About Countfire

Countfire is electrical estimating software that uses automation to help estimators work faster, cut busy work and increase accuracy.

Features include:

True automated takeoff across all drawings
Estimates that learn how you work
Intelligent pricing
Automated specification comparison
Smart views & reports
Flexibly slice your estimate
Automated Excel estimate outputs
Multiplayer mode
Cloud-based - no download required
Work anywhere - Mac or PC
Continually improved
World class support
14-day free trial

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  • Free Trial
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Key benefits of Countfire

Countfire allows you to auto-count symbols across multiple PDF drawings, drastically reducing takeoff time while increasing accuracy.

Tools such as linear measurement, coverage areas and the ability to add items to drawings allow you to design your estimate as you go.

Countfire includes four separate stages of checking built into the process of completing a project to help ensure accuracy.

Move your takeoff into estimate in one-click, and start with an auto-populated estimate based on previous behaviour and products.

Automatically see and compare changes between specifications. Helping you to revise your drawings and pricing schedules, without having to start from scratch.

At the end of each project, Countfire automatically generates an Excel spreadsheet which shows project breakdowns, takeoff counts and pricing estimates.

Devices

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Markets

Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Countfire

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Countfire Software - Auto-count across your entire project
Countfire Software - Measure lengths
Countfire Software - Check coverage areas
Countfire Software - With built-in checks for accuracy
Countfire Software - Split out costs using zones
Countfire Software - Easily export estimates as Excel reports
Countfire Software - Algorithms that price your regular items
Countfire Software - Smart views to slice and dice your estimate
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Countfire Software - Auto-count across your entire project Countfire Software - Measure lengths Countfire Software - Check coverage areas Countfire Software - With built-in checks for accuracy Countfire Software - Split out costs using zones Countfire Software - Easily export estimates as Excel reports Countfire Software - Algorithms that price your regular items Countfire Software - Smart views to slice and dice your estimate Countfire Software - Automatically compare specifications

Features

Total features of Countfire: 35

  • 2D Drawing
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Bills of Materials
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Customer Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • Issue Management
  • Job Costing
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Status Tracking
  • Takeoff
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,7 /5
(144)
Value for Money
4,4/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,7/5
Customer Support
5,0/5

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Mike T.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Countfire - Pros and cond

Reviewed on 2018/11/19

Excellent, the online support is fantastic, as is the software. There have been some containment...

Excellent, the online support is fantastic, as is the software. There have been some containment drawings that I simply could not have lifted off with Pen and paper, but Countfire has made it possible and easy to review.

If in doubt do the trial on a big job and see how you get on!

Pros

Whats not to like? Not much. Its a fantastic tool for estimators, the more you use it the faster you get and the more confidence you gain.

Automatic counts - Brilliant
Manual Counts - When you cant use automatic counts this is still super fast compared to pen and paper
Measurements - Brilliant
Splits and multiples - essential and very helpfull

I have been using it for a year now and would recommend it to anyone involved in estimating or any other form of take offs.

Cons

Every now and again you get a bad drawing where all the symbols are slightly different and its a pain. Just use manual count and safe yourself a lot of frustration!

The cost is pretty high (but worth it in time saved) If I was self employed it could be out of price range.

Eric B.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

CountFire Automated Take-Off Software

Reviewed on 2019/10/03

I could not be more pleased with CounFire. It is fast, accurate, easy to use, and has cut my time...

I could not be more pleased with CounFire. It is fast, accurate, easy to use, and has cut my time to perform a take-off by a factor of 10. Some may question a factor of 10, but try it and see that drawing symbols when counted on one drawing are also counted on all other drawings within the project drawing package automatically. Orientation is not an issue, and items not picked up are easily identified and added to the correct symbol list. Check drawings are also supplied as part of the final report to assure all errors have been resolved.

Pros

CountFire being a cloud based service gets you up and running quickly. CountFire Sales is there to get you started and introduce you to Technical Assistance and Training. The On-Line Help function is integral to the CountFire Platform allowing you to be able to function seamlessly as you work on projects. I can count drawing elements or make extremely accurate measurements in one tenth of the time I did manually without the cost of drawing reproduction. The Final Reports are perfectly formatted in MSExcel and ready for Bill of Material development.

