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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

309 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
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

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

About PlanSwift

With PlanSwifts visual point-and-click interface, users can drag and drop individual parts or assemblies directly onto a digitized blueprint to gather quantity Takeoffs and begin the estimating process. Measure linears, unit counts, square footage, pitches and angles in seconds with just a click. PlanSwift calculates the takeoffs automatically - saving users valuable time and effort when they bid on jobs. PlanSwift is the #1 affordable, easy to use, accurate takeoff & estimating solution.


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

PlanSwift Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Robust Potential, glitchy programming

Feb 16, 2017
3/5
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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!

Great for Takeoffs

Nov 15, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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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.

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

Apr 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
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.

Very comprehensive and customizable takeoff software

Apr 14, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: I work for a small construction company as the project estimator. I have to do takeoffs on basically every aspect of the home so I can put together budgets and bid out the project properly. This is a seriously powerful tool for doing a full building takeoff. Almost all aspects of it are customizable, so you can make this thing do just about anything you want. I've got a template set up that that allows me to use one measurement to calculate quantities for multiple parts. And, if something changes, I can easily manipulate it to figure the new data. So, I measure for block work on foundation and I tell it how many courses I want and it will change the calculations based on the number I select. For the most part, the customer service has been extremely helpful. I am able to save and print views of the takeoffs. This has been extremely helpful when putting together ceiling joist and rafter layouts for my field team. This has helped eliminate a lot of wasted (expensive) lumber by the framers cutting up wood they shouldn't (like cutting up a 2x10x26 intended for a rafter and using it for headers).

Cons: Knowledge base: Sometimes the knowledge base can be a little tricky. It will often take you to outdated versions or may not show anything at all. Much of the information is not laid out in a very intuitive way. Customer service: There have been a few times where I've run into glitches with the software. The costumer service was not helpful every time (though they have been 99% of the time). Sometimes they have been problematic. I use the labeled count feature regularly, but it doesn't always total up the counts properly. When I contacted customer service, the rep I spoke with just said, "I'm not sure. It's probably the computer." He said that about a couple issues. He never did a real review or provided a resolution. I've found ways to work around it, though.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would strongly recommend buying the maintenance package. Over the past 15 months that I've been using this software, they've come out with several updates that you only get with the package. This program can easily go much more in-depth than I am capable of figuring out. If you know how programming code like Pascal or C++, then you're really in luck. At minimum, you will want to have a solid working knowledge of Excel. The language to create easy-to-moderate parts and equations is very similar.

Excellent Value for the Money - Full take off AND estimating capabilities

Sep 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We are a medium size concrete and masonry subcontractor. We have used another estimating software for about 17 years, but no on screen take off abilities and very little flexibility in creating your own assemblies or unit prices. It is more of a general GC type of software. It was time for a change. I am very happy with Planswift. No software is perfect, but definitely Planswift makes easy taking off and estimating a job. If you plan on using it just for take off purposes, you can start as soon as you buy it. But if you plan on using it as an estimating tool, my suggestion is to give yourself at least 1 month so your most trusted estimator builds the assemblies (full time job). With only 2 or 3 hours of training a smart techy estimator can do it. But it is a long process. And the more you learn about assemblies, the more you have to go back and improve the ones you already built. Based on what I have seen so far, I think Planswift was created as a take off software and then adapted to an estimating one. This is somehow inconvenient, but not a deal breaker. Like every software, there are things it can not do, or at least not in the way a user would like to see them. But overall, it works just fine. We have now a full database with our custom made assemblies and 5 people using Planswift.

Pros: Take off portion is super user friendly. You learn how to use it in a couple of hours. Price is very reasonable. Huge savings in prints to bid jobs. Database can be shared among all users. You can create as many assemblies and unit price templates as you want. You have access to formulas to calculate material quantities based on the take off. Customer support is excellent and unlimited for simple take off questions. Training is excellent My sales person, Conner Livingston, still assists me when I need his help.

Cons: To use the pricing portion you have to create your own assemblies. They are not pre-built. Lacks security features to prevent deleting custom made reports. You have to back them up. Lacks security features to prevent others to modify your database and custom made reports. You have to back them up. Only two people at Planswift have knowledge about building reports and is not part of the regular customer support. Either you buy a Training package or pay by the hour so they can help you build the reports you need.

