Estimate Question


Posted: 21 Nov 2005 12:52 pm


Hi Hal, is there a way when printing estimates of note pads that it could be set to print the number of pads and not the number of sheets? That way my customers don't have to do the math. I know, it's not like you have anything else to do.
. . . . . Craig Hofer
Loris Printing  Joined: 05 May 2005  Posts: 79  Location: Sandusky, Ohio


Hi Craig, I was wondering when somebody was going to ask that question.

When you change a Sheet product to a container such as pads (the container being 10 pads holding 50 sheets), you're essentially making a booklet. The only difference is that it's padded, not perfect-bound, and all the pages in a pad are usually alike. And for booklets, as you know, you'll need the booklet module (TBA).

Doing pads the way you describe would require a separate product category (in addition to Sheets, Cards . . . Copies, and Digital) which in turn would prevent pads from being quoted as Copy products or Digital. That's something you can do now mainly because padding is added on as postpress.

Nothing in this business is ever as easy as it first looks. Maybe this will help: At Unitac, we've found our prices more digestible when we quoted 5,000 sheets instead of 100 pads. Probably just a marketing thing.

Speaking of digesting, Happy Thanksgiving!
. . . . .  Hal Heindel


I agree it does sound like you're getting more bang when you see 20,000 sheets and not 200 pads. I can live with it the way it is, it's just that some customers just don't get it if you know what I mean.

Here's one more for you. When I print my estimates, I generally print them to one of our copiers on our letterhead which is fed through the by-pass feeder. Is there any way to have the print settings locked in MF? That way you wouldn't have to change what paper drawer each time you start up MF.

While I am asking, here is another petty thing. When selecting from a drop down list, ie. customers, can it be made to scroll with the mouse wheel?

OK, enough for today, hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving as well.
. . . . . Craig Hofer



As you've discovered, the Source setting under Print -> Setup is active only while MF is running. Once the program closes, the setting reverts to whatever Source or Paper Size you've dialed in under Windows for that particular printer. That follows Microsoft guide lines, and I don't think I want to mess with operating system defaults.

The wheelmouse is expected to become enabled with the next version of Clarion (the language MF is written in). Actually, you might find typing the first letter of the product ("L" for Letterhead) quicker than the mouse anyway. If there is more than one product beginning with the letter L, this will only take you to the first instance, but it will put you on the right page. Personally, I try to limit using the mouse as much as possible to prevent CTS.
. . . . .  Hal Heindel


Hal, I never thought of typing the first letter. DUH! Thanks Again!
. . . . . Craig Hofer