SmartBid vs. Viewpoint ProContractor

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SmartBid
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
SmartBid is a construction bid management software for general contractors. SmartBid provides a web-based and mobile platform to streamline their bid project data, documents, and subcontractor communications. It also supports user permissions control for data security.N/A
ProContractor
Score 5.0 out of 10
N/A
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
SmartBidViewpoint ProContractor
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SmartBidProContractor
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAs a cloud-based solution, our clients can scale their access annually depending on the number of users. Subcontractors invited to bid or prequalify in the system receive access at no cost.
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Features
SmartBidViewpoint ProContractor
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
8.8
5 Ratings
15% above category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.9
5 Ratings
4% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing8.55 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Document sharing9.05 Ratings7.55 Ratings
RFI tools8.04 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals8.53 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Mobile app10.02 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings7.95 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings7.95 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings7.44 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings9.13 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Specifications00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Change orders00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.6
4 Ratings
15% above category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings9.13 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings9.13 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings8.33 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
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.7
4 Ratings
7% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings6.82 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings7.93 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings7.43 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.1
4 Ratings
6% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.14 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.5
4 Ratings
4% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.6
5 Ratings
8% above category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings7.43 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
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User Ratings
SmartBidViewpoint ProContractor
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(7 ratings)
1.1
(7 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
9.6
(2 ratings)
6.0
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
SmartBidViewpoint ProContractor
Likelihood to Recommend
ConstructConnect
SmartBid is also very useful for conducting sub-contracting analysis and management simulations in the didactic field. The procedures for sharing documents are helpful, but the graphic can be improved. Many forms can be pre-filled. This helps a lot in saving time and money! SmartBid is great for exporting and/or sending single or mass emails. However, as mentioned, it would be useful to simplify some pre-construction processes and improve the overall communication
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
ProContractor is a great fit if you are looking to make the jump to an ERP (accounting) system that offers a higher level of complexity and controls than what QuickBooks or Xero have to offer. However, some of those increased features of accounting controls, vendor compliance management, project contracting and documentation, come at the cost of lost integrations. ProContractor is completely siloed and does not openly communicate with other platforms (project management, bank accounts, etc).
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Pros
ConstructConnect
  • It's very easy to set up a job and manage who receives solicitations. You can also keep detailed notes on who've you contacted and see if they're actually downloading and reviewing the documents.
  • You can add a confidentiality agreement clause which they must accept before accessing the documents. It then stores this information if it ever needs to be accessed. This is much cleaner and easier then sending out a NDA form and having the subcontractor return it before actually sending drawings/docs.
  • You can send Invitations to Bid and set it up to continue sending these ITB's until the subcontractor responds. However, this can also be a negative point because once you set up a delayed ITB, it doesn't update as the subcontractors view and respond to the ITB's. So if a sub is "Not Responded" and you set up a delayed ITB to fire off every day for 5 days, and the sub responds after day 2, that sub will continue to receive ITB's for all 5 days.
  • Uploading drawings is quick and easy. It's especially convenient if you link to one of your cloud services such as Egnyte, Google Drive, etc.
  • The search tools are quick and easy and often very accessible from any page.
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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
ConstructConnect
  • We have seen intermittent problems with notes disappearing.
  • Ability to have more than one project bidding open at the same time/on multiple windows.
  • Mobile apps.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • We just changed over to the cloud based system. In my opinion, it a disaster- It does not work
  • Program is not responding- complete company shutdown
  • Tech support is not responding
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Usability
ConstructConnect
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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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Support Rating
ConstructConnect
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.
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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
ConstructConnect
SmartBid is used by more of the contractors that we happen to do lots of work with. It has basically the same features. However, SmartBid will let subcontractors view all the jobs a general contractor is bidding, even ones we were never invited to. So it has the potential to bring more opportunities.
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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
ConstructConnect
  • The Data mangement helped us a lot with project managment.
  • ROI is worth it because of the project managment is great
  • We only had positive feedback from the subcontractors.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • The program has helped us grow in finance and accounting measures. We were limited with more basic accounting software.
  • The program has limited our ability to integrate various aspects of our business to avoid dual entry.
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