Active Takeoff Software


 

Active Takeoff is an on-premise construction take-off solution that caters to businesses of all sizes in the construction industry and helps them to manage the cost estimating process.

The solution is suited for all kinds of construction managers, design firms, finishing contractors, homebuilders, real estate developers and more. Active Takeoff offers standalone estimating and takeoff applications, including onscreen takeoff, conversion calculator, automatic scaling and 2D takeoff capabilities.

The solution helps in calculation of areas like floors, roofs, walls and siding so that users can generate accurate estimates for things like painting, tiles, drywall and installation. The solution supports various units of measurement, including metric and imperial.

Active Takeoff's estimating feature offers Excel integration, allowing users to manage and export their estimates to a local computer. It offers services on annual subscription basis that includes support via phone and through online ticketing portal and a knowledge base.

 

Active Takeoff  - Floor plan
 
  • Active Takeoff  - Floor plan
    Floor plan
  • Active Takeoff  - Insert plans
    Insert plans
  • Active Takeoff  - Expanded plan
    Expanded plan
  • Active Takeoff  - Detail view
    Detail view
  • Active Takeoff  - Roof framing plan
    Roof framing plan
  • Active Takeoff  - Exterior view
    Exterior view
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Siddesh from Marimba Auto
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Amazing construction software

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Pros

Its an amazing construction software where you can work everything digitally on screen and that too less expensive.

Cons

Though this is less expensive not much features available and suitable for simple work and evaluating after work is slow.

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Cliff from NWI Coatings
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Very simple take offs

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I was able to use this as my initial take off which was as easy as a 10 out of 10, easy platform, quick take offs.

Pros

How easy it is to use. I was able to install my blue prints with ease. I got accurate measurements. As always with using a new app i get very tense and with Active Takeoff i had no problem.

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Jake from Braco Stone
Specialty: Masonry / Stone
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

It does the job, but with some changes and updates, it could be a lot better. I will continute to use it, mostly based on price.

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Pros

Price. Obviously you can spend a lot more on similar products. We only do countertops so it gets detailed enough for us and is all we need to spend to do the job.

Cons

Unable to read the font on the main plan sheet page below the pages. There is no way to search for keywords like adobe. Measurements don't show up on small items even after zooming. The report pages are't that easy to read.

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David from Goldenstate Landscapes
Specialty: Landscaping
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great tool without a huge learning curve.

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This is a great tool and I am glad I found it. I am still learning it so I am sure it will get even better once I have all the moves perfected to my needs. The customer support is great. Very timely and helpful. Start with the free trial and a quick lesson. I tried a few different free trials of other types of takeoff software and Active Takeoff won me over. Good price too!

Pros

Customer Support
Ease of Use
Direct and to the point takeoff and reports without the unnecessary bells and whistles.
I like the Export to Excel feature.

Cons

Can get slow and sticky if the page gets too full of takeoff. To counter that you need to create layers and turn them off and on to keep it running smooth.
Length counter is not continuous around bends and angles. Need to start and stop then start again many times for long lengths.
Can't click to next or previous page. You have to go to the plans page and find the page you want to go to next.

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Shaun from Century Roofing Specialists
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Bye bye AutoCAD.

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Pros

+ Much simpler to use than AutoCAD, for roof takeoffs

+ Allows the use of the right-click button

+ Allows the storing of templates, to save more and more time with every takeoff

Cons

- Can't rotate objects

- No arc option

- Cannot resize the Legend

-Can be a bit annoying when trying to get the lines straight, should incorporate the SHIFT button like Illustrator does.

 
 

Ricky Lininger from ProVision Concrete
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Great Take Off Software

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This is one of my favorite take off software programs that I have used. It really comes in handy to get the bids completed faster.

Pros

Easy to up load plans

Cons

Don't really have any

Advice to Others

If you want to complete bids faster then try this out, it is by far the easiest to upload plans.

 
 

Paul from NorthStar Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

One of the only takeoff options with the ability to record wire drops

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Fairly easy to pick up basic functions. Help file is abysmal. Extensions are there, but aren't explained very well. One of the only takeoff programs I've found that can actually record wire drops and rises throughout the run.

