Latest Aleyant PrintJobManager™ Release Now Available

The PrintJobManager team has made a number of changes and enhancements in the latest release. In addition to numerous tweaks and fixes, we have created several key new features:

Updated Pricing Group Function

As part of our ongoing enhancements and in an effort to simplify pricing calculations based on feedback we have received from customers in different regions, we have implemented changes to Price Groups inside of PrintJobManager.   

We have removed the “Override” function to a price group when it is used to calculate pricing inside of a Job or Estimate. Previously when an “Override Price Group” was used, it would override any markups or markdowns that were entered on the resource or material level.  This caused confusion and conflicting pricing calculations. By removing the override function, price groups now will calculate on Price Basis to return the Pre-Tax Price, as seen in the images below.

image4

image5


By removing the override function, as well as removing the requirement to assign a Resource & Material to a specific price group, pricing calculations are simplified and give users more flexibility when creating a “cost +” pricing approach.

Updated Product Engine Testing

Along with the enhancement to the Price Group functionality, we have also enhanced price testing for a Product Engine.

Based on user feedback, we’ve added a new column of “Raw Cost” to the product engine testing page.

Raw Cost is defined as the actual cost that is entered into a Resource’s Process with no overhead or markup attached.  Also defined as “Pure Cost” or “Purchase Cost” for materials.

In the below image, the Actual Cost for this process is defined in the Unit Price, Hourly Labor and Hourly Equipment.  

image7 

To achieve “
Price Basis”,  users can now use the Markup/Markdown fields inside of the resource or material to apply overhead markups or the “cost of doing business”, as seen in the example below with a material.

image2

The “Raw Cost” of this material is $1 with a 100% Markup for overhead. The “Price Basis” for this material would then return $2.

When testing a product engine to determine sell price, users can now see both the Raw Cost and the Price Basis before applying a Price Group to calculate the Pre-Tax Price for their products.
  image3

With this feature enhancement, PrintJobManager can now provide users with more information regarding true cost versus profitability.

Redesign of Job Ticket

Along with the Job Summary Ticket, we’ve also redesigned the layout of the Job Ticket.   New items include:

  1. The addition of the options selected in the product engine.
  2. We’ve grouped the production resources by department for easier transition.
  3. Included any custom fields that are created.
  4. Added new Customer Job Notes fields as well as the expanded Production notes

image6

image1

Additional Updates and Bug Fixes

To help with the needs of our customers from around the world, we’ve expanded the limit to the character fields in Organization and Person for Name, Address, and others.

When editing components in a Product Engine,  the components will now stay in place after saving. Previously, they would rearrange back to the top of the list.

We have also resolved multiple bugs related to performance, permissions and more.

For more information regarding PrintJobManager MIS/ERP, please visit
printjobmanager.com.

Posted in MIS Solution, MIS/ERP, MIS/ERP solution, print estimating software, PrintJobManager, PrintJobManager release updates, Web to Print Solutions | Tagged , ,

Latest Aleyant Pressero™ and eDocBuilder™ Release Now Available

eDocBuilder

In our release on May 31st, we added a color picker for RGB & CMYK Color selection inside Field Setup when you are setting color for Border Color on Image Fields and Text Color on Text Fields. We will be adding the option of setting colors via a picker to other areas in an upcoming release.

 

select border color_black border


eDocBuilder Field Designer

Have you tried out the new Field Designer Yet? Give it a try if you haven’t already and send your feedback. When we asked our Professional Services Department how they like it so far, they said  “It’s so much faster to customize all the fields and get them positioned correctly. And being able to commit changes right there and keep right on going is amazing!”

Here are some of the most recent updates to the Field Designer:

  • You can now set the Field Usage for Text and Image Fields (Visible in proof only, production only, both proof and production, or hidden in both proof and production). 
  • You can set a block of text in a Form Based Template to use Center or Right Alignment. 
  • When using the undo/redo action in the Field Designer, we recognize that not all changes made are seen on the canvas, but instead are changes that were made in the various panel settings. To help you understand where your changes are happening, we will display a yellow glow in the specific areas within the designer when applying these actions. 
  • Added a “Full Screen” icon to the navigation bar to bring more attention to this helpful option. Previously this view was only accessible from the View menu. 
  • Repeat Field functionality has been added. 
  • Added support for RGB with spot color. 
  • Auto-expand the current page when making a selection in the Fields area.

More functionality will be added with every release so check back often!

Pressero

Share More with Zapier

We now offer the option of passing the HTML text of the calculator parameters chosen in pricing engine to Zapier. Look for OptionsText in the list of properties that are available when you configure your trigger. This way you can pass the name of the product, the options selected in the pricing calculator along with price to 3rd party applications supported by Zapier. Check out our documentation area for more information regarding our integration with Zapier here.

