Who Uses This Software?

Estimators and quantity surveyors across the construction industry.


Average Ratings

59 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
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  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Rapid Tender
  • www.rapidtender.com
  • Founded 2012
  • United Kingdom

About Countfire

True automated take-off software that actually works. True automatic counting across entire projects. Automatic Excel spreadsheet creation. Linear & area measurements. Automatically breakdown quantities into areas. Record drawings and accuracy report.


Countfire Features

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

Countfire Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Very helpful piece of software to quickly take off drawings. Excellent support.

Nov 09, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Intuitive to use. Accurate. Excellent customer support. Works on Chrome so can be easily worked on from multiple locations, on the road, in the office.

Overall: Quicker takeoffs means more time can be spent doing deeper more profitable work.

Easy to use programme reducing the time taken taking off quantities.

Nov 06, 2017
5/5
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Pros: Ease of use being able to breakdown the drawings into areas to suit the Tender Analysis Breakdown detailing disciplines & areas

Overall: Time Saving

Excellent Package.

Nov 03, 2017
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Pros: For someone with what I describe as a limited Computer knowledge it was very easy to use and when i did have any problems the Customer Support Team were Fantastic.

Cons: I think it probably depends upon the standard of drawing you are Tendering from but we found you had to copy alot of the same symbol to pick them all up.

Overall: It saves an amazing amount of time from manually completing Take offs from drawings mainly due to the fact that as your working on 1 drawing the package is actually completing the take offs of all other drawings you have submitted in the background.

Neutral

Oct 31, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
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Pros: When a pdf is is drawn properly it works great. Automatic counting etc. No I'm just trying to reach 100 characters

Cons: When a pdf is not drawn properly, i may as well count manually. Which is mostly the case.
Simple things could be added to improve experience, such as a plan multiplier for drawings that cover multiple levels.

Overall: When everything is peachy it works great and is fast.

Once we had familiarized ourselves with the system the ease of use and efficiency gained has

Oct 31, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Reduces the time spent counting items when we have a job over 3 floors

Cons: Not able to read all types of PDF files, and we have to send off to have the files adapted. Some PDF files are not able to be counted at all.

Overall: Already answered in previous questions

Great time saver

Oct 31, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Autocount feature across multiple drawings requires only the selection of items from one drawing then autocount is completed across all drawings on in the package.

Cons: Autocount is somewhat unreliable so have to check very closely for any missed items, this however does not take long.

Once I got familiar with the system it became a very useful software for take offs

Oct 31, 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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4 / 5
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Pros: How much faster it is to quantify items now than it was before. its accuracy in auto quantifying. the service is very responsive with any issues.

Cons: I would like if the software could bring in a option to compare revision drawing over existing therefore able to see the changes faster

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Really happy with the software, sufficient for my needs at present.

Oct 31, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Great software support at your fingertips.
Very easy to use, once you understand all functions etc.

Cons: Nothing to note at present, still early days using the software.
It genuinely covers all the aspect in which I require from take off software.

The software has increased our output but most importantly accuracy

Oct 25, 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: We have found the software very easy to use, the support and backup is fantastic and the checking and reporting functions are great.

Cons: The main frustrating this is the time it takes to load drawings. Also as a large business we would like the option to purchase the software.

Overall: Increased speed and accuracy

This is the product you wished someone would make but never knew existed.

Oct 25, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Every feature incorporated into this product is top notch. It's speedy, efficient, and accurate. Multiple avenues to check your work and be assured in your counts. Work multiple disciplines within one job....there's just so much this program can do!

Cons: There's really not much to dislike with this program, but if I had to voice a small nit pick it would be that I would like to see more color options for device designation. Often we deal with large quantities of different devices. Like a said, I'm just nitpicking.

Overall: This program cuts our paper cost and review time while increasing efficiency and accuracy.

The product is easy to use and the support staff is amazing.

Oct 23, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I like its chat option and the great support staffs fast response time. I also like how when I have a problem that I may run into one of the members of the support team will help me immediately. They can actually open and view the actual project I am working on and will send me a clip of how to get past what problems I may be having.

