Suggestions for online quotation software ?
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ettore  Identity Verified
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Nov 30, 2010

Can anybody suggest an effective online quotation software (a script accepting source language, target language, and project type inputs, thus displaying a per-word or per-keystroke value) ?
Thanks for your cooperation,

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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My experience Nov 30, 2010

I had OmniForm 4.0, which came bundled with one upgrade of OmniPage (OCR). Later I discovered that it is programmable with commands & syntax very similar to Applesoft BASIC (for the Apple II, mid-1980s), which I was very good at.

So I used OmniForm to develop a very clever form that would make very accurate and honest DTP estimates by filling certain data. I made it available for download on my web site. From the first 10 clients who tried it, NONE of them was able to answer those simple questions (e.g. how many color pages? B&W? size? tables? how many pics requiring editing?) properly. So I gave up.

Later I created such a form for video estimates, covering all possible services in translation, titling, subtitling, editing, etc. The same happened. Pulled it off again.

Now *I* use these forms myself while analyzing the client's job.

If clients so often use an accountant to fill in their income tax returns (I do it myself), chances are that most people are not good at filling out forms, especially electronic. My opinion... don't waste your time. Let them upload/send the files to you, and do the analyzing yourself. If it's complex, you may set up a simple spreadsheet using Excel. It won't look good, but only you will see it.

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