Echt geautomatiseerde software voor de opstartfase die echt werkt.
The ease of integration, no software to install locally.
There is no 'back' button to help you correct mistakes - you have to rely on not saving changes which is not ideal.
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Countfire - Pros and cond
Opmerkingen: Excellent, the online support is fantastic, as is the software. There have been some containment drawings that I simply could not have lifted off with Pen and paper, but Countfire has made it possible and easy to review. If in doubt do the trial on a big job and see how you get on!
Whats not to like? Not much. Its a fantastic tool for estimators, the more you use it the faster you get and the more confidence you gain. Automatic counts - Brilliant Manual Counts - When you cant use automatic counts this is still super fast compared to pen and paper Measurements - Brilliant Splits and multiples - essential and very helpfull I have been using it for a year now and would recommend it to anyone involved in estimating or any other form of take offs.
Every now and again you get a bad drawing where all the symbols are slightly different and its a pain. Just use manual count and safe yourself a lot of frustration! The cost is pretty high (but worth it in time saved) If I was self employed it could be out of price range.
A great product which makes my job easier.
Opmerkingen: Overall countfire has made my job as an estimator a lot easier and quicker. It helps me maximise the speed of my take offs whilst making sure the quality is up to standard.
The product itself is very easy to use and get used to. I can take drawings off in whatever way I need, and even go back to edit take offs if needs be with no hassle.
One feature I would like to see added to countfire is the ability to copy a Group/Measure/Count. Sometimes on one drawing I could have multiple types of spurs for example, and it would be nice to be able to copy one line item, and edit part of the reference to save typing out the whole thing.
When it works it's a real time saver, but holy cow it's very expensive
I found the customer support was second to none, there is a little chat box in the corner when you are doing take offs and if you are having any issues then you can talk on here and in my experience you get help normally within half an hour.
The first 2 drawings that were quite big the auto count feature didn't work and so I had to count manually and I had software already a lot cheaper that I could do that with.
When i had a drawing that worked, it worked well and saved a lot of time. But honestly the cost of this software you'd have to do a heck of a lot of estimating with drawings that work to make up for the huge cost.
The auto count feature when it works does save a lot of time. The customer support and training is excellent.
The cost is way too much. not all drawings work with the auto count feature.
Taking off made easy!
Automatically counting multiple drawings at the same timeAbility to identify any issues/errorsConstantly adding new features
So far we have had no issues wit the software. The only very minor issue was not receiving a notification of duplicate symbols on a set of drawings but still not really an issue
Gloster MEP & Countfire
Opmerkingen: We have massively reduced printing output with Countfire, as well as increased speed with take offs over various disciplines.
As a Team, we find this tool very useful collectively as we can help each other, assist in various ways and find the output of the take off/marked up drawings symbol checks very useful.
In some areas, perhaps an ability to 'copy & paste' information, words etc could be useful.
Saving time to tackle the high end cost items!
The new feature to overlay drawings to save time taking off similar drawings more than once.
Can be long processing some complicated drawings.
Revolutionary takeoff experience.
Opmerkingen: Reduction in time in the estimation process (magnitudes).
- clear cut user interface with everything hotkeyed, and the hotkeys labeled in plain sight - PHENOMENAL customer service and support (I requested and had a feature built and deployed overnight, etc., etc., etc.) - Documentation from another planet (over 25,000 words of concise walk through material - Redundancy (the way projects are delivered after being processed eliminates worry and most potential for error) - Data manipulation (the data spit-out from a project comes post-pivot table, saving us a step in formatting to get our numbers straight) the list goes on and on - simply amazing!! Will and the boys are a phenomenal team, awake at preposterous hours of the morning solving issues that could wait, etc. just amazing!
Opmerkingen: It has been a great use so far, saves time greatly and eliminates the needs for printing and doing takeoffs manually
It saves an incredible amount of time when doing takeoffs and the other features make it much easier to complete many time consuming tasks. Also the countfire team shows you all of the ins and outs so you always know what you are doing.
No negatives at this time.
the checks - and the excel output - this gives me the perfect platform to begin my estimation
to be honest the is no features i don't like - really happy with software
New user review
Its ease of use, it is very intuitive and quick to learn, support is always on hand for when you get stuck.
