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Take off, sometimes spelled as "take-off" or "takeoff," is a part of the cost estimating process in the construction industry. Estimators use construction blueprints, either manually or electronically, and start "taking off" quantities of items they will need from those blueprints in order to prepare part of the estimate. Examples of possible take offs include the number of light fixtures needed in the building plan or the amount of wiring needed for the electrical work.

Take off happens in different ways: Some do manual takeoffs from field sketches, some do on-screen take offs using estimating software programs, and some use digitizers, which are electronic measuring devices that work on hard copy plans.

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After testing many different estimating software I found one that makes my job a lot of easier and faster. If anyone is interested there is a free fully functional trial download link here. <a href="http://planswift.product-intro.com">Click here go to download page</a>
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Is On-Screen Takeoff (the program from On Center software) still the best software for doing this digitally? It seems to be the standard for commercial work.
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