On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid Software


 

The On Center Software portfolio includes On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid. It has been put to use by companies globally.

The On Center offering includes a takeoff and an estimating application that can be used by both commercial and residential contractors across various types of trade. The takeoff application supports on screen takeoff, digitizer integration, file integration (CAD, PDF, etc), and 2D takeoff. The estimating application includes electronic quote system, cost databases by trade, and accounting integration. The system is compatible with tablet technology that provides field access to project data for cost and labor management.

Companies best suited for this product will bring in revenue upwards of $1 million and be of any number of employees. There is no limit to the number of users that can be added to the system so companies will be able to grow using the software.

 

On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid - On Screen Takeoff Image
 
  • On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid - On Screen Takeoff Image
    On Screen Takeoff Image
  • On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid - Quick Bid Condition Detail
    Quick Bid Condition Detail
  • On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid - Quick Bid Markup
    Quick Bid Markup
  • On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid - Oasis Takeoff Summary
    Oasis Takeoff Summary
  • On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid - Oasis Takeoff
    Oasis Takeoff
  • On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid - Oasis Takeoff Worksheet
    Oasis Takeoff Worksheet
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 8

44 Reviews of On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid

 
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from ProVision Concrete
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I have been using On Screen Takeoff for my estimates for a while now. After trying a lot of the options out there, I find that it's the easiest to use. Helps speed up the takeoffs so I can complete more estimates, in return winning more jobs.

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

Nothing.

Advice to Others

Try it and you will love it.

 
 

from R.P Interiors, Ltd
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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Using OST has made estimating projects 1000 times easier. What used to take me and entire day or two now just takes me a few hours.

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I love the fact that all the material is able to be organized in its own category and area.

Cons

Zoom/pan is a bit difficult. I wish the scroll wheel on a mouse could be used to resolve this.

Advice to Others

Make the investment! As a small business owner the initial investment seemed high but it very quickly paid off!

 
 

from M Hale Consulting Services
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Great software when accompanied with other similar software

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Love the fact that you can break out projects easily and when linked with quick. I'd, it's a time and life saver! Fairly easy to use, especially if you've used other similar programs. I've only used this for stone and tile take offs and estimating but I'm sure all trades and general contractors will be very happy with their decisions. I believe this can link to Microsoft programs such as word, excel and even Microsoft project manager ...

 
 

from conastruction llc
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

This is the most amazing program

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I found a program at a price that was better than the others. it seems much more do-able for me. Figure out what your time is worth. How did you do the takeoff and bid so quick. You'll see how fast the software pays for itself. It's definitely worth it.

 
 

from Pace Drywall, LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I've been using this program for years and always having to right click to change condition properties or to add an overlay. The latest version has buttons for each of these commands. Awesome Job. Love It!

 
 

from David Canton Drafting, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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On-Screen Takeoff Viewer is a free version of the takeoff software. I started using it for drafting Project Submittal Drawings. The Project Managers would use to full version to markup a project and I would use the viewer to determine Scope of Work for the drawings.

Pros

Easy to navigate between pages and views.
View all documents of the project in one place. (Except .dwg's)

Cons

Some markups made in Viewer stay - (i.e. highlight) others deleted when going to a different page. (Can't remember exactly - don't use it)
Measure only shows to even inch.

Advice to Others

For free, it works for what I need it to do.

 
 

from Maiden-Stone Inc.
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

It may have it's weaknesses, but overall it's great!

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I began using On-Screen On-Center Take-off is Feb. 2016. Overall the program is great. Its fairly simple to import and manage drawings, create conditions, and quantify areas. I am sure there are many features which I fail to use to their potential, but learning to make the system work of me and the types of take-offs I perform was quick. There is very little learning curve, and if you have any questions their Customer Support Tools are incredible. I enter a question and typically receive a call from a person within hours. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. The program has its weaknesses. One huge weakness is it's tolerance. When using the measure tool the tolerance is to the nearest inch. There is no way to adjust this, which can mean rejection of material and a lot of jobsite labor in our particular field (Stone). Also, exporting to excel could be clearer, but overall it's pretty helpful.

Pros

Ability to create various types of conditions, in various types of materials, in various areas, and being able to calculate various types of information from one condition (sq. of one side & top & total lf, Average tile count & overall sf, etc.).
Ability to import various file types, PDF, AutoCAD, etc.
Ability to export to Excel.
Ability to label conditions & include conditions legends, creating a helpful Take-off maps for bids.

Cons

Inability to tighten tolerances.
Inability to label linear conditions.
Inability to increase the size of the font on condition labels.
Excel Export could be much cleaner.
Inabiliy to create non-grid tile layouts.

Advice to Others

This product is wonderful, but try it first to make sure it's capable of performing for your specific needs. I could see certain features being very helpful, while others being very limiting.

 
 

from Habitat Design and contracting
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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It is not good software for the money that I payed.

Pros

You can reasign condition. and save some time.

