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

21 Reviews of On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid

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from Cumming Corporation
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Good takeoff tool

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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

 
 

from Thermaseal
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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I have tried other Takeoff software, but this is the best for me. I like this product because it is user friendly and has several built in tools that others may not have. In addition, other software can be limited in functions or available tools. I also like that the
customer service representatives are friendly and helpful.

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The export function to excel gets stuck at times other than that its good. I would like an option to measure segments on a page to accurately scale a page. As it is, a scale has to be either selected or created which could be a hassle when the page does not have a scale in which case you just have to guess until you get the right measurement you're looking for.

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I found that online tutorials are actually helpful if you have any questions about the software.

 
 

from C.L. Concrete
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Great product. Perfect for our needs

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Easy of use and great customer service.

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So far everything is great. No complaints.

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I would recommend watching the training videos.

 
 

from AES CLEAN TECHNOLOGY
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

I have had a mostly positive experience.

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It is a very intuitive program, the way it operates makes taking off construction material for my job simple.

Likes Least

Some aspects are not so intuitive. Some of the actions and tools on the program don't operate how most other programs do. I'm referring to tools like text box and dimension where there is no easy way to change text color/style for all text, only indivisually.

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Really the software is great. The only problems we have had was with our database and server. My advice then would be to get a good IT guy.

 
 

from Berglund Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Assistant Project Manager, looking for subcontractor's for proposals

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Very easy to use and like being able to down load the contact information. Also its nice to be able to see every important information about the company.

Likes Least

It appears that not all companies can be searched for the chicagoland area and also companies you know are in the software sometimes do not appear when searched.

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Make sure that you know the exact companies name you are searching for as you can not search by trade.

 
 

from Berglund Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Berglund Construction - Estimating Dept Review

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Ease to use. Allow for quick quantity, linear footage, or square footage takeoffs.

Likes Least

No additional rules that can be applied for total estimate (labor and material rates). Also, cannot pull up takeoffs performed by another user.

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For quick validation of subcontractor scope, this product is great. For any self-perform, there will be a lot of additional work performed in Excel or another system to develop a proper estimate.

 
 

from AECOM
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Best Softwares till date

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The flexibility and the software is developed for anyone to easily understand.

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None. The product is complete package and I see no negatives.

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Look for a simple, easy to use software. Number of options to customize and narrow down your selection.

 
 

from REX Concrete
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Great product and worth the money for us

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Ease of use. Other programs were so simple however that there were not a ton of options and features. This product can work simply but also has tons of short cuts and additional options if you are also looking for bells and whistles to learn along the way. The good thing is you can be up and running in no time with the basics of it and learn more as you go. Videos and training and support response time are all great.

Likes Least

The two day course was great but it would be nice to have one on one help with the training to skip the things I already knew and get into spending more time on the things I needed to. The training was not specifically for concrete which would have been more helpful than learning things that don't pertain to my field.

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We have had nothing but ease of use with this product. There is a bit of a learning curve on some things but once learned it really has helped a ton.

 
 

from Edge Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Too much for small businesses!

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I like the ease of use and how it works with multiple users. It is the Cadillac of on screen takeoff software.

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I used it as an employee of a large construction company. Now that I am on my own I struggle with how much they charge versus other software that can do just as much.

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It did have its limitations but the program is smooth and intuitive. I would recommend this to someone that is used to it already and does not worry about the cost.

 
 

from Valley Design and Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

This is a great product to do take offs. Still have to export to exce

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Like the easy take off and can change to what ever it is your taking off

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I don't like the worksheet and reports. Have to export to excel and then build my own pricing worksheet

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Can you manipulate the lines and colors and does it give you lf sqft and volume cy

 
 

from Berglund Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Great Estimating Tool

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The product provides a legend for multiple quantity take-offs which allows the user to estimate the job fully. This is also great during construction to provide adequate materials onsite.

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There is nothing that I do not like about this product as the features provide you exactly what you need during the estimating phase. Color coding can mimic other materials but it's understandable that you can only provide so many configurations.

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Like all software programs, you become more efficient as you utilize the tool. The more you work with it, the more you can get out of the product.

 
 

from Carolina Insulation Contractors Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Onscreen take off review

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It's ease of use and functionality. Easy to transition from One project to another. Take off conditions are easily calculatable.

Likes Least

Transitioning the take off plan pages to different formats

Recommendations

Take your time and go through the demo process completely. Try to have all questions together and tailor your specific needs in an estimating software with your demo Training.

 
 

from Drywall America
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

OCS-Software Angle Specialists

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The product does well for estimating and has some glitches that you can work around if you have been running it long enough.

On Center Software, However is basically working an angle that will chew you up and spit you out! Just like the other reviewer mentioned. You have to keep pouring $$$ into support. We own 3 subscriptions (2 OST and 1 QB) of this product, each subscription cost thousands. Each year you have to pay over $$$$$ for each sub subscription you own just for maintenance.

But here is the best part, If you miss a year or 2 of maintenance you have to go back and back pay the years you didn't pay!
(I wonder if they hired an old IRS agent as the controller?) Wow! Isn't that a great way to gain customer loyalty!

