CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis: Top Design/Proposal Software

D-Tools leads the way in the most used design/proposal software brands in the 2014 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.

Discover the top 5 design/proposal software brands from the CE Pro 100 brand analysis. (D-Tools SIX 2013 shown above)
Robert Archer · June 10, 2014

In this comprehensive CE Pro 100 brand analysis series, CE Pro senior editor Bob Archer delivers an in-depth look at the most frequently used manufacturers in nearly 40 product categories. The numbers associated with each manufacturer reflect the number of CE Pro 100 dealers using that brand.

The brands that are used by the CE Pro 100 are closely watched because these are the most successful companies in the industry. Many integrators look to the brands that are being used by these companies as a signal of success. This brand usage differs from rank and file integrator usage because it does not include brands that are sold through distribution typically, but focuses on direct-to-dealer brands.

D-Tools has been the benchmark in the software category for a number of years and the company’s popularity continues in 2014. In addition to past years CE Pro 100 dealers also slightly favor mass-market solutions such as Visio and QuickBooks over solutions such as BidMagic, Horizon and Simply Reliable that are said to target installers’ needs.


Top Brands:
D-Tools: 33
Custom: 18
Visio: 7
QuickBooks: 6

The Rest of the Field:
BidMagic: 5
Simply Reliable: 5
Salez Toolz: 5
CAD: 3
Ease: 2
Horizon: 2
QuoteWerks: 2
TigerPaw: 2
ADA: 1
AutoCAD: 1
Basecamp: 1
BluePrint: 1
ConnectWise: 1
CPS: 1
Excel: 1
Omnigraffl: 1
Quote Roller: 1
One Firefly: 1
Pro Tools: 1
Sharepoint: 1
Stardraw: 1

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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