Countfire software


Countfire software from Rapid Tender is a best-of-breed take-off solution suitable for businesses of all sizes. The product is majorly used by residential or commercial construction companies, including electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractors. It provides automatic on-screen take-off, automatic scaling, 2D take-off, linear and area measurements and both CAD and Excel integration.

This Web-based application automates counting from PDF drawings and blueprints. Estimators and quantity surveyors create and select symbols, then the symbols are automatically counted across the entire building. If estimators receive an addendum, Countfire uses all previously defined symbol selections to calculate quantities in the revised drawings.

With marked-up drawings, users see what is counted and which areas the counts are split into, and quantities can be split across different areas even after they have been counted. When finished, users can export quantities to an Excel spreadsheet file for reporting. The file contains all the quantities and symbol descriptions broken into columns according to different areas, or demarcations, defined by estimators. Countfire will also produce record drawings showing what has been counting, and an accuracy report allowing fast double checking to ensure everything is correct.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Mac OS , Linux , HP-UX , AIX , Solaris , Unix , IBM OS/400 , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 2000 , Windows 8

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  • Rachel from Designplan Lighting

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Extremely Happy with this software

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    We are extremely happy with our overall experience using Countfire. The customer service has been amazing and we receive lots of support when needed. The time saved using this software has made a great impact on our company.

    Pros

    This software is very user friendly and time saving! With efficient ways of checking the marked up drawing, we have been able to reduce the amount of mistakes, and therefore costs to the company.
    If any issues occur when using the software, you can use the help section on the software and request help from a member of the Countfire Team, who reply back extremely quickly!

    Cons

    Almost all of my experiences with this software is positive.
    However, after the initial training, it does take a couple of times to fully familiarize yourself with all parts of the software.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Eugene from Sperrin View Electrical Ltd

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Countfire First Class

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    It will save me shed loads in paying my estimator. Also allows me to get better understanding of job from the outset.

    Pros

    It does exactly as it says on the tin. I’m not a estimator yet I easily used the software and won a contract!!

    Cons

    Biggest pain was that I couldn’t download Drgs directly to software. Had to drag from computer.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Steve from Softwiring Company

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    May 2018

    One of the most intuitive and accurate take-off software currently on the market

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    Saves us a lot of time dealing with large take-offs.

    Pros

    Simple interface, easy to pick-up. Great friendly support team, always ready to give a hand. Excel sheet with count information created by the software saves a lot time.

    Cons

    Price is on the high side. App can start to struggle when dealing with massive PDFs with lots of symbols.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • John from Integrated Technologies and Design

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    February 2018

    I've never experienced technical support that countfire. Simply the best

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    Saves me tons of time and for someone that works 80+ hours a week, my time is very valuable.

    Pros

    The ease of use. It is very easy to use once I learned the shortcuts and best practices from Countfire. Was up and running withing a few days 100% and it is saving me so much time. I did the a job the other day that was normally a 4 hour job and it took me 30 minutes by using Countfire and that 3.5 hours is very valuable to me.

    Cons

    The only thing I'd like and it is really only for hotels, but to be able to find a certain room and count them and multiply out already in the excel sheet, but I use the counts for the rooms and easily adjust the excel spreadsheet in less than a minute, so it really isn't an issue.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Zachary from Value Lighting Inc.

    February 2018

    Revolutionary takeoff experience.

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    Reduction in time in the estimation process (magnitudes).

    Pros

    - clear cut user interface with everything hotkeyed, and the hotkeys labeled in plain sight
    - PHENOMENAL customer service and support (I requested and had a feature built and deployed overnight, etc., etc., etc.)
    - Documentation from another planet (over 25,000 words of concise walk through material
    - Redundancy (the way projects are delivered after being processed eliminates worry and most potential for error)
    - Data manipulation (the data spit-out from a project comes post-pivot table, saving us a step in formatting to get our numbers straight)
    the list goes on and on - simply amazing!!

    Will and the boys are a phenomenal team, awake at preposterous hours of the morning solving issues that could wait, etc. just amazing!

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Steven from True Measure Solutions Ltd

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    January 2018

    Very good had excellent support from start to finish

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    Overall very good system. If on the manual measure/count you could have preset symbols for bends, tees etc for containment and if there was a data base for different containment types and sizes so that you could select rather than manually create. Maybe kits of some sort.

    Pros

    Ease of use, Being able to measure linear lengths, Counting symbols on mass, the spreadsheets that are processed are easy to read and adjust to suit.

    Cons

    Having to manually count when symbols are of a poor quality. If the wrong symbols were hi-lighted on the check sheets for the symbols would make the evaluation easier

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
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  • Neil from ROC Electrical

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    November 2017

    Great piece of Software which gives you piece of mind

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    Please see previous page regards Pro's and Con's of Countfire.

    Pros

    Being able to carryout your Take Offs and easily being able to review your work with "Toggle On / Off", along with being presented with a well detailed and populated Excel Spreadsheet of said Take Offs on completion / Project processed.

    Cons

    The Management Side of the Projects requires a Folder Format, instead of just listing the Projects in Number / Alphabetical order.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jonathan from Black Box Security Alarm Systems Limited

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2017

    Very helpful piece of software to quickly take off drawings. Excellent support.

