Active Takeoff Software


 

Active Takeoff a construction solution suited for companies of all sizes, from single-employee sub-contractors to multi-billion dollar organizations. It is installed on-premise and can be purchased either as a lease plan or an outright purchase plan.

The system is well suited for all kinds of construction managers, design firms, finishing contractors, homebuilders, real estate developers, and more.

Active Takeoff offers standalone estimating and takeoff applications, including onscreen takeoff, conversion calculator, automatic scaling, and 2D takeoff capabilities.

The system makes it easy to calculate areas like floors, roofs, walls, and siding so that users can generate accureate estimates for things like painting, tiles, drywall, and installation. The system supports most units of measurement, including metric and imperial. 

Active Takeoff's estimating feature offers Excel integration, allowing any user to export their estimates quickly and easily. 

 A 14-day free trial is offered so users can experience its features before purchasing.

 

Active Takeoff  - Floor plan
 
  • Active Takeoff  - Floor plan
    Floor plan
  • Active Takeoff  - Insert plans
    Insert plans
  • Active Takeoff  - Expanded plan
    Expanded plan
  • Active Takeoff  - Detail view
    Detail view
  • Active Takeoff  - Roof framing plan
    Roof framing plan
  • Active Takeoff  - Exterior view
    Exterior view
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8

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Jake from Braco Stone
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

It does the job, but with some changes and updates, it could be a lot better. I will continute to use it, mostly based on price.

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Pros

Price. Obviously you can spend a lot more on similar products. We only do countertops so it gets detailed enough for us and is all we need to spend to do the job.

Cons

Unable to read the font on the main plan sheet page below the pages. There is no way to search for keywords like adobe. Measurements don't show up on small items even after zooming. The report pages are't that easy to read.

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Siddesh from Marimba Auto
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Construction tool

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It is easy to use and also can be worked on then converted to the different versions for better usage.

Cons

The product is slow sometimes while file becomes huge. We cant click on the next or the previous page while working.

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David from Goldenstate Landscapes
Specialty: Landscaping
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great tool without a huge learning curve.

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This is a great tool and I am glad I found it. I am still learning it so I am sure it will get even better once I have all the moves perfected to my needs. The customer support is great. Very timely and helpful. Start with the free trial and a quick lesson. I tried a few different free trials of other types of takeoff software and Active Takeoff won me over. Good price too!

Pros

Customer Support
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Direct and to the point takeoff and reports without the unnecessary bells and whistles.
I like the Export to Excel feature.

Cons

Can get slow and sticky if the page gets too full of takeoff. To counter that you need to create layers and turn them off and on to keep it running smooth.
Length counter is not continuous around bends and angles. Need to start and stop then start again many times for long lengths.
Can't click to next or previous page. You have to go to the plans page and find the page you want to go to next.

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Shaun from Century Roofing Specialists
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Bye bye AutoCAD.

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Pros

+ Much simpler to use than AutoCAD, for roof takeoffs

+ Allows the use of the right-click button

+ Allows the storing of templates, to save more and more time with every takeoff

Cons

- Can't rotate objects

- No arc option

- Cannot resize the Legend

-Can be a bit annoying when trying to get the lines straight, should incorporate the SHIFT button like Illustrator does.

 
 

Ricky Lininger from ProVision Concrete
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Great Take Off Software

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This is one of my favorite take off software programs that I have used. It really comes in handy to get the bids completed faster.

Pros

Easy to up load plans

Cons

Don't really have any

Advice to Others

If you want to complete bids faster then try this out, it is by far the easiest to upload plans.

 
 

Paul from NorthStar Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

One of the only takeoff options with the ability to record wire drops

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Fairly easy to pick up basic functions. Help file is abysmal. Extensions are there, but aren't explained very well. One of the only takeoff programs I've found that can actually record wire drops and rises throughout the run.

Pros

It has electricians in mind. Can record wire runs and has a better organizational structure than Planswift.

Cons

Doesn't have a very detailed help file. Doesn't integrate with any major products except Excel.

 
 

Wayne from National Capital Insulation
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

September 2016

September 2016

Brilliant Software

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Likes Best

I like the ease of use and small learning curve for this software.

Likes Least

Have not run into any problems as of yet so nothing.

Recommendations

I tried and compared pretty well every software of this type and found this one meets and exceeds my personal needs.

 
 

Mary from Timberline Concrete & Excavating
Specialty: Concrete

September 2016

September 2016

Very good Software

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Likes Best

It was a very easy software to manipulate, I was able to maneuver around easily and show my co workers.

Likes Least

Nothing really, Over all I was very pleased, I would say maybe the set up was a bit challenging, but that is not the software's fault and luckly we have great IT!

Recommendations

Great Software, I am sure other will find it easy to work through also.

