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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 oversights.

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 overhead.

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 costs.

Presstimator Budgeted Hourly Rates can provide you with the information needed to prepare accurate job quotes!

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