PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect

PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect

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PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect


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PlanSwift Review

8 out of 10
October 25, 2017
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PlanSwift - The #1 Takeoff and Estimating Software
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What is PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect?

PlanSwift is a quantity takeoff software for construction. It provides a drag-and-drop interface that utilizes assembly templates for quantity counts and measurements. PlanSwift automatically calculates material and labor calculations and exports the information via built-in reports or as raw data to 3rd party software like Excel. The tool provides trade-specific features for general contractors, concrete, drywall, electrical, flooring, framing, HVAC, landscaping, painting, plumbing, and other specialties. It is priced at $1595 for the first year, then $300/year per license in subsequent years.

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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.

Reviewers rate Plan distribution & viewing and Plan markups & sharing and Takeoff tools highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Construction industry.


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November 29, 2021

PlanSwift Review

Phillip Li | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use PlanSwift in our estimation department to build proposals.
  • Accuracy
  • Speed
  • If it had more industry specific tools. Such as for drywall, ceilings, etc.
Planswift is best suited for a more generic environment where you need flexibility on how you want to use it. Planswift is less appropriate, where you need specific results.
  • no training
Difficult to say since we haven't needed it.
Score 10 out of 10
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All of our estimators and project managers use it for our project take offs. It provides a central hub for our entire team to work from which is crucial. We also have all of our projects saved through SharePoint, making all of the information accessible anytime, anywhere. The main use is blueprint take offs and all of the information trickles down to all departments.
  • 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.
  • It could be more intuitive / easy to use on some of the more in depth areas like saving pricing per item.
  • I think it would be great to have more 1:1 virtual training, especially with COVID times.
  • If there was a way to easily track and save some of your frequent costs, as to create a type of estimating database.
If you're in any type of construction it is a no brainer. It makes analyzing a job extremely easy from estimating to constant review during all phases. The best part is allowing all of your information and calculations from a blueprint to be in a single, accessible location, allowing for a consistency across all departments. Everyone is working in a single spot which avoids confusion.
Score 9 out of 10
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PlanSwift is the main source of drawings for our company. This replaces the paper copy of drawings saving paper, time, and expense. PlanSwift is available on mobile devices and on desktop computers. This software has made a huge difference in how we do business.
  • PlanSwift drawing uploads are fast and easy. It recognizes the pages and titles with very little error.
  • Drawing can be viewed offline including older versions for comparison. You can select which drawings you want to download to save room on your device.
  • 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.
If you need a way to have digital drawings on site, this is the way to go. Also, as a Project Manager, it is amazingly easy to upload drawings. When uploading a large job, it's nice to have very few changes to make to the page number and title.
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.
Score 7 out of 10
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PlanSwift is used by all of our Project Managers and Estimators. It is our primary quantity take-off software. Every contractor needs some form of quantity take-off software, unless it is performed by hand. PlanSwift does not address any unique problems, it just fills the need for a QTO software.
  • PlanSwift can be used in basic functions (LF & SF takeoffs) very easily.
  • Has a quick interface for browsing and viewing.
  • Provides easy export to excel functions.
  • If you go beyond the basic functions (linear foot & square foot takeoffs) it becomes very antiquated and not user-friendly. It's not intuitive whatsoever for users lacking backing computer knowledge.
  • The technical support is lacking in my opinion. The software feels dead, and the support team is hard to schedule. Also, if you do not pay for support per hour, it is impossible to get help.
  • Their training videos are limited and hard to follow. This software is unnecessarily hard to be proficient at. There should be more simplistic ways to utilize this software.
PlanSwift does basic quantity take-offs very well. If you take it to the next level, the software becomes very bulky and unintuitive to use. We have used On-screen-takeoff in the past, which does everything PlanSwift does, but better. However, it is much more expensive.
We use PlanSwift on a daily basis and have done so for more than 10 years. It can be better, but it is a good solution for take-off software. Other cloud-based software is slow to view pages, and not as fast as PlanSwift.
October 25, 2017