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    Quicker takeoffs means more time can be spent doing deeper more profitable work.

    Pros

    Intuitive to use. Accurate. Excellent customer support. Works on Chrome so can be easily worked on from multiple locations, on the road, in the office.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Dave from Mitie

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    November 2017

    Easy to use programme reducing the time taken taking off quantities.

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    Time Saving

    Pros

    Ease of use being able to breakdown the drawings into areas to suit the Tender Analysis Breakdown detailing disciplines & areas

    Cons

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Toby from Groestar Ltd

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2017

    Excellent Package.

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    It saves an amazing amount of time from manually completing Take offs from drawings mainly due to the fact that as your working on 1 drawing the package is actually completing the take offs of all other drawings you have submitted in the background.

    Pros

    For someone with what I describe as a limited Computer knowledge it was very easy to use and when i did have any problems the Customer Support Team were Fantastic.

    Cons

    I think it probably depends upon the standard of drawing you are Tendering from but we found you had to copy alot of the same symbol to pick them all up.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Matthew from Appselec

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    October 2017

    Neutral

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    When everything is peachy it works great and is fast.

    Pros

    When a pdf is is drawn properly it works great. Automatic counting etc. No I'm just trying to reach 100 characters

    Cons

    When a pdf is not drawn properly, i may as well count manually. Which is mostly the case.
    Simple things could be added to improve experience, such as a plan multiplier for drawings that cover multiple levels.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Darren from DESA Australia Pty Ltd

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    October 2017

    Once we had familiarized ourselves with the system the ease of use and efficiency gained has

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    Already answered in previous questions

    Pros

    Reduces the time spent counting items when we have a job over 3 floors

    Cons

    Not able to read all types of PDF files, and we have to send off to have the files adapted. Some PDF files are not able to be counted at all.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jake from Harmony Fire

    October 2017

    Great time saver

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    Autocount feature across multiple drawings requires only the selection of items from one drawing then autocount is completed across all drawings on in the package.

    Cons

    Autocount is somewhat unreliable so have to check very closely for any missed items, this however does not take long.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Niall from EnergyWise Ireland

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2017

    Once I got familiar with the system it became a very useful software for take offs

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    Pros

    How much faster it is to quantify items now than it was before. its accuracy in auto quantifying. the service is very responsive with any issues.

    Cons

    I would like if the software could bring in a option to compare revision drawing over existing therefore able to see the changes faster

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kenny from Vikeda Ltd

    October 2017

    Really happy with the software, sufficient for my needs at present.

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    Pros

    Great software support at your fingertips.
    Very easy to use, once you understand all functions etc.

    Cons

    Nothing to note at present, still early days using the software.
    It genuinely covers all the aspect in which I require from take off software.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Peter from Desa Australia

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    October 2017

    The software has increased our output but most importantly accuracy

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    Value for Money

    Increased speed and accuracy

    Pros

    We have found the software very easy to use, the support and backup is fantastic and the checking and reporting functions are great.

    Cons

    The main frustrating this is the time it takes to load drawings. Also as a large business we would like the option to purchase the software.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Stephen from ADS Systems, LLC

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2017

    This is the product you wished someone would make but never knew existed.

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    This program cuts our paper cost and review time while increasing efficiency and accuracy.

    Pros

    Every feature incorporated into this product is top notch. It's speedy, efficient, and accurate. Multiple avenues to check your work and be assured in your counts. Work multiple disciplines within one job....there's just so much this program can do!

    Cons

    There's really not much to dislike with this program, but if I had to voice a small nit pick it would be that I would like to see more color options for device designation. Often we deal with large quantities of different devices. Like a said, I'm just nitpicking.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Aleshia from MSS Solutions

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    October 2017

    The product is easy to use and the support staff is amazing.

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    I have saved a lot of time on performing take offs.

    Pros

    I like its chat option and the great support staffs fast response time. I also like how when I have a problem that I may run into one of the members of the support team will help me immediately. They can actually open and view the actual project I am working on and will send me a clip of how to get past what problems I may be having.

    Cons

    Nothing. Everything about this software is amazing. The support staff has a quick response. They normally respond is less than 5 minutes.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Joseph from Chubb Systems

    October 2017

    Quick and easy!

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    Pros

    Its very simple to understand with lots of pointers and tips to get you doing. It is also very easy to use and packed with keyboard short cuts to help you find you way around.

    Cons

    It requires the use of a dropbox which might not always be practical in companies which have limited internet browsing.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Rapid Tender, Rapid Tender

    October 2017

    Thanks Joseph! In addition to Dropbox, Countfire actually supports OneDrive now too.

  • Shane from DavidDoyleElectrical

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2017

    Easy and interesting way to count drawings much more efficiently and quickly

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    Pros

    It takes a bit of playing around with to get used to but any question I had was answered within minutes through the CountFire team chat, I find the automatic link with DropBox and CountFire very useful with all the counts done automatically through an excel quantities spreadsheet.

    Cons

    It doesn't pick up symbols that are the same but at a different angle, so a few extra counts must be done to count all the symbols

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Rapid Tender, Rapid Tender

    October 2017

    Thanks Shane! I wanted to let you know we've just released a feature which allows you to automatically count symbols that are the same, but rotated through different angles :)

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