Cons: Nothing. Everything about this software is amazing. The support staff has a quick response. They normally respond is less than 5 minutes.

Overall: I have saved a lot of time on performing take offs.

Quick and easy!

Oct 05, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Its very simple to understand with lots of pointers and tips to get you doing. It is also very easy to use and packed with keyboard short cuts to help you find you way around.

Cons: It requires the use of a dropbox which might not always be practical in companies which have limited internet browsing.

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on October 31, 2017

Thanks Joseph! In addition to Dropbox, Countfire actually supports OneDrive now too.

Easy and interesting way to count drawings much more efficiently and quickly

Sep 14, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: It takes a bit of playing around with to get used to but any question I had was answered within minutes through the CountFire team chat, I find the automatic link with DropBox and CountFire very useful with all the counts done automatically through an excel quantities spreadsheet.

Cons: It doesn't pick up symbols that are the same but at a different angle, so a few extra counts must be done to count all the symbols

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on October 31, 2017

Thanks Shane! I wanted to let you know we've just released a feature which allows you to automatically count symbols that are the same, but rotated through different angles :)

Easy to use, Great customer service.

Sep 07, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I like the fact we can increase our productivity with both speed and accuracy without the expense of employing an additional estimator.

Learning the software was quick and easy.

Aug 17, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Anytime you have a question, the Countfire team is just a click or call away. The team is very helpful and will dive right in to your project.

Very helpful staff. good pre sales period. great software

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Accurate pin point reviews of drawings and measuring along with demaracations covers all bases. Very detailed and produces great information to give to the customer

Cons: Takes a bit to get your head around at first but not an issue and is expected. Eased through initial process by good staff team

Countfire has made counting more streamline and efficient.

Jul 24, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Symbol recognition is powerful and easy to use.
Collating is made easier to extract when using Excel for other job aspects.

Cons: Not entirely compatible with drawings created from certain CAD or drawing software. The ability to manually count rectifies this but not entirely.

Overall: makes counting 500% faster

In theory its a fantastic system but in execution it can be slow and tedious at times.

Jun 02, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Great online support, automatic symbol recognition, good checks, and reports. No installation, being able to operate from any computer via the browser.

Cons: Can be slow to load drawings particularly switching between drawings.
Can be slow to process drawings.
Needs a drawing revision function, to update/switch between drawing revisions and identify/compare changes easily.
Dependent on drawings being developed correctly to suit the needs of the software which can be difficult when dealing with consultants.

Overall: Accurate and backed up take-offs in a detailed excel report but can be slower than would like to get it all taken-off, checked, demarcated and corrections made.

Makes life very easy.

May 30, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Countfire makes doing takeoffs extremely easy and the amount of time it saves leaves more time to do other things that need doing.

Cons: not enough colours in the palette, When you measure & ask for itemised it measures every click not just start to finish giving far to many reults

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on June 23, 2017

Thanks Terry! I wanted to let you know we released an update recently to include more colours. With measurements and how they're saved into the Excel spreadsheet, you have a choice between not itemised (just the overall total) and itemised (each individual measurement). Itemising does definitely result in a larger spreadsheet because there's just a lot more information to represent within Excel, however, I also wanted to point you towards a workaround we have which allows you to round & summarise those measurements towards specific lengths (EG: set busbar lengths etc. There's more here: http://help.countfire.com/workarounds/summarising-measurement-items

Good, versatile, fast, ongoing development, active support

May 29, 2017
5/5
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Pros: The software is a good alternative to the usual means of working with large plans, as it saves a lot of time and space/printing materials

Cons: One of the cons is the requirement of the chrome browser, since the additional software isn't supported by the IT Department.

Fantasitic Easy to use software

May 28, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The level of accuracy and ability to populate all take offs into a spreadsheet format.
the software is very easy to use even if you don't have great Computer skills

Cons: occasionally things can be a little slow if drawings files are large.
if you don't have a great internet connection access can be difficult at times if working remotely from Home / Office PC

Overall: Fast tracking estimates

A great piece of software that makes the tedious task of take off quick, accurate & easy.

