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July 2008


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July 2008

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Packing Up

Each day this month, we are allocating an hour to cleaning out and packing up for our move to larger quarters in Harleysville. We have become even more resolved to store more records electronically and not on paper....saves energy, saves space, saves time, saves trees. Our company color is green and green we will be.

Our move will begin on Friday, July 25 as we first move all of our electronic equipment. Then on Monday, July 28, the furniture and telephone movers will go to work. We hope to be mostly operational by Tuesday, July 29.

During the disruption, we will check email from our home computers and will have this mobile telephone in service: 267-265-4535.

Here is our new contact information, beginning July 29:


  • Mainstreet Systems & Software Inc.
  • Village of Lederach
  • 656 Harleysville Pike, Suite 250
  • Harleysville PA 19438

Our main telephone numbers:

  • SALES 1-800-257-4535
  • SUPPORT 1-215-256-4535
  • FAX (not yet issued to us)

Our email and internet addresses remain the same:

July Happenings

The July Release 1.15 has been posted on our website in the Support section for Quarterly Releases. This is an important release geared primarily toward making it smooth and easy for you to be in compliance with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices for material disclosures. The components are documented in the support section, as well as the June newsletter and the PDF user manual available from the Help buttons. Those who have an up-to-date service agreement can call for the authorization codes when ready to download.

If you would like to try for some free software and/or training, be sure to take a look at our Lucky 8 contest described below and send in your entry by Friday, July 25.

A few years back, when we were developing a custom dental laboratory system for the Dental Services Group of labs, one of the managers said "Now, if you could only find a way so that we would not have to do so much case entry." Well, we have taken one giant step in that direction with the adaptation of DentalRx to link directly to DentaLab for QuickBooks, so that the dental office can enter the prescription into DQB's case record, enter and edit the doctor's preferences and request pickups. The prescriptions sent via the internet will be identifiable with the word Web in the Short Memo field in the Case List. A unique printed prescription can also be included with the case materials. The lab will only need to quickly review and then schedule these cases. See the writeup below and visit our website under Products and then DentalRx.


Easy, versatile software for the modern dental laboratory.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I learn much better having hands-on training. Will you be having your Saturday group training sessions again?

A: Yes, we are hoping to do this in October in our new offices in the Village of Lederach, where we will have a training room. Before choosing a date, we are waiting to see how the rest of the restoration and new construction on our building progresses. In our cramped quarters here in Souderton, we have been only able to have one or two people at a time for hands-on training. But we have enjoyed having visitors here from far and wide--including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Norway and, of course, the USA.

Q: Are you planning to come out with a "lite" version of DentaLab for QuickBooks?

A: No, the basic DQB module is tremendously easy to learn and use and is licensed at a very affordable price that includes lots of support during the trial and initial startup periods. We are, however, considering a more "advanced" version, which might include a bundling of features such as scheduling at hourly intervals within the day, handling longer days, DentalRx and other web access options, more business analysis reports, If you have any thoughts on this topic, please let us know.

Q: Some of our cases are sent to another lab for part of process. Do you have a document to accompany these cases?

A: Yes, we have three possible documents. One is a case packing list, which is similar to an invoice but includes no money amounts. The other is a two-up landscape workticket that has two sides: the left is simillar to the half-size A5 work ticket with full information, the right side is more limited and excludes the doctor's information. The right side is typically sent to the other lab. We have thus far created four custom versions of this type of ticket and can work with you to meet your needs. The third possible document is the case plan, which includes free-form text entered at case entry and can be printed.


With the same look and feel of QuickBooks.


Lucky 8 on 08/08/08

Lucky 8 on 08/08/08! It's only once in a century that such a number occurs. And this year, 08/08/08 will be the opening of the International Olympic Games. To honor this special happening, we will be awarding prizes related to DentaLab for QuickBooks on August 8, 2008.

The winning prizes will include a choice of:

  • 1 license for DentaLab for QuickBooks for single station
  • OR 1 upgrade to DQB Enterprise 3 (3-user system)
  • OR 1 license to DQB Image Scanning Supplement
  • OR 1 license to Product Costing
  • OR 1 DQB Training Session (Fall 2008 or Spring 2009)

To have your name put in the hat for the drawing, please respond via email to by July 25, 2008, with your contact information and responses to these three questions:

1) What do you value most in computer software for dental laboratories?

2) What features would you like to see in the future for computer software for dental laboratories?

3) What do you like most about the synchronized systems of QuickBooks and DentaLab for QuickBooks?

To use any of the DQB software prizes, you will need to have a PC with Windows XP or Vista and a copy of QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Enterprise 2004 or later.

Each lab may make one entry. Please feel free to tell others about this contest. The winners will be notified via email on August 8. Good luck!

Now DentalRx Links to DQB

As DentaLab for QuickBooks (DQB) evolved from a small sideline product into a comprehensive mainstreem offering, Mainstreet was asked to adapt the original DentalRx concepts into a web-based service that would synchronize with the DQB case management system.

The primary service of DentalRx is to provide a quick, convenient, easy way for the dental office to create a prescription via the internet specifying patient's name, teeth, shade, request date, lab procedure(s), case enclosure(s), and any special notes or instructions. The prescription entry will create four important records:

  • Clear, accurate printed prescription to accompany case materials
  • Entry of a new case in your lab's DQB database
  • History case record at the dental office
  • Case reports for lab receipts, completions, shipments
Auxiliary services available to registered dental offices will include:
  • Doctor preferences recorded/updated in lab's DQB database
  • Case pickup requests
  • Messages from dental office to laboratory

Doctors/dental offices must register and be accepted by the laboratory to have access to this system All communication between the dental office and lab is encrypted and guaranteed secure. If you would like an online demonstration, visit our website and go to the Products section for DentalRx to click on the link.


Customization is available for all products.


Product Costing
Knowing the cost of producing a product or service is essential to any business. This knowledge can become critical if faced with competitive pricing or with opportunities for new business based on meeting price requirements. Cost analysis is an important part of maximizing profits. At times it may uncover ways to reduce costs.

  • Estimate production costs
  • Allows for price experimentation, potential profits
  • Easy to understand samples included to get you started
  • Clear and comprehensive reports
  • Integrate with QuickBooks, DentaLab for QuickBooks, or create your own entries

Available now at a special introductory price.

Call 1-800-257-4535 or visit to learn more about Mainstreet Systems and our software designed specifically for dental laboratories.

"Dental Lab for QuickBooks has been very reliable. You guys did a great job with it."

Geri Monori, CAD CAM Supervisor
Dentgineering, Florida

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