Estimator Application

With this free program you can create estimations for constructions, print an estimation and a proposal.
 
Main goal of this program is to make quickly estimations of contracts with little as possible time and effort through the reuse of concepts that you have previously thought of.

Characteristics of the application:
- default cost type & group library;
- project cost type & group library;
- copying of substantiations from different estimations;
- copying of contract specifications from different estimations;
- export to and import from estimations and cost type libraries from and to excel;
- print an estimation;
- print a proposal;
- it is portable;
- it is free.


Installation
Unzip the file. Place it anywhere you want. It stays there. Start Estimator_1.99.25.xx.exe. If you do not have the correct java version, it opens the browser. So you can download it. If you double click it, first appears a warning dialog box. After agreeing, the program starts. Immediately there will be created a folder, with all the database files. The file and the folder must always remain together.

Download: Estimator 1.99.25.91 9.502 MB (For linux: jar.)


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Change log
Have a look at the changelog.

Updates
Make first a copy of the DB folder and the old exe file. Place the new exe file in the same folder as where the DB folder is. Double click the new exe file and check if everything is okay. Yes? Then your update succeeded.

Tutorial
Have a look at the tutorial.

Background
The program was initially developed to be able to calculate with rsx files. At the time there were no free alternatives. To give the program a wider applicability it has also a proposal library. If one has a default proposal it is very easy to use it again and again. In that context also the small spreadsheet alias dim pad on the side was developed. Prices can be rapidly updated with excel imports. User input let to several modifications. It was fun to create something like this. It is mainly a hobby project.

Operating system
This application works on all Windows platforms. If you work on an unix, an unix like, a linux or mac system, you can find the jar next to the download link for the exe. Use terminal and the command: java -jar Estimator_1.99.25.xx.jar.

Support
If you have any questions or get stuck. Then you can mail to estimatorteam@gmail.com. Within 24 hours you will have a mail from us. Feel free to send any comments.

Evil trick
It is possible to open a proposal you printed as pdf in word. Next, you can adapt your proposal.

License
This application is freeware. You can download the license agreement.

Reviews
(Disclaimer reviews: reviews are usually written by software site maintainers, so they are no expert estimators.)

Useful tools and resources

False positive virus alert
If your download gets deleted after download. You can first install java. After that, you download the jar file instead of the zip with exe. This generates a warning too, but you can ignore that. Next, double click the jar. More information about false positives in this article: Antivirus companies cause a big headache to small developers.

Thank you to
Thank you to all who contributed great ideas and reported bugs.