Disappointing over the long run

Feb 16, 2016
3/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
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Pros: I found it easy to learn and it became the go-to program for viewing, measuring, and recording any info relating to architectural drawings. On many occasions, if I thought of some action I would like to see the program perform, a little research revealed that it was already built into the program. I have been surprised many times by the wealth of things this program can do.

Cons: One thing the program doesn't do well anymore is load drawings. When I first purchased about two years ago, the drawings loaded very well, and viewed as clearly as the source pdf file. But after a month or so, and a couple of hundred drawings later, the program began to have trouble loading drawings. Sometimes the program would just stall during upload, or if it did upload, a lot of lines would be missing from the drawing. It was possible to still do take-offs, but I would often have to keep the source pdf drawing open on another monitor. The latest batch of drawings I loaded were a real mess. Internet forums discuss this problem, but last time I looked no one had a solution. I contacted the company when this problem first appeared, but they were no help. I now regard a take-off program as indispensable, so I'm now shopping around for something to replace the Planswift program.

Recommendations to other buyers: I think digital take-off is the only way to work with architectural drawings. Planswift is an affordable, agile and feature laden program. It was a good way for me to get started, but maybe there's a limit to the quantity of drawings it can store, or maybe it doesn't handle multi-layered pdf drawings very well. I would recommend the free trial, especially if you're new to digital take-off, but I wouldn't recommend this program to a heavy user.

Great takeoff software, good parts estimation, NO database

Oct 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
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.

Easily the best takeoff & estimating software available!

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
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!

Solid Takeoff Software

Jan 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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.

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.

Decent digital take offs

Oct 25, 2016
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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.

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
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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.

Good program but crappy service

Dec 19, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have had Planswift for years. Great program, saves time for sure, however, it can be hard to get a hold of them with questions and unless you pay yearly for maintenance for every call in, they will NOT help you. I loaded up a print and the edge is cut off. Unless I pay them more money they will NOT DO A THING. Have had no luck finding a solution online, that is the only reason I called. I would strongly recommend looking around before buying this program.

Pros: Saves time and therefore money good program easy enough to use pretty accurate, rare to come up with short amounts

Cons: Pay for help, or receive none some aspects can be hard to use takes time to learn to use properly.

PlanSwift offers a top of the line product

Jul 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: PlanSwift offers a wide variety of tools and calculation methods to save the estimator time. The joist/rafter tool is the feature that pulled me to the buying decision. The speed with which I can prepare layouts with various on-center spacing and direction changes is incredible. The hip/valley measuring tool also saves me the trouble of pulling a calculator. Now I can provide concise, color coded layouts to clients along with a bill of materials needed for the job. The measuring flexibility and speed of PlanSwift is also unbeaten in my experience of using scales, wheels, digitizers and other on-screen tools. All of my measurements can be color coded and saved. When I need a clean sheet to measure another item, I can simply click to 'turn off' or 'show' any or all measurements to either leave a clean measuring page or print cut-sheets. When I question a measurement, every measurement is clearly recorded on the screen and can be verified at any time. Even when I click an incorrect point when performing a take-off, I do not have to start over. All I do is hit a key to remove that point and my take-off and I can proceed as if I didn't make an error.

Cons: The labeling feature does not yet allow the estimator to place labels at various angles (for example, along a hip board). In addition, building assemblies to take-off multiple types of materials is not possible without extensive knowledge of programming.

Recommendations to other buyers: Write down features that are important for you. Then call one of the many PlanSwift demonstrators and have them walk you through 'how' to use PlanSwift to accomplish those tasks.

Effective 2D Takeoff Software

Jun 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
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).

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.

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
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
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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

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

1000's of lost hours

Feb 11, 2017
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: 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.

Affordable Digitization

Nov 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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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.

simple can be to simple

May 01, 2018
1/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: It is for sure not a pro tool and for that reason much to expensive, considering the yearly subscription.

