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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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ADVANTAGE

Any integrated agency (more than just a single-discipline agency) that's looking for a one-stop shop to manage all aspects of running the business would do well to consider Advantage as the single-source tool to do it all. Single-discipline agencies could probably find a less robust tool that's equally as effective for tracking and reporting.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

Project Estimator
5.2
ADVANTAGE
9.4
Takeoff tools
Project Estimator
5.0
ADVANTAGE
10.0
Job costing
Project Estimator
2.0
ADVANTAGE
9.0
Cost databases
Project Estimator
7.0
ADVANTAGE
10.0
Cost calculator
Project Estimator
6.0
ADVANTAGE
9.0
Bid creation
Project Estimator
6.0
ADVANTAGE
9.0

Construction Productivity

Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
8.9
Plan distribution & viewing
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
10.0
Plan markups & sharing
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
8.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
10.0
Jobsite reports
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
9.0
Document sharing
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
9.0
RFI tools
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
7.0
Collaboration & approvals
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
10.0
Submittal design and management
Project Estimator
ADVANTAGE
8.0

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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ADVANTAGE

  • Timekeeping. While there are many other products that do this well in a vacuum, the way it integrates with the other functions is outstanding.
  • Project management. Opening new jobs, filling out creative briefs and trafficking projects is fairly easy and the options are robust.
  • Reporting. In particular, running time reports is a simple process that's both intuitive and effective.
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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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ADVANTAGE

  • Advantage is hugely cumbersome. There are hundreds of functions I will never use, and that I'm not sure anyone else in the organization uses.
  • The user interface could be better. Every time there's an update, there's a small but definitive learning curve.
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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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ADVANTAGE

I was not a member of the team that made the decision about whether to use Advantage, so I can't provide this level of context. I can say that I've evaluated other solutions in the past and Advantage is a far more robust product than any of the others. As a user, I can say that it's been very easy to use and I have not found a single function I needed that it couldn't deliver for me.
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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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ADVANTAGE

  • Advantage has everything to do with our company's ability to run an effective back office.
  • When you have a company that does a wide variety of concurrent projects, you need a great tool to manage it all. Advantage does that for us.
  • As I am unfamiliar with the pricing model (I'm not a member of the team that negotiates this particular product), I can't provide any true ROI from an overall business perspective.
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Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

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

ADVANTAGE

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

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