Now just like the manager of the tech support told me, "If you go for a while without taking support, you will eventually have to buy new subscriptions/software, it all ends up to be the same amount of money"..

Oh did I forget? If you don't buy your maintenance at the beginning of the calendar year, say 3rd quarter, better get your wallet out again for January!

You think they could maybe sell you blocks of time for tech support, get creative, anything? Anything other than coming after a tradesman's pocketbook so hurtfully. I'm disgusted!

Consumers, If your looking for estimating software look somewhere else. Its 2015! Everyone makes it! I'm no longer an OCS ADVOCATE!

Likes Least

Nothing to like about dealing with OCS. Remember it takes a long time to get a customer but imagine what it takes to get them back.

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Don't get stuck with the OCS $$$ hemorrhage! Remember the bottom line is the $

 
 

from FSDB, Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Will not last

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Software functions fine, gets the job done faster and more organized then paper.

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Apparently there is a Sunset clause where they can cancel your software. Considering the time value of money better to get a program that costs less up front with a monthly fee then to be forced to spend thousands to purchase new software every couple of years.

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I was recently informed that it will be disabled. Because it comes with a dongle that has to connect to their servers to authenticate and unlock the program, they will no longer allow the dongles to connect. How much could it cost to have a line of code that says "yes" or just unlock the dongle permanently. You would think that the cost would be a program that lasts for good. So basically they expect me to purchase the software all over again and that is not going to happen. There is better software out there for less money and no ridiculous "Sunset".

 
 

from Everest Estimating Services, LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

On-Screen Takeoff | Advanced Takeoff Software

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I enjoy the quick and professional technical support. They are always responsive, pleasant and helpful.

Likes Least

I am continually discouraged by their high price for continuing education, classes, & webinars.

Recommendations

On-Center has plenty of competitors now that have quality products for less. It's worth doing a thorough search and review of all similar products.

 
 

from MC2 Contracting, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

I have had over 15 years experience with this product

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Within the program, I like the ability to use it the way I see the project. It is flexible to the old guard and the new age user. Once you have the understanding of how each quantity is captured, you can set up your styles and types to make sense of the number and what it is relative to.

Likes Least

How much it costs and the annual fee. It is a very good product, just expensive. If you set up Quick Bid to estimate when you are doing your take off, it becomes a slow process. When you enter all the components into the line items, any time you change them, the program completely recalculates the estimate. I had a $25 million estimate and had a few changes to add and delete. It took a long time to recalculate when I added and subtracted information.

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If you are cranking out estimates daily, this product is efficient. It combines takeoff with estimate totals immediately. Use the OST program to get the quantitative survey done and then open up Quick Bid to fill in the takeoff items so the the one time calculation does not hurt your time of takeoff.

 
 

from Steel City Construction

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I have been using On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid since 2005. Since then, I have learned to modify the software for many different applications. Before On Center, I used to do takeoffs by hand. I quote many jobs a year, and too many things can go wrong. Sometimes, the GC's change materials or quantities at the last minute. That is no problem. As long as you have all of your materials taken off to completeness, you really only have to worry about the other half, the labor. I also have modified and added conditions to include steel and iron connections - either welded or bolted.

Attending out of town training helped tremendously. They are always there for help when needed. When you are quoting jobs - whether $3K or $1million - this is the tool to use. All guesswork is gone.

This software counts the smallest details like screws, rolls of tape, or corner beads. These are far too laborious to do by hand. Even when roofs are concerned it, calculates your pitch on 2-dimensional drawings to give a more accurate square-footage count.

 

from G & R Construction, Inc.

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I have used On-Screen Takeoff for the last 7 years. It is very efficient and saves me a lot of time. Those who are still using scales and rulers don’t know what they’re missing. I feel lost without On-Screen Takeoff.

 

from Kevin Eaves Drywall, Inc.

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I've had this program for many years and I'm constantly disappointed by them. It's overpriced and crashes on a regular basis. Will not send a patch unless you sign up for their service. I have used them since they were DOS and am fed up.

  Response: Cindy , On Center Software

Date: July 2013

July 2013

 

Hi Kevin, We at On Center Software regret that you had a negative experience with the version of OST that you are running. We pride ourselves on providing great products and amazing customer service, so it is troubling to us when a customer feels like they are not being heard and treated appropriately. We have had a number of releases that address the problems you are having with the version you are still running and we would like to work with you to get you onto a newer version, eliminate the problem and once again be a satisfied customer. We also have a significant number of new enhancements that will improve your efficiency and accuracy in completing your takeoff. We value your feedback (even negative!) because it brings to light areas where we can improve our service and support. We hope that we can re-earn your faith and trust in On Center Software products and as a company in general.

 

from Eagle Rock Excavating, LLC

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I use On-Screen Takeoff (OST) from OnCenter at a full sevice site work contractor located in Tucson AZ. OST provides an easy way to export into an excel spreadsheet, which we use to create proposals for both public and private projects. I find it easier and faster to use OST for take-off purposes and to review changes with the overlay option. For those estimators with some basic skills OST can be learned in hours. I watched the tutorials and was up and running with a minimal learning curve. On occasion I have needed customer support to work through issues, which typically aren't a problem with OST.

 
 
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