PrebuiltML Software


 

PrebuiltML offers an on-premise takeoff software that helps lumber dealers, general contractors and home builders build 3D views of their construction sites. The solution allows managers to streamline job efficiency, minimize material waste and man-hours and automate the takeoff process.

PrebuiltML solution includes three products - PrebuiltML X, PROtrade and LITE. PrebuiltML X is a premier takeoff software designed to serve dealers, builders and farmers of all sizes. The solution can track the quantity of stock as well as estimate the requirements for different locations.

PrebuiltML PROtrade is designed for traders to capture accurate measurements and generate accurate material lists. PROtrade comes with comprehensive tools for creating layouts with pictures, business logo and more. PrebuiltML LITE is a basic solution with takeoff features like point-click digitizer, page leveling and scaling and material reporting.

PrebuiltML offers customer support over the phone and online via email or the member portal. It also provides several videos to help new clients start using the system.

 

PrebuiltML - Take-off verification
 
  • PrebuiltML - Take-off verification
    Take-off verification
  • PrebuiltML - Create layouts
    Create layouts
  • PrebuiltML - Notes
    Notes
  • PrebuiltML - Communication
    Communication
  • PrebuiltML - Visuals
    Visuals
  • PrebuiltML - Integrated viewer
    Integrated viewer
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8

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Wayne from LumberLink
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

PreBuiltML Review

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At my age (65) not being computer literate, I was able (along with the Technical Support) to grasp the technology. The Program makes it possible to transform my knowledge of construction on to paper with Layouts and Lists. The accuracy of the program generates lists and layouts that are Informative to the Builder, Supplier, and Carpenter. The layouts are created in color and sizes that are legible. The program can be customized to fit various skilled needs. I would recommend this software to anyone who has the knowledge in the construction field or anyone who has the time to learn the construction techniques.

Pros

The accuracy and the ease of use.

Advice to Others

Spend the time to learn the features. The Technical Support Team is fantastic and will work with you anytime the are open.

 
 

Jim from Lavalley Building Supply
Specialty: Home builder - production

April 2015

April 2015

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Likes Best

I like how thorough the program is. It's fairly intuitive and brings you through all phases of the building to do an accurate take off.

Likes Least

I find that finding the correct product can sometimes be difficult due to how extensive the material lists are and how they are categorized.

Recommendations

To just jump and do several projects start to finish.

 
 

Andrew from Builders First Source
Specialty: General contractor

March 2015

March 2015

The new and ever improving Estima Software

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Likes Best

They are always making it better. I started on the Planswift version. It was very difficult to use. Weyerhausauer has made many improvements to their product. This has made it very user-friendly. I love using this product!

Likes Least

The newer version, without the Planswift, is better, but tends to crash if I'm not working at the office. I can't understand how it knows I'm not there, but it does. But I'm not an IT guy either. I hope they can get that bug fixed.

Recommendations

Pay attention to what your customers are telling you, and make revisions based on their input!

 
 

Abel from McCoy's Building Supply
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

March 2015

March 2015

Great product + excellent customer service = PrebuiltML

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Likes Best

The software is accurate and makes takeoffs more time-efficient, while gaining customer confidence.

Likes Least

There are a few quirks in the software that need to be improved to make it perfect, but the customer service team is responsive and the development team is addressing them one by one in their updates. There's not much that I don't like about this product.

Recommendations

If you haven't used software like this before, like I didn't, then there is a slight learning curve, but the videos that are available online along with the excellent support team help you get through it. I would describe this software like riding a bike - it's not hard, you just have to get on and scrap your knees a few times. It's a great product!

 
 

Mitch from Middleton/Lavalley's Building Supply
Specialty: Design/build firm

March 2015

March 2015

Great Time-Saver for Estimators

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I like how you are building a model that has properties, and when changes are made to the model, it does all the necessary adjustments to the Materials affected by those changes. The vendor is very responsive and always happy to help work through issues that may arise.

