PlanSwift Construction Estimating & Takeoff Software


PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home builders. The solution's functionality can be applied to most businesses that utilize digital blueprints.

PlanSwift provides a way for users to calculate digitized values, including labor and material costs, by clicking various points on the screen. The Single Click feature allows users to measure linear and square footage with one mouse click. The program also includes 64-bit Microsoft Excel integration and a browsing feature that lets users create and find new jobs in any location on the network or desktop, improving collaboration between team members. Takeoff features of the system include drag-and-drop assemblies on items, the ability to add hyperlinks, and automatic prompts that give users hints on what to do next during the process.

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

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  • Matt from P. Agnes

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Very easy tool for accurate quantity takeoffs, but has not improved features in awhile

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    Pros

    Low learning curve, very easy to use. Accurate quantities generated, and graphical representations of takeoff items (color-coding items on drawing sheets). Can be very flexible if you want to create custom takeoff tools or templates

    Cons

    Since purchased by Textura and then Oracle, the product has not improved at all. There is a clear limit to the number of drawing sheets that can be published; the program freezes or crashes if too many drawings loaded- this makes it a poor choice for large construction projects. Can be difficult to copy/paste transfer takeoff items between drawing versions, and can't transfer at all between project files. Also, navigability of drawing sheets could be easier- providing links to open additional sheets for referencing sections/details/callouts, etc.

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  • Jesse from Spani Developments

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Plan Swift - Quick Efficient and Powerful

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    Pros

    Super fast set up. Decent add on's and support. Exports to Excel. Best value for money. Free 14 day trial so you can really get a feel for it.

    Cons

    Modifying items or creating new items is quite involved. I tend to use my own costing assemblies and use this for take off.

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  • Loreto from CJI

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Very good software!

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    Pros

    What I like about PlanSwift is that it is very easy to use while it provides useful features. Would like to commend their customer service, they are very quick and solved my issue immediately.

    Cons

    So far I do not have any major issue while using PlanSwift. It really helped us to finish our projects.......

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  • Mason from Arcideo Construction LLC

    Specialty: Concrete

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Planswift Delivers what it promises

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    Pros

    It's another takeoff software that helps save lots of time which means more bids and more work. We had a good experience with the helpful support team, so we would recommend trying it out!

    Cons

    There are setbacks to the software in terms of uploading specific file types...this proves a challenge and increases the chance of an oversight in the bid. A couple projects had changed values when converting files. It's expected... also will need a friendlier user interface to compete with other platforms available now.

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  • Steve from Green Decoder Consulting, LLC

    July 2018

    Estimating 2.0

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    Pros

    Drawing tools are easy to use. Assemblies make the process simple as a single line can capture multiple items at one time. The reporting functions make it easy to review the results and modify the assemblies as a whole as standards change.

    Cons

    The updating process is very slow. As more assemblies are added to the file, the software gets bogged down and glitchy.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Linda from RLI Building Envelope Specialists Ltd

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    July 2018

    Planswift meets our growing needs and is expandable

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    Overall, we love this product for our companies needs.

    Pros

    Easy to use and great support for training and technical issues. The support team works well to accomplish better performance and has a great system for followup and trouble shooting. The program itself is very intuitive to use for the takeoff section, and lots of autocad shortcuts work wtih planswift.

    Cons

    Building of assemblies is not straight forward. It is cumbersome to put them together. The reporting function as well is not as all encompassing as we would like to see it. Too generic in its applications with no real way to modify the output without great difficulty.

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  • Verified Reviewer

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

    July 2018

    User-Friendly and Functional

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    The accurate quantity takeoff from the PDF format drawings.

    Pros

    It is one the best quantity takeoff software that I have ever used. It really match with PDF format drawings and give you the ability to categorize and organize the bill of quantities inside the software and transfer them to Excel. You can also apply the unit rates and build up an estimate. Very appropriate for building works including residential and ICI.

    Cons

    The software has been designed mostly for 2D drawings. When it comes with 3D such as cut & fill takeoff, it doesn't work. I don't recommend the software for heavy-civil jobs.

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  • Zhiwei from Rivers Contractor

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    Good product and good value

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    Pros

    It is the very simple concept, and it just works every time out. And now I can have it integrated with my estimating software.

    Cons

    Not much I can think of, maybe I want to ask for a "smart" conversion that can automatic link you to different reference in the drawing set.

