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Score 9.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ProjectWise

If you need something more than just a file server, my advice: try it, if you like it use it, if you find it is slowing you down try ANY of the many other products out there.

It is capable, it is highly developed, it is better than a file server, but it is not streamlined and is in need of a major overhaul for an acceptable 21st century user experience. I personally have threatened to quit my job if we changed from our current document management system to ProjectWise, this is not because ProjectWise is not a good product, it is because I just want to be able to do my job without wasting time fighting the system.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

Esticom

I would think that any service or construction outfit could utilize this software effectively.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

ProjectWise
7.4
Esticom
9.4
Plan distribution & viewing
ProjectWise
8.0
Esticom
9.5
Plan markups & sharing
ProjectWise
8.0
Esticom
9.3
Issue tracking & punchlists
ProjectWise
7.0
Esticom
7.0
Photo documentation
ProjectWise
7.0
Esticom
Jobsite reports
ProjectWise
7.0
Esticom
10.0
Document sharing
ProjectWise
5.2
Esticom
9.7
RFI tools
ProjectWise
9.0
Esticom
Collaboration & approvals
ProjectWise
8.0
Esticom
10.0
As-built drawings
ProjectWise
7.0
Esticom
10.0
Submittal design and management
ProjectWise
8.0
Esticom
9.5

Estimating

ProjectWise
7.6
Esticom
9.3
Takeoff tools
ProjectWise
8.0
Esticom
10.0
Job costing
ProjectWise
7.0
Esticom
9.7
Cost databases
ProjectWise
8.0
Esticom
8.1
Cost calculator
ProjectWise
7.0
Esticom
9.0
Bid creation
ProjectWise
8.0
Esticom
9.7

Pros

ProjectWise

  • Enables file sharing
  • Version control of design documents
  • Collaboration between teams around thew globe
Arun Antony | TrustRadius Reviewer

Esticom

  • Helps create design drawings for clients.
  • Helps quickly and effectively estimate equipment needed for projects.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ProjectWise

  • It's worse than a virus, it WILL get into every part of your system, with the only way to get rid of it is to do a full system format.
  • Integration is dependent on if Bentley wishes to support your software.
  • DMS system, it just makes it incompatible with native programs unless you have integration, which is at Bentley's discretion for support, exporting to your system is a work around, though this takes significant time to export and to re-teach PW linked file locations when you reimport it.
  • Clunky user interface, if you want to work on more than 1 file at a time expect to be at least 50-80% slower.
  • a Labyrinth of forms that are prone to user error.
  • Interface straight out of Windows 2000, and that's generous.
  • Inability to delete or even "Recycle bin" files, this is more an admin issue but most PW instance lock out deleting files, which makes it impractical for general use.
  • Encourages unnecessary and convoluted workflows, This comes down to the Pro of "The backend is customisable," it may be customisable but this encourages system admins to write convoluted and time consuming workflows just because they can.
  • Seems to require an IT team to manage it - this probably relates to the highly customisable component.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

Esticom

  • I use just part of the software, and they frequently enhance the software so I really have no additional needs at this time.
Noel Pennington | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ProjectWise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Esticom

Esticom 9.4
Based on 5 answers
I would give it a ten, but I had a bad experience with a support person the last time I called, so I'm lowering it to 67%. I am 100% satisfied 2/3rds of the time when I contact support
Erin Lawwill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ProjectWise

Bentley ProjectWise from a user perspective just does not stack up to even something as simple as Dropbox. ProjectWise is powerful, it is capable, it has a ton of features. The best implementation I have seen from Projectwise is where the admins unlocked everything and let the users do as they please defeating everything it stood for and using it as a big Dropbox account, though even then the user interface couldn't be improved still causing significant workflow delays. I would reluctantly leave a good company if they implement ProjectWise, I respect that it's powerful for system admins but it sucks for users. This means 2-10% of what it is used for is well designed while the other 98-90% of its functions are just bogged down by a lack of development in its user interface and I say this as someone who has periodically used it over the last 10 years and seen no effective improvement in usability. Bentley ProjectWise was one of the first I believe to do this type of system, but as is common with being the first is you don't keep up with the times and bring a lot of baggage with you.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

Esticom

I believe Bluebeam Revu has several more bells and whistles compared to Esticom. However I believe the simplicity of Esticom was its biggest selling point to me. It is extremely easy to use and even easier to train others on how to use it. I also believe it has a better price point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ProjectWise

  • Positive ROI because of this best in market document sharing tool
  • All design teams in my organisation use this
  • Recommended by most of our project coordinators
Arun Antony | TrustRadius Reviewer

Esticom

  • It has allowed us to adjust any aspect of a quote and thus become more profitable.
  • This platform is far more organized than we previously were.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ProjectWise

General

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

Esticom

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ProjectWise
1.4
Esticom
9.7

Support Rating

ProjectWise
Esticom
9.4

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