PlanSwift Construction Estimating & Takeoff Software


 

PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and sub-contractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production homebuilders. The solution's functionality can be applied to most any business that utilizes digital blueprints.

PlanSwift provides a way for users to calculate digitized values, including labor and material costs, by clicking various points on the screen. The Single Click feature allows users to measure linear and square footage with one mouse click. The program also includes 64-bit Microsoft Excel integration and a browsing feature that lets users create and find new jobs in any location on the network or desktop, improving collaboration between team members. Takeoff features of the system include drag-and-drop assemblies on items, the ability to add hyperlinks, and automatic prompts that gives users hints on what to do next during the process.

 

PlanSwift - Arcs and freehand
 
  • PlanSwift - Arcs and freehand
    Arcs and freehand
  • PlanSwift - Export to Excel
    Export to Excel
  • PlanSwift - Overlay pages
    Overlay pages
  • PlanSwift - Floorplan
    Floorplan
  • PlanSwift - Interface
    Interface
  • PlanSwift - Trades using PlanSwift
    Trades using PlanSwift
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8

233 Reviews of PlanSwift

 
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from Total Quality Contracting, LLC
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Good Takeoff Software.

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I switched from my previous software to PlanSwift because wanted to get rid of their software dongle and required me to have License Manager running on a server (24-7) to access and utilize their software in a virtual environment, which was unacceptable, as I am a single user with a single license.

Pros

Very feature rich.

Cons

PlanSwift needs a User's Manual.

Advice to Others

Very capable and affordable Takeoff software.

 
 

from Metro Contracting
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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7/10: PlanSwift takeoff is easy to use, and easy to understand. However, I wish that when using a condition (linear, area, count, etc.) it would let you continue with that condition instead of only being able to do a few areas and then the cursor return to click mode. I also wish there were more training videos so I could begin to use the estimating software within PlanSwift. I love that is a cheaper software and does just as much as its competitors like On-center for a fraction of the price.

Pros

Ease of use, price.

Cons

Not enough training videos, sometimes hard to do continuous takeoff areas.

Advice to Others

When you're on a tighter company budget, by PlanSwift and you won't regret it.

 
 

from Varcon Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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Planswift is a very user-friendly software which facilitates the ease of all kinds of takeoffs. It also has the estimating features which are handy to some extend but not that sophisticated.
The good point is that the software works really smooth and is not heavy to load the jobs.
It is really practical for small and midsize projects.

Pros

It works smoothly

Cons

Estimating part is not that sophisticated

Advice to Others

Based on the features and abilities of takeoff the price is reasonable.

 
 

from Custom FX
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I've used several different constructions estimating programs over the years, and I feel that PlanSwift is the most comprehensive piece of estimating software that I have ever used. I save hours on every project, compared to most programs I have used in the past. Now, I am able to get more projects done, with much more detail and control over the takeoff data.

Pros

The ability to customize parts and assemblies allows the ability to estimate multiple items from a single measurement. ie., you can figure metal track, studs, screws, drywall, joint compound, insulation, and labor from a single linear measurement.

Cons

There is a bit of a learning curve if you want to create and customize parts and assemblies.

Advice to Others

Check YouTube for training videos before paying for training from PlanSwift

 
 

from TMIC LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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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.

Advice to Others

Good product, fare price, get the maintaince package

 
 

from Havtech
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Solid Takeoff Software

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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.

Advice to Others

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.

 
 

from Kevin Eaves Drywall, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Currently this program is a ripoff

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This program is old and antiquated. Just a glorified spreadsheet. They have no plug-ins and very little support. You basically have to write your own program.

Pros

It does calculations pretty good. But that's about it

Cons

Too many cons to mention. It is currently non-functional and should not be sold. Plus they will not give you a refund once you buy it.

Advice to Others

Stay away for now. From what I understand they're rewriting the entire program. I need to start from scratch. I believe Oracle just bought this program and I think the only thing he wanted was to the customer database. Because of the programs worthless.

 
 

from James Shelton Roofing
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Easy to use!

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The ability to print a report with a complete material list with pricing has saved countless hours, and even more dollars!
Plus they have great add-ons like the ability to take off an existing property using google maps!

