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On-Screen Takeoff
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Its ease of use combined with top-notch reliability and customer service ensures we can do our job with the confidence a cost estimator demands.
For example mechanical/electrical station construction. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to start in estimating and costing.

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Be Here Now

Reviewed 4 years ago

I've recommended this company many times, advised two companies in the last two years, including the one I currently work with, to buy the software because it's simply the best value I know of. And one REALLY important thing; Their SERVICE in superb. Full stop. I see lots and lots of major changes still ahead for this industry of estimating, and software will lead in that new complexity/simplicity. More to understand, more to buy, more to manage. Having a 'let's get this fixed now' tech team, along with a friendly 'no such thing as a stupid question' mandate, if all OCS keeps doing is being the best at SERVICE, they will always have my business .

Pros

When using both OST and QuickBids together there is a synergy that not only allows you to 'standardize' your pricing, but also build unlimited 'conditions' using those standard conditions, or from scratch. As an independent can manage clients in completely different databases if that level of separation is required. Yesterday a client gave me some feedback-just a little too high. Well, I have 4...

Cons

Reports stinks. Sorry, I call 'em like I see 'em. It's a bit better, more choices for printing and a 'master list' of available functions, but STILL, the actual graphics are completely terrible! No headings, no subheadings, just all one font, all one size, all run together with random page breaks. It takes me a lot of time, hours for big projects, to go through it all and make it legible. A little bird says it's in the works, I have the champaign chilled to celebrate when it's available in an update because it's probably the only thing that still irks me. Also, fix the output PDF distiller!!!

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The best takeoff software I've used, albeit a little pricey.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Fast reliable estimates

Pros

It's fast and easy to use once it's setup. Does most things well. For most estimators, this is the software you want. If you have the funds, it's worth getting On-Screen Takeoff & QuickBid together. When you start to delve into it's various features you really see some great ways to save time. E.g. Typical Areas, Style Sets, Layers, Copying Bids, etc. I'd highly advise setting up one or more Template bids and copying the relevant one every time you have a new bid to do. Saves a ton of time. I'd highly recommend this software.

Cons

There are some features it could have which would make it better. E.g. Auto-Page labeling, automatic page links, etc. Database has issues from time to time. E.g. It disconnects from it's sister software QuickBid - which can cause problems. But that's not too often and possibly related to my computer? On it's own it's just OK, but with QuickBid it's really great. Quickbid is a separate purchase. The price would be the biggest issue I see with this software. It's quite expensive. Kind of precludes smaller businesses from buying it. Which is unfortunate, since it's possibly the best takeoff software out there. I could have bought a small family car for the price of the two licenses I purchased for my business (that was along with sister software QuickBid)

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Preferred over Plan Swift

Reviewed 4 years ago

I work in multi-family construction and need to be able to do quick conceptual estimates and the later detailed estimates that require more takeoff. I've been using OST for the takeoff for the last 11 years. I love it.

Pros

OST is easy to get up and running. It's intuitive and user friendly. I was recently introduced to PlanSwift - a competitor to OST and it was overly complicated. It was hard to figure out how to go in and just take the SF of a room. With OST it's a breeze to take a simple measurement or do more extensive takeoff without needing an owners manual or even a tutorial.

Cons

Is the difficulty in naming sheets that are imported in. It's cumbersome and time consuming. It also makes it hard to relink to a different folder location. The high cost for a single license is prohibitive to the freelance estimator and forces us to use alternative programs that aren't as efficient. I wish there was a way to make it cheaper for sole proprietorship businesses in the construction industry.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Satisfied Customer

Reviewed 5 years ago

I've used OST for 10 years and overall satisfied. I think for the annual service fee, there should be more upgrades than once every 2 years or so. We have used tech support maybe once a year if that and the owner of the business doesn't think that justifies the annual cost.

Pros

It's easy and quick to use and easy to train others. I like and use the overlay function a lot. I also like the intelligent paste function as well for repetitious items.

Cons

Only 1 overlay possible, needs ability to remove the original plan and add an additional overlay as plans change (i.e.,80% dwgs to 90% dwgs to final dwgs. The 90% supersede the 80% and now we have final. A new bid file has to be created and the takeoff copied to the new file for adjustments) Database bogs down on very large projects Auto count feature doesn't work very well on scanned plans

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As an estimator this program makes my life much easier. Can breakdown my estimate any way I want.

