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.

 

PlanSwift - Arcs and freehand
 
  • PlanSwift - Arcs and freehand
    Arcs and freehand
  • PlanSwift - Export to Excel
    Export to Excel
  • PlanSwift - Overlay pages
    Overlay pages
  • PlanSwift - Floorplan
    Floorplan
  • PlanSwift - Interface
    Interface
  • PlanSwift - Trades using PlanSwift
    Trades using PlanSwift
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Areane from FSPMI
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Great Software!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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 Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Simple measurement system for takeoffs.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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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Jeremy from Hardy Corporation
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Really great!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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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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

Construction Project management

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

It's worth to learn this software.

Pros

It's really easy to learn but very effective same time. Manages all the updates and documents same time with previous versions.

Cons

Still, the use of the software is not universal in the construction industry. Only leading companies are using this tool.

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Mazen from Saudi Naval Support Co.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Projects Takeoff was a nightmare till we had Plan Swift

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Easy way to do project takeoff

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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 Employees number: 1 employee

May 2018

May 2018

Best estimating software for the building construction industry

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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 Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2018

May 2018

PlanSwift

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Functionality

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N/A
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 Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Plan Swift software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Value for Money

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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Jerry from E. Vaughan Rivers, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Everyday tool

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

This one of the most used tool on my computer right now both estimating and project managing. Simple and effective and with estimating software integration.

Cons

Sometimes, bigger file may cost crash when loading into Planswift, still don't know if it is a software problem or my computer needs an upgrade.

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Tori from Cox Tile Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Difficult to learn, but well worth it

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Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

The options are endless when it comes to Planswift. It's all about learning how to customize the software to fit your needs

Cons

The learning curve is difficult. Especially for someone who doesn't have experience learning new softwares

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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

simple can be to simple

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It is for sure not a pro tool and for that reason much to expensive, considering the yearly subscription.

Pros

it is simple in a way that you can start fast - but that is already all you can say regarding "pros"

Cons

It cannot do a multi takeoff, there are no instructions or help available to create lists, you cannot organize your takeoff by divisions, quantities are not added together using different drawings. The auto-quantity tool does not work always, there is no rectangular snap, you cannot add points to a shape wherever you will (only at the end pint) and for that reason changing a form/ shape is so difficulty that you better start over - which is time consuming. Plan import settings do not work as supposed too and the quality you get is really bac - without any chance of improvement if you convert to tiff.

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Dixon from Peer Construction, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

User of Planswift for about eight years or so, doing whole house takeoffs and remodels.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

It would be better to live up to the support/maintenance idea when problems arise than to try steering me to "training" at some $ for three hours which I don't need.

Pros

Rather intuitive to use and doesn't take long to get up and running. Good features and constant upgrade flow.

Cons

Support response has really gone down hill in the last year or two. Don't know if it has to do with so many changes in ownership, but I suspect there is something to that. Perhaps struggling with payroll and cutting back?

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Joel from Advanced Quality Plumbing
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Does what it says-just needs more functions

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Pros

The ease of use and picking it up quickly is great. Organizing folders makes it easy to keep track. Price is fair for what you get.

Cons

Pretty much useless for plumbing if you want any detail. Then again for the price it works fine and I know a true plumbing takeoff software.

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Abinet from Hono Group
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Takeoff Software as best as it could be.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

if you are till doing stakeoff by hand you better try this one, you will not regrate this.

Pros

-save time, If you ever did takeoff using any software or by hand, you understand how tedious it could be, this software saves huge time.
- can be work with pdf, most of the site drawings only available in pdf i was hard to do a takeoff from it. now it's easy.

Cons

- hard to customize, if want to make some changes by coding some plugin probably hard.
- if you want to own it for personal use the price is expansive

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Austen from Peak Profesional Conttractors
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Speeds up estimating like nothing else.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Pros

Just how easy to use it is. Very intuitive. and quicker to navigate compared to other software like it.

Cons

Compared to other software like it PlanSwift doesn't have all the capabilities that the others do. also TIFF files take up a lot of space.

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Raquel from Educational Institution
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Good estimating software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Pros

It is easy to understand due to its organization of folders, many estimation options already configured, look very good, and Excel interface. A lot of Youtube classes.

Cons

You need many online classes to set up as needed. Transfer to excel without the calculation formulas.

