Posted: 22 Jul 2005 10:28 am
Is your system designed to be just an estimating system or will it be designed to be a complete MIS system? Can job information be downloaded to accounting software (i.e. Quickbooks)? If the software operates in a web browser, can it be set up to be customized for individual customers? Are some or all of these available or planned in the near future? Also, is source code available to customize for my shop?
. . . . . EPSdave
Joined: 22 Jul 2005 Posts: 1
The Gold Edition of Morning Flight will include Order Entry, Invoicing and Job Tracking. It's currently in alpha. We may offer an Accounts Receivable module to tie in with MF Gold Invoicing, but no accounting functions beyond that (i.e. no GL, Accounts Payable, etc.). Ed. Note: The Gold Beta was released in October of 2007.
QuickBooks, which we use internally, is likely to be the accounting package of choice for future integration. Web services, where the printing buyer can do his own quotes and check the status of his orders 24/7, is a feature all print management software will have to offer in the future. It's not something I would want to comment on today.
The Morning Flight source code will not become available. The Silver Edition alone consists of more than 260,000 lines of object-oriented code, the bulk of it dedicated to program automation. Not the sort of project that would lend itself to modification by the end user. What's more, editing the source would require an $1,800 compiler.
On the other hand, once you get familiar with Morning Flight, I think you'll find any number of ways to customize the program without having to make adjustments under the hood. Examples of that are how you can tailor the properties of each individual product, and change the markup for each individual stock.
There are some program-defined values that you can't change but may want to. Spoilage, for instance, fixed at 1, 3, 5, 9 and 15%. In Morning Flight, all such values are retrieved from a data file, not hard-coded. That means you'll be able to use an inexpensive "wrench" (TBA) to fine-tune even that in the future.
If you do run into something that would require changes for your own shop now, please let us know. Better still, post them under "Feedback" so that other forum members can contribute. The more input, the better!
. . . . . Hal Heindel