Countfire Features

Countfire

True automated takeoff software for electrical estimators

4.7/5 (138 reviews)

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Countfire Feature Reviews

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

Neil O.

Great piece of Software which gives you piece of mind

2017-11-22

Please see previous page regards Pro's and Con's of Countfire.

Pros

Being able to carryout your Take Offs and easily being able to review your work with "Toggle On / Off", along with being presented with a well detailed and populated Excel Spreadsheet of said Take Offs on completion / Project processed.

Cons

The Management Side of the Projects requires a Folder Format, instead of just listing the Projects in Number / Alphabetical order.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Zoe W.

Speeds up work

2018-11-30

Doesn't foster a full familiarity with a project and attention to detail.

Pros

It has a lot of potential in speeding up estimating process

Cons

Less time means less interaction with individual jobs.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Kevin T.

Fantasitic Easy to use software

2017-05-29

Fast tracking estimates

Pros

the software is very easy to use even if you don't have great Computer skills

Cons

if you don't have a great internet connection access can be difficult at times if working remotely from Home / Office PC

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
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Chris C.

Brilliant estimating tool and great customer Service to back it up!

2016-10-18

Would highly recommend for estimating larger projects if you want to cut down on estimating time.

Pros

Speed, adaptability to pricing schedules/demarcations and the fact Countfire themselves are open to taking on ideas for user interface improvements to make take off easier

Cons

When drawings take ages to load up

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Countfire

If there can be some sort of check process prior to processing projects (i.e. a tick box for checking all drawings have been assigned a scale, drawing size, bulk selection for itemising on linear lengths etc)

Source: Capterra
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Jake H.

Very Impressed

2021-04-12

Really speeds up the estimating process and gives a very precise breakdown compared to other tools I have used

Pros

Most aspects of the tool can be picked up with no prior experience using this.

Cons

One feature which would be good would be the exporting of the drawings including the zones created during the process

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Greg P.

Countfire Review

2019-02-28

I have worked in the industry for many many years in directorship and management and used many costing / take off software.

Pros

I like near all features of the software but really like how user friendly it is and the level of customer care you get.

Cons

Not really come across anything that I dislike yet

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
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Kristopher N.

Excellent product !

2020-09-25

A great product, Once you start using the keyboard shortcuts and understand how to put the price together to suit your own cost sheet it really makes life easy.

Pros

Very quick and easy to upload drawings, the scale feature for measuring lengths of runs is very accurate, no more scale rule and no more wasting paper printing drawings.

Cons

Not being able to make notes on a page, symbols could be used as a basic key for Design and Build projects

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jonathan C.

Best Software in the market

2020-09-15

It has made our estimating more productive and accurate.

Pros

Its a lot more intelligent than other software's

Cons

The cost is slightly higher than we would like to pay.

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
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Jason H.

Blitz Security

2020-10-12

So far so good.

Pros

Rapid counting ability and accuracy - across multiple drawings!

Cons

Yet to get feedback on my trial questions. Estimating (cost) and assemblies is a must.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Stewart N.

Great Program just a bit expensive for our market (Australia)

2021-01-03

Very positive.

Pros

Easy to use and very intuitive.

Cons

Linked Estimating Package would be great.

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
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Gary W.

Countfire - electrical

2020-12-16

The lighting and general services take-offs were the most time consuming and countfire has reduced it significantly

Pros

Quick and easy to set up, load new projects and import drawings.

Cons

Measuring containment is very slow. it would be nice if the background feature could eliminate all of the background. sometimes selecting an icon will not pick up every one of them.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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David S.

Countfire

2020-09-15

As noted above and the benefit of having a fully totalled excel spread sheet.

Pros

This software not only saves time estimating with automated counting, but also saves on the need to print off large layout drawings.

Cons

Think it would be helpful to be able to add / remove layout drawings within the main count off screen instead of coming out and going to the project log in screen.

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
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Lukas B.

Time Saving

2021-06-10

Has been great, the customer support has been outstanding

Pros

The best feaute is the estimating once all kits are created gives a great cost to labour break down

Cons

Just a more in depth tutorial would be idealonce someone has signed on

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Fredericksun B.