Likes Least

Being on the opposite side of the country means we can only be in touch for half the day due to the time zone difference, but that is really a non-issue thus far.

Recommendations

Put the time in upfront to set up your Templates, as it will save you a lot of time down the road potentially making the same changes over and over in specific job files.

 
 

Rich from Marson and Marson Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager

October 2014

October 2014

Great Product for all Estimating

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I like the fact that lists are compiled for me. Once I learned to link walls, the program essentially thinks for you. All products have been accounted for when doing an estimate.

Likes Least

I dislike not being able to link drywall with my linear wall measurements.

Recommendations

It's a great program and it has a lot of features that you discover over time. The support is awesome and you get tips of the week to learn different obscure items within the program.

 
 

Ed from The Weyerhaeuser Company
Specialty: Design/build firm

October 2014

October 2014

Estima is easy to use but still need lots of improvement.

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1. I like the easy setup to start a job, like inputing job data and scaling, and manipulating tif or png file format background.
2. Using containers to input materials in a wide area of the plan is very convenient, though it still needs improvement when inputing small item accessories, like hangers and blockings.
3. Generating a material list is fast and easy. The different view list options are very convenient.
4. The option to be able to create different list of products, different levels, and application is very convenient.
5. Being able to create bookmarks is great.
6. I also like the option to be able to copy and paste a large amount or the entire product input on a plan.
7. Flashing objects on the plan is excellent.

Likes Least

1. The work becomes slow in working big projects.
2. Product labels get tight, and they crowd over one another. It would be very helpful if the user had the tool to detach labels and was able to manipulate its location and orientation (vertical or horizontal)
3. Creating and editing text is easy, but there is no option to resize already created text box.

Recommendations

Simply know the software and have used it for complex jobs.

 
 

Lee from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

October 2014

October 2014

Good software for takeoff

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Likes Best

It's easy to obtain material lists for takeoffs. Their responsive support will help when you run into problems. They have useful training videos to get you started.

Likes Least

Adding custom products is cumbersome. I would like more CAD-type tools (trim/extend). I would like better multiplier features. For example, a sub-pack that you can multiply within a main pack (if there's a repeating unit on the 2nd floor, unit would be sub-pack, floor would be main pack) would be helpful.

Recommendations

Give it a shot. Once you learn the software (after a couple of takeoffs), it's easy.

 
 

David from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

October 2014

October 2014

Structural Frame Designer

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I like the simplicity of input and the great output.

Likes Least

I cannot say that I have anything negative to say about this software or its vendor.

Recommendations

When reviewing this software, make sure you compare it to similar software and not to software that is designed to do more complex functions. You really need an apples-to-apples comparison.

 
 

Kevin from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

October 2014

October 2014

Use product to complete EWP Take-Off's and Design Layout drawings.

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I like the ease of use to quickly complete a take-off. I also like how materials are linked. Making changes/revisions are fast and it updates easily and quickly.
Finally, I like the preset selections for items like hangers/connectors based on products used.

Likes Least

The file sizes are too large (typically averaging 10MB and up) when only importing 3-4 PDF trace images.

Recommendations

It's simple and easy to use. Once getting passed the learning curve, it's easy to remember the steps and functionality.

 
 

Alan from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Design/build firm

October 2014

October 2014

Nice, Effective Software

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It's very easy to use. Being able to overlay on top of plans to do a take-off is a huge time saver.

Likes Least

There is no undo command. I'm unable to move joists around within a container (I have to delete and add new). Labeling could still be tweaked. It can't manually move labels, and the shift label button only moves joists and beam labels I believe, so other labels such as blocking still get covered up.

Recommendations

Make sure to do a good ten jobs or so before making judgement. It does take a little learning to get used too like any software.

 
 

Charna from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Design/build firm

October 2014

October 2014

Mixed Feelings

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Likes Best

The software is easy enough to use and allows placement plans to be produced with minimal effort. Less detail is required during input, which reduces time spent on larger projects.

