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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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TQT software utilizes a process-based approach designed to be unique to each client’s individual business model. Created for custom-manufacturing companies, 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.

Meta Communications’ Workgroups 2010 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). This latest version includes a Document Organizer and an optional browser-based proofing tool. The company recently released Spark!, a browser-based tool designed to facilitate collaboration between content creators and clients.

PrintMetryx JobView is a tool for tracking printing costs. Each print job contains a thumbnail image, detailed information about the print job, and costs for ink and media; users can also track production trends. PrintMetryx JobView is available at no cost with a subscription to Onyx Links service option plus the latest version of Onyx RIP software version 7.3.2 packages. PrintMetryx In-House is a Web-based subscription service designed to show the value of in-house printing by delivering proof of production and reports on printing costs. The PrintMetryx In-House visual dashboards display work and cost information, and users can quickly find a job and view details.

Onyx also offers PrepEdge Pro and PrepEdge. PrepEdge Pro v2.1 addresses all job-preparation issues prior to print processing and includes features specific to large-format prep such as: one-click grommet placement; size, crop, and positioning tools; bleed and fold tools; complex tiling and template tools; fast contour-cut path generation; and a raster image-to-vector tool. The software also has built-in color-correction and management tools as well as a professional PDF editor. PrepEdge is an entry-level, job-preparation tool developed specifically for shops without access—or with limited access—to a professional designer to prepare print jobs.

MyOrderDesk is an online, order-flow system for print providers. At its core, the program is an order-entry, file-transfer, ftp-server, and job-status system that also can work with a back-end costing system to provide customers with online proofing and re-order capabilities.