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.



124 Reviews of On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid

Overall rating

4.42 / 5 stars

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January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Shop Drawings and Field Prints

Pros

I love that this software offers instructional videos. I just recently started using this at my job, and it's been so easy to learn - with help from the videos.

Cons

I haven't found anything yet I don't like. Been using it about 5 months, and still learning.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

January 2019

Onscreen Takeoff for estimating

We have used Onscreen in the past for doing Heavy Civil construction takeoffs, linear footages, areas, and counts. Its easy to organize various groups. Changing line styles and colors makes the organization process easier as well. Overall it is a great tool to use for estimating. Many functions are 1 push button to start and change, which saves time throughout the process.

Pros

The best part of this software is the user friendly features for what it is designed for. Doing various takeoffs.

Cons

The process for importing and exporting files can be a bit tedious in comparison to other takeoff programs.

December 2018

Quinn from GRANITE EXCAVATION, INC.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Great for large Jobs

at first i did not stick to a specific process and my take-off got messy and difficult for others to understand. Once i figured out a system, I stuck to it and the results were clear. My take-offs are clean and easy to understand. My production has more than doubled and the results are better.

Pros

The organization of the take-off items is great. Easy to export the results and easy to use...once you have learned the software. As long as i stick to my workflow i created i do not have any problems.

Cons

If you get off you order of operations or workflow...it can get a bit messy. Use the layers and stick to a color scheme that fits the jobs. figure it out and be consistent with it and it will work amazing.

November 2018

Nick from General Contractor

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2018

Backcheck Subs

For many uses and has saved me on many projects.

Pros

I use this software as a means for QTO when I am creating a budget and when I need to back check my subs so we don't have a scope gap.

Cons

Sometimes it's complicated to convert my PDFs into a .tif file for the program so it doesn't allow me to use the take off and I end up using bluebeam for ease.

November 2018

David from Allstate Interiors

Company Size: 51-200 employees

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Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

2 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

November 2018

Outdated

Pros

OnScreen Takeoff Typical Groups works well - I don't know any other software that has this function. Very helpful for apartment takeoffs.

Cons

Software has become outdated. OnCenter is very slow to respond to problems with their software.
Several problems discussed with their technical department are known, but they state that in their opinion these issues, some of which can actually result in incorrect bids, are not critical enough to warrant repair. I suggest being extremely careful when using OnScreen and QuickBid interactively. Note that Windows 10 has more issues that older versions of Windows - Oncenter is not keeping up. DON'T GET A NEW COMUTER!
OnCenter is not keeping up with innovation that other software companies.
Adding notes is cumbersome - in OnScreen they get in the way of doing takeoffs. In QuickBid they easily become buried in the bid and get missed.
Adding drawing numbers and names function in OnScreen Takeoff does not work well.
Revising drawings to TIFF is outdated.
Programs do not work well interactively and also bog down on large bids.

November 2018

Misty from Dixie Plastering, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

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Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

November 2018

Wasn't for us

Pros

OnCenter provides a program that allows for effective estimating for the experienced estimator. Less experienced estimators will benefit from the training

Cons

OnCenter is less intuitive and more expensive than other takeoff software on the market. The customer service could be better.

November 2018

Katherine from Dynamic Commercial Painting

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2018

Work with Ease

Pros

I really like that there is a variety of functions and you are not limited.

Cons

The only thing I get frustrated with is the lag with some of the functions

October 2018

Lorna from Broadway Construction Group

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

I love OnScreen

Very positive experience. It's made my life a whole lot easier. I can easily take off concrete, steel, MEP, etc., and it's a very organized program. It's like coloring for adults.

Pros

This software has made estimating so much more efficient, accurate, and easy. I learned to estimate by hand, and those days were so much harder than now. I can handle so many more trades and estimates alone that I would have been able to just a decade ago.

Cons

There needs to be more symbols available for our use such as Mechanical, Fire Suppression Piping, and Electrical symbols. That would be helpful.

September 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

Great estimating tool

Easy to record and keep takeoff and pass to other colleagues, if needed.

Pros

Ease of use and the ability to record and track every takeoff.