Likes Least

There is no undo function. If you accidentally hit delete, you have no way of fixing your mistake other than redrawing whatever it was that you deleted. Also, the connector selection and labeling is time consuming.

Recommendations

If you're looking for a CAD style program with product selection availability, then this is the software for you.

 
 

Shawn from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

October 2014

October 2014

I use Estima on a daily basis.

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Likes Best

I like that you can quickly generate a take-off or material list based off of any imported PDF drawing at any scale. The recent upgrades to adjust document skew and rotation have been very helpful.

Likes Least

I dislike the features. There are a number of features or improvements that would make Estima even better. The ability to copy and paste between .pedb files would be a big help with long term productivity. I'd like better functionality between versions also. Sometimes importing older versions into the current version creates a lot of problems to the point where the take-off has to be re-drawn. Being able to export to a CAD file would also be a nice feature. We often use Estima as a preliminary design tool and then use CAD as a final design tool. Adding the ability to assign shortcut keys would be a great improvement as well.

Recommendations

Dive right in! Make sure to learn all the tools and all their features. That will be the key to picking the right tool for the job and getting faster.

 
 

Kevi from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Design/build firm

October 2014

October 2014

Estima Review

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Likes Best

I like the ease of use. It has a grand product database with customization options. Little training is required to get up and running.

Likes Least

The file size is very large once job is done. File sharing could be an issue.

Recommendations

Updates are valuable and frequent. The price is lower than other available software.

 
 

James from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Design/build firm

October 2014

October 2014

Estima Review

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Likes Best

I like how easy the software is to use.

Likes Least

I don't like that there isn't an undo button. Estima really needs an undo button.

Recommendations

It's good tool for take-offs and is simple to use. It needs design capabilities.

 
 

Brian from Weyerhaeuser
Specialty: Design/build firm

October 2014

October 2014

Weyerhaeuser HDH feedback

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Likes Best

We have a great relationship with PreBuiltML. They have actively resolved and found solutions to many of our issues to help improve our customers experience. We have found ways to improve our own process by using the tools available to our team.

Likes Least

As we've been trying to develop this software, when a new release is sent out, I don't feel that it has been correctly tested. We often get an update within hours or days of an update to fix a found issue. More testing could be completed before sending to all users.

Recommendations

Utilize all the resources available to you. There are great customer service representatives, YouTube videos, PDF training documents, and plenty of in-market resources to help make you as efficient as possible. Also, when upgrades are made, learn about them; don't get stuck only using what you learned when you started using the software. You'll quickly find others passing you up if you stick with your old ways.

 
 

Devin from Tennessee
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

September 2014

September 2014

Experiencing Estima

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Likes Best

It allows us to show the builder we are not just guessing at what they will need for framing etc, but we're using a tool to make his house and lumber package more accurate & efficient. Plus, it’s just fun in general using the program for roof, floors, ceiling joist etc.

Likes Least

It's missing some little things that will speed up the time it takes to complete the plan. It obviously takes longer to use the program than to do a manual take off most salesmen are use to for bidding, but it’s a lot more fun and gives a better end product for the customer. This, will be one of the bigger hurdles. The "old school" guys will be reluctant to switch to the program, because it takes more time (which they seem to think they don't have) and because most will be resistant to change in general.

Recommendations

You should take time to figure out the best way to get all you can in your template that the program will allow. This way each time you start a new design, you don't have to keep going back and do the same work each time. It would be nice if you were able to do a little more in the template. (i.e. saving products you use commonly so you don't have to pick them each time, 2x10's, 2x12's, 7/16 OSB, presets you've saved in other files, etc.).

 
 

Brian from Mid-Cape Home Centers
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

September 2014

September 2014

prebuilt - review

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Likes Best

It's extremely user-friendly.

Likes Least

I would like to have more control over presets. (i.e. to be able to make a preset with multiple areas and also be able to make an area preset with only one edge with a material).

Recommendations

There are multiple ways to achieve the same goal. Play around to see what works best for you as far as speed and accuracy are concerned.

