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Frame Ready Lite

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by ArtMechanics, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. ArtMechanics

    ArtMechanics True Grumbler

    Hi, I'm about to (finally) get some framing software and have some questions on how/if you use Frame Ready Lite. The full version is out of my price range at the moment, but the lite version does not create invoices, or allow any way to post payments to an order.

    I've thought about generating an invoice by hand, but I'm already doing that so whats the point of getting the software. It seems like its completely neutered without any way to track payments.

    Do any of you successfully use and like the lite version?
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  2. Terry Hart cpf

    Terry Hart cpf SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    On the left side of the work order screen there's a button that says Print Document. We print that for the customer. It has our logo, shop info & all the pricing as well as the work order number (choose from general or detailed pricing). If there are multiple orders written they will all print out together with the total price.
  3. Starving Artist

    Starving Artist CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I did not read Terry Hart's answer after I posted my reply.

    It answers your question on how to produce a invoice, but you should be looking at increasing your profit by selling up. A full POS program will allow you to do this, lite programs do not.

    We have used Frameready (full) for years and last year we upgraded to the latest program---the upgrade paid for its self in three months by increasing our profit line on about $10,00 sales per month. If you have been in business for four years you would have paid for the program 3 or 4 times by now. You need to find a way to purchase a full POS program--the light programs are just like pricing from a chart. Ask yourself one question--"How many times have you given away your profit because you didn't charge for everything you were doing? When you use a short-cut pricing method you give the profit away because you look at half the invoice and say --"It's to expensive and the customer will not spend the money."

    With a full program you see everything and allow the customer to see what they are getting. With the full FrameReady you can enter two or three frames to the workorder and allow the customer to see just how little the best frame (or glass) will cost.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017
  4. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    In addition to the pricing, invoicing, customer contact and database advantages, one of the best things about the software is being able to have it automatically adjust your moulding and mat pricing when you download the vendor updates. I cringe when I think of the countless hours of drudgery I used to put myself through updating my homemade spreadsheets and generating price lists for each vendor before starting with FrameReady. If there is any way for you to go ahead and make the investment, do yourself a favor and go for it. It will change your life for the better. You can get a demo version to try out, and don't be shy about calling and talking to the folks at SoftTouch Solutions. They are very friendly and knowledgeable.
    :cool: Rick
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  5. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I'm not sure if SoftTouch Solutions will still support resold versions, but the FrameReady I am using has been sold twice. They honored the software license both times. I bought it when I had my shop from another shop that closed its doors and then when I closed my shop on its 100 anniversary seven years ago and came to work here at Max Black Fine Art & Framing, the owners bought the software from me and continued the subscription. It is what we use today and I have over thirteen years of history on it.

    With so many shops closing I bet you could post here in the appropriate place and find a used version. Call FR and see if they still allow that to be done.

    Rick is correct. The folks at FrameReady are wonderful and have our best interests at heart.
  6. ArtMechanics

    ArtMechanics True Grumbler

    But how do you keep track of the payments?

    As far as I can tell the lite version does vendor updates, custom markups, and comparisons are easy enough to do with multiple work order estimates. Other than the invoice function is there anything specific that gets used consistently in the full version?
  7. Smile with Style

    Smile with Style CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    FrameReady Lite is a frame pricing program. It was designed for the business which already has a POS system (Eg. camera store, photographer, portrait studio, designer or decorator, framing department, etc).

    FrameReady (standard version) is the one we recommend for custom frame shops. The full version handles these items that are not included in the Lite version: invoicing; sales reports; accounts receivable; customer purchase history; customer statements; receive payments; sales tracking of product inventory and reporting of retail and consignment products; custom label creation and printing; printing of artist CV, art directory, and certificate of authenticity; internal staff messages; in-store policy and procedures database; and employee time cards. Each business uses different parts of the program and as their business grows they use additional portions as needed.

    A monthly payment plan option with 0% financing is offered to help manage cash flow.
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