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

111 Reviews of PlanSwift

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from Sentara hospital
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Work Great!!!

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Awesome product works wonders do alot of construction drywall work and let me tell you will use it daily!!!

 
 

from Midwest firestop
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

I work in hospitals. Thus is a must have

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It saves time with no errors on pipe. Reliable. Dont have to worry about any mishaps later on down the road. Durable and very reliable. Great for take off on plumbing.

Pros

Easy and simple. Gets the job done with great productivity

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Compared to the other products. I cant say anything wrong with it or least liked

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You wont use anything else once you try

 
 

from Carroll and co.
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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It's great for plumbing takeoffs. Saves me time. Program is relatively easy definitely better on my tablet than my phone.

Pros

Saves time with no errors on pipe length.

Cons

Could be a little simpler but, and quicker but maybe it's just me .

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Well worth it. Saves time and money

 
 

from Midwest Firestop
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I have been using planswift for around a year when my company gave me the option to start estimating. I have found it easy to use, but can be troublesome when I do bigger jobs. Overall I enjoy using it and learning this program has kept me out of the field.

Pros

Don't have to use pen and paper.

Cons

Sometimes can shut down.

 
 

from Alexandrea's Designs
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I am a new user to planswift and have found it very easy and very helpful in keeping up with wall footage for paint and wallpaper. Easy to export to Excel.

Advice to Others

Don't be intimidated by the software.

 
 

from C&C Construction of NW FL, LLC
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I do not personally use this, but my asst does. She prepares the takeoff/estimating sheet for me and I put the numbers on it. She seems to like it okay, but does get frustrated when she cannot figure out how to use some of the features it has. I cannot afford for her to be out of the office, so I cannot send her to the class Planswift offers in Utah. She had no training but has figured out how to use on her own. When she contacts customer service they tell her to take t he class.

Pros

Increases t he efficiency of getting bids together

Cons

Needs more online instructions.

Advice to Others

Buy it, good overall

 
 

from C&C Construction of NW FL, LLC
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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IT HAS ENABLE OUR OFFICE TO RUN MORE SMOOTHLY AND EFFICIENTLY. NO MORE BLUEPRINTS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND PEOPLE CRAWLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR!! MY BOOS AND ASSISTANT CAN WORK TOGETHER, AND GET MORE JOBS EXTIMATED THUS WINNING MORE BIDS.

Pros

EFFICIENCY

Cons

IT NEEDS MORE ONLINE INSTRUCTION.

Advice to Others

BUY IT!! GOOD PRODUCTS.

 
 

from C&C Construction of NW FL, LLC
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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This product has become the most helpful tool we have for estimating.
My assistant does the takeoff, then from her estimating/takeoff print out I can put the numbers on it and return to her for preparing the formal proposal.
This allows me to be able to go out into the field and not have to be in the office all the time.
I really wish that they offered more online and one on one instruction without having to go to Utah.
She has never received training on this program but has figured enough of its features, on her own, to get us by.

Pros

My asst can prepare everything in a formatted form for my review

Cons

She needs more instruction on some of the features but I would have to pay to send her to Utah, I think they should offer more online instruction and I need her in the office daily.

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But it!! Very much worth the money!!

 
 

from renin corp
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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I like the software in the beginning until I actually finish setting it up and started estimating. That's when I realized the software get very slow when you are working on a big job.

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Easy to set up and easy to use

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EXTREMELY slow!!
and lots of bugs!

 
 

from Abiatar Hardscape Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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It's an incredible software, and now I can bid on more project without headache.
I liked this one so much

 
 

from C&C CONSTRUCTION OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA, LLC
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I was brought into this program with minimal training. I have figured out most of the features and function, but some I cannot. I called customer support for advice and was told to register for the class for a class in Utah/Idaho somewhere out there for a fee plus all the expenses of getting there. I really think this program is good but since I did not get the initial training, I am not utilizing all the features to capacity and the boss is not going to send me to school ????.

