I manage a 2-man in-house graphic design office (myself + one designer) for a food package printing company. We work on multiple print projects and both use desktop Mac’s and have access to a dedicated Art Dept. server. We also handle purchasing of printing plates from 4-5 different .
Every project is assigned a job “assets” folder in which we keep job specs., notes, schedules, quotes, technical press information, etc. Unfortunately, that data is hand written on paper forms. We have over 20 of files stuffed into eight, four-drawer file cabinets in a back room.
It’s about time we started saving this information digitally! think!?
My purpose for joining this blog was to ask IF would be the BEST PROGRAM of choice to start collecting all that information? We’re graphic artists, not programmers or IT people. I’ve looked at a few other database systems, but I don’t really know where I’m going with more research than necessary. Our data fields would include information like: job numbers, job names, product sizes, paper stock/size, plate types and outside cost estimates, number of colors, approval dates, due dates, final invoices. Many of those fields would have multiple choices as menus.
I really think is the best choice, I hope to hear from some other sources that would help support the $360 yearly expense. I’d like to jump from right here into a proposal mode and ask management to authorize the purchase.