May 27, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Accurate & flexible and once you get used to using the shortcut keys it is very quick. Being able to turn off the background is a great help and the edit tool is really useful. The customer service widget is a great help if you get stuck and Countfire are quick to respond to any issues.

Cons: It would be really useful to be able to add 'drops' or 'rises' when doing a length measurement; at the moment I only count drops as 'points' which I then add up once the project has been possessed.

Overall: Fast and accurate take-offs

Very Good Overall, Any Processing Problems Have Been Dealt With Quickly and Always With a Solution.

May 26, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I have better things to do than manually markup drawings, It's probably shortened the process by about 75-80%. I've found other uses for its capabilities, so it's, even more, cost effective than just its use of tender bids.

Cons: Having to pay.

Overall: Not having to waste time producing hand markups

Quick, easy,fast and great support

May 26, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The ability to drag, drop and created elements save days of manual counting on paper.
the software can be used anywhere you have internet connection

Cons: an internet connection is required and a large amount of storage for dropbox also

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on June 23, 2017

Thanks Ciaran! Countfire now automatically frees up space within Dropbox meaning you no longer need to purchase a paid Dropbox account. With regard to needing an internet connection, there are a number of positives to consider too. We're able to provide near instant in-app support right when you need it (our current response time is less than 1 minute). Countfire is definitely not the kind of software you buy and then never hear from us again, and having an internet connection is an important part of us being able to provide that level of support to our customers. Additionally, new updates and features get rolled out immediately and we don't hold these back for a new version of the software, as can happen with traditional / older methods of software distribution. You always have the latest and best version.

A brilliant and innovative piece of software that's helped the estimating team.

May 26, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The speed to be able to create a take-off which would've potentially taken many hours by hand. This software is saving the company so many man hours already.

Cons: Due to the way we use countfire we don't just use it for symbol counts. We use this for the measurement of luminaire leads. Sometimes the drawings can become a little busy and tricky to follow. So maybe the option to turn certain layers drawn in countfire off would help.

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on June 23, 2017

Thanks Ben! Assuming I've understood things correctly here, it's already possible to turn off both automatically counted symbols, and any linear / area measurements or manual points. It should just be a case of using the check boxes to the left of each symbol or measurement to hide it. There's more here: http://help.countfire.com/countfire-basics/hiding-matched-symbols

Easy to use once you get the basics correct

May 26, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Completes take off on all matching symbols on all the drawings downloaded. Good support from the team.

Cons: A problem when the symbols have numerous elements to them. Not having the accessories taken off when doing a containment take-off, having to go back and take them off as a point once completed the run.

Good experience, hope it will continue to improve

May 26, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: 1) in general it is simple to use and give a quick access to count and item selection.
2) Very good the split selection

Cons: 1)I would add description/comment in the drawings.
2)I would have more "Color selection" if it possible, as sometimes we've got a large number of selection to do (like Grey, Brown, etc...).
3)When we need to count "a point" there is a "circular selection" , could be nice have also a different other selection like a "triangle" or "rectangle". This could be very helpful.

Overall: quicker quotation and counting

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on June 23, 2017

Thanks Davide! Wanted to let you know that we've just released an update to include more colours. Also, adding notes / comments to drawings, and additional symbol types for manual points are both already on product roadmap. Watch this space!

Quick, Accurate & Easy

May 26, 2017
5/5
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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: I was very pleased with how quick the customer support team are to deal with and help with any issues.

Very very quick and easy

May 26, 2017
5/5
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Pros: So quick and simple to use and great spreadsheet produced to view quantities. Saves a lots of time over manual take offs.

Cons: Not down to the software, but due to some consultants poor drawings some drawings take a lot longer to take off.

Overall: A lot of time saved, also able to seperate out certain parts of drawings like landlords and tenants

fast and easy to use

May 12, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: it saves a lot of time rather than manually counting the items. it tally's up all the drawing at the one time and its very easy to use.

