"This fall, we will be introducing Printer's Plan 2010, our newest version," noted company representative Yesim Edev. "Based on the suggestions of existing and prospective Printer's Plan users, this new version allows for unprecedented flexibility in defining services, making Printer's Plan 2010 suitable for a greater variety of print shops."
MONDAY, August 31, 2009 • $2.00 Estimating Advances: You Can Quote Me on That By Liz Fedorowicz Every printing job starts with a price quote. So ideally a printer wants the best estimating solution for the specific needs of his/her firm in order to win new business or satisfy return customers. A look at some of the new products hitting the market this year helps owners and managers find the right esti- mating solution for their type of business. AACRO Computer Systems The company’s Print Shop Manager product was designed from the ground up with speed and ease of use in mind. “Our last update was a major step towards implementing digital printer pricing into the estimating process. Our estimating system uses specialized templates to accommodate the vari- ous types of jobs that a printer sees from day to day,” said Rich Giles, presi- dent of AACRO. “For example, there is a template specifically for envelopes, another for car- bonless forms, one specifically for printing pads and one for all general work like brochures or newsletters. These templates allow the selection of any print device that has been defined as available whether it is offset or digital or a combination. This gives users increased flexibility. For example, in the booklets template, a cover can be designated to be printed on a digital device while the pages are printed offset. “And it’s all defined under one job number. It has made life much easier for the person defining and estimating the jobs,” he added. For more information, call (770) 592-2028 or visit www.printshopmanager.com. Estimator Corp. Print Can Help Boost the Economy “Using Estimator in the everyday working environment allowed us to develop and apply scores of specialized features unique to this program,” By William Gindlesperger ernment’s on-going unwritten policy of said Estimator President Mark Myers. No business sector is more representative manufacturing print in-house rather than of small business than printers. There are reliance on the private sector. As in most available programs, the quote starts with the selection of the approximately 36,000 commercial print- customer from an existing list, or by adding the new customer informa- ers (not including neighborhood print Not too long ago, 51 percent of every- tion. From that point Estimator becomes noticeably different. A single shops) in the United States. However, thing printed ended up going through screen in front of you at all times becomes your working platform. All this number is falling dramatically as the mail. When the bulk mail rate went required information is easily accessed from this single location. Changes more and more printers fail due to the up, direct mail volumes went down in are viewed instantaneously and the thousands of interactive formulas recession, an increase in bulk mail rates favor of online advertising and other less automatically create all required downstream changes, without your hav- by the U.S. Postal Service, and the gov- continued on page 6 ing to think about them. continued on page 8 Inside: ■ The Business of Books ■ The GPO Responds ■ Expanding Your Business PERIODICALS POSTAGE For All Your Paper and Envelope Needs 1-800-772-2001 www.papermartinc.com For All Your Commercial Printing Paper Needs 8 Estimating Advances “A new help system makes learning tion capacity is so that we can make continued from page 1 the system easier. A new price analysis commitments that we know we can report assists managers in evaluat- keep,” said Printer’s Plan user
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