We have used SpecText, MasterSpec, and BSD SpecLink. Our guys like SpeckLink. This summer we sent about a third of the firm to Atlanta for training. Everyone finds it easy to use and no complaints from clients or contractors on content.Dennis J. Hall, FAIA, FCSIHALL a|e|c PACharlotte, NC
I was going to recommend "SpexPlus", but when I went to get the link to post, learned that it has been permanently closed and absorbed into the Arcom Borg.
It was a pretty straightforward set of specs, free to download, easy to read, totally non-automated for editing; edit by subtracting, but not that much to discard. Glad to have my latest download from mid-summer 2017The webpage -- http://www.spexplus.net/ --- says "SpexPlus™ has been retired. Please try MasterSpec Small Project® for free on SpecBuilder." I looked there, and didn't find any easy path to learning how to use said product for free permanently.Comments about the referenced Arcom offering might be interesting.Disclosure: In the past, a MasterSpec user; I've looked into the SpecLink, etc. products but never felt moved to make the investment.
We like BSD Speclink-E – it is much easier to use than the old Masterspec – you are choosing what you want in the project rather than trying to take out everything that you don't want. When you select products in Part 2 of the Spec, it automatically selects relevant portions of Parts 1 & 3. You can also create Short Form Specs and Abbreviated Specs when appropriate, and then take them into Long Form later, if needed, etc.
I believe they offer a free trial as well. If you want to use it long term, it is a subscription model, and you can share licenses in your office, so you don't have to buy a license for everyone.
Worth checking it out... Here's the link: http://www.bsdsoftlink.com/products/speclink-e
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