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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

NoteVault

It's is absolutely well suited for all daily reporting/documentation needs, also since it essentially 'self archives' you can revisit past projects by logging into the admin panel faster than going to my own archived job files. It saved our skin by documenting where a bad GC Superintendent had been giving false information to the office, and we were able to prove our conditions/progress and alleviate the issue. It's very well suited for large projects, and ongoing projects. A bit less suited for small fast service type projects. We keep one 'service' job open to document the fast turn over stuff to alleviate that issue.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartBid

As mentioned before in some of the previous questions, the confidentiality agreement feature is extremely helpful. I have worked on several projects where it's so early in the design phase that the documents are considered confidential and we are required to get a signed NDA from every person who sees the documents. This feature makes it extremely painless. SmartBidNet is less appropriate if you're just doing a quick cost exercise where you might not need to contact several subs. It's easier to just use email and a cloud sharing program like Box or Egnyte.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

NoteVault
9.1
SmartBid
9.8
Photo documentation
NoteVault
9.1
SmartBid
Jobsite reports
NoteVault
9.1
SmartBid
Plan distribution & viewing
NoteVault
SmartBid
9.5
Document sharing
NoteVault
SmartBid
9.5
RFI tools
NoteVault
SmartBid
9.8
Collaboration & approvals
NoteVault
SmartBid
10.0
Mobile app
NoteVault
SmartBid
10.0

Pros

NoteVault

  • As a delay has occurred in the field, the foremen are able to report it immediately. The project manager now gets this information as it happened, not just trying to remember the next time they talk or see each other.
  • As an RFI arises, the foremen can ask their questions immediately so that the PM can address it right away.
  • We input our manpower on a daily basis, which helps us project where we are as it pertains to hours on a job.
Glen Nelson | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartBid

  • Extremely User-Friendly
  • Constant Reminders
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NoteVault

  • Difficult to bring back reports from the archives. I don't archive any more; I just sequentially date my projects and keep them all live.
  • Notevault is set up for normal work shifts. But I mostly work night shifts from about 10 pm to 6 am. You then have to sort and filter the notes from two separate "days" in the system to get a coherent report from a single night shift. I live with it, but I don't like it.
Michael Quaid | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartBid

  • Ability to download all without having to be a zip file.
  • Provide a submittal board for questions and answers.
Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

NoteVault

NoteVault 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It flat works and has paid for itself quickly.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartBid

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

NoteVault

NoteVault 8.6
Based on 2 answers
Simple use of functions. Majority of people can become familiar with this product fairly quick
Jason Burdette | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartBid

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

NoteVault

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartBid

SmartBid 9.5
Based on 2 answers
SmartBid has an excellent support team that is always at your service. Any problem I've had (when I've even had them) has been resolved almost immediately, along with tips on how to avoid them in the future. If you're looking for a program with excellent customer service, look no further than SmartBid.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NoteVault

I have used both Raken and NoteVault. It is my preference to use NoteVault due to the simplicity of it. Raken tended to be a bit cumbersome. I did not like the photo features used with Raken as opposed to the very simple straight forward approach with NoteVault
Derek Boatwright | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartBid

  • Better ability for subcontractors to respond via program.
  • Simpler interface.
  • Easier note tracking.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NoteVault

  • Daily reports get published the following day after downloaded to NoteVault.
  • From an executive standpoint, I am able to track the progress of each project on a daily basis and to be able to focus my efforts to the project that needs help.
Steve Rosenfield | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartBid

  • It is a big time saver compared to sending out individual emails.
  • It saves time in having multiple individual databases for company contact info.
  • It ensures that everyone is getting the same information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

NoteVault

General

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

SmartBid

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NoteVault
8.2
SmartBid
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

NoteVault
9.1
SmartBid

Usability

NoteVault
8.6
SmartBid

Support Rating

NoteVault
SmartBid
9.5

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