Cons

To be honest I compare my self this OST again Planswit software, and the last one have more tools to do a faster takeoff.

Advice to Others

Before buy OST, try Planswift, because OST is way more expensive., and is not really good for the money that you pay.

 
 

from Blackline Design + Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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Product is a bit on the pricey side - but is definitely very effective and I would recommend to anyone doing digital take offs.

 
 

from S. David & Company, LLC.
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Excellent product for doing fast take-offs and estimations.

 
 

from Delta Construction LLC
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

A Unique Software for Estimation Purposes

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It is a coupe of years i am using On-Screen Takeoff and i love it, it helps me as much as i want.

Pros

This software can find square footage of any architectural shape. Just needs to move-in.

Cons

Looking for more options.

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It is better and comfortable more that others i were used.

 
 

from WeBuild Inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Very Solid System

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The software is easy to learn and use with little to no confusion.

 
 

from Subcontractor
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

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Very user friendly software and helps quantify sf and lf takeoffs.

Pros

easy to use, quick to learn

Cons

is not easily available from home

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highly recommend. 2 years later I am still learning things about it.

 
 

from Coe Cosntruction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Great for both Subcontractors and GC's

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I've used OST for 3 years, and it has always been able to meet my needs for takeoff. Without fail it creates a clear and easy to use takeoff file that i can import, edit, and organize. On top of that it enables clear communication of quantities and values between the estimating department and the field.

Pros

Easy to Use, clear organization, user friendly, easy to export takeoffs

Cons

expensive

Advice to Others

Worth the money if used frequently

 
 

from Lansdowne Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I work in an estimating department and we use your product all the time to get either quick take offs and references or full in-depth take offs by trade.

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I like the ease of use and well thought out interface. The tools do exactly what you need them to do and speed up the take off process

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A worthy software package when in need of heavy, daily takoffs. Too pricy if just looking for small quick takeoffs.

 
 

from Lansdowne Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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In my opinion, On-Screen Takeoff is the easiest to use digital take-off program out there. Even beginners can be up and running in only a matter of minutes for the simplest most common types of take-off. More difficult tasks (curved lines, items with odd shapes, etc.) can be picked up quickly as well. We use OST for presentations and as part of our proposals.

Pros

Ease of use. Quick.

Cons

Price. Convincing higher-ups that the investment is worth the time-savings and that the time-savings equal cost savings.

 
 

from Parsons
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

Amazing Takeoff software!

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I have been using OST for close to 10 years now and have found it to be a most useful software even beyond its amazing takeoff capabilities. Takeoffs are quick and easy and once coupled with the database of your creation or QuickBid, can provide exacting results that can be utilized in any size company or project.

Pros

Intuitive, easy to learn, numerous shortcuts for the experienced user, easy to create libraries of reusable building assemblies, Customer Service has always been spectacular when needed.

Cons

Updates can be precarious (but there is Customer Service), doesn't link to a database like RSMeans (last I checked).

Advice to Others

Works for any business size, large or small...

 
 

from Legacy Lighting
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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We are a lighting wholesaler that specializes in Multi-Family lighting. For years we have been counting jobs by hand through printing plans and highlighting. On Screen Takeoff from On Center has made our counting much easier and accurate.

 
 

from Al Brothers
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I have used both Quick bid and Ost for about 4 years now and the company i work for has used it a bit longer. The person who trained me was a very early user of the product. Compared to a scale and a spread sheet this product is awesome. However as we started growing as a company and getting more users product became glitchy. at that time we where told to move to a sql database (They do not support SQL but do recommend it as a solution to issues.) Since this time the support that we pay quite well for yearly is about useless as they go thru the motions like they want to help then say we do not support sql so we can not help you. At one point i had issues approving a change order that i made called support they mentioned yes that is an issue here is a workaround because that feature only works about half the time.(Really!) Basically it seems that whenever we have an issue their "Excellent" support team has issues telling us anything other than it is somehow our fault, yet every time they recommend us to do something a specific way we oblige. In short this product could be amazing however they need to get with the times and start supporting what they recommend.

Pros

Takeoff program works very well, lots of different options to show differences in conditions. Quick bid works well sometimes. and you can customize the naming conventions, link items, and do multi condition takeoff. As i mentioned if it wasn't for the poor support and the horrible recommendation to switch to sql that they do not support i would probably be writing a completely different review.

Cons

Customer service they will answer phone and call you back. I think it's so they can tell you that they cant help or support you.

Advice to Others

If you do have issues call support at night as late as possible they may spend some extra time due to boredom at off peak time.

 
 

from Cumming Corporation
Specialty: Construction manager

Good takeoff tool

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Likes Best

Easy to use, good takeoff data and reports. Our team uses this daily and typically have no issues. Licensing is fairly simple

Likes Least

Licensing additions and upgrades are painful to coordinate

Recommendations

Be sure it is a good fit for your operations team. Decide on a licensing strategy whether networked or local

 
 
 
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