FotoNotes vs. HCSS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FotoNotes
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
FotoNotes is a mobile and cloud solution that transforms how businesses capture and communicate information from the field. FotoNotes lets companies that rely heavily on remote workers replace inefficient processes with a single, easy-to-use mobile solution that improves workforce productivity, streamlines operations, and improves levels of customer service. FotoNotes can be configured for virtually any field data collection task and integrated into existing back-office systems.
$200
per month
HCSS
Score 7.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
HCSS is a construction software suite. It includes functionality for bidding, time card and project management, safety, planning, scheduling, equipment management, and data warehousing and reporting. Each module can be purchased separately. The suite can be hosted in the cloud.N/A
Pricing
FotoNotesHCSS
Editions & Modules
FotoNotes
$200.00
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FotoNotesHCSS
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
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Community Pulse
FotoNotesHCSS
Top Pros
Top Cons

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Features
FotoNotesHCSS
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
FotoNotes
-
Ratings
HCSS
6.8
33 Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings6.99 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings6.06 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings9.913 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings10.025 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings8.030 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings7.117 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings4.119 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings6.128 Ratings
User Ratings
FotoNotesHCSS
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.1
(38 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(69 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(64 ratings)
User Testimonials
FotoNotesHCSS
Likelihood to Recommend
FotoNotes
Any scenario where you are managing off-site work tasks, especially if those work tasks involve virtual verification and media.
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HCSS
Our operation uses several pieces of what we call specialty equipment (not used every day on every job). The foreman when finished will give a location of where this equipment is left, this many times can be very vague and lead to a lowboy driver trying to block around to find the piece or driving down a street he cannot get turned around in. With the GPS devices, the driver can pinpoint exactly where the unit is and if he has room to turn around at that location.
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Pros
FotoNotes
  • Creating products that are highly configurable for the user.
  • Creating API integrations.
  • Understanding and adapting to mobile user needs.
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HCSS
  • #1 is support! HCSS is by far the best software support of any product we have ever used. Unlike most software companies HCSS utilizes their support calls to help upgrade their software. When you here them tell you that they will write down a particular issue you come across during a support call if they can't help you then and there they will research and get an answer to you extremely fast. If the software will not do it, you can bet there is a good chance it will be on the list of enhancements you will see come out in the near future.
  • Estimating software is very extensive. Their software is capable of handling the smallest estimate all the way to the largest joint venture estimate. It has advanced features that make it extremely useful for analyzing job materials, subcontractors etc.
  • HeavyJob is an extremely useful tool for the field to keep the office up to date with job costs. Everything is at the Foreman's fingertips on Tablets to allow the information from the field to get uploaded to HeavyJob manager which then can export to accounting. We are also able to give our Foreman the ability to deal with the Daily and weekly safety needs (Tailgate Meetings, incident Investigation, observations etc.) right on the Tablets thru HeavyJob.
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Cons
FotoNotes
  • Industry/market specification.
  • Expansion and scale.
  • Look and design.
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HCSS
  • All their apps are on mobile devices. Although there is not a clear company policy on Android versus iPhone. Updates for features lag behind on Android. Some apps are exclusive to one platform making it hard to fully interconnect all programs.
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Usability
FotoNotes
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HCSS
As mentioned, user interface appears messy and complicated at initial onset. Training is necessary but becomes easy to maneuver through after solid daily use.
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Support Rating
FotoNotes
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HCSS
I have never had a bad experience or heard of one in 4 years of doing business with HCSS. That is unheard of even with the hurricanes and flooding in Houston area it feels like HCSS was always there and willing to help in every way.
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Implementation Rating
FotoNotes
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HCSS
I was not employed with PPI upon implementation. I would prefer to reference my previous statement, that each company needs to evaluate its culture and address your implementation accordingly. The purchasing company should assign an employee as point person and really take charge of not just the technical side of the implementation (HCSS pretty much handles that), but focus on company culture and training.
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Alternatives Considered
FotoNotes
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HCSS
Other estimating products I have used consist of ICE/MC2 and MS Excel. ICE was not a good fit for our company, as they have awful technical support and offer very poor training. MS Excel is great for simple estimates where there is not a lot of data being compiled. However neither hold a candle to the power of HCSS Heavybid
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Return on Investment
FotoNotes
  • Reduced our labor spend due to integration and automation.
  • Reduced subcontracting burdens due to advanced mobile features (i.e., eliminated the need for homework, uploading, and transcription after job completion).
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HCSS
  • The biggest ROI for us was the ease of adoption by field personnel.
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