STACK Features

STACK

Construction takeoff & estimating software

4.48/5 (1,046 reviews)

STACK Feature Summary

  • Price data / price Books
  • Cost database
  • Calculators
  • Takeoff
  • Measurement & markup tools
  • Activity management
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Automatic backup
  • Bid management
  • Calendar management
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Content library
  • Customizable reporting
  • estimating
  • File transfer
  • Planning tools
  • Project development
  • Project planning
  • Project tracking
  • Project workflow
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Real time monitoring
  • Real time notifications
  • Real time reporting
  • Real time updates
  • Project security
  • Strategic planning
  • Scheduling
  • Activity dashboard
  • Labor costs
  • Data import/export
  • Cost management
  • Built-in database
  • Cost estimaing
  • Project estimating
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Building product database
  • Reporting & statistics

Competitor Feature Comparison

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Reporting
Audit Trail
Auditing
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Built-In Database
CRM Integration
Calendar Management
Collaborative Workspace
Content Library
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Dispatch Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Estimating
File Transfer
GPS Integration
Inventory Management
Invoice Management
Labor Cost Reporting
Location Tracking
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multi-Location
Planning Tools
Product Data Management
Project Estimating
Project Planning
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
QuickBooks Integration
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reporting & Statistics
SMS Integration
SSL Security
Strategic Planning
Task Scheduling
Third Party Integration
Timesheets
Workflow Management
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API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Reporting
Audit Trail
Auditing
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Built-In Database
CRM Integration
Calendar Management
Collaborative Workspace
Content Library
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Dispatch Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Estimating
File Transfer
GPS Integration
Inventory Management
Invoice Management
Labor Cost Reporting
Location Tracking
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multi-Location
Planning Tools
Product Data Management
Project Estimating
Project Planning
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
QuickBooks Integration
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reporting & Statistics
SMS Integration
SSL Security
Strategic Planning
Task Scheduling
Third Party Integration
Timesheets
Workflow Management
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API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Reporting
Audit Trail
Auditing
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Built-In Database
CRM Integration
Calendar Management
Collaborative Workspace
Content Library
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Dispatch Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Estimating
File Transfer
GPS Integration
Inventory Management
Invoice Management
Labor Cost Reporting
Location Tracking
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multi-Location
Planning Tools
Product Data Management
Project Estimating
Project Planning
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
QuickBooks Integration
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reporting & Statistics
SMS Integration
SSL Security
Strategic Planning
Task Scheduling
Third Party Integration
Timesheets
Workflow Management
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STACK Feature Reviews

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

JoAnna Wood

Must Have Takeoff Software

2017-02-22

Our company used a competitors software that was not anywhere near as functional. In addition, the main computer crashed and all the functionality was lost. We had to pay an additional fee to set them back up if we chose too. That is when we found Stack.

Pros

Extremely User Friendly Cloud Based Excellent Customer Support Priced appropriately Specific to.our scope

Cons

Would like project management software incorporated with the takeoff and estimating functionality.

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: Software Advice
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Erik C

Great at whats it does

2017-02-27

We use Stack for almost all of our jobs. Stack makes everything easier and faster on a day to day basis

Pros

Easy to jump in to Project management Takeoff reports

Cons

UI on plans is sometimes glitchy

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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Shawn Black

Easy to use - all in one place

2019-04-25

Bidding and project management is much easier.

Pros

I like that all plans and data is saved online.

Cons

I wish that there was a place to create your own specific units. We have pre-set units on certain items that we have to re-measure every time on every plan. We would love to be able to pre-set a certain measurement for specific things and only have to quantify on plans

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: Software Advice
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Joshua Dreyfus

Take-Off and Estimating made easy

2019-04-15

Estimating, Take-off, Bid collaboration.

Pros

Reduces the time and effort required to accurately produce project bids. Collaborating via the cloud is easy and works very well when combined with the accessibility options Stack allows.

Cons

I haven't heard any complaints. Demo was incredibly impressive to senior estimators.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Edna Rashid

A platform that allowed me to create more accurate estimates & make comprehensive analysis.

2017-05-19

Ability to create comprehensive estimates, simplifying/reducing the number of calculations, the calendar and monitor projects from the application are all extremely beneficial features of the application.

Pros

Makes it easy to adjust and modify estimates. Calculations of labor and material was simplified and in many cases combined.

Cons

Take-offs should allow for multiple selections once it's created without having to create a separate take-off for minor changes in data.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Stack Construction Technologies


Hi Edna,
Thanks so much for your recent feedback!
We are so glad to be able to support the takeoff and estimating needs of NF Insulation, LLC 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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Jeff MacBean

The Stack software is a great tool for a company of our size.

2018-02-07

Pros

The software is easy to use.

Cons

The finished project does not integrate easily into a proposal/estimate template.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Consumer Services company, 11-50 employees)

Easy to use, great for organizing and tracking

2018-02-09

You can track all past bids, and it is very user friendly if you have used any past estimating software.

Pros

Favorite feature is the calendar which allows you to view all projects and track dates when completed.

Cons

Also need an overlay tool for incoming revisions and addendum's

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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Victor Dent

This estimating program makes my job a lot easier.

2016-08-19

Pros

I can also export data to my spreadsheet to use with my existing estimating format.

Cons

The standard reports don't quite fit the structural steel industry and I have to reformat the data when I import into my spread sheet.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering STACK

Try it. Let these guys show you how it works and how easy it is to customize to fit your trade or industry.

