Tools for business and print management
Visual printLeader is a PC-based, modular, print-management solution designed for small to mid-size printing, copying, and graphic-arts businesses. Modules include pricing, order entry, accounts receivable, accounts payable, system manager, purchase order, bank reconciliation, and customer manager.
PrintPoint 5.1 is a customizable, print-management solution designed for small and medium-sized commercial, in-plant, large-format, and digital printers as well as prepress shops. The software can be purchased in either single-user or multi-user systems and includes the following modules: estimating, quoting, automatic conversion of estimates to jobs, job tickets, job costing and tracking, data collection, purchase orders, shipping, invoicing, and customer history.
PrintStar’s Print Management Solution allows users to create a customer-contact database; track inventory, paper supplies, job costs, and profitability; generate estimates; assign, schedule, and track jobs; create purchase orders and invoices; and warehouse, track, and ship finished goods. Customers also can access jobs online, and users can attach, link to, and retrieve unlimited documents and e-files to the customer. Version 3.8 also features improved estimating, the ability to soft proof online, a view of estimates and jobs linked to a customer, and automated proof and shipping e-mail notifications to customers. A wide-format module is available.
Prism Win has a Sales Order Processing module that gives printer and staff automated control throughout every stage of the sale, including information on stock levels, requirements analysis, order status, and delivery dates. The Jobbing feature automatically converts successful quotes into active jobs, producing work tickets and job folders with bar-coded job IDs. Jobs can also be created by copying old jobs, parts of old jobs, or using templates. It can monitor deadlines and considers job prerequisites such as proof OKs, available plates, available shifts, and more. PrismWin SBE offers the same integrated modular functionality, scaled back to meet the needs of the smaller print business.
Sign Tracker is a “pay as you go” online management system at sign.com for sign shops and graphics producers. It allows for customer management, estimating, accounting, inventory, project management, sales, scheduling, designing,
The latest version of OnSite features improved navigation tools; easier tracking of shipped orders; faster processing of Web orders into data-entry modules; expanded capabilities to generate custom reports, exports, and forms; faster location of information through its new Saved-Finds feature; and faster storage of digital documents or design files with a new attachment feature for embedding computer files for transactions performed.
Printer’s Plan allows users to prepare estimates, enter orders, schedule jobs, track job times, create invoices, and collect receivables. The software also offers an e-business solution so that customers can place orders, request quotes, proof artwork, send and receive files, track jobs, and view job histories online.
PrintStream is a customizable business-management solution featuring dozens of fully integrated modules that can be purchased together or separately, including estimating, fulfillment, inventory, scheduling, purchasing, job costing, shop-floor data capture, production tracking, customer support, and job-creation.
The latest version of Wasatch SoftRIP includes the Wasatch Cost Estimator, designed to provide an accurate estimate of a job. Users can estimate costs for media, inks, and any additional post-production charges. Results can be exported to either a database-friendly format or directly to an html Web page.
Many RIPs offer tools that go beyond the pure RIP function, of course, providing production-/workflow-efficiency functions and features similar to some of the tools in the main text. You can find 40 of these third-party RIPs with detailed specs in our current Printer Sourcebook on bigpicture.net (search under “directories” in the main nav bar). We list the companies below with their websites for quick reference (see our main list for other RIP companies as well):
• CadLink: cadlink.com
• Caldera: calderagraphics.com
• ColorBurst: colorburstrip.com
• ColorGate: colorgate.com
• DigiFab: digifab.com
• ErgoSoft: ergosoft.net
• PrintFactory: print-factory.net
• SCP Software: scp.de
• Serendipity: serendipity-software.com.au
• Shiraz Software: shiraz-rip.com
• Valloy: topazrip.com
• Xitron: xitron.com