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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. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    No more subscription based software. Their price models are out of control for the smaller shops around.
    No matter what. Its way too easy to write something in excel. Or its way easy to hire an author to write something for excel of one of its FREE clones.
    Or find something online
    its way so easy..

    Here is a great start..

    [video=youtube;7EL7x3k35wg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EL7x3k35wg[/video]
     
  2. Sidney

    Sidney Member

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    Yes, we offer a Free 14 day trial

    Yes, we offer a free 14 day trial and a free 20 minute introductory walk-through. Just go to GraphixCALC.com and go to our download page.
    If you have any other questions please contact me.

    Thank you, Sidney L Muniz

     
  3. shoresigns

    shoresigns Very Active Member

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    Are they? They're not in the merchants list and there's no "Merchant Member" title under his name.
     
  4. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    At the time that the post was made, they were MM here.
     
  5. shoresigns

    shoresigns Very Active Member

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    I'm an idiot. Didn't realise how old this thread was.
     
  6. BLC411

    BLC411 New Member

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    Shop flow+ software

    ShopVOX. We implemented the cloud based software 9 months ago and now I have no idea where we would be without it. There's a variety of flavors that do similar functions but if you want scalability for your business, you have to be able to efficiently move from lead -> quote -> order -> invoice. Shopvox has a great interface that's easy to train on and has worked well for our shop.
     
  7. Pete Moss

    Pete Moss Member

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    We use Excel, although SignVox and Sign Tracker sound alluring.
     
  8. Warmoth

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    I use Google Sheets (spreadsheet). I've built, what I consider, a very comprehensive spreadsheet that utilizes scripting.

    It considers all overhead, employee costs (wage/work-speed/efficiency), material costs (including stuff like ink usage), It uses averages I have observed of "sq ft/hour" for sign assembly/weeding/masking/etc, to calculate appropriate labor costs. In the end it calculates "cost" per sq inch/ft for every possible job type we offer. I've gone out of my way to TRY to cover EVERYTHING.

    On the main page is a calculator with drop down selections to input all the details of a job that I want to price. Decal/sign/banner/etc. With each selection, the next box updates to show the remaining available options (2-sided/reflective/etc). Finally, input the dimensions of said job, and using the previous mentioned job cost, it will tell me how much it will cost to produce the item. It will give me a customers price based on the profit % I've specified for the job type on the master "cost/price" page I have.

    I take this data with a grain of salt. I realize it shows me estimates. I don't use it for EVERY job. I use it as a guide. And it can be very insightful.


    ...My spreadsheet doesn't stop there. After you've priced something, there's an "add to invoice" button. Click it, price something else, repeat until done.
    It spits all the info into a easy to read format that shows all the details/options I've selected from the drop-downs. I fill out the customer info. Click another button and it exports the data to a .CSV file directly into my Google-drive.

    Having Google-Drive installed, this file goes directly to the billing computer. Using a 3rd party program, with about 4 clicks, this file imports directly into quickbooks as a new invoice. Invoice completely filled out & accurate, and the items are described in an automated way to ensure 100% uniformity across invoices - All in the name of removing human error.
     
  9. wegercarl

    wegercarl New Member

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    Have you ever considered selling this to a non competing business? If so let me know what you would consider fair.

    Kind regards,

    Carl
     
  10. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

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    Excluding ShopVox is there another program option that allows you to send a proof and have the proof either go to production on approval or back to the designer for edits?
     
  11. nate

    nate Active Member

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    Cyrious Control
     
  12. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

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    Thank you,

    does this program allow you to do a 1-time purchase onto a NAS / Server then use remote access for instant sales quotes or updates outside of the office?
     
  13. nate

    nate Active Member

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    If you're asking can you access it remotely, yes through Remote Desktop. If you're asking can you get on a website and do stuff-- somewhat, but its web stuff is really limited out of the box.

    It's a great program that is pretty much customizable to how you want to work.
     
  14. Warmoth

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    I haven't thought about it. I've got it tailored to our particular set of services. I think it's easy to operate, but under the hood... it wouldn't be very easy to modify for anyone other than me.

    If I can get some time, maybe I'll make a YouTube video showing it's functionalities. You could evaluate it then, and let me know if it looks useful.
     
  15. ssfirme

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    I would be interested if you did one.
     
  16. FatCat

    FatCat Very Active Member

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    Downloaded SignTracker about a week ago and still messing around figuring out formulas, etc. I need to sit down to one of their webinars to get a better understanding of how it all works together, but alas, need to make signs and money to pay the bills... Still, it looks promising, and my main concern is allowing some of my staff to accurately price common jobs without me having to do it all the time....

    Also, need to look at GraphixCalc, but we run all Macs here and it runs on Windows...I know I can run it on Parallels or VMWare, but then that is extra software to buy...
     
  17. Sidney

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    We have a template feature along with a quick pricing feature that provides consistency in pricing for employees. In addition, we have cloud based syncing for multiple machines.
     
  18. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    You could try VirtualBox as well. No buying VM software that way. Will still need to have a working Win OS and key though.

    Could always see if WINE will work as well. It's a compatibility layer for Unix-like OSs. I use it all the time on my Linux rigs. It may or may not work though. Running a VM is more of a sure thing.
     
  19. sss8259

    sss8259 New Member

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    I actually need some help in order to cancel our account with Sign Tracker. We really wanted to make it work as it is one of the cheapest sign management software. Unfortunately It's been 3 months that we are paying our monthly subscription but nobody has ever returned our calls or answered my emails. It's been only a month that I have decided to cancel the subscription. I have been trying to do it through my account but I can't find how to do it. I am actually wondering if this company still exists.. Of course payment is still being debited from our bank account. Please any help will be welcome;)

    Thanks
     
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  20. Sidney

    Sidney Member

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    That would frustrate me.
    I've been in business 25 years and one of the strongest attributes that I have is returning calls. Here's my cell phone number if I can be of assistance.
    Sidney 754-610-5956
     
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