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eSTM8 Construction Estimating Software

CNET Editors' review

Accurately estimating construction costs is the key to preparing bids that win contracts without bankrupting the contractor. Misronet's e-STM8 Construction Estimating Software is a useful tool for estimating job costs and submitting winning bids, but it can also manage jobs, material costs, and subcontracting. It's suitable for both the U.S. and international construction markets, too.

The efficient interface is typical of Windows utilities: File menu, icon-based toolbars, left-hand tree view for navigation and selecting functions, and a main display window subdivided into smaller windows, entry fields, and other features as needed. A Help menu and useful examples explain how to use e-STM8, and the software's functions are clearly labeled and fairly self-explanatory. For instance, clicking the Labor tab called up a list of common construction jobs and fields for entering hours, rates, expenses, and other factors, which e-STM8 automatically totals. Other tabs contain fields for Plant, Materials, and Subcontractors. It's especially handy to be able to automatically and accurately summarize and estimate diverse costs like equipment rental, depreciation, and maintenance. A nice extra is the ability to prepare documents like reports and letters. The developer's Web site offers a lot of specialized advice on controlling construction costs, too.

Though professionals will get the most from e-STM8 Construction, it's also useful for homeowners or anyone who needs to track construction costs. Its potential to save costs on just one job would make it worth the price of professional software, but at less than $40, it's a drop in the mud bucket for the smallest construction job.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of eSTM8 Construction Estimating Software 2.2.1. The trial version is limited to 15 days only.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Utter garbage"

    March 25, 2012  |   By larrycon14

    Version: eSTM8 Construction Estimating Software 3.4

    Pros

    None - it doesn't work and tries to make you pay for license before starting trial

    Cons

    Program doesn't work at all. It looked ok from the screenshots but once I got in it tried to trick me into buying a license, then I got 1000 error messages and it locked up my computer. DOESNT WORK

    Summary

    DOESNT WORK do not download!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wast of Money Agreed!"

    November 12, 2010  |   By beel82

    Version: eSTM8 Construction Estimating Software 3.3

    Pros

    Program "looks" promising from the screenshots and demo that does not work.

    Cons

    Weak database features. Crawling with bugs. Poor technical support... very poor!

    Summary

    I agree, excel will do much than this program ever can. It had potential, but all the annoying bugs and weak database features rule it pretty obsolete. I am realizing that a good estimating software program will run you over $1000.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Waste of Money"

    November 6, 2010  |   By Arathae

    Version: eSTM8 Construction Estimating Software 3.3

    Pros

    Looks fancy

    Cons

    Does not list stuff in alphabetical order so you have to search your entire list to find stuff.
    Does not allow for material mark-ups. have to do it manually when you build your list.

    Summary

    This program is pretty bare bones. I could estimate projects just as fast using a pencil and paper and a calculator. This software offers no benefit that I can see. A spreadsheet would have more useability. I clearly wasted $40 on this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Good at All!"

    September 7, 2010  |   By josephschofield

    Version: eSTM8 Construction Estimating Software 2.2.1

    Pros

    Don't know because I could not get the program to work.

    Cons

    Very misleading.......makes you buy the licence before you can try the trial version......not really a free trial version.

    Summary

    I was excited until an annoying pop-up appeared and would not go away until I purchased the full version.....well that didn't happen (the purchase) I thought I was downloading a FREE trial version....that's what I call the old "Bate and Switch".

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