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Finding a Business-Software Solution

(May 2011) posted on Mon Mar 28, 2011

More than 40 solutions for the management side of your shop.

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Avanti Computer Systems
Avanti’s Graphic Arts Management System comprises various standard modules including estimating (including a “demand estimating” option for on-demand and specialty print shops); order entry; job costing and tracking; scheduling; inventory control; barcoding; shipping; fulfillment; shop-floor data collection; purchasing, invoicing, point-of-sale, and accounting integration; and JDF integration with plug-and-play or custom-integration options. The system is designed for digital wide-format shops as well as commercial and in-plant print facilities.

Bard Business Solutions
Enterprise Manager, designed for large-format printers, ad agencies, and design firms, is a fully integrated database management system with modules including: contact management, rates/products, equipment, employees, estimates, dockets, production scheduling, costing, time sheets, shipping, image storage, purchase orders, and invoices. The company also offers Digital Print Manager (for digital printers), Graphics Manager (for trade printers), and other products.

CiberQuote 2.0 is a quotation system for sign making. It allows for quick generation of quotes; materials specification; billable works-time specs (design, printing, cutting, assembly, etc.); payment methods indication; customizable print-quote formatting; and more. A database manager is included; advanced retrieval of past quotes is possible.

Compose Systems
Express PrintShop for digital print operations connects multiple printers in a mini-cluster; it also supports load balancing, advanced job queues, bi-directional communication to the printing device, and optional variable-data printing.

CRC Information Systems
CRC’s Nucleus strikes a balance between estimating, production, inventory, accounting, e-commerce solutions, and customer-relationship management. The newest version of Nucleus has a streamlined menu interface as well as new dashboard widgets. Its Web-based, e-commerce software allows users to provide clients with 24/7 customer service. A browser-based, customer-relations management (CRM) module gives users a 360-degree view of customer interactions, sales opportunities, and buying patterns. The scheduling module provides advanced Gantt charting, enhanced drag-and-drop scheduling manipulation, color “alerts,” and more.

Cut-Estimator Pro software allows print providers to predict the cost of cutting/routing projects. The software utilizes material-specific database values to define cutting/routing methods, speeds, and tooling requirements specifically for the cutter/router used. Specific project data is entered, and the software converts the information and gives a precise cost, sales price, and number of work hours needed for that project; it also can give up to six alternative estimates based on different quantities. In addition, it provides production planning sheets and order sheets for printout when the estimated projects are ordered.