Active Takeoff software


37 reviews(4.5/5)
37 reviews(4.5/5)

Active Takeoff is an on-premise construction take-off solution that caters to businesses of all sizes in the construction industry and helps them to manage the cost estimating process.

The solution is 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 solution helps in calculation of areas like floors, roofs, walls and siding so that users can generate accurate estimates for things like painting, tiles, drywall and installation. The solution supports various units of measurement, including metric and imperial.

Active Takeoff's estimating feature offers Excel integration, allowing users to manage and export their estimates to a local computer. It offers services on annual subscription basis that includes support via phone and through online ticketing portal and a knowledge base.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Windows 8 , Windows 10

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  • Danny from Totum

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    June 2018

    Very easy to use, affordable for a small business. There are not too many out there. Does the trick.

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    Fast, accurate take offs. Saved a lot of manual time.

    Pros

    Easy to track the areas you've taken off. I like the tracking table of all the quantities. I like the custom scale as i often get documents without dimensions thus thus is perfect.

    Cons

    Printing to PDF is a bit clunky as I use parallels on MAC. Would be nice to be able to export table to XL and be able to input unit cost.... maybe you can. It would be good if you could easily go back and edit some units but it seems too hard, maybe i have not figured it out.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • James from Southwest Landscaping Services

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    A quality product with the most phenomenal customer service.

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    Take-off accuracy. SPEED!

    Pros

    The countless array of colors and hatches gives this product a tremendous amount of flexibility. Couple that with the awesome reports and estimating tools and you have a winner!

    Cons

    I have yet to find anything I dislike about the software. There have been 1 or 2 times where my scroll was slightly jerky but I attribute that to my computer, not the software.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Vincent from JRP Design And Remodel

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    Product is excellent! Their customer service is incredibly responsive and helpful!

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    Pros

    Easy to use and understand. Has lots and lots of features plus it can really help speed up production if you spend the time to tailor it to your needs with their template system.

    Cons

    Only real flaw I have found is doing takeoffs on radius's can be challenging. Other than that the product runs smooth and does what you need when you need it!

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mason from Data 2 Electrical

    May 2018

    time-saving and very efficient

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    easy of estimating on time and efficiently

    Pros


    by using active take-off myself and my team have saved a large amount of time in doing take offs for small to large projects which means we are able to send out for quoting at a faster rate than usual.

    by using active take-off it takes away from miscounting any items on the plans and produces a table of quantities on the top of your plans, so when you're ready you can send it straight away to the client or wholesalers.

    Cons

    I cannot fault any feature on this programme.

    it a great simple & easy programme to use and you can make it suit your needs.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Siddesh from Marimba Auto

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    March 2018

    Amazing construction software

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    Its an amazing construction software where you can work everything digitally on screen and that too less expensive.

    Cons

    Though this is less expensive not much features available and suitable for simple work and evaluating after work is slow.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Cliff from NWI Coatings

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2017

    Very simple take offs

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    I was able to use this as my initial take off which was as easy as a 10 out of 10, easy platform, quick take offs.

    Pros

    How easy it is to use. I was able to install my blue prints with ease. I got accurate measurements. As always with using a new app i get very tense and with Active Takeoff i had no problem.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Jake from Braco Stone

    Specialty: Masonry / Stone

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • David from Goldenstate Landscapes

    Specialty: Landscaping

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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
    Ease of Use
    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Milton from ACTS Group Inc

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Gerardo from Nelson Adams Naco

    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Shaun from Century Roofing Specialists

    Specialty: Roofing & siding

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    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

    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

  • Jair from AZTEC STONE EMPIRE

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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

    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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • David from N/A

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    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

    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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Paul from NorthStar Electric

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    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.

  • Marty from Pelican Painting

    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
  • Wayne from National Capital Insulation

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    September 2016

    Brilliant Software

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    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  • Mary from Timberline Concrete & Excavating

    Specialty: Concrete

    September 2016

    Very good Software

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    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!

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