Eclipse by Explorer is a cloud-based construction accounting and project management solution designed for contractor businesses. It caters to medium to large construction companies belonging to different construction businesses, such as heavy construction, GCs, architects and specialty contractors. The product offers service management, procurement, human resources, materials handling and reporting within a suite.

Eclipse allows users to create custom reports on business data. The system also offers document management system, which allows users to upload documents, tag them using a custom label and attach them to a project.

Eclipse features audit trail, which allows users to track multiple stages of the document during internal and external audits. Eclipse also features service management, which allows project managers to keep track of status, sales and commissions of the field staff. The product offers online, phone and on-site support for maintenance, training, implementation and troubleshooting.

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Laura from VIEWNEXT

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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September 2018

nice IDE to start developing

Pros

Eclipse is a very essential IDE to develop any type of application or web app. It comes with a lot of modules and you can complement it with plugins. You can even change the appearance to your liking.
We basically use it to develop java applications and we complement it with jsp, hibernate, spring and a tomcat server. It's very fast to run the server and we usuarlly debug a lot with Eclipse. It's the main feature that we use to find bugs in our app.
All the languages it supports and all the pluggins that there are to complement the ide.
I really love that it's free and opensource

Cons

I do not like that if your application is too big, with a lot of files or with a lot of projects, eclipse can not handle to run an application that big and crashes.
Eclipse also has a lot of validations to jsp files or html files, and every time you open one, Eclipse validates it and some times crashes too. It's very annoying because you loose all your work if you did not save it.
The learning curve could be extensive, but when you learn all the basics, the pros outweight the cons.

Djordje from Active Collab

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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August 2018

Great for java programmers.

Pros

I have been introduced to this software in college on my java classes and have been using it ever since. Everyone likes it.

Cons

While it is great it can be a little bit confusing when you start using it.

Ananya from Wipro Limited

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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August 2018

Where else would you go for Java?

Making backend programming for a tool look like a cake walk.

Pros

The best place for Java developers. It helps you with writing your code seamlessly. Provides you with a wide range of plugins and perspective to connect with your tool which uses Java as backend.

Cons

Nothing at all. Amazing product. Best one till date.

Kevin from Maverick

Specialty:  Earthwork/excavating

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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August 2018

Robust system with flexibility

Pros

Eclipse provides a very detailed project costing system that provides great analysis from the field to the office. They have improved the financial reporting and drill down functionality significantly from previous Explorer software packages. It allows for equipment utilization reports, job cost reporting and other functions. Eclipse has many modules to choose from and allows you to purchase what you need and add more later.

Cons

Eclipse is somewhat complex in the setup and I would ensure that your company has someone with a background in system implementations to ensure the product is setup the way you desire. Depending on your location they do not necessarily have local support to help with the implementation and the costs to cover travel are pretty high.

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June 2018

I'm using this tool for more than one year to write automated test script in my organization.

Pros

It supports 3rd party tools and we can integrate the things. And also i can create the maven projects with the dependency management which more easy when create test automation frameworks.

Cons

Some times there are compatibility issues such as jar files due to various kind of releases available in the market.

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Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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April 2018

Decent IDE. Good SVN/MVN integration

Pros

Solid SVN/MVN integration. As a new developer, it helps me zero in on where my mistakes are. Would recommend it to less experienced developers. Strong community support helps with the learning curve.

Cons

Intellisense can be glitchy at times. Not the IDE of choice for Android developers. Takes a while to get the hang of managing numerous plugins and extensions.

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April 2018

Very Well Thought-Out Application

Pros

I use Eclipse for automated Selenium testing with Java and I love the multitude of features created to make the software development process as simple as possible. Imports are a snap, for example: just enter a method from a given library and the import statement is added for you. Move a class from one package to another & Eclipse updates the package in the file automatically. Setting breakpoints for debugging is easy & intuitive. The list goes on.

Cons

I'm still using Kepler, which works fine, but I'd be interested in upgrading to the latest version. However, I don't want to simply delete the whole application and replace it wholesale with the latest version. I know there's a way to do a piecemeal upgrade, but I'm not clear on the steps. It would be nice if that were clearer.

Other than that, I can't really think of anything that qualifies as a negative.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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March 2018

Amazing IDE

Pros

Incredibly full featured IDE makes it easy to focus on coding and problem solving. Minimizes errors and makes it easy to set up tests and debug

Cons

Steep learning curve takes a few months to master. It’s worth it in the end and there’s a ton of online help

Cynthia from Arizona State University

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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December 2017

Great IDE for Java code

Pros

I find Eclipse very easy to use and like all the functionality it has. I recently updated to Eclipse Oxygen, and have had the same positive experience. I enjoy being able to create JUnit tests and check my code coverage through Eclipse (I don’t believe I had to download anything), as it was already integrated. It’s fast, the pop up boxes help you code faster, the pointers on debugging are great, and it has many uses, but most importantly it fits my need of creating and testing java files perfectly.

Cons

For new users, Eclipse installation may be confusing and daunting. It has many packages and plugins you can choose to get. I found it difficult to instruct a person in high school on how to get it up and running as well as start to code. Most people without the technical knowledge will need to take their time to get to know the environment.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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December 2017

this is the best out there?

Pros

Supposedly - the best for distribution - with regards to forcasting, purchasing, inventory, email, ftp, flat files, reporting is good - if you can figure out how to get the data out. most users / companies can't or spend years trying to ....

