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The Other Shop Software: Business and Management Software

(March 2014) posted on Mon Mar 03, 2014

More than 30 sources for business and management solutions that can make you more efficient—and profitable

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EFI offers several business-management solutions applicable in specialty-printing companies. Its Pace is a browser-based print-management system for mid- to large-sized printing businesses with any combination of digital, wide-format, and litho operations. The JDF-certified Pace comprises tools for estimating/quoting, job control/scheduling, production/costing, shop-floor data collection, inventory management, purchasing, CRM/sales management, financial management, and business analysis.
PrintSmith Vision is a flexible business-management product that offers estimating, point-of-sale, account management, production management, receivables, and sales-analysis tools on a new, browser-based platform. It includes tools for estimating/quoting, production scheduling, order management, shop floor data, financial management, management reporting, and credit-card processing. PrintSmith Vision is available in Full and Digital (smaller-scale) versions.
EFI Monarch is a print MIS and planning solution for large printers with single or multiple plants. Scalable to 5000 users, it allows users to efficiently manage projects ranging from basic to complex, with these core modules: Acquisition, Estimating, Planning, Scheduling, Production, Inventory/Fulfillment, Financial, Business Intelligence, and Custom Support Services.

Enterprise Print Management Solutions
Enterprise 32 is a PC-based 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. Also available is an Accounting Suite (receivables, payables, a general ledger, and a cash manager). is a web-based suite that manages internal and external e-commerce activities, allows customers to request quotes, place orders, track orders, view status of finished-goods inventory, and proof in PDF format.

Specifically geared for signage estimating and pricing, EstiMate is a pricing and management system with features including instant quotes, an hourly rate estimator, open-estimate manager, job conversion reports, job tracking, automatic customer deposits using Quickbooks, invoicing, inventory management, and more. EstiMate is available in Professional and Enterprise editions. (The Enterprise edition adds shop-management features including purchase orders, job tracking, invoicing, work orders, and more.)

Estimator Corporation
Estimator Cloud is designed for wide-format operations as well as commercial printers. Standard reports include Estimate, Job Ticket, Internal Detailed Costs and Profit, Paper and Services POs, Workflow Production Scheduling, Job Locator, and Invoice and Shipping Labels. Wide-Format Estimator adds features such as Square Foot Pricing, Variable DPI, 2-Side Printing, Finishing, and others. Estimator Remote Access (ERA) is standard, allowing for remote access from Android devices, iPads, and Apple or PC computers.


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