First Look: StudioPlus Software

It’s a photographer’s dream to be able to create art day in and day out. Only problem? As professionals, we have to do more than photograph; the books need balancing, and finances need tracking. Since its inception, my studio management software has been Intuit QuickBooks. QuickBooks is a versatile tool, adaptable to any industry, yet it’s just not made for photographers. 

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So, for the past year, I’ve been on the lookout for a good solution to my studio management needs.  StudioPlus Software is designed specifically for the photographic industry and includes a range of features that aim to satisfy the needs of both the small boutique studio and the multi-location megastudio. The best part? I’ve been told it integrates with QuickBooks, so I should be able to enhance my current system, instead of starting over.

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If you’re considering switching software, but are worried about getting overwhelmed, the staff at StudioPlus seems to understand it’s a big task to implement their software. Customers typically receive one-on-one support and training during the StudioPlus installation process. These training sessions are completed on a timeframe that allows you to learn at your own pace. I recently completed my first training session, which consisted of installation of the software, an overview of its features, and a step-by-step walk-through of real-life use. I asked a lot of questions, but left the training session feeling very optimistic about integrating StudioPlus into a typical studio workflow.

—Betsy Finn, CPP
Learnwithbetsy.com

Finn will report on her experience in implementing and working with StudioPlus Software an upcoming issue of Professional Photographer magazine and in PPmag.com Web Exclusives.

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Comments (4)

David Glasco:

re. Studio Plus software. Is there a Mac version?

I run a small studio and I love Studio Plus. Their customer service is outstanding!

Nigel:

David.
A quick look at the website reveals a half-hearted attempt at Mac 'support' with either Terminal Services, Parallels or Apple's Boot Camp. In other words, no, StudioPlus is not made for Mac and they have no intention of bothering.
One of the reasons people use a Mac is to avoid dreadful windows-based software and all of the headaches that go with it.

I'm sorry to sound so cynical, but as creatives use the Mac about 10x the usual rate it is a bad sign when a software company that purports to meet our needs cannot take the time to build their products with us in mind. At $400 for basic and $1700 (!!) for the pro version I don't think it's too much to ask.

David:

Stay away form this software! If you even have to reinstall it, and do not have a maintenance plan they will charge you to give your activation code on software you already own!

Basically you really NEVER "own" it. You have to keep paying their "maintenance fee" which is their version of a "leasing fee".

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