STACK

STACK

Construction takeoff & estimating software

4.5/5 (977 reviews)

STACK Overview

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$999,00/year
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English

STACK Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
93% positive reviews
559
Excellent
346
Very good
55
Average
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Poor
5
Terrible
Stephen M.

Still LeAfrning Take off portion not all PDF will scale true.

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2017/05/26
Review Source: Capterra

Honestly a learning experience is the best I grt now,

Pros

Just Inputting and using program to enter ships and drawings of ships in for each class of ship we are working on. once more jobs are entered would like to end up witha square foot to S data base so in futur we can ask how many sqare foot pf bilge in the AMR on a WMSL Class ship and wbhat did we charge as an average for painting by square foot. Now have Started to measure 2s square footage but have not seen or understand hoe to correlate that to job.
Much less how to enter it and pull it out to make a bid I supose that will come in time. First we are verifying what we have and then there will be more data base building from old and new bids as we go , including machinery and equipment needs to use and the material required. The we should be able ask " the customer want us to paint the forward bulkead in the bosn locke dark ble using xxx paint prepared to SSPC SP10 what will the cost be for bid... hpw much profit can we make and also what is the average marie rate for that.

Cons

AS I explained above new at it and have not yet gotten to the point of being a well trained user of it. Howevr it has bothered me when i set in a PDF print use the stated scale and do noy get a known answer ...>>>>>Just Inputting and using program to enter ships and drawings of ships in for each class of ship we are working on. once more jobs are entered would like to end up witha square foot to S data base so in futur we can ask howmany sqare foot pf bilge in the AMR on a WMSL Class ship and wbhat did we charge as an average for painting by square foot. Now have Started to measure 2s square footage but have not seen or understand hoe to correlate that to job.
Much less how to enter it and pull it out to make a bid I supose thst will come in time. First we are verifying what we have and then there will be more data base building from old and new bids as we go , including machinery and equipment needs to use and the material required. The we shold be able ask " the customer want us to paint the fwd bulkead in the bosn locke dark ble using xxx paint prepared to SSPC SP10 what will the cost be for bid... hpw much profit can we make and also what is the average marie rate for that.Workin the marine industry in a land familiar setting.

Response from Stack Construction Technologies

Hi Stephen,
Thanks so much for your recent feedback!
We are so glad to be able to support the takeoff and estimating needs of All Star Cleaning & Preservation, Inc. and so happy to hear that our software is having a positive impact on your bid process.

We look forward to sharing your input with the entire STACK team. Have an awesome day & thank you again!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

5.0/10
Matt C.

Simple and Easy to Use!

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/01/24
Review Source: Capterra

For very quick masonry estimates, nothing beats this software. For more advanced/detailed prints, as long as you take your time this will work just fine. I haven't seen a friendlier piece of software at an affordable price that gives you want you need without being headache to setup.

Pros

We looked for a very long time for a very simple takeoff program and this is definitely it. We have used this program for the past year and a half to get measurements on masonry and it has not failed us. Our trade does not need super advanced features so this suites us perfectly. If you have a properly scaled PDF then you can hit the ground running for your measurements. Otherwise, determining your own scale is very simple to do and I've even taken pictures of blueprints with my phone to roughly estimate one of our simpler prints in under 10 prints from the camera snapping. Amazing.

Cons

Due to this program being available online only sometimes it can be finicky if you have a poor internet connection or if there is some sort of (extremely rare) maintenance.

As stated earlier, we use this for masonry so it does not need advanced features. But as with all estimating, you will still need a basic knowledge of your trade's quirks. If you can't see a wall on an elevation because it is returning into the building then you will need to approximately draw it in under your elevation based off of a foundation plan or floor plan. Not super hard but it just will not do all of the work for you.

Response from Stack Construction Technologies

Hi Matt,

Thanks so much for your recent feedback!
We are so glad to be able to support the takeoff and estimating needs of Curley Brothers Brick & Masonry and so happy to hear that our software is having a positive impact on your bid process.

We look forward to sharing your input with the entire STACK team. Have an awesome day & thank you again!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Sunshine M.

Great product. Customer support right in app and always quick to respond.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/02/07
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

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Jeff V.

I've tried the rest, Stack is clearly the best.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/22
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Over the last 15 years, I've been with 2 companies prior to my current and, at both, I encouraged the Owner to purchase Stack (Cloud Take-off previously). Most were hesitant due to ongoing subscriptions with other platforms but eventually I was able to get, at minimum, the take off program. I haven't tried the estimating version and would try it if I could ever get the time to sit down and populate all the different assemblies, vendor pricing etc. The other issue is purchasing something untried and untested to our company specifically tailored to how we function. I think an extended trial period for that training and tailoring to our needs might be enough to justify the upgrade.

Pros

The greatest feature is the ease of use. They kept it simple for the take-off, genius on the auto-save. Of course, the cloud-based feature. No more bringing home the laptop, cables, plans, specs. Quick uploads and tons of memory for those large jobs.

Cons

Had issues with Silverlight running on MAC in earlier versions. ( wasn't a huge deal and I believe when Stack took over they fixed the bugs).

I'd like to see options when drawing a linear measurement to have various dashes or hashes for lines would be helpful. For example, on other platforms I could indicate through-wall cf with a red dotted line while below do a solid line indicating another linear measurement such as expansion joint. You would then be able to visually identify to different terminations on the same linear measurement. Just a suggestion.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Nick C.

Darn near perfect.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/01/20
Review Source: Capterra

Having used Stack for the better part of two years, I can say it has greatly improved our takeoff speed and provided the ability to accomplish several time consuming tasks quickly. Stack features allow me to achieve a great degree of accuracy, and they seem to constantly improve the product with new tools like the snap feature. In the future we look forward to deploying Stack to an even greater extent to win more work, and generate more revenue!

Pros

First and foremost, I enjoy the takeoff speed and accuracy Stack affords our estimating department. Simply by clicking a link on a plan exchange site, or quickly uploading plans, we can begin a highly detailed accurate takeoff in minutes if not seconds. Likewise, we can complete our takeoff much faster than traditional methods saving valuable time to analyze our bids post takeoff.

Cons

Like any good cost hawk, I would highlight price as my least favorite aspect of Stack Software; though I will say the product represents good value for the price! I would like to see Stack offer the complete product in one package, without the present tiered pricing.

Response from Stack Construction Technologies

Hi Nick,

Thanks so much for your recent feedback!
We are so glad to be able to support the takeoff and estimating needs of Samuel Dean Sheet Metal and so happy to hear that our software is having a positive impact on your bid process.

We look forward to sharing your input with the entire STACK team. Have an awesome day & thank you again!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

STACK Pricing

Starting from
US$999,00/year
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

STACK Free -> $0/year
STACK Plus -> Takeoff - $999/year
STACK Pro -> Takeoff + Estimating - $1799/year
STACK Enterprise: Contact STACK at 1.844.225.1122

STACK Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Bid Management
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Estimating
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Real Time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Change Order Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Job Costing
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Subcontractor Management

Additional information for STACK

Key features of STACK

  • Activity dashboard
  • Activity management
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Automatic backup
  • Bid management
  • Building product database
  • Built-in database
  • Calculators
  • Calendar management
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Content library
  • Cost database
  • Cost estimaing
  • Cost management
  • Customizable reporting
  • Data import/export
  • File transfer
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Labor costs
  • Measurement & markup tools
  • Planning tools
  • Price data / price Books
  • Project development
  • Project estimating
  • Project planning
  • Project security
  • Project tracking
  • Project workflow
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Real time monitoring
  • Real time notifications
  • Real time reporting
  • Real time updates
  • Reporting & statistics
  • Scheduling
  • Strategic planning
  • Takeoff
  • estimating

Benefits

  • 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.

  • STACK FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for STACK.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does STACK offer?

    STACK offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$999,00/year

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    STACK Free -> $0/year
    STACK Plus -> Takeoff - $999/year
    STACK Pro -> Takeoff + Estimating - $1799/year
    STACK Enterprise: Contact STACK at 1.844.225.1122

    Q. What are the main features of STACK?

    STACK offers the following features:

    • Activity dashboard
    • Activity management
    • Ad hoc reporting
    • Automatic backup
    • Bid management
    • Building product database
    • Built-in database
    • Calculators
    • Calendar management
    • Collaborative workspace
    • Content library
    • Cost database
    • Cost estimaing
    • Cost management
    • Customizable reporting
    • Data import/export
    • File transfer
    • Graphical data presentation
    • Labor costs
    • Measurement & markup tools
    • Planning tools
    • Price data / price Books
    • Project development
    • Project estimating
    • Project planning
    • Project security
    • Project tracking
    • Project workflow
    • Real time analytics
    • Real time data
    • Real time monitoring
    • Real time notifications
    • Real time reporting
    • Real time updates
    • Reporting & statistics
    • Scheduling
    • Strategic planning
    • Takeoff
    • estimating

    Q. Who are the typical users of STACK?

    STACK has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does STACK support?

    STACK supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does STACK offer?

    STACK has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does STACK support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices STACK supports

    Q. What other apps does STACK integrate with?

    STACK integrates with the following applications:

    4PS Construct, Appcues, BIM 360, Box, Buildertrend, Cooperate, Dropbox, Evernote, SmartBid, Unduit Wireless

    Q. What level of support does STACK offer?

    STACK offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials