Candy Features

Candy

Estimating, Planning and Project Control software

4.46/5 (118 reviews)

Candy Feature Summary

  • Budget Management
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Building Product Database
  • Change Orders
  • Cost Database
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Free format Worksheets
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Production Cost Tracking
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Scheduling
  • Proposal Generator
  • Quotes / Estimates
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Rescheduling
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • Time Tracking
  • What-if Analysis

Competitor Feature Comparison

Bid Management
Bills of Material
Calendar Management
Cash Flow Management
Contract Management
Cost Analysis
Cost Estimating
Cost-to-Completion Tracking
Custom Fields
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Estimating
Expense Tracking
Forecasting
Gantt Charts
Job Costing
Job Scheduling
Milestone Tracking
Multiple Projects
Portfolio Management
Progress Tracking
Project Budgeting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Planning
Projections
Quote Management
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Updates
Resource Management
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
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Bid Management
Bills of Material
Calendar Management
Cash Flow Management
Contract Management
Cost Analysis
Cost Estimating
Cost-to-Completion Tracking
Custom Fields
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Estimating
Expense Tracking
Forecasting
Gantt Charts
Job Costing
Job Scheduling
Milestone Tracking
Multiple Projects
Portfolio Management
Progress Tracking
Project Budgeting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Planning
Projections
Quote Management
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Updates
Resource Management
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
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Bid Management
Bills of Material
Calendar Management
Cash Flow Management
Contract Management
Cost Analysis
Cost Estimating
Cost-to-Completion Tracking
Custom Fields
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Estimating
Expense Tracking
Forecasting
Gantt Charts
Job Costing
Job Scheduling
Milestone Tracking
Multiple Projects
Portfolio Management
Progress Tracking
Project Budgeting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Planning
Projections
Quote Management
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Updates
Resource Management
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
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Candy Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Candy's features:

Kabelo Makgwale

Candy Review

2019-01-23

We get good reports on your monthly costs, revenue and it gives us an advantage in not allowing anyone to order what is above the estimates.

Pros

It makes information and data capture, store and retrieval very easily.

Cons

Project scheduling is not as easy as like Ms project.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Kabelo
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy, it's always a pleasure to hear from our Users. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Anonymous
(Construction company, 11-50 employees)

Life with Candy

2019-03-07

Time saving, multiple project management and ease in project management and control

Pros

Working with Candy the past few years has increased the accuracy of the estimates, valuation and project control and management incredibly.

Cons

The course provide cover the scope but the executions differ from project to project.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Candy User
Thank you for taking the time to review Candy, we appreciate the feedback from our users.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Joseph Khoury

Excellent Software solution

2019-01-15

Candy was our solution for Quantity Surveying, Estimation, Scheduling, Cost Management, Cash flow ALL IN ONE SOLUTION

Pros

The integration between time and money the ease of use the reporting

Cons

Need to introduce a risk analysis tool which will be an added value for cost estimation relative to risk analysis and the cost envelope

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Joseph,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and we are proud to have been by your side for the last yeas. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

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Andrew Oelofsen

Long term Candy user's review

2019-01-17

Integration with procurement and accounting system

Pros

Highly customisable views and reports. Stability of the architecture

Cons

No cloud collaboration i.e. multiple users aren't able to work on one project simultaneously

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Andrew
Thank you for taking the time to review Candy, we appreciate your feedback.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Owen McDevitt

Candy for Estimators

2018-12-24

Candy allows the user to produce a true nett cost of a project, Including a proper risk analysis, cash flow and perspective on viewing costs from different views.

Pros

Estimating from first principles.

Cons

Candy provides all that is necessary for senior management to have proper knowledge to submit a realistic Competitive accurate tender.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Owen,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

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Thehani Perera

Best Project Management Software

2019-09-13

I am using Candy to do simple project management programs.

Pros

Candy is a very powerful and very user friendly project management software where so many software such as MS Project, Oracle Primavera tries to be the leader.

Cons

So files needs to be compatible with other management software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Thehani,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us.

With regards to compatibility, please be aware that programs created in Candy Planning Module can be exported to other planning tools like Primavera / MS project in "xml" format, similarly we can do an import into Candy from other planning tools in "xml".

