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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

On-Screen Takeoff

I think most of the reasoning was just provided on the previous pros and cons questions. On-Screen Takeoff (OST) is well suited for doing either quick takeoffs or getting into an elaborate, detailed takeoff. All though the viewing tools are quick and easy, I would still very much prefer using BlueBeam for looking through an overall set of drawings. With all of the hyperlink and bookmark functions of BlueBeam, OST doesn't compare and I rarely use OST unless I'm actually doing a takeoff.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

If you've never used software before and have low expectations, then you might be able to make it work out.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

On-Screen Takeoff
6.6
UDA Construction Suite
Plan distribution & viewing
On-Screen Takeoff
8.8
UDA Construction Suite
Plan markups & sharing
On-Screen Takeoff
8.5
UDA Construction Suite
Issue tracking & punchlists
On-Screen Takeoff
5.1
UDA Construction Suite
Photo documentation
On-Screen Takeoff
1.3
UDA Construction Suite
Jobsite reports
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
UDA Construction Suite
Document sharing
On-Screen Takeoff
6.7
UDA Construction Suite
RFI tools
On-Screen Takeoff
7.5
UDA Construction Suite
Collaboration & approvals
On-Screen Takeoff
4.0
UDA Construction Suite
As-built drawings
On-Screen Takeoff
6.2
UDA Construction Suite
Mobile app
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
UDA Construction Suite

Estimating

On-Screen Takeoff
7.4
UDA Construction Suite
Takeoff tools
On-Screen Takeoff
9.6
UDA Construction Suite
Job costing
On-Screen Takeoff
8.0
UDA Construction Suite
Cost databases
On-Screen Takeoff
6.0
UDA Construction Suite
Cost calculator
On-Screen Takeoff
7.0
UDA Construction Suite
Bid creation
On-Screen Takeoff
6.1
UDA Construction Suite

Pros

On-Screen Takeoff

  • The biggest thing for me is that it is so easy to use, which allows it to be used widely throughout our organization without a lot of intense training.
  • Another great thing is that it does not matter how big or little the scope of the take off may be, it works just as well for a whole 12 story building take off as it does for a stretch of sidewalk.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

  • The beautiful user interface. It looks good.
  • Their videos are professional.
  • They have webinars.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

On-Screen Takeoff

  • It would be nice if you could select an object that occurs on multiple sheets, copy, and paste it into change orders or alternates.
  • If you could search for where a certain condition is being used (which sheet) and go directly to that page or pages, that would be cool.
Kyle Montague | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

  • Their spell checker creates a squiggly line to tell you that you have a misspelled word, but, doesn't allow you to correct it.
  • The spell checker lets you add custom words to a dictionary, but, it can only use one dictionary at a time to check spelling. So the default dictionary gets used, and your custom words still show up as being spelled wrong!
  • You can't select-copy addresses, in order to paste them somewhere else.
  • Using duplexing on my printer doesn't work right. It works for every other software I own, but not in UDA.
  • There is a bug in the WIP date range that doesn't pull accurate data.
  • "Options" in the estimate show only cost, not margin. So if you show your customer that report, you are revealing cost info, not selling price!!
  • You can't import a PDF into bid notes, even though the premise of UDA is to try to make it a single repository for all your information.
  • You can't use the arrow key to browse photos in UDA. You need to close, and click into the next one. No inuitive functionality.
  • The estimating module separates material and labor, in ways that create a very confusing Scope of Work. You need to select the labor item from your database, then separately select the material from your database. You end up with two line items in your Scope of Work for the same thing. Instead of writing, "Supply and Install a new window" you have "Supply a new window" and then "Install a new window." It's hard for my estimator, and confusing for my client.
  • UDA will WREAK HAVOC on your contacts in Outlook.
  • It does a terrible job of managing husband/wife or partner/partner situations. You can't mail merge them properly, or, you get forced into combining their contact into into a single contact-- and then how do you know whether the cell phone is his or hers???
  • There is no good way to credit design fees against the construction contract, if you happen to use that paradigm for your contracts.
  • There is no way to filter contracts by their date created. So, how do you find your newest contacts for entering them into something such as Constant Contact?
  • If you try to use integration of QuickBooks(QB) and UDA, your ITEMS list in QB will either get expanded to hundreds or even THOUSANDS of items... or, your POs in QB will get created in a summary form such that they are virtually meaningless.
  • The "lead funnel" graphic may look cool, but there is not a good way to actually report on the lead status, track the activities and calls that you make, note significant emails that you write, or keep track of when you send out thank-you cards or spiffs/gifts!
  • They might tell you that these things work, but, after spending MONTHS with UDA, I found out that these problems are deal breakers.
  • Within their customer service department, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. They do not use a structure such as Zendesk that so many other great companies use. Even though I was paying for priority support, there were often days going by where I could not get a call or email back to assist me with a support request or provide a tutorial on how to do something. Had I not paid extra for support, this would be acceptable. But when paying for "TotalCare" priority support, there are times when the software had me stuck, and I was stuck for a day at a time waiting for an answer. Sometimes no answer ever arrived.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

On-Screen Takeoff

On-Screen Takeoff 8.7
Based on 6 answers
The On-Screen Takeoff support staff has helped several coworkers and myself on a wide array of issues. They are typically fast in their response time and willing to help no matter the issue. During one call in particular, I was able to get my issue resolved and even learned a feature of the product that I didn't previously know about. A++ rating!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

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Alternatives Considered

On-Screen Takeoff

Being able to train individuals in a single afternoon on the program and trusting them to get you something usable as soon as possible is quite invaluable. It is also something that I feel is unique to this program. It is just easier.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

QuickBooks has great quality assurance and while they don't provide support, their software is nearly flawless. Co-construct provides great support and solves problems. In comparison, UDA Construction Suite is full of flaws, and their customer service department is disorganized and overworked.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

On-Screen Takeoff

  • The software has more than paid for itself because the company has been able to save lots of money when awarding to subs since it is easy to verify quantities to qualify their bids.
  • Less of a chance of under-ordering products since the visible audit trail improves accuracy. Also you spend less since you aren't ordering more than you should be.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

  • All my money was wasted. I could not get a refund.
  • All my time was wasted. I spent much time on customer support, and even more time "stuck" where customer support could not be reached.
  • My staff time was wasted, because it was hard for them to implement and then we ultimately abandoned it.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

On-Screen Takeoff

General

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

UDA Construction Suite

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

On-Screen Takeoff
9.4
UDA Construction Suite
1.0

Support Rating

On-Screen Takeoff
8.7
UDA Construction Suite

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