ActiveCollab vs. eSUB Construction Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveCollab
Score 3.9 out of 10
N/A
Active Collab is a project management solution built around features such as task management, collaboration, time tracking, and invoicing.
$8
per member/per month
eSUB Construction Software
Score 6.2 out of 10
N/A
eSUB is a SaaS platform for commercial subcontractors running large, complex, long duration projects to proactively track and manage their costs, deadlines, deliverables and correspondence; the vendor says this can result in operational efficiencies and improved profits. eSUB is a cloud and mobile-based solution enabling real-time field updates from connected smartphones, tables and mobile PC users.
$39
per month per user
Pricing
ActiveCollabeSUB Construction Software
Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab Project Management
$8
per member/per month
Self-Hosted Plan
$999.00
license
Base
$39
per month (annually) per user
Advanced
$59
per month (annually) per user
Premium
Contact
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActiveCollabeSUB Construction Software
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup Fee$6.25 per member, per month, annual billingNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
ActiveCollabeSUB Construction Software
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ActiveCollabeSUB Construction Software
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
3.7
13 Ratings
68% below category average
eSUB Construction Software
-
Ratings
Task Management5.712 Ratings00 Ratings
Resource Management1.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling1.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Team Collaboration6.313 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology7.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document Management3.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Email integration4.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access1.310 Ratings00 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking2.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Change request and Case Management1.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management2.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
5.7
8 Ratings
26% below category average
eSUB Construction Software
-
Ratings
Quotes/estimates6.97 Ratings00 Ratings
Invoicing6.96 Ratings00 Ratings
Project & financial reporting1.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with accounting software7.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
eSUB Construction Software
1.0
1 Ratings
154% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
eSUB Construction Software
1.0
1 Ratings
153% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
eSUB Construction Software
1.0
1 Ratings
153% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
eSUB Construction Software
2.5
1 Ratings
104% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
eSUB Construction Software
3.5
2 Ratings
72% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings4.02 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Specifications00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Change orders00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
eSUB Construction Software
2.4
2 Ratings
109% below category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings2.02 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
ActiveCollabeSUB Construction Software
Likelihood to Recommend
3.3
(13 ratings)
2.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(3 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActiveCollabeSUB Construction Software
Likelihood to Recommend
ActiveCollab
Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well 1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy. 2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote. 4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page. 5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etc Scenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well 1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that. 2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing 3) It did not work well for larger teams 4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












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eSUB Construction Software
If you are doing any sort of new construction, eSUB is a budget friendly option for managing the process. It's helpful for keeping track of submittals, RFI's and for foreman doing Daily Work Reports. It is not suited really well for plan management and scheduling. The modules for these are not well thought through. Also if you specialize in service work or projects that have short durations (i.e. 1-2 weeks or less), eSUB isn't the best option for you. It would take too long to set up a job vs the time it takes to do the job.
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Pros
ActiveCollab
  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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eSUB Construction Software
  • It is built with subcontractors in mind. There are many PM software available but this one aims at the commercial subcontractor.
  • It does a great job covering the basics of typical commercial work. There are areas that allow you to customize such as adding reservations of rights to documents.
  • It can integrate with Microsoft quite a bit, we use this in our work every day and being able to export or sync data/calendars has been helpful.
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Cons
ActiveCollab
  • It isn't possible to set members of staff as part time, so if someone is unavailable on certain days you must manually enter them as OOO every single day that they are not in, that other teammates work. Hours also can't be edited individually - everyone is treated as working the same hours in a day, rendering capacity planner useless for flexi working teams
  • Subtasks cannot be assigned their own hours and deadlines, meaning the To Do list view can't be seen in actual date order and capacity planner does not reflect all time allocated to an individual's schedule unless every task is set up as a separate task rather than subtask
  • There is no way to see all tasks of a certain type across multiple campaigns (e.g all copywriting tasks vs all technical tasks) - support team suggested exporting data and making spreadsheets
  • Kanban view isn't available for people's own task lists ('board' view here shows a list)
  • Not possible to have one task be assigned to more than one person
  • Notifications are not sent when tasks are updated, so you have to leave comments and tag people each time
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eSUB Construction Software
  • I have no suggestions at the moment and if I ever do have a question, concern or suggestion, a quick email to eSUB gets a quick response.
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Support Rating
ActiveCollab
We have not required support for ActiveCollab as it works pretty seamlessly. We didn't have any issues with using the platform or with any billing issues. The self-service aspect of the platform is robust and easy to navigate so we have not encountered any errors that required assistance from the support team.
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eSUB Construction Software
It has been helpful whenever I've called. They have been able to walk me through solutions and even direct me to the right answer. There was only 1hr difference between time zones so this was manageable. If we experienced bugs, their IT department was helpful at remedying and they were always rolling out updates.
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Alternatives Considered
ActiveCollab
ActiveCollab is easier to use and simpler in its setup. It has the right mix of features and simplicity. It's also project-oriented which is important for our workflow. Other tools are often too task-oriented, making it hard to track projects. Overall, ActiveCollab has a great mix of simplicity with good features.
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eSUB Construction Software
eSUB is not even close when it comes to the offerings that the others have. eSUB is a happy medium for the functionality it provides and is at an affordable price point that it doesn't break the bank. Other solutions are a lot more integrated into the company processes and procedures, which means more upfront investment to get the platform to go live. eSUB's simplicity makes it easier to roll out because it doesn't integrate with as many aspects of the business.
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Return on Investment
ActiveCollab
  • Allows our team to stay organized and keep conversations on tasks.
  • The To-Do List email every morning helps me mentally prepare and know exactly what I should be doing as soon as I start work.
  • Powerful and useful integrations save lots of time (Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and more!).
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eSUB Construction Software
  • eSUB saves time as you don't have to type, print and send documents.
  • I like to call it "set it up once, use it a million times" as once you set up a customer, vendor etc... you can use them across multiple platforms.
  • It saves money as you don't need a pool of resources to manage a project due to its ease of use.
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ScreenShots

ActiveCollab Screenshots

Screenshot of the dashboard with an overview of projects.Screenshot of multiple task views currently showing a Kanban view of the tasklists and tasks.Screenshot of Overview of all recent activity.Screenshot of Calendar view with task dependencies.Screenshot of Permission settings (owner, member, client, client+).Screenshot of List of available Add-ons.