Some features aren't available, e.g. moving all zones together at once, it would be great to have it available on an app too, so you can work on PC and iPad when travelling, although very easy to use, some tasks are time consuming
Best Estimating Takeoff Software
Opmerkingen: I've only been using it for a month or so but it has been very nice. The support team is phenomenal. They are very good at fixing any problems you might face. There is also a feature request page that you can request new features and everyone can vote on them and then the Countfire team will work on implementing that feature. The Countfire team is very active and always looking for new ways to make the experience better.
Features that I like the best: The Support: User Interface: I really like the clean simple user interface. It looks very nice and up to date unlike a lot of the competition. Autocount: In comparison to other software such as Livecount, Planswift, Bluebeam, eTakeoff, etc. Countfire is by far faster. I've used Livecount & Planswift the most. Countfire can do in 2 seconds what Livecount & Planswift takes 3 minutes to do. I can select a fixture type to autocount and it will find every fixture with extreme accuracy on every plan page in 2 seconds or less (Tested with a plan set of 120+ pages) Background Hide: Countfire has the ability to hide the background on a drawing. This is very useful when you have a messy plan set or when all the furniture and details are on the same page as the electrical. You can toggle it on and off. You can also define what is a part of the background and it will hide it. This makes it so much easier to see only the electrical stuff. Hide Counted Symbols. (Only works for symbols counted with autocount). This is a feature that most of the estimating takeoff software has but this does it in a much different way. It will actually hide the symbols that have been counted not just the digitizer count itself. This allows you to toggle off everything that has been counted and now you can see what hasn't been. This only works on the symbols that are counted with autocount. You can still hide the manual digitizer counts but it won't hide the symbol.
The estimating side isn't as advanced as some of the other competitors but they are currently working on a big update that will fix most of that.
Countfire is a lifesaver!
From a user perspective, Countfire is a lifesaver. You upload your drawings simply and easily and within minutes you can have a scaled, marked up set of drawings with all measurements documented in an excel spreadsheet. I take this output and use it to accurately build quotes and check quantities on all projects from single residential to large scale hotels and commercial. For us it means that we can have accurate information to supply alongside our quotes to give us peace of mind that our measurements are completely transparent to clients without sending physical copies of marked up drawings. The guys at Countfire are beyond helpful and have put a huge amount of work into making the software work for us, they are always easily contactable and jump right in to help whenever there may be a problem.
It's dramatically reduced the time we spend on quoting, and in turn improved our workflow and relationship with clients. I couldn't recommend it more.
Easy and simple to use for a process that is inherently complex and difficult.
Countfire used to be heavily geared towards counting references and not linear measurements. There have been HUGE steps by the guys at Countfire to improve the linear side of things with many new additions to the software for this purpose. Some drawings on a large scale (1:200+) are hard to measure small lengths under 300mm, but this is a very minor issue that the support staff will help with on a project by project basis.
Best thing to happen top take-offs
So easy to use and if there is something you're not sure about Support are very quick to respond and walk/ talk you through it
Doesnt integrate with 3 party estimation software which would be nice but not essential
5 maanden geleden
Thanks Dougie! Really glad you're getting on well with the software. In terms of estimating, while we don't yet have integrations with other tools, we do have our own estimating side that would be well worth a look. It learns from previous estimates and does a huge amount of heavy lifting for you—means you don't need to reinvent the wheel with each estimate you do. If you haven't had a demo already, I'd recommend firing us a quick message in-app and one of our product specialists can jump on a call and walk you though it.
Countfire has made things a lot more efficient for me especially during lockdown. My printing costs and time printing documents has drastically reduced and enables me to do a lot more costing.
There are no cons to this software. Occasionally you may get a set of drawings that does not allowed you use use the software to its full potential ( Not Countfire fault) but there is a solution 99% of the time.
Opmerkingen: saves printing drawings out and buying highlighters etc, but also saves alot of time and so is very valuable.
its made the takeoff process alot easier and ten times faster.
an undo button would be great, also took abit of time to introduce new users and get them to fully understand the software.
Love this software!
Opmerkingen: I was dubious how well this product would work and how accurately the software would find the symbols for my electrical drawings. I was very surprised and pleased with the outcome it found all the symbols after I was shown via a video how to tweak the symbols. The service from the countfire guys is excellent they would check how I was doing with each project and send a brief ,informative and easy to follow instructions via video to show me how to get the best out of the software. To summarise I haven’t looked back since using Countfire. My tenders are compiled easier, and I now get them in way before deadlines which always looks good in my eyes.
