Praesto AE Software


 

Developed specifically for architecture and engineering firms, Praesto AE is a fully integrated system that integrates with existing applications to maximize office and administrative efficiencies, improve client relations and increase revenue.

Praesto AE offers a core platform to store and maintain all critical business information, providing team members and managers with access to real-time data, as well as ensuring clients remain abreast of project milestones and other key status updates. The cross-platform solution is compatible with Macs, Windows and iOS devices.

The Praesto AE interface is designed to maximize user efficiency. The dashboard provides at-a-glance visibility into key data - tasks, assigned projects, contacts and integrated time tracking. With the system's unique tracking fields, firms have the ability to create as many fields necessary to organize projects, each with its own list of defined values.

Praesto AE also provides the tools to manage billing and payments. The solution fully integrates with QuickBooks for a complete integrated accounting system.

 

Praesto AE - User Startup Dashboard
 
  • Praesto AE - User Startup Dashboard
    User Startup Dashboard
  • Praesto AE - Detail View of Project Hours
    Detail View of Project Hours
  • Praesto AE - Project Analyzer Multi-Line Diagram
    Project Analyzer Multi-Line Diagram
  • Praesto AE - Create and Track Proposals
    Create and Track Proposals
  • Praesto AE - Invoicing made simple - Push to QuickBooks
    Invoicing made simple - Push to QuickBooks
  • Praesto AE - Client List with Contract Dollars
    Client List with Contract Dollars
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Shirlene from Architects Alaska Inc
Specialty: Architectural

June 2015

June 2015

LOVE Praesto!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

The staff at BaseBuilders have been so easy to work with! After spending 16 months unsuccessfully trying to implement a different software, we were leery of investing a lot of time and money into yet another product. I made an online query about price and within an hour we got a phone call. We were able to schedule a webinar for the next day and a second the following week for our owners. We were already using QuickBooks (QB) prior to the unsuccessful launch so Praesto seemed to be a natural fit for us. I created a new QB file so it would be easy to track how Praesto integrated with QB. With BaseBuilders support and the tools they have available, I was ready to go live in less than 6 weeks. It would have taken less time if I started the process before the 1st of the year and not 6 weeks after. That 6 weeks included the time it took to create the new QB file with all year-to-date transactions. The software is easy and almost fun to use, the data it provides is very useful and it all just makes sense! If we have questions or problems, the staff at BaseBuilders is super responsive! They regularly reach out to us if they haven't heard from us to make sure we are happy with the program. A huge selling point to this program was that we got all of the features WITH unlimited technical support for one very affordable price.

Likes Least

After 5 months, I haven't found anything I don't like about BaseBuilders or Praesto. I might be a little biased after the experience with the product we were unsuccessful in implementing, but any issues we've had have been quickly and successfully addressed.

Recommendations

I would highly suggest asking if the company has a demo file or if they will allow you to test the program with minimal investment. Our first program was VERY cumbersome and nothing about it was easy, including running reports. A huge factor in looking for a program besides QuickBooks was that the owners and project managers should be able to access project data without waiting for the bookkeeper/accountant to generate bunch of reports, out of a software or Excel. QuickBooks is a great accounting program but isn't able to do direct/overhead at the project level. Once I got the projects set up, got the fees in and timesheets year to date in, the owners could see their projects and were highly impressed. I would also do research to be sure your network can handle the new software. Make SURE you search for customer reviews! We found a number of options before deciding on Praesto but quickly dismissed them after reading reviews.

 
 

Judy from Walden, Ashworth & Associates, Inc.
Specialty: Engineering

April 2015

April 2015

LOVE PRAESTO!!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

I found the software to be logical and easy to use (after a learning curve, of course!). We replaced software we had used for 28 years with Praesto and Quick Books. Moving the necessary data to Quick Books is very easy - even more so after this last update. I have called for technical support several times and the attitude is always "I can help you with that." We were able to get our data imported in easily and began to use the program for basic functions. We have used it for several months now and are beginning to utilize more of the functions as we become more familiar with the software

Likes Least

I don't have any complaints about the product or the vendor.

