If you're looking to take advantage of the very latest trend in construction software technology-generating takeoffs straight from digital plan files instead of paper plans—then take a look at Quest Takeoff.
Just download your plans from any of the online plan rooms, or upload them from a CD-ROM. You're ready to go-and because Takeoff doesn't require a digitizer board, it's easy to take your estimating process mobile.
Unlike the takeoff screens for Quest's other products, this one doesn't require a stylus pen, digitizer board, or even a set of plan drawings. That's because it works straight from digital plan files instead.
Once you've got your plans loaded, just select the appropriate cost item library, choose a cost item, and start digitizing.
Takeoff lets you copy, rotate, and "flip" structures once you've digitized them, which comes in handy when your plans call for multiple alterations of the same structure (such as in an office building, for example).
Your cost item libraries are fully customisable, and can even be imported directly from other programs.
And when your plans change without warning, you can quickly get a handle on the scope of the updates by comparing the new plans to the older version, using the Overlay feature.
The Notepad is a complete list of all the annotations you made in the Takeoff window. It provides you with a list of all items included in the Takeoff, complete with quantities, units of measurement, and room for you to add any notations you feel are necessary.
A single mouse-click lets you sort these items as needed, convert items from one unit of measurement to another, or get sum totals for your quantities. All Notepad items are completely editable, and when you're done, you can easily export your data to Estimator.
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