Pros: it is simple in a way that you can start fast - but that is already all you can say regarding "pros"

Cons: It cannot do a multi takeoff, there are no instructions or help available to create lists, you cannot organize your takeoff by divisions, quantities are not added together using different drawings. The auto-quantity tool does not work always, there is no rectangular snap, you cannot add points to a shape wherever you will (only at the end pint) and for that reason changing a form/ shape is so difficulty that you better start over - which is time consuming. Plan import settings do not work as supposed too and the quality you get is really bac - without any chance of improvement if you convert to tiff.

Straightforward software with easy-to-use tools

Jun 05, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: - Straightforward and easy to use. - QTOs are faster than on PDF writer, which allows measuring - Able to scale drawings based on manual reference lines - Ability to overlay drawings and compare revisions - Video tutorials under the help heading - Being able to turn off unneeded digitized elements to reduce clutter/overlap on the screen - Ability to load multiple drawings into one project and quickly jump back and forth - Magnifying tool

Cons: - Method of saving to network or hard drive; cannot move the files once saved or risk corruption. - Not being able to change the name or color of an element once digitized without changing all of the elements of that type (For example, partition drawn as Type A but should be Type B. Renaming the element changes all the Type A elements on the page). - Would like to see 1:75 and 1:400 as metric scale options - Not being able to provide a QTO summary of each page of a multi-page project; currently have to make unique names for each floor - Would like to see a way to customize what is shown in the legend (would like to be able to turn the quantities on and off). - Using one scale for a whole page; sometimes multiple scales are present on one page.

Recommendations to other buyers: Watch a few demos and then give a takeoff a try. As an estimator for a General Contractor, the software meets my needs for a competitive price.

Versatile Takeoff Progream

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Ease of operation is the biggest perk of this software! Easy to get started and lots of resources to find help.. such as YouTube!

Pros: This program saves time, paper and money! It is incredibly easy to use and easy to train on. The program is very intuitive and easy to navigate through the takeoff commands.

Cons: Technical support is not always easy to get a hold of. Getting answers to basic questions takes longer than one would normally anticipate. I also wish that the program could "talk to" my estimating software, it is kind of a bummer to do double entries.

Quantitive Take Off Software

Jun 15, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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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

Great estimating tool for daily use.

Dec 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We have been using it for 10 years and like it for what it does.

Pros: color coding tools on plan page item list totaling for multiple pages with same digitizer tool estimating tab for recaps saving tool templates

Cons: no real-time collaboration between users no Mac support Copy page does not copy digitizer tools Failure to support past versions. Upgrade cost too much

Awesome takeoff software

Oct 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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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.

Buggy Software, Poor Support

Dec 06, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Reasonably priced, Basic features fairly easy to learn and use.

Cons: Multiple bugs persist through many versions of the software. Company add features to attract new users but does not address bugs in the application that have persisted for years.

User-Friendly and Functional

Jul 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: It is one the best quantity takeoff software that I have ever used. It really match with PDF format drawings and give you the ability to categorize and organize the bill of quantities inside the software and transfer them to Excel. You can also apply the unit rates and build up an estimate. Very appropriate for building works including residential and ICI.

Cons: The software has been designed mostly for 2D drawings. When it comes with 3D such as cut & fill takeoff, it doesn't work. I don't recommend the software for heavy-civil jobs.

Overall: The accurate quantity takeoff from the PDF format drawings.

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.

Must Have

Jul 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

PlanSwift Estimating

Dec 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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.

pretty good product

Feb 13, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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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

Great takeoff tool, but struggles with collaborative efforts

Jun 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: If the program could find a better way to be collaborative, we would benefit greatly.

Pros: The takeoff abilities of the software are phenomenal. There is nothing to complain about when it comes to its ability to count/calculate objects, areas, assemblies, etc.

Cons: A continued struggle is finding a way for teams to collaborate on takeoffs when team members are in multiple geographic locations. We have tried using their email function, but this can be a slow and tedious process. In addition, we utilize Box for cloud storage, but have found it cumbersome to keep things working in a seamless, and fast fashion.

PlanSwift Takeoff Program

Aug 26, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: In my experience with PlanSwift software I find that uploading plans, from both paper copies and internet links, is simple and easy. This makes it quick to get started on take off for calculations. I am a roofer and I need to have totals for squares of material on roofing projects. I have found this program invaluable in conducting my estimating for upcoming projects, saving me time and money from necessary job site visits. Software Advice was right on the money when they recommended PlanSwift!

