PlanSwift Construction Estimating & Takeoff Software


 

PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home builders. The solution's functionality can be applied to most businesses that utilize 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 give 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

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Scott from FormLab Builders, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Robust Potential, glitchy programming

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I've been a Planswift user for last 8 years. The program has a lot of bells and whistles with so many custom options. Its a rather incredible concept but some of the tools like hip/valley tool, comparative overlay and auto count don't work properly. My number one issue with plan swift is the code. I complained about how slow the program would get after just a few hours of measurements, especially when using a lot of joint tool and overlays. I would mostly get silence from customer support when making that comment, it seemed odd but I didn't put much thought into it and just kept upgrading hardware on my PC to compensate. Well, now I have a computer that could animate for Pixar yet Planswift still shows me its hourglass mocking the value of my time. I also noticed it would crash more often than I find reasonable and will also crash excel when open even if not using Planswift at the time. When this would happen, excel was unable to recover my progress in that worksheet. VERY frustrating. So, I started to look into composing better spreadsheet design do compensate. I went to an excel guru with estimating background and after just several hours we were both unsure of how we were to make chicken salad out of the fodder. I decided to go shopping, there are tons of in screen programs out there but if you want takeoff with legends to be able to efficiently convey that fancy estimate you spent hours and days putting together to a team on the forld, there are very few that do it well. Most do not have a joist tool or hip/valley intelligence and many other features Planswift has. But most all the others are faster than P.S. and will allow you to work on multiple jobs at same time (P.S. does not). For the light user on a budget, this could be your ticket and I will gladly sell you one of the four P.S. Licenses I am currently sitting on. But if you want to do whole project estimating that is visually auditable with reliable output that won't slow you down and actually speed this boring, low-to-no paying process down then I suggest you search elsewhere. I found my dream software by mixing tei that have most of what Planswift does combined. But mega faster, without crashing or ever hour classing and better reports I do t have to spend hours cleaning up after exporting.

Pros

Features, easy to learn, lots of customization options

Cons

Glitchy, crashy, ruined my day far too many times with lost/disconnected data & subsequent reduced productivity

Advice to Others

Depending on your budget, try eTakeoff for lots of bells and whistles, fast estimating and available remade databases. But the output is graphically limited in terms of field use/reference. PreBuilt ML X has less bells and whistles but for accurate, auditable takeoff with some incredibly innovative intelligent features you will be blown away, especially if you are a carpenter or in the lumber business. It is customizable to other trades as well, I defintely recommend trying it out. With some ingenuity, I have figured out a way to do fast bids that almost estimate the materials automatically...close enough to add the percentage to and still have tome to hang out with my loss and cycle on the weekend...good luck!

 
 

Josh from Classic Commercial Exteriors
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

pretty good product

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This is the most complete takeoff software out there.

Pros

ease of use.

Cons

it is only 32 bit. i mean come on. it cannot upload large files at high dpi settings.

Advice to Others

it is easy to use. i would get it. if it was 64 bit it would be the best takeoff software

 
 

Alan from Primetime Contracting Corp
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

1000's of lost hours

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I recently logged in to complete a new project's takeoff and realized that all of my previous projects had been permanently lost. I basically lost thousands of hours of takeoff and had to redo multiple projects just to be able to bid new projects. I have also been looking to add an earthwork plugin and recently found out that they are no longer selling these plugins and couldn't tell me when or if they would ever be selling these again.

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

Lost projects. No longer selling pluggins.

Advice to Others

It might be worth investing a little more money for another product to confirm that your work isn't lost.

 
 

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

February 2017

February 2017

Planswift take-off software

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This program works well, but crashes often. I am running it on a 16G ram, i7, 1T windows 10 computer - I shouldn't have this happening so often. Other than that, it's a Great program & easy to use.

Pros

User friendly

Cons

Crashes often

Advice to Others

Try it before you buy it.

 
 

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

February 2017

February 2017

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This is the fastest easy to use estimating software available.

Pros

Everything is categorized in an easy to use way.

Cons

Memory

Advice to Others

Give it a try. Best deal.

 
 

Jessica from T&O Masonry
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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Very easy to learn and start using. We are still learning the more complicated features but we were able to begin using it right after purchasing.

 
 

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

February 2017

February 2017

PlanSwift... Best deal takeoff software

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I have used PlanSwift for several years and when compared to other more expensive takeoff software I find PlanSwift a step above even at a fraction of the cost.

Pros

Ease of use. Cost. Look.

Cons

How it handles memory

Advice to Others

Give it a shot.

 
 

Walter from United Roofing Inc.
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Commercial Roofing

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It's an incredible software, quickly and easy to use, I did thousands of flat roofing take off with this software. work great for me.

Pros

Simple and powerful, I should be better if can add more flat roofing apps.

Cons

Sometimes, downloading some drawings can be time-consuming.

 
 

Jason from Total Building Systems Inc.
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Works good for simple functions, but need to be a computer programmer to use for estimating.

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Works good for simple functions, but need to be a computer programmer to use for estimating. Oracle recently purchased the software and discontinued the "plugins". You literally need to be a computer programmer to use for detailed estimates. I do simple square foot take offs and plug into excel spreadsheets to make it easier for me.

Pros

A lot of functions for taking offs, sharing, and measuring.

Cons

You need to be a computer programmer to use for estimating.

Advice to Others

If you are not familiar with computer programming and coding, I would stay away until they get there "plugins" back.

 
 

Fernando from Silva Structures
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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I work daily basis with the software which a recommend.

 
 

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

January 2017

January 2017

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.

 
 

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

January 2017

January 2017

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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.

 
 

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

January 2017

January 2017

User friendly takeoff softeware

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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.

 
 

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

January 2017

January 2017

Estimates That Count

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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

 
 

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

January 2017

January 2017

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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

 
 

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

January 2017

January 2017

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.

 
 

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

December 2016

December 2016

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.

 
 

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

December 2016

December 2016

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.

 
 

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

December 2016

December 2016

Excellent Product

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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.

 
 

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

December 2016

December 2016

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.

Advice to Others

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