Reviewed 5 years ago

It not possible to mention them all here. Better accuracy in our estimates. Greater flexibility with our estimates too. Can change conditions very easily if necessary. Our field personnel loves it too. Were able to print all of the plans from any project and breakdown the estimate by floor or zone or phase.

Pros

This program is great for our office and field personnel. Both can see the entire scope of work to be performed and know where each condition is to be applied on each floor of our jobs. Allows for better management of our labor hours and cost accounting too!

Cons

That I cannot download it on my iPhone! I have absolutely no complaints, I love, I use it everyday and I enjoy all of the features too! Just wish I could take it with me everywhere I went.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Used to be the bomb!

Reviewed 3 years ago

I used it regularly for more than 2 years and the company considered me a 'power user. Unfortunately, when I changed companies, I could not justify the pricing for the result it produced compared to other programs available now.

Pros

I't fairly easy to learn and integrate. It's visual and it's fairly robust. If you also pay for QuickBids, it integrates well with that. The tech help service is outstanding.

Cons

It's limited on what it can do. It must convert a PDF file, with it's rich underset of information, to a TIF file, which is just an overlay. The reports are basic at best and there is no help with modifying those at all.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Easy to use but has an upfront cost

Reviewed 2 years ago

So far it has been a very useful and easy program to use you can break down items based on categories you want and have sub categories it Also has a built in labor and price calculator if you want to use it. i usually count in OST then take it to excel.

Pros

OST is a very easy to use tool to do take offs with and what we like most about it is : 1- Fast Counts for areas, Linear feet, And counts. 2- you can overlay different versions of the plan on top of each other the old will be red and new blue that way you can see purple if noting changed or moved and blue if something changed. 3- easy to export to excel or other programs. 4- quick click links so you can jump between plan and detail fast.

Cons

1-2 people cant be in the same file at the same time and edit. 2- gets laggy with larger files and count items ( over 700 in one page from what i have seen) 3- Price. 4- cant Layer more than 2 drawings at the same time

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great takeoff software, cost vs. quality

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I love the simplicity of the features, the range of details and customization you can do with the software. Definitely like the export to Excel feature, where we can customize the look and functionality of the end product.

Cons

Cost is a major challenge for a lot of business software, especially as a startup company. I'm still looking for the functionality of On Screen but with a one-time purchase and something a bit more affordable to a brand new company with unstable revenue.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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When you need a simple and easy to use takeoff program

Reviewed 3 years ago

We use OST to count items on landscape plans we get the plans from the landscape architect and civil engineer, we import them and count the conditions then after that we take the counts from excel and price every line in excel OST has a feature to do that but not as easy to mainupulate

Pros

What I like about OST is it’s easy to use you can get the hang of the Badi oh very quickly and it helps you count items onscreen from a pdf plan or TIFF file. Measures distances, counts and areas.

Cons

Sometimes it freezes on some plans that are heaven such as a lot of counts (over 6000) items on on plan, and crashes even when it can’t convert a file from a civil engineer

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Great program; been using it since 2003 and convinced the current company I work for to implement.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I like being able to organize areas and zones as well as share takeoff packages with associates who estimate different divisions.

Cons

I HATE having to rename pages one at a time that are combined; your competition has this feature that does it automatically (and its much cheaper)-you guys should have had this a long time ago. If this feature does exist in OST; please contact me to cure my stupidity.

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my experience is that this helps me do a more accurate takeoff

Reviewed 5 years ago

It takes the place of me having to have an estimator. The support is very helpful.

Pros

the flexability of being able to copy pages and do different things that helps me be able to look at different pricing

Cons

When taking off walls I build my assemblies in notes. I would like to see this to be able to go into quick bid and my assembly be there.

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Can't work with out it.

Reviewed 4 years ago

seeing is believing.

Pros

Simple and intuitive. quick and accurate pricing in QB.

Cons

Need the be able to order material through quick (send PO) and track inventory. Quick books integration for job costing. Hot link within a hotlink. scale function in 2nd window.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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I have had over 15 years experience with this product

Reviewed 9 years ago
Pros

Within the program, I like the ability to use it the way I see the project. It is flexible to the old guard and the new age user. Once you have the understanding of how each quantity is captured, you can set up your styles and types to make sense of the number and what it is relative to.

Cons

How much it costs and the annual fee. It is a very good product, just expensive. If you set up Quick Bid to estimate when you are doing your take off, it becomes a slow process. When you enter all the components into the line items, any time you change them, the program completely recalculates the estimate. I had a $25 million estimate and had a few changes to add and delete. It took a long time to recalculate when I added and subtracted information.