Cons

1. company has been bought and sold many times in 15 years. Each time the new company tries to squeeze its users so the new company can implement cost savings and pay for their acquisition. ie outsourcing their customer service reps to other countries without having any training. so until you escalate and waste time, you don't get the question/issue resolved until you wind up back with some cust. service agent in America.
2. lacks automation. There are so many software companies popping up that automate sales and purchasing tasks, eclipse relies on Q's and user interactions instead of rules.
3. Not flexible in they SOP's you have to conform or your doing it wrong.
4. any mod is 10k plus - (if they even have time to quote you -)
5. you can't get much outside help for it - not too many people know universe databases or PIC programming language.
6. I could go on but I won't, is not a good look for a business.
7. very expensive.

David from HK Group

Specialty:  General contractor

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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November 2017

We've been with Explorer since 2007. All that time we've been confident we made the right decision.

Customer support is one of the strengths of the company.

Pros

We are a multifaceted company, Explorer\Eclipse fits us well and eliminates the need for stand alone software.

Cons

Understandably, custom work can take some time. We don't always have the time needed for the custom work to be delivered, so we get bogged down with work-arounds.

Edward from Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc.

Specialty:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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November 2017

Eclipse Software

In general has all the tools we need to manage our business.

Pros

Flexibility to build my own reports. Easy to manage project costs, budgets and profitability. Up to date data.

Cons

Working with multiple states on reciprocity issues. In particular unemployment across multiple states can be challenging.

Jane from company abc

Specialty:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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November 2017

many system issues with no support

This accounting system could be good if they had support that actually supported you and fixed and solved issues as they came up instead of ignoring you hoping you will forget about the problem or find a work around the problem. I have never in my 25+ years of working in accounting have I worked with a system with so many issues and problems.

Pros

has many features that are good for job costing.

Cons

there are system glitches and errors on a regular basis with little to no support. I have one work order that has been outstanding for almost 6 months and they haven't even set a time frame of when they can even start working on it.

Sean from Maymead, Inc.

Specialty:  Heavy/highway contractor

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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November 2017

Explorer Eclipse User Review

Our company migrated from a legacy product to Eclipse. We are a heavy highway contractor with multiple asphalt plants and quarry/crushing operations. This process, as with any large change, came with its own set of problems. We had AP, AR and a large Materials Handling division to bring online. Eclipse staff lead us through this with minimal pain. We needed several modifications to just about every module to suit our specific needs and Eclipse stepped up and helped us get everything we needed.

Pros

Eclipse has a pretty solid web based platform that allows for significant user oriented customization. Their business analytics/custom inquiries are top notch. Users have an array of tools at their disposal for data retrieval and reports.
Eclipse has an implementation and support staff that has no rivals. They will work with you until its right!
Need a modification? Well Eclipse can take care of those as well, large or small. The needs of the customer are a high priority with the staff.
Data entry in any module of the software is easy and very intuitive.

Cons

Setup can be a brute, but with that being said, the implementation team/support staff will guide you through the process.
The menu tree is a little overwhelming at first. But again, with easy menu customization that problem is solved.

Chad from Kent Power

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February 2017

Powerful Solution for the Construction Industry

We really enjoy using Eclipse. The inquiries are extremely powerful and quick. The dashboards are flexible and can be viewed in many different formats.

Grant from Avertex Utility Solutions Inc.

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January 2017

Great construction software!

Our underground utility construction company has used Explore Eclipse for more than 12 years. It has served us very well. It is as important to our company as any other piece of construction equipment, something we can't do without. We have continually upgraded to the latest version of the software, always keen to incorporate the latest capabilities and functionality. Although there have been hiccups along the way we are always able to gain access to quick support. A couple of issues have taken longer to correct but they are usually related to needed programming changes. The software has many features and is constantly evolving to incorporate the latest needs in our industry. Training is always available and yearly conferences help to learn the software's intricacies and latest capabilities. I feel that the Explorer is progressive and is a strong company in the construction software industry. All-in-all I think Explorer Eclipse would make a great addition to any company. It has great job costing and accounting capabilities.

Aaron from TL Wallace Construction

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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January 2017

Eclipse Review

Explorer is a great company. I've met several people from this company and they are all very nice, knowledgeable and eager to help. Eclipse is a good program for Construction, however, it is still lacking in some areas. One of these areas is in the mobile realm. They need apps for iPhones and iPads. They are working on these I'm told, but I believe we should already have them. Technology moves fast, our employees move fast, we need their technology able to move with them.

Pros

The software is easy to use and easy to deploy.

Cons

No apps for iPhones and iPads.

Della from Pospiech Contracting Inc

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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January 2017

Eclipse Review

We have used this software for years. With recent upgrades, several modules have not been user friendly, do not provide the functions as sold and support doesn't have proper training to provide assistance as required.

Pros

Has a lot to offer for our scope of work.

Cons

Not user friendly, several modules have a lot of glitches that cannot be a "quick fix". Too many issue have to be sent to programming and researched which leaves a client "hanging" and unable to move forward until it is researched and eventually fixed

Nikki from Continental Energy Services, LLC

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January 2017

Great construction management solution

Eclipse is a 1st rate construction management solution. Their team is innovative, are experts in their fields, and have an ear for their customers. The software is customizable, not a one size fits all. Eclipse invests in R&D and holds customer round tables and is constantly evolving and developing tools to help run your business more efficiently and with more transparency.

Crystal from NA

Specialty:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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December 2016

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