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Score 7.8 out of 101
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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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SmartBid

As mentioned before in some of the previous questions, the confidentiality agreement feature is extremely helpful. I have worked on several projects where it's so early in the design phase that the documents are considered confidential and we are required to get a signed NDA from every person who sees the documents. This feature makes it extremely painless. SmartBidNet is less appropriate if you're just doing a quick cost exercise where you might not need to contact several subs. It's easier to just use email and a cloud sharing program like Box or Egnyte.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

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

Construction Productivity

Project Estimator
SmartBid
5.7
Plan distribution & viewing
Project Estimator
SmartBid
8.0
Document sharing
Project Estimator
SmartBid
7.0
RFI tools
Project Estimator
SmartBid
2.0

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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SmartBid

  • Tracking accepted/declined subcontractors.
  • Easily distribute bid documents to subcontractors.
  • Take and track notes for conversations with subcontractors during the bidding process.
  • Track notes on company performance and past bidding record.
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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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SmartBid

  • We have seen intermittent problems with notes disappearing.
  • Ability to have more than one project bidding open at the same time/on multiple windows.
  • Mobile apps.
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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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SmartBid

  • Better ability for subcontractors to respond via program.
  • Simpler interface.
  • Easier note tracking.
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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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SmartBid

  • Simplified and made bidding process faster with mass communication to invited subcontractors' capability
  • Ability for subcontractors to respond via the program negating the need for employees to call them in some instances
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Screenshots

Project Estimator

Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

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

SmartBid

General

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

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