Cons

I am still looking for a Con. I thought that since CountFire is in Great Britain that communications might be hampered by five, (5) time zones, but this was not the case. CountFire was there 24X7 to solve my self-inflicted start-up issues.

Alternatives Considered

Autodesk Construction Cloud and Bluebeam Revu

Reasons for Switching to Countfire

1. Cloud Based, 2. Price, 3. Ease of Use, 4. Support
Shaun S.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Countfire 2 Year Review

Reviewed on 2021/11/29

Pros

Central storage of all takeoff documents. No more boxes of rolled-up plans cluttering my office. I would typically fill 1-2 boxes every month, so it really has reduced clutter and the overall appearance of my office. It definitely saves money when you consider that you no longer have to plot jobs that you don't win. That is a lot of paper, toner, and wear on your plotter.

The software is very easy to use and you can be fully trained on all of the keyboard shortcuts and navigation in less than a week. After about 5 jobs, you will very confident that you aren't missing any devices during takeoff and will have your own workflow for getting a takeoff done.

The developers are constantly making improvements, adding features, bug fixes, and you get pretty routine feedback when one of your feature requests are considered or implemented.

Customer and Tech support is top-notch and very responsive, and everyone seems to be very well trained on the product. It is also a very small team, so you will typically be speaking (texting) with someone you're familiar with.

Cons

The software is 100% cloud-based, and from my early conversations with the sales team, is the heart of their mission and will never change. That alone is not a negative, however, I feel that some of the processing could (and should) be done on your local machine and then pushed to the cloud to create the "output package". Moving between pages of a PDF is not as fast as scrolling in your preferred PDF reader. It's not slow, but there is definitely a pause before you're ready to work on the next sheet. It seems they could have better control of the user interface if there was a PC-based client option.

If you need support, the time difference from Eastern US to the UK can sometimes be a challenge, but the support team is absolutely great and will respond back to you outside of their normal working hours, assuming they aren't sleeping.

All support is initially done through an in-app chat bot that will recommend that you go read articles based on your questions. I will admit that most of the time, the recommended articles DO contain your answers, but I personally just like to call and talk to someone. I realize this would put a strain on their resources though, so I rate this as a very small negative. I would rather support maintain their current level of quality than be burdened with phone calls over minor issues. If you do have a major issue or prefer to speak to someone, you can ask for a call and they will call you.

Darren H.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

When it works it's a real time saver, but holy cow it's very expensive

Reviewed on 2021/08/22

I found the customer support was second to none, there is a little chat box in the corner when you...

I found the customer support was second to none, there is a little chat box in the corner when you are doing take offs and if you are having any issues then you can talk on here and in my experience you get help normally within half an hour.
The first 2 drawings that were quite big the auto count feature didn't work and so I had to count manually and I had software already a lot cheaper that I could do that with.
When i had a drawing that worked, it worked well and saved a lot of time. But honestly the cost of this software you'd have to do a heck of a lot of estimating with drawings that work to make up for the huge cost.

Pros

The auto count feature when it works does save a lot of time. The customer support and training is excellent.

Cons

The cost is way too much. not all drawings work with the auto count feature.

Nicholas B.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Future of Estimating

Reviewed on 2021/10/26

Pros

Countfire is a dream to use. It does everything I wanted when I imagined a program to help automate the takeoff process, and they are still improving and adding more.

The ability to hide the background and define zones are two features that make complicated plans go so much quicker. Out of the hundreds of projects we've completed already, very few have issues that hinder the programs functionality. But when something like that does pop up, there is always somebody to respond quickly and take a look. They always are happy to hear customer feedback and take suggestions. I can't say enough good about the team behind this software, they are going to change the industry. I can't believe a couple of months ago in 2021 I was still printing drawings and using a yellow highlighter.

Cons

What I like least about the software is the output excel file is a bit complicated compared to what we are used to. I only count devices of one discipline at a time, there is really no reason for more than one sheet. After I download the take off from countfire I always delete about half the rows / columns and transpose the x and y.

Alternatives Considered

STACK

Reasons for Switching to Countfire

Stack was mostly manual counting, and charged extra for the auto count that was slow and rarely worked.
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Countfire has the following typical customers:

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