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Measuring accuracy

Cons

Cannot get training from office

Advice to Others

make sure you get in on initial training for this product.

 
 

from Scraper's Edge Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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*Disclaimer* I declined any training in this product, so negative experiences may be the result of ignorance

I've been using PlanSwift for nearly a year & am very happy with it. I use it exclusively for takeoffs, of which I have done over 600 this year. I would highly recommend it for takeoff purposes, but I have no experience with it's other functions & cannot offer any comments on them. Customer service was prompt & answered my questions to my satisfaction. They couldn't fix my desktop freezing problem (see below) & were not aware of it being a problem, but I found an acceptable workaround myself. I can't comment on value for money as I am not responsible for any budget in my company.

Pros

PlanSwift gives a high level of user control for the published result of the takeoff. I can modify takeoff colours, add notes, create my own legend (with notes), insert lines, arrows, etc. The takeoff functions are well designed. Adding an area to the same layer is easy, subtracting a section is just as easy & displays very nicely as a blank space which doesn't interfere with other layers or the original drawing. Modifying a takeoff shape or colour is very easy, as well as drawing curved shapes, copying shapes to same or new layer. Various layers don't interfere with each other, don't "fall behind", etc. Layers can easily be turned off & on. Scaling is excellent with preset dropdown & custom input available, allowing you to work in metric or imperial & scale in either without limiting your output unit selection (ie. scale in metric & get takeoff output in imperial units if desired).

It appears to me that a lot of attention went into the design of the takeoff features. There are a lot of little things that make it much easier to use. For example, drawing a shape can take several minutes sometimes, & if you are interrupted & need to use another program you just have to move to another screen or minimize the program & when you come back you can carry on. Lots of programs force you to resolve the function you were engaged in before minimizing, but PlanSwift doesn't. This little thing makes a big difference when referring to another drawing on a pdf that has to be zoomed, or moved, etc while doing the takeoff.

The published pdf is very easy to read, & looks clean & professional - a very high quality finished product is possible with this program.

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The loading time is the biggest drawback. If I load too many drawings into the program at a time, opening the program, publishing a pdf, & organizing files within the program can take a long time. This also causes my desktop to freeze so that I cannot move files around or into folders until I restart windows, wait for my screensaver to come on, or sometimes it just fixes on it's own. This is silly, but it seems that the program loads every drawing in it's database when I open the program, so to keep loading times reasonable, I need to remove files from it's database when I finish with them. It's an annoying & unnecessary hassle. It may be that the program is designed to load several drawings for a single project & then file the whole project when complete; so this might indicate I am using the program in a way it wasn't intended. However, I don't want to file away each drawing when I'm finished & start a new project. The takeoff is the project for me, so creating a project for each drawing will end up costing me even more time, if that is how it is designed.

Twice with complicated, multi-layered projects, I've had the program freeze when attempting to publish a pdf. Generally at the end of the day when I've already stayed a bit late to finish, & the takeoff is needed asap. This sucks. Restarting, loading the program & trying again takes 10-15 min. In both case it has not worked after 3 tries & I've had to relay the info verbally or use a screenshot instead of a published pdf. Honestly, out of 600+ takeoffs, that's not terrible - I'm assuming it has something to do with the file format and/or amount of info I tried to publish. I've had lots of complicated takeoffs with many layers & pages work just fine.

Advice to Others

Use the free trial. If you only need it for takeoffs & you're under 35, you probably don't need the training.

 
 

from Craiberly Enterprises, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Plan Swift is so easy to use

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Plan Swift was a great purchase for us. The price was good and the software has been easy to use and quick to learn. Technical Support responds quickly and is ALWAYS helpful.

