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Accuracy reports

A set of automatically created documents used to verify a project’s accuracy. These are essential to review before a project can be considered complete.

Keep reading: Accuracy reports


The parts of a drawing that Countfire classes as “Background” and which are possible to hide by using the “Background” button in-app.

Keep reading: Hiding drawing backgrounds

Background definitions

Rules & properties relating to backgrounds which allow you to customise what Countfire classes as background. Helpful to push parts of the drawing into the background so you can then hide it.

Keep reading: Defining drawing backgrounds

Best practice workflow

A method of working designed to ensure the most efficient and optimised use of Countfire.

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Check sheets

A document that forms part of Countfire’s accuracy reports and that is both an integral part of completing a take-off in Countfire, and checking that take-off for accuracy.

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Clean selections

An essential part of using Countfire correctly. Selections that are as simple as possible (to increase your chances of automatically matching on other symbols), without making them too simple that you run into false positives.

Keep reading: Making clean selections

Complex symbols

Occasionally, due to the way a drawing has been designed, the symbols can be more complex than normal. Selecting these results in overly complex selections (see clean selections), and selecting a large number of these, can cause a degradation in performance and drawing load times.

Keep reading: Simplifying complex symbols

Coverage area

A circular area that can be overlaid on a drawing to visually check the coverage area of specific devices (EG: PIRs, Smoke Detectors etc).

Keep reading: Calculating coverage area for devices



A location where drawings with similar symbols are uploaded. (EG: Lighting, Power, Fire etc). One discipline should be created for each set of drawings that have similar symbols.

Keep reading: Structuring your project


An individual PDF file uploaded to Countfire containing a building’s outline and a number of symbols and/or measurements to be taken-off.

Keep reading: Adding a new project

Drawing titles

A customisable field where you can add a more human readable name to each PDF file. This field is then used as a column header when the final Excel quantities spreadsheet is created.

Keep reading: Adding drawing titles


A free cloud-based service Countfire uses to automatically sync its output files to your computer.

Keep reading: Dropbox

False positives

Symbols counted unintentionally by Countfire’s, necessarily “fuzzy”, automatic counting algorithm. These are a normal & expected part of using Countfire and are easily checked for and corrected by using Countfire’s accuracy reports.

Keep reading: False positives

Final processing

A stage at the end of the project once the take-offs are complete and the “Process project” button is clicked. Once final processing is complete, Countfire’s output files are produced.

Keep reading: Finalising a project


The process of adding or removing elements in order to tidy up selections and ensure they’re clean.

Keep reading: Editing


The building blocks of symbols. Each symbol is made up of a number of elements and these elements are used, in part, by Countfire’s automatic counting functionality.

Keep reading: Understanding elements


Google Chrome

A fast, modern web browser, provided by Google, and that is required to use Countfire.

Keep reading: Google Chrome

Grouped items

A way of grouping items together in Countfire to help structure information both in-app, and in the Excel quantities spreadsheet.

Keep reading: Grouping items

Help centre

A public knowledge base which holds collections of articles that help understand how to use Countfire.

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Initial drawing preparation

An initial process that takes place immediately after uploading PDF drawings and which needs to be completed before drawings can be worked on within Countfire.

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In-app support widget

A chat messenger shown at the bottom right of Countfire and that is used to provide live chat support, directly in-app.

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Itemising measurements

A control over how your linear or area measurements are represented in the quantities spreadsheet. Used to break quantities down into individual measurements, rather than an overall total.

Keep reading: Itemising measurements


Joined symbols

An easily fixed scenario where parts (or elements) of a symbol are joined to parts of other, unrelated symbols, meaning you can’t select the entire symbol you want.

Keep reading: Joined symbols

Keyboard shortcuts

A set of keyboard based controls designed to increase the speed you can use Countfire. These are essential to getting the most out of Countfire.

Keep reading: Keyboard shortcuts


Manual points

A point manually added to a drawing from the “Measure” tab. Useful for counting items not shown or designed onto a drawing, or in cases where your PDF is actually an image.

Keep reading: Manual counting

Measurement headings

A descriptive heading that measurements are saved underneath (EG: 100mm Trunking, Total floor area etc). Measurement headings are saved at the discipline level.

Keep reading: Linear & area measurements


Areas and linear lengths which can be manually added to a drawing from the “Measure” tab within Countfire.

Keep reading: Linear & area measurements

Naming conventions

A particular way of naming content within Countfire to affect a helpful outcome later in the lifecycle of your project.

Keep reading: Naming conventions

Output drawings

Two sets of output PDF files (record drawings & symbols removed drawings) produced for each drawing contained within your project.

Keep reading: Output drawings


Power search

A means of quickly filtering your list of symbol descriptions down to a specific one you need.

Keep reading: Power search


A collection of drawings and work done on those drawings that form a complete job or project.

Keep reading: Adding a new project

Project finalisation

An essential workflow for verifying the accuracy of a project, prior to relying on the quantities spreadsheet.

Keep reading: Finalising a project

Quantity multiplier

A field within the editor used to multiply the total quantity for a specific selection by a given factor.

Keep reading: Quantity multiplier

Quantities spreadsheet

An Excel spreadsheet Countfire automatically generates containing all the symbols, lengths and areas quantified on the project.

Keep reading: Excel spreadsheet

Real text

One or more text elements that include additional metadata (actual letters, font types and font sizes) that Countfire uses to automatically count. When compared to text like elements, real text is preferable.

Keep reading: Real text and text-like elements



A factor applied to scale measurements to their real world amount. In Countfire, this can be set on the "Measure" tab.

Keep reading: Setting a scale

Scale check

A manual verification of a measurement on a drawing that you know to be correct (typically a scale bar, building grid line, doorway or ceiling grid etc). Used to confirm a drawing’s scale factor is correct.

Keep reading: Setting a scale

Screen hints

Bite sized notes explaining Countfire's different components and controls.

Keep reading: Getting help

Symbol headings

A descriptive heading that symbol selections are saved underneath (EG: Double Socket, Type A Luminaire etc). Symbol headings are saved at the discipline level.

Keep reading: Symbol headings

Symbol selections

A selection of a symbol made on the “Count” tab that results in the automatic counting of other symbols that look similar.

Keep reading: Making clean selections

Text like elements

One or more elements that are shaped to look like text and that don’t include additional metadata like letters, font types and font sizes. Automatic counting is done purely on the shape of the elements alone.

Keep reading: Real text and text-like elements


Zone headings

A descriptive heading that zones are saved underneath (EG: Landlords, Tenants etc). Zone headings are saved at the discipline level.

Keep reading: Zones


A zone that can be added to drawings which tells Countfire you want the symbols & measurements counted within, to be broken out into a separate column, within the final Excel spreadsheet.

Keep reading: Zones

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