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Which Takeoff and Estimating Package is Right for Your Company?




Although CCTO, PlanSwift, and On-Screen Takeoff Professional (with or without Quick Bid Estimating) are all powerful takeoff tools, each excels at some functions which may not offer the best solution for others. Below is a comparison of the three takeoff products as they compare to each other and to On-Screen Takeoff with Quick Bid Estimating. All our takeoff solutions provide estimators, project managers, and foreman features designed to improve takeoff speed, retain and organize data, and share projects with others. The matrix below helps you understand the major differences between the three takeoff products.

PlanSwift Viewer and On-Screen Takeoff PlanViewer are a minimalistic, plan-viewing and markup utilities, you can use to review a project before investing the time and resources to create full takeoff and an estimate. We don't include them in this article because they are not licensed products, nor do they have advanced takeoff and estimating capabilities. See Related Articles for more details.

Feature Comparison


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ConstructConnect Takeoff™ (CCTO)

PlanSwift™ Professional (PS) 

On-Screen Takeoff Professional™ (OST)

OST w/Quick Bid™ Estimating (QB)


ConstructConnect Takeoff™ (CCTO)

PlanSwift™ Professional (PS) 

On-Screen Takeoff Professional™ (OST)

OST w/Quick Bid™ Estimating (QB)

Bid (Project, Job, Tender, Estimate, etc.) Creation

Create Base Bid

Create Alternates and Change Orders

Create Project Versions

Organize Projects in or by Folders

Takeoff and Measurements

Access Artificial Intelligence-Powered Takeoff Boost™ to automate takeoff

Use Multi-Condition Takeoff(patented) to speed up drawing measurements


Measure (take off) Linears, Areas, and Counts

Generate multiple quantity results based on takeoff measurements



Save takeoff quantities

View a Legend of takeoff results per page

Auto Count

Create and Save Conditions/Takeoff Items

Assign Takeoff to Layers and Areas

Toggle Layers on and off to show/hide various takeoff objects

Create Custom Layers

Use Typical Takeoff to speed up takeoff process

Use Zones to breakout takeoff quantities


Custom Input Forms & Takeoff Tool Customization  

Duplicate and Reassign Takeoff to Different Conditions

Use Advanced Pasting Controls to speed up the takeoff process

Draw/Record with multiple Conditions/Takeoff Items at the same time

Takeoff curved areas

Draw, Copy, and Paste Backouts (area deductions)


Earthwork Pro Plugin for site work, excavating, etc.

Digitizer (hard board) support

Exports, Reports, and Pricing

Price Materials and Labor

Use eQuotes to obtain up-to-date Material Pricing from vendors

Price using built-in Worksheet

Export takeoff results (and the estimate) to sharable file

Export takeoff bid to create project in Quick Bid

Export takeoff quantities to Excel or CSV

Export priced Condition/Takeoff Item quantities to Excel or CSV

Drag-and-Drop Assemblies and Parts onto takeoff


Customize formulas

Link takeoff results directly to Excel


Link bid to work interactively with Quick Bid Estimating

Generate bid reports for analysis

Generate bid proposals and quotations

Export to various Accounting packages 


Manage the project in Digital Production Control (DPC)

Plan Organization

Access AI-powered Auto Naming to speed setup of Pages

Download plans from ConstructConnect's Platform

Download plans from other Planrooms

View plans in color

View raster images (tiff, cal)

View vector and CAD images (pdf, dwg, dwf, etc.)

View photo images (jpg, png)

Organize and match up drawing revisions

Compare revisions using Overlay feature

Compare multiple revisions using Overlay feature

Annotation Tools

Add text to the drawing

Using electronic ink to markup drawing

Highlighter tool

Create Hot Links, Named Views, Bookmarks

Create Punch Lists and Punch Items

Stamps annotation

Attach a file directly to a Page

Turn Image Legend on and off

Ungroup, move, or edit the Image Legend


Allow multiple estimators to work on takeoff concurrently


Allow employees within the organization to see each other's work

Export and share bids with other users over the internet

Share bids with users outside your organization

Share bids between home office and field

View projects in ConstructConnect's Web Takeoff app

Data Access

Set permissions

Custom permissions

Access data from MS Access or SQL Database

Backup and restore information


Store and access your data in the Cloud






Training Videos, Webinars, Online Help


Unlimited estimator assistance (How Do I…?)

Custom training


Custom Training in Spanish

On-Site/Classroom training

Sample projects

Sample estimating Items & Assemblies

Trade-specific Items and Assemblies



Manufacturer Items and Assemblies



(a) You can define a maximum of 3 results
(b) Optional Plugin or Add-on available (may require purchase)
(c) You can link On-Screen Takeoff Condition Results to Excel
(d) One user can work in OST and another other on the QB side, but not at the same time
(e) See Backup your PlanSwift Jobs for details
(f) See OST/QB Can I Use "Cloud" Storage? or PlanSwift - Storing Your Jobs on a Network Drive for details

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