software: Estimating

It is almost impossible to imagine anyone estimating prices manually in this day and age of modern technology. Some certainly are, however. Just imagine the lost productivity and the variety of estimates that might be produced—without any concern for actual costs. Imagine how much sales might increase with the use of estimating software. It’s just staggering.

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Control OOB

Cyrious Software’s Control OOB is an estimating and business management system for sign and graphics companies that enables users to easily generate estimates, work orders, service tickets and invoices, track and schedule jobs, manage employees, inventory and production, organize customer information and more.

Control OOB has specialized tools for companies pricing and producing large and grand format graphics and several other products. The latest addition to Control OOB is an innovative pricing and work order tool for textile products that include any combination of: screen printing, embroidery, dye sublimation, direct to garment printing, heat transfer, and garment decoration.

Wide-Format Estimator, Version 10.5585

Estimator Corp.’s Wide-Format Estimator provides industry specific square foot pricing, auto layout, and all finishing operations including iCut. It also features job ticket delivery, ticket detail, cost analysis, job scheduling, stock and services PO’s, plus many more. It is a complete job entry and workflow solution.

Franklin Estimating Software

Franklin Estimating, the industry leader in print estimating and management systems since 1917, offers the following print management tools: Franklin Estimator, Franklin Digital Print and Copy Estimator, Franklin DataManager, Franklin Scheduler, Remote Estimator and the Industry Standard Franklin Pricing Books.

PowerQuote 14

PowerQuote software announces a new release of their management and estimating software for commercial printing companies. It offers modules for accounting, offset, digital, and large format print estimating. The system runs on Mac OS X, Windows 7, XP, and Vista. New features include:

  • A paper inventory system
  • Mass email feature
  • New accounting features
  • Faster operation (list of jobs build up to 3 times faster!)
  • Expanded customer information includes multiple contacts and addresses for each account
  • Works with Windows 7 (also XP, Vista, Mac OS X)
  • Improved navigation
  • Larger type for easy to read job lists

All systems include email quotes, written quotes, easy tracking of file correction charges, instant recall of jobs for reorders and our unique job SAVe job ticket. The accounting/enhanced capability module adds scheduling, invoicing, accounts receivable and integrates with PagePath Technologies’ MyOrderDesk online order system for print shops. PowerQuote includes standard rates that are pre-installed and easily adjusted to match any cost-based pricing system.

Print Shop Manager

Print Shop Manager features protected access for easy-to-use pricing tables that can be configured to match you local or national market exactly. The intuitive templates link to those pricing tables for accurate and repeatable pricing for all of your quotes. A built-in tutorial and hyper-linked help files make the software easy to learn and use. Print Shop Manager is capable of importing pricing tables, customer lists, and history from older pricing systems. Call 770-592-2028 for an online demo.

RocketPrint Software

RocketPrint software has announced the new capability of wide-format quoting as part an upgrade to its RocketQuotes web-to-print storefront solution. A RocketQuotes storefront can now offer quotes for Wide Format items such as Posters, Banners and Signage. The wide-format quoting feature was designed and built to meet the specific needs of the wide-format market. Customers can specify the exact dimensions of their project; choose a media type, and unlimited finishing options.

Behind the scenes, quotes can be based on using up to four different media roll widths for each product. RocketQuotes will automatically determine the most efficient roll width to use on each quote. Set up quantity discounts for various volume levels.