About On-Screen Takeoff

On-Screen Takeoff by ConstructConnect is an intelligent takeoff solution that utilizes drag-and-drop capabilities and built-in OCR to build more accurate takeoffs that reduce costs and improve accuracy to bid and win more work in less time. With OCR-powered auto-count capabilities, OST can streamline the takeoff process by automatically counting measurements and objects, delivering highly accurate estimates.

On-Screen Takeoff automatically places objects into a similar distance, space, and directions onto to takeoff plan without having to manually adjust measurements for different layouts. For document control, users can save and manage multiple versions of a drawing with the overlay feature.

On-Screen Takeoff can integrate with various third-party applications such as Quick Bid, Excel, and accounting applications.

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Typical Customers

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

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of On-Screen Takeoff: 11

  • 2D Drawing
  • Annotations
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Bills of Materials
  • Document Management Software
  • Electronic Plans
  • For AEC Industry
  • Issue Management
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Residential
  • Subcontractor Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5
(157)
Value for Money
4.0/5
Features
4.2/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support Software
4.4/5

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Jeffrey
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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

Be Here Now

Reviewed on 2018-08-14

I've recommended this company many times, advised two companies in the last two years, including...

I've recommended this company many times, advised two companies in the last two years, including the one I currently work with, to buy the software because it's simply the best value I know of. And one REALLY important thing; Their SERVICE in superb. Full stop.

I see lots and lots of major changes still ahead for this industry of estimating, and software will lead in that new complexity/simplicity. More to understand, more to buy, more to manage. Having a 'let's get this fixed now' tech team, along with a friendly 'no such thing as a stupid question' mandate, if all OCS keeps doing is being the best at SERVICE, they will always have my business .

Pros

When using both OST and QuickBids together there is a synergy that not only allows you to 'standardize' your pricing, but also build unlimited 'conditions' using those standard conditions, or from scratch. As an independent can manage clients in completely different databases if that level of separation is required.

Yesterday a client gave me some feedback-just a little too high. Well, I have 4 other floors ready to submit for the next phase. I just go into 'markups', a little wiggle, a jiggle, and I have my pricing in line to vigorously compete in the next round. Total time, including new reports, 1 hour. Every single condition, adjusted for the new pricing (not just some lump sum discount, that's just lazy) and re-sent in a lunch hour. Nice... Alternates and change orders are even faster.

Cons

Reports stinks. Sorry, I call 'em like I see 'em. It's a bit better, more choices for printing and a 'master list' of available functions, but STILL, the actual graphics are completely terrible! No headings, no subheadings, just all one font, all one size, all run together with random page breaks. It takes me a lot of time, hours for big projects, to go through it all and make it legible. A little bird says it's in the works, I have the champaign chilled to celebrate when it's available in an update because it's probably the only thing that still irks me.

Also, fix the output PDF distiller!!!

Mark
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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

The best takeoff software I've used, albeit a little pricey.

Reviewed on 2017-12-19

Fast reliable estimates

Fast reliable estimates

Pros

It's fast and easy to use once it's setup.
Does most things well.
For most estimators, this is the software you want.
If you have the funds, it's worth getting On-Screen Takeoff & QuickBid together.
When you start to delve into it's various features you really see some great ways to save time. E.g. Typical Areas, Style Sets, Layers, Copying Bids, etc. I'd highly advise setting up one or more Template bids and copying the relevant one every time you have a new bid to do. Saves a ton of time.
I'd highly recommend this software.

Cons

There are some features it could have which would make it better. E.g. Auto-Page labeling, automatic page links, etc.
Database has issues from time to time. E.g. It disconnects from it's sister software QuickBid - which can cause problems. But that's not too often and possibly related to my computer?
On it's own it's just OK, but with QuickBid it's really great. Quickbid is a separate purchase.
The price would be the biggest issue I see with this software. It's quite expensive. Kind of precludes smaller businesses from buying it. Which is unfortunate, since it's possibly the best takeoff software out there. I could have bought a small family car for the price of the two licenses I purchased for my business (that was along with sister software QuickBid)

David
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 4.0 /10

Outdated

Reviewed on 2018-11-20

Pros

OnScreen Takeoff Typical Groups works well - I don't know any other software that has this function. Very helpful for apartment takeoffs.

Cons

Software has become outdated. OnCenter is very slow to respond to problems with their software.
Several problems discussed with their technical department are known, but they state that in their opinion these issues, some of which can actually result in incorrect bids, are not critical enough to warrant repair. I suggest being extremely careful when using OnScreen and QuickBid interactively. Note that Windows 10 has more issues that older versions of Windows - Oncenter is not keeping up. DON'T GET A NEW COMUTER!
OnCenter is not keeping up with innovation that other software companies.
Adding notes is cumbersome - in OnScreen they get in the way of doing takeoffs. In QuickBid they easily become buried in the bid and get missed.
Adding drawing numbers and names function in OnScreen Takeoff does not work well.
Revising drawings to TIFF is outdated.
Programs do not work well interactively and also bog down on large bids.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A standard in the Construction industry

Reviewed on 2019-08-13

Overall good experience. Construction companies typically have to use different pieces of software...

Overall good experience. Construction companies typically have to use different pieces of software that do similar things when working with joint ventures and contractors, but OST is one of the most used pieces of estimating software. From an administrative side, the licensing system is a little clunky if you are hosting your own license server. This is not uncommon though.

Pros

Many useful features, Quick and accurate general estimating tools, Good support.

Cons

It takes some "use time" to get a hang of all the features and functions OST comes with.

Alternatives Considered

PlanSwift and Sage Estimating

Reasons for Switching to On-Screen Takeoff

It seemed more comprehensive, for the price.
Quinn
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great for large Jobs

Reviewed on 2018-12-10

at first i did not stick to a specific process and my take-off got messy and difficult for others...

at first i did not stick to a specific process and my take-off got messy and difficult for others to understand. Once i figured out a system, I stuck to it and the results were clear. My take-offs are clean and easy to understand. My production has more than doubled and the results are better.

Pros

The organization of the take-off items is great. Easy to export the results and easy to use...once you have learned the software. As long as i stick to my workflow i created i do not have any problems.

Cons

If you get off you order of operations or workflow...it can get a bit messy. Use the layers and stick to a color scheme that fits the jobs. figure it out and be consistent with it and it will work amazing.

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On-Screen Takeoff offers the following pricing plans:

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  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • Free Trial: Available

Pricing information is provided on request by ConstructConnect.

On-Screen Takeoff has the following typical customers:

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

On-Screen Takeoff supports the following languages:

English

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On-Screen Takeoff offers the following support options:

24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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