PlanSwift -- Necessary, but not the best
Spencer Jabbia | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 08, 2019

PlanSwift -- Necessary, but not the best

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with PlanSwift

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.
  • Positive: without PlanSwift, we would be stuck utilizing Bluebeam or antiquated methods of QTO. It works. It CAN be simple.
  • Positive: pricing. You buy uy it once and you own it.
  • Negative: assemblies are difficult to use and not intuitive to users with more basic computer knowledge.
  • Negative: the interface is outdated.
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.
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.

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