ASID Member Comments on Interior Design Business Software
The following are unsolicited comments from ASID members about interior design business software they have used. These comments are presented for information only and do not constitute a recommendation or endorsement on the part of ASID. Some manufacturers' websites also include testimonials from ASID members and other designers.
"I switched from QuickBooks to Studio Webware at the beginning of 2008 and have no regrets. It's comprehensive design management software." – F.S.
"I've been a user of Design Manager for over 10 years. I love that it tracks everything once you've entered the specification—from creating the PO and invoice to the client and then entering that data into the reports for my accountant." – A.S.
"I have reviewed tons of software for our industry over the years, and the best software I have found is Design Manager. I would have to hire at least two employees to process, handle and track my business. It is easy to use, has great features and makes my proposals, purchase orders and invoices look very professional. You can add photos to proposals and invoices with ease. There tons of features to help you manage your business. And over the last 25 years, I have never lost anything." - D.K.
"QBPremier Professional Services Edition has an interior design module and is fine for tracking time and for simply purchasing. It does not have the ability to track project-specific notes tied to purchases, and I could not figure out a way to convert a Quote to both an invoice and a PO. I now use Studio IT, and it is a powerful accounting and procurement management system, but not as easy to learn and use as QB." – L.W.
"I tried using Design Manager but found that it was complicated. If you have a finance person with good computer skills, it might be worth a try." – R.H.
"I find Studio I.T. (aka Studio Designer or Studio Webware) more useful for design firms than Design Manager and Quick Books. I do a lot of consulting for designers, and the reports and communication capabilities of Studio I.T. are much more applicable and sensible for running a design firm." – J.M.