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.

 

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

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Abhaysingh from School of accountancy, W.P.Carey, ASU
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Quantity Serveying

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For beginners, it is the perfect start.

Pros

This software is really easy. If you know the concept then you have already finished 50% of the hard work. Its very much prevailing in the construction industry.

Cons

It gives only one-month trial version after that you will have to buy this software. It's not cheap but smart investment though.

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Klaus from Brodson Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Great Takeoff Software

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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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Andrew from Addison Construction Supply
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Overally Complicated For a Simple Program

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Pros

This software has a ton of great features that help to takeoff projects. The overlay feature is amazing as well as the details window.

Cons

The product is not as user-friendly as I would like and looks to be out dated. Customer service was not as helpful as I would hope for either.

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Brett from Marco Group
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Excellent Software

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Pros

Count feature or the curved linear segment works great for concrete curbing, The ability to search the PDFs for codes is very helpfull

Cons

Ability link drawings to a speific detail and the outdated interface could be improved for looks and to blend with other software

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Kristen from Patriot Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Great Estimating Program!

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Keep up the good work On Screen! I would like to see more added features and additional updates more than just once or twice a year.

Pros

This program is also... easy to learn, easy to use, easy to train on! All that you need to complete accurate takeoffs for bidding is available in one software package! Purchase this product, you will not be disappointed! Intelligent paste function is awesome and great to use for repetitive items.

Cons

I would more colors to differentiate areas when I am doing take offs and more overlays should be possible. There are always so many plans and revisions and only allowing one overlay makes it difficult at times to provide an accurate takeoff without doing the work twice.

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Akshata from AECOM
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

July 2017

July 2017

One stop shop.

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Pros

Easy to learn and use. Everything in one software. Worth the money.
I would recommend this product to any organization who work on a lot of high end estimates.

Cons

No cons but they could try doing new features like adding color to areas to differentiate between them.

 
 

Tim from Accent Landscape Contractor's, Inc.
Specialty: Landscaping
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Satisfied Customer

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I've used OST for 10 years and overall satisfied. I think for the annual service fee, there should be more upgrades than once every 2 years or so. We have used tech support maybe once a year if that and the owner of the business doesn't think that justifies the annual cost.

Pros

It's easy and quick to use and easy to train others. I like and use the overlay function a lot. I also like the intelligent paste function as well for repetitious items.

Cons

Only 1 overlay possible, needs ability to remove the original plan and add an additional overlay as plans change (i.e.,80% dwgs to 90% dwgs to final dwgs. The 90% supersede the 80% and now we have final. A new bid file has to be created and the takeoff copied to the new file for adjustments)
Database bogs down on very large projects
Auto count feature doesn't work very well on scanned plans

 
 

Matthew from Milwaukee Millwork
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

On Screen Take off has taken bidding to a whole new level!

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Keep up the great work! I enjoy seeing the added features in the updates and you guys cease to amaze me!

Pros

The software is easy to use and learn and offers almost all the functions I need to complete a takeoff. The time and money saved by using this program can be clearly seen and makes my job fun!

Cons

I really don't have many negative things to say about the software, all of my issues have been address via the support staff!

 
 

Luke from Coe Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Best takeoff software on the market today

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Before buying I compared this, E-Takeoff, Planswift, and Bluebeam takeoffs. This was hands down the best option.

Pros

Easy and intuitive to use. Some examples are- same copy paste functions as every other windows program, bulk copy (multiple takeoffs), fast plan loading, and a user interface that flows nicely.

Cons

Somewhat complicated to learn, the overall process makes sense, but you need to follow the steps to the letter.

 
 

John from Total Quality Contracting, LLC
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Poor customer service.

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I have been an On-Screen Takeoff user since 2008. The program is well designed, but the company has made the program non-macintosh user-friendly. I used the program in a Virtual Environment without issue for 8 years, and then OST stopped allowing the program to be utilized in a virtual environment (Parallels Desktop). They now require you to have a Windows Machine running License Manager (at all times) to utilize their product. Simply unacceptable. They have no regard for their Customer.