Recommendations

Take advantage of a money back trial period. We subscribed on a monthly basis to be sure we wanted to continue to use it. After 3 months, we purchased the annual subscription to save money.

 
 

Mike from Keesee and Associates / FDS Engineering
Specialty: Engineering

November 2014

November 2014

Great Product !!!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

We looked for years to find a product that would fit our small firms. We had trial copies of the Delteks of the world, but for a small company, we needed a product that was easy to implement, had great service help, and integrated completely with Quickbooks! Praesto did all that for us. It's priced right for the small business and gives us the reporting that we need to be profitable.

Likes Least

I would like for it to be web-based instead of server-based.

Recommendations

Use the team at Praesto to help you get up and running. That is what they are there for.

 
 

Anne from WHM engineers
Specialty: Engineering

July 2014

July 2014

Generally good. A good value for the price.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

The product does what it says it would. The vendor is helpful.

Likes Least

This software is slow. As we use it a lot during the day, it slows down more until it freezes.

Recommendations

Pay more attention to transfer of data. Ask lots of questions.

 
 

Amy from Fisher Architecture
Specialty: Architectural

July 2014

July 2014

Employee Use

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

It stores a lot of information and has lots of functionality. We're just starting to use the more in-depth features. It's a great addition to our company.

Likes Least

It's difficult to navigate to the information it stores and tracks. It's not the most intuitive and user-friendly.

Recommendations

If you're willing to learn how to use it, it's a fair amount of bang for not a lot of buck.

 
 

Jacob from Fisher Architecture
Specialty: Architectural

July 2014

July 2014

Works Well

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

It's easy to use and set up.

Likes Least

It takes a few minutes to start up, but that could be the PC I'm using.

Recommendations

This is the one. No need to look elsewhere. The time tracking portion of this software is great.

 
 

Ryan from Fisher Architecture
Specialty: Architectural

July 2014

July 2014

Praesto is solid!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

Praesto keep track of my project hours and ordinates on how I am to bill my clients. Also Praesto allows me to smoothly edit time on my time sheet.

Likes Least

The software can be very slow at times, and it is hard for me to multitask with it open on my computer.

Recommendations

I would have to recommend that you put in effort to set up all the preferences and billing types early on to save time later on.

 
 

Heather from Fisher Architecture
Specialty: Architectural

July 2014

July 2014

Praesto AE

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

It easily tracks my time, and I love the ability to add comments on each task.

Likes Least

When searching for a specific contact, I have to remind myself to select between "Companies & Contacts" after I enter something in the search toolbar.

Recommendations

I always type the time I start and end a task with a brief description in the comments portion of each entry. It helps tremendously when going back to enter my time for IDP.

 
 

Lauren from Fisher Architecture
Specialty: Architectural

July 2014

July 2014

Praesto review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

I like that we are able to see if we are profitable or not on a project. It allows us to see how much we are actually paying versus what we are charging.

Likes Least

It is not user friendly. There are a lot of things you are not able to manipulate, and therefore we are not able to get a real reading of profit or loss.

Recommendations

Make sure you ask a lot of questions. You need to be sure you are getting what you are paying for.

 
 

Lauren from Fisher Architecture, LLC
Specialty: Architectural

June 2014

June 2014

Praesto for Architects

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

Praesto has helped us transition from keeping track of projects and time entries in Excel workbooks to software. It has been a tremendous help.

Likes Least

I have come across issues with running certain reports.

Recommendations

If you have problems, the Praesto team is willing to help.

 
 

Eric from Landscape Architects

June 2012

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Anthony from Vincent Pope Architects, Inc.

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Arthur from BGB, Inc.

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David from Midwest Engineering Associates, Inc.

March 2012

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Philip from Southern Partners, Inc

March 2012

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Susan from T4 Engineers, LLC

March 2012

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Sabrina from Herlong & Associates

March 2012

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Dave from DS Group, LLC

March 2012

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Wayne from Aspen Engineering

March 2012

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Paul from Soul Space

March 2012

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