 
 

Renee from Mid Cape Home Centers
Specialty: Design/build firm

September 2014

September 2014

This is a user-friendly program; the support is A+.

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Likes Best

I like the ease of use and customer support.

Likes Least

Like with most programs, there are glitches, and sometimes they come at inopportune times.

Recommendations

Make use of the help and support offered through the vendor

 
 

Danielle from Precision Estimating
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

August 2014

August 2014

Great software

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Likes Best

I am an estimator, and I use this software all day, five days a week. I started using it when it was first released. When I started, I was taught by another estimator, and he taught me to do everything the way he does his takeoffs. By watching the different videos, attending the online demos, and talking with customer support, I have figured out completely different ways to complete my takeoffs. What has impressed me the most is that you can put as little effort into learning the software as you want to. If you just want a point and click software that will give you square footage, linear footage, etc., you can do that. But if you want to use it like we do - importing stocking lengths, preferences, notes, and layout colors, or creating customized templates for each lumber yard and builder we work with - you can do that, too.

Customer service is great. I always get a response to my questions within the hour, and usually within a few minutes.

Lastly, the thing I think is most important is that the software developers work hand-in-hand on a daily basis with framers and contractors. The software reflects that. It's easy enough to use that you can pick it up once a month and do fine. It's complex enough that you can use it every day and still find ways to cut down on time and increase accuracy.

Likes Least

One of the things that I like best about the software, its flexibility, is also one of the pitfalls. It can do so much that sometimes it feels a little overwhelming. Once you start looking under the hood (stocking lengths, preferences, etc.), you realize how much is actually there.

Thankfully, you don't have to take advantage of all that stuff if you don't want to. You can always ignore it if you just want really simple takeoff software.

Recommendations

No software is perfect for every user. I would suggest watching some online demos, downloading the free trial, and playing for a little bit. If you don't see a feature you want/need, call customer support. With other companies, you might not get the help you need. You might not even get to talk to a real person. Prebuilt customer service is excellent. I have made contact with them several times, maybe even once a week for various reasons. Some of my questions are small (e.g., "Can you help me enter this new product so that I can draw a square footage and it will give me the correct piece count?"), and some of my questions are big ("I have a customer who needs #2 studs at 24" OC for all exterior and bearing walls and standard and better studs at 16" OC for all interior nonbearing walls. How do I do that?"). It doesn't matter; I get immediate answers every time. Customer service is probably the second most important part of software evaluation, but I think people forget to check that.

 
 
 
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Ray from Boise Cascade

April 2017

April 2017

Prebuilt excels at quick accurate takeoffs

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I use Prebuilt for EWP takeoffs. It has cut my takeoff time for a large MF project down from 4-5 days to just 1 or 2 days. Easy to use and great support team.

Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Shentel
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Creates a nice presentation for takeoffs.

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The software is continually improving and adding more features. Being able to create color coded takeoffs makes a nice description of material, usage, and placement. Tech support is very prompt in responding to questions and/or issues. That's invaluable in my opinion for a software company to provide.

Pros

The visibility and location of materials utilized for the takeoff.

Cons

I'd like to be able to remove items never used from the material list as well as be able to code some items for ease of transferring to a pricing software.

Advice to Others

Keep up the good work of making it better for the user.

Source: Capterra
 

Sheldon from SKC Construction
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2016

June 2016

Hard to imagine a better support staff with this great product.

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I was a Carpenter, Framing & General Contractor for over 47 years, always did my own estimating & material lists.
Starting doing lumber lists for my lumber yard 3 years ago, and been using PrebuiltML X for almost a year now, and sure wish I started sooner.
I researched several other takeoff products prior to choosing Prebuilt, the leasing option allows you to use it without big investment up front, and they extended the trial period to me for over a month. Couldn't be more pleased with my choice.