Cons: that when you select an item it pick up others as well. and sometimes you may have to go over some drawing to see if it missed out any of the symbols

Overall: saves time

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on June 23, 2017

Thanks for your review Shaun! With regard to checking for symbols that haven't yet been counted, I wanted to reply with a help centre article outlining the 4 opportunities available to verify accuracy on your projects: http://help.countfire.com/best-practice-workflows/the-4-stages-of-checking

Countfire Takeoff Software

Apr 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: No more printing plans, automated counting and the manual measuring.
Easy to use.

Overall: Two weeks into our trial period and I cant believe we did not buy this years ago. This software takes all the labour out of manual counting and presents the result in Excel format ready to integrate into any pricing document.
You always get the feeling the lads are there in the background watching you because if any issues arrive they are on the messenger straight away to talk you through it.

Recommendations to other buyers: A handy program to convert pdf pricing documents to excel would leave Countfire as a one stop shop for all takeoff needs.

Excellent App

Apr 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The time you spend in a hole proyect is a Time saver

Cons: at this point everything is fine

Overall: I tested it in a very complex proyect that probably in the normal way (printing the drawings and counting manually) it could take more than a week, but using countfire it took only 1 hour and a half. Save time, save money and most important give accurate information.

Recommendations to other buyers: not at this moment

Fantastic software

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

Comments: I'm a Quantity Surveyor therefore a software like this speeds up the process when having to take off drawings in order to validate jobs. Countfire is a very good bit of software with first class customer service and I would 100% recommend it to anyone.

Countfire is a lifesaver!

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Easy and simple to use for a process that is inherently complex and difficult.

Cons: Countfire used to be heavily geared towards counting references and not linear measurements. There have been HUGE steps by the guys at Countfire to improve the linear side of things with many new additions to the software for this purpose. Some drawings on a large scale (1:200+) are hard to measure small lengths under 300mm, but this is a very minor issue that the support staff will help with on a project by project basis.

Overall: From a user perspective, Countfire is a lifesaver. You upload your drawings simply and easily and within minutes you can have a scaled, marked up set of drawings with all measurements documented in an excel spreadsheet. I take this output and use it to accurately build quotes and check quantities on all projects from single residential to large scale hotels and commercial. For us it means that we can have accurate information to supply alongside our quotes to give us peace of mind that our measurements are completely transparent to clients without sending physical copies of marked up drawings. The guys at Countfire are beyond helpful and have put a huge amount of work into making the software work for us, they are always easily contactable and jump right in to help whenever there may be a problem.

It's dramatically reduced the time we spend on quoting, and in turn improved our workflow and relationship with clients. I couldn't recommend it more.

Recommendations to other buyers: The support staff who started Countfire are really helpful and accomodating. Their customer service is amazing having added certain fucntions to the software as we said they were extremely important to us and our sector of the industry. You can't get better than that!

Great piece of software that has enabled me to estimate jobs in a third of the time

Jan 19, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The software is simple, that doesn't mean it does not perform. Its easy to navigate and learn, with great accurate results, with data that can be used electronically. Has made the process of estimating much quicker. Online help is fast so highly recommended, any updates made are useful and add to the ease of use.

Count fire

Jan 18, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Great product Saves time in pricing jobs Customer services is great and the value for money is very good

Pros: Time quick to use and learn how tom use

Great Software, Great People.

Dec 15, 2016
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The Customer Support and Ease of use

Cons: Slow Loading times when selecting drawings

Overall: Countfire is a useful software for take-offs, saving time and money from printing and manually counting, you select a symbol and it automatically counts it across all of the drawings! An improvement would be an auto-orientation correction. As currently if a symbol is rotated at all or displayed slightly differently it won't register it and you have to select that individual symbol for it to recognize it. Although the development of the software has been fantastic and the customer support is second to none! never experienced such great customer support! Well done

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on October 31, 2017

Thanks Ben! I wanted to let you know we've just released a feature which allows you to automatically count symbols that are the same, but rotated through different angles :)

Super Simple and Fast

Nov 23, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I've used this tool for several months doing semi-automated counts. I've had great results. It's simple, fast and has a nice error checking mechanism to eliminate mistakes. Its everything I want it to be.

