Contractors estimating software has just taken a huge jump forward in power, simplicity and affordability. With the introduction of PlanSwift 9.0, construction takeoff and estimation software is taking a major advancement.

Contractors can now do estimating work in one-tenth the time is was taking them before software. This is a timesavings that equals money. By saving this large amount of time contractors are now free to do other tasks, such as finish projects so they can be paid, estimating and bidding other jobs, or finding new work. All of these tasks are tasks that help bring in money and by having more time to do them PlanSwift pays for itself repeatedly.

On top of the already great takeoff and estimating software program PlanSwift 9.0 is introducing some amazing new features to help contractors of all sizes and trades to be even more productive. Features such as:

General

  • Undo! – now you can undo any change
  • When emailing plans to other users, the ability to select individual pages from the list.
  • Add columns to the “Open Job” dialog…example “Estimator” or “Due Date”

Interface

  • All new ribbon bar – more efficient use of the toolbar space
  • Quick Search – search all commands in the ribbon bar, plus searching your current estimates, and templates at the same time
  • New “Notes” sidebar…see all notes on the job in 1 place
  • New docking system – (windows don’t get lost)
  • Multi-select capability – hold SHIFT or CTRL to select multiple items
  • Color themes…Black, Blue, Silver

Navigation

  • Hyperlinks. Click hyperlinks on the page to either navigate to a URL or function as a bookmark to another page
  • Search the pages window
  • Folder structure for images: Now the user can group images in folders, such as “Architectural”, “Structural”, “Civil”, etc.
  • “Tabbed” browsing. Open multiple images at the same time…overall the software feels more like a “browser” for blueprint images, with powerful capabilities. Dock or undock tabs and move to additional monitors
  • Hover navigation: Hover over arrows (up, down, left, right) to pan around the page (perfect for touch screens too)
  • Takeoff / Image
  • Templates

Lists

  • Database integration: Ability to create custom lists (example: Items, Customers, Divisions, etc.) that can be linked to database

Estimating

  • Database Integration: Link PlanSwift to any existing ADO compatible database (including Excel, SQL Server, MS Access) for Price Lists, Customer Lists, etc.
  • Object oriented estimating (with Object Inheritance): We are introducing a new concept here. Each estimating assembly or formula can be “inherited” to other similar items allowing powerful plugins to be created with “Smart” functionality while digitizing.
  • Modify item properties directly from the estimating screen
  • Automatic units conversions – Enter values in IN, FT, M, CM, or any measurement type and it gets automatically gets converted

Reporting

  • Reporting: Greatly enhanced reporting capabilities. Sort & group the data any way you want, and save pre-built “Views”
  • Calculated Column – ability to create a column that is stored only on the report (not on the items) and calculates on the fly
  • Customizable page layout for reports (add logo, etc.)
  • Modify item properties directly from the reports screen
  • Excel 2010 Compatibility for the Live Excel integration

Language / International:

  • Better metric compatibility
  • Language Packs – Ability for the software to operate in multiple languages

Properties

  • New Property/Field Types: CheckBox, Color, Memo, Image, Path, Slider Bar, and more (store these properties on any item)
  • Friendly “Input” screen when editing properties
  • Form Designer: Ability to give templates friendly form inputs by using the form designer

Development Platform

  • New Concept of “Storages”: Allows the user to control where their job data and templates are stored (folder on HD, in a database, in XML file, etc.)
  • Much more open architecture – Every object (page, bookmark, area, linear, count, template….anything….has it’s own XML based set of properties for storing/tagging additional information to. Perfect for plugins to piggypack on PlanSwift architecture)
  • Ability to embed/integrate 3rd party apps into the software as a seamless solution (appearing as 1 software)
  • Ability for Events/Methods to launch Executable Plugins
  • New Script Editor window with built-in help files

Help / Support

  • More integrated experience

Misc

  • Parts show what type of takeoff item they need dropped onto
  • Export to Excel “Report”: Ability to define a “Report” from an Excel template (such as Invoice/Estimate), and have it populated with Data from PlanSwift (this is different functionality than the existing Live Excel integration)
  • SwiftMarket integration: The most powerful tool for buying and selling construction materials and services, now linked into the #1 takeoff software.

Contractors everywhere have already been upgrading to PlanSwift 9.0 as fast as they can, but now you can have the chance to try PlanSwift FREE to see if you agree that if can save you time and money.

To get PlanSwift free for 14 days CLICK HERE and DOWNLOAD PlanSwift 9.0 today!