GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel vs. SharpeSoft Estimator

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Score 5.2 out of 10
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GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is a construction and estimation software offering from CPR, Inc.N/A
SharpeSoft Estimator
Score 5.5 out of 10
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SharpeSoftEstimator is a construction and estimation software offering from SharpeSoft.N/A
Pricing
GeneralCOST Estimator for ExcelSharpeSoft Estimator
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GeneralCOST Estimator for ExcelSharpeSoft Estimator
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros

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Features
GeneralCOST Estimator for ExcelSharpeSoft Estimator
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
5.0
1 Ratings
41% below category average
SharpeSoft Estimator
1.0
1 Ratings
153% below category average
Plan markups & sharing5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
-
Ratings
SharpeSoft Estimator
7.5
1 Ratings
8% below category average
Standard reports00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
-
Ratings
SharpeSoft Estimator
8.8
1 Ratings
11% above category average
Job costing00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
GeneralCOST Estimator for ExcelSharpeSoft Estimator
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
GeneralCOST Estimator for ExcelSharpeSoft Estimator
Likelihood to Recommend
CPR, Inc.
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is well suited include:
  • Small to medium sized contractor who typically works on small to medium sized projects with limited complexity
  • Contractors who value low prices over full functionality (this software application is very affordably priced)
  • A new contractor or new contracting accounting / finance professional who would appreciate the specific limitations imposed by the software
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is not well suited include:
  • Larger contractors who think about and price projects in line with typical commercial design and construction
  • Residential projects (the software is much better suited for commercial lease buildouts, for instance)
  • A contractor whose finance department already uses full-suite accounting software
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SharpeSoft
SharpeSoft [is] designed to be a day-to-day hard-bid estimating program. It is easy to learn and use, yet very powerful. I would not recommend this product to hourly service providers.
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Pros
CPR, Inc.
  • Convenient estimating
  • Streamlines the price quotation process
  • Standard cost application
  • Overhead calculation and pplication
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SharpeSoft
  • Handles complex bid formats and bid submittal structures such as using bid alternates and non-tax bid schedules.
  • This software is one of the easiest programs to learn and effectively use.
  • This software is reasonably priced, but very powerful.
  • Project support is timely, intimate, local and professional.
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Cons
CPR, Inc.
  • Only CSI construction cost database data
  • Only works with Microsoft Office (Excel)
  • The online help system has limited functionality
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SharpeSoft
  • They need to put a search bar in the item master list so you can easily find work items.
  • They could make the alternate package easier to use.
  • The should find a way to allow the user to define at least one cost type in the program.
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Alternatives Considered
CPR, Inc.
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is cheaper, easier to use, more streamlined and is easily installed and up and running. The flip side to the ease of use is the limited functionality, somewhat outdated cost bucketing profile and general lack of sophistication. The add-in also does not talk with full suite accounting software which requires additional reconciliations if used within a large organization.
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SharpeSoft
I think SharpeSoft is the best estimating product on the market for our type of work. It is reasonably priced and is very reliable. We have had very few problems with the software and the upgrades and support staff and reliable.
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Return on Investment
CPR, Inc.
  • Allows us to quickly bid on small projects
  • Allows us to pay less for accounting / finance professionals
  • Allows us to standardize our cost structure
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SharpeSoft
  • Using SharpeSoft has grown our business by allowing us to accurately bid more projects.
  • The ease of use allows estimators of all ages to quickly become skilled at consistently bidding work
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