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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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Raken

If you are looking for a very affordable software, which is extremely simple and does not compromise existing procedures and workflows, then this product is for you. If you are looking for robust software that performs many different functions and can help implement new procedures and workflows, then this software is not for you.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

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

Construction Productivity

Project Estimator
Raken
6.3
Plan distribution & viewing
Project Estimator
Raken
1.0
Plan markups & sharing
Project Estimator
Raken
1.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Project Estimator
Raken
8.0
Photo documentation
Project Estimator
Raken
9.0
Jobsite reports
Project Estimator
Raken
10.0
Document sharing
Project Estimator
Raken
6.0
Mobile app
Project Estimator
Raken
9.0

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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Raken

  • Photo management. Construction is a risky business, and there is no better way to document, with timestamped photo documentation, the completed work on the job.
  • Timesheets. Seeing the daily/weekly/monthly work hour graphs and curves helps us to understand what has been taking place on this job site.
  • SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE. Absolutely no learning curve. This is a huge plus.
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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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Raken

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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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Raken

No answers on this topic

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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Raken

  • Raken is improving communication from the field to the office.
  • It's improving our daily job site documentation.
  • It has improved our timesheet processes, and simplified them.
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Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

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

Raken

General

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

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