Pros

This software has so much flexibility in it, that you can find all kinds of ways to accomplish your lists the way you want, I did. The more you use it the more you see and learn different ways to do the work. Constantly finding ways to improve efficiency & methods .
The updates with improvements and added features often include your wish lists & always useful.
Updates seem to be released every few months.
The lists provided and trail of information to answer questions later are all there with ease of access.

On top of a great product is the service and support that comes with it.
I can't imagine a support service any better, just ain't possible. This staff is as good as it gets, and I have spoken with several of them many times.
Robbie is always helpful and quickly follows up with answers not at hand for him then, and always a pleasure talking to him and the other guys.

I rate this support team as 6 of 5 in all ways.

Cons

There are no cons to this product & support staff. whatever additional features & improvements can be made they are working on it, and listening to us as customers with our wants.

Source: Capterra
 

Jason from Tindell's Building Materials

February 2016

February 2016

Estima is the ultimate tool for the building industry!

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Estima is a fantastic tool that is extremely customizable to fit your needs and easy to understand. The software is easy to learn and will increase efficiency and accuracy as soon as you start using it. The staff at Prebuilt ML do a great job at training and supporting the software. They explain everything in understandable terms and very timely. Robbie has been so good to deal with and is always extremely eager to help. It is obvious that he loves his job and has a passion for helping others and representing Prebuilt ML. Greg's vision and morals are prevalent with every person I have been in contact with at Prebuilt ML. All in all, I do not think you could ask for a better partner to have in business than these guys.

Source: Capterra
 

Daniel from Taiga Building Products, Inc.

January 2016

January 2016

PreBuiltMLX is the best, fastest, and unparalleled customer support for projects of all sizes.

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I've used AutoCAD and various vendor software solutions but they all fall short compared to PreBuilt's MLX software. PreBuiltMLX has exceeded all my needs in providing accurate, timely, material takeoffs and in creating plans. It is flexible enough to meet all my client specialized needs and integrates with my company's sale department requirements easily. Their support staff is simply incredible, responding to my questions immediately and provided hands-on demonstration and training. After comparing pricing to other competitor's software, the choice was obviously PreBuilt. I would highly recommend trying it out with their free trial to see if it is right for you too.

Source: Capterra
 

Wayne from Lumber Link Inc.

January 2016

January 2016

This product is easy to use especially in the digitizing portion.

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I am not a well oiled machine when it comes to computers. With the untiring and patient support of both Lonnie and Robbie I am able to produce accurate and illustrated take-offs for our customers. The customized template is a thing of beauty. I recommend this software to anyone regardless of there computer abilities not only for the ease of use but also to the GREAT Technical Support Team available to users. Thanks
Wayne Marlow

Source: Capterra
 

Ric from Freedom Estimates, llc

December 2015

December 2015

Very glad this software came up during a desperate search!

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My old software wasn't cutting it, I literally switched horses midstream and haven't looked back!
I've used the free trial for two weeks on two jobs, and just subscribed when the trial ended. Then the fun really began when the staff customized my template to fit my needs.
All the support has been amazing. Robbie patiently explains, then re-educates, when my notes fall short. The software products list is so complete it contains material I haven't heard of in 25 years of construction. It is malleable, and I'm confident it will serve my clients from decks to three story townhomes and beyond! Thank you Prebuilt engineers and Thank you Robbie!

Source: Capterra
 

JAMES MICHAEL from JMP CONSULTING GROUP, INC.

June 2015

June 2015

ROBBIE HAS A PASSION FOR WHAT HE DOES WHICH MAKES HIM AN EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS OF DEALING WITH SALES/SERVICE REPS FOR ESTIMATING SOFTWARE COMPANIES, YOU FEEL LIKE SOMEONE REALLY CARES ABOUT YOUR PURCHASE AND TRAINING. ROBBIE AND LONNIE ARE EXCEPTIONAL!

Source: Capterra
 

Paul from E.C. Cottle

June 2015

June 2015

New to Estimating, Making it very easy to learn.