Countfire - Genius Program!

Nov 11, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use and support

Cons: Nothing

Overall: What can I say, Will and the guys over at Countfire a developed something truly amazing. Ease of use is spot on and does exactly what its meant to do! The support is second to none, I generally get an answer within a minute. This has made life so much easier than manual counting!
Thanks guys!

Recommendations to other buyers: its a must get!

Brilliant estimating tool and great customer Service to back it up!

Oct 18, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Speed, adaptability to pricing schedules/demarcations and the fact Countfire themselves are open to taking on ideas for user interface improvements to make take off easier

Cons: When drawings take ages to load up

Overall: Very helpful in times of need when a project needs a quick turnaround! The customer service team are also very responsive and there when you need them! Would highly recommend for estimating larger projects if you want to cut down on estimating time.

Recommendations to other buyers: If there can be some sort of check process prior to processing projects (i.e. a tick box for checking all drawings have been assigned a scale, drawing size, bulk selection for itemising on linear lengths etc)

Expensive but well worth it

Oct 12, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Comments: Countfire allows electricians and subcontractors to takeoff drawings on a computer without the hassle and time wasted from printing out drawings, manually highlighting and then counting. The program is unique in its vector based approached to auto counting that makes the count very accurate. While there are issues currently that make the process more tedious then it has to be, by our comparison its the best program on the market. The subscription based pricing scheme is expensive, but there is a significant return on investment in the time that estimators save. Finished drawings are neat and clean, easy for a technician to use when they install, and count sheets are in excel format.

Pros: Fast Easy to use and learn Fast tech support Constantly updated and developed

Cons: $$$ Missing features make program more tedious (multi orientation scan) Non Customizable count sheet No symbol attach feature

Kirby Countfire review

Sep 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Speed

Cons: Sometimes software picks up similar symbols, with check mechanisms this is eliminated

Overall: Very good, , speed, excellent support , features user friendly with keyboard shortcuts helpful..
Control mechanisms very good and you can see that it is designed to meet the requirements of Building Services estimating.

Recommendations to other buyers: Next step to develop 2nd fix circuitry into the software, and make system 100% takeoff user firendly

Great software, Great service

Sep 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Accurate and quick software to use, the software outputs your measures into a useful excel format too.

The checking system gives you improved accuracy and prints highlighted drawings, that you'd never get in a manual take-off.

Brilliant software!

Countfire Review

Aug 22, 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: Countfire is an easy-to-use piece software that helps us greatly within the Estimating department. Customer support is outstanding and whenever we come across a problem/require assistance they are straight on the case. Excellent piece of software.

Easy & Fast

Jul 20, 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: I like the way when you measure one drawing that it automatically counts the selected symbols throughout other drawings saving you loads of time during the tender.

Cons: It can be a little too sensitive when selecting certain symbols but that's down to the quality of the drawings provided. It can be easy corrected when checking each symbol in the editing section.

Overall: I've recently started using this software and already it has saved me time on measuring. I've used Countfire for 3 projects so far and it really is quick and simple to use. Once I've measured each individual drawing it then pulls everything across to my dropbox making it easy for me to check certain symbols. I can then print off my totals for each take off sheet. A great piece of software for estimating.

Recommendations to other buyers: Not really.

Thinking of buying Countfire?

Jun 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Fast, efficient, accurate take off's & excellent demonstrations and support.

Cons: Nothing to comment. Its hard to leave a negative comment when everything is so positive.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take the free trial and see for yourself what you are missing!!!!!

Excellent Product - Easy to use and a Powerful Tool

Mar 18, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After years of marking up plans with highlighters and producing reams of takeoff sheets, it has been a revelation to use this software. After an initial period of getting to grips with the way it operates it is now so easy to obtain concise information to allow me to produce my quotes. The support has been excellent and I have now recommended Countfire to numerous other companies. I wish all Software companies were like Countfire.

