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Technology is changing ever so fast.  Plans / Drawings are being distributed to contractors by email in many different formats like Adobe Acrobat Reader® PDF, or scanned format like TIFF, or AutoCAD® formats DWG or DXF, or other formats like BMP, WMF, CPC, JPEG.  What are contractors in so many trades supposed to do?

                Simple Answer:    ELECTRONIC  PLAN  TAKEOFF  SOFTWARE

Electronic Plan Takeoff Software allows you to view and measure the drawing on your computer screen with the click of your mouse. You can take-off Area SF, Feet LF, Count EA, Volume CY, Square Yards SY, Squares SQ, etc.  Best of all, it INTEGRATES with your Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet seamlessly. The program is actually launched from YOUR Excel® Spreadsheet. You can even run the program without Excel® if you prefer. The take-off program integrates with any Windows program as well. Super FAST & EASY  Estimating & Takeoff

So let’s go through what you usually do when you have to start a new estimate or proposal or takeoff (Sample Screen Shots below).

  • Open YOUR Master Template Spreadsheet OR a BLANK spreadsheet
  • Rename your master estimate template spreadsheet or BLANK spreadsheet to your new Job/Bid Name
  • Highlight your take-off/measuring quantity cells in your estimating or proposal spreadsheet
  • Click one of the Takeoff action buttons in your estimating or proposal spreadsheet tool bar for Running Feet LF, Area SF, Feet LF, or each for counting
  • Chose your electronic plan or plans (not shown)
  • Set your scale whether full size scale or reduced scale (not shown)
  • Measure by clicking on the drawing plan & click OK >> the quantity takeoff is transfered back into your Excel® spreadsheet
  • VOILA........SUPER  EASY  >>> Takeoff,  Estimate,  Proposal & WINS !!!!!!!!

Your OWN takeoff descriptions >>>> in Excel® show up in the Takeoff Software below.

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These are your EXCEL® Takeoff Descriptions that show up in the takeoff plug-in program LIVE.

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Your  Excel® descriptions automatically appear in the construction estimating takeoff program and you can add additional descriptions in the construction estimating takeoff program and they automatically appear in Excel®. No other estimating takeoff program can do that !!


  • FANTASTIC Excel® Plug-In!
  • YOUR Takeoff and notes are saved in YOUR spreadsheet so when you email your spreadsheet to others, the takeoff quantities, images, & notes goes with it, its’ that SIMPLE
  • Works with Full size plans AND REDUCED plans
  • Does Architectural, Engineers, Metric, Reduced/Enlarged/Auto Scales
  • Color Code your estimating takeoff and make notes on the plan
  • Email your take-off to the field or staff or customers
  • SAVE YOUR MONEY in printing costs
  • Bid More jobs FASTER & ACCURATELY and WIN the Jobs !!!!!!!!!
  • INCLUDES SUPPORT for 1 year
  • Have more time for you & your family...No More estimating nights & weekends!!!!!!

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We also carry:
On-Screen Takeoff®
Since we sell all 4 programs, we can help you make an informed decision which program is best suited for you






P. O. Box 88836
Atlanta, Georgia 30356

You can read our review on 3 of the 4  electronic plan takeoff measuring systems we represent HERE.

Please visit our sister company AskTheEstimator.com for FREE Construction Estimating Software Training in Video format.

Microsoft® and Excel® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Acrobat Reader® is the registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated, AutoCAD® is the registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc., On-Screen Takeoff® is a registered trademark of On Center Software, Inc., Planswift® is a registered trademark of Textura Corporation. Hardieplank® is a registered trademark of James Hardie Industries,plc., eTakeoff® is a registered trademark of eTakeoff LLC.