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What Is Countfire?

Simple to use automated takeoff software created by electrical estimators that actually works.

Count up to 10X faster with Countfire's automatic counting of multiple PDFs.

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Automatic Excel spreadsheet creation.
Automatic breakdown of quantities into areas.
Linear & area measurements.
Record drawings and accuracy reports.

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Who Uses Countfire?

Loved by electrical estimators looking to save time, money and accuracy with Countfire's automatic, intuitive takeoff software.

Countfire Details

Countfire

Founded in 2012

Countfire pricing

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Countfire Details

Countfire

Founded in 2012

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Countfire deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Mac (Desktop)
  • Windows (Desktop)

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Features of Countfire

  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Change Order Management
  • Contact Database
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Management
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Dispatch Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Management
  • Estimating
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Management
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • Job Scheduling
  • Location Tracking
  • Maintenance Scheduling
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Project Management
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Scheduling
  • Status Tracking
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • Task Scheduling
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Work Order Management

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  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Annotations
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Bid Management
  • Bills of Materials
  • Built-In Database
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • Issue Management
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Templates
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Status Tracking
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Task Scheduling
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews of Countfire

Read all 143 reviews

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Service
5
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.4

Reviews by score

5
101
4
42

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Nicholas B.
Nicholas B.
Director of ARCS Division in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Future of Estimating

5 last month New

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.

Eric B.
Sr. Lighting Engineer in US
Construction, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

CountFire Automated Take-Off Software

5 2 years ago

Comments: 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: McCormick Electrical Estimating, Autodesk Construction Cloud and Bluebeam Revu

Reasons for Switching to Countfire: 1. Cloud Based, 2. Price, 3. Ease of Use, 4. Support

Darren H.
Managing Director in Australia
Construction, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

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

4 4 months ago

Comments: 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.

Shaun S.
Estimating in US
Construction, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Countfire 2 Year Review

4 last week New

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.

Jonathan C.
Pre-Construction Director in UK
Construction, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Best Software in the market

5 last year

Comments: It has made our estimating more productive and accurate.

Pros:

Its a lot more intelligent than other software's

Cons:

The cost is slightly higher than we would like to pay.

Alternatives Considered: SketchUp

Reasons for Choosing Countfire: After our demo and because of the clunky software we previously had.

Switched From: Bluebeam Revu

Reasons for Switching to Countfire: It was more intelligent and you can breakdown sections easier.