More than 30 sources for business and management solutions that can make you more efficient—and profitable
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 shops, printing companies, and promotional-products decorators consisting of several modules that 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 signs, shirts, promotional items, banners, mugs, and more. Features include Catalog Builder, Pricing Matrix, Shipping Options, PDF Generator, Artwork Templates, and others.
Onsite 7 is a business-management tool designed specifically for screen printers, embroiderers, promotional-product distributors, award manufacturers, and digital-print operations. Built on the Filemaker platform, Onsite addresses sales, accounting, and production functions, as well as shipping and purchasing. Also available is ProofStuff, a web application that allows for managing proof generation, approval, and follow-up.
SignVox is a Cloud-based, comprehensive business-management system specifically built for 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 (to improve the customer experience).
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. The software is available in Cloud and self-hosted versions.
Printer’s Plan allows print shops to prepare estimates, enter work orders, schedule, and invoice jobs, 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 and receive files, track work in progress, and view job history.
Midnight Fulfillment is a fulfillment-management system that allows shops 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.
Some RIPs also feature modules for managing business and/or job functions. Here’s a list of companies producing third-party RIPs not covered in the body of the article.
• CadLink (www.cadlink.com)
• ColorBurst (www.colorburstrip.com)
• ColorGate (www.colorgate.com)
• DigiFab (www.digifab.com)
• Eisfeld Datenechnik (www.posterjet.com)
• Ergosoft (www.ergosoftus.com)
• Four Pees (www.fourpees.com)
• Fusion (www.fusionsystems.com)
• GMG (www.gmgcolor.com)
• Onyx (www.onyxgfx.com)
• SA International (www.thinksai.com)
• SCP Software (www.scp.de)
• Serendipity Software (www.serendipitysoftware.com.au)
• Valloy (www.topazrip.com)
• Wasatch (www.wasatch.com)
• Xante (www.xante.com)
• Xitron (www.xitron.com)
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