Excellent

Mar 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Easy to use after a few goes, saves time, easy guys to deal with and excellent support

Electrical Take Off

Mar 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This software brings take off into the 21st century.
I'm new to estimating. Prior to using this software, i was amazed how relatively primitive take off was. It was very time consuming, as the take off has to be 100% accurate, or as near as possible.
With this software, you can be totally confident with accuracy.
It is quick to use. The more work is required, the faster it is. Thus saving you more time.
Any issued i have had, have been dealt with very quickly, and very easily.

It has been an excellent way to manage my take offs.

Dec 14, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: It has been a nice and easy way to manage my projects.
Can't think life before this system.

Amazing

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

Comments: Countfire has greatly increased the company's work speed! The customer service is absolutely amazing and better than any company I have ever worked with. The App in itself is brilliant and is so easy to use I would recommend this to anyone.

Excellent tool saves time & money

Sep 18, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Great counting software for all sized jobs. Very impressed with its capabilities
The only missing link is the measurement for containment hope this will be developed & added in due course

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on March 11, 2016

Thanks very much John. Glad you're impressed with Countfire! We've now added measurements too so it's possible to measure containment and also linear feature lighting etc. It can also do area and in addition to the true automatic counting function, we've got a manual counting function. Hope that helps!

have used the software on small and large projects, and have found it to be very reliable

Sep 14, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Easy way to complete accurate take off, the software has been improving all the time, now need the software to be able to take off linear measurements.

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on March 11, 2016

Thanks David. Linear measurements have arrived! It can also do area and manual counting, in addition to true automatic counting. No need to print drawings now!

my review, would happily recommend!

Sep 09, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: the software is relatively easy to use. the downside is that there is alot to learn compared to doing it manually. it is getting better now i have used it for a few weeks, but as a new starter i struggled to begin with. maybe an online tutorial would work well, i am not sure if you have this or not. the customer service is excellent, another problem is countfire doesn't always pick up all of the symbols, i often have to double check. Nevertheless, it is great in the sense that it is much quicker than doing it manually, i would happily recommend it to other users.

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on September 17, 2015

Thanks very much for your review Jack. In terms of training, we have training courses available and also have an online knowledge base. We're also always happy to jump on a screen sharing session to help learn the software on a one to one basis. With making sure you pick up all the symbols, this is even a problem when doing take-offs manually. To help with this, Countfire allows you to hide all the symbols you've already counted so you can easily see what's left to count, and it also produces a set of drawings with all your counted symbols removed, which can be used as a quality control / checking process to make sure you've counted everything.

Very quick to pick up, good piece of SW

Sep 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The helpdesk support is second to none, very helpful knowledgeable guys.
the only cons are not being able to exclude something from the count easily, but this rarely affects how we use countfire.

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on March 11, 2016

Thanks for your kind words about our support Roger! Quick note regarding excluding items from the counts. We've got demarcations that allow you to easily split quantities down into different areas (even after you've finished a project), and it's also possible to create a separate class of symbol that you can ignore in Countfire's final outputs.

All round very good sortware

Sep 09, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: (I know that you are working on this) but linear measurement would be very useful.
(Hard to explain) Not a huge problem, but when you have a lot of selections and have to scroll down to select the bottom one you can't because there are three lines of commentary in the way.
Very quick for doing a job with repetitive floor.
New update was very useful.

Vendor Response

by Rapid Tender on March 11, 2016

Thanks Jamie! Wanted to post an update on this one. Linear measurements are now live, along with area measurements. Also, in addition true automatic counting, we've added a manual count function too. In terms of the scrolling down bug you reported, that's now fixed too!

Game Changer

Sep 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Easy to pick up and use, with some advanced features for regular users. Saves more time that I care to count. Great forward development team and customer service.

Repeat subscriber, worth every penny!

Makes estimating much quicker and more efficient - fun to use

Sep 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: It's amazing how quickly the take off's can be made with this tool. Countfire has proven to be an efficient estimating tool.

Excellent

Sep 08, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 1. Customer Support
2. Easy to use software
3. Consistent software improvements
4. Tailored directly for specialist services i.e Electrical
5. Value for money
6. Quick payback period