Pros

Satellite Imaging, You can enter custom items and pricing for whatever your trade

Cons

I don't like the fact the reports can be difficult to organize if you want them viewed a certain way. This really only applies to extremely large jobs.

Advice to Others

It's a great way to get an accurate bid on your work.

 
 

from DFW Custom Estimating
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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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.

Advice to Others

Test the product, and give feedback as to your needs so those features can be planned for addition into PlanSwift.

 
 

from Foursquare Builders LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Great for take offs

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I use this program every day for quick plan quantity takeoffs. I also use it to highlight areas on the plan to show subcontractors clearly where their area of scope is.

Pros

It makes taking off go much more quickly than measuring and scaling from a paper plan set. It's pretty accurate as far as scaling from a PDF file. I like that it saves automatically.

Cons

I don't use the other features that come along with this product- i.e. the reports, links to dollar amounts for estimating, etc. We build custom homes and they are all too different to set to a value template. I wish there was an "undo" button.

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Its worth the money just for the ability to measure and take off quickly.

 
 

from CSG Restoration
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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This is a great takeoff software. We have a different software for pricing and cost estimates, but it seems to work well in that regard as well. I can see us possibly utilizing the estimating portion of Planswift in the future. All said, we are very happy with the parts of Planswift we use.

 
 

from Structural Component Systems
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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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.

Advice to Others

Register and listen to the free online training that PlanSwift offers.

 
 

from Lipka Builders LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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Easy to use software with a lot of good features. The estimating side is not as customizable and easy to use as I would like.

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Easy to use.

Cons

Estimating is lacking, I use mainly for doing takeoff dimensions and use a separate program for estimating.

 
 

from WT FOAM & ROOFING
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

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CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS GREAT AT HELPING ME WITH MY PC ISSUE WITH THE SOFTWARE

 
 

from Cassidy Corp
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I highly recommend PlanSwift to anyone looking for a user friendly onscreen takeoff product.

Pros

Easy of use for lower level functions. Quality graphics and great plug-in (add on $ features such as Google Map Takeoffs.
Overall excellent product that I would purchase again.

Cons

Customer service is hit or miss. My experience has been wonderful (A+) on some interactions, but other interactions with customer service have not been as helpful.

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I recently contacted customer service (over 1 month ago) to inquire about additional features and plug-ins. I was told that the plug-in store is temporary offline as the company is being incorporated into the Oracle company structure, who recently purchased PlanSwift. I have yet to receive a call back to discuss my options for additinal features.

 
 

from CMV CONSTRUCTION SERVICES INC
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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After using a few different estimating softwares, we have finally found one that meets our needs. It is straight-forward and simple to use.

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Easy to understand, quick, accurate, minimal errors, things get done faster with this program.

Cons

A little more than we would like to spend on it but overall worth it. It did shut down on me once but I have not had problems since, can be slow when first starting up.

Advice to Others

Try the free trial first to make sure that it suits your needs. If you work with a lot of blue prints, this program will definitely make it easier.

 
 

from Duvall Paint Contractors
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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This software will help your business improve your profits and increase the amount of work you are awarded.

 
 

from Foothills Firestopping & Caulking Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I love planswift, it is easy to use, i have been using it for many years. I have no complaints. When i had issues, i contacted customer service and they helped me with my issues very quickly. Great program, i would recommend to anyone in my field of expertise.

Pros

Very easy to use, very easy to learn

Cons

Downloading some drawings can be time consuming. A few times it downloaded blank drawings, so i needed to delete them, and re-download using lower settings.

Advice to Others

familiarize yourself with the drawings before starting on a take-off

 
 

from Spani Developments
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Easiest and Simplest Digital Take-off Software

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Plans swift offer an easy to use and simple interface for the people starting out who just want to digitally record quantities. In the back ground however is everything a power user could want. From the ability to customize assemblies, and customize reports it generates, to inputting and adjusting cost information you won't find a lack of features.

Additional plugins from planswift and third parties offer customization for different industries.

Pros

Simple and powerful. Once you master the basics and surmount the steep learning curve after that to become a power user it is amazing.

Cons

Steep learning curve once you have mastered the basics.

Advice to Others

Take the time to master the details/assemblies. It is worth it.

 
 

from Gates Construction
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Great On-Screen Takeoff Tool

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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.

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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.