About Tharstern

Tharstern is a complete workflow management system designed to help printing companies automate tasks, streamline estimation and job lifecycle, and digitize overall business processes.

The web-based and on-premise management information system (MIS) provides various solutions that will help businesses create a workflow according to requirements.

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  • Free Version
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Key benefits of Tharstern

Online estimate and order portal - For your customers and sales team to order and track.

Sales and marketing tools - Create targeted marketing campaigns based on estimates and orders.

End-to-end automated workflows - From sales through to delivery and everything in between.

Access anywhere - Use responsive browser based tools or go fully cloud hosted.

THE experts in connected workflows - We work with all the leading industry vendors.

A true technology partner - We are often told we’re “like a member of the team.”

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Features

Total features of Tharstern: 45

  • "Best Price" Estimating
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Best Fit Imposition
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bindery Estimating
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Discount Management
  • Estimating
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • Job Scheduling
  • Job Tracking
  • Multiple Version Calculations
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Performance Metrics
  • Pre-Press Estimating
  • Pre/Post Service Calculations
  • Press & Run Style Analysis
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Print Management
  • Process Ink Calculation
  • Product Catalogue
  • Production Options Evaluation
  • Production Tracking
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scheduling
  • Shipping Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(37)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Support
4.6/5

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Clifton M.
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  • Industry: Printing
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Thumbs Up for Tharstern

Reviewed on 14/4/2021

Our administrative process was always the lagging function within the company - with Tharstern we...

Our administrative process was always the lagging function within the company - with Tharstern we have managed to get our booking in process (Quote Request to Artwork Approval) down from an average of 4 and a half days to 12 working hours.

Pros

An easy to view dashboard allows for easy training and knowledge gain from everybody who uses the system. Once set up, the system is almost fool-proof and anybody with a basic knowledge of print can do an estimate.

Cons

The Planning Board could be more automated, but I do acknowledge we are a production house that relies on the Planning Board more than most companies.

Susanna T.
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  • Industry: Printing
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

High Quality Product, Great Company to Partner with

Reviewed on 6/4/2021

Tharstern has allowed us to zero in on the profitability of our business. Down to the specific...

Tharstern has allowed us to zero in on the profitability of our business. Down to the specific level of machine profitability or job profitability - we now have a cohesive place to see all this information to allow us to make educated business decisions.

The company is great to work with. They are a team of growth-minded individuals that are customer oriented and have a shared internal goal of helping customers achieve their goals.

Pros

The integration process was great! The team held our hands throughout the whole process, helped us map out a plan in detail on how to cover all bases and checked in with us regularly to ensure we were using the software without hiccups.

The organized structure of the software really helps a user navigate to their specific destination. Estimates, Invoices, Jobs, Shipping, Estimate Requests - all have very defined areas.

One of the best things about the software is the freedom to come up with creative solutions. There's an abundance of custom fields, custom statuses and products and the flexibility to make the software conform to your company's specific needs. If you need a custom field defined to act as a flag for a special circumstance to alert all users - that's an easy addition!

As a software developer, this software has leveraged a stable database with an unlimited capacity to create adjacent solutions that work for your company. Integrations with major software and manufacturer affiliations are usually always possible. Their API is a must if you are looking to develop custom solutions.

Their support team always has a solution and follows up with each request.

Cons

Tools that are mobile to specifically work with our mobile staff (i.e. Sales) is a bit lacking. Also, the UI could use some modernization, but it's still very functional.

John R.
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  • Industry: Printing
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Tharstern

Reviewed on 30/4/2021

We are still in the implementation phase but my overall experience has been very positive. The...

We are still in the implementation phase but my overall experience has been very positive. The implementation team and support staff is responsive (about as well as expected, considering they are 5 time zones away).

Pros

The estimating system seemed to fit our processes better and it flows directly into the job to create proper specs for the production team. It has modern apis for integration with our other applications and actually already had integrations built for our CRM and accounting software.

Cons

There were a few areas where it didn't seem to be as flexible as we would have wanted - one example is with inventory units of measure and pricing units. However, I understand that it is necessary to make the estimating system work well and feed the requisitions to the jobs.

Francis T.
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  • Industry: Printing
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Tharstern could work for you, it just didn't for us.

Reviewed on 16/12/2020

I can't say I felt an improvement in my productivity at all while using Tharstern. I'm not blaming...

I can't say I felt an improvement in my productivity at all while using Tharstern. I'm not blaming the good folks we met at Tharstern, but you really need to make sure Tharstern is the right solution for you. Tharstern was initially deigned for the offset printing world. If you are fully digital and extremely varied then Tharstern may not suit your needs. I had hoped to become an advanced user with Tharstern. Lot's of nice little animated videos out there showing the capabilities, but no user manual as such.

Pros

Being able to group jobs into a single work instruction was a plus

Cons

Very "clicky". Almost 10 mouse clicks to perform one operation. Constant timeouts due to our restricted license of 4 users. It generated an enormous amount of paperwork. Filtering information was time consuming compared to single clicks in MS access. Installation process is quite time consuming and complex for a windows program.

Jeff C.
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  • Industry: Printing
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best of Class Print Specific MIS/ERP

Reviewed on 9/3/2021

Tharstern is now the heart and entire circulatory system of our business operations. It is a...

Tharstern is now the heart and entire circulatory system of our business operations. It is a powerful system that provides unlimited reporting to monitor key business performance metrics. But this depends on accurate input from users throughout the company, in other words a full commitment to optimal use of the software at every level of the organization.

Pros

Interconnected feature-rich modules. Highly customizable with open access to core MSSQL database. Robust reporting functionality (Crystal Reports). External software connections via API, Tharstern developed integrations along with full API access for customer integration development.
Customer support in second to none, in my experience. Tharstern is staffed with a broad range of responsive experts who are available to help customers through any level of implementation, integration, and development.
Handles multiple facilities, departments, and product lines. We are a commercial printer with 3 facilities, 6 warehouses, operations in offset (litho), digital, wide format, and a range of finishing capabilities.
Integrates with web-to-print software and Enfocus Switch for creating fully automated workflows.

Cons

There is not currently a good solution for handling liquid inks for wide format and inkjet press technology (ink consumption based on weight).
CRM module is limited in functionality when compared to stand-alone CRM software and full ERP solutions.
This is the most versatile and open MIS I have worked with, which equates to a high degree of complexity. To get the most out of the software, company executive leadership must be willing to commit the necessary resources to implementing and operating the software.

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Tharstern offers the following pricing plans:

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Tharstern has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

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Tharstern supports the following devices:

Tharstern integrates with the following applications:

Apogee, Avalara, BigChange, Coreprint, Dynamics 365 Business Central, EasyPost, FedEx Ship Manager, Flex4 OPS, HubSpot CRM, HubSpot Marketing Hub, HubSpot Sales Hub, Infigo Software Web-Cart, PRINERGY, Pressero, QuickBooks, ROI360, Sage 200cloud, Xero, Xmpie

Tharstern offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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