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Jorge from MC Electrical Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Helpful its an understatement.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Great product for estimating new projects.

Pros

This product has so many pros that it would be hard to list all.
Estimating a project becomes a breeze.
Customer service is excellent.

Cons

Very little cons, no mac support is one and perhaps the price can be a much for some. Maybe a mobile app integration could be helpful too.

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casey from ct services
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

ease of use is good on pc not laptop

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

batch naming and organizations was effective functions were smooth pretty easy to figure out on pc .

Cons

can't connect to a spreadsheet seamlessly the scaling was a little ifffy but close enough kept crashing

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Shay from Uprise
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Takeoff simplified

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Pros

It’s a simple tool to use, you can make folder and store the information organized.
Export to excel and many more features.

Cons

The only hard time is when I want move takeoff data from one item to another there is no simple way to do it.

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June 2018

June 2018

simple and easy to use

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Value for Money

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Cosby from Batson-Cook

February 2018

February 2018

Great for estimating

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Pros

This is a great tool for taking quick takeoffs. Allows you to upload whole plan sets or individual pages depending on need. The takeoff functions snap to lines seamlessly provide quick and accurate measurements.

Cons

Spending a little time on the front end can make estimating various construction trades easier, however this process is lengthy and will probably turn most casual users off.

Review Source: Capterra
 

William from Tiger Construction Ltd
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Pleasant

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It was very quick to set up a project import the plans and start your takeoff in a matter of minutes.

Pros

very intuitive and easy to navigate through the takeoff commands. I really like the option to be able to print out my takeoff right on the page it was taken off on.

Cons

The only con is that I wish it would be connected to my estimating software. I do not like to do double entries.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jim from Floor covering stores
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Buggy Software, Poor Support

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Pros

Reasonably priced, Basic features fairly easy to learn and use.

Cons

Multiple bugs persist through many versions of the software. Company add features to attract new users but does not address bugs in the application that have persisted for years.

Review Source: Capterra
 


November 2017

November 2017

Planswift has been a life saver when it comes to takeoffs and estimating.

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Ability to navigate and help others increase profits by saving time with takeoffs and estimates.

Pros

Planswift is fast and easy where it helps you pinpoint what you need in a takeoff with accuracy. The ability to do single click takeoffs is amazing also.

Cons

The customer support, would like that someone will be able to help me with my problem instead of having a ticket number and wait for someone to reach out to me.

Review Source: Capterra
 

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

September 2017

September 2017

Quick and accurate estimating!!

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The ability to quickly and accurately provide the best pricing to our customers.

Pros

The speed at which we were able to get new people up on the software is a big bonus and really helps with the fast pace of business.

Cons

Exporting to excel can sometimes be touchy but that is rare. Otherwise this is definitely the way to go for getting quickly started in construction estimating.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Josh from Ferguson

July 2017

July 2017

Has completely changed the way i do takeoffs and view projects. Really solid program overall.

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Saves me a trip to the printing office to print off plans, i also like that i can use it offline.

Pros

I really like the functionality of the software when working on a takeoff. I also like how it ties in to Plasma and saves me many additional steps

Cons

No way to do a keyword search once specs are pulled in to planswift. Sifting through 900 pages of spec looking for important details is tedious and best done outside of planswift using a PDF program like Adobe

Review Source: Capterra
 

Todd from ASG
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Quantitive Take Off Software

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A more efficient and economical way to accomplish QTO

Pros

PLanSwift is a great alternative to other overly priced and complicated to use software. The technical support team is quick to help and knowledgable.

Cons

Some of the import features are difficult to maneuver and sometime the software crashes. That being said the software is continually saving so you don't lose work in progress.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Derek from Tiger Construction, Ltd.
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Planswift Review

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Planswift is very intuitive to use. It's as easy as picking up the mouse and getting to work. Other takeoff softwares are no as easy to figure out or are slower. I like the earthwork pro feature for quick topographical takeoffs.

Pros

Ease of use, fast.

Cons

Can't get bridge to work between estimating software.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Pete from Mogab Electric, Inc.
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Terrible product.

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Crashes all the time. Have to change pdf plans to tiff format in low resolution. MEP trades have very little features. Cannot print out quantity list on a per plan page basis, only total count for all plan pages. Not user friendly program, unless you know how to write computer programs.

