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Likelihood to Recommend

Project Estimator

If you are considering purchasing this (very expensive) software, there is a 100% chance you are doing so because you have been awarded a Government contract that dictates you use 4Clicks Project Estimator. There are plenty of easier to use estimating packages out in the world, but you can't use any of them if you have a contract that requires 4Clicks.
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ActiveCollab

Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy.2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote.4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page.5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etcScenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that.2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing3) It did not work well for larger teams4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












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Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

Project Estimator
5.2
ActiveCollab
Takeoff tools
Project Estimator
5.0
ActiveCollab
Job costing
Project Estimator
2.0
ActiveCollab
Cost databases
Project Estimator
7.0
ActiveCollab
Cost calculator
Project Estimator
6.0
ActiveCollab
Bid creation
Project Estimator
6.0
ActiveCollab

Project Management

Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
7.2
Task Management
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
8.8
Resource Management
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
7.3
Gantt Charts
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
5.8
Scheduling
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
6.6
Workflow Automation
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
7.0
Team Collaboration
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
8.4
Support for Agile Methodology
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
6.8
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
7.0
Document Management
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
9.0
Email integration
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
8.0
Mobile Access
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
6.6
Timesheet Tracking
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
8.5
Change request and Case Management
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
4.9
Budget and Expense Management
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
6.8

Professional Services Automation

Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
5.9
Quotes/estimates
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
5.3
Invoicing
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
5.7
Project & financial reporting
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
7.8
Integration with accounting software
Project Estimator
ActiveCollab
4.8

Pros

Project Estimator

  • The estimates it produces are simple and easy to follow. The formatting is good.
  • The tech support provided is very attentive.
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ActiveCollab

  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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Cons

Project Estimator

  • The software feels 20 years old. It has not kept up with modern times, and practically functions like an old DOS program.
  • Clunky interface, arcane commands.
  • Even their training info focuses on hotkeys like this is 1995. Even though I am of an age to remember computers in 1995, the younger generations of managers/estimators are not. It is time to bring the software into the new century!
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ActiveCollab

  • It is confusing when a review is made, before buying the product.
  • It lacks animation and pleasant forms for the user.
  • Does not allow effective communication when activities are reported. Since it does not provide a direct message chat.
  • The reports that are generated are basic, they do not have personalization characteristics.
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Alternatives Considered

Project Estimator

WinEst uses much the same database (RS Means/Gordion type) and has a similar interface. It is a bit cheaper.
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ActiveCollab

We chose Active Collab overall because we liked its easy to use user interface, project management suite and agency/vendor/client interaction capabilities. We also chose it primarily because it was offered as a web-based platform that offered very clean and easy mobile access for our off-site users as well as clients and third-party vendors. Mavenlink and Basecamp, at the time, were more suited to specifically be used for project management on a more granular scale for project managers, not necessarily the whole team, including vendors and clients collaboration.
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Return on Investment

Project Estimator

  • As stated before, if you are buying this software, it is because you have a contract forcing you to. While it does work, it is clunky, awkward, and very expensive.
  • The price of the software and databases has always been high, but with the fairly recent acquisition of 4Clicks by Gordion (who also bought RS Means for their databases), there is literally no competition. Prices will continue to be very high, with no check on how high they can go.
  • Again, can't fault 4Clicks tech support, as I think it is the best in the industry. They know their product and they respond to issues immediately. Considering what we spend a year for this product, however, you would expect nothing less.
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ActiveCollab

  • We began to finish projects on time, which undoubtedly will influence the return of customers
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Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Project Estimator Editions & Modules

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ActiveCollab

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$6.25*

* per member, per month, annual billing

ActiveCollab Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Self-Hosted Plan$9991
  1. license
SaaS Edition
Member annually6.251
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Annually$31
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Monthly$42
Member monthly$72
  1. per member, per month, annual billing
  2. per member, per month, monthly billing
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