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Overview

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Microsoft Power BI converts data into rich interactive visualizations, utilizing business analytics tools to share dashboard-based...

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Easy-to-use, cloud-based takeoff and estimating software for construction contractors. Mac & PC compatible. FREE training and support!

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

9.99

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

2499

/user

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

4.5

1.2K

5

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

It's an incredible programming for examination. I love the perception highlights since it transform drilling information into fun outlines or diagrams.
The ability to filter to the specific metric we are interested in is an amazing feature.
It is a good data analytics and visualization software and its ability to import data from multiples sources is a great feature.

Pros

Love the layover feature in order to do changeorders. Also love the ability to have many screens open for the same project in order to look at details.
I only used Stack for a couple of days, but I really liked the ease of the takeoff tools. It was very user friendly to navigate.
Easy to use - great customer service and integration with buildertrend. Great way to track jobs and estimates.

Cons

Could be frustrating to use when first starting as it would give you an error message but provide no specifics on what is wrong or directions to fix it.
I find it a bit frustrating when presented with a visualisation that doesn't represent the particular angle on the data I am looking for.
Had to take some training courses and even at that it was still confusing.

Cons

Terrible abominable customer service, unethical, dishonest thieves. Manager was the worst, she uses dishonest interrogation techniques to avoid any liability, fault and to escape offering any refund.
There also is no undo feature so when you make a mistake on a takeoff you have to delete it and redo the entire thing. There should be a ctrl z type undo feature.
I can't determine if its the software or the hardware of my laptop, but when I use it I find that the documents/image lags on medium to large files.
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Key features

  • Total features37
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Aerial Measurement
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Built-In Database
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commercial
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Blending
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • For General Contractors
  • For Plumbing Industry
  • Geographic Maps
  • HVAC Estimating
  • High Volume Processing
  • Historical Database
  • Integration into Third Party Applications
  • Interactive Reports
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Mobile Access
  • Natural Language Search
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Prebuilt Assembly
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Residential
  • SSL Security
  • Self Service Data Preparation
  • Self-service Analytics
  • Single Page View
  • Takeoff
  • Task Scheduling
  • Visual Analytics
  • Total features54
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Aerial Measurement
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Built-In Database
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commercial
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Blending
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • For General Contractors
  • For Plumbing Industry
  • Geographic Maps
  • HVAC Estimating
  • High Volume Processing
  • Historical Database
  • Integration into Third Party Applications
  • Interactive Reports
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Mobile Access
  • Natural Language Search
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Prebuilt Assembly
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Residential
  • SSL Security
  • Self Service Data Preparation
  • Self-service Analytics
  • Single Page View
  • Takeoff
  • Task Scheduling
  • Visual Analytics

Integrations

  • Total integrations322
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Mixpanel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Segment
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Snowflake
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations22
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Mixpanel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Segment
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Snowflake
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zendesk

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Microsoft Power BI

PowerBI Review

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Best in class Integrates well with other MS products and Azure Data / Analytics stack

Cons

Not the easiest tool to use Has limitations compared to preview SSRS versions

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Powerful indeed

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall positive, now that I have the hang of it, it's a great tool within the Microsoft tech stack to leverage our data with,

Pros

Power BI has been a welcome addition to our tech stack. The ability to create visual reports and quickly export them to add to presentations is a great little addition.

Cons

The onboarding can be a little rocky. The tool has a lot to offer and one can feel a bit overwhelmed when building their first report.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Best BI Tools for Microsoft Stack

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

It was a no brainer to use PowerBI after trying Tableau and Qlik Sense. It was almost as easy to use as Excel, fit right into our Microsoft stack, and we already have licenses with our Office 365 org.

Cons

Since PowerBI is the new tool around, they are releases features so quickly that it's hard to keep up and understand if the documentation you are looking for is still relevant.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Solid Microsoft Product

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

The tool takes a little to get used to but fairly straightforward. It is tightly integrated to SQL Server and has excellent security functionality. Availability and cost of Power BI make the product very attractive. It supports the complete Microsoft stack. Supports third party developers for analytics and image tools.

Cons

Microsoft manages the certified training programs which are terrible. Power BI does not bring anything new and interesting graphical to the market - bar charts, pie charts, line graphs . . . Microsoft is way behind other comparable products.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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STACK

A good program that's easy to use

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Easy take-off solution and simple tools for basic take-off, web based so I can work from anywhere, easy pitch assignment

Cons

Can't write notes on pages, limited editing power after take-off, a little pricey for take-off only

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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STACK

Low learning curve

Reviewed 3 years ago

We've handles jobs from a few thousand to millions and the PMs love our cost break outs

Pros

Stack allowed us to quickly make the switch from more costly and out of date software. It's platform independence means we can access our files from the field anytime. The low learning curve means I can have assistants up and running in a day or two.

