Morning Flight Gold

 

Booklet Module

 

Posted: 09 Aug 2008 11:24 am

 

Hi Hal, any news on the Booklet Module? I know it's hard when you are a big star. But I knew you before you were famous. Regards,
. . . . .  Clive Jaques
Joined: 01 Feb 2006  Posts: 22  Location: Sheffield, UK

 

Clive, trust me, having a few wandering souls catch you on You Tube leads to little fame and even less fortune. Not nearly enough fortune to pay for a Starbucks and a bagel. The booklet module on the other hand, that's coming together well enough that I think we'll someday see financial benefits. It's nearly done, save for some validations and testing. If I had a crystal ball, I'd say another month or so. (Sorry, with ETA's, there's always an "or so.")

 

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Before anyone asks, the yellow ball in the screen below says this is an insert (an envelope or postcard or some such - Ok for coil or GBC, not Ok for saddlestitching). A red ball means the content or cover page is no longer valid. Which is where the validations come in. Say you assembled an 8-1/2x11 perfect-bound booklet and later decided to change the size to 6x9. Or the binding to GBC. Anything with a red ball in front of it will now have to be resized to fit.

This turned out to be one of those projects that just kept getting bigger. It reminded me of a cartoon I once saw where a snake was trying to swallow an elephant, starting with the tail. The elephant, unfazed, merely turned his head and said "Good luck with that!"
. . . . .  Hal Heindel

 

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Hi Hal, the booklet module snapshots look good, it should make my job somewhat easier. I hate pricing books. Thanks,
. . . . .  Clive

 

I absolutely agree - being a star must be hard - especially when all us print shop owners are relying on Hal!

Looking forward to the booklet module too - those quotes always get left to the bottom of the pile - very time consuming and not always consistent. Keep going Hal!
. . . . .  Sue
Joined: 16 May 2006  Posts: 9  Location: Zephyrhills, Florida

 

Sue, the closest I ever came to stardom was at the 2006 Belvidere Classic, where the Cobra Dragonsnake I brought to the auction was the number one "Star Car." Here is what you discover straightaway when you own a significant piece of motoring history: You never actually own it. You may hold the pink slip, but it's the car that's the celebrity, you're just the custodian. Attend a race at Watkins Glen and you hardly ever get questions like "hey Hal, what's up?" or "how've you been?" All everybody wants to know is "you still own that Cobra?"

 

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Anyway, it was nice to see how the other half lives and play VIP for a couple of days. That's me on the far right. Can't say I cared for the elevated lifestyle. The buyer who paid more than one-and-a-half million dollars for old "Jez" didn't even bother to show up. He had someone else do the bidding for him.

Booklet Module: First off, it's not a module anymore. Booklet Quotes and Orders will be a standard feature of the Silver and Gold Editions - which translates into No Extra Charge. The revised Silver is a wrap, the Gold nearly so. All the Gold lacks is converting Booklet Quotes into Orders, and repeating a Booklet Order. Thanks, Sue and Clive, for your encouragement. Craig and Lu are right there with you.

Having had to work up booklet quotes for many years myself, Sue, I know first-hand why that's rarely at the top of anyone's to-do list. Not much fun coding it, either. There's a reason why the Booklet Module ended up at the bottom of the pile as well!
. . . . .  Hal Heindel

 

So Hal, what you're saying is that the new Gold with the ability to quote booklets will be ready to download by the weekend ... Right? It's nice to be a customer once in a while.
. . . . .  Craig
Joined: 05 May 2005  Posts: 84  Location: Sandusky, Ohio

 

What's a weekend, Craig? Don't recall having had one of those in a while. At the moment, the days just seem to melt into one big twilight zone.

One thing I'd like to get a better handle on before we release the new Gold Beta is digital pricing. Now that price comparisons between offset/copy/digital are just a click on a tab (on my computer, not yet on yours), the disparity between offset and digital, for some quantities, seems a bit steep. I'll e-mail you later today to get your thoughts on that.
. . . . .  Hal Heindel

 

A weekend is when the lake is too rough to go fishing, and the grass needs cutting, and you're out of beer. So you just go to work so you don't have to cut the grass!
. . . . .  Craig

 

Hi Clive,

Hope that QM 46 landed safely Sunday morning. Nice piece of hardware, just the ticket for doing lots of booklets. Speaking of which, the Booklet Module is done!! Another week or two of alpha testing and trying to get a handle on bookbinding prices (they're all over the map here in the U.S.), and we can upload the new Silver and Gold betas.

The announcement, as usual, will come on the Forum. A new Forum, most likely. This board is now so overrun by spammers - between 100 and 150 are trying to register every single day - that we've decided to set up a new one. Not just more secure and robust, but more feature-rich as well. If you try to log on at the current Forum and find the doors locked, please go to http://www.printfire.com/support.html for the new address.

Good luck with the press.
. . . . .  Hal Heindel

 

Week or two of alpha testing? ... you're killing me, Hal.

Clive, I hope your QM 46 gets up and running for you quickly, and turning a profit.
. . . . .  Craig