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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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

February 2018

February 2018

Straight forward and get the job done.

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Pros

The very basic of on-screen quantity takeoff software with estimating integration, generally works great, never had major problem with the software, like the overlay especially when doing renovation and having plan revision.

Cons

From time to time, it has some performance problem and glitch with middle mouse button, but the problem might be from my end.

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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

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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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Alfredo from Harry H. Joh Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Best estimating software available!

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I think Planswift is such an important tool in today's estimating industry!

Pros

Planswift makes life in the estimating world so much simpler by allowing a user to simply import a set of pdf drawings and go to town marking up areas and square feet as well as highlighting individual components such as doors, windows, fixtures, etc, for an easy count.

Cons

The only thing I have against Planswift is the price. Don't get me wrong, there is a very justifiable reason for this software being so darn expensive, but I just wish there was a way to also tailor the price for those people and companies that are just starting up and maybe don't quite have the ability to purchase at the current price.

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Bryan from FirstService Association Consulting
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Excellent product and customer service. Very easy to use and the team at PlanSwift is very helpful every step of the way.

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Pros

This software is very intuitive and easy to learn and use. The customer service is excellent and the support team is there to help every step of the way.

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

January 2018

January 2018

Versatile Takeoff Progream

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Ease of operation is the biggest perk of this software! Easy to get started and lots of resources to find help.. such as YouTube!

Pros

This program saves time, paper and money! It is incredibly easy to use and easy to train on. The program is very intuitive and easy to navigate through the takeoff commands.

Cons

Technical support is not always easy to get a hold of. Getting answers to basic questions takes longer than one would normally anticipate. I also wish that the program could "talk to" my estimating software, it is kind of a bummer to do double entries.

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

January 2018

January 2018

Easy takeoff program, very versatile.

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I have been using PlanSwift for about 6 months now and have loved adding this to my company. It has saved us time, paper, and money by making the switch.

Pros

Very easy to use and learn program. You can use it for many different things and there seems to be a feature for everything. You can also buy expansion packs for pricing.

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Stephen from HP Builders
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Good all-around

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I am very satisfied with Planswift. I am very comfortable with the take-off aspect. I look forward to getting proficient at using the estimating side of the software this year.

Pros

It significantly reduced the time I spend doing take-offs. It is a powerful software, but fairly easy to start using on a basic level.

Cons

Technical support is not always easy to get ahold of. Getting answers to simple questions can take longer than I would like.

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Keith from Hard-Core Contractors
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Fast way to make material take-offs

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Overall its good software for small businesses.

Pros

Can import many file types which is very helpful, Once image is scaled it ready to start the take off.

Cons

The plugins are very difficult to create. I would warn people to buy a single license with multiple users otherwise you can not share plugins under different licenses.

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Ricky from Substate Contractors LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Great software for commercial estimating/takeoffs.

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Value for Money

Great takeoff software, will renew when the year is up.

Pros

Ease of operation. Shallow learning curve, easy to get started and plenty of instructional videos on Youtube.

Cons

Reports could be more customizable, but maybe it's only because I don't know something... Will check into it.

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Ryan from Four City Tile
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Good program but crappy service

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I have had Planswift for years. Great program, saves time for sure, however, it can be hard to get a hold of them with questions and unless you pay yearly for maintenance for every call in, they will NOT help you. I loaded up a print and the edge is cut off. Unless I pay them more money they will NOT DO A THING. Have had no luck finding a solution online, that is the only reason I called. I would strongly recommend looking around before buying this program.

Pros

Saves time and therefore money
good program
easy enough to use
pretty accurate, rare to come up with short amounts

Cons

Pay for help, or receive none
some aspects can be hard to use
takes time to learn to use properly.

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Rajendra from Ritek (James Hardy Solutions)
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Works well for our needs however certain features could vastly improve our experience

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3D rendering would be great

Pros

Provides ease of use coupled with a logical process and has a nice simple interface that can be color coded for different products.

Cons

New revision plans entered into the existing job have scaling issues with old revision plans, this causes issues for us as we often do multiple revisions.

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Gary from Grijalva Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Great estimating tool for daily use.

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We have been using it for 10 years and like it for what it does.

Pros

color coding tools on plan page
item list totaling for multiple pages with same digitizer tool
estimating tab for recaps
saving tool templates

Cons

no real-time collaboration between users
no Mac support
Copy page does not copy digitizer tools
Failure to support past versions.
Upgrade cost too much

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Misty from Dixie Plastering, Inc.
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Planswift review

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Pros

The software is fairly easy to learn and straightforward. I like that the training is an additional cost you can add on if and when you want whereas other programs i looked at embedded that cost.

Cons

The software is glitchy. There have been numerous times when I've had to close the whole program and restart. Sometimes when I have several tabs open and I want to change one tab it will change the one I haven't been active on (which is the one I'm trying to look at while changing between others). I'd prefer that the takeoff page be customizable so that I can group the measurements in a way that is more suited to my needs, but that is relatively minor.

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Bonnie from Vega Drywall LLC
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

So far my experience has been good

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Value for Money

The customer service and technical support is good

Pros

I like the usability and functionality of the software. The Sales Rep is always available for questions and will address any questions we have.

Cons

I've only had one issue with importing blueprints, but the technical support was good. I wish there was a better price point for monthly use.

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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
 

PETER from MOUNTAIN BUILDING AND PAINTING

April 2015

April 2015

Has meet all my needs as well as intuitive learning...

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CONS:
I have a bit of a problem with it locking up.
PROS:
Everything else I do is easily accomplished.

Review Source: Capterra