iTWO costX vs. PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
iTWO costX
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
CostX is a construction and estimation software offering from Exactal Technologies Pty Ltd.N/A
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
PlanSwift is a quantity takeoff software for construction estimating. It features a drag-and-drop interface and automatically calculates material and labor estimations in exportable formats. PlanSwift was acquired by ConstructConnect in the middle of 2018.
$1,595
per installation
Pricing
iTWO costXPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Editions & Modules
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Standard
$1,595
per installation
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
iTWO costXPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPricing is determined by a number of factors. For example, would you want to use BIM or just 2D? Do you need estimating spreadsheets and report generation? Would you want to buy 100 copies or just one? If you send in a sales enquiry to sales.int@rib-software.com, we’ll be able to send you through a quote that will meet your requirements.
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Community Pulse
iTWO costXPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Chose PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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.
Top Pros
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Features
iTWO costXPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
iTWO costX
8.7
1 Ratings
8% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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Ratings
Standard reports9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
iTWO costX
9.0
1 Ratings
19% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
iTWO costX
9.0
1 Ratings
10% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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Ratings
Takeoff tools9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
iTWO costXPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
9.9
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
iTWO costXPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Likelihood to Recommend
RIB Software SE
Easy to use, one-stop for all construction-related tasks. The best thing is the split-screen, during the Bill of Quantity verification users can see for what part of the design Bill of Quantity is generated. Auto-updating of Design is another good feature.
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ConstructConnect
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.
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Pros
RIB Software SE
  • Allows multiple users to work on the same estimate at once. This is huge!! Not only can we team up on a project that has a quick deadline but we can also simultaneously collaborate on database updates.
  • Performs your takeoff on CAD drawings or vector PDFs. Your typical takeoff software does takeoff on an unintelligent PDF. I say unintelligent because the process you go through is simply to trace the boundaries of your shape. This is time-consuming and can lead to mistakes. With CostX your cursor will stick to the line lines and takeoff the exact measurement. This has cut our takeoff time by 75%. The best part is that this is done in the same software as your estimating software. There are a few software's that have takeoff and estimating in one but CostX is the only one the provides CAD smart takeoff.
  • CostX is a lot like Excel. You have the flexibility to set up your workbooks the way your project team thinks. For example, ours is set up to evaluate labor in two ways; productivity (man-hours per widget) or crew hours (3 guys for two days for a given activity).
  • Reports are very flexible and the report writers is much easier than Crystal reports.
  • If you subscribe to the full version of CostX this provides the most powerful feature of them all......Auto-Revisioning. This function will compare two sets of drawings, identify the changes on a color coded drawing, ask for you to approve the changes and then update your estimate and takeoff. You can even use this to produce custom print outs for RFI's show your design team what changed.
  • Your estimating workbooks are live-linked to your takeoff. As you make adjustments to your takeoff your estimate updates accordingly. The workbook has color coded text to hep your team understand whats behind your estimate; Black = manually input, Blue = rates linked to database, and Green = quantity linked to take-off.
  • Full integrated subcontractor comparison. We use to do this in excel to compare multiple bidders across every division.
  • This is also color coded for a streamlined review process; green = quote, blue = estimate, purple = plug, and orange = other.
  • Built in error checking notifies you if you forgot to normalize an item on your subcontractor comparison.
  • In the near future the software will be available online allowing you to use remotely.
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ConstructConnect
  • Easy to use and intuitive.
  • Accurate data to use for projects, allowing for a central hub for all teams to work from.
  • It's a central stop from take off and plan review all the way to plugging numbers into our estimating.
  • The ability to link through SharePoint, which always access from any user and location.
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Cons
RIB Software SE
  • iTwo Costx has 3D features that may require enhancement in terms of Look and feel perspective.
  • The eye Function section view feature may require enhancement. But I am not sure how much more we can bring it to scale
  • Not seen Cloud base service. So that easy to use from any where.
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ConstructConnect
  • Submittals are not user friendly in PlanGrid. In fact, this is the one feature we would like to see improved.
  • Billing is based on how many users you have. It would be very nice if they would do it based on revenue or other factors such as other programs do.
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Likelihood to Renew
RIB Software SE
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ConstructConnect
It's become the go to program for our takeoffs. We have tried others but this is the simplest.
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Usability
RIB Software SE
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ConstructConnect
Plan Swift is a user friendly program that makes takeoffs easy to perform. Not a whole lot of knowledge or skill is required.
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Reliability and Availability
RIB Software SE
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ConstructConnect
Never had an issue
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Performance
RIB Software SE
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ConstructConnect
Plan Swift is only as fast as your computer system and internet
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Support Rating
RIB Software SE
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
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
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Implementation Rating
RIB Software SE
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ConstructConnect
just know what use you want to get out of it. In our case it was just to do area take offs.
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Alternatives Considered
RIB Software SE
We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
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ConstructConnect
Bluebeam is amazing and can accomplish any take-off needs, but you will spend much more time creating your conditions and take off items. It is not as user-friendly as PlanSwift. OST (On screen takeoff). This product is by far better than PlanSwift, as it is amazingly easy to use. However, it is much more expensive. Cloud-based takeoff software -- this kind of software is difficult for me to use because of how slow the pages load and navigate. It's hard to beat that from PlanSwift or OST.
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Scalability
RIB Software SE
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
Several of our departments can use the take off feature to assist them in their job responsibilities.
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Return on Investment
RIB Software SE
  • Easy to Collaborate Between the Team members. Saves a lot of work
  • Integrate with multiple types of data drawing which saves efforts in converting the design.
  • Bill of Quantity export can be done based on the Design section and can share with contractors for Quotes. Instead of just downloading the whole report and then editing for the required pack.
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ConstructConnect
  • 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.
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ScreenShots

iTWO costX Screenshots

Screenshot of BIM takeoff in iTWO costXScreenshot of A modern and user-friendly interface.Screenshot of Live-linked workbooks in iTWO costXScreenshot of 2D takeoff in iTWO costXScreenshot of Customizable report writer in iTWO costXScreenshot of Interoperable with many platforms and file types