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PlanSwift Overview

What is PlanSwift?

PlanSwift is the #1 Takeoff and Estimating software in the world! Created by estimators for estimators, PlanSwift will save you time and money while greatly increasing your accuracy! With PlanSwifts easy to use visual point-and-click interface, users can measure linears, unit counts, square footage, pitches and angles in seconds with just a click. Estimators can easily drag and drop individual parts or assemblies directly onto a digitized blueprint to gather the required Takeoff quantities. This enables easy creation of material lists and enables you to easily begin the entire estimating process. Of course, you can always export takeoff quantities directly to your MS Excel. PlanSwift calculates the Takeoffs and creates Estimates automatically - saving users valuable time and effort when they bid on jobs. Pricing is just $1,595.00 for a lifetime license of PlanSwift! This includes 1st year updates & phone support.

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Languages Supported
English, French, Spanish
Product Description

Construction Takeoff and Estimating Software

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

PlanSwift's position as a market leader is strongly due to the powerful platform PlanSwift is built on. PlanSwift allows contractors of any size to customize their software specifically for their industry, without costing a chunk of their profit margin.

Additionally, with training options including one-on-one training packages, personalized development work, in house training classes, and free online webinars, customers are given everything they need to make their estimating successful.


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Seller
ConstructConnect
Company Website
Year Founded
2007
HQ Location
Bountiful, UT
Twitter
@PlanSwift
1,945 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
57 employees on LinkedIn®

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Estimator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Planswift is generally a good program with great organization. I often pull dozens of drawings from a bidset, and it can be difficult to keep them all on track. Folders, subfolders, renaming, easy moving/deleting is all helpful. A small bonus as well--a wide range of colors to keep my takeoff easy on the eyes. Hot pink is useful to no one. The cloud integration for our business network is great too, I can easily pull up information from other estimators if I need to. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It may just be my company/computer, but opening any archived jobs takes such a long time--perhaps because I have a lot of jobs stored. Also, sometimes Planswift randomly decides I don't have a license to use it and I have to reenter my company's information. Small, but annoying. It did require a bit of a learning curve, but if you're already familiar with construction software (I was), it's not too difficult to pick up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Keep in mind this does have a bit of a learning curve--can't speak for everyone, but it did take me a bit of getting used to. It has the nice feature of overlaying different versions of drawings, so very helpful for additional addendums that may have changed things. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Without Plansiwft, I wouldn't be able to do takeoffs for my quotes. It easily exports to an excel spreadsheet to integrate with Corecon, our other main software. This keeps everything in one spot without putting our info through too many steps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Planswift is relatively easy to use, and a good basic takeoff software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

To try and do more complex takeoffs (such as repetitive units in multi-family construction) is not very easy. Can not get multiple takeoff quantities from one takeoff measurement (ex. calculate LF of sidewalk and CY of concrete for sidewalks with only one takeoff entry). Would always have to renew license key even we had a company wide license. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I used OnScreenTakeoff prior to using PlanSwift and it was much better. Easier to use and would do more complex takeoffs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using to estimate construction projects for bidding Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Planning Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Most user friendly interface

Easy of functions and compatible with excel

Can do fast QUANTITY TAKEOFFS, accuracy is very high. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

If drawing size big noticed poor loading so difficult to read

Most important plugins come with free but paid Annual Fee for Maintenance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is absolutely easy, I using very less but I saw most of time my friends who working as QS desire to use this very fast drag-and-drop interface. And it helps to automatically calculate different qty. such labor material and export them to excel. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast Quantity Takeoffs

Plugins for different Situations such earthwork volume calculations etc Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its very easy and intuitive to use. Everyone in our office whose used the software has picked it up very quickly. I like that it give us a way to "digitize" drawings and perform more accurate earthwork takeoffs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The software doesn't link directly to our estimating software so we manually need to enter quantities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get it its good! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using planswift for our takeoffs. Benefits include better, more accurate, and quicker takeoffs. Saving us time and money. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

YOU CAN EASILY MEASURE, OR COUNT ANYTHING FROM A PDF DRAWINGS OTHER THAN CAD FILES. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

SOMETIMES IT CRASHES AND IF YOU LOAD LOTS OF DRAWINGS IT TAKES A LITTLE TIME. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

GREAT PROGRAM TO TAKE OFF QUANTITIES AND PRICING Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I USUALLY USE IT TO MEASURE AREAS, LINEAR METERS AND COUNT TAKE OFFS FROM PDF DRAWINGS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Manager / Estimator
Construction
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I have been using Planswift for a number of years now. Prior to purchasing this software I did quite a bit of research on the different takeoff software. I find that this product is one of the best. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Building indexes is a little more complicated than it should be.