Cons: The only drawback for me with PlanSwift has been the amount of time it has taken to learn all the controls but I am old school and used to walking a roof and measuring with a tape measure, not so strong on the computer. But if I can do it so can anyone else.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would suggest that anyone interested in this type of software should compare, through demos or trial periods, more than one product, as I did, to find the one best suited to their needs.

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
Value for Money
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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.

PlanSwift is an excellent tool for efficiently doing takeoffs.

Jul 07, 2014
3/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software has a reasonable learning curve, and most aspects of the software are fully customizable. I was able to tailor everything to meet my needs. A little training from support was needed to learn how the formulas and tools interact with each other, and to set up the reports. After a day or two of organizing these, the software was doing everything I needed it to do.

Cons: The support staff was extremely helpful when I was able to reach them. Many times, I attempted to reach support via chat or over the phone and never could get through to anyone. Also, the joist tool needs work. Rendering joists or rafters with the joist tool takes far too long. PlanSwift also needs to come up with a new file organization system. Every job creates thousands of files on the computer, which greatly decreases the speed at which the information can be accessed. I believe when I last checked, I had over a half million files, for just a couple hundred jobs.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would recommend using a computer with a solid state hard drive. Because of the flaw in the file system, I believe having a solid state drive would improve speeds.

Minor issues

Mar 16, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The software is a great tool indeed to document, review and calculate every single detail o the plans. Planswift version 9.5 gets very slow as the project pages grow and the number of takeoffs increase. I would really love to see this problem solved in the near future.
Also when I receive the new addenda on the plans, I would love to see the software has a way to archive the old plans in the same document.
Overall it is a great help and fabulous tool to us as estimators and I personally do not know how to do my job faster without PS:)
Keep it up and Many Thanks

Vendor Response

by PlanSwift on March 19, 2015

Maral, Thank you for your review and comments! I checked with our Technical Support manager regarding the problems you're having: "As you're pulling in a new addendum, you can organize them in a different folder so that they will stand out from the old set of plans. This is one way of archiving the old to separate them out from the new. For a majority of users, speed hasn't been a problem. It really comes down to how many items you have on your page. For those people that have large, extremely takeoff-heavy jobs, we will continue to work on performance improvements. When developing for the future, performance is one of our top concerns. " I sure hope this makes your organization much easier. If you need any help or clarification, please call 888-752-6794 ext 2 Thanks again!

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.

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.

PlanSwift is just what my company was looking for!

May 29, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: My company just recently purchased PlanSwift, and so far, what I like best about this product is the capability to take on complex equations to figure out what exactly you are measuring, example square footage. I also like that the support team is very knowledgeable and had no problem assisting me in figuring out the complicated square footage equation. I look forward to working with the support team more to really meet what my company is requiring to do fast and easy takeoffs!

Cons: Again, I am new to the software, so I haven't formed much of an opinion yet. However, if I had to pick something I liked least about this product, it would have to be that when switching computers, it does not transfer the jobs you have done already to the new computer. I had to email all the jobs and upload them to the new computer; I was hoping all my work would automatically be there already.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ensure you ask as many questions as you can when deciding to purchase the software. I found myself calling a lot the first week with questions. I also highly recommend getting the 14-day trial; that was wonderful!

Have someone help you learn to use the product before you pay $1500 with training included.

Apr 07, 2015
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: They were very responsive while purchasing their software but not so much after spending nearly $1500 for the program, upgrades, and training. I, like many purchasing this product, am a small business owner. I purchased during a slow time of the year (working 2-3 days a week). I was told to call ahead to schedule a slot of time where a planswift expert would help train me on how to use the software. This was an upgrade I paid around $300 for. "Call a day or two in advance", I was told to confirm a time that will work. After several attempts of being told that nothing is available for the whole week and sometimes the following week too, I've given up for now. Being that it was a slow time of the year, I was booking my weeks as work was available and didn't really know how my Wednesday two weeks out at 1pm was going to be. Hopefully, I'd have work rather than waiting to learn how to use a software program that I spent 3x as much as I paid for my computer.

