Check out our customer stories by clicking on their names below:

Prometheus/Billboard

“We needed a whole new way of doing things.” —Terry Sanders, Production Manager

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Industry: Music industry

Services: Produce weekly music charts for industry

    Challenge:
  • Bringing chart automation in-house
  • Enabling designers to create chart changes
    Solution:
  • EasyCatalog and tablet solution
  • Time-saving kerning script
    Results:
  • Internal production used by entire team
  • Efficiency and timeliness
  • Chart building for iPad application

After a decade-long partnership, this industry-leading entertainment entity turned to Avatar DPS when it was looking to update the manner in which they handled their extensive ever-changing music charts. Past workflow required using code-driven software with the addition of scripting; the demands of that scripting meant that only one designer had the basic knowledge of how the charts worked. This required having to look beyond their team to outside resources to make any changes to the more than 70 charts that are created on a weekly basis.

Through Avatar DPS’s guidance, the decision was made to integrate the flexibility and ease of EasyCatalog into Billboard’s core process, a shift that has proven to be extremely beneficial in the eyes of their staff. “With substantive changes being made to the charts after the redesign, it called for a whole new way of doing things,” said Terry Sanders, Production Manager.

AvatarDPS and EasyCatalog enabled this client to move from the limitations of a heavily scripted workflow to using a single plug-in that was accessible to their entire team. Having weekly deadlines to meet, the Billboard team was provided with the means of not only bringing their production in-house, but to also coordinate any last-minute adjustments on the fly.

In addition to being proven to be an excellent time-saver in the management of charts for the magazine’s feature articles, Billboard is now able to handle changes without having to create any special scripting requiring the reliance on a single staff person or resource. EasyCatalog has enabled production to be brought to the designers’ desktops, fostering a more hands-on production process, where they can be in control of revisions immediately.

Every step of the way, Avatar DPS was there providing the training and documentation to give the Billboard team the necessary tools to continue to improve their time saving and independence.

Benco Dental

“They didn’t just sell us and bug out.” —Jennifer Ochman

Benco Dental

Industry: Dental supplies and equipment

Services: National distributor of dental supplies, dental equipment, dental consulting and equipment services to dental offices and dental schools.

    Challenge:
  • Obsolete software
  • Migrating from Quark to InDesign
    Solution:
  • InDesign & EasyCatalog
    Results:
  • Reduced production time on main catalog by 50%
  • Enough “found time” to create more catalogs
  • Truly personalized marketing materials now a reality

Since 2007, when the decision was made to use InDesign for their catalog production, EasyCatalog became Benco’s tool of choice. Benco found the EasyCatalog adoption to be relatively painless — especially with the help the received from Avatar.

Jennifer Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist and catalog builder extraordinaire has turned again and again to Avatar. She says “Avatar is approachable and available when looking for technical help. They didn’t just sell us and bug out.”

She loves the flexibility, convenience, and accuracy that EasyCatalog provides. Jennifer has been able to provide her marketing department the selling tools they need for individual clients and at trade shows by create smaller personalized catalogs and specialty booklets and flyers.

Jennifer also loves the way EasyCatalog has been improved over the years. And she’s always one of the first to figure out how to leverage new features.

Morgan Recreational Supply, Inc.

“Along with products and services, fluidity and forward thinking is what Avatar brings to the table.” —Scott Scudder, CEO

morgan rec


Industry: Marine accessory market

Services: Provide the independent marine dealer with products and service

    Challenge:
  • Updating catalog
    Solution:
  • EasyCatalog and InDesign
    Results:
  • 60% reduction in production time
  • Tighter and more attractive design

Transforming the production of their catalog for the marine accessory market proved to be easier than anticipated with the use of EasyCatalog. By incorporating this dynamic plug-in for InDesign into their workflow, Morgan Recreational was able to use the power of EasyCatalog to reduce their production time by more than 60%.

