Presstimator Newsletter

Star*Key Software 

April 2017
In This Issue
Version 6.5 Release
New Features in Version 6.5
More Features
Hitting your Profit Targets

Quick Links



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The Presstimator is a web offset printing estimating software application for newspapers and commercial web printers.

Version 6.5 Release

What's New?

Each Section can have its own unique Format, Web Width and Cutoff.  If you create a product for a client with multiple Formats (Tab, Broadsheet, etc.), using various Web Widths on different presses with different press Cutoffs (21 ½" and 22 ¾"), all of the job specs can be entered within a single Quote for the customer.  Creating a "special section" for a customer with entirely different job specifications is now easily entered as a single Quote.

Sections Entry - Various Types

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You are receiving this newsletter because you are a current Presstimator customer with an active annual service contract.  This entitles you to upgrade to the new version for FREE!  If you haven't already upgraded, please contact for a download link and/or request a disc to be mailed to you.  Click here to read more information about upgrading to Version 6.5. Your current data remains completely untouched when upgrading to the new version.  


New Features in Presstimator
Microsoft SQL Server:  Version 6.5 now uses Microsoft SQL Server as its database. Configure the Presstimator connection using your own licensed copy of SQL Server or connect using the provided SQL Server Express, which is a free version of the database.
Page Layouts for Various Press Configurations: Use the Page Layout tool to indicate the configuration of the Section if you are printing multiple copies of a product per impression, and the web width and/or cutoff will be adjusted accordingly. For example: If you are running a Section 2 across by 3 down or 3 across by 2 down, the different web widths and cutoffs will be properly applied.  
Multiple Quantities: Enter up to ten additional quantities requested by the customer. Quick entry buttons on the screen allow you to sort the various quantities into a sequential order and the Calculator can automatically adjust quantities for the ten entry fields. 
First 1,000 Copies:  The price for the first 1,000 copies includes startup and make-ready costs. The new First 1,000 feature ensures that you will cover your costs, and it prevents customers from expecting inaccurate selling prices based solely on the Add'l M's price.

Balloon Help is available in Quote History and Job History screens, and throughout the entire Quote. Balloon Help will guide you through an entire Quote with explanations, advice and tips on how to generate a complete Quote.
Plus more user-requested features...
More Features
Multiple Users: The Presstimator can accommodate multiple users connected to the same SQL Server database.  Users can share costs, standards, customers and quotes from a single database.     
Web Form: Customizable Web Forms allow your customers to request a printing quote through your company's website. The contents of the request are e-mailed to you, and they can be imported directly into the Presstimator as a New Quote.  Once this data has been imported, click on the 'Load All Defaults' button to have a Quote calculated in seconds.  Custom web forms can also be used internally as a convenient way for salespeople to enter the initial job specs. View a Sample here.

Pressroom Production Actuals Application: A standalone mini-application installed on a computer on the pressroom floor allows the press operator to directly enter the production information into the Presstimator database to making it immediately available to the estimator to generate the Profit Analysis and Estimate vs. Analysis reports.  Click for more information.
Analysis:  Presstimator's Analysis reporting analyzes profits and compares estimates vs. actual production data.  Once a job is completed, you can input the actual production counters and time information from the production department (this process can be streamlined using the Presstimator Production Actuals Application).  The Presstimator will then analyze the data within a customizable Excel spreadsheet so you can see how accurate your estimates are.  You can also analyze total profits based on filtered estimates from the Quote History screens.  Click for more information.
Profit Analysis
Profit Analysis

customer analysis
Customer Analysis

 Multiple Page Counts and Multiple Quantities:  Within a single quote, you can enter different scenarios for the number of copies and the number of pages the customer requests.  So, if a customer asks for pricing for a 4, 8 or 12-page Tab with 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 copies with different color options, this can all be entered within a single quote and a price matrix can be printed and sent to the customer so they can select the quantity and pages based on the calculated prices.
First 1,000 Copies:  The price for the first 1,000 copies includes startup and make-ready costs. The First 1,000 feature ensures that you will cover your costs, and it prevents customers from expecting inaccurate selling prices based solely on the Add'l M's price. 
Total Usage Reports:  The Presstimator includes different versions of total usage reports to detail all of the materials and time required to produce the selected jobs. From the Quote/Job History screens, you can filter and report on the jobs you would like to total usage information on. Charts are created for the Total Usage information to display a graphical view of paper, paper waste, ink and press usage.
Total Usage Details
total usage 
Total Usage Charts

Hitting your Profit Targets with the Presstimator

The Presstimator is an estimating software program designed specifically for newspapers and commercial web offset printing shops. Create accurate and detailed estimates with the Presstimator. The Estimate vs. Actuals report can help you initiate cost studies and the Markup feature and Profit Analysis report make it possible to precisely track your bottom line. Budgeted Hourly Rates (BHR) module helps determine the costing standards based on your organization's EXACT cost of operation. These costs and standards are entered in a single location in Shop Settings within the Presstimator database. The Presstimator database can be put 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. Optional, customizable web form and pressroom floor data collection modules interact directly with the Presstimator database for instant access and analysis.


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