StarKey Upgrades The Presstimator

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By: E&P Staff

StarKey Software of Brea, Calif., released the version 2.0 upgrade of The Presstimator, its standalone estimating application for web offset printing.

Functionality was expanded with features requested by newspapers and commercial printers. A Budgeted Hourly Rates module is now available to help set rates based on a printshop’s administrative and factory overhead, reflecting recovery of the true costs of doing business. Using calculated BHRs in the Shop Settings of The Presstimator will ensure that accurate standards are being applied for all generated estimates.

Version 2.0 now also handles multiple quantities within a single estimate. At any time within a quote, a user can enter up to five additional quantities in Quick View to instantly see the selling prices. Multiple quantities also can be included on customer reports.

Version 2.0 also offers user privileges/permissions, in the multi-user add-on (server version), that include: locking Shop Settings, modifying quotes, accessing BHR software; access to the user guide (a fully searchable PDF file with active topic links) from within The Presstimator; a new tutorial to get estimators up to speed quickly; more Auditor checking; more automation for generating quotes.

The Presstimator prompts the user for detailed, customer-requested job specs. Costs and settings can be customized in Shop Settings. The Auditor checks for missing information. Various reports (e.g., customer reports, job tickets, materials reports) can be generated directly from the estimate, saving time, helping track costs, and initiating standardized cost studies. Quotes are stored in a searchable database for easy modification.

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