Pros

The product is well designed and easy to use (except for the what is necessary to run the program on a virtual environment).

Cons

Cannot run the program in a Virtual Environment.

Advice to Others

Don't purchase this program if you utilize a Mac. They are not Mac friendly.

 
 

GUILLERMO from Habitat Design and contracting
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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I use this software every single day and I know there a software that you can do the same thing faster.

Pros

I like the tool assign areas. Is good when there are many walls height.

Cons

You can't do circular take off in a singular click. You have do this in a multiples click delaying the process.

Advice to Others

Before buying this Software may sure that meet the expectation.

 
 

Brandon from DTE Energy
Specialty: Building owner
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

January 2017

January 2017

An Easy to Use Takeoff Software

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I have been using On-Screen Takeoff for several years now and I really enjoy using it. It is easy to set up conditions and perform the takeoff. I enjoy that you can break your takeoff out by areas and you can even create folders for the different areas of the takeoff. This works well for breaking out by CSI, or whichever WBS you may use. Also, OST can store data in Access databases that can be set to backup on a schedule. I personally like how quickly I can bring my drawings into the software and how quickly they load once in the program. Overall I have been using OST for several years now and I would recommend it to the construction professional.

Pros

Ease of use
Ability to create libraries of commonly used conditions
Customer support
Fast Loading
Ability to transfer data to other estimating software
Ability to export to excel
Ability to share entire takeoff file with other professionals

Cons

Cannot currently import an excel document with conditions to create a library
Cannot trace drawing lines automatically

Advice to Others

After using a few different types of takeoff software, On-Screen Takeoff is the premier choice. Its ease of use combined with top-notch reliability and customer service ensures we can do our job with the confidence a cost estimator demands.

 
 

Jose A. from AMEC Construction LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Very Nice and capable software. Not as user friendly as it could be.

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We use the online version of this software (OASIS). It is very robust and it has a lot of filters and functionalities. It produces very nice summaries and graphic outputs (takeoffs with legend and quantities). Once the plans are uploaded, the quality drops down dramatically (I guess for efficiency purposes) and the output graphs and plots are low quality also, but they make a great reference tool.
The main problem I see is that it does not has user-friendly controls/commands, it is almost counter-intuitive the way it works if compared to other engineering Softwares. Once you burn that stage and get used to the commands, it gets back to the very powerful tool it is.

Pros

See above

Cons

See above

Advice to Others

See above

 
 

Ricky Lininger from ProVision Concrete
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Easy to use

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I have been using On Screen Takeoff for my estimates for a while now. After trying a lot of the options out there, I find that it's the easiest to use. Helps speed up the takeoffs so I can complete more estimates, in return winning more jobs.

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

Nothing.

Advice to Others

Try it and you will love it.

 
 

Jose from R.P Interiors, Ltd
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

On-screen Takeoff Review

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Using OST has made estimating projects 1000 times easier. What used to take me and entire day or two now just takes me a few hours.

Pros

I love the fact that all the material is able to be organized in its own category and area.

Cons

Zoom/pan is a bit difficult. I wish the scroll wheel on a mouse could be used to resolve this.

Advice to Others

Make the investment! As a small business owner the initial investment seemed high but it very quickly paid off!

 
 

Michael from M Hale Consulting Services
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

January 2017

January 2017

Great software when accompanied with other similar software

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Love the fact that you can break out projects easily and when linked with quick. I'd, it's a time and life saver! Fairly easy to use, especially if you've used other similar programs. I've only used this for stone and tile take offs and estimating but I'm sure all trades and general contractors will be very happy with their decisions. I believe this can link to Microsoft programs such as word, excel and even Microsoft project manager ...

 
 

N. from conastruction llc
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

January 2017

January 2017

This is the most amazing program

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I found a program at a price that was better than the others. it seems much more do-able for me. Figure out what your time is worth. How did you do the takeoff and bid so quick. You'll see how fast the software pays for itself. It's definitely worth it.