We have a webinar on this topic "Import, Export-Candy Planning with P6 & MSP" whose link is as below:
https://vimeo.com/234456278/2dc968e6b9

We are glad you use Candy for simple projects, but please be aware that some of the most iconic building in the world have been estimated and project managed using candy - see link to Projects and Case Studies on our Website - I hope this inspires you to use it further.

https://constructioncomputersoftware.com/case-studies

We assure you of our continued support and have a super day.

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Anonymous
(Construction company, 51-200 employees)

bonolo review

2019-01-17

easy to use on site to appoint subcontractors and monitor them

Pros

to prepare the valuations on it and do cost report

Cons

not be able to link the program from ms project to ccs

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Candy User,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and we are proud to have been by your side for the last few years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

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Anton Rogmann

Complete package including Planning and Cashflow

2020-06-13

We did use Candy for Estimating and Project Control.

Pros

Most important for me was the integrated planning and cashflow tool during the estimating phase and later for project control.

Cons

The integration of the software in the overseas department was easy, for the local projects difficult because of the missing German language.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Anton,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to CCS and we assure you of our continued support.

Have a super day.

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Ahmed Fathy El-attar

Good product almost

2018-12-24

Candy actually helps us make a solid database, deal with the large and mega projects and held a good reports and comparisons

Pros

Easy to ake a cost estimate 3.

Cons

Easy-to-use, very active and accessible

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Ahmed Fathy,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and please be assured of our continued support.

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Divya Nair

CCS CANDY TOOL FOR CONTRACTORS

2019-11-21

BEST TOOL FOR ESTIMATING AND PROJECT CONTROL.

Pros

CANDY HAS ALL THE TOOLS REQUIRED TO TAKE A PROJECT FROM ESTIMATING TO POST TENDER COST CONTROL.

Cons

CANNOT IMPORT PDF BOQ, WHICH HAVE TO BE CONVERTED TO EXCEL FOR TEXT FORMAT.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Divya,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

We have a office based in Dubai and one of our team would be more than happy to help you should you have any further queries or issues during your trial period.

Have a super day.

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Razaak Jones

CCS from a Non - QS perspective

2019-07-20

Exceptional Estimating, planning and cost control software by far.

Pros

CCS is the most comprehensive estimating planning and cost control software I've used The capabilities are almost endless from what I experienced, it is capable of producing cash flow forecasts that show the possible funding shortfalls, etc.

Cons

I found the planning section of the software slightly more challenging than the rest of the software

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Razaak,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It'e especially nice to hear from a trial User. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions during your exploration of Candy.

Have a super day.

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mohamed hatem mohamed

project control engineer by candy , in egypt

2019-01-15

before candy I was use excel and primavera only .. there was default but when I use this software my reports is very professional

Pros

this software is very professional real I adore this software :) I can't imagine I use another software in construction management my title in my company :- planning and cost control Engineer - candy ;)

Cons

very useful and professional new logo I like it real no comment about candy

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Mohamed,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It's a pleasure to read such positive review. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

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Anonymous
(Civil Engineering company, 11-50 employees)

Candy- A better alternative software for Project Management

2020-03-16

It is a good alternative software for project management.

Pros

I have experience with MS Project and Oracle Primavera for project management works and during the initial period, I struggled a lot to learn these softwares.

Cons

It always difficult to correct the mistakes and functional wise, MS Project is far better to compare with Candy.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

You will be happy to hear that we are presently developing on-line tutorials for all Candy modules and hope to have them out within the year. In the meantime, we have User guides in the system that may help you and run Candy courses in various regions around the world - please follow the link below to find out what Planning courses we have and where they are being held.

https://constructioncomputersoftware.com/candy-courses-category/planning

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Have a super day.

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Frederick Birch

Construction through Candy

2019-03-07

As an entity that operates across Africa in the civil engineering construction sector, candy is our preferred computer software. Their support/ technical teams are extremely efficient and patiently deal with our cross border users.

Pros

The software offers a dynamic array of reporting and management tools to the construction sector from pre-tender through construction execution and close out.

Cons

It doesn't allow you to undo and action.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Frederick,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and we are proud to have been by your side for the last few years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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wilke brink

Candy Review

2019-01-18

We use it for programming and cost control/m management

Pros

Having cost control and program functions in one software package

Cons

The program function , especially long leads and information schedule must be updated and made more user friendly

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Wilke

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated.
We are always looking for ways to improve our services and our users' experience, your feedback has been passed on to the concerned team for review.
Have a super day

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Niel Cronje

Candy Review

2019-01-23

I love the estimating module and all the functionality that goes with it.

