MICOM Software (www.micomsoftware.com) has introduced Construction Estimator mm, an estimating program developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

Designed for professional contractors, homeowners and students alike, Construction Estimator can help anyone estimate materials and the cost of just about any project. Just press the button next to the function that you want to estimate, answer a few questions and the quantities and cost totals are displayed.

Construction Estimator doesn’t have a set beginning point; you can start with any function. Each function has inputs that relate to the area to be calculated. After inputting the measurements press the calculate button. This will calculate and display the cost and the materials.

These totals are then displayed in the Totals form. The Totals form is where you can also save and load your estimates. After completing a function you can exit the form and return to the Main Menu to estimate other areas of construction.

The degree of your estimates accuracy depends on a number of factors. A small project, such as an addition, will likely produce a very close estimate. A bigger project, such as an entire home, may incur unexpected costs (such as more joists for support) and unforeseen difficulties (such as hard soil or bad weather). Careful input, along with experience that gives foresight, will yield a more accurate estimate.

Construction Estimator mm 1.0 for the Mac requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category.