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The pros are, the customer service, the multitude of options and sophistication. For someone who is fairly new, It has been a great way to learn the job.
The cons are working out the bugs, and the learning curve.

Source: Capterra
 

Don from Custom Bilt Cabinet & Supply

May 2015

May 2015

Excellent Software For Estimating

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PrebuiltML is a great estimating software. After searching for many months to find the right one to fit our needs, PrebuiltML became our choice. No up front cost, ease of use, and above all else the customer service provided is hands down the very best I have ever dealt with. They are more than willing to walk you step by step on getting your software set up the way you want in the best way possible. If you are in the market for Estimating software, you will NOT go wrong with Prebuilt!

Source: Capterra
 

John from Tilson Home Corporation

April 2015

April 2015

Accuracy right out of the box

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As a 22 year veteran estimator for homebuilders, I¿ve created some very elaborate Excel spreadsheets carefully designed to precisely quantify building materials. Right out of the box, the accuracy of PrebuiltML blows me away. The intelligence that is built into the program, the ease of which materials can be specified and organized, plus the ability to automatically generate a digital audit trail of the entire takeoff, proves to me that this company knows what they are doing. PrebuiltML will definitely remain in my toolbox.

Source: Capterra
 

Neal from Marson and marson

February 2015

February 2015

Lumber Yard Estimating

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I've been using the product for about 2 months, I believe its revolutionary to have this tool. Its changing the game for us, and more than likely, our competition.

Source: Capterra
 

Jason from The Strait & Lamp Group

December 2014

December 2014

Best Takeoff Software Around!!

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I have been working in this profession for 12+ years and have worked with 2 other estimating software programs, and have had numerous demos of others. This takeoff software is by far superior to any other I have seen or worked with.

As a former builder, I am most impressed by the way I can easily create layouts to convey "exactly" how the material is anticipated to be used. This allows the customer to ensure that the material has actually been accounted for by the estimator, and basically has a diagram of how to put the building together.

As an estimator, I appreciate the ease of use. I like being able to do everything electronically over the drawings that are provided to us. I can add notes for myself or for the customer, and control what is seen. I can highlight information that is pertinent to the takeoff. I can perform measurements. All of this can be done without printing out the drawing, so it is all saved right in my computer. Thus saving us plotter paper, ink and space in my office for the hundreds of prints that used to accumulate.

The customer service experience is excellent!! Any issues are immediately addressed. The available online videos can virtually walk you through about anything you try to achieve. Probably the most impressive thing is, they listen to ideas that users give. As a dedicated 40+ hours per week user I'll often think of enhancements that may improve the software. In my past software experiences I'd be told that the ideas would be passed onto development and it may take a year or so before they'd be incorporated into a release. Many of the ideas I have suggested for this software are available in just a few months after suggesting. There seems to be a release every few months, and I am always excited to find out what is new.

This a great tool for sales! Being able to efficiently perform the takeoff, show that the material has been accounted for and present any issues in the design or material discrepancies, to our customer allows us to make a great impression and at the same time helps make sure that our customer is comparing "apples to apples", or that they're clearly able to see what our competition has simply left out or not addressed.

There is simply nothing I'd rather be using! I already have the best there is!!

Source: Capterra
 

Michelle from Bohn's Building Materials

October 2014

October 2014

Excellent all around

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The program is very easy to use. I even asked them if it was really this simple and it really is. They are very helpful if any issues come up, they walk you through everything. Great program and great people. Thanks.

Source: Capterra
 

Ken from Weyerhaeuser

October 2014

October 2014

Exhilarating

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They are a constantly a change in motion. Updating the product to fit the customer¿s needs, never a response of it will not do that but how can we make it do that. Taking every ounce of customer input and fitting that into the big picture. Since every customer uses this software slightly different they value the input from all to make a better product for all.



