Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

291 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

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

PlanSwift Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Great for estimating

Feb 28, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is a great tool for taking quick takeoffs. Allows you to upload whole plan sets or individual pages depending on need. The takeoff functions snap to lines seamlessly provide quick and accurate measurements.

Cons: Spending a little time on the front end can make estimating various construction trades easier, however this process is lengthy and will probably turn most casual users off.

Good estimating software

Feb 27, 2018
4/5
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2 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: It is easy to understand due to its organization of folders, many estimation options already configured, look very good, and Excel interface. A lot of Youtube classes.

Cons: You need many online classes to set up as needed. Transfer to excel without the calculation formulas.

Helpful its an understatement.

Feb 13, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Great product for estimating new projects.

Pros: This product has so many pros that it would be hard to list all. Estimating a project becomes a breeze. Customer service is excellent.

Cons: Very little cons, no mac support is one and perhaps the price can be a much for some. Maybe a mobile app integration could be helpful too.

ease of use is good on pc not laptop

Feb 08, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: batch naming and organizations was effective functions were smooth pretty easy to figure out on pc .

Cons: can't connect to a spreadsheet seamlessly the scaling was a little ifffy but close enough kept crashing

Straight forward and get the job done.

Feb 08, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The very basic of on-screen quantity takeoff software with estimating integration, generally works great, never had major problem with the software, like the overlay especially when doing renovation and having plan revision.

Cons: From time to time, it has some performance problem and glitch with middle mouse button, but the problem might be from my end.

Takeoff simplified

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It¿s a simple tool to use, you can make folder and store the information organized. Export to excel and many more features.

Cons: The only hard time is when I want move takeoff data from one item to another there is no simple way to do it.

Best estimating software available!

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
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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.

Excellent product and customer service. Very easy to use and the team at PlanSwift is very helpful every step of the way.

Jan 26, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This software is very intuitive and easy to learn and use. The customer service is excellent and the support team is there to help every step of the way.

Versatile Takeoff Progream

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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.

Easy takeoff program, very versatile.

Jan 11, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
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Comments: I have been using PlanSwift for about 6 months now and have loved adding this to my company. It has saved us time, paper, and money by making the switch.

Pros: Very easy to use and learn program. You can use it for many different things and there seems to be a feature for everything. You can also buy expansion packs for pricing.

Good all-around

Jan 02, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I am very satisfied with Planswift. I am very comfortable with the take-off aspect. I look forward to getting proficient at using the estimating side of the software this year.

Pros: It significantly reduced the time I spend doing take-offs. It is a powerful software, but fairly easy to start using on a basic level.

Cons: Technical support is not always easy to get ahold of. Getting answers to simple questions can take longer than I would like.

Pleasant

Dec 20, 2017
3/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: very intuitive and easy to navigate through the takeoff commands. I really like the option to be able to print out my takeoff right on the page it was taken off on.

Cons: The only con is that I wish it would be connected to my estimating software. I do not like to do double entries.

Overall: It was very quick to set up a project import the plans and start your takeoff in a matter of minutes.

Fast way to make material take-offs

Dec 20, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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.

Great software for commercial estimating/takeoffs.

Dec 19, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Comments: Great takeoff software, will renew when the year is up.

Pros: Ease of operation. Shallow learning curve, easy to get started and plenty of instructional videos on Youtube.

Cons: Reports could be more customizable, but maybe it's only because I don't know something... Will check into it.

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.

Works well for our needs however certain features could vastly improve our experience

Dec 12, 2017
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: 3D rendering would be great

Pros: Provides ease of use coupled with a logical process and has a nice simple interface that can be color coded for different products.

Cons: New revision plans entered into the existing job have scaling issues with old revision plans, this causes issues for us as we often do multiple revisions.

Great estimating tool for daily use.

Dec 12, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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

Planswift review

Dec 07, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The software is fairly easy to learn and straightforward. I like that the training is an additional cost you can add on if and when you want whereas other programs i looked at embedded that cost.

Cons: The software is glitchy. There have been numerous times when I've had to close the whole program and restart. Sometimes when I have several tabs open and I want to change one tab it will change the one I haven't been active on (which is the one I'm trying to look at while changing between others). I'd prefer that the takeoff page be customizable so that I can group the measurements in a way that is more suited to my needs, but that is relatively minor.

So far my experience has been good

Dec 07, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: The customer service and technical support is good

Pros: I like the usability and functionality of the software. The Sales Rep is always available for questions and will address any questions we have.

Cons: I've only had one issue with importing blueprints, but the technical support was good. I wish there was a better price point for monthly use.

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.

Planswift has been a life saver when it comes to takeoffs and estimating.

Nov 21, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Planswift is fast and easy where it helps you pinpoint what you need in a takeoff with accuracy. The ability to do single click takeoffs is amazing also.

Cons: The customer support, would like that someone will be able to help me with my problem instead of having a ticket number and wait for someone to reach out to me.

Overall: Ability to navigate and help others increase profits by saving time with takeoffs and estimates.

Affordable Digitization

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

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

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

PlanSwift

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

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

Stress Free, and efficient

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

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

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

Great takeoff software, good parts estimation, NO database

Oct 24, 2017
4/5
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.

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
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Pros: Easy to use. I can quickly find values such as square footages, linear footages and counts.

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

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

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

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

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

Planswift makes my estimating and material take-off easy and quick

Oct 12, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: This estimating software is the best even for the beginners.

Pros: This software has a 14 day Free Trial, is easy to use than other estimating softwares and easy to understand

Cons: A little bit expensive but in the end, it's really worth the price.

Planswift for Estimating

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This product is pretty versatile regarding what it can do for estimating. You can use it for very basic quantity take-off or you can build formulas to figure out multiple materials for complete materials lists for a build with a single click of a button.

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

Quick and accurate estimating!!

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

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

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

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

Sep 15, 2017
4/5
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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.

Planswift access

Sep 14, 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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Pros: Zoom in and zoom out options for drawings are amazing. Looks better than other softwares because it gives cut off quantity

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

Effective and Easy to Use

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

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

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

Plan swift makes estimating quick and easy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Better than similar products and provides better value

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

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

Excellent Software for Takeoff

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

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

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

It is necessary for our industry!

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

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

Must Have

Jul 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Fast and accurate generating from drawings. Like the overlay feature and has build in estimating support.

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

Effective 2D Takeoff Software

Jun 16, 2017
4/5
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).

Quantitive Take Off Software

Jun 15, 2017
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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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

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Jun 10, 2017
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: Wonderful product would be useful, tools was easy to use, was able to use the program to write proposals

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

Easily the best takeoff & estimating software available!

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

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

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

careful with the maintenance fee scams

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

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

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

PlanSwift

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

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

amazing software

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

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

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

has constant issues printing

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

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

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

Apr 18, 2017
5/5
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.

Great Custom Support

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

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

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

PLANSWIFT

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

Pros: Very accurate

Cons: no customer Teaching support