Vision InfoSoft

Electrical Bid Manager

4 / 5 28 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Medium to Small Electrical Contractors currently using pen and paper, Excel or other non-specialized estimating software. They realize specialized estimating software will improve their estimates


Average Ratings

28 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $1,295.00/one-time/user
  • Pricing Details
    Discounted additional licenses available.
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Vision InfoSoft
  • www.visioninfosoft.com
  • Founded 1993
  • United States

About Electrical Bid Manager

Electrical estimating software capable of estimating electrical jobs of any size, even into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Built-in electrical item and assembly database. Use digital plans for takeoff and update your pricing with integrated EPIC Pricing service.


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Electrical Bid Manager 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

Electrical Bid Manager Reviews Recently Reviewed!

sales person was helpful

Nov 12, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: it integrates with a special software for pricing and take off. The uploading processes went smoothly.

Cons: I do not like that you need to have codes to unlock the integration between the takeoff software and the estimating software.

Worth every penny

Sep 08, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Great product for my needs as a contractor averaging in 3mil in sales a year. It has sped up my estimating process by 3x.

Pros: Ease of use with the ability to make your own custom assemblies, training is available regionally and over the phone if needed. Customer support is very efficient. And no monthly hidden fees!!!!

Cons: It isn't cloud based yet. I think it has catered to the residential side on certain functions that I wished I had for the commercial side, that would be helpful.

Very helpful for bidding jobs

May 08, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I would like to thank all the customer support for the help on getting started.

Pros: This software is very handy to have if you are in the market for bidding multiple large jobs. I was able to figure out the program on my own by playing with it.

Cons: If you are not handling multiple large jobs. I feel this is not a necessary program to have based on the cost.

Outstanding

Apr 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: It saves time and money

Pros: Its required for all businesses owners. Professionals big or small. It save time, money and leaves customers happy.

Cons: Easy to use once you get the hang of it. I think all businesses owners should invest in this software.

An Estimator's Best Friend!

Feb 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This is a great, no non-sense tool that helps me get my job done and be more efficient. Highly recommended for the experienced estimator that needs to crank out estimates in a short time frame.

Pros: Familiarity, relevant features, ease of use, integration with PlanSwift

Cons: UI is a bit outdated for 2017

Overall a great product

Feb 21, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The basic features of the program are easy to use and will allow any estimator with a little experience to jump right in and begin. The only downside and I have seen this with all these estimating programs are if you want to learn how to utilize the full capabilities of the program you will have to take a training class and they can be pricey. Overall I am happy with my choice and would recommend this to others.

Great Product Easy to use

Jan 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have been using EBM for about a year now and I have grown to LOVE it. This software is extremely user-friendly. It is easy to find material or import it from EPIC. You can find anything. It is also easy to go back and edit when you have a mistake or if there has been a change.

Electrical Estimating

Dec 12, 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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Comments: I became acquainted with EBM through another Electrical Contractor, Cannon Electric. After learning the software several thing about the product really impressed me, the first was the lay out of the materials and spreadsheet format, the ease of identifying specific items associated with each portion of the quote, and the bid break out page, however after owning the product for several years, and going through several PC's with both viruses and simple upgrades, the thing that disappoint me the most with this program, is when you purchase it you think you own it, but if you don't use the program for 30 days it shut down, if I replace my PC which seem to be common for me I had to repurchase the program, or pay a fee to get back what I had purchased.

Pros: The first was the lay out of the materials and spreadsheet format, the ease of identifying specific items associated with each portion of the quote, and the bid break out page

Cons: when you purchase it you think you own it, but if you don't use the program for 30 days it shut down, if I replace my PC which seem to be common for me I had to repurchase the program, or pay a fee to get back what I had purchased, there is no transference ability.

Recommendations to other buyers: Prior to using EBM, I was working with Accu-Bid with a Union shop, Conti Electric, although I prefer EBM to Accu-Bid, when you purchase the unit its belong to you on what ever PC you use.

