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The Other Shop Software

(January 2010) posted on Wed Jan 27, 2010

Tools for business and print management

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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 tracks account histories and statements, estimate histories, job tickets, work-in-progress reports, and customer account information. PrintSmith offers a computer-based scheduling module, a paper calculator, an import-stock catalog, an update-prices feature, a pending-documents feature, and daily close-out reports. Optional software utilities and add-ons include PrintSmith Site, an e-commerce solution that makes it easier for customers to order and receive estimates and transmit print jobs online; PrintSmith Multi-User; PrintSmith Copy Shop; PrintSmith Portable; and PrintSmith Scheduler. The company recently introduced PrintSmith Sign, specifically for print and sign providers (see December, pg. 20).

Other EFI print-management solutions include PrintFlow, a dynamic scheduling tool, and Pace, a Web-based, print-management solution comprising modules including e-commerce; estimating; production (job control, purchasing, inventory, job costing, data collection, and job-history tools); accounting; a customization toolkit with elements such as user-defined forms and notifications; and a PaceConnect module, allowing the system to integrate with various industry programs for online order processing and production management. EFI also offers various Web-to-print solutions.

Enterprise Print Management Solutions
Designed for small to medium-sized printing companies, 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., a 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 view images of an order in PDF format.