Pros

The ability to count item son the screen

Cons

Crashes all the time. Have to change pdf plans to tiff format in low resolution. Cannot print out quantity list on a per plan page basis, only total count for all plan pages.

Advice to Others

Not user friendly program, unless you know how to write computer programs. MEP trades have very little features.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mendy from M.EP
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Thank You!

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I like to work on plan swift, but it still have problems,
When i have a problem, i can wait 6 hr for an assistant.

Pros

Dimension toll

Review Source: Capterra
 

Paul from Andrews University

April 2015

April 2015

Very helpful, need more time to use it.

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Hope to use it more now that I am Director of Facilities.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Stephen from Ceco Concrete

April 2015

April 2015

The Best

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I have been using plan swift now for about 5 or 6 years and find it to be the most versatile and user friendly estimating program I have ever used. I do cost, material and labor take offs for High rise buildings and infrastructure project from $5mil to $125mil.
It integrates seamlessly with Excel and MS Project, it makes my work very easy with out any problems.
I have trained 15 or 20 new employees on the system.

I love it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Scott from ProBuild

April 2015

April 2015

Professional Time Saver

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PlanSwift is a lifesaver. The time I have saved using PlanSwift has increased my time in the field selling, and the time I get to spend with my family. I no longer sit at the dinning room table doing take off's by hand.

During the training, I was able to pick up things that I never considered before making my estimates more accurate. That turns into higher confidence from my clients which translates into higher sales.

There is no doubt that PlanSwift is is one of the most important tools in my aresnal.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Crystal from GWC Construction, Inc

April 2015

April 2015

Easy to use and you can always get the help you need.

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Planswift has the tutorial page where you can get educated on all the tools and how to use them, if you need more help live help is also available. Thank you planswift for making my estimating so much quicker....

Review Source: Capterra
 

Gregg from Universal Supply

April 2015

April 2015

Increase of take offs

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The program is very adaptable to my needs. I have been using it for the past three years. Before that it was pencil and excel. Now that I have applied Plan Swift to my take offs, my efficacy and productivity have increase over 35% year over year. Along with the 35% increase, my the accuracy of my take offs have increase as well. This has allowed my company to win more bids.

Review Source: Capterra
 

TONY from STOCK BUILDING SUPPLY

April 2015

April 2015

USE ON A DAILY BASIS

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VERY USEFUL AND EASY TO USE!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jessica from Affordable Quality Construction, Inc.

April 2015

April 2015

Great program with many time saving features!

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We purchased Planswift last year and find it very helpful in completing accurate and timely estimates. We measured everything by hand utilizing a scale ruler which was not as accurate as Planswift. My favorite feature is being able to color code measurements and counts for ease of location during construction. I wish we would have bought this program sooner!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ashish from Trade West Pty Ltd

April 2015

April 2015

Fantastic software

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Hi
I am a civil estimator and prior to using "Planswift" used Excel.
This software is easy to use and understand. Best thing is that one can configure according to specific requirement.
Great job.
thanks

Review Source: Capterra
 

Clayton from Archer Painting Inc.

April 2015

April 2015

Have someone help you learn to use the product before you pay $1500 with training included.

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They were very responsive while purchasing their software but not so much after spending nearly $1500 for the program, upgrades, and training. I, like many purchasing this product, am a small business owner. I purchased during a slow time of the year (working 2-3 days a week). I was told to call ahead to schedule a slot of time where a planswift expert would help train me on how to use the software. This was an upgrade I paid around $300 for. "Call a day or two in advance", I was told to confirm a time that will work. After several attempts of being told that nothing is available for the whole week and sometimes the following week too, I've given up for now. Being that it was a slow time of the year, I was booking my weeks as work was available and didn't really know how my Wednesday two weeks out at 1pm was going to be. Hopefully, I'd have work rather than waiting to learn how to use a software program that I spent 3x as much as I paid for my computer.

The program seems like a helpful tool for a business owner if they a able to get the proper training. As of now, I am only using the very most basic functions of the software (Mostly learned on my own, some from the 15 minutes the salesman will spend on the phone teaching you before you buy). After you've paid it is difficult to the training you are entitled to.

Review Source: Capterra