About STACK

STACK offers a suite of cloud-based construction software solutions include takeoff and estimating, project management and field productivity software. STACK is a single and centralized platform from which to manage construction bidding processes and manage the entire construction process.

Incorporating takeoff measurement and markup tools, smart estimation technology, reports, real-time collaboration, streamlined bidding and customization capabilities, STACK aims to provide users with an accurate and flexible takeoff and estimating solution. Designed to accommodate any trade, STACK operates easily for landscaping, roofing or concrete and masonry projects as well as for general construction projects.

With STACK, users can measure digital plans, collaborate with team members, finalize project estimates and customize materials and pricing quickly and accurately. Concrete and masonry contractors can estimate footings, walls, site casts and tilt-up or lift-slab projects, while interior finish contractors can measure plans and determine quantities for ceiling, drywall, flooring and painting. STACK’s powerful measurement, markup and cutout tools are also beneficial for landscapers planning minor sitework, irrigation or paving and general contractors seeking to verify quantity takeoff. With these careful measurements, users can then apply material, labor and equipment costs accordingly.

Every STACK user has access to a library of industry specific material databases, customizable takeoff and estimating reports and organizational tools such as the bid calendar dashboard, optical character recognition (OCR), auto naming and bookmarking. STACK provides users with a cloud-based, floating license which allows users to access and utilize STACK features at any time, from any location. To further enhance STACK’s flexibility, users receive automatic software updates and on-demand training.

Pricing starting from:

US$2,499.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of STACK

  • STACK functions as a cloud-based, floating license, affording users the flexibility to access STACK and utilize its features on the go, at any time.

  • Users can create customizable takeoff and estimating reports, stimulating valuable insight into bidding processes.

  • Includes an integrated cost database as well as the option to import customized pricing.

  • STACK includes advanced measurement and markup tools, enabling users to calculate cost estimates accurately.

  • STACK offers on-demand training and automatic software updates, providing users with ongoing support and up-to-date software improvements.

  • STACK facilitates comprehensive project organization, giving users a calendar dashboard and OCR, auto naming and bookmarking capabilities.
  • Typical Customers

    • Freelancers
    • Small Businesses (2-50)
    • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
    • Large enterprises (500 and more)

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premise

    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States, South Africa

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$2,499.00/year

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of STACK: 59

    • API
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Aerial Measurement
    • Assembly Takeoff
    • Audit Trail
    • Automatic Backup
    • Bid Management
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Built-In Database
    • Calendar Management
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Commercial
    • Commercial/Industrial
    • Cost Database
    • Cost Estimating
    • Cost Tracking
    • Customer Database
    • Customizable Reports
    • Data Import/Export
    • Dispatch Management
    • Document Management Software
    • Document Storage
    • Electrical Estimating Software
    • Electronic Plans
    • Estimating
    • For AEC Industry
    • For General Contractors
    • For HVAC Companies
    • For Plumbing Industry
    • HVAC Estimating Software
    • Historical Database
    • Job Costing Software
    • Job Management
    • Labor Cost Reporting
    • Mobile Access
    • Plumbing Estimating Software
    • Prebuilt Assembly
    • Project Estimating
    • Project Management Software
    • Project Planning Software
    • Project Planning/Scheduling
    • Project Tracking Software
    • Project Workflow
    • Projections
    • Proposal Generation
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • Real Time Analytics
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Notifications
    • Real Time Reporting
    • Real-time Updates
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Residential
    • SSL Security
    • Scheduling Software
    • Takeoff Software
    • Task Scheduling
    • Work Order Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5
    (1,268)
    Value for Money
    4.3/5
    Features
    4.2/5
    Ease of Use
    4.5/5
    Customer Support Software
    4.7/5

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    Trevor
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    STACK Pro had brought our company's estimating to a while new level!

    Reviewed on 2/12/2018

    Accurate painting takeoffs for commercial & residential construction projects.

    Accurate painting takeoffs for commercial & residential construction projects.

    Pros

    The Items & Assemblies feature of STACK Pro allow us to create estimates that are accurate and detail focused.

    Cons

    Although STACK has already started deploying hot keys in their estimating software, we would really like to see a "DELETE" hot key. We also think having the ability to move drawing tabs around in the plan screen (similar to how one can move Google Chrome tabs in their browser) would help keep drawings in-order if they have been opened out of sequence.

    Jake
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Cloud Takeoff

    Reviewed on 9/18/2020

    Stack was a significant upgrade to our takeoff process. The speed and being able to natively use it...

    Stack was a significant upgrade to our takeoff process. The speed and being able to natively use it on Mac make this software great. The development team continues to add great features, some of which bring feature parity with competitors, but others are unique and now classified as "can't live without" around our office.

