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Old 04-18-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hi! I'm a contract worker for a rural weekly publication. I'm in serious need for a reasonably-priced software to help manage ad list for sales and invoice. Currently only have a hokey spreadsheet I set up for ad list and independent manual invoice creation program. Doing everything manually was not a big deal when started and only had a few ads but now, as sales have grown, major time-stealer dealing with paperwork updates every sale manually each week. Any input greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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Might help to know what operating system you are using ... Windows?

   
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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Sorry... Mac OS but would be willing to purchase a Windows laptop just for this purpose if need be.
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OK -- I can't help you myself on this topic but there are plenty of others here ....

   
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:34 PM   #5
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Sorry... Mac OS but would be willing to purchase a Windows laptop just for this purpose if need be.
One of our long-term sysops works in a similar situation using Macs. She doesn't come in very often these days, so I'm contacting her to see if she can make time to drop in and help if possible.

So don't go away!

   
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I work for the publisher of two rural weeklies, but I don't know of software to do what you ask. It might be out there and I'm guessing there's something based on Filemaker, but don't really know.

The week's ads are written on paper ad schedules with columns for noting which paper, color or BW, size, advertiser name, page on which the ad gets placed, price, etc. At the end of the month the business manger bills off those paper schedules and any sales spreadsheets I've created for selling special pages or sections. As I understand it, all accounting has shifted to an online business product from Quicken.

We are totally Mac based, having finally chucked the lone Windows box that used to be needed to run USPS mailing/labeling software. Now our print vendor handles all that for us.

If you're in the USA, I'd inquire of your state's newspaper association. Sorry I can't be of more help!

   
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I work for the publisher of two rural weeklies, but I don't know of software to do what you ask. It might be out there and I'm guessing there's something based on Filemaker, but don't really know.

The week's ads are written on paper ad schedules with columns for noting which paper, color or BW, size, advertiser name, page on which the ad gets placed, price, etc. At the end of the month the business manger bills off those paper schedules and any sales spreadsheets I've created for selling special pages or sections. As I understand it, all accounting has shifted to an online business product from Quicken.

We are totally Mac based, having finally chucked the lone Windows box that used to be needed to run USPS mailing/labeling software. Now our print vendor handles all that for us.

If you're in the USA, I'd inquire of your state's newspaper association. Sorry I can't be of more help!
Did you find anything for ad scheduling software; I'm in the same boat
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Hi! I'm a contract worker for a rural weekly publication. I'm in serious need for a reasonably-priced software to help manage ad list for sales and invoice. Currently only have a hokey spreadsheet I set up for ad list and independent manual invoice creation program. Doing everything manually was not a big deal when started and only had a few ads but now, as sales have grown, major time-stealer dealing with paperwork updates every sale manually each week. Any input greatly appreciated!!!
Did you find any software solutions yet?
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Here's FileMaker's solutions landing page...

http://www.filemaker.com/solutions/index.html
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