Pros

Pricing from 1st principles and to continue through project process until completion.

Cons

The fact that is not web based. Difficult to access from remote locations.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Niel
Thank you for taking the time to review Candy, we appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Martin Heinz Rumpelt

Candy review

2019-01-17

Have been using Candy from when it was still known as "Marsbar" in the 1980's, in tender planning and project control & monitoring in both building construction and civil engineering projects.

Pros

Can use a bill of quantities to allocate resources to tender- or construction programmes and therefore come to sensible programme activity durations very quickly. 02.

Cons

Used to be able to import more fields when importing new programme activities; would like the option of importing text 01 to text 05 as well.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Martin,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and we are proud to have been by your side for close on 40 years.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Derrick Dawson

Simplifying Estimating

2019-03-07

Managing my resource and subcontractor pricing is simple with easy export to a number of file types.

Pros

Coding system Resource manager Subcontract adjudicator Buildsmart integration Planning links Candy Support

Cons

Candy courses a must for beginners .

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Derrick
Thank you so much for your positive review, we highly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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snehal bankar

GOOD

2019-01-15

- estimation - post contract management

Pros

- Ease of estimation - Reduce time for repetitive work - provide accurate results - formatting is easy

Cons

- sometimes intial loading is taking time

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Snehal
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support

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Larozelle van der Westhuizen

Candy in my workspace...

2019-08-28

You have to keep up with changing times to stay ahead of your competition and Candy is one of the best ways to do so.

Pros

I love how I can do my programming, subcontracting and pricing all at once. Project Management is made more efficient with Candy.

Cons

Initially getting all the "meat" for estimating of projects (Masters) can be a challenge.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Larozelle,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and we are so glad it has been so positive. Your feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

Have a super day.

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Anonymous
(Construction company, 10001+ employees)

candy is one of the most helpful softwares in the construction management field around the world

2018-12-25

i love it and i want it to be easier in calculation

Pros

it includes all the management processes like: estimation, planning which wasn't include before in one software

Cons

i just want it to be smarter in calculations at estimation process, like Microsoft office (excel) i feel like am writing the worksheet by my hand and its boring, and takes time

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Candy User,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

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Junias Mukongo

Awesomeness of Candy

2019-01-17

I am pleased with the ease with which I manage my projects.

Pros

In the same program, one is able to manage the subcontractors should there be any.

Cons

Creating several duplicate files because of the inability of the software to keep a trail of modifications.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Junias,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and we are proud to have been by your side for the last few years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

Read more
Anonymous
(Construction company, 10001+ employees)

User-friendly construction cost modelling software

2018-12-25

Users can get familiar with the software by vary basis knowledge, and if established a proper master CCS then very easy to price any project, however master should establish very carefully considering project requirements.

Pros

The CCS detailed cost estimation model help to produce a number of cost reports which will help during the decision-making process in the tender stage, as well as this cost model can use to establish the post contract cost control process, and able to produce cost reports such as cost to completion, cost value reconciliation and cash flow statements, etc.

Cons

Its required more time for the establishment of master CCS, and also only one estimator can work in one project, if two estimators work for one project by dividing into two parts, later if required to merge into one file, it is possible but not simple.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Candy User,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.
We understand your concern regarding the building of the library but this is a one time task once you have built your library you will be able to do your estimate in no time.
Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

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ezzat mosa

senior technical office

2019-01-15

Pros

it easy to use put you must keep the free trial more than month to take our time to learning

Cons

estimating @ bill of qty @ subcontractor

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Ezzat,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

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Mohammed Iqbal Parakatta

Comprehensive tools with solution for Estimators

2018-12-24

Pros

-No chances of arithmetical errors -Generating Reports makes it very useful to review the tenders/project - Easy to change the price of particular resource which will change the price in overall BOQ - Able to add different mark up for each trades

Cons

- Initial setup for pricing/estimation takes time - Not able to export pdf BOQ

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Candy User,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support. We understand your concern regarding the building of the library but this is a one time task once you have built your library you will be able to do your estimate in no time.

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