As a small business owner, the software has saved me tremendous man hours. Also it is very efficient to multitask between projects and to come up with an accurate takeoff quantities and ordering materials.

Decent digital take offs

Oct 25, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: After using Planswift for the last few years, I would have to say the program is definitely worthwhile and provides bang for the buck. As an affordable program, the features included, after a bit of getting used to, rival the more expensive suites out there in terms of usability and over all value. Coming from a civil background, the features were relatively easy to dive in and get figured out. With a wealth of resources available, anyone who can't figure it out in a hurry is simply not trying enough.

Pros: Planswift is relatively easy to navigate, with the user interface friendly and not too cumbersome. As some programs tend to feel bogged down with features that are specific to a few endusers, Planswift allows the addition of add-ons to free up the real-estate and allow for an easier transition. Further, the customer support is great and has helped me on numerous occasions to get through whatever issue arose at the time. Technically tight, easy to use and a wealth of support.

Cons: There has not been many instances where the program has left me desiring, however, there has been a couple of shifts internally since I have been using the program and things have been rather confusing as to who, what, where and when the ownership was being turned over. There was a bit of confusion when my licence had expired and the company had been purchased by Oracle, along with the Gradebeam service. However, even during this uncertainty, the helpful customer service was able to set things right.

Great Product at an affordable price

Oct 21, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: As a freelance lumber estimator, I was looking for a on screen estimating program that had the flexibility to tune to my customers style of reports. With this product, I was able to establish templates for my larger customers and provide a list tuned for them. It has virtually eliminated the need for me to print plans and work on them the "old fashioned" way. Great product, great service.

Pros: The ease and flexibility to manipulate electronic plans - overlays, templates, etc.

Cons: I would personally like the resolution to be higher when I import - I can achieve a higher resolution - it just costs in memory and screen regeneration.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at the others, look at a subscription, then buy this product!

Software that fits my need and made it a lot easier than I thought.....

Oct 21, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: It was easy to follow and consistency on doing the take-off and estimation. Highly recommended for modern estimating and construction material take-off. Thorough, interesting and focus to learn this software will make easy to any estimators on their line of expertise.

Pros: Ortho and snap command. incorporating the take-off directly to estimate sheet or even in timberline I guess.

Cons: Only that all tech support will be by phone or on-line. Person to person training and demonstration of software is more effective for the preliminary support.

Recommendations to other buyers: i definitely recommend this product to any estimators in this modern era as I believe that they still doing more upgrade and making this software as easy and convenient as possible. It worth more than you pay for.

Estimator

Oct 18, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: very easy software. easy to learn and execute. Take-off done very quick with in a day for big project.

Easy to Customize

Oct 17, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I think this software is very easy to customize. Because when i m doing my project estimation through this software i can customize as what i needed. Many Option is there to do so.

Pros: This tool can use to get correct dimension based on the drawing scale.

Recommendations to other buyers: you can customize your this software based on your requirement.And also this is a user friendly software .

Plan Swift software

Oct 14, 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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Comments: I have been using this program for the past 4 years, it was an easy program to install, user friendly with great online and phone support. The techs are very knowledgeable, friendly and will take time to teach and answer your questions. It has many features, some of which I do not use, whoever most likely should be. The program was the most cost effective and is great value for the money.

Pros: has reduced our printing cost for drawings immensely, drawings are now stored electronically

Cons: can't really think of any

Recommendations to other buyers: for a small or medium sized contractor , it is a great takeoff program.

Planswift

Oct 12, 2016
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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Comments: Awesome! User friendly. I like the straight forward tools and help videos provided.

Pros: User friendly

Cons: no save as option

Ease of Use

Oct 10, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: PlanSwift is so easy to use. The reason we decided on PlanSwift was because we already had chosen a software to use for our accounting and purchasing side and we needed something that would make takeoffs easier for us to do. This has a lot of features that make it easy to double check estimates of subcontractors and help us budget for upcoming projects.

Pros: Easy to use. Has a very intuitive format and the customer service is easy to work with. I can get a rough estimate very very quickly.

Cons: Has a hard time loading and performing properly sometimes. Some other features would be helpful.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you're using for takeoffs mostly, this is a great product. If you're looking for a product that will help your company all around, you might want to look somewhere else.

