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Many of Craftsman's yearly construction cost estimating databases ("costbooks") are available both as printed books and in electronic format designed for use with National Estimator, Craftsman's cost estimating software. To help you decide what you need, please check our comparison matrix below:

Description

Cost Estimating Book and
Software

Full Version Software

30-Day Trial Software

Cost

$78.00
to
$88.75

$44.75
to
$44.99

Free
(Can be upgraded with full download)

National Estimator software with about 600 pages of labor & material costs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Paper copy of the full-length book with a download code

Yes

No

No

Show Me 60-minute
interactive video availability

Internet

Internet

Internet

Job Cost Wizard turns estimates into invoices and exports both to QuickBooks

Yes

Yes

Yes

40 sample estimating forms

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free Quarterly National Estimator Updates on the Web

Yes,
Updates are free and automatic in 2015

Yes,
Updates are free and automatic in 2015

Program duration

Updated through 2015

Updated through 2015

Stops working after 30 days

Delivery method

Priority Mail (Book with download code)
(3 or 5 working days)

Internet Download (Software)
(Varies from 1 to 70 minutes depending on your internet connection)

Internet Download
(Varies from 1 to 70 minutes depending on your internet connection)

Internet Download
(Varies from 1 to 70 minutes depending on your internet connection)

Guarantee

100% money-back guarantee

Guaranteed to work on your Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, & XP computer

None

Phone support

8am to 5pm
M - F Pacific

8am to 5pm
M - F Pacific

No Phone
 Support

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The National Estimator System Requirements:

  • PC with 300 megahertz or higher Intel (or equivalent) processor recommended; 233 MHz minimum required.
  • Operating Systems:
    • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP.
  • Requires up to 160 megabytes (MB) of hard disk space.
  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor.
  • Keyboard and Mouse or compatible pointing device.
For Internet access:
  • DSL or Cable recommended; 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) or higher-speed modem minimum.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (or higher), Netscape 7.1, Firefox 1.0, or Mozilla 1.7 minimum.
ShowMe Tutorial System Requirements:
  • 1024 x 768 or higher video resolution required.
  • To listen to video tutorial - Sound card and speakers or headphones.


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