Partnering for more than 12 years with Avatar DPS, Morgan Recreational’s original focus was having Avatar create a database that would store upwards of 21,000 product SKUs. Using FileMaker, Avatar created a tool that is still used today, being effective and user-friendly. It continues to provide the foundation they need for keeping accurate information about products, and providing the solid data foundation needed for page building.

When looking to update how they were creating their catalog, Morgan turned again to the expertise of Avatar. With guidance throughout the process, Morgan was able to not only create their catalog in less time, but were able to focus their attention on improving the layout and presentation, creating a more attractive and organized catalog. When their designer, Darryl Milke, came on board, he found EasyCatalog to be intuitive and easy to use.

Over the years, it is not only the expertise in desktop publishing, but also the great job Avatar has done looking out for clients. Beyond the present, Avatar does a “great job looking out for their clients by looking out at what is new in desktop publishing, and working to help their customers be successful.”

Winzer Corporation

“When calling on Avatar, it felt like I was calling a partner.”— Eric Hartkopf, Graphics Manager

winzer


Industry: Maintenance repair supplies

Services: Provide automotive and industrial repair supplies and support services

    Challenge:
  • Create catalog for new franchise
  • Tight timeline
    Solution:
  • EasyCatalog
  • Data extraction tool
    Results:
  • 60% reduction in production time
  • Tighter and more attractive design

Transforming the production of their catalog for the marine accessory market proved to be easier than anticipated with the use of EasyCatalog. By incorporating this dynamic plug-in for InDesign into their workflow, Morgan Recreational was able to use the power of EasyCatalog to reduce their production time by more than 60%.

Partnering for more than 12 years with Avatar DPS, Morgan Recreational’s original focus was having Avatar create a database that would store upwards of 21,000 product SKUs. Using FileMaker, Avatar created a tool that is still used today, being effective and user-friendly. It continues to provide the foundation they need for keeping accurate information about products, and providing the solid data foundation needed for page building.

When looking to update how they were creating their catalog, Morgan turned again to the expertise of Avatar. With guidance throughout the process, Morgan was able to not only create their catalog in less time, but were able to focus their attention on improving the layout and presentation, creating a more attractive and organized catalog. When their designer, Darryl Milke, came on board, he found EasyCatalog to be intuitive and easy to use.

Over the years, it is not only the expertise in desktop publishing, but also the great job Avatar has done looking out for clients. Beyond the present, Avatar does a “great job looking out for their clients by looking out at what is new in desktop publishing, and working to help their customers be successful.”

Sumitomo

“EasyCatalog helped me understand the data better, what it meant, and ultimately, it made me understand our products better. It wasn’t what I expected to happen but it was a definite outcome of using the software.”— Will Clark, Graphic Designer/Webmaster

sumitomo


Industry: Manufacturing

Services: Manufacturer of industrial gear drives

    Challenge:
  • Needed to save production time
  • Data was getting put in incorrectly
  • Engineering needed help in quality control of the data
    Solution:
  • Incorporating EasyCatalog into process
  • Creation of custom applet
    Results:
  • Production time cut considerably
  • Data is in better shape than before
  • Engineering can now work with macros to ensure at a quick glance that their data is correct and in the proper place

When Sumitomo first contacted Avatar DPS, they were looking at various software and database technologies to organize, categorize, and utilize all of their catalog data, so they could update in one place and export to many different platforms.

Avatar started with a data consult to define the exact data requirements to prevent Sumitomo from having to redo their data while determining the rest of the project scope. It was determined that EasyCatalog would fit the bill and Sumitomo opted to have Avatar create the template, data panel, and library so that they could know that everything was set up correctly and efficiently and that they could concentrate on learning how to use everything.

Avatar was also asked to create a custom applet in order to make all of the text boxes fit, thus saving more production time and resulting in a consistent look.

Once Sumitomo began using everything, they started seeing a great reduction in production time for their catalogs. Where once it took them nine months to produce one catalog, they are now able to produce five catalogs in a matter of two months. With all the extra time, management is now expecting more projects to get done, and it’s safe to say that not only will there be more projects, but they’ll be more consistent than years past.