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Overview

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

AutoCAD is a 2D & 3D design & drafting platform which supports automated design tasks with 2D drafting, drawing & annotation,...

  • 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
$1999
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$1470/yr.year
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

625

370

54

12

6

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

5

4

3

2

1

1,386

610

63

5

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
99%
would recommend this app

Pros

The best thing about this software is the ease of use and the customization of takeoffs you can do. Other takeoff programs don't allow you to just take off the simple items like this does.
It helps me determine if my painters are using too much in materials and gives me a good idea if I have material theft on the project. It also helps me budget better.
We are super pleased with STACK and the staff members. Initially, learning a new product can be challenging but the training team assured our success with its elaborate and precise training.

Pros

This is a very good application for creating floor plans and others. A highlight of this software is its way of delivering the drawings and the quality of the details presented.
This is highly recommended especially for the construction industry since it is user-friendly, reliable, and a helpful tool to be able to complete projects in a certain period of time.
This is my everyday in architecture, since I used it the first and saw the ease and the amazing things you could draw and design and look at it from other perspectives I was amazed.

Cons

Some of the preset names for materials are not what our suppliers/vendors call them. This makes it confusing for anyone new to the trade and you are unable to rename the preset names.
The only Con is you are charged by user. If you have a single account Only one person can be logged on.
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.

Cons

The line style selection can be confusing as the line style chosen may not reflect properly when exported. The cursor snapping options can be confusing/ bothersome sometimes.
Most of the user are unable to download AutoCad because of its size and there are a lot of difficult commands make AutoCad difficult to learn.
The famous "Fatal Error" that make you lose hours of work, is always a headache.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review9 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review5 days ago

Key features

  • Total features56
  • 2D Drawing
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Aerial Measurement
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Annotations
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Building Product Database
  • Built-In Database
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commercial
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Transformation
  • Design Management
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • File Management
  • File Transfer
  • For Architects
  • For General Contractors
  • For Manufacturers
  • Geographic Maps
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Offline Access
  • Overhead Costs Estimating
  • Planning Tools
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Prebuilt Assembly
  • Product Data Management
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Strategic Planning
  • Takeoff
  • Task Scheduling
  • Total features17
  • 2D Drawing
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Aerial Measurement
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Annotations
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Building Product Database
  • Built-In Database
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commercial
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Transformation
  • Design Management
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • File Management
  • File Transfer
  • For Architects
  • For General Contractors
  • For Manufacturers
  • Geographic Maps
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Offline Access
  • Overhead Costs Estimating
  • Planning Tools
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Prebuilt Assembly
  • Product Data Management
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Strategic Planning
  • Takeoff
  • Task Scheduling

Integrations

  • Total integrations22
  • Autodesk Construction Cloud
  • Box
  • CMiC
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • FOUNDATION
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Project
  • ProEst
  • Procore
  • ProjectSight
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Sage 300 Construction
  • Viewpoint
  • Xero
  • Total integrations21
  • Autodesk Construction Cloud
  • Box
  • CMiC
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • FOUNDATION
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Project
  • ProEst
  • Procore
  • ProjectSight
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Sage 300 Construction
  • Viewpoint
  • Xero

Security

  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation
  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation

User reviews that mention these apps

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  • Ease of use
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STACK

Easy take off program with minimal up keep

Reviewed 3 years ago

It helps me provide timely take offs with pinpoint accuracy

Pros

Matches industry names for most items, easy to understand especially if you have a background in autocad, input any custom item needed, can input price, customer service over the top in helpful,

Cons

It runs slow sometimes if trying to move to fast, it would be cool if a "price checker" existed in program

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STACK

Stack is helpful when it comes to customer support

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

ease of use and customer support is responsive. Would like to have a user handbook showing features and procedures so I can learn from others. I feel I am teaching myself this program.

Cons

cant turn off a takeoff on each page in order clean up for a task. Similiar to autocad by turning on and off layers. Also software glitches in certain commands and program has to be turned off to refresh. Would be nice if you had a user handbook and guidelines showing the features and tools.

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STACK

Still earning the software but is working ok

Reviewed 4 years ago

My reviews are in the middle for various reasons. After using OST, Planswift & Maxwell I have found that Stack is different but has a lot of potential to be my favorite so far. I started as an AutoCAD user and have done a ton of drafting and I find that I miss some of the tools that I have become accustomed to using. I am told that Stack is ever evolving and that constant improvements are always in the works. I can't wait to see what's next!

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Cons

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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STACK

The program is ok but it needs some user functions

Reviewed 3 years ago

It works

Pros

I like how it creates the spreadsheet The ability to download the pages that has the marks on it is very to save for future reference.

Cons

Having worked with AutoCad for several years, where you are able to preset your text and dimension heights, create tabs, drop-down boxes, this program doesn't. Stack ct makes you select the same function over and over from the right side of the screen, very time consuming. It doesn't let you preset your text size or dimension height. Every time you put the legend on the page you have to change the size again. It needs more function tabs and drop-down boxes to select an operation and make using it much easier.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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AutoCAD

Widely appreciated 3D modelling software

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, This software learning can easily get you a skill-based job and It has similar features to other compelling softwares, meanwhile It has emerged to one of the top software.

Pros

except the fact that it is one of the most widely appreciated and used designing software, It has many features which Autocad can boast of.

Cons

Certainly most of the manufacturers and designers are stacking with Autocad Design, However, it is still not east to use compared to their competitors like solidworks.

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