Use the software for several months, enjoy the many conversations with the support staff. Review all the support templates then make your review you will be pleasantly surprised with all it has to offer but you did not know how to look for it. Just like Nike is JUST DO IT there motto should be JUST ASK


I have found no bugs or flaws that in the system that have not been addressed

No question or comment ever goes un heard they also have a system that logs in the comment so that they are filed in specific areas so if one area needs to be addressed they can see this and move the support team in that direction to better assist the customer¿s needs instead of their wish list items.

Source: Capterra
 

Garrett from 84 Lumber Co

September 2014

September 2014

Finding more appreciation for the software the more I use it

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I have begun to appreciate the the Prebuilt ML program more and more as I use it. It has been a tremendous help in allowing us to provide service to our customers that most of our competitors do not. I have my issues with the program like any other programs with features that need to be improved, but all in all it has gotten better. I have not had the level of crashes that I had previously. I do look forward to more user friendly and accuracy tools to be incorporated with the software. I hope to see more training tools and support.

Source: Capterra
 

Michael from Millard Lumber of Spring Hill, KS

August 2014

August 2014

Just scratching the surface.

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I haven't been able to use this program as much as I would like to, so I don't know half of what it's capable of or all the pros and cons. But what I can tell is that it has a lot of potential to do all the things required for a complete building takeoff. It will take a lot of setup and training to make it user friendly for me. I feel like it is fairly difficult and complicated to use, but perhaps with all it's capable of that's inevitable. It's much more than just a pdf measuring tool.

Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from Mid Cape Home Centers

August 2014

August 2014

An Excellent Tool for a Difficult Job

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I have been using this product for several months, and have been very pleased with the results. PrebuiltML's visual, hands-on approach has been very effective in capturing the details and unusual building practices used in the custom homes which dominate this market area.
Pros: Extremely accurate measurements, use of digitized plans for measurement, flexibility, and customer support
Cons: Product database could be larger, and some parameters cannot be fully manipulated by the end user
Overall, this product has helped us stay ahead of the competition by offering more accurate measurements while also allowing us to generate material lists and layouts which make it easier for our customers to see how the results are generated, and better demonstrate options which they might have overlooked.

Source: Capterra
 

Roger from Millardlumber

August 2014

August 2014

Switching to new software

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recently we switched to the estima software. The software is a great tool to create a clear and concise estimate. it allows me to create a detailed estimate for our sales staff to use. alitte tough to learn at first but the more time spent using the software it get easier.

Source: Capterra
 

Josh from Precision Estimating

August 2014

August 2014

The New Side of Takeoff Software

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Pros:
I began using PrebuiltML when it was first released. The software was truly amazing and has become better than ever before in the months since its release.

As a full-time construction takeoff producer, I could not be happier with the firepower that PrebuiltML puts in the hands of a producer. Something that I have really liked about PrebuiltML is that the software engineers are always talking with full-time takeoff producers. It's not a software company that does not know the industry of their product. There is always that practical approach to everything in regards to real world material takeoffs, which are sometimes complex and messy.

Also, something that stands out above other takeoff software, is PrebuiltML's flexibility. There is a way to do nearly everything. Profiles can be set or imported/exported and stored for a certain builder/customer. Each month or so, there is a new release, typically with new features. You might be a full-time takeoff producer, dealing with hardware, siding, rebar, trim, insulation, drywall, roofing, etc, and PrebuiltML will do the job. If you do general SF/LF takeoffs from time to time, PrebuiltML is perfect for that as well. All in all, I am very pleased with PrebuiltML, and having used another big name Takeoff software out there previously before I began using PrebuiltML, I would not go back to the former.

Cons:
I have not really found anything with the product or vendor that I didn't like.

Overall:
If you are looking into buying software for doing takeoffs, whether this software or any other, ask yourself if the software is right for the job at hand. I have worked with software before that, in my opinion, was not adequate and required far too many work arounds. Also, is the software you are looking at overkill? If software takes you several months to learn, it is possible that you are using a Ferrari with tons of bells and whistles when what you need is a 4x4 to get the job done quickly and done right? PrebuiltML can be learned easily in a month if the user does takeoffs fairly frequently.

Source: Capterra