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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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ArchiOffice

Archioffice is only suitable for architect and interior design firms.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

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

Project Management

Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
4.7
Task Management
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
3.1
Resource Management
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
3.0
Gantt Charts
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
3.0
Scheduling
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
3.0
Workflow Automation
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
4.0
Team Collaboration
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
3.0
Support for Agile Methodology
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
4.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
4.0
Document Management
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
5.9
Email integration
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
3.0
Mobile Access
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
4.0
Timesheet Tracking
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
9.0
Change request and Case Management
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
7.0
Budget and Expense Management
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
9.9

Professional Services Automation

Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
8.7
Quotes/estimates
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
5.0
Invoicing
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
9.9
Project & financial reporting
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
9.9
Integration with accounting software
Project Estimator
ArchiOffice
9.9

Pros

  • 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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  • Time tracking because you can account for almost every single minute of your day with detailed descriptions attached. The reporting of time came in very good use when clients questioned billing.
  • Robust billing portal that was pretty customizable.
  • Could track employee costs well once the correct numbers were placed into the system. Came in very handy for billing and company budgeting and projections.
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Cons

  • 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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  • I would like to see more of a scheduling component, to manage projects across our project team.
  • I would like to receive a notification if a project is going over budget.
  • I have to remember to double click to clear a contact, or the contact will be overridden.
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Alternatives Considered

WinEst uses much the same database (RS Means/Gordion type) and has a similar interface. It is a bit cheaper.
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I love Harvest, especially compared to Archioffice. It's very intuitive, simply designed and easy to use. Perhaps the billing isn't as robust or customizable as Archi, but I would take it over Archi any day.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • It positively organized our time tracking and the reporting was robust enough to use for client meetings.
  • It negatively took up more time to do certain tasks that shouldn't be so time consuming.
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Project Estimator

Pricing Details

Project Estimator

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

ArchiOffice

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details