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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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Orangescrum

This is a good thing for medium/large companies for inside the company and/or for interacting with remote employees/freelancers. As the program facilitates the interaction between employees and managers it speeds up the distribution of tasks and allows managers to identify possible problems on the fly. For indie developers - it's a little expensive.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

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

Project Management

Project Estimator
Orangescrum
8.1
Task Management
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
10.0
Resource Management
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
10.0
Gantt Charts
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
10.0
Scheduling
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
7.0
Workflow Automation
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
5.0
Team Collaboration
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
10.0
Support for Agile Methodology
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
9.0
Document Management
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
6.0
Email integration
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
5.0
Mobile Access
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
10.0
Timesheet Tracking
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
10.0
Budget and Expense Management
Project Estimator
Orangescrum
5.0

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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  • We tested the free version of the program. It improved communication within the team.
  • Allowed to trace performance and time spent on tasks. Each team member was aware of the status of the tasks and could plan their work.
  • Simplified interaction with managers, as it could present the results in the form of Gantt charts.
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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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  • The program interface is overloaded. Especially when there is little time for a detailed description of the tasks.
  • I would like a faster way to publish the result at the completion of the task.
  • Projects and tasks are two different workspaces/pages. Personally, it would be more convenient to combine these things.
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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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Trello was excellent, but we did not choose it because of the price and relatively positive feedback from employees using Orangescrum who wanted the easiest and fastest way to create reports so as not to be distracted from work (as a two-click report).
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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 accelerated the work of the team, but the mastering of the program interface was slow.
  • The interface is not intuitive. It proved to be quite complicated.
  • For managers, the program has facilitated reporting and streamlined team tracking.
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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
Project Estimator
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Orangescrum

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
free
Orangescrum Editions & Modules
Orangescrum
Edition
Startup
$91
Basic
$292
Standard
$493
Professional
$894
Corporate
$1295
1. 10 Users Unlimited Projects Unlimited Tasks, Storage limit 5 GB
2. 20 Users Unlimited Projects Unlimited Tasks, Resource Availability, Storage limit 15 GB
3. 35 Users Unlimited Projects Unlimited Tasks, Resource Availability, Storage limit 30 GB
4. Unlimited Users: Unlimited Projects and Unlimited Tasks, Resource Availability, Storage limit 50 GB
5. 100 Users, Unlimited Projects, Unlimited Tasks, Resource Availability, Storage limit 100 GB.
Additional Pricing Details
Orangescrum Marketplace : https://www.orangescrum.org/add-on