    Pros

    The ability to log in and pull up all of our project drawings on any computer. The fact that this software is web based is great and makes this platform agnostic. As we are primarily a Mac based office, this is great and does not require virtualization to run windows based software. Stack is also incredibly fast to navigate and bring up projects. Even though our older software was on computer and not web based, it required long waits to open a project and switch between projects. With stack this is almost instantaneous and it allows multiple projects to be open at once in multiple tabs or windows.

    Cons

    It still lacks some functionality of our previous takeoff software, especially when we first started using it. Much of that functionality has been added since we started using it, and there are a few additional items they currently show as in the pipeline. Once those are released, all of the features we need will be here.

    Alternatives Considered

    On-Screen Takeoff

    Reasons for Choosing STACK

    Planswift was dated, didn't work natively on Mac, had little to no updates of value to us for years, and was slow (loading projects).

    Switched From

    PlanSwift

    Reasons for Switching to STACK

    It is web based and can run natively on Mac for that reason.
    James
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
    • Review Source

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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    Does the job but needs improvement

    Reviewed on 6/4/2018

    Your take off software needs improvement. We've waited over a year for significant updates and they...

    Your take off software needs improvement. We've waited over a year for significant updates and they haven't occurred. We have subscribed again but we won't be unless updates are made shortly as our business is growing rapidly and we need software that will keep up and OST will keep up.

    Pros

    It's better than a lot of other take-off software. Is in colour and is easily printable. The support is always there.

    Cons

    There are many things OST does that Stack does not.
    1. Being able to select the dimensions of the 'count' function. ie; 2000x500mm rectangle.
    2. Being able to re-assign a measurement to another measurement. ie; I measured an area for 10 minutes as turf but it was actually garden. Select the area, right click, re-assign to garden. This means you don't have to delete the item and waste more time.
    3. Being able to overlay plans. ie; Your client issues a new set of plans and you need to check the difference between the old and the new.
    4. Being able to calculate multiple measurements in one. ie; I want a m2 area with my measurement so I can calculate mulch however, this is in a planterbox and I also need to calculate the soil depth as well as drainage cell to walls so I really need m2, m3 and perimeter functions all engaged.
    5. We're not interested in Stack Estimating as it is all Microsoft excel based, like most other programs, making it only based on rates, rather than being able to adjust accordingly for site constraints using different machinery and access requirements.
    6. Your legend key needs updating. It doesn't fit correctly on the page nicely.

    Chris
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Simple and Flexible

    Reviewed on 10/12/2021

    Pros

    The ability to create involved assemblies of products and simply click to add all the right products for each situation is a serious time saver.

    Cons

    The product and pricing lists need to be easier to manage and update. We have pricing updates or new products about every quarter. To update that info is a hassle to do it one at a time or having to work through support to get an export then format all the new data then send it back to import it.

    Alternatives Considered

    Esticom

    Reasons for Choosing STACK

    With System Surveyor we were limited on the number of items we could have on any given survey. We often exceeded the items allowed.
    Selene
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Very Streamlined, Simple Estimating Utility

    Reviewed on 10/18/2021

    Stack is the customer service I measure all other customer service by. They are friendly, nice and...

    Stack is the customer service I measure all other customer service by. They are friendly, nice and helpful! They are super easy to reach as well from right inside Stack! They don't always have the answers, but if they can find them they will! Their knowledge database in stack is also pretty extensive so it's easy to find most of your easier answers in there yourself.

    Pros

    Stack is, hands down, one of the simplest solutions I've found for doing takeoffs. Depending on the industry, it's possible it may be too simple, however for the purposes of drywall and paint it is perfect. Building assemblies in Stack really streamlines the whole takeoff process, saving a lot of time and headache when it comes down to the little details. It's also super easy to learn due to how uncomplicated Stack's tool and interface are. You can make things much more complicated for more detailed accuracy, but you don't have to.

    Cons

    I'd like a few more options when it comes to proposal generation, but this is still a fairly new feature within Stack. Being able to fine tune the formatting would be helpful.

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    STACK offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$2,499.00/year View Pricing Plans
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Free -> $0/year Start -> Great for Single Estimators - $2,499/year Grow -> Perfect for Precon Teams - $5,499/year

    STACK has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

    STACK supports the following languages:

    English

    STACK supports the following devices:

    STACK integrates with the following applications:

    Autodesk Construction Cloud, Box, Buildertrend, Dropbox Business, Evernote Teams, Google Docs, Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, OneDrive, Procore, RedTeam Flex, SmartBid, eSUB

    STACK offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, Chat

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