4 In the world of contracting, the accuracy of your quantity takeoffs often define your profit or loss. If your competitors have a better, faster, more accurate construction estimating system than yours, they may be winning more bids than you, simply by being more competitive, and having to spend less time on working out what the real quantities are.

Takeoff Live PDF

Takeoff Live PDF is the most elegantly simple, affordable digital takeoff software on the market today. It makes working on, managing and sharing any blueprint – from anywhere – easier than you ever thought possible, right on your computer screen. No digitizer or plan prints needed…you can even use a picture of your plans from your digital camera!

This software tool uses a simple point and click user interface with easy tracing/drawing functions that calculate areas and lengths as you go.

  • You can upload almost any image file, Takeoff Live PDF can use scanned plans, plan pictures you take with your digital camera, as well as .TIF, .PDF, .GIF, Dodge Plan files, ISQFT Plan files,  Blue Book plan files, .JPG, .BMP, and .PNG.
  • With a built in spreadsheet function, it is easy to calculate the total quantities and values within one software package.
  • Heights can be assigned to 2D lines or shapes in Plan, allowing for total areas and volumes of wall materials or concrete for instance.
  • Ideal for all trades, easily customizable to your particular measurements, either in imperial or metric.


I’m not a contractor, I’m on the other end of the game as an engineer, but I recognize the value in having the tools to ensure that the price that is being submitted is based on accurate measurements. With a free fifteen day trial available for download (click here), what are you waiting for?

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Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.