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I like Blue Beam software for doing takeoffs from PDF. I don't have to print anything. It has scales to use and gives L.F., Sq.FT. Cubic Foot with a click of your mouse.

As for estimating, I like my Excel spread sheet. I have customized it with price lists, drop down lists, and "VLookup" which makes estimating very quick. It was time consuming to put together but now all I have to do is plug in quantities, and I have a proposal in about 10 minutes.

Excel is free...if you have Office Suite, and Blue Beam cost about 150 bucks (but free if you DL the trial version and uninstall and redownload when it expires)
 
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