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Digital Takeoff – Most Popular Features


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Computer monitor takeoff software

Say good bye to the clumsy old digitizer pads. The future is digital. Accurately take off quantities on your computer monitor. Much faster, more accurate and more environmentally friendly than using paper plans and a digitizer.

Easy to use Take off Software

Easy to use

Digital Takeoff is extremely easy to use.  Simply open an image, set a scale, and then start clicking on your computer monitor.  Our clients report only a thirty minute learning curve.

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If it is colored, it is counted

Digital Takeoff not only calculates your takeoff quantities, but it also displays what has been calculated.  You can easily see what has been included vs. what has been missed on the plan.


Accurately calculate area, lengths, and counts

Digital Takeoff allows you to specify what information you want to calculate.  Capable of calculating areas, lengths, and counts, the amount of information you want to calculate is endless.

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Easily calculate rafter lengths without a roof framing plan. After tracing an area, simply specify the rafter orientation, spacing, and slope for that area. Digital Takeoff automatically calculates and displays the length of each rafter on your plan.

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Curved Images

Digital Takeoff also supports curved images. With just three clicks, Digital Takeoff accurately calculates and displays the measurements of the curved object. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

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Continuous Trace

Trace more information is less time! The continuous trace command allows you to tracemultiple objects without exiting the command. When finished, Digital Takeoff will display the quantities for all traced objects. This feature alone will save hours per job.

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Get pinpoint accuracy with the magnify command. Instead of zooming into each point you wish to select, use the magnify command. Digital Takeoff automatically magnifies your drawing allowing you to select your exact point without clicking to zoom in and then clicking to zoom back out.

Estimating Software

Fully integrated with BidBuilder

Use Digital Takeoff to figure your takeoff quantities 200% faster than by hand or even with a digitizer pad. Then with 1 click send this information into the BidBuilderestimating software to accurately figure the amount of material required and create your proposals.

Excel Takeoff

Fully integrated with Excel

If you currently use Excel for estimating, let Digital Takeoff assist you in calculating your lineal and square footages.  Any information calculated in Digital Canal’s takeoff softwarecan easily be sent to an Excel spreadsheet.

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Plan Folder

Digital Takeoff’s plan folder allows you to easily and quickly switch from one drawing to another keeping you organized and fast since switching between drawings is a one-click task.

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Command Line

Digital Takeoff includes a command line conveniently located next to your cursor. This prompts you with what to do depending on the command so you never have to wonder what to do next .

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Easily view your measurements with automatic labels. After you trace a length or area, Digital Takeoff will display the measurement totals next to the image. This feature is ideal for recalling measurements from previously traced objects.

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Digital Takeoff also includes a notes command that allows you to place any miscellaneous notes. Whether it is a note about the plan or the estimate, this feature allows you to add extra notes to ensure nothing gets missed or misinterpreted.

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Level, Crop, & Rotate

Whether you need to straighten up a skewed scanned blueprint, rotate a drawing, or crop an image, Digital Takeoff has multiple image editing tools assure you get the image your need.

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Freehand Images

Easily and accurately measure odd shapes with the Freehand command. Simply outline any irregular shape with your mouse, and Digital Takeoff will accurately calculate the totals.

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Decrease your estimating time with hotkeys. Digital Takeoff supports the ability to set hotkeys to execute a command instead of clicking on an icon. Using hotkeys can shave hours of time off your takeoff / estimating time.

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Easily calculate joists lengths without a floor framing plan. After tracing an area, simply specify the joists orientation and spacing for that area. Digital Takeoff automatically calculates and displays the length of each joist on your plan.

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Digital Takeoff automatically adds grips to your traced objects. These grips can be moved around the drawing changing the shape and quantities of your traced object.

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Subtract Openings

Easily subtract quantities from your plan to accommodate for doors and windows. Simply enter the opening size and drop it onto your plan. Digital Takeoff automatically deducts for the lengths and area of the opening.

