On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid Software


On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential contractors across various types of trade use On-Screen Takeoff for streamlining their construction operations.

On-Screen Takeoff helps in generating and completing more bids accurately. A bid wizard guides new users through all dialogues while creating a new bid. The application supports digitizer integration, file integration (CAD, PDF, etc), and 2D takeoff. The estimating application includes electronic quote system, cost databases by trade, and accounting integration. The system is compatible with tablet technology that provides field access to project data for cost and labor management.

On-Screen Takeoff solution offers seamless integration with applications like Quick Bid, Excel and other accounting applications, allowing contractors to manage cost estimates and budgets from multiple applications. On Center Software also offers PlanViewer, a basic, limited version of On-Screen Takeoff. Other features include RFI communication, construction planning and automated summaries.

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

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  • Frank from Pittsburgh Air Systems

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Best I've found

    Ease-of-use
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    Has quadrupled our bid output .

    Pros

    Easy to use for every day tasks. Very flexible.

    Cons

    The reports are weak. Some features are hard to use.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Ideas going forward

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    Support is outstanding and helpful. And learning a new system to bring into our business has been awesome for job understanding and reviewing especially back costing

    Pros

    I like the changeable nature of the plan take offs. I can adjust quickly and return to understanding where I was up to quickly

    Cons

    I believe it need to have a time measure on working on each project so it can be tracked

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Gabriel from POWER DESIGN ELECTRIC, INC.

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    On-Screen Takeoff review Electrical

    Ease-of-use
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    My daily use of the software has made me appreciate the ease of use and reliability of the product. I can trust the software to provide me with accurate counts and footage for my electrical estimating.

    Pros

    The easy use of the software, plus any questions are easily linked to a video showing you your answer. If the answer is not available online, a simple phone call to great customer service will provide direction and resolution of any questions or problems.

    Cons

    Currently I have had no complaints with the software, it works great!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Timothy S. from COMMERCIAL WATERPROOFING, INC.

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    OST - Commercial Level Estimating

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money
    Pros

    The ease, accuracy and time saving elements come to mind first.

    Cons

    For my company and level of use, its a bit pricey.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    SR at Homeco

    Ease-of-use
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    Plans colored for field operations for easier understanding

    Pros

    Multiple colors, and listing features.

    Cons

    No cut feature. The back-out feature is not as helpful as a scissors type feature

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Les from PDP Painting

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    The best takeoff I have ever used.

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    I have been using On-Screen Takeoff for about 16 years and I have always been impressed with the ease of use, support and the upgrades that have been made through the years. I can do a takeoff of a large commercial building in a fraction of the time it would take me to do it with a ruler or takeoff wheel and it is extremely more accurate. I am able to bid a lot more work with the On-Screen Takeoff program. Another benefit is you end up with a color-coded plan that you or someone else such as a project manger can look at and see what you did.

    Pros

    Its easy to learn to use and if you get stuck on something the support staff are there to help and they have never laughed at my dumb questions.

    Cons

    I don’t know if there is anything I don’t like about it, but I wish you could copy text or images from a plan sheet and past them into a word document.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Chris from Life Drywall Systems Ltd

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Can't work with out it.

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    seeing is believing.

    Pros

    Simple and intuitive.
    quick and accurate pricing in QB.

    Cons

    Need the be able to order material through quick (send PO) and track inventory.
    Quick books integration for job costing.
    Hot link within a hotlink.
    scale function in 2nd window.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jeff from Christman

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2018

    Great software

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    Able to take off content with easy and speed. Love it.

    Pros

    Very intuitive. Customer support is top notch. Features are helpful. Love the areas sort.

    Cons

    Text editing is bulky. Image legend is good but it is sorted under the group setting in what appears to be a random sort. Toggling between files and image takes too long i think (could be internal sever related).

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Erica from Alliance Partition Systems

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    OST is very helpful!!

    Ease-of-use
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    N/A
    Pros

    I honestly could not be as productive working as a metal framing & GWB subcontractor without this software! The ease of use and saving capabilities is very helpful in projects we bid & manage.

    Cons

    Not very many cons at all, possibly just leaning to use it takes a bit of time.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jeffrey from Self-employed

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Be Here Now

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    I've recommended this company many times, advised two companies in the last two years, including the one I currently work with, to buy the software because it's simply the best value I know of. And one REALLY important thing; Their SERVICE in superb. Full stop. I see lots and lots of major changes still ahead for this industry of estimating, and software will lead in that new complexity/simplicity. More to understand, more to buy, more to manage. Having a 'let's get this fixed now' tech team, along with a friendly 'no such thing as a stupid question' mandate, if all OCS keeps doing is being the best at SERVICE, they will always have my business .

    Pros

    When using both OST and QuickBids together there is a synergy that not only allows you to 'standardize' your pricing, but also build unlimited 'conditions' using those standard conditions, or from scratch. As an independent can manage clients in completely different databases if that level of separation is required.

    Yesterday a client gave me some feedback-just a little too high. Well, I have 4 other floors ready to submit for the next phase. I just go into 'markups', a little wiggle, a jiggle, and I have my pricing in line to vigorously compete in the next round. Total time, including new reports, 1 hour. Every single condition, adjusted for the new pricing (not just some lump sum discount, that's just lazy) and re-sent in a lunch hour. Nice... Alternates and change orders are even faster.