Source: Software Advice
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Richard Sorren

From a Rooftop View

2017-02-27

It has made estimating a project management much more fun.

Pros

Unlimited space to upload, the excel report and the chat support.

Cons

Lately it seems a little pushy on the sales side.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering STACK

no

Source: Capterra
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Jorge Lopez

Excellent tool for estimating and/or being able to confirm dimensions.

2018-02-12

Able to quickly estimate several project in a week.

Pros

Ease of use and the ability to have access to your documents at will.

Cons

Lacks some seemingly simple features, Volume of materials could use some compaction feature. being able to select something as tons.

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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Alan Larraza

Game Changing Estimates

2019-11-19

Stack has changed the way we estimate and instantly generates accurate material lists for every project!

Pros

The ability to customize my assemblies.

Cons

Need ability to see item reports and customize accounting features.

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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Jean-Philippe Langlois

This software really makes your estimating make sens... time wise. It cuts estimating time by 75% .

2017-05-23

My estimating time is reduced by 75% which allows me to focus on management more

Pros

Once you have all your partitions, assemblies and materials combinations set up, estimating time is easily reduced by 75-80%

Cons

Not that it would be easier with any other software, but I would've like to have the possibility to download the most commonly partition assemblies as an example.

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 Stack Construction Technologies


Hi Jean-Philippe,
Thanks so much for your recent feedback!
We are so glad to be able to support the takeoff and estimating needs of Langlois Master Design 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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Sean Persons

A Great Software Program for Construction

2019-01-29

Pros

Being able to input quantities of material that automatically generate when estimating the plans is a great feature that saves time.

Cons

It takes some time to load large plans and often freezes, leaving you to restart and reload the plans.

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: Software Advice
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William Kapaldo

New Stack User

2019-11-19

Organization of takeoffs with ability to itemize saves a huge amount of redo when starting the next estimate.

Pros

Fast, unlimited storage, project tracking ease, scheduling

Cons

Lots to learn but only training videos - could use several written outlines and instructions to address key features. A FAQ section could/ would be helpful

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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Adam Zeen

STACK for Plumbing

2016-10-12

However, it does lack some features compared to other estimating platforms.

Pros

Cloud Based

Cons

Heavy mechanical and plumbing users who bid large scale projects will find it lacking to other more feature based platforms.

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: Software Advice
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daniel johnson

Stack Plus - Just what we needed

2018-08-17

Well worth the investment.

Pros

Makes estimating 10x faster, and helps us to keep track of bids/projects.

Cons

I've made a few feature suggestions and I can't wait to see how the software evolves in the future.

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: Software Advice
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JoAnn Sigl

Thoughts on STACK

2019-05-03

Overall, I enjoy working with STACK, we at one point cancelled our subscription due to being locked into using another estimating software XACTIMATE and while we still utilize that program for the required estimates, nothing is faster and more accurate than STACK for the area calcs we do for our insulation estimates.

Pros

I also find the ability to export data into excel extremely helpful.

Cons

The software occasionally hangs while importing plans.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jim Schafer

I use this program everyday and it has become an essential tool in our office!

2018-08-17

This is an awesome application that has helped us simplify and streamline our takeoff process. Customer support is great and they really do listen to their customers.

Pros

I can access project data from the field.

Cons

I would like to see more options for generating customized reports that are ready to send to another party without relying on excel.

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: Software Advice
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Raj Magan

Great Estimating software for daily use

2019-05-01

Pros

The ability to create templates makes it easier to estimate with each project.

Cons

To use STACK seamlessly it requires a fast internet connection so all your data and calculations can be inputted and outputted simultaneously.

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: Software Advice
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Tyler Jaycox

Student Version

2019-04-23

We use it in a cost estimating class and has been beneficial to me when learning about take offs.

Pros

I liked how easy it was to learn how to use the program.

Cons

We tried to use this program as a group in a school project and we were unable to edit shared documents.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Manuel Reyes

Reports

2019-05-01

quick takeoff, but not goods reports.

Pros

Easy to use, great masonry package; bookmark are great tool

Cons

can't not produce a complete bid report, crew, equipment, profit & overhead.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Software Advice
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Abhilash vonumpalli

handy tool for general contractors

2019-05-03

good and handy tool to have if you are a general contractor, to estimate the jobs and also to verify the subcontractors quotes

Pros

the software is customized to our needs and works on a logical relationships, once you get that logical relation between the material and labor, you can save the settings and you can use them for all similar projects.

Cons

the pre-defined assemblies are good for american market only

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Paul Coviello

STACK software

2017-01-26

The calendar, the take-off lists, and the reporting functions are better than any other system that I have used.

Pros

Integrated take-off and estimating functions

Cons

I would like a cost to price conversion feature and proposal writing feature in the software.

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 STACK

Buy it!

Source: Software Advice
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Tyler Kipp

Construction software

2018-11-07

Pros

Contractors can bid and estimate jobs with easy.

Cons

The download time of some of our plans took way to long.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Matthew Muscat

Finally organizing a jumble of bids from our 3 locations

2018-05-29

Overall a great product, it is the only estimating software I’ve ever used but it definitely sends a high standard for the competition!

Pros

The fact that we can finally organize the bids for our 3 locations and keep track of bids won and lost, and save a lot of money on printing architectural sized plans.

Cons

I would like to see an option to get installable software and a cloud based storage system coupled with it.

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: Software Advice
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