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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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Franklin Estimating Systems
Print- and signage-specific, the Franklin System is an SQL database with several facets that can be used on their own or integrated with other modules. DataManager offers real-time tracking of job time, cost, material, and labor, as well as employee and sales tracking and management and stock summary reports. Estimator generates detailed estimates, custom job tickets, invoices, and corresponding reports. Accounting adds accounts receivable and payable, sales and purchase orders, inventory, and payroll functions. Also available: JobFlow, Web2Print, QuickBooks module, and more.

InView, designed for professional photographers, centers around a contact manager featuring in-depth searching capabilities, Internet links, and multiple viewing modes. The software can also create, print, and store invoices, estimates, and job and budget reports. In addition, InView features accounting, licensing, scheduling, and correspondence functions. The software can share and synchronize files across a private network or the Internet.

TQT software is designed to be unique to each client’s individual business model. Created for custom-manufacturing companies using standard PCs, including those in signage and graphics arts, the software allows users to build a database of sales leads and customers, create job quotes, production schedules, invoices, and accounting reports; generate and track job tickets; and customize automatic alerts. Other business-management functions include human resources, e-commerce, and inventory.

Meta Communications’ Workgroups 2010 R2 is a collaborative process and productivity-management software suite for marketing, creative design, packaging, and prepress workgroups. It comprises four main modules: Virtual Ticket (for project and workflow management), Approval Manager (for document review and approval), Digital Storage Manager (for storage management), and Job Manager (for financial productivity management). Also included is a Document Organizer, an optional browser-based proofing tool, and Spark!, a browser-based tool to facilitate collaboration between content creators and clients. This latest version includes the Advanced Workflow & Scheduling (AWS) Solution Library, which includes tools for trafficking or scheduling staff to manage jobs interactively, built-in to-do lists, Gantt charts, production schedule, and resource-allocation reports.