Bonus Roundup: Business-savvy software

New version offers capabilities for improved landscape design
PRO Landscape 13, manufactured by Drafix Software, is a design suite that includes three integrated modules to create photorealistic 3D presentations of design plans, site plans and automated client proposals. The program features more than 5,000 high-quality images and comprehensive layout plans, including irrigation. The suite’s components include Image Editor, Landscape Planner and Landscape Proposal programs. These elements provide customers with a visual presentation of a proposed project, including outdoor and holiday lighting.

Earthscapes is a comprehensive technical design tool
Earthscapes design program enables landscapers to import images of a home, design landscaping to go with it and present the finished version to customers. This Visual Impact Imaging program features more than 5,000 high-resolution images, professional imaging tools and user-friendly techniques.

MowerMeter tracks maintenance and repairs
According to MowerMeter, it is the first equipment maintenance and repair tracking software for the green industry. Once you enter your equipment information, it will construct a maintenance schedule to match your needs. MowerMeter tracks serial numbers, model numbers and purchase and warranty information. Schedules can be set up by time, hours of use, mileage or other increments.

Idea Spectrum unveils new software for ’07
Realtime Landscaping Pro 3, manufactured by Idea Spectrum, is a new landscape design program that helps landscapers visualize even the most challenging projects. Design capabilities include gardens, decks, fencing and water features. Using the new 3D walk-through feature, you can present customers with a realistic view of their finished landscape. Photo-based design is also supported.

Customer and prospect database management system
Practical Solutions’ The Service Solution is a comprehensive database management system for residential and commercial service companies. It is designed specifically for lawn care, tree care, landscape, irrigation and pest control businesses. The software can be used to schedule and track both continuing and first-time services, as well as time-sensitive services. Standard features include marketing, estimation, scheduling, routing, billing and customer follow-up.

Save time and money with professional-grade design software
DSD International’s SOFT3D PLAN software creates professional landscape designs quickly, saving your company time and money. Impress clients with before-and-after photos, create panoramic views and quickly calculate cost estimates. The software is divided into four module options and can be customized to fit your specific business requirements. Its design programs include: planning and photo, complete plan and combined and panorama landscapes. The panorama option is handy in small spaces and allows you take two photos and merge them for a complete view. The software is compatible with Windows 2000 or NT.

Envista’s Web-based software is portable
E-Landscape by Envista offers a complete management system for landscaping companies. This portable system offers estimation, scheduling, routing and profitability analysis. Special business management features include automatic QuickBooks invoicing, automated GPS timecard entry and measurable, accountable goals that you set for all levels of employees. The customer service section tracks customer satisfaction and retention, sends automatic client surveys and produces customer service tracking reports.

New RainCAD program provides solutions for any size company
Software Republic’s RainCAD Land Illustrator 4.0 AutoCAD editions and the all-new RainCAD Land Illustrator 2008 programs provide a complete landscape and irrigation design solution package for any size company. The software includes manual and automatic plant and sprinkler placement, area and volume calculations, distribution analysis, automatic pipe sizing and placement, hydraulic calculations, material lists, estimation, symbol legends and installation details.

John Deere unveils system for remote machine monitoring
John Deere and QUALCOMM have developed JDLink, a machine monitoring and information delivery system that can be ordered on select John Deere equipment. JDLink automatically collects, transmits and manages information about where and how equipment is being used, as well as critical machine health data for increased productivity and revenue.

Optimize service routes for increased productivity, profitability
Web-based EverGreen office management software, manufactured by Marathon Data Systems, helps landscapers optimize service routes to eliminate overlapping of crews, and jobs are completed in the optimal order for the least amount of drive time. The software allows you to mail or e-mail invoices and statements to customers, or customers can log in to their accounts online to remit payment. EverGreen software can be accessed any time, any where so you always have access to the company’s reports and information.

CLIP software releases newest version
CLIPxe, the newest version of CLIP software, features major enhancements including a new section dedicated to programs and rounds for the chemical applicator, a new visual interface for easy navigation and more multi-user capability. CLIPxe has a close connection to Microsoft Map Point, allowing you to see a map of what areas, crews and/or customers are producing the most profit for your company. CLIPxe also features a new handheld version called CLIP2Go, enabling you and your crews to take information into the field on a Window’s Mobile device. It is fully integrated with GPS mapping software and can switch between English and Spanish versions.

Software cuts bookkeeping work for landscaping companies
Groundskeeper Pro, new software from Adkad Technologies, features several business management programs including scheduling, routing, billing, customer account maintenance, job estimating, customizable customer lists and business expense tracking. With Groundskeeper Pro, landscaping companies can enter up to 10,000 customers, invoice for repeating services and estimates, invoice for special services, time and materials, print or e-mail invoices and access customer account history.

The Attachments Idea Book
Landscapers use a variety of attachments for doing everything from snow removal to jobsite cleanup, and regardless of how often they are used, every landscaper has a favorite attachment.
Attachments Idea Book Cover