STACK Estimating is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes and all trades. STACK users can quickly and easily upload digital plans and complete takeoffs using the software. Then users can create detailed estimates and submit accurate bids.
A full suite of prebuilt reports are included giving the user all the details and insights they need. STACK also provides a pre-built database that include in-depth lists of equipment, labor, and materials of all common construction items.
Unlimited training and support are included in the price of every STACK subscription. This makes it easy to get started for new takeoff software users and those transitioning from another software. You can reach STACK’s training and support teams by phone or by using the in-app chat functionality.
Sunshine M. Branche: Baumaterial Mitarbeiteranzahl: 13-50 Mitarbeiter
This product is incredibly simple to use, but a very powerful tool. The calendar makes organizing projects by due date easy. You can quickly see what's coming up and space them out when a larger project takes more time. The search function to find past projects is imperative.
Doing takeoffs is much easier now. I can export final dwgs and reports so that my sales rep can go back and see exactly what I quoted and where. All the work is saved so I can back and reference it or change it if plans change.
The lines and symbols are easy to read and quick to set up. You can dimension the plans when needed and add call outs. The cloud tool is useful for items I have a question about. I can even copy and paste a line several times instead of having to draw it out each time.
Being able to add labels to the takeoff is crucial. It makes my quotes much more powerful when I say exactly where I found each product. It also helps if there is a change to the plan later. I can easily remove one section by using the Geometric Report instead of having to dig through all the plans.
The ability to use two screens is awesome! When I find a particular detail and have to match it to the plan, it is much easier to have one screen with the detail and one with the plan.
Some things are not customizable. I can't change the default dimension color or size. But once you set it, it remembers the changes for that page only.
I can't rearrange the sheets with the tabs on top. I have to open them in the order I need. So if I find a detail on another sheet, I may have to close some tabs and them reopen them in the order I need.
It does integrate with Excel reports, but Excel charges a monthly subscription for that. I am also waiting for the symbol search tool.
John P. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: Selbstständig
I have literally increased my productivity by 1,000% I am doing 10-times more bids and with much greater accurracy, no one questions my take offs.
The use of pop-ups when you "Mouse-Over" items is very effective, makes things very intuitive, lessens time-to-learn how to use the system.
Need to have more than 50 characters when naming take-off items, at least 100 characters.
Lance O. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: Selbstständig
Stack Estimating allows a very flexible approach to take offs and preparing estimates. I've been using this software for just over a year and had previously used another software with other companies. Stack is fairly streamlined, allows multiple options, and organizes your quantities in a way that is very user friendly and easy to manage.
I find myself frustrated with creating my take off library before starting a project. There are many options, but it would be nice to be able to set some defaults when creating items. For example, when creating a count item, it automatically generates a 'Medium' check mark with 'Medium' line weight. With every count item, I am changing this to 'Small' and 'Small' because the current default obstructs too much of the plan. They have a library that you can set, but every plan has different items so I can only use the library for so much.
Remember what the program is. It is a internet based software that is handling a large amount of information. It will get hung up from time to time, but that is the nature of internet based software. The options that it has and it's ability to be constantly updated still makes this a very easy program to use.
Chris L. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
The functions and takeoff procedures has really helped speed up my takeoff process.
The web based software sometimes leads to lags/glitches when zooming in and out. If you zoom in and do your take off then zoom out to continue your takeoff it does not start your take off right away, and you have to click twice to initiate the new takeoff.
Jason H. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
We've handles jobs from a few thousand to millions and the PMs love our cost break outs
Stack allowed us to quickly make the switch from more costly and out of date software. It's platform independence means we can access our files from the field anytime. The low learning curve means I can have assistants up and running in a day or two.
Dependence on Microsoft Excel for reports