 
 

Adam from Timberline Concrete, LLC.
Specialty: Concrete

August 2016

August 2016

Intuitive, easy to use even for the novice

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Likes Best

Good value, easy to learn and runs fast on any PC, love the printout and report from it

Likes Least

The report could be more custamizable, and maybe an online plan room

Recommendations

take your time and learn it fully before making a final decision

 
 
 
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Milton from ACTS Group Inc
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Outstanding customer service support, great value for content!

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Help out with the time consumption in comparison to a manual take off.

Pros

Every time that we have needed support the Active Takeoff support team has been there to answer our questions with a live technician. It sure feels good to know that there is still support out there without having to be on hold forever. They are working to make there product even more user friendly; I did not grow up using a computer, am old school, paper, pencil, eraser, calculator and arch. ruler, what it took days to do now takes hours. Thank you Active Takeoff, looking forward to your continual updates.

Cons

There is really nothing bad about this product. They are reprogramming some of the features that can allow us to identify the materials being used, but other than that, it is a great product for the value.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Gerardo from Nelson Adams Naco

August 2017

August 2017

This is a very useful tool to perform a takeoffs, easy to use and have an excellent accuracy.

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Pros

- Friendly user interface
- Easy to use
- Keep in order all the information.
- Export options to Excel, PDF, Image files, etc.
- Save time, money and paper.
- Reduce errors.

Cons

- Can't open a file created in other computers.
- Lack of tag options.
- Mark zone option should allow drawing different shapes like the area tool.
- Move items between layers are complicated. This should be more like Autocad when you select multiple objects and you want them in one layer, you just select the items and then the layer.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jair from AZTEC STONE EMPIRE
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

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tried out the free trial of this and planswift and vu360. the most user firiendly and reliable one was without a doubt active takeoff. the price was half of other competitors and also the annual charge was half. the support is also friendly and reliable and gets back to you really quick. i bought a license about a year ago and getting ready to buy another one for a new estimator in the company.

Pros

USER FRIENDLY AND COST SAVER

Cons

EXPORTING TO EXCEL SOMETIMES MIXES THINGS OR OMITS THINGS

Review Source: Capterra
 

Robert from PCE
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great product, great service

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Not many companies offer the level of service that these guys do. Active takeoff is easy to use, easy to setup and makes tracking estimates effortless. I have used just about every piece of takeoff software out there and this program is by far the best.

Pros

Super easy to setup, tracks all of my takeoff and sort info exactly how I need it in reports.

Cons

Sharing takeoff files from one machine to the next isn't available yet, but I hear that's in the next update. Other than this...The software is flawless.

Advice to Others

If you're looking for takeoff software and have considered the other big names out there (sage, on center, planswift, mc2), have a look at Active takeoff....It makes construction estimating easy.

Review Source: Capterra
 

David from N/A
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

January 2017

January 2017

Best Value Takeoff Software

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I've been an estimator using takeoff software for over 10 years and this is definitely the best value takeoff software out there. It's very easy to learn and will definitely increase your takeoff productivity.

Pros

Ease of use. The multiple page layout view is very useful as well.

Cons

I wish there was a separate linear tool that calculates surface area and volume without having to create an extension.

Review Source: Capterra
 

BARBARA from ABSOLUTE SALES LLC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

incredible find!

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This software is so easy to use once you have it installed. With OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SUPPORT, they really assist when you need it! They are courteous, knowledgeable and respectful to us laymen users that do not know the in's and out's of programming. I am so thrilled that we selected this software over the others. FANTASTIC VALUE!

Pros

Relatively easy to use - I made my first set of counts with less than one hour of training

Cons

Didn't know about the knowledge base at first.

Advice to Others

You need to advertise more! We heard about you from a vendor and I am so glad we purchased this! Also - below I could not find our category. We are a manufacturer's sales rep agency for lighting manufacturers. We sell to electrical distributors and commercial homebuilders primarily.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Marty from Pelican Painting

November 2016

November 2016

Customer Service is *****

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I was in a panic this morning when my active takeoff wouldnt boot up, and I have sooo many bids due. Jiraud responded to my inquiry immediately, and had me up and running asap.
TOP NOTCH service. Thanks!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Joe from DEMZA Masonry
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

August 2016

August 2016

Awesome Takeoff Software for an Old School Scaler

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Picked up 85% of program in about a day. Saves me hours over the old school scaling.
Accuracy is also much better

Pros

Being able to layer drawings and areas for breakouts. Being able to color code different areas

Cons

needs more versatility for masonry. NO 12", 14" or 16" Block. Need Grout Calculations in Yards. Need to figure in splicing for rebar

Review Source: Capterra
 

Tony from Williams
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2016

July 2016

Active Takeoff

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I have been using Active Takeoff for a few months now & find it great to use. I think it is great value & easy to use. I did have a problem when I bought a new computer & transferred all my files over. Active Takeoff was not working but after contacting the support team I had an answer very quickly & it turned out to be an issue with the name of my user file nothing to do with the program Active Takeoff.