 
 

Casey from Pace Drywall, LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

New Features Rock

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I've been using this program for years and always having to right click to change condition properties or to add an overlay. The latest version has buttons for each of these commands. Awesome Job. Love It!

 
 

David from David Canton Drafting, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

December 2016

December 2016

It works for me

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On-Screen Takeoff Viewer is a free version of the takeoff software. I started using it for drafting Project Submittal Drawings. The Project Managers would use to full version to markup a project and I would use the viewer to determine Scope of Work for the drawings.

Pros

Easy to navigate between pages and views.
View all documents of the project in one place. (Except .dwg's)

Cons

Some markups made in Viewer stay - (i.e. highlight) others deleted when going to a different page. (Can't remember exactly - don't use it)
Measure only shows to even inch.

Advice to Others

For free, it works for what I need it to do.

 
 

Kellie from Maiden-Stone Inc.
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

It may have it's weaknesses, but overall it's great!

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I began using On-Screen On-Center Take-off is Feb. 2016. Overall the program is great. Its fairly simple to import and manage drawings, create conditions, and quantify areas. I am sure there are many features which I fail to use to their potential, but learning to make the system work of me and the types of take-offs I perform was quick. There is very little learning curve, and if you have any questions their Customer Support Tools are incredible. I enter a question and typically receive a call from a person within hours. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. The program has its weaknesses. One huge weakness is it's tolerance. When using the measure tool the tolerance is to the nearest inch. There is no way to adjust this, which can mean rejection of material and a lot of jobsite labor in our particular field (Stone). Also, exporting to excel could be clearer, but overall it's pretty helpful.

Pros

Ability to create various types of conditions, in various types of materials, in various areas, and being able to calculate various types of information from one condition (sq. of one side & top & total lf, Average tile count & overall sf, etc.).
Ability to import various file types, PDF, AutoCAD, etc.
Ability to export to Excel.
Ability to label conditions & include conditions legends, creating a helpful Take-off maps for bids.

Cons

Inability to tighten tolerances.
Inability to label linear conditions.
Inability to increase the size of the font on condition labels.
Excel Export could be much cleaner.
Inabiliy to create non-grid tile layouts.

Advice to Others

This product is wonderful, but try it first to make sure it's capable of performing for your specific needs. I could see certain features being very helpful, while others being very limiting.

 
 
 
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June 2018

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chase from SLC

April 2018

April 2018

On Center's On-Screen Takeoff software has equipped our PM team with the appropriate tools needed.

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On Center's On-Screen take off is built to be easily set up in a team environment.
Giving the tools to effectively execute a take off to qualify a bid, they also provide learning resources online.

Cons

On Center's On-Screen take off is capable of a lot, however the one set back we have seen in our office is that when exchanging keys (which are needed to be able to save changes and can only be used by one device at a time) we realized that On-Screen disables any use when remotely accessing your device. This makes it very difficult as an IT Professional when trying to remotely correct software/user issues.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Meagan from Perry Acoustics, Inc

April 2018

April 2018

Use this for construction company

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Easy to take off a project and provide marked up drawings for our men in the field. It's also an easy program to train people with

Cons

Extremely pricey. Wish On-screen would integrate with Oasis field center, or that Oasis take off had the same features as On-screen

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: On Center Software, On Center Software

Date: April 2018

April 2018

 

Megan,
Thank you for your feedback.

Please contact your Customer Success Manager as we have a solution for your FieldCenter woes. You're gonna love it!

On Center

 

Rafael from Serna Construction, Inc.

March 2018

March 2018

Easy to use take off software

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Easy to use. Did not take very much to learn how to import plan pdfs and use the program tools to do simple take offs.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: On Center Software, On Center Software

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Rafael,
Thank you for your review. What would it take for us to achieve 5's across the board?
On Center Marketing

 


February 2018

February 2018

I literally learn to use it within minutes.