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Easily review your quantity totals with reports. Digital Takeoff automatically generates reports displaying all your digitized measurements. Use these reports to review your work or to hold subcontractors accountable.

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Layer Manager

Digital Takeoff’s layer manager provides a convenient location to set and view your layer calculations. At all times, the layer manager displays your current layer as well as a running total of your traced measurements. This allows you to keep tabs on your measurements as you work.

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Reads eighty different file formats

Digital Takeoff is capable of reading eighty different file formats including .jpg, .pdf, .bmp, .gif, .tif, .CAD, .png, and many other common file types.


Utilize digital camera, pictures, a scanner, or download from plan rooms such as iSqFt.

With Digital Takeoff, you can open and use pictures from a digital camera.  Whether you take a picture of a hard copy set of plans or take of picture of an existing house for a remodel job, simply open the image and start tracing.


Q. What is Digital Takeoff?

A. Digital Takeoff is a Visual (on your computer monitor) electronic takeoff software interface- that IS the future of takeoffs in the construction industry. No more bulky and expensive digitizers are required to do your takeoffs twice as fast. Everything is done on your computer monitor by clicking with your mouse. Its fast, its easy and its less expensive than a digitizer! Cad files automatically transfer into the software, paper drawings can be scanned, or plan room files may be used or digital photographs can be taken with an inexpensive camera and Digital Takeoff’s intelligence will be sure you scale it correctly.

Q. Why should I use Digital Takeoff?

A. The reasons that most clients purchase Digital Takeoff are:

  1. Speed – Digital Takeoff enables you to estimate a plan even more automatically by clicking on the drawing with your mouse and automatically calculating quantities with no additional mouse clicks.
  2. Visual Assistance – Digital Takeoff provides a 2D and 3D graphic of the project so you can see any areas you may have missed. It also colors the areas that have already been taken off; if it’s colored, it’s been counted
  3. Digitizers remain very popular and work well with BidBuilder estimating software. However, Digital Takeoff is growing because it is less expensive, does not require more desk space, provides the same benefits as a digitizer and the world is becoming more digital as time passes.

Q. What type of file formats does Digital Takeoff support?

A. Digital Takeoff software supports 80 file formats including .pdf, .jpg, .tif. , gif. , CAD files, scanned images, digital pictures, plan room files, etc., so we have you covered. With a few simple mouse clicks you will be able to set the scale of your plan, measure lengths, areas, volumes, counts, pitched roof areas, rafter lengths, etc. That’s fast.

Q. Does Digital Takeoff have layer capabilities?

A. Absolutely. Digital Takeoff supports layers and each layer can have its own pattern, color, etc. so you don’t lose anything in the data. In addition, the Data Form displays all pertinent quantities along with 2D and 3D views so you can do a Visual check of your job as well.

Q. What do I need to take digital pictures of plans?

A. Digital Camera’s are very inexpensive compared to a Digitizer and you can use any digital camera. However, the larger the mega pixel number the camera can handle, the better because the picture clarity is then higher as well. The best resolution for importing into Digital Takeoff is 8 mega pixel or higher. Typically a 3 mega pixel cameral will create a resolution of 2048 X 1536, a 5 mega pixel will create a resolution of 2560 X 1920 and an 8 mega pixel will create a resolution of 3264 X 2448. The lower resolutions will work with Digital Takeoff, but the higher the resolution the better for software to operate with because the picture maintains more clarity.

Q. Can I use Digital Takeoff with other programs?

A. Yes. Digital Takeoff can export the values to virtually any spreadsheet or database program and can be purchased without BidBuilder.

Q. Will Digital Takeoff work with a scanner?

A. Yes. Some clients are having their blue print company – or even Copy Works, or Kinko’s – scan in blue prints and email these files to the contractor’s computer back in the office. Once they get back to the office they are set to begin clicking in the plan with their mouse and getting they’re takeoff completed quickly. And, of course, if you have a scanner or purchase one you can use that as well.