Estimating Software

QuickEye: A Plan Take Off Tool for “The Rest of Us”

Up until now Mac Users who wanted a take-off tool to work with drawings from plan rooms or work with drawing that came from anywhere for that matter found themselves left out in the cold and they had to devote a machine (virtual or otherwise) to run the Windows OS with one of Windows based Take Off tools.

Well now there’s QuickEye and while it does bring a rich set of take-off features to the Mac platform its’ also for Windows users too.


They say on thier website:

"With only one to three hours invested in learning and setup, you will gain one to two hours each day in productivity."

It took me a lot less than that. They have a regulary updated schedule of Go To Meeting based taining classes that you can just call them about and speak to one of the trainers .

If you’re ready to go and want to get started right away visit their Account Setup & Purchase License page to get yourself started.

Goldenseal from Turtle Creek Software

Turtle Creek Software out of Ithaca NY has been producing construction estimating software and construction accounting software, since 1987. (About Turtle Creek) Indeed my first introduction to estimating software on the Mac platform was with their now defunct Excel spreadsheet based product MacNail.

In 2000 Turtle Creek introduced Goldenseal as their new flagship product.

The basic core Estimating package of Goldenseal ($395 for single user) has tools for estimating, scheduling, contract writing, project and business management. They also have a more comprehensive package ($695 for single user) that also has software tools in it for job costing, general accounting, payroll, billing, tracking inventory, as well as rental property management and retails sales.

Goldenseal runs on both Mac and Windows platforms and also comes in multi-user versions too ($995 for two users, $1295 for five users, $1795 for up to 10 users, and $2495 for up to 20 users. Add $50 to get Goldenseal on more than one platform , ie. both Mac and Windows).

The software also comes with several sets of “starter” unit costs such as a Construction Starter File with unit costs for new construction, remodeling and repair estimates, a Paint Starter File with unit costs for painting and paint preparation, a Drywall Starter File with unit costs for drywall, taping, plaster and stucco estimating, and a Framing Starter File with unit costs for framing contractors doing wood and metal stud framing.

For more on Goldenseal take a look at the YouTube review from Top Ten reviews for  Goldenseal – Construction Estimation Software Solution – YouTube

360 Difference Estimating 4.0 is finally here!

360 Difference Estimating 4.0 for Macintosh, Windows and iPad* is finally here….well almost…

This is the public beta were releasing and we have a special offer to any new users who join us while were still in the beta test period this December. Purchase 360 Difference Estimating for the the discounted price of $265.00 ($100 off the regular price of $365) and we’ll give you the "Sales" interface module when it’s ready so you can estimate projects from your iPad* (*360 Difference requires FileMaker Go to run on a iPad) and the other 360 Difference 4.0 Modules too as they roll off the assembly line.

Click Here To Download a Demo of the 360 Difference Estimating 4.0 preview

For a limited time we’ll also enroll you in the beta test release programs for our other 360 Difference Modules that you see on our start-up screenshot below as we bring them up-to-date.

If you don’t already own a license of FileMaker Pro 11( you can try out a demo of FileMaker Pro 11 too by clicking here: the Runtime versions of our programs have there own a built-in FileMaker engine and run with the only restriction being that the program wont produce PDF documents from within the application.

Any questions? Feel free to give me a call at 914-301-5838 and if your a Macintosh user using Tiger 10.5 or later I’ll be very happy to give you a live online demostration of the programs capabilites using the Share a-Screen capabilties in Apple iChatAV. Again, any questions about Share-a-Screen just call me and I’ll talk you through it too.