Posted: 01 Jul 2008 02:25 pm


Hi Hal!

I was wondering, is it possible to have prepress in merchandise? So, when I quote or write up a ticket it would be possible to add design time? I'm still tinkering with Flight Engineer and I have a question brewing ... !

. . . . .  Keith

Joined: 20 May 2008  Posts: 7


Hi Keith,

The only way to add Prepress to Merchandise is as "Setup" in the per 1,000 category. I can see where you're coming from, though. Purchased products such as 4-color Postcards, Wedding Invitations, and Presentation Folders are usually priced per lot by the vendors. It would be nice if you could add Prepress in that category as well. This is another feature that's doable, but only with major surgery.

Now that we have the Booklet Module nearly complete, I'm toying with the idea of "Projects," a sort of container product that can hold a mix of Products, Merchandise, and even Booklets. That might be a solution for what you have in mind. For instance, you could combine two Merchandise items into a single Project, one time-based for Prepress, the other priced per lot.

When you come down to it, Projects actually have a lot in common with Booklets. One holds signatures, the other a variety of Products. Considering that a GBC or spiral-bound Booklet can hold anything from Postcards to Envelopes to Carbonless Forms (all Products in their own right), there really isn't that much of a difference. If anything, Projects would be more free-form than Booklets. In a Project, any Product or Merchandise item would be valid. The Project only acts as a wrapper. Booklets, on the other hand, need to be more selective. There's a limit to what can be saddle-stitched.

Just thinking out loud.
. . . . .  Hal Heindel