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  • Mike from Stone COnstruction

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    Easy to use and does what it should

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    Pros

    Has a lot of the features of the far more expensive software packages. Very simple to learn and use.

    Cons

    Some tasks for cut / fill can be tedious
    Would rather it had the ability to click on grade lines to add instead of manually

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  • Krystofer from Magleby Construction

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Great takeoff tool, but struggles with collaborative efforts

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    If the program could find a better way to be collaborative, we would benefit greatly.

    Pros

    The takeoff abilities of the software are phenomenal. There is nothing to complain about when it comes to its ability to count/calculate objects, areas, assemblies, etc.

    Cons

    A continued struggle is finding a way for teams to collaborate on takeoffs when team members are in multiple geographic locations. We have tried using their email function, but this can be a slow and tedious process. In addition, we utilize Box for cloud storage, but have found it cumbersome to keep things working in a seamless, and fast fashion.

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  • Andrew from Addison Construction Supply

    Specialty: Concrete

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Very easy to pick up and use for takeoff for multiple disciplines

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    Pros

    Simple to use in order to do quick takeoff of plans. This program is versatile for multiple disciplines.

    Cons

    Doesn't have some of the features other programs have, such as auto-name pages and clip details. other than that is fairly smooth operating.

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  • Areane from FSPMI

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Great Software!

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    Pros

    Really helpful software for me. Very user- friendly software. Customer support has been always accommodating

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • Tonnie from ROC Homes

    Specialty: Home builder - custom

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    June 2018

    Simple measurement system for takeoffs.

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    Pros

    Very easy to set up and complete area measurements for takeoffs. The ability to count, calculate multiple areas is simple to understand.

    Cons

    I don’t have any comments regarding PlanSwift that I would consider to be negative. It’s a good value and easy to use.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    June 2018

    simple and easy to use

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    Pros

    I like how easy it is to do a takeoff and its digital which makes it convent since its on your computer

    Cons

    This doesnt really apply to our trade and we can also do the same with Bluebeam for much less than this was.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jeremy from Hardy Corporation

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    May 2018

    Really great!

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    Pros

    Planswift is a great product that really helps to get the job done. I am very impressed with what they bring to the table.

    Cons

    Great product that works well. They are improving daily and doing whatever it takes to stay the best.

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  • Mazen from Saudi Naval Support Co.

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    May 2018

    Projects Takeoff was a nightmare till we had Plan Swift

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    Pros

    Made our projects takeoff process simple and easy, now we can go into any project with full confident that everything is covered and under control

    Cons

    Provides all needs, hence adding some features and service shall given to this software an add Value and make it a necessity for every business.

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  • Sucharitha from Birdi & Associates.

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    May 2018

    Easy way to do project takeoff

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    Anyway I can recommend this software for new users who are looking to have there estimation purpose. I am happy overall quality of the software.

    Pros

    This is a user friendly software.
    Easy to understand with our-self .
    We can get required linear dimension on the drawing in order to the scale.
    We are given option to count devices on the drawing.
    We can customize the software based on our requirement.
    We can have our project proposal with labor and material break down.

    Cons

    There is no inbuilt assemblies with software for all division .
    I m not sure the rounding the values are correct with software up to 99%.

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  • Robert from Associated Technology Incorporated

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    May 2018

    Best estimating software for the building construction industry

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    Pros

    Ease of learning how the software fits to estimating specific construction task.
    intuitive interface and commands.

    Cons

    Nothing really, the software is really great for the beginner to the expert.
    It scales to suit your project.

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  • Natasha from Enercept

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    May 2018

    PlanSwift

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    Pros

    PlanSwift is a great software to use for estimating and take offs. It is simple and easy to use, yet customizable to each customers use.

    Cons

    PlanSwift has lots of mini features to make it exactly what you need, but it can make it harder to learn.

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  • Robert from JAAM projects

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    May 2018

    Plan Swift software

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    Pros

    Plan swift has come onto the market as a competitor to Procore and other building and construction programmes. With the rise in the need to streamline overheads in the industry plan swift uses its software to take the guess and leg work out of estimating, the software calculates building lineal and square meters just by uploading the project drawings a grea feature.

    Cons

    A bit clunky and the need to still review the software take off on big projects while saving time over all does fully automate the process.

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