About STACK

STACK is a cloud-based construction takeoff and estimating software that offers SMBs a single and centralized platform from which to manage construction bidding processes. Incorporating takeoff measurement and markup tools, smart estimation technology, reports, real-time collaboration, streamlined bidding and customization capabilities, STACK aims to provide users with an accurate and flexible takeoff and estimating solution. Designed to accommodate any trade, STACK operates easily for landscaping, roofing or concrete and masonry projects as well as for general construction projects.

With STACK, users can measure digital plans, collaborate with team members, finalize project estimates and customize materials and pricing quickly and accurately. Concrete and masonry contractors can estimate footings, walls, site casts and tilt-up or lift-slab projects, while interior finish contractors can measure plans and determine quantities for ceiling, drywall, flooring and painting. STACK’s powerful measurement, markup and cutout tools are also beneficial for landscapers planning minor sitework, irrigation or paving and general contractors seeking to verify quantity takeoff. With these careful measurements, users can then apply material, labor and equipment costs accordingly.

Every STACK user has access to a library of industry specific material databases, customizable takeoff and estimating reports and organizational tools such as the bid calendar dashboard, optical character recognition (OCR), auto naming and bookmarking. STACK provides users with a cloud-based, floating license which allows users to access and utilize STACK features at any time, from any location. To further enhance STACK’s flexibility, users receive automatic software updates and on-demand training.

Pricing starting from:

US$1 999,00

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of STACK

  • STACK functions as a cloud-based, floating license, affording users the flexibility to access STACK and utilize its features on the go, at any time.

  • Users can create customizable takeoff and estimating reports, stimulating valuable insight into bidding processes.

  • STACK includes advanced measurement and markup tools, enabling users to calculate cost estimates accurately.

  • STACK offers on-demand training and automatic software updates, providing users with ongoing support and up-to-date software improvements.

  • STACK facilitates comprehensive project organization, giving users a calendar dashboard and OCR, auto naming and bookmarking capabilities.

  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States, South Africa

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$1 999,00

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of STACK: 48

    • API
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Aerial Measurement
    • Assembly Takeoff
    • Audit Trail
    • Automatic Backup
    • Bid Management
    • Building Product Database
    • Built-In Database
    • Calendar Management
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Commercial
    • Commercial/Industrial
    • Cost Database
    • Cost Estimating
    • Cost Tracking
    • Customizable Reports
    • Data Import/Export
    • Electrical Estimating
    • Electronic Plans
    • Estimating
    • For General Contractors
    • For Plumbing Industry
    • HVAC Estimating
    • Historical Database
    • Job Costing
    • Job Management
    • Labor Cost Reporting
    • Plumbing Estimating
    • Prebuilt Assembly
    • Project Estimating
    • Project Management
    • Project Planning
    • Project Tracking
    • Project Workflow
    • Projections
    • Proposal Generation
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • Real Time Analytics
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Notifications
    • Real Time Reporting
    • Real-time Updates
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • SSL Security
    • Takeoff
    • Task Scheduling

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,5 /5
    (1 162)
    Value for Money
    4,3/5
    Features
    4,2/5
    Ease of Use
    4,5/5
    Customer Support
    4,7/5

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    Sunshine M.
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    • Industry: Building Materials
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
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    Great product. Customer support right in app and always quick to respond.

    Reviewed on 2018/02/07

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    James B.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
    • Review Source

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    • Ease of Use
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Streamline our Estimating

    Reviewed on 2021/10/07

    I have zero complaints with the program or customer service.

    I have zero complaints with the program or customer service.

    Pros

    As a fire protection estimator it is hard to find a program that allows me to do a design build electronically. I could use a Autocad style program to do the base design, but in our world of fast paced turnaround I simply do not have the time to use a program like Autocad. With StackCT I can use the linear drop function to place our sprinkler heads with proper spacing.

    Cons

    The autocount symbol function is good, but there are times when I get only a single count instead of hundreds needed. It has gotten better, but if there was a way to edit the background noise for the selection it would be nearly perfect.

    Alternatives Considered

    Bluebeam Revu

    Reasons for Choosing STACK

    Bluebeam does not allow me as an FP estimator to do what I need.

    Switched From

    Bluebeam Revu

    Reasons for Switching to STACK

    I liked the customer service and training that allowed me to quickly learn the program.
    Lance O.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Review Source

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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    First Year with Stack CT

    Reviewed on 2016/08/25

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Peter P.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
    • Review Source

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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    A takeoff platform that continues to improve.

    Reviewed on 2021/10/12

    We are currently seeing a 15-20% time savings on this new platform. The user interface allows us...

    We are currently seeing a 15-20% time savings on this new platform. The user interface allows us to onboard new staff much quirker.

    Pros

    OCR regonition makes searching drawings for keywords a breeze. Custom variables within the estimate module simplifies building an estimate.

    Cons

    The Stack team continually publishes important Stack Updates monthly; many of the cons I've seen over the last year have been resolved. With that said the lack of an UNDO function is a continual annoyance (I am told this fix is on the roadmap).

    Alternatives Considered

    ProEst

    Reasons for Choosing STACK

    Stack's cloud interface is faster to setup and faster to use. The cloud based setup allows us to hyperlink project takeoffs directly to our CRM; and share that takeoff with colleagues, suppliers and clients.

    Switched From

    Quick Bid and OnScreen

    Reasons for Switching to STACK

    Seeing the constant updates from Stack shows me that they are committed to improving the software.
    Alejandro H.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
    • Review Source

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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    Very good but needs more features...

    Reviewed on 2021/10/07

    Great but could be better

    Great but could be better

    Pros

    Easy to use. Friendly for any user. Easy to access from anywhere, no software needed in the office computers.

    Cons

    I want to be able to duplicate jobs so I can do a new takeoff when I get new drawings without altering the previous takeoff. I also want to be able to move the order of the drawing tabs and change the order as needed.

    Alternatives Considered

    PlanSwift

    Reasons for Choosing STACK

    Cheaper option, friendly for new users

    Reasons for Switching to STACK

    Other team members decided they liked Stack more
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    STACK offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$1 999,00 View Pricing Plans
    • Pricing model: Free Version
    • Free Trial: Available

    Free -> $0/year Start -> Great for Single Estimators - $1,999/year Grow -> Perfect for Precon Teams - $4,999/year

    STACK has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

    STACK supports the following languages:

    English

    STACK supports the following devices:

    STACK integrates with the following applications:

    Autodesk Construction Cloud, Box, BuilderTREND, Dropbox Business, Evernote Teams, Google Docs, Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, OneDrive, Procore, RedTeam, SmartBid, eSUB

    STACK offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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