PlanSwift Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Planswift is being used by the Project Development department, mostly by the Estimators to determine product quantities required by Territory Managers on site, across the country.
  • Maintains the files internally allowing us to work on projects anywhere.
  • With a great UX, it is easy to use. Easy to train on and learn.
  • Professional product output is appreciated by customers.
  • Issues with transferring files between computers, would be ideal if files were also backed on a network file.
  • Files can take a long time to upload, sometimes overnight if the files are big enough.
  • Program often hangs and needs restarting.
It is well suited for quantity take offs, better recommended for larger jobs; if needing a lot of smaller take-offs, it can be cumbersome and take a lot of time uploading and setting up.
Blaine Kalk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It is only used by the estimating department. Some former members of estimating that currently work on project sites occasionally still use it. but most now use Bluebeam for the quantity takeoffs they need.
  • We use PlanSwift for quantity takeoffs. We are a general contractor.
  • We use some of the plug-ins including the Earthwork module.
  • I occasionally have to load drawings at a very low DPI or I get error messages. The resulting poor resolution makes the drawing difficult to read.
Compared to its competitors planswift is by far the best quality and most adaptable digital takeoff tool out there. Its Earthwork module while good enough for my purpose as a general contractor is not good enough for excavators or other civil contractors.
Score 8 out of 10
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Benchmark Construction uses PlanSwift as our primary take off software. Every estimator here uses the program to do quantity take-off of drawings provided by industry professionals. Mainly only the Estimating team uses this program. Estimators provide their takeoff to Project managers for work that is self preformed. The program allows us to check the quantities that are shared with us by our trade partners.
  • Auto Scaling
  • Ability to scale drawings that have no scale
  • Freedom to customize
  • More Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical friendly
  • Ductwork take off tool
  • Rise and fall ability for piping and ductwork
Planswift is great for all building trades. Less suited for MEP trades.
Ketaki Shiralkar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The pre-construction department of our organization is the primary user of PlanSwift. However, from time to time, the Project Management team finds itself browsing through this software for confirming take-off items. It makes the take-off and pricing for intricate plans easier, quicker, and clearer for all team members to understand the work.
  • It has this really convenient single click/hover-over feature where it tells various attributes of a take-off. For example, if an area has multiple types of slabs, and we need to find the length of slab edge form for all of those, we just need to hover over each area and it gives us the quantities.
  • It has a great browsing feature - you can add any file/image from across your network thus making it easier to share with colleagues.
  • It integrates directly with MS Excel thus making it easier to create and evaluate reports during or at the end of a project.
  • It has good tools for editing as well - for instance you take off a slab on grade as floating but later find out that it sits on top of the foundation walls - you don't need to redo the take off, you can merely double-click, add extra points and move them around to modify your work.
  • If there was a way to break a take-off line, that would be very helpful. At times I find myself taking the curbs off for the site work, and when I need to separate the straight curbs with the integrated curbs with sidewalks, I need to just redo the work. It would have been good if PlanSwift gave an option of breaking down lines the way it does for deducting parts from an area.
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.
Andy Neilson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I've looked at quite a few takeoff packages, but settled on PlanSwift for a) value for money, b) compatibility with Excel. I provide takeoffs for contractors across many trades, and for main contractors, and all have been impressed with he accuracy and the marked up drawings showing what's been measured enables them to easily identify variations. As I have many clients operating with different internal management software the fact that PlanSwift is so compatible with Excel means I can provide schedules in whatever format works best for them. From my own perspective, I can measure jobs in a few hours that would have taken me 2-3 days using the old school scale rule and takeoff sheets. Productivity has increased dramatically, I have virtually zero paperwork cluttering my desk where in past I would have stacks of drawings and specs. I have had a few problems in my time using it, but the customer service department has been brilliant. Being in very different timezone has it's drawbacks, but if I email them my issue at the end of the day I will have a reply in my inbox the next morning.
  • Great interface with other software. Excel reports make it a breeze for my clients to interface with their own management software.
  • Easy to set up different components and pricing structures. Time spent setting these up properly will save hundreds of hours down the line.
  • Very simple to learn, with videos to walk you through each task.
  • There are some great plug-ins, but you only get them for free if you pay the annual "maintenance" fee of $200.
  • All of the preset items are in imperial measurements, Hey America - the rest of the world is metric. please come join us in this century!
  • Licence is only good for 1 machine at a time (unless you purchase multiples). It's a bit annoying having remove it from my desktop when I want to take my tablet to visit a client. A licence that's good for 1x desktop and 1x tablet/portable would be great.
Great for takeoffs and pricing. Also appears to have compatibility with MS Project which a client of mine is starting to ask about, so I'm interested to see how that works for us. I would recommend PlanSwift for any quantity surveyor.