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

69 Reviews of PlanSwift

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from Mizu Contracting LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Positive experience. Tricky but extremely powerful software

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The sales team was very knowledgeable and accomadating. The walkthrough with the technician was very insightful and answered all of my questions thouroughly. I will definitely be taking classes with planswift in the future to broaden my knowledge and learn small tips and tricks about the software.

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The software could have a better user interphase. The codes and commands are not initially user friendly.

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Make sure you have someone who is computer savvyworking with the software. Otherwise I would recommend buying the online help and having them create/walk you through assembly's.

 

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

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I loved the simplicity of the use. I watched the youtube videos to help me get started and that is all it took. I found this takeoff software a lot more user friendly than others have claimed to be and it increased my productivity by 200%!

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I haven't found anything that I don't like yet. Still testing the features.

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Watch the videos first! It helps you tailor the software to your trade and shows you the easiest way of getting your take off information and then calculating your labor and materials.

 

from Stevens Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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Very user friendly and easy to use software that performs all necessary takeoff functions.

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It would be nice if the estimate summary page broke items down to their page location.

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Try other software before purchasing any on-screen takeoff program.

 

from Cannon Construction Company, Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

First timers are welcome

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It is extremely user friendly and easy to use. I found everything I needed at the touch of the mouse. The plan download is as easy as it gets.

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The plugin is separate from the basic kit. After about two weeks of using the product I found out that basic is basic. I needed to install earthwork plugin to get the full use of the product.

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Make sure to add the plugins when purchasing because you'll need them at some point.

 

from Malory Parker Construction, INC.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Great Time Saver

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Saves me a lot of time estimating jobs. Customer support is great any time I've had problems they have quickly resolved it. It takes a good bit of time to set up the software to where you personally need it but once you get it there it's incredibly fast and effective in job estimation. It is definitely worth the initial investment in money and time on the front end.

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Trying to learn the excel based formulas for calculations can be a real pain and incredibly confusing. If you don't have a basic knowledge on excel type mathematical formulas then this may not be the program for you.

Recommendations

Ignore overall costs. Expensive upfront can save tons on the back end.

 

from Duron Services
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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Program is simple to use, has all the features we needed and does not crash as often as other programs I have used before. Sales staff was helpful. The takeoff tools are very easy to learn.

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It would have been great to have an even more basic version of the program. Just the takeoff tool as that was what were looking for. Other than that, no complaints about the use of the program or the support staff.

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Do your homework, make sure to be specific about what you're looking for and get demos or trials for many different programs before making a decision. If all you need is a basic version of the program let the sales staff know.

 

from Quickdraftcad
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

The Greatest Construction Estimating Software Ever

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Intuitive take-off processes make it so easy to learn and apply this software the first time you use it. The Vendor understands what the software means to your business and make sure it fits you perfectly and get what you need directly by training and customization.

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Nothing, great vendor. They are very attentive and responsive.

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Be ready to take on a lot more projects. The ease of use will make projects a breeze.

 

from Wahlund Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Swiftly Estimating with PlanSwift

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Support. Their support is very receptive to your questions and concerns.

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Set-up. It takes a lot of work up front to create your own database.

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Look into ease of use and make sure to try the demos.

 

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

Wonderful Takeoff Solution

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The product has easy to use features that are powerful enough for anybody who just picked up the program to complete a takeoff with minimal need for training. However, as one learns more and customizes their own parts and assemblies, the advanced features available are extremely useful.

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I am frustrated slightly by having to run this product on my PC instead of my Mac. I have software on my Mac (called Parallels) that allows us to run PC programs, but the way Plan Swift runs on the Parallels program is very useless.

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When looking into takeoff software this is the clear winner. It integrates well with other programs such as BuilderTrend and it is very easy to use.

However, don't rule out other possibilities, shop around. As time goes on somebody will make something even better.

 

from Elite Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Best estimating software on the market

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User friendly and best bang for your buck. Even the estimators (old timers:) that were stuck on paper drawings for years can make the switch without issue.

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Customer service could be better. When you call for support 9 times out of 10 they will take your number and have a tech call back. I prefer to speak to someone as soon as I call in but maybe that's just me.

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Ease of use and cost. Their are several other similar products on the market but none that match Planswift when comparing function and cost.

