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HammerdownBilling software
by on Dec 1, 2006 at 9:01:52 pm

Looking for a billing software for our inhouse corp Communications Department. Currently we use a spreadsheet and are looking for something new and better organized. We mostly bill back in house. Our team is comprised of 5 Videographer / Editors, 2 Writers, and 4 graphic artist. We are looking for something that can track project status, Send invoices, generate reports and various other task such as these. Anyone with any recomendations would be appreciated. Thanks

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Vincent BecquiotRe: Billing software
by on Dec 3, 2006 at 4:01:45 am

Quickbooks ?


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mmfarmsRe: Billing software
by on Dec 3, 2006 at 5:52:28 am

We have used Quickbooks for years - intuitive, easy to use.

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Mark SuszkoRe: Billing software
by on Dec 4, 2006 at 8:14:16 pm

What HARPO and the BBC use is a modular system called "Schedu-All". You can buy just the components you want or the whole suite, they talk to each other, so for example the facility scheduling suite and the library/assets tracking suite talk to the billing suite and automate a lot of the busywork of running a facility. The library module was particularly atractive: generates bar codes for every element then tracks them in and out of the library, while keeping a tab running for editing use and billing, even tracking copyright info. If you want to take a certain tape out, the computer will automatically flag it as unavailable if it is also going to be in use in an edit suite that day... and tell you when and where you can get it later. It will tell you who took it out last and when, so you know where to look if it's still somehow been checked back in but is not where it is supposed to be. We looked at this setup some time ago for our operation, but the folks upstairs balked at the stiff price and they just stayed with a basic spreadsheet type system. The costs may be easier to bear if you just buy the module(s) you need and work your way up to the full system. Last I looked at this was a couple years back, so I don;t have recent info on price.

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HammerdownRe: Billing software
by on Dec 6, 2006 at 3:45:40 am

sounds like it could be a little pricy if they are using it. Ill do a google and see where it get me for pricing. Thanks for the info

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StevenBradfordRe: Billing software
by on Dec 17, 2006 at 4:49:13 am

At the last NAB I found a very interesting package called StudioSuite 8. It was a little more than we needed just for equipment tracking, as it also does billind rates, facility booking etc etc. I'm pretty sure it was less than US$1000.

Steven Bradford
School of Film, Video, Visual Effects
Collins College
Tempe Arizona

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Ron LindeboomRe: Billing software
by on Dec 17, 2006 at 2:10:59 pm

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