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Old 11-18-2014, 08:25 PM   #41
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I have a questions for those with experience with the PaintBrat estimating app. I'm interested in knowing how well the app works? If there is any customization at all? Can you add items/ custom fields, change rates & materials cost with easy? Make a specific project template?

I'm happy with the program we use, but I'd like to save time and streamline our res repaint estimating process! This isn't a matter of buying the app, I would need to buy an iPad too. The expense is not an issue. Saving time is my goal!

Your thoughts and input are very much appreciated.
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I have a questions for those with experience with the PaintBrat estimating app. I'm interested in knowing how well the app works? If there is any customization at all? Can you add items/ custom fields, change rates & materials cost with easy? Make a specific project template?

I'm happy with the program we use, but I'd like to save time and streamline our res repaint estimating process! This isn't a matter of buying the app, I would need to buy an iPad too. The expense is not an issue. Saving time is my goal!

Your thoughts and input are very much appreciated.
I use to use Bratt app for that reason quick and easy . Since the updates it's not the same for me plus lost a bunch of my old estimates. Updates are not always a good thing. Anyway it's only 10 bucks or so well well worth it. Yes you can customize but watch out when adding material rates .
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are most of these programs you guys speak of online applications which require monthly licensing fees?
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First post long time lurker. I have looked at several softwares on here and currently use quickbooks and act. I am wondering what happened to quick painting proposal they say it is broken and not being fixed. Anyone know why. Thank in advance really enjoy the site
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Don't know about that one but the Brat Apps paint estimator has a lot of flexibility for custom stuff in the new version. Can still be buggy and crash every now and then, but it does save after every entry, so usually not a big deal. Only a one time fee so really not a big deal.
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When is brat app ever going to come up with one for pc or android tablet?
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When is brat app ever going to come up with one for pc or android tablet?

You think it's buggy now, wait until the PC version!
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I use quick books. Works great for me, anywhere. In the office or in the field
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I'm using Qb online for use on my iPad / phone and PC. It's ok I suppose. $10 / month fee, but don't find it any better or worse then invoice2go. Using my iPad in the field for the last 3 yrs is becoming cumbersome. Every day I bring it out it becomes just another expensive toy I need to babysit, locking it up, hiding it in the truck, covering it up from overspray or dust, hoping not to forget it onsite.
Honestly I miss my physical notebook. I could do a whole house estimate that's a paragraph long with all types of codes and scratches that only I can read. Then type it up later on my laptop from home in my pyjamas and a cup of coffee. I miss quick books pro also, the desktop version. I used to make all kinds of worksheets / templates that were essentially just modified invoices that I would generate in seconds. Qbo lacks heavily in the modification and customization department. Reports are limited and entering in expenses is more of a chore then it used to be.
I love my iPad for a lot of reasons and I remember using work as an excuse to justify picking up yet another new model. I needed the iPad Air 2, even though my iPad Air was still in perfect shape. Same as the 4th gen before that, the iPad 2 before that.

My favourite if I had to choose one for a program has got to be just a good ole excel worksheet. Full of formulas and customized to do exactly what I need it to do.

Speaking of excel I'm curious how the surface pro users are making out? Straightlines?
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I don't use brat just heard several good things. I use quick books and act.
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I have a LifeProof case for my iPad. While it doesn't protect against theft I can do bids in the rain and not worry. Bump resistant too. Not too bulky.
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I have a LifeProof case for my iPad. While it doesn't protect against theft I can do bids in the rain and not worry. Bump resistant too. Not too bulky.
I use a used napkin from a fast food joint, or a coffee cup sleeve from Tim Hortons.
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Hey Guys,
I'm still using Plantangible for my estimating and recommend it highly. It is costing me 60.00 per month, but I get to customize it the way I want. It pays for itself every time with the amount of time I'm saving in the field. Didn't know if any of you are also using it or have checked it out? If so, how are you liking it and is it saving you time?

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No mention of Pep? Anyone else try it? I have didn't like it much. But the ebid is great as is the appearance of the proposals. Just not as userfriendly as I would like. The free trial seems to lack functionality. Not sure if its just me, or perhaps they're just trying to encourage the purchase of their product.

The offer expensive tutorials on how to actually use their software. Gotta wonder about that...

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I would recommend pep cloud they have made several improvments.
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Simple app that helps me create estimates and invoices is www.invoice2go.com
I can use it on my phone, tablet and computer. Computer it is slower than my android devices. You do have to create each product like quick books. I can give an estimate in minutes while at a clients house. I upgraded and the coust is about 100.00 a year. Customer service is good too. Free trail worked a long time until i got up t quota of usage.
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I use a used napkin from a fast food joint, or a coffee cup sleeve from Tim Hortons.

I'm working my way up to those. Baby steps.
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Do you guys have a list of your favorite software?

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I've tried many software and came across the 247PRO Estimator earlier this year. It really helped out my small painting business. I'm actually new to the forums to see what you guys are using here. Nobody mentioned 247PRO so I'd like to share my input. The software has templates with detailed information and it guides you through a simple process. Pricing is included but don't expect a automated pricing based on zip code. I always change my pricing depending on a project and also the software calculates based on area size. Also you save the templates if you make any modifications for future use and you can also create one from scratch. For a good monthly price, it really helps my small business.

Has anyone tried 247PRO Estimator? Any thoughts? What do you use?
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There's an online estimating site that did some serious homework before supplying numerous estimating pages on almost any kind of estimating: rough plumbing, carpentry, drywall, masonry, painting and wallpapering, just to mention a few. I use it when I am not sure about how to estimate certain kinds of jobs. You plug in your square footage or linear footage and your zip code and it spits out a low and a high figure for the work, plus estimates material and paint costs. Let me know what your opinion is. Here is the site http://homewyse.com/
Almost forgot to mention: It's free.
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