Pros

Easy to learn. Quick Tech Support

Cons

Sometimes, if you are working too quickly, the program will lock up for a minute. It just has to catch up

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Amazing software and great price

 
 

from Exclusive Drywall Ltd
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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So far I like it; support team is really helpful; I can customize the formulas the way I need it;
Take some time to learn the program, specially if you use to do all take off by hand,

Pros

Nice that I can customize formulas the way I need it

Cons

Plug in store is not working; took me way to long to enter my parts

Advice to Others

Buy it

 
 

from Lincar Enterprises, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Planswift (Construction Takeoff & Estimating Software)

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I am a estimating consultant with fifty years experience. I used to get quantities by inputting sizes onto an Excel Spreadsheet. Then I discovered Planswift and am able to get quantities quickly and accurately by downloading the drawings onto Planswift and preforming areas and lengths right on my computer. /The great thing is I can save my takeoff work by printing out a pdf that shows what I took off nd provides me with quantities on the pdf. Then I send it to my clients for documentation of what I took off.

Great product, wish I had it 5o years ago would of saved me lots of time!

Pros

Ease of takeoffs onscreen. Inexpensive compared to other similar software.

Cons

Just need to be patient on the learning curve on how to utilize the software

Advice to Others

You can download the product for a free 14 day trial. Suggest you take the time to view the videos to learn how to use it's function.

 
 

from The CRESS Company
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Product is an excellent takeoff estimator for Electrical Takeoffs.
Software installs easily, and customer support is available both online and
via phone.
Does not take long to learn and prepares excellent documentation for analysis.

Advice to Others

Online tutorials and webinars are available for the novice and expert.

 
 

from Midwest Firestop
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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I use planswift very often and find it a good program for the price. On smaller jobs it works excellent, but on larger jobs I find that the program crashes often. This really hinders work flow and can become a real issue. Let's hope they decide to update the program to 64 bit and fix the issues with memory management.

Pros

Easy to use. Works great on smaller projects.

Cons

Memory management, crashes often on large projects

Advice to Others

Try out the trial

 
 

from Newberg Irrigation
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

PlanSwift Does The Job

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We have being using PlanSwift now for close to a year and it has been a blessing. We are a commercial irrigation business and strictly use PlanSwift for takeoffs and estimating. It does just about everything we need. It's easy to learn, accurate, customizable for us and their customer service is first class.

Pros

The biggest plus with PlanSwift is that it's easy to use. The takeoffs are accurate, the tools are there to use and all the data is right there at your finger tips. You can create your own library of items, which saves times once you begin to do multiple takeoffs over time. Speaking of time, using PlanSwift is definitely a time saver compared to the way we used to takeoff jobs. Again, the counts and linear footage tools are spot on so I am never worried about inaccurate data.

Cons

At this time, PlanSwift is not compatible with our existing excel spreadsheet. So we do the takeoff in PlanSwift and import the data onto our spreadsheets. On another note, PlanSwift slows down with the bigger takeoffs deep into the takeoff cycle for that particular job. And if I really had to be nit-picky I would love to see more "count" symbols.

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Overall, I love PlanSwift. It does just about everything we need it to, it's accurate and at the end of the day you save time using this software. I would highly recommend it as a takeoff tool in the construction world.

 
 

from excavation and construction
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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I use this for take offs and bids it is a really good tool save a lot of time

 
 

from Builders First Source
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

PlanSwift has been a great tool.

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Plan Swift is pretty user friendly but to fully understand and use it to its full capacity takes quite a bit of one on one with someone who can show you all of the little toys that will make your life simpler. If you are planning on purchasing this product you need to plan on getting some extra training so that you can know where to look for all of the amazing tools this program has. You can move around in it pretty well on your own but the chances of making it profitable and useful without a pro showing you these secrets is slim to none. Unfortunately that is where you have to bite the bullet and get some pretty extensive one on one and they don't give that away.

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Great product with limitless capabilities.

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Count on spending a lot of extra money on training if you want to get the most out of this product.

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I would definitely still purchase this program knowing what i know about it but unless you are a computer wiz who can read and write your own programs be prepared to pay someone at Plan Swift to get you to that point.

 
 
 
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