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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Jose from Engineering
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2018

October 2018

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This is so much fun and enjoy to use, because its easy to navigate and user friendly. I can illustrate my project nicely and i put all my idea without any hassle.

Cons

Expensive but worth it. Some experienced slow to load, i don't know if its by y laptop or the software.

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Stephanie from Manufacturing Company
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Reviewing PlanSwift

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Pros

Their single click features is a very convenient, ease of use this app! This conserving my time to calculate and this app calculates automatically right.

Cons

This consist of many options, so if you're new to this you will consume time to figure it out. You need to watch their tutorials.

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Marielle from Technology Engineering Company
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2018

October 2018

PlanSwift Review

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I love using this software. My templates becomes great, I put all my ideas here clearly and detailed.

Cons

For beginners, need watch tutorial to make it easy. It takes time to become a pro of using it but I love it!

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Anne from Food Manufacturing
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2018

September 2018

Everything you asked for!

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Pros

The versatility of this software is awesome. It has an accurate and precise measurement. I like also the customization on its templates.

Cons

As of now, I do not see any problems that we encountered. Everything works well by now, waiting for more updates.

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Israel from Adel Packaging Creations Incorporation
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

September 2018

September 2018

Good Software to use

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Easy to use and it is also available for certain customizations as well. It is very accurate in to details which is good.

Cons

This product is a little bit pricey but that's all.

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Yojan from AC Painting & Wallcovering LLC
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2018

September 2018

Estimating on Planswift for 3 years and still going!

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This product has been a game-changer for our Finish estimating. It has helped us estimate painting and wallpapering to an incredible capacity, in comparison to traditional methods.

Pros

Great layout
Navigating through plan files is fluid
Never have lost progress, even with occasional crashes
Easy-to-use tools
Create custom equations
When takeoffs are finished, the estimating page is very easy to read and adjust

Cons

I little pricey for a software, but worth it
Lack of compatibility with QuickBooks
Large files may take a while to upload, may cause software to become unresponsive

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Elisa from CMC International
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2018

September 2018

PlanSwift Review

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Plan Swift is pretty accurate on detail and easy to learn, if you have never used the program. Their customer service is always great help!

Cons

The program can be a little pricey. Before buy the software I would recommend the trial run first.

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Robert from KEA Corporation
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2018

September 2018

Planswift is and essential tool that we use everyday - could be improved though

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Please lower price ? Or introduce discounts at certain times of the year for existing customers who have had the software for a certain amount of time.

Pros

I love that we're able to take off drawings digitally, a lot different than I when used to have to take off projects when I was younger by hand. I love the support we're able to access when we have questions, everyone seems to be very knowledgeable about the software and knows how to answer our questions directly and effectively. I also like how we're allowed to disable the license each time we're finished using the software each day at the office - allows me to pick up different projects that I work on for personal projects at home with not having to buy two separate licenses (which can be costly)

Cons

The price can be overwhelming at times - we like to keep up with the maintenance/updates and support which is an additional couple hundred dollars every year.
Not to mention wanting to get a couple more computers with Planswift on each with their own license is impossible for us at this time, which is actually holding us back.

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Evan from Highmark Group
Specialty: Landscaping
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2018

August 2018

Has some of the Best Features in the Industry

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This is a really powerful program that is packed with features and tool. Customer support is great. I would recommend this as an option for those looking for takeoff and estimating software.

Pros

Packed with Tools. Scaling is easy and it makes reviewing addenda a breeze with the overlay features. Improvements to the assembly have made this one of the best takeoff programs.

Cons

I wish it had support to have multiple users working simultaneously basically a cloud version would be amazing.

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Matt from P. Agnes
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

August 2018

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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

August 2018

August 2018

Plan Swift - Quick Efficient and Powerful

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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 Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2018

August 2018

Very good software!

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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.

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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 Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2018

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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Linda from RLI Building Envelope Specialists Ltd
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

July 2018

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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Zhiwei from Rivers Contractor
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2018

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 Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Easy to use and does what it should

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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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Great Software!

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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.

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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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Zachary from Superior Steel & Ironworkers
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Best On Screen Take Off Software. Period.

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Highly recommend Planswift to General Contractors and Specialty Contractors alike. Best On-Screen Take Off software available.

Pros

Ease of use, very user-friendly interface. Quickly rip takeoffs. Great reporting and customization capabilities.

Cons

One time fee may be expensive for some, but it is well worth the investment!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sloan from Lettieri Construction
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2018

September 2018

Great for power users, too complicated for basic computer users

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Pros

+ Highly detailed and customizable plan takeoffs
+ Automated estimating tools

Cons

- Steep learning curve, and too complex for basic use cases

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Justine from Superior Builders, Inc.
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2018

August 2018

Easy to use but I know it can do even more

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Great tool. I use it daily for quickly estimating flooring needs on jobs.

Pros

I like how fast i can create take-off's

Cons

Trying to create full estimates through the software is a very lengthy process. It also doesn't accurately pick up points when I do the "one-click" feature.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Steve from Green Decoder Consulting, LLC

July 2018

July 2018

Estimating 2.0

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


July 2018

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


June 2018

June 2018

simple and easy to use

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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