Countfire Features

Countfire

True automated take-off for electrical estimators

4.66/5 (71 reviews)

Countfire Feature Summary

  • Assembly takeoff
  • Electronic plans
  • Elevation checking
  • Error checking
  • Work regions
  • Automatic quantity splitting
  • Auto count revised drawings
  • Security
  • Lighting control
  • Modular wiring
  • AV
  • Automatic counting across projects
  • Linear & area measurements
  • Record drawings
  • Accuracy report
  • Automatic Excel spreadsheet creation
  • Pricing schedules
  • Quality control reports
  • Edit tool
  • Customer service widget
  • Drag & drop
  • Pricing schedules/demarcations
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Zoom & select
  • Automatic matching algorithm
  • Upload PDF
  • Rotate drawings
  • Search functionality
  • Quality control reports

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Countfire Feature Reviews

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

Chris Clews

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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Neil Osborn

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
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Kevin Thompson

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

occasionally things can be a little slow if drawings files are large. 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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Gary McKee

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
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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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Bernd Rechberger

Makes estimating much quicker and more efficient - fun to use

2015-09-09

Countfire has proven to be an efficient estimating tool.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Source: Capterra
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Declan Gavin

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
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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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Kristina Cornelius

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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Daniel Hinks

Countfire Review

2016-08-22

Countfire is an easy-to-use piece software that helps us greatly within the Estimating department.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Zachary Byrd

Revolutionary takeoff experience.

2018-02-09

Reduction in time in the estimation process (magnitudes).

Pros

) - Documentation from another planet (over 25,000 words of concise walk through material - Redundancy (the way projects are delivered after being processed eliminates worry and most potential for error) - Data manipulation (the data spit-out from a project comes post-pivot table, saving us a step in formatting to get our numbers straight) the list goes on and on - simply amazing!!

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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Evan Kanter

Expensive but well worth it

2016-10-12

Countfire allows electricians and subcontractors to takeoff drawings on a computer without the hassle and time wasted from printing out drawings, manually highlighting and then counting.

Pros

Fast Easy to use and learn Fast tech support Constantly updated and developed

Cons

$$$ Missing features make program more tedious (multi orientation scan) Non Customizable count sheet No symbol attach 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

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Chris Small

Countfire is a lifesaver!

2017-02-01

You upload your drawings simply and easily and within minutes you can have a scaled, marked up set of drawings with all measurements documented in an excel spreadsheet.

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!

Source: Capterra
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Ewan McLachlan

Very Good Overall, Any Processing Problems Have Been Dealt With Quickly and Always With a Solution.

2017-05-26

Not having to waste time producing hand markups

Pros

I've found other uses for its capabilities, so it's, even more, cost effective than just its use of tender bids.

Cons

Having to pay.

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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Jonas dos Santos

It has been an excellent way to manage my take offs.

2015-12-14

It has been a nice and easy way to manage my projects. Can't think life before this system.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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James Cusick

Electrical Take Off

2016-03-01

I'm new to estimating. Prior to using this software, i was amazed how relatively primitive take off was.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Simon White

A great piece of software that makes the tedious task of take off quick, accurate & easy.

2017-05-27

Fast and accurate take-offs

Pros

Being able to turn off the background is a great help and the edit tool is really useful.

Cons

It would be really useful to be able to add 'drops' or 'rises' when doing a length measurement; at the moment I only count drops as 'points' which I then add up once the project has been possessed.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Stephen Avallone

This is the product you wished someone would make but never knew existed.

2017-10-25

This program cuts our paper cost and review time while increasing efficiency and accuracy.

Pros

Every feature incorporated into this product is top notch.

Cons

There's really not much to dislike with this program, but if I had to voice a small nit pick it would be that I would like to see more color options for device designation. Often we deal with large quantities of different devices. Like a said, I'm just nitpicking.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Peter Spencer

The software has increased our output but most importantly accuracy

2017-10-25

Increased speed and accuracy

Pros

We have found the software very easy to use, the support and backup is fantastic and the checking and reporting functions are great.

Cons

The main frustrating this is the time it takes to load drawings.

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
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Aleshia McLain

The product is easy to use and the support staff is amazing.

2017-10-23

I have saved a lot of time on performing take offs.

Pros

They can actually open and view the actual project I am working on and will send me a clip of how to get past what problems I may be having.

Cons

Nothing. Everything about this software is amazing. The support staff has a quick response. They normally respond is less than 5 minutes.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jason Calle

Learning the software was quick and easy.

2017-08-17

Pros

The team is very helpful and will dive right in to your project.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Craig Lambe

In theory its a fantastic system but in execution it can be slow and tedious at times.

2017-06-02

Accurate and backed up take-offs in a detailed excel report but can be slower than would like to get it all taken-off, checked, demarcated and corrections made.

Pros

Great online support, automatic symbol recognition, good checks, and reports. No installation, being able to operate from any computer via the browser.

Cons

Needs a drawing revision function, to update/switch between drawing revisions and identify/compare changes easily.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Steve Pang

One of the most intuitive and accurate take-off software currently on the market

2018-05-21

Saves us a lot of time dealing with large take-offs.

Pros

Simple interface, easy to pick-up.

Cons

Price is on the high side. App can start to struggle when dealing with massive PDFs with lots of symbols.

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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Stuart Thompson

Countfire Review

2018-10-10

We have been using the system now for around 6 weeks, during this time the Countfire people were very helpful in getting us set up correctly, as we are now more used to the software were seeing benefits of time saving and having easy access to neat and tidy take offs as apposed to trawling through the estimators files looking at unclear scribbles, also we no longer have to print off large amounts of A0 / A1 paper at tender stage saving cost and the environment.

Pros

Speed, Accuracy, environmental benefits, and easy to follow hints and tips.

Cons

Sometimes the information we are provided with by our customers is not in the correct format for Countfire to work at its full potential, this is not a fault of Countfire but a problem with the information we are working with

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
Source: Capterra
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Terry Jennings

Makes life very easy.

2017-05-30

Pros

Countfire makes doing takeoffs extremely easy and the amount of time it saves leaves more time to do other things that need doing.

Cons

not enough colours in the palette, When you measure & ask for itemised it measures every click not just start to finish giving far to many reults

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Rapid Tender


Thanks Terry! I wanted to let you know we released an update recently to include more colours.

With measurements and how they're saved into the Excel spreadsheet, you have a choice between not itemised (just the overall total) and itemised (each individual measurement).

Itemising does definitely result in a larger spreadsheet because there's just a lot more information to represent within Excel, however, I also wanted to point you towards a workaround we have which allows you to round & summarise those measurements towards specific lengths (EG: set busbar lengths etc. There's more here:

http://help.countfire.com/workarounds/summarising-measurement-items

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Dan Baldock

Good time saver

2018-08-23

Pros

time saved for manual counting links to excel easy

Cons

no curve or circle line measurements can be done but straight line measuring only

Rating breakdown

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Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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shaun mc creesh

fast and easy to use

2017-05-12

saves time

Pros

it saves a lot of time rather than manually counting the items. it tally's up all the drawing at the one time and its very easy to use.

Cons

that when you select an item it pick up others as well. and sometimes you may have to go over some drawing to see if it missed out any of the symbols

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Rapid Tender


Thanks for your review Shaun! With regard to checking for symbols that haven't yet been counted, I wanted to reply with a help centre article outlining the 4 opportunities available to verify accuracy on your projects:

http://help.countfire.com/best-practice-workflows/the-4-stages-of-checking

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