New Catalog Folder Added to the Navigation Structure in Pressero Admin

We have reorganized the Admin Navigation under Sites to prepare for an upcoming enhancement to Pressero. You will find a new item labeled “Catalog” under the Sites folder. Expand this new area to find links to your Categories, Products, and Inventory. In an upcoming release, we will add a new option in this Catalog folder for Product & Category Organization that will make assigning categories and products easier and provide more insight into what products are assigned to each of your categories.

 

catalog_black border


Updated and Enhanced Integration with OnPoint’s Acceleship Shipping Software

Acceleship is the latest integrated solution we have moved to our popular Embedded Services integration plugin.

One of the most interesting features of the Embedded Service is the capability of Pushing orders to an external partner. Once the order matches all the requirements, Pressero will push the order to the external service. After that, a new tab will be displayed on the Order Item details page, where you will be able to see the integration details, and if necessary will allow you to re-push the order again manually. Depending on the external service, updating order status operation can be done automatically (when it’s a bidirectional integration) or manually. While the Acceleship integration does not currently allow for a bidirectional connection, this will soon change.

Some of the unique features added to the Acceleship integration include:

  • Added an optional integration ID field for each shipping method defined. This would be set in Admin (and available via API). 
  • When passing order information to OnPoint, we will pass the integration ID rather than the method name, if it exists. Otherwise, we will pass the method name. 
  • This new integration now features a hidden property where OnPoint can set the shipping method using the integration ID.

All customers using the integration with Acceleship will need to have their integration migrated to this new method, you can contact our support department here  to schedule a time that works for you. All others that are interested in learning more about the integration with OnPoint Acceleship can contact our sales team at sales@aleyant.com.

Other Pressero Changes in This Release:

  • Allow address search in the “Bill To” dropdown shown on the Checkout page in the storefront while ordering. 
  • Provide an Error/Warning message if an Admin User tries to delete a Product Attribute that is assigned to a Product. The assignment must be removed before you can delete the attribute. 
  • For those using the Pressero v6 API, we’ve made two changes in this release. 
    • We’ve added functionality to determine what Site Groups a user belongs to. The user data payload will now return the usergroup information, so you don’t need to query a new endpoint, the user data will have the information. 
    • “UOMQuantity” and “TotalQuantity” have been added to the OrderItemID.


For more information regarding Pressero, please visit pressero.com.

Posted in Web to Print Solutions

Aleyant Webinar Recording of ‘How to Grow Your Print Business with Web-to-Print Marketing Portals’ Now Available

14022128_1736398473292771_6918438440632485744_n

This webinar highlights ways to expand business with your current clients, obtain more clients, all while creating more efficiency internally. Aleyant Pressero™ client, Peter Lineal, Owner of Plum Grove Inc., shares his experience on how simply creating marketing portals or B2B online storefronts with his print clients and continually promoting them has helped his business (and his clients!) grow. A video recording of this webinar is available here.

Posted in marketing webinars, print solutions webinars, Web to Print Solutions, web-to-print webinar, Webinar recordings, Webinars | Tagged , ,

Register Today for Aleyant’s First Annual User Conference in Chicago – Sept. 29, 2018

chicago-1804479_640


Join us for our first annual user conference in the Windy City, just before the start of Print18. Enjoy the views of Millenium Park and the world-famous ‘Bean’ right on Michigan Ave., all while meeting with Aleyant’s support and product management, and learning more about our latest product updates and how to use them more effectively. In addition, learn how you can get more work done in less time with fewer errors and manual touches with an automated print workflow. This conference will offer a variety of break-out and general sessions, and opportunities for participants to share their feedback regarding their experiences with Aleyant’s software.

Following the day’s events, join us for dinner at the Park Grill in the evening, right in the heart of downtown Chicago. We are excited to share that David Zwang, well-known consultant in the print and publishing industry, will be our featured speaker for the evening. David will be sharing best practices for streamlining your print business by implementing an automated print workflow.

David Zwang, travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. With over 40 years of industry experience, David specializes in process analysis, and strategic development of firms in the fields of publishing, design, premedia, and printing across the globe. His ability to look at print systems and processes and optimize them using both people and technologies has benefited his clients and helped position them for success.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018

Where: Downtown Chicago, IL

Time: 11 AM – 5 PM, Dinner & Speaker to follow @ 6:00 PM

Fee: $100 for customers; $200 for non-customers

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-aleyant-user-conference-tickets-45768929099. Please contact tmcgady@aleyant.com with questions.

Register today, space is limited. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted in Aleyant events, User Conference, Web to Print Solutions