Pros

It has electricians in mind. Can record wire runs and has a better organizational structure than Planswift.

Cons

Doesn't have a very detailed help file. Doesn't integrate with any major products except Excel.

 
 

Wayne from National Capital Insulation
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

September 2016

September 2016

Brilliant Software

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Likes Best

I like the ease of use and small learning curve for this software.

Likes Least

Have not run into any problems as of yet so nothing.

Recommendations

I tried and compared pretty well every software of this type and found this one meets and exceeds my personal needs.

 
 

Mary from Timberline Concrete & Excavating
Specialty: Concrete

September 2016

September 2016

Very good Software

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Likes Best

It was a very easy software to manipulate, I was able to maneuver around easily and show my co workers.

Likes Least

Nothing really, Over all I was very pleased, I would say maybe the set up was a bit challenging, but that is not the software's fault and luckly we have great IT!

Recommendations

Great Software, I am sure other will find it easy to work through also.

 
 

Adam from Timberline Concrete, LLC.
Specialty: Concrete

August 2016

August 2016

Intuitive, easy to use even for the novice

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Likes Best

Good value, easy to learn and runs fast on any PC, love the printout and report from it

Likes Least

The report could be more custamizable, and maybe an online plan room

Recommendations

take your time and learn it fully before making a final decision

 
 
 
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JEFFREY from Hometeam Construction
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Ease in Estimating

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Pros

The professional results that can be easily obtained by using this program are second to none.

Cons

There could be a wider variety of color options available to use.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Easiest to learn.

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Excellent customer service. Best of any company I've ever dealt with, software or hamburgers, this company responds quickly and fixes issues.

Pros

It was the only one I could jump right in and start estimating.

Cons

The lack of framing extensions. Have to count joists off program. Just limited framing which is what I needed.

Review Source: Capterra
 

James from Bosk Corporation
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Estimating Software

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Pros

Very simple to use and figure out without any prior knowledge of this software. Speeds up the process of doing takeoffs with the extensions features.

Cons

Although this is very good at figuring out the estimates for the basic trades, if you're looking for more niche trades, those have not been added yet.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Matt from Bosk Corporation
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Paint Estimate

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Pros

Ease of use, functionality. It just makes finding the square footage of areas so simple than conventional take offs.

Cons

When doing take offs on wall types that use the same paint but differ in length, there isn't a simple way to use same colors under one name.

Review Source: Capterra
 


November 2018

November 2018

Easy software to learn

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I reviewed at least 10 major companies who produce estimating software. I chose this one because of how easy it was to setup and use. You can import from PDF, jpeg, png. How much better can you get?

Pros

I watched all the tutorial videos first. I also read in the 'help' section - all pertinent areas pertaining to what type of estimating I would do. With that said - I found the software easy to use/setup. Once setup, I found getting the info easy. I did mostly house frame estimation. In about an hour, I could do a complete frame takeoff. Setup was key.

Cons

The report process. If I printed the PDF version- it used a lot of paper. There was no ability to change line spacing fonts etc. 1 simple house frame generated 15-30 pages of paper.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jim from JE Simas Floors, INC.
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Mainly Flooring Takeoffs

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Currently using only for "estimated" quantities for pricing, freight and warehousing.
(due to deductions not on reports).
For example, a room is 12x12=144 sf area and 48 lf perimeter but there are 2 doorways at 3 lf each.
If I stop and start, too many #'s to track.
I've shown it to a couple of general contractors but they are using something else.

Pros

The 90 degree angle showing when doing a lineal takeoff.
The "panoramic" cursor to view about the sheet.
Enjoy all the colors but also the symbols & keys for marking areas.
Printable locally or can email.

Cons

Only PC operating system (no IOS interface).
28 key code to operate remotely.
Reports do not allow for "Deductions" from total sf or lf.


Review Source: Capterra
 

Rob from Sherring Construction
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Active Takeoff

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human error is reduced as you can see what you have taken off, i am very pleased that the company im working for allowed me to purchase this for use as an estimating tool.

Pros

its ease of use is , customization of scale feature

Cons

the initial cost is a lot per license, i feel that was you pay the large first up amount that multiple user licenses from there on should be more affordable

Review Source: Capterra
 

Bennett from Maxwell Stone
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Maxwell Stone

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Pros

Quick learning curve, accurate, versatile and professional.

