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(March 2014) posted on Wed Mar 19, 2014

More than 30 sources for business-and-management software.

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Print MIS
E Pro Lite, a print-management solution, is designed for digital, commercial, and litho print providers. Capabilities include: estimates; order management; purchase orders; inventory; production scheduling; packing slips; delivery scheduling; and invoicing. E Pro Core and E Pro Enterprise add accounts integration; E Pro Enterprise also adds finished goods and data capture.

Printer’s Software
The company’s Presidio print-management solutions, for in-plant and commercial print operations, can stand alone or be integrated in any combination. Available modules include: Estimate, Job Control, Schedule, Shopnet (allows users to capture production data in real time), Accounting, Inventory/POs, eCommerce, and Finished Goods (inventory and fulfillment).

PrintPoint 6.5 estimating and management software is a customizable, print-management solution for small and medium-sized large-format and digital print operations (as well as commercial and in-plant, plus prepress shops). The latest version includes 50 new features: a redesigned interface, Visual Scheduler 2, RFQ, updated estimating and quote capabilities, invoicing (by unit and job), Web to print, and more. A Large Format module is available.

PrintStar allows users to create a customer-contact database; track inventory, job costs, and profitability; generate estimates; assign, schedule, and track jobs; create purchase orders and invoices; and warehouse, track, and ship finished goods. Other features include dashboard statistics, Web-press module, jobs from templates, estimate attachments, enhanced Quickbook integration, and more.

RealTimeDesigner is an e-commerce solution for sign, print, and promotional products. Its several modules can be integrated into an existing website or as a standalone Web solution. Users can configure it to handle an array of customizable products including banners, signs, shirts, promotional items, etc. Features include Catalog Builder, Pricing Matrix, Shipping Options, PDF Generator, Artwork Templates, and others.

Onsite 7 is a business-management tool designed specifically for digital print operations as well as screenprinters. Built on the Filemaker platform, Onsite addresses: sales functions, accounting functions, and production functions, plus shipping and purchasing. Also available is ProofStuff, a Web application that allows for managing of proof generation, approval, and follow-up.

SignVox is a Cloud-based, comprehensive business-management system aimed at the sign industry. Features include: quoting and invoicing; sign pricing; purchase orders and material requisition; online proofing; QuickBooks integration; business intelligence; employee and customer management; vendor management; and more. Add-on modules include: Vehicle Wraps; pocketVox (for smartphones); and Customer Feedback.

PressWise is a browser-based print-workflow system that includes: print-estimating and quoting tools; order management; production management; shipping and fulfillment; Web-to-print storefronts; and optional mail processing. Available in Cloud- or self-hosted versions.

Printer’s Plan allows print shops to prepare estimates, enter work orders, and schedule, invoice, and collect receivables. Components include: Scheduler, TimeTracker, JobTracker (a visual presentation of where each job is in the shop), ShippingLabels, Barcode Support, and more. Its e-business tool allows customers to place orders, request quotes, proof artwork, send receive files, track work in progress, and view job history.

Virtual Systems
Midnight Fulfillment is designed to allow a shop to implement a Web-based solution that addresses warehousing/warehouse management; postage and freight tracking; order entry and management; kit assembly; management reports; Web storefronts; and more.

A RIP Solution
Some RIPs also feature business- and/or management functions or modules. Here’s a list of companies producing third-party RIPs that do not also appear in the main text; you can peruse their RIP products to determine if they have the business and management features you’re seeking:
• CadLink:
• ColorBurst:
• ColorGate:
• DigiFab:
• Eisfeld Datenechnik:
• Ergosoft:
• Four Pees:
• Fusion:
• GMG:
• Onyx:
• SA International:
• SCP Software:
• Serendipity Software:
• Valloy:
• Wasatch:
• Xante:
• Xitron: