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Tracking and Managing Your Jobs

(January 2008) posted on Fri Jan 11, 2008

A sourcelist of business and management software.

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By Clare Baker

E Pro is a flexible print-management solution from Print MIS designed for small to medium-sized commercial, digital, and litho printers. E Pro comprises several modules including estimating, job production, purchase orders, stock control, scheduling, delivery notes, invoicing, accounts, stock fulfillment, customer and supplier service, CRM, direct-mail marketing, and management reports.

Printable Technologies

Dashboard is a print-shop management solution and is designed as a control panel for a Web-to-print digital workflow. The software enables users to track orders and jobs; transfer, store, catalog, and manage files; and generate detailed reports for shipping, billing, and management. With the program, the user can also configure, maintain, and manage all e-commerce transactions.

Printer’s Software

Printer’s Software offers eight print-management solutions designed for commercial and in-plant printers of various sizes that can stand alone or be fully integrated in any combination. The following modules are available: estimate, job control, schedule, shopnet (allows users to capture production data in real-time), accounting, inventory/POs, e-commerce, and finished goods.


printLeader management software is a modular print-management solution designed for printing, copying, bindery, mailing, and graphic-arts industry businesses. The integrated modules include pricing, estimating, order entry, invoicing, job history, job scheduling, accounts receivable, system manager, and Web-based Internet solutions. Optional modules include accounts payable, check writing, purchase order, bank reconciliation, contact manager, and a general ledger package.


PrintPoint 5 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 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. The system also features extensive built-in reporting and includes word processing, email, and faxing capabilities. PrintPoint is compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms and features full password control.


PrintStar Print Management Solution, from PrintStar, is print-management software designed especially for commercial printers. The software allows users to: create a customer contact database, track inventory, create estimates, track paper supplies, assign and track jobs, create shipments, track job costs and profitability, create purchase orders and invoices, schedule jobs, and give customers access to jobs online. The recently upgraded version 3.0 also features improved estimating, shipping integration to major shipping companies, the ability to gang runs together, and the ability to create a master bill of lading containing multiple shipments.

Prism USA

PrismWin is a business-management solution designed specifically for the printing and graphic-arts industries. The system comprises the following modules: quoting and jobbing, sales-order processing, purchase ordering, shop-floor management, production management, financials, and information management. In addition to the standard software there are also two browser based modules: eService Desk (online quote request and sales ordering) and Browser Time Manager (online production time and materials capture).


Printer’s Plan, from SoftUse, is estimating and business-management software designed for printers. With the software, users can 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. Additionally, users can create hundreds of comprehensive customized reports based on a variety of criteria.

Streamline Solutions

PrintStream, from Streamline Solutions, is a Windows-based, customizable business-management solution designed for the printing, direct-mail, and fulfillment industries. The system features dozens of modules that are fully integrated and can be purchased together or separately, including estimating, fulfillment, inventory, scheduling, purchasing, job costing, shop-floor data capture, production tracking, customer-support module, and job-creation modules