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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OCS-Software Angle Specialists

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

The product does well for estimating and has some glitches that you can work around if you have been running it long enough. On Center Software, However is basically working an angle that will chew you up and spit you out! Just like the other reviewer mentioned. You have to keep pouring $$$ into support. We own 3 subscriptions (2 OST and 1 QB) of this product, each subscription cost thousands. Each...

Cons

Nothing to like about dealing with OCS. Remember it takes a long time to get a customer but imagine what it takes to get them back.

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Misleading Company

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Nothing is wrong with the software. I only have a problem with their unfair policy and practices.

Cons

I was promised that the on-center takeoff software could work with their cloud platform Oasis before I purchased. I found out afterwards this wasn't true. But their policy was not to refund although they made a promise that was false showing they value money over principles. Very misleading and I am sickened by the way they do business. Be very careful when dealing and purchasing their products. Better yet don't get involved in the first place.

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Will not last

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

Software functions fine, gets the job done faster and more organized then paper.

Cons

Apparently there is a Sunset clause where they can cancel your software. Considering the time value of money better to get a program that costs less up front with a monthly fee then to be forced to spend thousands to purchase new software every couple of years.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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This is a great product to do take offs. Still have to export to exce

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Like the easy take off and can change to what ever it is your taking off

Cons

I don't like the worksheet and reports. Have to export to excel and then build my own pricing worksheet

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LOVE IT!

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I use this product everyday, it is the simply the best when doing take off's on something that does not have a scale. The custom scale aspect is the best part and time saver! It saves time from me having to walk jobs, I simply put it in On-Screen and do that take off. It gives me the correct square footage and cost of what the job will. Very user friendly!

Cons

None, once you learn it, it is probably the easiest tool to use in your arsenal!

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OST new feature to change page names, needs a lot of work just takes forever about 10 minutes to change name in 35 pages and after is finish is not even right.

Reviewed 4 years ago

thinking of possible move to Planswift

Pros

i been using it for ten years OST Takeoff and Quick bid it seems to work fine but i just require substantial time to synchronize both products

Cons

to expensive and you have to use quick bid to complement the product, data does not work seamlessly with Masterbuilders 100

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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On-Screen Takeoff

Reviewed 6 years ago

In my opinion, On-Screen Takeoff is the easiest to use digital take-off program out there. Even beginners can be up and running in only a matter of minutes for the simplest most common types of take-off. More difficult tasks (curved lines, items with odd shapes, etc.) can be picked up quickly as well. We use OST for presentations and as part of our proposals.

Pros

Ease of use. Quick.

Cons

Price. Convincing higher-ups that the investment is worth the time-savings and that the time-savings equal cost savings.

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Great for both Subcontractors and GC's

Reviewed 6 years ago

I've used OST for 3 years, and it has always been able to meet my needs for takeoff. Without fail it creates a clear and easy to use takeoff file that i can import, edit, and organize. On top of that it enables clear communication of quantities and values between the estimating department and the field.

Pros

Easy to Use, clear organization, user friendly, easy to export takeoffs

Cons

expensive

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Very Nice and capable software. Not as user friendly as it could be.

Reviewed 6 years ago

We use the online version of this software (OASIS). It is very robust and it has a lot of filters and functionalities. It produces very nice summaries and graphic outputs (takeoffs with legend and quantities). Once the plans are uploaded, the quality drops down dramatically (I guess for efficiency purposes) and the output graphs and plots are low quality also, but they make a great reference tool. The main problem I see is that it does not has user-friendly controls/commands, it is almost counter-intuitive the way it works if compared to other engineering Softwares. Once you burn that stage and get used to the commands, it gets back to the very powerful tool it is.

Pros

See above

Cons

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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This is the most amazing program

Reviewed 6 years ago

I found a program at a price that was better than the others. it seems much more do-able for me. Figure out what your time is worth. How did you do the takeoff and bid so quick. You'll see how fast the software pays for itself. It's definitely worth it.

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On-Screen Takeoff | Advanced Takeoff Software

Reviewed 9 years ago
Pros

I enjoy the quick and professional technical support. They are always responsive, pleasant and helpful.

Cons

I am continually discouraged by their high price for continuing education, classes, & webinars.

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Very Solid System

Reviewed 6 years ago

The software is easy to learn and use with little to no confusion.

Pros

Easy, accurate, affordable.

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