FreeAgent vs. Viewpoint ProContractor

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeAgent
Score 8.4 out of 10
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FreeAgent is an cloud-based accounting system designed for small businesses and freelancers. FreeAgent supports many core accounting features and bank reconciliation, payroll, tax management, project level accounting, and multiple currency support. It is mobile-accessible, and integrates with many apps.N/A
ProContractor
Score 5.1 out of 10
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ProContractor is a Cloud-Based Solution for Estimating, Project Management, and Accounting. Designed to improve visibility and profitability across construction businesses, ProContractor™ by Viewpoint is a cloud-based software solution for estimating, project management, and accounting. The user can manage the entire project lifecycle from bid to cash in a single solution. Built to be flexible and scalable, ProContractor allows users to go all-in-one, or build a complete solution…N/A
Pricing
FreeAgentViewpoint ProContractor
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeAgentProContractor
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
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Features
FreeAgentViewpoint ProContractor
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.6
13 Ratings
18% above category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.1
5 Ratings
7% above category average
Pay calculation8.012 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.56 Ratings7.34 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.92 Ratings8.95 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.86 Ratings8.64 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.78 Ratings8.75 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings6.43 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings7.93 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
6.3
12 Ratings
9% below category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
-
Ratings
API for custom integration4.59 Ratings00 Ratings
Plug-ins8.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.5
14 Ratings
8% above category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
-
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Single sign-on capability9.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
7.5
21 Ratings
1% above category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.7
5 Ratings
3% below category average
Dashboards9.019 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Standard reports9.019 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Custom reports4.410 Ratings5.94 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings7.95 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.8
23 Ratings
19% above category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
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Accounts payable8.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash management9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Bank reconciliation9.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Expense management8.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Time tracking9.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Fixed asset management8.611 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency support10.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-division support9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Regulations compliance8.78 Ratings00 Ratings
Electronic tax filing10.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal9.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
7.4
4 Ratings
10% above category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
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Inventory tracking7.72 Ratings00 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
Location management4.51 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing module9.11 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.1
13 Ratings
12% above category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
-
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Pricing8.19 Ratings00 Ratings
Order entry6.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Credit card processing8.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.8
5 Ratings
13% above category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings9.44 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings9.44 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings8.94 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.93 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
6.2
5 Ratings
15% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings6.25 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.6
6 Ratings
1% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings7.95 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings7.95 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings6.25 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings5.36 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings7.54 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings9.13 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Specifications00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Change orders00 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.0
6 Ratings
2% below category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings7.33 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings7.96 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings7.75 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
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User Ratings
FreeAgentViewpoint ProContractor
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(23 ratings)
3.5
(8 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(4 ratings)
7.8
(3 ratings)
Availability
8.9
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.9
(6 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeAgentViewpoint ProContractor
Likelihood to Recommend
FreeAgent
For micro and small business it is a great solution. The new requirements for MTD for landlords could also be met with this software. Groups and more complex businesses could not use the accounts and tax returns features, however they still could use it for bookkeeping and then export the data to other tax and accounts production software.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
It is appropriate for the size and scale of my company - 150 projects a year that has a lot going on a multiple lines with each project. However there are many features and things that go unused with the software, because of how tinkery it can be. For example - our company needs a positive pay file, however we had to employ an outside service provide to create the file within the system. Same with a Backlog - the system kind of has a report but then again it has to be manipulated in order for it be of use. It gets the job done and has the reports needed to submit for certified payroll to the state, which was why we purchased Viewpoint ProContractor, however its ease of use is one of its biggest downfalls.
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Pros
FreeAgent
  • Accounting! As you'd expect. Makes it much simpler andmore cost effective. In-coming and out-goings are recorded and assigned to projects and accounts. My accountant can access my books and reconcile so much more easily than trawling through spreadsheets.
  • Time billing - time spent on projects/client work is recorded and is ready to be invoiced as required. Saves so much time and prevents inaccuracies.
  • Invoicing - again, it should do this well and it does. Non payment reminders are automatic and clients have no excuses for not knowing the status of their account.
  • Account dashboard - gives me an instant overview of the health of the business (am I on track to meet my yearly targets) and my accounts.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • Procontractor is great with direct imports from CAD files.
  • It is great with balancing sites or specific areas on site.
  • Procontractor has multiple views and reports that help you to view the dirt movement on the site (grid, profile, 3D).
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Cons
FreeAgent
  • Reporting on financials, time tracking and project status is a little poor. It's adequate for what what we need, but would be great to see more advanced features.
  • API is quite closed so cannot integrate with our other project management tools.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • The program is siloed, so connecting to other software or databases is not going to happen.
  • When hosted, the program can run slow.
  • The program is not going to perform complex accounting tasks with subledgers.
  • The program does not do much in terms of HR other than payroll.
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Usability
FreeAgent
I spent nearly two decades in IT and am happy to say that FreeAgent's user interface is one of the best interfaces I have ever used.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
I give Viewpoint ProContractor a 10 out of 10. This system is user friendly to help keep me organized on a daily basis. I can find everything I need daily with this system. I am able to look up our subcontactors, vendors and clients I need to find quickly. I am able to see bills that I need to pay as well as invoices that I need to send out.
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Reliability and Availability
FreeAgent
Based in a cloud and never had any issues with down time. I can access from any device
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
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Support Rating
FreeAgent
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
When something isn't working, you can contact support who will gladly remote into your system and try and work out a solution. Though several of the issues we encountered, they were not able to fix and had to submit for further review. While some were eventually rectified in updates, it takes time for these to be addressed and implemented.
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Alternatives Considered
FreeAgent
I have used and tested out many other systems. I was looking at Xero for my accounting system but at the time I chose FreeAgent because of the way it handles the recording of dividends and the inbuilt time recording. The others I trialed were good and many of them cheaper. FreeAgent best suited my requirements at the time.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
Procore beats Viewpoint hands down but can integrate well with Viewpoint Vista accounting software. I think that if the Viewpoint software was more flexible if they were more interested in patches, updates, and hearing customer feedback in the way the Procore does, that they would actually have the opportunity to corner the market.
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Return on Investment
FreeAgent
  • Professional and uniform offering providing great confident customer service. My clients love it, whether they use it a little or a lot. It's a great piece of software - while sophisticated, it's straightforward to use.
  • Time saving and efficient use of my team's time. Being able to easily share and compare work / tasks.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • Overall it allowed us to go electronic for certified payroll allowing us to be more accurate in reporting which was a giant win for the company
  • It's viewable pay estimates with dates and records of payment are crucial to a company like ours that relies on a general contractor and the state for payment of EADA quantites
  • Negatively training is not the easiest for the company and therefore onboarding new employees with no experience with the software is time consuming and difficult.
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