Cons

The main screen when doing takeoffs is a bit cluttered.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jason from TegrityHomes
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Easy to use, accurate, robust estimating tools at the ready.

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Pros

Ease of use, document / file organization and retention.

Cons

Cost can be steep for small business, light users.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Nathaniel from Zignego Company
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Quick and Simple to Use

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Pros

The product is simple to use, with all the tools clearly labeled and it is fast to use.

Cons

There are a few selections I would like to see for the reports. Having a cubic yard item to total the takeoff with is handy, but I would like to see a little more flexibility with the quantification. For example, I would prefer to have the option to choose square yards of concrete rather than cubic yards, as I have to do a little additional multiplication.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Yoon from Total Construction
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Active Takeoff Review

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Pros

It is really easy to use, and it is very fast for a rough estimate.

Cons

For our purposes of estimating rough distances, and quantity takeoff for the site, we don't use it enough to justify the hefty price tag. Also, it would be awesome if you can add joist estimation to the software, it would help us a lot more.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michael from Exel Construction Ltd
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Very good system

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Saving time completing take-offs

Pros

Very easy to navigate around the system to access and use the features. The system has halved the time it takes to complete a take-off.

Cons

If the copy and paste feature was improved for example if it was possible to copy an item and paste in a specific location, currently the item overlays which means the copied item has to be moved to the required destination.

Also the extension feature could be improved.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Roque from Roth Lighting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Active

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I have used numerous takeoff softwares in the past and this one is by far the best. The ease of use is what sold me.

Pros

Love the ease of use! When you are doing a takeoff and you need to change something, it is extremely intuitive.

Cons

Havent found one yet! Im reluctant to say it, but i thing it might be the perfect takeoff software.

Review Source: Capterra
 

JESUS from JIREH DRYWALL
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2018

November 2018

Awesome Software

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Safe me a lot of time getting an accurate Estimate

Pros

Easy to work with it even if you don't have experience on computers

Cons

I had some problems installing it but thank to the technical support I

Review Source: Capterra
 

Samuel from Chase Insulations Ltd
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Active takeoff

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If they was to fix the above problems and implement suggested updates then I would give this product 10 out of 10.

Pros

Easy to understand layout. Reasonable Price.

Cons

No Auto save so lose work unless you manually save all the time. Issues with memory, have to close other programs to make it function properly sometimes.

Review Source: Capterra
 


November 2018

November 2018

VERY easy to use estimation software

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I think after trying a bunch of estimation software Active takeoff took the lead because everything was so intuitive and easy to learn so didn't have to spend time or extra money in taking any courses, and also the price of the software was reasonable

Pros

Very easy learning path, accurate estimation, possibility to include prices and also it runs smooth on my pc

Cons

I have no negative comments, overall it met my expectations

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chester from Neace Builders, Inc.
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2018

November 2018

I love Active Takeoff

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It really spends up my time trying to calculate how much a item will cost me.

Pros

It is so simple to use and gives you really close measurements. It really works with my estimating program,
Contractor Office.

Cons

I really don't have any problems to talk about.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michael from Active Construction Solutions Ltd
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2018

November 2018

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Very quick to create a measured schedule but converting to a priced Schule is difficult

Pros

The take off element is very easy to use

Cons

The estimating element is not easy to use

Review Source: Capterra
 

Randal from ZHA, Inc.
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Easiest takeoff app I've ever used

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None. Love the product.

Pros

The graphic user interface is familiar if you're a Windows user, and most of us are, so to me that's what makes the app so easy to use. In my opinion, if you've ever used the On Center On Screen app, learning how to use this app is a breeze.

Cons

No "cons" in my opinion. Fully functional from the time it's downloaded.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Danny from Totum
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Excellent value for a decent product

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I use for construction estimating. It is so much easier than using a scale by hand.

Pros

Easy to use fast for basic take off and marking up take off

Cons

The printing function is a bit clunky. I’d like an easier way to print exactly what is on the take off or the on screen quantity table. Also the quantity table is often overlapping the plans.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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