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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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eTakeoff

eTakeoff for Multinational Construction companies has a challenge to overcome with the communication of package between shared resources, shared folders that came from the Server Solutions and also to declare new information without disrupting the pace of work from one to other estimator. Needs to cover the compression format view for Terminal Server users
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Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

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

Construction Productivity

Project Estimator
eTakeoff
7.2
Plan distribution & viewing
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
7.2
Plan markups & sharing
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
6.8
Issue tracking & punchlists
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
8.0
Photo documentation
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
7.0
Jobsite reports
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
8.0
Document sharing
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
5.6
RFI tools
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
7.0
Collaboration & approvals
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
7.0
As-built drawings
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
8.0
Mobile app
Project Estimator
eTakeoff
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.
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eTakeoff

  • Client Server Solutions that allows to work simultaneously on the several footprints projects
  • Integration with Construction Management Software's like Sage 300 CRE - Estimating
  • Compatible with mobile devices like Microsoft Surface
  • Savings upon the printing process to start the measurement phase
  • Simplifies the amount of materials with only a pack of PDF footprints, granting the calculation of the material lists
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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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eTakeoff

  • eTakeoff for Construction companies that work with client-server architecture the experience for the end user can be rush between lag or slowness to access to the shared folder resources within WAN access, VPN SSL or IPSEC connections
  • eTakeoff can presents several tips and tricks to share project traces, common access for all the estimators can be overwhelming in case that the main shared folder is not set.
  • eTakeoff requires at least 100 Mbps for remote branch office to connect to Terminal Server station. The format and consult method of shared configurations and footprints can drain the network bandwidth.
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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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eTakeoff

we mainly select the eTakeoff Client Server solution 'cause we needed to simplify the project estimating calculation made by our estimators, and the chance to sync their work directly from eTakeoff to the Sage 300 CRE Estimating modules, also this kind of integration option can allow us to work with BI apps around the market to get the scale of initial investment per project
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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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eTakeoff

  • I strongly recommend to declare a design and scaling plan before making the purchase the eTakeoff Basic license has several limitations that will drive you to make a forced upgrade before even kicking out the app for the estimators
  • Affordable at a regular cost considering that Autodesk Solutions like Revit will be a much higher fee per services.
  • The ROI can be achieved after the first 6 months of the initial set up of traces, custom settings and list of items to be used on the construction project.
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Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

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

eTakeoff

General

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

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