Service can be a little slow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Worth the price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Very user friendly, accurate, versatile. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Estimator
Architecture & Planning
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

choosing only the files i need is a great feature. I also like the way i can add my take off quantities to my sheet to be able to print out and add to my bid package. The ability to work on the files from home or work by switching the user licence back and forth. Planswift is also able to easily verify the scale of the drawings by utilizing the existing measurements on the plans. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Learning curve on this software is long. Also collaboration between users can be a pain. I would need to email my file to another user and sometimes the files would be sent missing items or not even sent. The cost per user is also a little steep. Planswift can better utilize collaboration between users. If they could provide access to a cloud version for multiple users can work on the same set of plans at the same time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Planswift is a an easy to learn functional estimating software. The ability to load single pages and then name them is a key function that other estimating software leaves out. The value in this software is the ability to learn the system, tricks and functions. Youtube is a great resource for learning tips. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i am able to verify sub contractor take offs and determine if items or quantities are missing. I am also able to publish my take offs to our bidding software and allow my sub contractors to review as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Owner
Wholesale
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to use and fairly customizable. Able to connect to multiple network folders for organization. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Prefer it be subscription based so you can constantly get updates and keep the initial fees lower. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PlanSwift allows us to do takeoffs on our construction products, and then export them to our estimating software very well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Planswift is very easy to use for construction takeoffs and did not take a lot of training prior to using the product. Easily creates digital takeoffs and stores values that can be easily transferred into other programs like Microsoft Excel or Word. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Planswift has an estimate and proposal options but both required extensive work and work arounds. I found it easier to use Microsoft Excel and Word to create estimates and proposals after getting quantities from Planswift. The estimating, templates and reports functions could use some improvement to make them more user friendly. Also I was never able to print takeoffs with takeoff quantities to PDFs to make them more accessible. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a cheap and easy to use takeoff software, definitely look into Planswift. Other more expensive options like On Screen Takeoff and Quickbid are industry standards at the moment but almost 10x the price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Planswift was a cheaper option for us when we wanted to digitize takeoff for construction plans. The benefits are amazing compared to paper takeoffs. Quantities are easily totaled and stored, and can be sent into other programs like Excel for further use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Estimator
Construction
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the ease to be able to load up multiple file types, and there is a seamless transition from other software I've used in the past. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's too complicated to create assemblies, the videos are too complicated and don't allow me to assemble components how I want them. I want to be able to set my assemblies per stage in my project. I should be able to do all my footer assembly including hardware as an easier package. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Planswift helps me with quantity take offs and it helps me stay organized when keeping records of highlighted plans, notes and overall documentation of my bid process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Office Manager/Systems Engineer
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ability to use formulas for projecting materials purchase Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Only one license in the office, so hard to share product Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

get multiple licenses to share information and be able to perform version control on plans Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

cost benefits for sure; waste cut dramatically; no more returns of materials Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Estimator
Construction
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

EarthworkPro plug-in is awesome. Once you do all the grading takeoffs it will calculate cut, fill and rough grading! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Reports are not very user friendly. It would be nice to print a report that looks like your takeoff summary. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great software for takeoffs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to know exactly how much dirt needs to be exported or imported to a job site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Cheif Estimator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I love this tool because it is easy to do take offs on a digital copy of plans Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. It’s easy and fun to use I would like to see the program easily put PDFs into color because sometimes it makes my Program crash Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just get it. Makes life easier to those who are estimators Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Makes the take off process so much faster and easier Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The server it offers , it's organization of past work. It has also really made my job alot easier ! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I really do not have any complaints about this software . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If your still doing your takeoffs on paper, your wasting a lot of time Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to number all of our jobs and organize them better so we always knew what we were referring to and can find it quickly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Manager/Architect
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Planswift makes it easy to get a quality takeoff done quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There isn’t really anything that I don’t like. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For this price point you can’t go wrong with this estimating platform. It’s one of the most affordable, easiest to use products out there. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Planswift allows me to quickly and easily get a quality takeoff so I can sum it a quality bid to my contractors. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Jr. Estimator
Construction
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

User interface, Takeoffs options, easy takeoffs. MS excel compatibility, format input options, pricing for the trades. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When more than two people are working on server, it messes up the ms excel file. Two people can not work on a same pdf drawing together at same time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Estimating all the trades, pricing the trades. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It works the way I work, matches the approach that I would have used with paper, scale ruler, and calculator. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Setting up all the presets and tools, to make it most efficient requires a very large investment of time. This time will eventually pay off, but there is a substantial amount of work on the front end. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It provides a consistent tool and method that made reproducing similar estimating results across members of the team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Jr Estimator
Construction
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its interface is easy and simple. It has color section option which categories takeoffs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It has limited options. There are other softwares that can perform similar and more work Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick Takeoffs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The software is so simple and easy to learn that it can be learned within a day. File uploading is easy if we use pdfs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

File uploading is not easy when you use large files. We have to break the file to get it uploaded Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it. It helps a lt for takeoffs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quantity takeoff Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It’s ease of use. Compared to the several other Surface takeoff programs I’ve used, PlanSwift is the easiest to navigate and consistently utilize. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Their technical support is sub-par compared to others. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Continuity between all takeoff engineers and takeoffs for projects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to use. Visually pleasing and easy to understand. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Hard to snap to exact points for exact measurements Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Take offs, colorful visualization Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Network & Systems Administrator / IT Manager / Computer and Information Systems Manager
Building Materials
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Robust and feature rich. Excellent FAQ and knowledgebase. Planswift will even provide free online training. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lack of Windows Server OS support. Does not work well on Server 2012 R2. (confirmed with Planswift support.) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ensure your system meets the requirements. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We provide measurements for customers at no cost which they would normally pay for through a subtractor. This provides added value for us. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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