Well thought out program. Just needs a few ease of access additions.

Oct 10, 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: PlanSwift has made my job as an estimator much easier and much faster. Drawings that used to take me days to takeoff by had now take me hours. Some of PlanSwifts' features are a little clunky and the program crashes on occasion but overall good product I would recommend.

Pros: Ease of use Fast Mobile

Cons: Crashes Clunky or slow features

PlanSwift from a Novice

Oct 08, 2016
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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Comments: New to the business, new to takeoff software (didn't even know what a "takeoff" was)...but owned a software company for many years so quite familiar with many tools (I'm a designer). PS is a great, relatively simple tool (Windows only), which I've not gotten fully the hang of quite yet, as these bids happen *very* fast - so not much time to putter around. Definitely recommended for estimating bids, square footage, linear footage, counts (surprisingly useful), etc.

Pros: Easy to use, not a lot of fuss, auto saves everything, relatively stable and sprite to use. Flat fee is a big plus; customer service was very good, too.

Cons: Somewhat confusing and requires industry term knowledge (but not that hard to learn). Some of the UI organization could use some work, but have seen much worse.

Recommendations to other buyers: For a flat cost and quick curve, I definitely recommend.

PlanSwift Takeoff

Oct 07, 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: I had some issues with using this product since I am working on a Mac computer with Parallels. Once I got that sorted out, the software does a great job of all of the measurements that I need from a set of plans.

Pros: I love the ability to build complex spreadsheets to quote a job. If you put in the time upfront, you can get an estimate knocked out in minimal time.

Cons: I wish it worked directly with a Mac computer without needing to go through Parallels or Bootcamp.

Recommendations to other buyers: I do think that this is the best product of this type from all that I have looked at.

Thank You!

Oct 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Dimension toll

Overall: I like to work on plan swift, but it still have problems,
When i have a problem, i can wait 6 hr for an assistant.

Great estimating tool for the money

Oct 06, 2016
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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Comments: Fairly gradual learning curve. Good understanding of Excel is helpful but not absolutely necessary. My only complaint is with the reporting tools. seam to by mysterious in their functionality. (even to tech support) All i all a great value and have already helped in streamlining our estimating.

Pros: ease of take off tools flexibility across software platforms

Cons: reports don't seam to function in the same manner when same perimeters are used

Best estimating software around

Oct 04, 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: This software is so easy to use and build material list it cuts my time in half to do an estimate.

Pros: How easy it is to do take offs.

Cons: Cant say that i dislike anything on this software.

Recommendations to other buyers: I hilly recommend this program to all GC & subcontractors for its so easy to use.

Plan Swift Plugins

Oct 04, 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: The Plugin Store is currently down for maintenance for months and needing other components to do different takeoffs has made us look at other programs. We found out the they were purchased by another company. If this is the case, be honest about it and not have the reps give out misleading information.

Pros: There product is very easy to understand and use.

Cons: The product could use more assemblies that what it offeres

Estimator

Oct 04, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: Very cool software. it is designed well. just need to fix the scale on plan and need to drag the mouse for take off that so simple.

Planswift, so far so good.

Oct 03, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: I just started using this product and so far it has been good. I would have like more training without having to pay so much.

Pros: Many add-ons

PlanSwift

Oct 03, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
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Comments: PlanSwift is a very nice software to use. You are able to color code and save your data for historical use.

Plansswift save time

Oct 03, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: planswift help me save time for my day to day job. easy to use without any formation and easy to build it four yourself.

Pros: easy to learn and instinctive. got a great youtube datebase to learn all the basic

Cons: not very fonctional for big industrial job and the takeoff are not eay to manage but it is possible.

Recommendations to other buyers: i think it is the fastest and cheapest in the industry, i try to others produtcs and this one was the best.

Planswift Review

Sep 28, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
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Pros: It's portability and accuracy. The way one is able to easily take measurements and color code different areas of any plan.

Cons: I really cant say anything negative about the product and vendor. Their style of presentation is great. the trial period allows for good practice and mastery of the program.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure you use your trial period to the fullest. Buy the training options so that you get the fullest out of the software.