Just trying someone's method

Dec 10, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I down loaded this product just to see how these people who most likely never even worked in the electrical field would do it...I found this software to be for maybe a company just starting out...there's almost too much stuff to fill out in order to make a bid

Pros: It keeps your record straight, and makes sure you don't forget anything that maybe you bought and forgot

Cons: The price

Recommendations to other buyers: That it's a good thing to keep records and material on but for bidding just too much to fill out in order to make a proper bid..and the cost is ridiculous

EBM Review

Nov 11, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have used EBM for over the past year, it has reduced the time spent quoting by approximately 70%. Linked with Plan swift reduces our consumable waste immensely by not printing jobs until they are landed. The functionality between the two packages interfaces easily and makes it a breeze to navigate your take offs. Selectable colors on pipe runs and circuitry makes items easily distinguishable for as built drawings. By taking the extra few minutes to layout your project during the quote process saves much time over having to create as built drawings from scratch after the project is complete.

Pros: Ease of use, EBM is a very stable and versatile product.

Cons: Plan swift can be a little temperamental

Recommendations to other buyers: I would highly recommend this product. not only do I use this for my construction projects, I have also generated quotes for the automation end of our company in the automotive sector.

Electrical Bid Manager Pro and PlanSwift

Nov 02, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: The two products used together make on-screen estimating very effective. No need for hard copy prints to be made and manual takeoffs to be done. Just use the on-screen format, and have quantities calculated for you.

Pros: Allows efficient use of the estimators time by having an on-screen takeoff made without the need for hardcopy prints.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take advantage of support offered in the training and usage of the software.

Software Review

Oct 31, 2016
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Overall a good product that does what it advertises. The only gripes that I have with it are its ease of use and accessibility. It requires more technical knowledge and work than its competitors. This isn't to say that this is a bad piece of software, its price is definitely affordable and can fit into a lot of budgets. There just isn't much that stands out about the software.

Great tool for my work

Oct 31, 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 use electrical bid manager to allow the bidders bid for the electrical supplies I buy. The custom assemblies really do a good job of counting every material that in the system.

Lost and confused

Oct 25, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: attempted training seminars, but gained little knowledge of how to access features

Pros: lots of options

Cons: troublesome to figure out

Recommendations to other buyers: be sure to spend plenty of time learning system , take notes.

Electrical Master

Oct 12, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Very intuitive, easy to learn and teach others how to use it. Very important to and organization is the ability to upload/UPDATE Pricing on a regular basis, with Minimal problems. EBM has a few issues here, like price per C vs price per M, etc. Easy to manipulate labor rates.

I use EBM for electrical bids.

Sep 26, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
3.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There are a good assortment of ways to provide breakouts and to edit item costs and labor. I appreciate the speed of the software.

Cons: Labeling a takeoff is not clear. The user interface is bland.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is a basic estimating software with not a lot of bells and whistles.

EMB Review

Sep 26, 2016
4/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The program is intuitive and very user friendly. It has proven to be helpful for estimators in training especially.

Cons: Not enough format options for form letters. For example, Rich text formatting would be a nice option.

Recommendations to other buyers: Good product for the price! We will continue to use EBM at our company and recommend trying it out!

EBM review

Sep 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to understand output for our estimators and clients.

Cons: I really have nothing bad to say about the product.

Recommendations to other buyers: We like it best because of the ease of use in working with other clients that use the same software. When you use our services, you get our knowledge of the software as well.

Quick efficient estimating program

Sep 23, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Bids can be started quickly. Item edits can be done directly from the audit screen. I'm still learning all that this program has to offer.

Cons: Limited access to database in standard edition. You have to upgrade to plus or pro edition to gain access to these items.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ask for a demo of the software before you purchase.

Daily User

Sep 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The simplicity of the program. Items are easy to find and enter into the program.

Cons: That after you extended your materials and then add more take off the program does not reextend the same way.

Recommendations to other buyers: This software is very user friendly. Easily learned and a breeze to manipulate.

This software has the flexibility I was looking for

Sep 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simple to use, customer support and sales is very responsive

Cons: The cost, however it is the best bang for the buck

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at all the products out there, discuss any hidden fees or constant updates, go with your gut!

