General Questions about Cubit


Can I request a free trial?
Yes, you certainly can. Buildsoft offers a no-obligation, 14 days, FREE trial of Cubit. 

Can I have a demonstration of your solutions?
Yes. We have Product Consultants at the ready to ensure we take you through a solution that suits you.

What is the difference between subscribing to Cubit and buying Cubit?
A Cubit subscription offers you access to the extensive range of features of Cubit, software updates, major upgrades, and access to technical support.

It also offers a lower upfront cost to use Cubit, is simple and easy to manage, and can spread costs over the life of your subscription to help with cash flow.

Buying Cubit gives you access to the software, and your first purchase will include 12 months complimentary Software Assurance cover.

What is the minimum contract term for a Cubit subscription?
A Cubit subscription has a minimum 12 month term. Longer terms are available through discussion with Buildsoft.

What is Software Assurance and what's included?
Software Assurance is designed to complement your licences with access to our professional Support team, as well as any minor or major software updates. Software Assurance is included with your first purchase, for a period of up to 12 months*.

At the end of this period, you can choose to renew your Software Assurance to continue receiving support and product updates. At this point, a Customer Success Manager will get in touch with you to let you know the price.

*12 month period excludes upgrades & any additional licences purchased at a later date.

How easy is the installation process? Can Buildsoft assist me?
The installation process is relatively easy, and we've even outlined the process in our Installation Guides (Cubit | Global). If you don't have the time, our Support team offers installation services for standalone ($69+GST per licence) and network (from $295+GST) solutions.

What is the difference between Lite, Standard, Professional, and Professional + BIM?
Cubit Lite is modern estimating software without the complexity. It’s perfectly suited to subcontractors who want better visibility, and want to keep track of estimates within a job manager screen.

Cubit Standard combines easy functionality with user-friendly estimating and takeoff features to deliver a solution suited to residential builders, contractors and subcontractors.

Cubit Professional combines all Cubit features with more advanced functionality to deliver a higher-end solution suited to residential project home / multi-family builders, commercial builders and quantity surveying firms.

Cubit Professional + BIM gives you access to all the features of Cubit Professional, as well as the BIM Takeoff Module. 

Does Cubit come pre-loaded with rates?
No, you will need to develop your own price lists and rates within Cubit.

Do I need an internet connection to use Cubit?
You will require an internet connection to activate the software for first time use. It is not required for ongoing use of the software.

Can I use Cubit to estimate without importing plans?
Yes, you can. If you regularly estimate without a plan, Cubit Lite is the perfect solution at a fraction of the price of a full Cubit solution. If you are estimating without a plan as a one-off, Cubit or Cubit Pro would be a better solution.

Is Cubit a cloud (web-based) solution?
No, Cubit is not a cloud solution.

Does Cubit run on a Mac?
Yes, you can run Cubit on a Mac. Cubit is Windows-based software, so you’ll need to run Windows on a Mac by either booting to Windows using Apple’s Boot Camp or running in a virtual machine using Parallels.

Are there any subscription or annual fees?
For perpetual licences, your licence cost is a one-off fee; and your Software Assurance cover is renewable annually. 
For subscription customers, there is a monthly or annual subscription fee to use Cubit. 

What are the system requirements to run Cubit?
Our solutions will run on Windows Server 2008 or greater for server installations, or Windows 7 or greater for standalone desktop installations.

You’ll also require these minimum system requirements:

  • Intel Dual Core 1.86GHz (or AMD equivalent)
  • 4GB Ram Memory
  • 256MB Ram Graphics Card, supporting Open GL 2.0 or higher
  • 1GB free HDD space

How does Cubit licencing work?
Your licence can be installed on as many computers as desired, but can only be activated on a single machine at a time.

How does licencing work for multiple users?
Each Cubit licence is registered for one user. If you have multiple users that require access to Cubit simultaneously, you'll need one licence for each user.
For example, if you have 20 estimators that will be using Cubit at the same time, you'll need 20 licences.

What training is included with the purchase of a solution?
For Cubit users, we offer a weekly webinar to get you up and running ASAP. This is free of charge, as is access to short ‘how-to’ videos. Additional training is at cost. In order to enjoy the benefits and maximise the potential of your chosen Buildsoft solution, you (and your staff) should consider one of our training options.

Who uses Cubit?
Cubit is used by a wide range of users in the construction industry including estimators, quantity surveyors, builders, contractors and subcontractors.

What level of integration is between Cubit and Xero?
You can import account codes from Xero and map them accordingly with your codes in Cubit. Push finalised estimates out to Xero for accounting purposes.

How does BuilderTREND and Cubit work together?
You can export finished estimates out of Cubit and import them into BuilderTREND in order to utilise their project management functionality.

What is the money back guarantee?
Buildsoft's money back guarantee offers you the peace of mind of knowing we're so confident in the products we develop and sell that we're certain you'll love using them. However, we do understand that sometimes Cubit may not be the best fit, and if for some reason that is the case, we will give you your money back. 

This guarantee is available for your first purchase only, within 30 days of the date of purchase, for new licences bought from Buildsoft. The guarantee excludes any subscriptions or services. Terms and conditions apply. Please see your licence agreement for further details. 


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