Studiometry 10.0 grows as your business does

By Jeffery Battersby, Macworld |  Software

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.

Creating your initial Studiometry setup is relatively simple. When you start the app you are asked whether you want to setup Studiometry for a single user on a single computer, multiple users on a single computer, setup a server, or connect to an existing server. When creating a new installation you can choose from a small selection of templates, so you don't have to create your quote, invoice, and report templates from scratch.

If you already have existing client, project, and contact data, Studiometry--in principle--attempts to make it easy to import that data. Contact info can be imported from a number of delimited file types or from contacts you already have in the OS X Address Book app, although I found none of the options to be particularly useful or user friendly. In most cases you'll be better off entering your clients and contacts from scratch.

For example, the Address Book import tool only displays the first and last names of your contacts but no company name or anything else that might help you differentiate between friends and customers. Also, you can't search for anything but the contact name, so instead of being able to search for a company and add all those contacts at once, you have search for and add those contacts individually.

Once the initial database is created the application opens to a main window containing all of your business information. A small list on the left side of the screen breaks your business into several bite-sized chunks: Clients, projects, contacts, to-dos, and calendars, and selecting any one of these items filters the information you see in Studiometry's main window.

In Studiometry everything is related. You create clients and your clients must have a related contact or contacts. You create projects and they must have associated clients and they can have employees assigned to them. When an employee begins working on a project, a timer can be started that collects information on the amount of time spent on that project. Studiometry has built-in Gantt charting that you can use to keep track of every aspect of a project, and if you use Oranged's Accounted accounting package, anything you do in Studiometry can automatically be synced with your backend accounting system.

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