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Studiometry 10.0 grows as your business does

Jeffery Battersby | Jan. 3, 2013
Studiometry 10 is a business management application aimed at small businesses and designed to help track and manage projects, create quotes and invoices, and make sure you're getting paid on time. Geared toward businesses that are anywhere from 1 to 50 employees, the program is designed to grow as your business does, making it easy to convert a standalone database into a server-based business management tool that can handle all your users whether they're working from a Mac, PC, or iOS device.

When you add employees to Studiometry you have the option of limiting the information that those employees see when they are logged in. For example, if you want to keep an employee from making changes to application settings or from viewing specific employee, customer, or vendor data, all you need to do is select that employee and remove their access to data that you don't want them to see.

While the program can be complicated, the basics are pretty straightforward. Creating customers, adding new projects, entering project time, and invoicing are easy. For the basics and beyond, Oranged Software offers a large selection of video tutorials on its website. I found many of them to be useful, although some of the videos referred to older versions of the application.

When it comes to customizing estimates, invoices, and reports, Studiometry bears a striking similarity to Marketcircle's Billings application, right down to the way that some templates look. Like Billings, Studiometry offers a WYSIWYG tool for modifying existing templates or creating templates of your own. Unfortunately, as is the case with every application of this type I've ever used, the promised ease of creating your own templates bears very little relationship to the amount of time and effort necessary to create something you'd want to send to a customer. In short, while you can roll your own templates using Studiometry, you're probably not going to want to.

What makes Studiometry a standout is the ease with which you can take the application from a single-user sole proprietorship to a full-on server handling dozens of employees and hundreds of projects with little more than a click. Each connected client requires its own unique license, but those clients can be Macs, PCs, or iOS devices and work the same way the standalone application does. The only thing I didn't like about the networked version of Studiometry was the licensing for iOS devices. While you can download the app for free from the App store, if you want to sync data from your iOS device to the server you will need to purchase an annual license for $40 per year.

Bottom line

Studiometry is an excellent application for managing your business, handling invoices and estimates, and tracking when and whether or not you've been paid. Multi-platform capabilities make Studiometry the kind of tool that can grow with your business no matter what direction your business takes and its ability to easily sync with a backend accounting application guarantee that you'll be able to keep track of where and how you money flows.


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