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Score 9.5 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected is a great tool for construction managers and general contractors working over a wide area that rely on collecting multiple bids. BuildingConnected does a great job at presenting new contractors that may fit the bill for who you need to look at and price a job. Its simple interface allows you to easily see who the main point of contact is at a company, and place comments for your team to review after corresponding with these companies.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

I use PlanSwift for all my projects - it has just cut my time by a major percentage when it comes to quantifying a blueprint. At times there are funky areas, which are just hard to calculate on paper. It also has a great tool for scaling according to the dimensions, so if a drawing is missing a scale, you can always allot a scale by giving directions and then marking the points. I use this tool to check the scale as well - sometimes the drawings say something but the scale if off and you are left with an incorrect take-off. The dimension tool is a good way to check that. We don't use it much for pricing purposes though, we have found other software which are more robust when it comes to estimation, but we can see using PlanSwift for pricing sometime in the future.
Ketaki Shiralkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.1
PlanSwift
8.8
Plan distribution & viewing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.4
PlanSwift
10.0
Plan markups & sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.5
PlanSwift
9.4
Issue tracking & punchlists
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
PlanSwift
7.0
Photo documentation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
PlanSwift
10.0
Jobsite reports
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
PlanSwift
Document sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.6
PlanSwift
9.0
RFI tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.4
PlanSwift
Collaboration & approvals
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
PlanSwift
9.0
As-built drawings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.8
PlanSwift
9.5
Mobile app
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
PlanSwift
10.0
Submittal design and management
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.6
PlanSwift
5.5

Estimating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.8
PlanSwift
7.5
Takeoff tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
PlanSwift
8.6
Job costing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
PlanSwift
6.0
Cost databases
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.0
PlanSwift
Cost calculator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
PlanSwift
8.0
Bid creation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.5
PlanSwift
7.4

Pros

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • Helps keep track of multiple jobs at once
  • Helps sort your bid invites into won/lost/pending/archived etc.
  • It is a central location where general contractors can put all their updated files and addendum
  • Lets you see which contractors are bidding the same job so you can coordinate your estimating
Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

  • PlanSwift drawing uploads are fast and easy. It recognizes the pages and titles with very little error.
  • Drawing can be viewed offline including older versions for comparison. You can select which drawings you want to download to save room on your device.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • There was a previous glitch where bid forms have been updated by subcontractors that have accessed a former version are not able to access the updated/new bid form.
  • I would like to see the ability for BuildingConnected to automatically send a bid reminder to bidders at a set amount of time prior to the bid date.
Melanie Dodson | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

  • If you go beyond the basic functions (linear foot & square foot takeoffs) it becomes very antiquated and not user-friendly. It's not intuitive whatsoever for users lacking backing computer knowledge.
  • The technical support is lacking in my opinion. The software feels dead, and the support team is hard to schedule. Also, if you do not pay for support per hour, it is impossible to get help.
  • Their training videos are limited and hard to follow. This software is unnecessarily hard to be proficient at. There should be more simplistic ways to utilize this software.
Spencer Jabbia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 9.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

PlanSwift

PlanSwift 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Price and not wanting to learn another software
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to use.
Diane Coughlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 8.9
Based on 14 answers
They are constantly reaching out to see if there is anything they can teach us. It can be a bit aggravating when it is constant, but I know that they have our best interest at heart. They also had all of us do multiple Skype meetings with a support rep to make sure we understood the software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

PlanSwift 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I have called once needing support. I was asking about the "compare" tool to compare different versions. They told be about their desktop app and I downloaded. They answered quickly, you could understand them, and they took care of my question
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
Diane Coughlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

Have used BlueBook Construction, which has a smooth, quick search for local contractors. Still, they don't allow us the client project creation. I even had issues with them displaying proper project descriptions based upon was receiving inadequate and or erroneous bid proposals, and the engagement manager was not flexible in resolving the problem!
Marcel Cicort | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

CostX was far too expensive. Vue360 doesn't have the functionality. Bluebeam Revu wasn't very intuitive and was all too hard to get it do what I needed. It was good for document control, but not very good for estimating.
Andy Neilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • Allows our company to accurately estimate the cost of a project.
  • Helps us to reach out to qualified subcontractors based on past experience and history with our company.
  • Contains bid leveling capabilities to ensure that all proposals cover a full scope of work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PlanSwift

  • The estimators' productivity is greatly increased, I do takeoffs in less than half the time with more accuracy and detail captured.
  • Easy sharing of what was taken off, I'm able to ensure everything is captured.
Blaine Kalk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

General

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

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

PlanSwift

General

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

PlanSwift Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$1,5951
  1. per installation
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7
PlanSwift
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.0
PlanSwift
8.0

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
PlanSwift

Support Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.9
PlanSwift
9.0

Implementation Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
PlanSwift

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