    Cons

    Reports stinks. Sorry, I call 'em like I see 'em. It's a bit better, more choices for printing and a 'master list' of available functions, but STILL, the actual graphics are completely terrible! No headings, no subheadings, just all one font, all one size, all run together with random page breaks. It takes me a lot of time, hours for big projects, to go through it all and make it legible. A little bird says it's in the works, I have the champaign chilled to celebrate when it's available in an update because it's probably the only thing that still irks me.

    Also, fix the output PDF distiller!!!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • mike from florida drywall

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    estimator

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money
    Pros

    compatibility, ease of use, great tools for detailed takeoffs

    Cons

    scrolling issues, condition properties window highlights style first in lieu of name.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • AJ from GoSolarLongIsland

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2018

    Good software but outstanding supports

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    Made my work so much easier

    Pros

    Support is absolutely second to none. They explained and walked me to understand how to work the software

    Cons

    Nothing so far that I can put my finger on it

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Efrain from Verdex Construction

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    On Screen Take Off Review

    Ease-of-use
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    Very good

    Pros

    Very Easy to Use. It is the first take off tool that I ever used and have had no problem.

    Cons

    Some times no intuitive enough. It is the First Take Off tool I use so sometimes it was hard to find a common function.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Tony from Hughes General Contractors, Inc.

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    On Screen take off

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    We used it for several years until we upgraded to Oasis. Works pretty well.

    Pros

    I liked it, but really like the upgraded oasis version. Faster than doing take off by hand, easy to organize.

    Cons

    Can't have two or more people working on the same takeoff (building the same data file) at the same time.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • eric from Freese Johnson

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Best takeoff option available

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    Very good, I've been using it at various companies since 2007 and have no interest in any other option so long as it works so well.

    Pros

    Very easy to learn and use, K.I.S.S.
    Quick to use
    Doesn't require too much computer power

    Cons

    Printing to PDF using conventional bluebeam and/or adobe drivers doesn't work very well and we needed to buy an after market print driver to circumvent this issue.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Cameron from North Light Construction

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Great takeoff software, cost vs. quality

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    Pros

    I love the simplicity of the features, the range of details and customization you can do with the software. Definitely like the export to Excel feature, where we can customize the look and functionality of the end product.

    Cons

    Cost is a major challenge for a lot of business software, especially as a startup company. I'm still looking for the functionality of On Screen but with a one-time purchase and something a bit more affordable to a brand new company with unstable revenue.

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  • Ben from Yankee Barn Homes

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    My review of On-Screen Takeoff

    Ease-of-use
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    Pros

    One of the many pros of the on-screen takeoff software is the efficiency of the software. Not only does it make my job easier, it's effortless.

    Cons

    I have yet to have any issues with On-Screen Takeoff; the software has been combed through by its developers and is virtually flawless.

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  • Lindsey from U.S. Drywall

    July 2018

    Great for Estimators

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money
    Pros

    This program is great paired with on screen takeoff. The two programs can be linked together to keep track of your bids. Your materials, labor, etc. all can be tracked within this program.

    Cons

    There are a lot of functions in this program and it can be extremely confusing if you do not take the time to learn it properly.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

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

    June 2018

    On-screen takeoff is fairly simple to use and allows you to create a takeoff quickly.

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    Fairly simple takeoffs and easy to present the data.

    Pros

    Simple to set a scale and create a takeoff. The ease of use make the learning curve easy to overcome. The printable reports make presenting the data simple and professional.

    Cons

    On-screen, while simple, can sometimes be limited in capability. The tools are there to educate yourself in the software but it still takes time to learn all of the capabilities.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Klaus from Brodson Construction

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    May 2018

    Great Takeoff Software

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    Great software if you need to do professional quantity takeoffs

    Pros

    This product offers you a lot of options to structure your takeoff:
    - Conditions: This is the main structure to organize your takeoff. Fully customizable, conditions can be used as a CSI-Code structure.
    - Layers: Similar to CAD-Software, you can create layers (even as Master layers which will be available for all projects) and assign a layer to each takeoff. Turning layers on/off helps you to work with multiple takeoffs on one drawing.
    - Zones: Creating zones (and organize them on a separate layer) helps to split your takeoff according to the zones - fully automated!
    - Takeoffs: Each takeoff can have up to three different quantities - whatever you need.
    Takeoff description: each takeoff (condition) has a name as well as a field for notes where you can put a full description of your item.
    - Multi-takeoff: This is an outstanding feature, saving a lot of time: mark several conditions (takeoff-items) and do your takeoff: the takeoff will be done for each of the simultaneously!
    - Second window: the program allows you to open a second window, to have another drawing (details etc.) open while you work on your first drawing.
    - Overlay: changes in drawings can made visible by using the new drawing as an overlay on top of the old drawing: you will automatically see, what changed.
    There are much more pros and features available than any other takeoff software. This is the great thing about a software that is a takeoff software and nothing else: the software does not pretend to be an estimating software and by focusing on takeoff, the software does a great job.
    Online descriptions are available for almost every issue you might run in.

    Cons

    The software is missing only one feature: to assign a different condition to a specific takeoff is not available (up to now).

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