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Booklet Pricing

 

Posted: 25 May 2005 02:47 pm

 

Any easy way short of making booklets a merchandise item to be able to price them? Almost seem like a new category on My Products would be needed, something for 8.5x8.5 and 8.5x11 booklets in multiple page settings.

This would be a better set-up than a merchandise item since I could change ink colors, composition, and other stuff on the fly.
. . . . . Craig Hofer
Loris Printing  Joined: 05 May 2005  Posts: 79  Location: Sandusky, Ohio

 

Craig, there actually was such a category built into Morning Flight early on, but we decided to remove it because it didn't have enough power to be useful. As a one-unit product, booklets would have to be self-cover, with the same ink and run specs throughout. Hardly an everyday real world occurrence.

Our next go at it was a multi-unit, compound product. In other words, a product that could be assembled from other products. Now you could make up separate quote sheets for the cover, inside pages, even inserts such as envelopes (for GBC or wire-bound books), all with different run specs. That worked, but bloated the program to where booklets took up an inordinate amount of the interface. The feel of Morning Flight began to resemble that of a tuxedo, where before it had been a pair of jeans.

As it stands now, the underlying code for compound booklets is complete, and all the data files you're now using are designed to accommodate them. But instead of incorporating booklets into Morning Flight Silver, you'll first assemble them in a separate "booklets only" module, then add them to the shopping cart in the MF Silver Estimate Writer.

When? Some time after the help system and manuals are done. Let me ask everyone this: what should come first, the Booklet Module or Morning Flight Gold (with Order Entry, Invoicing, and Job Tracking)?
. . . . .  Hal Heindel

 

Go for the GOLD!

Yesterday I had to quote on a couple booklets, since I am now doing 90% of my estimating with Morning Flight, that was the first thing I went to. I can still price booklets out manually or make several of our most popular booklets a merchandise item to speed up estimating.

I do have one other question, when the beta testing is over and I buy the full version, will all my entered information ie. contacts, pricing, products, be transferable? I hope so, because I have entered a ton of stuff since April!

Still working on my "Pilots license."
. . . . . Craig Hofer

 

Looks like you're getting ready for your cross-country! Yes, all the data entered in the beta version will be available as is in the packaged product - no importing necessary.

If a change in the data file structure should occur in the future, we would always supply a free conversion utility. Enter away, Craig!
. . . . .  Hal Heindel