Ease of use even for my limited I.T skills. Saves so much time. Compiles the take off for you. The search criteria can be saved and used again this saves even more time. Value for money due to time saved. Customer service is excellent.
None! Honestly I can’t think of any cons.
Good, versatile, fast, ongoing development, active support
The software is a good alternative to the usual means of working with large plans, as it saves a lot of time and space/printing materials
One of the cons is the requirement of the chrome browser, since the additional software isn't supported by the IT Department.
Easy and interesting way to count drawings much more efficiently and quickly
It takes a bit of playing around with to get used to but any question I had was answered within minutes through the CountFire team chat, I find the automatic link with DropBox and CountFire very useful with all the counts done automatically through an excel quantities spreadsheet.
It doesn't pick up symbols that are the same but at a different angle, so a few extra counts must be done to count all the symbols
6 jaar geleden
Thanks Shane! I wanted to let you know we've just released a feature which allows you to automatically count symbols that are the same, but rotated through different angles :)
my review, would happily recommend!
Opmerkingen: the software is relatively easy to use. the downside is that there is alot to learn compared to doing it manually. it is getting better now i have used it for a few weeks, but as a new starter i struggled to begin with. maybe an online tutorial would work well, i am not sure if you have this or not. the customer service is excellent, another problem is countfire doesn't always pick up all of the symbols, i often have to double check. Nevertheless, it is great in the sense that it is much quicker than doing it manually, i would happily recommend it to other users.
8 jaar geleden
Thanks very much for your review Jack. In terms of training, we have training courses available and also have an online knowledge base. We're also always happy to jump on a screen sharing session to help learn the software on a one to one basis. With making sure you pick up all the symbols, this is even a problem when doing take-offs manually. To help with this, Countfire allows you to hide all the symbols you've already counted so you can easily see what's left to count, and it also produces a set of drawings with all your counted symbols removed, which can be used as a quality control / checking process to make sure you've counted everything.
A brilliant and innovative piece of software that's helped the estimating team.
The speed to be able to create a take-off which would've potentially taken many hours by hand. This software is saving the company so many man hours already.
Due to the way we use countfire we don't just use it for symbol counts. We use this for the measurement of luminaire leads. Sometimes the drawings can become a little busy and tricky to follow. So maybe the option to turn certain layers drawn in countfire off would help.
6 jaar geleden
Thanks Ben! Assuming I've understood things correctly here, it's already possible to turn off both automatically counted symbols, and any linear / area measurements or manual points. It should just be a case of using the check boxes to the left of each symbol or measurement to hide it. There's more here: http://help.countfire.com/countfire-basics/hiding-matched-symbols
I've never experienced technical support that countfire. Simply the best
Opmerkingen: Saves me tons of time and for someone that works 80+ hours a week, my time is very valuable.
The ease of use. It is very easy to use once I learned the shortcuts and best practices from Countfire. Was up and running withing a few days 100% and it is saving me so much time. I did the a job the other day that was normally a 4 hour job and it took me 30 minutes by using Countfire and that 3.5 hours is very valuable to me.
The only thing I'd like and it is really only for hotels, but to be able to find a certain room and count them and multiply out already in the excel sheet, but I use the counts for the rooms and easily adjust the excel spreadsheet in less than a minute, so it really isn't an issue.
Opmerkingen: So far so good.
Rapid counting ability and accuracy - across multiple drawings!
Yet to get feedback on my trial questions. Estimating (cost) and assemblies is a must.
The software has increased our output but most importantly accuracy
Opmerkingen: Increased speed and accuracy
We have found the software very easy to use, the support and backup is fantastic and the checking and reporting functions are great.
The main frustrating this is the time it takes to load drawings. Also as a large business we would like the option to purchase the software.
Countfire - Genius Program!
What can I say, Will and the guys over at Countfire a developed something truly amazing. Ease of use is spot on and does exactly what its meant to do! The support is second to none, I generally get an answer within a minute. This has made life so much easier than manual counting!
Ease of use and support
Great Program just a bit expensive for our market (Australia)
Opmerkingen: Very positive.
Easy to use and very intuitive. Very Flexible.
Linked Estimating Package would be great.