Pros

Great Price, Easy to load, User friendly.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Nick from Beechlandscapes
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2016

July 2016

In my opinion the best takeoff software on the market

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Prior to using this software I was scaling and taking measures by hand which was extremely time consuming for me and difficult to get perfectly accurate. I tried other similar products but found them no good and so complicated it was not worth bothering. I then trialed this software and was amazed at how easy it was to use. Drawings that would have taken 2 to 3 days to measure by hand can now be measured quickly in minutes or hours which means I can provide quotations to clients much faster and more accurately. After the trial period came to an end purchasing the product was a no brainer. It has paid for itself after just one week of use.

Pros

Its quite intuitive making it easy to use from the get go but also has a level of depth to it once you become more established.

Its very good value for money when compared to other products on the market that are both harder to use and more expensive.

Cons

It would be nice to be able to change the currency used for estimations. This may be an option I have not learned yet.

Advice to Others

If you still do takeoffs by hand you need to download this software immediately it will save you countless hours.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Joe from Levco Builders LLC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2016

June 2016

New technology helping residential remodeling company in Boise

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I am new to the world of takeoffs. As a remodeling contractor I always thought takeoffs were for big commercial companies. The program is fun and intuitive. There are a few tricks and shortcuts that I am starting to incorporate. The estimating component is out there for me to learn. Other than a few frustrations with my lack of experience and the way I do thing vs the way the industry does them. I am adapting and enjoying the program very much.

Pros

It is easy and fun to use. It makes my estimates extremely accurate. It has all the functionality that I need in my residential remodeling business. My designer wants to use it but I am having too much fun to give it up.

Cons

There are some features that I have asked for that do not exist yet. I have figured out how to work around them so nothing bad to say. My understanding is that it is a little less flexible and powerful than some far more expensive software packages but I am perfectly OK with that.

Advice to Others

Use the help manual before you call for help. See if you can figure it out on your own first. Help is a phone call away and extremely helpful.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Harry from JCMEL Building Supplies Pty Ltd
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2016

June 2016

Good after-sale service

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Overall speaking it's good and easy to use. And Jiraud is really willing to help and respond the email fair quickly. For me the software needs further customisation. I have been told can have the function I need in next version. Expecting the update to be finished soon.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mathew from Eden MEC

May 2016

May 2016

Easy to Use. Prompt support when you need it

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Brilliant software package for completing take-off's and bills.

No more paper... No more printing... No more waste... Efficient and smart!

Many thanks to the chaps at Active TakeOff, especially Jiraud.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Katrina from Warrandale Industries

May 2016

May 2016

Fantastic

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Great software, user friendly! and customer service get back within a day!!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ryan from First Flooring

May 2016

May 2016

Perfect

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Perfect for what we need, Saves us time, money and most of all stress.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Rick from HUskey Truss

March 2016

March 2016

"So Simple, It Works"

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Experimented with the free trial, bought the software two months ago and am doing over 400,000 square feet a month.

Like any software system, it's very capable and powerful. We find the areas of the software that work for us and use them daily, like 6 days/week.

I get stuck in the areas that I need for my take offs and haven't had time to explore the other features.

I have looked at EVERY system on the market, done trials and found Active Take Off to be easy the use and a good value to buy.

Rick Hutchinson

Review Source: Capterra
 

Baline jr from Associated Finishes inc Drywall/Stucco

February 2016

February 2016

Easy to pick up and use. very happy overall

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To be honest, I have been too busy using it, due to a massive amount of bid overload to fully take the time to learn the little things that would help in ease of use. Some of the little annoyances, and they are indeed minor are likely just a matter of me taking time to learn more of the little things that make all the differences.

I am very happy overall, it has saved me a lot of time, and I know my accuracy has skyrocketed.

Review Source: Capterra
 

James from Positano Paving

February 2016

February 2016

just started using this a few days ago and so far it seems very easy to use and move around in

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I demoed a variety of take-off packages and for the price this one seemed to be the best value for what we were looking for. The software is missing some features (like an arc-creation tool and ability to add custom extensions) that I saw in other, more expensive packages, however to be fair these packages were at least twice the price of ActiveTakeoff. Overall I'm very happy with the program so far, and when I do have a quesiton or concern, the responsiveness of the customer service has been fantastic.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mike from D&S Enterprises Inc.

January 2016

January 2016

Active Takeoff is the best

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This is by far the easiest software to use and I really like the way that you can personalize just about everything that you would want to. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a takeoff software. The Customer Service is always quick to respond and very helpful. I could not ask for anything more.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jason from Protek LLC

November 2015

November 2015

Easy to use - Gets the job done

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Our firm actively tested and demo'd several of the competitors offerings. We continued to go back to Active Takeoff since it was easy to use. After chewing up a couple hours on training with others, we felt this product better suited our needs. We were able to install and get to work right away. On top of this, the price point has the competition beat ---- by a lot.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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