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Pricing Software

Discussion in 'Polls' started by SignStudent, Oct 31, 2011.

What estimating software do you use?

  1. Activity

    5 vote(s)
    2.2%
  2. Cyrious Software

    27 vote(s)
    11.9%
  3. EstiMate

    35 vote(s)
    15.5%
  4. Excel Spreadsheet

    30 vote(s)
    13.3%
  5. GraphixCalc

    12 vote(s)
    5.3%
  6. SignVox

    16 vote(s)
    7.1%
  7. Sign Tracker

    4 vote(s)
    1.8%
  8. Other

    19 vote(s)
    8.4%
  9. Don't use Software

    78 vote(s)
    34.5%
  1. SignStudent

    SignStudent Member

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    I've been speaking with Jon Aston lately and we've agreed I should look into getting software to help speed up the estimating process. After looking through a few threads on here I've run into a ton of different options and am having trouble deciding on one.

    I plan on checking out a few different trials but want to narrow it down because I don't really have time to try them all. I have a relatively small shop with just me and one full-time employee, so I don't think I really need something as high-end as Cyrious. If you're currently using estimating software, would you recommend it and why?
     
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  2. HulkSmash

    HulkSmash Major Contributor

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    SignVox
     
  3. AnotherSignManiac

    AnotherSignManiac Member

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    CASper (easynet)
     
  4. Kwiksigns

    Kwiksigns wookie

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    me too *headache*
     
  5. SignStudent

    SignStudent Member

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    Wow there goes another one I haven't heard of yet. I'll have to check that out.
     
  6. LarryB

    LarryB Member

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    SignVox is awesome. Saves me lots of time entering orders and producing quotes.
     
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  7. Kevin-shopVOX

    Kevin-shopVOX Active Member

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    SignVOX for sure....though I might be a bit jaded. If you would like to view a demo let me know.
     
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  8. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    I dont gte estimating software myself, BUT Im not bawshing it, I just dont get it
     
  9. Farmboy

    Farmboy Active Member

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    EstiMate. Although it's all I've ever used so I can't compare it. I would never quote without software. Everyone in the shop can use it. Free's up A LOT of time.
     
  10. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

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    Ditto- not perfect but pays for itself. We really struggled before we got it-
    and if you intend to grow (and who doesn't/didn't) it is even more important
    to be able to access past info easily.
     
  11. AnotherSignManiac

    AnotherSignManiac Member

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    you don't like it? I think it's a fairly good piece of software, especially with all the updates as of late.
     
  12. njshorts

    njshorts Active Member

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    Excel Spreadsheets for basic pricing and costing, prices built in to quickbooks.
     
  13. oldgoatroper

    oldgoatroper Roper of Goats. Old ones.

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    I chose "Other" even though I use a spreadsheet. The only spreadsheet option offered was "Excel Spreadsheet" -- why do people assume that if you're using a spreadsheet, its MS Office?

    I have used OpenOffice for years and now use the new fork of development that is free from Oracle's influence -- LibreOffice
     
  14. SignStudent

    SignStudent Member

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    Hmm, good question. I use Open Office myself but for whatever reason I didn't think to include it.
     
  15. Mike F

    Mike F Active Member

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    Same here, it always amazes me that most people don't take advantage of open source software or freeware in general. I don't use a single piece of paid software besides VersaWorks and Corel X4.

    On topic, I use a spreadsheet at the moment, but I'm also giving Sign Tracker a spin to see if it can help me keep things a bit more organized overall.
     
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  16. sar bossier

    sar bossier Very Active Member

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    Have CASper, waiting to switch to SignVox ... 1000% better than CASper. Get the SignVox free demo walk-thru, you'll see. CASper is VERY limiting, and takes WEEKS to adjust price ranges.
     
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  17. HulkSmash

    HulkSmash Major Contributor

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    I'm switching to singvox soon...
    i can tell you what software NOT to get..
     
  18. AnotherSignManiac

    AnotherSignManiac Member

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    wish I was the one to make the decisions... secretly (but dont tell anyone) I love what I see with SignVox
     
  19. Custom_Grafx

    Custom_Grafx Very Active Member

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    Excel here. Works fine and can easily customise it whenever I have the need.
     
  20. Kevin-shopVOX

    Kevin-shopVOX Active Member

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    Nice thing about SignVOX is that it has an Excelish feel to it when you are creating items, editing prices etc. One of the wish items we are working on is to take what you can currently export into an excel documents (prices, products, formulas etc.) and be able to edit in excel then reimport that right back into SignVOX. Makes bulk changes and edits even easier.
     
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