Best Estimating Takeoff Software

2021-06-22

There is also a feature request page that you can request new features and everyone can vote on them and then the Countfire team will work on implementing that feature.

Pros

This is a feature that most of the estimating takeoff software has but this does it in a much different way.

Cons

The estimating side isn't as advanced as some of the other competitors but they are currently working on a big update that will fix most of that.

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
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Anonymous
(Warehousing company, 1001-5000 employees)

Great Program for take offs

2019-02-05

Pros

It's help me bid projects with accuracy and do better with split quantities.

Cons

I'm still new with the program, so I have no issues so far.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Bernd R.

Makes estimating much quicker and more efficient - fun to use

2015-09-09

Countfire has proven to be an efficient estimating tool.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Darren M.

Review following trialing the software

2020-09-17

Very good overall experience really, once keyboard shortcuts are mastered the process became quite straight forward.

Pros

The ease of integration, no software to install locally.

Cons

Nothing negative to report after a short trail period

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Declan G.

Kirby Countfire review

2016-09-22

Control mechanisms very good and you can see that it is designed to meet the requirements of Building Services estimating.

Pros

Speed

Cons

Sometimes software picks up similar symbols, with check mechanisms this is eliminated

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Countfire

Next step to develop 2nd fix circuitry into the software, and make system 100% takeoff user firendly

Source: Capterra
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Chris S.

Countfire is a lifesaver!

2017-02-01

I take this output and use it to accurately build quotes and check quantities on all projects from single residential to large scale hotels and commercial.

Pros

Easy and simple to use for a process that is inherently complex and difficult.

Cons

Some drawings on a large scale (1:200+) are hard to measure small lengths under 300mm, but this is a very minor issue that the support staff will help with on a project by project basis.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Countfire

The support staff who started Countfire are really helpful and accomodating. Their customer service is amazing having added certain fucntions to the software as we said they were extremely important to us and our sector of the industry. You can't get better than that!

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Trevor D.

Game Changing Takeoff Software

2021-07-06

Pros

It makes counting a breeze which allows me more time to bid more projects.

Cons

Counting isn't perfect. Sometimes there are technical issues where the software is working properly but it can't tell the difference between fixture types. Needs and I can't emphasize this enough, needs and undo button.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Gary M.

Easy & Fast

2016-07-20

A great piece of software for estimating.

Pros

I like the way when you measure one drawing that it automatically counts the selected symbols throughout other drawings saving you loads of time during the tender.

Cons

It can be easy corrected when checking each symbol in the editing section.

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

Recommendations to others considering Countfire

Not really.

Source: Capterra
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Darren H.

When it works it's a real time saver, but holy cow it's very expensive

2021-08-22

But honestly the cost of this software you'd have to do a heck of a lot of estimating with drawings that work to make up for the huge cost.

Pros

The auto count feature when it works does save a lot of time.

Cons

The cost is way too much. not all drawings work with the auto count feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Atanas T.

Great Software!

2019-04-01

Pros

- easy to use - when counting all references on one drawing it will automatically pick them out in the other drawings you have under the same project

Cons

- although I don't mind you having access to my screen and its great that if I ask you for help you are able to show me a video tutorial using my projects. However we as a company like to ensure our projects are safe and that project information isn't being shared with other companies.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Mike T.

Countfire - Pros and cond

2018-11-19

If in doubt do the trial on a big job and see how you get on!

Pros

Automatic counts - Brilliant Manual Counts - When you cant use automatic counts this is still super fast compared to pen and paper Measurements - Brilliant Splits and multiples - essential and very helpfull I have been using it for a year now and would recommend it to anyone involved in estimating or any other form of take offs.

Cons

Just use manual count and safe yourself a lot of frustration! The cost is pretty high (but worth it in time saved) If I was self employed it could be out of price range.

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
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Kristina C.

Great piece of software that has enabled me to estimate jobs in a third of the time

2017-01-19

Has made the process of estimating much quicker.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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