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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

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.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

Great for medium and large construction companies that have a specific salesforce.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

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

Sales Force Automation

Project Estimator
Cosential
8.7
Customer data management / contact management
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0
Workflow management
Project Estimator
Cosential
6.0
Territory management
Project Estimator
Cosential
9.0
Opportunity management
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0
Interaction tracking
Project Estimator
Cosential
9.0
Channel / partner relationship management
Project Estimator
Cosential
7.0

Marketing Automation

Project Estimator
Cosential
7.5
Lead management
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0
Email marketing
Project Estimator
Cosential
5.0

CRM Project Management

Project Estimator
Cosential
8.0
Task management
Project Estimator
Cosential
7.0
Reporting
Project Estimator
Cosential
9.0

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Project Estimator
Cosential
8.7
Forecasting
Project Estimator
Cosential
6.0
Pipeline visualization
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0
Customizable reports
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0

Customization

Project Estimator
Cosential
7.5
Custom fields
Project Estimator
Cosential
9.0
Custom objects
Project Estimator
Cosential
6.0

Security

Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0
Single sign-on capability
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Project Estimator
Cosential
10.0

Social CRM

Project Estimator
Cosential
5.0
Social data
Project Estimator
Cosential
5.0
Social engagement
Project Estimator
Cosential
5.0

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Project Estimator
Cosential
5.0
Marketing automation
Project Estimator
Cosential
5.0

Platform

Project Estimator
Cosential
7.0
Mobile access
Project Estimator
Cosential
7.0

Pros

Project Estimator

  • The estimates it produces are simple and easy to follow. The formatting is good.
  • The tech support provided is very attentive.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

  • Inputting of companies and leads who may become prospects.
  • Creating specific opportunities for construction projects.
  • Tracking opportunities through the entire sales cycle.
  • Inputting detailed notes and activity by the Sales team.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

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!
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

  • The open software is somewhat difficult to master as an administrator.
  • Report writing could be more intuitive.
  • The company seems to cater to larger users.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Project Estimator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Cosential is very intuitive for the AEC industry and has the ability to be customized for your specific needs. The reports are especially helpful, with good visual dashboards.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Project Estimator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
My original trainer / implementation specialist was fantastic. That relationship has continued, even though I have been officially handed off to the customer service side. The customer service side seems to have higher turnover than normal, but in general they are also very supportive, although not as responsive as I might like.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Project Estimator

WinEst uses much the same database (RS Means/Gordion type) and has a similar interface. It is a bit cheaper.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

Cosential is specific to the A/E industry and is the most intuitive software we found for construction.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

  • Allowed for common tracking by business developers in different regions.
  • Helped us quantify effort.
  • Provides great reports for management.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

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

Cosential

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Project Estimator
9.0
Cosential
10.0

Usability

Project Estimator
Cosential
8.0

Support Rating

Project Estimator
Cosential
8.0

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