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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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PrintSmith is a print-shop management solution designed for small commercial print shops as well as companies with on-demand and digital environments. Users can create pricing systems, stock-order reports, estimates, invoices, quote letters, and account statements. It also includes estimating, pricing, Web-to-print, order management, scheduling, shop floor data collection, inventory, point-of-sale, invoicing and reporting tools. The PrintSmith Site eCommerce optional package includes PrinterSite Exchange, PrinterSite Fulfillment, and PrinterSite Internal.

EFI Monarch is a Print MIS and planning solution offering capabilities for the efficient management of projects ranging from basic to complex.

As this issue was readied for press, EFI acquired Streamline Development, the maker of PrintStream ( PrintStream is a customizable business-management solution for the graphics, direct mail, and fulfillment industries. Its various modules include estimating, fulfillment, inventory, scheduling, purchasing, job costing, shop-floor data capture, production tracking, customer support, postage accounting, and job-creation. EFI reports that PrintStream will continue to be supported but will no longer be offered to new customers.

Enterprise Print Management Solutions
Enterprise 32 is a PC-based, scalable, print-management system. Modules include data collection, invoicing, purchasing, financials, inventory control, job costing, scheduling, finished goods inventory, and estimating/order entry; users can also create custom reports. An Accounting Suite of modules (receivables, payables, a general ledger, and a cash manager) is available. is the company’s Web-based suite that manages both internal and external e-commerce activities, allows customers to request quotes, place orders, track orders, view status of finished-goods inventory, and proof images of an order in PDF format. The system can connect with many third-party applications.

Specifically geared around signage estimating and pricing, EstiMate is a pricing and management system with features including instant quotes; watermarked images that cannot be scanned, an hourly rate estimator to ensure profits; open-estimate manager; job conversion reports, which shows the percentage of estimates converted to jobs; job tracking; automatic customer deposits using Quickbooks; invoicing; inventory management, and more.

Estimator Corporation
Estimator is a print-estimating and management software designed for wide-format operations as well as other digital and commercial presses. Standard reports include: estimate, job ticket, internal detailed costs and profit, paper and services POs, workflow production scheduling job locator, and invoice and shipping labels. Also available are: Networking Custom Report Writer, ODBC (to connect to other existing management tools), Data Mining with detailed queries, and Web applications for remote access and job estimates.