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, Windows 10

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Walter from United Roofing Inc.
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

April 2017

April 2017

amazing software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Value for Money

Used this software for two years for roofing Takeoff. It is quick and easy to perform counts and linear/area takeoffs.

Pros

easy to use, great program for take off in shingle roof and flat roof,I'm using form more than 3 years and always is easy to deal with, friendly interface.

Cons

Big files take sometimes several minutes to upload, but with patient still working good, and you need a fast computer.

 
 

Arnold from Stone Cast
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

has constant issues printing

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Pros

The ease of use making it easy to train someone how to use the program. Accurate and simple to get the info you need in order to bid a job.

Cons

cant print, always got to use the " print current view" in pdf format. When you are bidding a job that has plenty of sheets, it takes a lot of time doing this to each and every single page.

 
 

Ryan from WinSol Groundworks
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Ease of use, and rapid efficiency for contractors doing takeoffs on plans.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I used this program for the entire duration of the trial I was permitted to use it for. While in use this program was highly efficient in is duty to serve as an upgrade to our current takeoff software. (See pros/cons)

Pros

- Can get square footage for concrete of massive plans in 20 - 7 minutes, as opposed to using something like Vu360, and (constantly crashing) taking multiple days to do a single takeoff for one PDF plan.

- This program is organized, It comes with an integrated item list that (after you put your prices in for materials) can give you the equivalent of an excel estimate, as you finish the takeoff, and while you are in the middle of doing it.

- There is a fill tool for getting square footage or selecting lines for linear feet, you can do supermassive takeoffs for concrete (as long as there isn't a cancerous amount of pointing lines dashing the entire plan) in seconds...

- They just broke free from the shackles of oracle so now they have a bunch of awesome plugins back, Plugins such as 'convert takeoff into Quickbooks'...

- The program was very quick, no memory leaks here, no lag.

- Can be converted into excel

Cons

- High cost, this program is about $ or more PER install (gets cheaper the more you get possibly on a per-software basis), after all of your salesman deals and whatnot, (without any fancy online training)

- Complicated at first, Don't try to show the program off to anyone unless you have spent a good 3 - 4 days experimenting with all of the tools, and asking your salesman for a live demonstration. It can be frustrating to know the tool you've been wondering where it is, is under your nose.

- The program can only do auto ("one click area") (for getting square/lineal footage) selection for so much space, so on big PDF plans, you will have to use the cut tool to dice the plans into a moderately sized grid, of which it will then handle like a champ.

 
 

Fergus from Zarkin Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Great Custom Support

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

When ever there is a problem, from a Virus to a question
Great Response from Plan swift

Pros

Easy Use and Fast for taking off and save $ on Printing

Cons

The Estimate Break out Can be Confusing and hard to set up the way you would like it.

 
 

EDEN from C&C CONSTRUCTION OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA, LLC
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2017

April 2017

PLANSWIFT

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Planswift is a good product. the only thing lacking is if you were not the person initially trained for the program and cannot figure out a function, they will not teach you. They want you to go to Utah for their class at 1495 a pop. Too far and Too much as I am in Florida.

Pros

Very accurate

Cons

no customer Teaching support

 
 

mark from Affordable Construction Takeoffs
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Problems with planswift

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Over all it is a pretty good program I use it on a daily basis.

Pros

Easy to use, I like the many features and the overall functionality. The value is pretty good accept for the fact that you can no longer download previous versions.

Cons

Program crashes frequently
Gets really slow when using Joist tool
Sometimes when I do a measuring tool it skips back to another page.
Don't like the way the program jumps around like when you start a takeoff item it will jump to another corner of the plans.

 
 

James from Ahern Contracting, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Current Planswift user.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I've been using Planswift for about ten years and think it's a good program but not great. Basic functions are easy, however, getting deep into the programs features are complicated time consuming.

Pros

Price and ease of use for basic functions.

Cons

Customer support! They never take your call right away. Be prepared to wait a couple hours for a callback. I've even waited three days before they called me back. They are good but you will be waiting. I only call tech support a couple times a year.

Advice to Others

I am looking at other programs because Planswift seems to be getting dated. Look at other options.

 
 

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Value for Money

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Estimating software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

User Friendly

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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.

 
 

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.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Project Bild

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

PlanSwift Review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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