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How to use Planswift on Apple based products

Planswift doesn’t work natively on Apple products, however utilising software called Parallels it is possible to run Planswift on a Mac. Parallels will run a virtual Windows operating system on your Mac that can then have Planswift installed and running properly.

How to set the scale for your drawings

A plan image must be scaled before any digitizing can be done. If a plan image needs rotating or leveling, this needs to be done before the image is scaled.  View the full tutorial here.

Creating your own cost data base

From within the Templates tab, you can create assemblies for use in estimating and takeoff before you need them, and you can export or import them into jobs. Assemblies allow you to pre-build all of the materials and tools you will need for a specific item, such as concrete slabs. View the full tutorial here.

How to view plans in 3D

PlanSwift has created a plugin called PlanSwift 3D Viewer that is used for viewing 3D area, 3D linear, 3D segment, and 3D count items in three dimensions. To be viewed in 3D, takeoffs must be performed using the PlanSwift 3D Viewer takeoff tools. The PlanSwift 3D Viewer Plugin User Guide is available to guide you […]


The New Overlay tool allows you to place, or overlay, a separate page from your plans onto the page that you are currently viewing. View the full tutorial here.

Navigating Planswift Pages

The Navigation Buttons allow you to move backward and forward in the Pages you are working on. Back will move you to the page previous to the current page. Forward will move you to the next page. For more information on navigation Planswift Pages click here

Activation Errors

There are a variety of issues that could cause your activation to fail. Read the following tutorial to find the issue that is preventing activation and how to resolve it. View the full tutorial here

Error notifications – Opening Planswift

There are two main PlanSwift errors that can cause PlanSwift not to open where you will need to read the following document to correct. Read the full tutorial here  


A step by step guide to making sure that Planswift is properly activated. Read the full step by step guide here

User Manual

This guide will teach you how to use the tools and features found within PlanSwift® Takeoff and Estimating Software. All users must agree to accept and abide by the End User License Agreement, which can be found at This guide is not meant to be a step-by-step “walk through” document, although it can be […]

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