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The software is so easy to use. Within a few minutes of playing and figuring out the tools I was able to accomplish a take off.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: On Center Software, On Center Software

Date: February 2018

February 2018

 

Thank you for the feedback! We are glad you were able to get up and running quickly. Don't hesitate to reach out to our world class customer support team, or use our "Ask an Estimator" training service should you run into a challenge you cannot solve. We're here to help you be successful.

 

Joseph from Geneva Rock Products
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Great quick software for doing takeoffs for bids.

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It is a fast way to do square footage takeoffs. It is the fastest software and easiest to use for that application. It saves quite a bit of time.

Pros

On screen is very easy to use. It is a quick way to do takeoffs for any roadway, subdivision, or other projects that you need to get a square footage on. It an also do linear measurements and aid in counting objects that are to be done per each. This is our go to software when we need to do a quick square footage of a project.

Cons

This software is not any good at doing earthwork takeoffs. If you need to do any type of earthwork take off you will need two separate software applications. There is no real easy way to do arc or circle takeoffs. You have to click multiple times in the arc or circle and get as close to the line as possible.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Centerline Wall & Ceilings

December 2017

December 2017

The best takeoff software I've used, albeit a little pricey.

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Fast reliable estimates

Pros

It's fast and easy to use once it's setup.
Does most things well.
For most estimators, this is the software you want.
If you have the funds, it's worth getting On-Screen Takeoff & QuickBid together.
When you start to delve into it's various features you really see some great ways to save time. E.g. Typical Areas, Style Sets, Layers, Copying Bids, etc. I'd highly advise setting up one or more Template bids and copying the relevant one every time you have a new bid to do. Saves a ton of time.
I'd highly recommend this software.

Cons

There are some features it could have which would make it better. E.g. Auto-Page labeling, automatic page links, etc.
Database has issues from time to time. E.g. It disconnects from it's sister software QuickBid - which can cause problems. But that's not too often and possibly related to my computer?
On it's own it's just OK, but with QuickBid it's really great. Quickbid is a separate purchase.
The price would be the biggest issue I see with this software. It's quite expensive. Kind of precludes smaller businesses from buying it. Which is unfortunate, since it's possibly the best takeoff software out there. I could have bought a small family car for the price of the two licenses I purchased for my business (that was along with sister software QuickBid)

Review Source: Capterra
 


November 2017

November 2017

Good quality and easy to use.

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Most of my customers use this. Which allows me to export the OSP file and send to them to review. Easy to export and categorize areas.

Cons

Can't have multiple people log in to the software at one time to have a compiled take off. So after a project is complete with multiple people working on it. I need to compile all of the files into one OSP file.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: On Center Software, On Center Software

Date: November 2017

November 2017

 

Thank you for your feedback. We are proud to have customers like you as part of the On Center family. If you are looking for a way to have multiple people login and compile a takeoff, you should look at Oasis Takeoff to see if it might fit you needs. Oasis Takeoff allows for "team estimating" inside the same project.

 

Jeff from Service Painting of Florida
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Accurate and easy to use

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The ability to quickly and accurately develop complete estimates for our clients.

Pros

The accuracy and ease of use to get started has been great and then once you get into it you realize that there is so much more to the program and that you are only scratching the surface of what the software can do.

Cons

The feeling that if I only had more time to commit to explore the software I would be able to do so much more with it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jesse from Bond Brothers
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Use OST for budgeting and bidding large building construction projects.

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Time savings

Pros

Ability to quickly preform takoffs on multiple drawings. All of the drawing takeoffs are summarized in a table to use in our estimating software.

Cons

Setting up the different types of takeoffs needed can be time consuming up front. Also dislike, loading the drawings into the software program.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Patricia from Snavely Building Company

June 2017

June 2017

Very powerful estimating tool

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Easy to use, easy to copy conditions from one project to another, very user friendly. The software features a lot of different options mark up and bubble changes, type in comments, and, of course, color code take offs.

