PrintNow

06/05/2011

http://www.printnow.com/

Prologic Inc., now registered as PrintNow Technologies Inc. has  been developing pre-press solutions  since 2003.  Six years ago they started the PrintNow web to print project.  Their web-to print cloud-hosted SaaS is packaged as:

1. PrintNow Small Business –  For  small and simple format printing business requirements. Start up cost is $5,000.

2. PrintNow Business Plus For small to medium print service providers that handles small and large format printing.  Top the $10,000 start-up cost and the system can be scaled to handle up to 10 storefronts.

3. PrintNow Enterprise – Suits large companies with extensive customization needs.  The package is claimed to be able to support unlimited number of storefronts.  Initial investment is more than $10,000.

All three PrintNow web-to-print packages have these basic components:

  • Storefront –  PrintNow web to print storefront can be a retail storefront with product browsing and online ordering applications, or a corporate storefront for internal print service management  through the User Management , Order Fulfillment,and Reporting Modules.  The .Net Master Pages platform used by PrintNow allows branding and skinning of pages of the storefront.

PrintNow Web to Print Storefront Business to Customer Storefront

  • Quote Calculator and Job Submission tools available through the storefront which are used to instantly quote print job and shipping prices, and to upload printjobs, respectively, are 2 features available only to the Enterprise package.

PrintNow Web to Print Enterprise Quote Calculator Online Print Job Quotation

PrintNow Web to Print Instant Pricing Online Pricing Online Print Job Quotation

  • Admin Tools -System settings like storefront payment options, shipping, user groups, and merchant accounts, as well as category definition, tags, colors and fonts, price mapping, and SEO can be configured and managed through the Admin Panel.

PrintNow Web to Print Corporate Storefront Admin Tools

PrintNow Web to Print Enterprise Corporate Storefront Admin Tools System Settings

PrintNow Web to Print Corporate Storefront Report

  • Online Flex Editor –  The Online Editor has an Adobe flex interface that allows interactive personalization and instant proofing. However,  some advanced capabilities of this tool, like  Large Format printing and Color SVG Artwork are not available for the Small Business web to print system, while backgrounds, lay-outs, themes, and cliparts library, and 3D product preview are available only for the the Enterprise package.

PrintNow Web to Print Online Flex Editor Text Editing Image Editing Instan

4. Merge Engine –  To enable dynamic imaging, compressed delivery and online proofing, PrintNow has the Merge Engine tool  which supports most image file format such as PDF, EPS, PS, AI, SVG, PSD, TIF, JPG, and PNG.

PrintNow Web To Print Merge Engine Dynamic Imaging PFD Compression

Optional Modules

Shipment and inventory data can be integrated through a standard API that can be provided by PrintNow at no cost,  but if clients require custom system engineering and integration, template production, and website building,  PrintNow offers such services on a per project basis for additional fees. The following are all of the optonal modules available:

  • Additional Storefront
  • Super Sites (Multi-Tenant)
  • API Integration
  • Chat Application
  • Data List Management
  • FTP Delivery
  • Security Certificate (SSL)

PrintNow Web to Print Storefront Support API Integration Lead Management

Storefronts
Consumer storefrontYes
Corporate storefrontYes
Features
Interactive personalizationYes through PrintNow's Online Editor
E-commerce featuresmulti-store, shoppng cart check-out, shipping and payment, multiple product types
CMS featuresAllows WYSIWYG control across new or existing PrintNow pages in the system
CRM featuresPop Up Chat Application that allows print providers to offer online support and special offers to customers, is an add-on available for additional costt & more.
MIS features
Personalization featuresAdobe Flex Interface, text and image editing
System
PlatformMicrosoft .Net Technologies
Plugins requiredFlash
SaaSYes
Standalone
Volume limits
Storefront brandingStorefront branding and multi-page skinning is available
VDP engine
Approval workflowOnline editor has basic online proofing feature; additional PDF proof support is available for additonal costs
ReportingSales Report, Customer Login Report, Customer Projects, Customer List, Shipping, and Tax Reports are availbale throught he Admin panel.
Data import-exportReports can be exported in PDF, XLS, DOC or CSV format.
Job ticketingJob Submission tool is available for Business Plus and enterprise packages only
File uploadingCompressed PDF file delivery; image file formats supported: PDF, EPS, PS, AI, SVG, PSD, TIF, JPG, and PNG
Owned byPrintNow Technologies, Inc. (formerly Prologic, Inc.)
Contract type
Value added servicesLead-capture and promotion , search engine optimization, 3D products preview
Sign up & installation
Settings
Quoting & estimatingStorefront Quote Calculator allows clients to obtain pricing and shipping quotes; available only to
Imposition
Languages
Sales information
PricingPrintNow Small Business and PrintNow BusinessPlus start-up costs are $5000 and $10000, respectively
Integration
APIIntegration API and custom programming services using .NET Technologies (ASP.NET, VB.NET, & ADO.NET), Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, JavaScript, XML, HTML, FLEX, and Actionscript 3.0 are availbale as well, on a project basis and for additonal costs.
IntegrationUsers can integrate their data into other applications with PrintNow's Integration API;
Support
DemosOnline demos are available per request; one may also register to join a free online workshop every Wednesday and Friday
Free trial
SupportSupport is primarily provided via email; template and website production assistance are provided for additional costs
DocumentationOnline documentation and email ticket system are available for support; API documentation in case of 3rd party management is available for additional cost
TrainingOnline training, technical documentation, and learning materials are provided
Contactcontact form, email, phone, postal mail
Notice
Privacy statementExcept as may be provided in a separate written agreement , any materials provided to PrintNow shall become the sole property of PrintNow to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
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