About the Presstimator
The Presstimator is a software application for web offset printing
estimating. This print estimating software prompts the user for
detailed job specs requested by the customer. Completely customizable
costs and settings can be adjusted in Shop Settings to create sophisticated
and reliable estimates. The optional Presstimator Budgeted Hourly
Rates (BHR) module calculates rates to be entered in the Presstimator
to ensure overhead expenses are being covered in generated estimates.
The Auditor feature helps the estimator avoid mistakes by
checking for any missing information, which can help eliminate costly
The Presstimator also incorporates a wide variety of Reports
that can be generated directly from the estimate, such as Customer
Reports, Job Tickets, Skid Tags and Materials reports. These reports can not
only save time, but they can also help the user track costs and
initiate standardized cost studies.
Analysis Reports, such as Estimate vs. Actuals, Total Usage, Billing Summary and Customer Trends are generated from a range of filtered Quotes or Jobs for analysis and help you achieve your profit targets.
Quotes are stored in a searchable database for fast retrieval
and easy modifications. The costs and standards used for Quotes
are entered in a single location in Shop Settings within the Presstimator
database. You can also choose to have your Presstimator database
on a server so multiple users can use the Presstimator, share
quotes and share a common set of standards; this simplifies
maintenance and ensures that all of your estimates are using the
most recent costs.
With the Presstimator's optional, customizable Request a Quote
Web Form, your customers or internal sales staff can request
a printing quote through your website; the job information is then
e-mailed to you and can be imported directly into the Presstimator.
The Pressroom Production Actuals Application allows
the pressman to enter production information from the pressroom
floor and it is automatically updated in the Presstimator database
for immediate retrieval by the estimator. The information entered
by the pressman (make-ready and run times, press counters) populates
the Actuals portion of the Presstimator software so you can generate
the Estimate vs. Actuals and Profit Analysis reports without having
to re-key the production information.
With its Budgeted Hourly Rates and Job Analysis modules, the Presstimator
can help printers determine their true costs, eliminate costly oversights,
and meet profit targets!
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About Budgeted Hourly Rates
Presstimator BHR is the definitive solution to establishing precise
costing and estimating standards. In the printing industry, success
hinges on precision in pricing as well as in workmanship. The most
common problem in preparing accurate estimates is the lack of current
costing information. If your selling prices do not provide for the
recovery of all of your operational costs (rent, taxes, office supplies,
management salaries, expenses and other overhead expenditures) your
company may not show a profit, even though you have marked up the
direct supplies, direct labor and added a contingency factor for
Having accurate Budgeted Hourly Rates is the first step in ensuring
that your organization moves forward on a profitable course. These
rates reflect a recovery of your true costs of doing business. You
can be assured of maintaining your company on a profitable course
once you know the exact sources of your organization's operational
Presstimator Budgeted Hourly Rates can provide you with the information
needed to prepare accurate job quotes!
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