Solid program thats logical, easy to use, and vey flexible

Apr 11, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: it is extremely flexible in breaking a job into many parts and being able to change things as needed throughout the bid process. You can always pull portions out of the main job should change orders or alternate options need to be estimated along with the main part of the job. take off is easy and flexible. Job extensions are quick and you can verify pricing on large $ materials quickly. Form letters make the final bid preparation painless and help to provide consistant format across proposals.

Cons: A couple of items although they are definately not reasons to stay awaywould be: -> Pricing is not updateable with Trade Service (they have some bad blood between them) so i have to use their price updates. -> It would be nice if they had a report generator so one could generate some reports that are not available in the program -> would like to see more format options in the form letters. Rich text formatting would be a nice addition to an already useable feature

Recommendations to other buyers: There are a lot of programs out there and this is one area where price is not an indicator of quality. Look carefully (try before you buy!) and take off a job that has many alternates and options if possible because that is where the real flexibility is key. See if you can make large changes to the breakouts with minimal efforts as these things seem to happen in the real world. You want it to work for you, not against you. Once you make a decision learn it well to make it really function for you. Don't expect the first estimate to be dead on. There are a lot of variables and adjustments that can be made to labor rates and pricing discounts and until you get these tuned to your company and style it may be a bit rocky. But once you get things adjusted you will know that what it says can be relied on.

EBM Review

Mar 23, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Ease of setup and knowledgeable sales staff. Tech support was helpful but 1 hour was not enough.

Cons: More flexibility with the drop downs. Branch circuits should have junction boxes and whips to add as an option

Recommendations to other buyers: It was the most straight forward program I looked into

I have used EBM since early 90's making that about 25 years

Mar 10, 2015
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: This is the only product on the market with a user interface that makes the estimating logical. Vision Infosoft is great to work with. If there are any issues, they are there to help.

Cons: The initial loading of the program is difficult, requiring IT expert.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get the demo loaded and play with the software. Call the company an ask for a short walk through on the database.

Great product to introduce you into computer-based estimating

Feb 26, 2015
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: It's a good step into on-screen estimating. Lots of webinars for business owners with a hectic schedule.

Cons: On-screen takeoff is a separate program and has some difficulty transferring data.

Recommendations to other buyers: Great step into computer-based estimating software.

Great system for the price you pay

Dec 09, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like how easy it is to make temporary Items. I also like how accurate the labor times are on the install of material. I used this to bid a fairly large job, and the labor for all the panels, lights, m/c cable, switches, receptacle, and low voltage came up to within six hours of the actual time it took to do the job. That's not bad for a 743 hour job!

Cons: The thing I like least about this product is that it is difficult to do breakout prices. It can be done I am told, but you have to go through training. I have set up a time several times, but unfortunately, I get called out of the office when those scheduled training's are going to happen. The other is lack of material on certain options, mostly supports, hangers, and junction boxes.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's a great product, is very accurate, and customer support has been great. It is nice to actually have someone answer the phone that speaks English when you have a simple question. If you are looking for a estimating program that will work for years to come, then this is the right system for you.

I haven't had much face time currently, but my team likes the tool.

Dec 02, 2014
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The vendor is friendly. The tool is easy to use, and it's easy to set up specific material important to your line of work.

Cons: I wish it had the ability to include more Solar and Wind material. The electrical industry is moving in all directions, and the tool should keep up with the industry.

Recommendations to other buyers: It takes time for any tool to work properly, but if you take your time and get to know the tool, the review will be better than expected.

First Months with Electrical Bid Manager

Jun 11, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Excellent estimating program. Once you get started, it's pretty intuitive and semi-self-explanatory. We landed two of the first four projects we bid on with the software, and we are very encouraged by the early results. I love how everything is organized and contained within the program. I also like the ability to have the labor units calculated for me, as well as being able to adjust them depending on the circumstances. I wish I would have invested in Electrical Bid Manager sooner!

Cons: There is almost nothing so far that I do not like about this product.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are a small contractor, you need Electrical Bid Manager!