STACK Takeoff is a cloud-based solution designed for commercial construction contractors looking to save time, increase accuracy and win more profitable work. It helps users quickly measure digital plans and determine material quantities needed to complete a job. Measured values can be exported to Excel with a single click.
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.
You can access STACK from anywhere you have access to the internet and from a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. STACK works with both PC and Mac devices.
Collaboration is another key STACK feature. Your team can access and work from the same plans, in real-time, to quantify materials, create callouts and add project notes.
Sunshine M. Especialidad: Materiales de construcción Número de empleados: 13-50 empleados
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. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: Trabajador autónomo
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. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: Trabajador autónomo
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.
Brad C. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 13-50 empleados
Accuracy and consistency has improved. Discrepancies between multiple estimators have been reduced since the markups explain themselves.
Being able to mark up the plans and everything is automatically saved has increased efficiency by a large margin. The ability to mark the items costs along with labor and margin reduces the discussion time on the estimate price for a project.I can complete an estimate on a project in less than half the time than using the old ruler! Also, the reports that are savable and printable presents a much better tool while breaking down expenses.
So far, everything I have used on Stack has been an improvement and a positive, so as soon as I run into a negative, I'll let you know!
Chris L. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 51-200 empleados
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.