The program seems like a helpful tool for a business owner if they a able to get the proper training. As of now, I am only using the very most basic functions of the software (Mostly learned on my own, some from the 15 minutes the salesman will spend on the phone teaching you before you buy). After you've paid it is difficult to the training you are entitled to.

Everyday tool

May 04, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This one of the most used tool on my computer right now both estimating and project managing. Simple and effective and with estimating software integration.

Cons: Sometimes, bigger file may cost crash when loading into Planswift, still don't know if it is a software problem or my computer needs an upgrade.

Fast way to make material take-offs

Dec 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Overall its good software for small businesses.

Pros: Can import many file types which is very helpful, Once image is scaled it ready to start the take off.

Cons: The plugins are very difficult to create. I would warn people to buy a single license with multiple users otherwise you can not share plugins under different licenses.

Gets the Job Done in one spot!

Jul 13, 2016
3/5
Overall
2.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1.5 / 5
Customer Support
3.5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software gets updated frequently, they are always improving the tools.

Cons: The customer services takes long to reply to you and also most of the time they don't know what to do. They need to be train more. Also I would really appreciate if planswift could be web-based that will save me a lot of trouble and money. Having to buy a new license and email the projects all the time it is time and patience cosuming.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are a computer savvy and would like to have a software that does all to you in a few and short clicks "THIS IS IT". Planswift is a awesome software!!!

Best estimating software available!

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: I think Planswift is such an important tool in today's estimating industry!

Pros: Planswift makes life in the estimating world so much simpler by allowing a user to simply import a set of pdf drawings and go to town marking up areas and square feet as well as highlighting individual components such as doors, windows, fixtures, etc, for an easy count.

Cons: The only thing I have against Planswift is the price. Don't get me wrong, there is a very justifiable reason for this software being so darn expensive, but I just wish there was a way to also tailor the price for those people and companies that are just starting up and maybe don't quite have the ability to purchase at the current price.

Good product and good value

Jul 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is the very simple concept, and it just works every time out. And now I can have it integrated with my estimating software.

Cons: Not much I can think of, maybe I want to ask for a "smart" conversion that can automatic link you to different reference in the drawing set.

User of Planswift for about eight years or so, doing whole house takeoffs and remodels.

Apr 30, 2018
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: It would be better to live up to the support/maintenance idea when problems arise than to try steering me to "training" at some $ for three hours which I don't need.

Pros: Rather intuitive to use and doesn't take long to get up and running. Good features and constant upgrade flow.

Cons: Support response has really gone down hill in the last year or two. Don't know if it has to do with so many changes in ownership, but I suspect there is something to that. Perhaps struggling with payroll and cutting back?

Just that easy

Apr 07, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: PlanSwift is an incredibly easy and affordable software for performing quantity take offs for a wide variety of construction disciplines and scopes. I use it almost daily and I haven't found anything yet that I could not take off. As an estimating manager, I oversee estimates up to $50mil for water/wastewater, power and industrial facilities. From round, concrete clarifier tanks to aluminum handrail to CMU walls - PlanSwift has helped us increase our take off efficiency by 30-40% and allowed us to get deeper and more involved in having 'plug' number estimates for trades we don't self-perform. This has helped reduce the last minute scrambling for pricing and significantly reduce the gaps and exposure from not knowing or understanding the size and quantities for the scopes involved in our projects.

Additionally, we were successful on our first bid with PlanSwift for structural concrete foundations for a power plant expansion project due in part to the efficiency and time savings the software provides. We estimated a 5% waste on the project with over 6,900 cy of concrete and at the end of the project we came in 4% under the estimate.

Their customer service has been great and timely on only a couple of issues that have occurred. Thank you PlanSwift!!

Great Time Saver

Sep 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Saves me a lot of time estimating jobs. Customer support is great any time I've had problems they have quickly resolved it. It takes a good bit of time to set up the software to where you personally need it but once you get it there it's incredibly fast and effective in job estimation. It is definitely worth the initial investment in money and time on the front end.

Cons: Trying to learn the excel based formulas for calculations can be a real pain and incredibly confusing. If you don't have a basic knowledge on excel type mathematical formulas then this may not be the program for you.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ignore overall costs. Expensive upfront can save tons on the back end.

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