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Front- and Back-End Tools

(March 2014) posted on Wed Mar 19, 2014

More than 30 sources for business-and-management software.

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iSystems Inc.
Created for custom-manufacturing companies using standard PCs, including those in signage and the graphics arts, TQT 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. Other business-management functions include human resources, e-commerce, and inventory.

KeyedIn Solutions
KeyedIn Sign Edition is a Web-based business-management solution for the custom-sign industry. Modules include: Estimating, CRM, Advanced Accounting and Cash Management, Reports/Analytics, Service Calls, Supply Chains, Sales, Cost Tracking, Shop Floor, and Project Management. KeyedIn Solutions acquired the former Datacom in 2012.

MetaCommunications’ Workgroups DaVinci is a process and productivity-management software suite addressing four major tasks: project management (CRM, workflow scheduling, workload indicators); online proofing and review; digital asset management (auto track, organize, and share assets); and financial management (estimates, quotes, proposals, time tracking, procurement, job-costing, accounting integration, and more). Can be installed on-premise or in the Cloud. Standalone products are also available: Job Manager, Virtual Ticket, and others.

PagePath Technologies
MyOrderDesk is a Web-to-print storefront solution for print providers. Modules include: ezMerge personalization; PDF2U for auto PDF files/proofs; DocMart inventory management; QwikPrice pricing module; HighVolume advanced tools; PrintNewz marketing system; and others.

Pivotal Z
Prestige Scheduler is a production planning and tracking system designed to track jobs through to completion. The program can stand alone or connect with other production-order and shop-floor systems, and can be used in monitor mode or as a Web browser. Components include a Work List, Job Browser, Variable Labor Scheduling (support complex labor constraints such as multiple shifts, automatically adjusting a shop’s plan and resources based on available operators and skills). Prestige Scheduler’s terminology can be customized to match that of the shop.

Pixta Inc.
The PixtaFlow cloud-based ERP system includes its Estimator tool, engineered for quick and accurate quotes for large-format digital print work. Other PixtaFlow features include: job management, QuickBooks integration, a digital storefront, Web-based large-file transfer, and more. Its PixtaStudio, formerly a standalone product, has also been rolled into PixtaFlow, and includes PixtaFlow Job Management and PixtaCatalog Digital Storefronts.

Polkadots Software
Track-it time- and job-management software features time management of jobs in production; management of production resources; cumulative-time reporting; automatic creation of job data; historical search functionality; and more.