Cons

Creating overlays can be difficult, it would be great to have more color options and an easier way to scale and align two plans.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jim from Golden State Carpet Service
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Good - admittedly, I have not availed of available training.

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Helps in creating electronic shop drawings.

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Great customer service and mostly intuitive; Also, we are not restricted to "solid" color, which helps decrease memory requirement.

Cons

Based on limited exposure, the program has a hard time maintaining color and contrast uniformity between areas of a floor plan that are set in a standard North/South & East/West axis as compared to areas of a floor plan that are set at an angle and require alignment. Also the "Linear" condition gets corrupted when used in areas of a floor plan that are set at an angle and require alignment.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Dan from Universal Spray and Drywall
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Easy to use.

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ability to create basic assemblies that I can modify as needed for individual projects. this is a big time saver.

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We have had some glitches with uploading plans from our drop box. Other than this I have no complaints.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Shelby from Preferred Construction Management
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Using OST we are able to perform take offs much quicker than using a ruler or than digitize(ing).

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Can probably do triple the amount of estimating than before.

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Ease of use and how easy it is to review work. Being able to assign different take offs to different area's makes breaking out bids for alternates very easy.

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I would like to be able to "crop" or cut all take offs to assign them into an area. For example, if the portion of a building becomes an alternate after the takeoff was performed. I would like to slice each take off to break out each area. Right now you can select multiple takeoffs and reassign but if you select say a wall that was one take off but you want it to be cut in half you have to delete it and redo the takeoff.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Robert from MBI Installed Services
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Was using just OST upgraded to Quick Bid what a difference

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More speed and Accuracy of proposals

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Less time with written takeoffs and proposals. More accurate bids and proposals without fear of missing something on colorized takeoff

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Wish I would have had more time to train on Quick Bid in stead of on the job training, but I am gradually getting comfortable. Thank God for The Training Center

Review Source: Capterra
 

Phil from ICR Drywall Inc.
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Using for only 2 or 3 monthsGetting better slowly

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No more printing of plans until job is awarded.
No more highlighting with markers.

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Quicker highlighting and take off.
Better view of drawings on screen.
Looking at more than 1 page at a time.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Joey from Thomas Drywall, Inc.

May 2017

May 2017

Been using QB since 03 started using OST in 14, CAN NOT imagine going back to ole manual method!

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In OST it is possible to become very creative in how you make conditions, it allows you to build your take-offs in a manner that makes sense to you, and you are able to constantly refine and make adjustments to the way you do things, which allows for faster take-offs. And the progression just continues.
Also the tech team that comes with the subscription cannot be beat, those people are the best software fix my stuff in a heartbeat group...period paragraph no more conversation about it!!!

Cons

Sometimes the General Exceptions box pops up and when it closes it resets some of my preferences, however its very simple to readjust and be moving again.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Paula from Platinum Landscape & Exteriors
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Easy to use. Intuitive.

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I like that my changes are saved without any intervention from me. I love the Master Style Library and ease of use.

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When contacting support, you are required to leave a message for a call back instead of being helped on the call.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Fady from PCL
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Advanced, powerful software provides a plethora of features for construction project management.

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This is the fastest way that I know of to complete a takeoff. Once you have a good grasp of the user interface, it becomes second nature and takeoffs can be performed by anyone.

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Ability to accurately quantify count, area, volume, and more on drawings with a high degree of complexity. We use it to count washroom accessories, confirm tile flooring quantities, area of roof, and others when tendering the project. During construction, we use it to track progression and productivity rates.

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Printing can be tedious / counterintuitive. Also, the software auto-saves progress, which is great unless you make a mistake...

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mitchell from Universal Wall Systems, Inc.
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

May 2017

May 2017

my experience is that this helps me do a more accurate takeoff

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It takes the place of me having to have an estimator. The support is very helpful.

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the flexability of being able to copy pages and do different things that helps me be able to look at different pricing

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When taking off walls I build my assemblies in notes. I would like to see this to be able to go into quick bid and my assembly be there.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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