Cons

Dependence on Microsoft Excel for reports

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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STACK

Outstanding estimating tool

Reviewed 4 years ago

I love it!

Pros

In the event of a power outage, it autosaves everything. You can grab the plans with the mouse and zoom in to detailed locations.

Cons

If you "X" out of a page it should take you back to all the plans, instead it takes you to the next in line.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Stack Review

Reviewed 3 years ago

I really like it and I believe once we have dedicated someone to set it up specifically for our operation, it will be a very powerful and useful tool.

Pros

I like the power of the assemblies. I just wish I had more time to set them up to better match how we build.

Cons

There seems to be too many steps in creating an assembly.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Landscape Estimating

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

This software makes takeoffs extremely easy to manage and visualize. There are multiple ways in which to organize and assemble projects to help make the bidding process easier

Cons

The main drawback to the software is that it is web-based. If you lose power/internet connection or if you don't have access to internet, you cannot use the software.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Using Stack

Reviewed 4 years ago

They team of people has said there are new things on the horizon but have not heard of anything happening.

Pros

Great way to use a program that is over the web and not program based. Great for Mac users that do not operate off of a Microsoft program

Cons

Sure wish they would put the hide button on the take off page as apposed to having to click 3 times to hide what you don’t want to see on the take off should be right next to the green arrow to start take off. Should surely be an easy thing have talked to the. Is the guys helping with program and they seem to think it would be a good and easy thing to do.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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From a 'count' only estimating company......

Reviewed a year ago

The power of cloud-based software is amazing, a definite game-changer for us. The product has many pro's with just as many could have's. Still using our old software on occasions where we need to price several options, change the structure of the proposal or offer breakup costs.

Pros

Takeoffs are quick, assemblies are easy to put together, it's very quick and easy to change what items and assemblies in a count. The main advantage for us is that we can have multiple people using the software at once.

Cons

Features I'd like to see are: -adding assemblies to an assembly 'item group' -simplify the process of creating an item>creating an assembly>creating a count takeoff -customized icons for takeoff counts -ability to lock (tick box) pricing in a proposal. once locked a new revision will be made if any variations are added -ability to copy a project and make several versions of it, so the older revisions...

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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STACK

Pleasant

Reviewed 4 years ago

They are helpful and available. Still think that the price is high but seems comparable to others

Pros

Was easy for me to pick it up but had some experience with ProEst prior. I like the on the fly takeoff options and if needed one can get into the items and assemblies. Given the ease of use it has significant power in reports. There is always room for more but for now it seems to provide enough and again was easy to understand.

Cons

Lately there is a glitch with the plan naming tool and no resolution has been made or at least I don't know. If they have a fix they should have informed their clients...

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I love the way Stack helps me do my take offs with ease. So much easier to zoom, scroll, edit files

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I love how easy it is to get accurate measurements, and make notes on plans. Customer support is excellent as well.

Cons

Deleting measurements etc. is a cumbersome multistep process. Not a deal breaker but as most everything else in this program is very intuitive I find myself highlighting and hitting delete a couple times before remembering the proper process of deleting requires clicking edit, going back to the edit arrow on the menu and selecting delete. I would love to see that power given to the delete key on the computer keyboard.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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What a time saver!

Reviewed 6 years ago

Since I started using STACTCT, I have been able to speed up my project take-off times and reduce all the paperwork I used to accumulate to support my material needs. The reporting tools let me easily distribute a bill of material to suppliers for quoting, and let me look back on a project to see what was planned and what really happened. Also, having customer and tech support at my finger tips has been invaluable for helping me utilize the power STACTCT has available.

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

When selecting a drawn entity for modification (like a simple line) the software often wants to rotate the object instead of letting you lengthen or shorten it. Usually I have to delete it all together and redraw it. Very frustrating.

Vendor response

Hi Steven, Thanks so much for your recent feedback! We are so glad to be able to support the takeoff and estimating needs of KF Construction & Excavating and so happy to hear that our software is having a positive impact on your bid process. We look forward to sharing your input with the entire STACK team. Have an awesome day & thank you again!

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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STACK

Does the job but needs improvement

Reviewed 4 years ago

Your take off software needs improvement. We've waited over a year for significant updates and they haven't occurred. We have subscribed again but we won't be unless updates are made shortly as our business is growing rapidly and we need software that will keep up and OST will keep up.

Pros

It's better than a lot of other take-off software. Is in colour and is easily printable. The support is always there.

Cons

There are many things OST does that Stack does not. 1. Being able to select the dimensions of the 'count' function. ie; 2000x500mm rectangle. 2. Being able to re-assign a measurement to another measurement. ie; I measured an area for 10 minutes as turf but it was actually garden. Select the area, right click, re-assign to garden. This means you don't have to delete the item and waste more time. 3....