Cons

The software is a little pricy compared to competitors such as Bluebeam, but worth the extra.

September 2018

Mike from Stone COnstruction

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

Really Good product!

Pros

Covers all trades. You can integrate with subs as well.Takeoff is fast and easy. Also offers great adaptability.

Cons

The user interface could be improved. Needs better reporting as well. The software has no ability to copy and paste into a document. No real other complaints.

September 2018

Brett from Marco Group

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

September 2018

Excellent Software

Pros

Ability to do concrete takeoffs quick and accuratly. Abiltity to breakdown takeoffs by regions and areas

Cons

Wish thsi software could show you in 3d what it looks like and confirm with the BIM model accuracy and information

September 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

September 2018

Modern-Day Tracing Paper

The software is at least a decade out of date when compared to any other industry standard take-off software. Its clunky, non-intuitive, terrible UI and converts any drawings to .TIFF picture files. The exporting of take-offs is an arduous process, no in-software costing solution. It can't handle any BIM files. Its the modern day equivalent to taking off by hand with tracing paper; there's no interaction with the drawing, you're simply drawing shapes over the top of an image.

Pros

The only pro to this software is the marking-up of drawings

Cons

Inability to interact with drawings and a terrible UI.

August 2018

Tobias from B.L. Harbert

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

OST is a great and dependable software

Pros

The customer support and tech support! It's fantastic!

Cons

There hasn't been anything that I haven't found that I don't like about it.

August 2018

Tamera from Southern Land

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

August 2018

Preferred over Plan Swift

I work in multi-family construction and need to be able to do quick conceptual estimates and the later detailed estimates that require more takeoff. I've been using OST for the takeoff for the last 11 years. I love it.

Pros

OST is easy to get up and running. It's intuitive and user friendly. I was recently introduced to PlanSwift - a competitor to OST and it was overly complicated. It was hard to figure out how to go in and just take the SF of a room.

With OST it's a breeze to take a simple measurement or do more extensive takeoff without needing an owners manual or even a tutorial.

Cons

Is the difficulty in naming sheets that are imported in. It's cumbersome and time consuming. It also makes it hard to relink to a different folder location.

The high cost for a single license is prohibitive to the freelance estimator and forces us to use alternative programs that aren't as efficient. I wish there was a way to make it cheaper for sole proprietorship businesses in the construction industry.

August 2018

Don from Platform cement, Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

On Screen Review

I use On Screen every day performing concrete estimating. On Screen allows me to move swiftly through my take offs saving valuable time.

Pros

That you can dump directly into a spreadsheet

Cons

needs to be a little easier to simply write words or notes on the drawings.

August 2018

Brandon from Elder Construction

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Review of OST

Excellent tool for accurate compilation of quantities from pdf's. I highly recommend this to high volume estimators such as myself!

Pros

Ease of Use, Speed and Accuracy for Estimating Purposes

Cons

Updates and changes from previous versions of the software I've used took a little bit for me to get used to.

August 2018

mario from opus energy LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Works well Easy to use

Allows drawing takeoffs to be completed very quickly.

Pros

Captures take off data which is easily inserted into excel for you to use in a standard spreadsheet.

Cons

It is not truly backwards compatible. Newer takeoff data will not work in an older version of the software.

August 2018

Jay from Just Rite Accoustics, Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Estimating with OST

Overall, my experience with OST has been great. We are able to get through take-offs quickly.

Pros

What I like most about OST is how easily one can load plans and keep track of all jobs.

Cons

What I like least about OST is that you can't modify a take-off until you remove the attachments.

August 2018

Chris from UBSG, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Great Product

Great experience

Pros

Coverage of trades and integration of vendors, subcontractors and clients

Cons

Learning curve, difficulty removing conditions after realizing that they were put in wrong and having to make new ones

August 2018

Amber from MKA Canada Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Great Software

Reduces the amount of time required to do a take-off and ensures that our old hand-written take-offs are always available on the server to ensure proper project historic records when there is a turnover of staff.

Pros

Speeds up the process of doing a take off and allows anyone else to pickup where another user left off

Cons

Importing drawings can sometime be finicky but the customer service support team is great and quick to reply when you need help.