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Free BoQ and estimating software now available on iPad !

Wednesday, 26 March 2014  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Primus softwareFREE Primus for iPad - Estimating and Bills of Quantities for the iPad.

The software is free to download and use but you will be expected to pay whenever you wish to print a document (about R1,50 per page at the current Euro exchange rate). There is a special offer presently where you get a 50 Euro print bonus (500 pages) when you download the software.

Primus for iPad requires you to export the document to Primus for PC before printing.

ACCA the software providers say that :

Free UPP revolutionizes architectural, engineering and building industry software solutions. This new distribution system allows you to use more convenient and easy to use professional software. Download the full version completely FREE... without any registration required. Use the software, get updates and technical support all for FREE

Learn quickly with their Video Tutorials, and for FREE. Work FREELY on as many computers as you like. Anyone can work with you, using the same software for FREE! Pay only if you print or export your documents and drawings. Extremely convenient: only 10 Euro cents for each A4 page format. You can duplicate purchased prints as many times as you want. Pay and receive your invoice online - The first 500 prints are completely FREE!

The company also provide PriMus-TO the Free UPP quantity Take-Off software for extracting material quantities directly from a CAD or Raster drawings.

They claim that Primus-TO will:

- Open DXF/DWG standard CAD formats
- Do Raster Management in PDF, BMP, JPG, etc. formats
- Link up Price List items to Drawing entities
- Automatically acquire measurements from drawings
- Your BoQ is updated as your drawing changes
- Use your own CAD or the integrated PriMus-TO internal CAD

Click here to visit the Primus-TO download page.

Edificius is a free UPP BIM software program for 3D Architectural Design that goes well beyond CAD and may be well worth the while to look at as they claim that it has:

- High Performance market leading software features
- More intuitive = easier to learn
- More ergonomic = quicker to use
- 2D or 3D Model design
- Floor Plans, section views and elevation views
- Isometric views, elevation views, renderings
- Everything is generated automatically from one single model
- All project documents are updated every time your model changes
- Integrated BoQ functions with architectural design
- Dynamic integration with SketchUp
- Dynamic integration with DWG CAD applications

The BIG question is, is the software suitable for the South African market?

Comments are allowed with this article. Why not be the first to download the software and give us your review? We are sure that other quantity surveyors and architects will join in to give feedback whether this software is as good as it's claimed to be.