 

from Mitsui Homes
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Low experience. Switched to other software within a month.

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It was very easy to use and everything was clear. I enjoyed working with it, its a shame it was too slow.

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Its built on a 32 bit system and it slows down drastically when there's lots of details.

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Take a look at how it slows down when multiple items are digitized. Switching from segment to segment can take a long time. It needs a 64bit platform.

 

from Edge Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

great product for a small business as well as large company

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ease of use, not terribly expensive either. The service was really helpful as well. We had some initial questions and they answered them easily.

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sometimes a little slow but we can always work around that stuff.

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to look at price versus the ease of use. To not be stuck with something just because you are familiar with it.

 

from Alta Quality Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Very very easy and friendly user . commands are logical for a engineer

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easy to use and take off program ever. Vendor called me to check if I had any questions. The costumer service one of nicest and well trained personell ever.

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So far no problems and no complaints ! only the price could be a month by month or per usage.

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use all commands and wathc the videos. Very easy to follow and use.

 

from JVK Constructors
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Great Product, Great Customization, Great Customer Service

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The interface is very open and it allows the user a great deal of options on how to use the software. I have set up an entire estimating department on PlanSwift including forms, takeoffs, and pricing that can be used from job to job. Customer service is great and they will work with you as long as needed to make sure the software is operating how you would like.

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It can tend to freeze up now and then, especially when switching from job to job within the software. Slow start up on some of the other slower computers in the office

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If you are willing to put in a good deal of time on the front end, this program can be an extremely powerful tool - much more than any other product out there. If you do not need many features or will not put in effort to customize your platform, you may want to go with something else.

 

from Core Construction and Development Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

You're almost there PlanSwift!

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The take off process is fast and easy. It's a great tool in many ways.

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The Plug-ins aren't available. I have been told "any day now" for almost 2 months? I'd really like to be able to use my take off software to count fittings and parts, rather than continuing to do it manually. I understand you've been bought out, but get your house in order please... we need those plug-ins.

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Perhaps wait and see, unless you only need in for basic take-off.

 

from Corsentino construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Project manager/ estimator

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Reasonably priced software that is extremely user friendly and shaves countless hours off of estimating

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There isn't anything I dislike. I would like to see a few added features but all in all its great

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Don't look any further planswift is the best software I've ever found

 

from Balton Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Neat features- Most important does not work and they know it does not.

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Good take off features- easy to use for basic takeoffs-

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The big sell for us is the comparative overlay- When you receive revised drawings- it will overlay them- and show you in one color what is new, another color what was taken away and everything that remained the same is black. Awesome idea! It rarely works. They know the software is built with out enough capacity- Filing a bug form- they categorize it as minor severity that doesn't require change... It doesn't work- They offered my money back- I don't want my money back, I want it to work the way they sold it to me. They replied they are working to update it "sometime in the future."

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Look for something else or wait til they release the 64 bit version to increase capacity.

 

from jauregui construction and development inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

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It keeps all my takeoffs organized and are easy to update. The different colors work very well for takeoffs. Along with the abilities to make pdf

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it does not have a book tutorial, the learning curve takes a while even with the online classes. Also it does not include a scheduling or billing platform based off of the takeoff. I wish we had a book that gave a comprehensive tutorial to maximize its full potential

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have patience with the learning curve, and watch as many videos as you can

 

from Ground FX LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

The best tool for estimating

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The layout of the screen is self explanatory and with little training from a couple of YouTube videos and your up and running with in 10 minutes.

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The licensing terms, I wish I could just buy the software and be done with it.

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The fact is, there is not a better tool for estimating on the market. No need for additional hardware, like a digitizer, and your drawings do not need to be scaled, because the program has tool to for precision scaling.

 

from Igotru, LLC
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Gets the Job Done in one spot!

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The software gets updated frequently, they are always improving the tools.

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The customer services takes long to reply to you and also most of the time they don't know what to do.
They need to be train more.
Also I would really appreciate if planswift could be web-based that will save me a lot of trouble and money.
Having to buy a new license and email the projects all the time it is time and patience cosuming.

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If you are a computer savvy and would like to have a software that does all to you in a few and short clicks "THIS IS IT".
Planswift is a awesome software!!!

 
 
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