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February 2009


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February 2009

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We've Been Busy...

Despite the economic crisis occurring here in the USA, we have been busy....with new installs, customizations, upcoming releases, plans for training. Here are some of the things on our agenda:

For DentaLab for QuickBooks, we are adding 1) more sales analysis corresponding to categories available for production analysis 2) doctor preferences by item 3) activity logs for marketing, issues, complaints, and other customer communications regarding lab work. Be sure to let us know if you have further suggestions.

For group training here at our offices in Pennsylvania, we have begun thinking about some dates in the spring months. Here are some possibilities: Saturday, April 25 or Monday, April 27, Saturday, May 16 or Monday, May 18. Let us know, first of all, if you are interested in having your lab participate, then how many and your best dates.

Look below for two nice February specials from Intuit!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is involved in having you remotely connect into our computer from yours so that you can help us directly?

A: You need first of all to have some type of high-speed Internet service. For most, this means a broadband connection via cable, fiber optics, DSL from an Internet Service Provider (ISP). There are several good software systems for handling the remote connections. The one we have used most frequently is called LogMeIn. This requires a download and then setting up authorization codes to allow access. Also in use are Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which are more expensive and tend to be used when there is an ongoing need for remote communication.

Q: What is the best way to learn to use DentaLab for QuickBooks?

A: There are many ways to learn and the best way is to figure out how you best learn and understand new concepts. We recommend that you definitely print and read the install and startup guides as they give information such as initial logins and requirements that can not be learned by trial and error. Once you are in the system, you can go to one of the Help buttons to have the whole user manual at your disposal to get an overview, research topics, print a copy. If you have questions or need clarification, you can call on our DentaLab Support Team. In addition, from time to time, we offer group training sessions at a low cost for those who learn best by seeing the system in action and then interacting with us and other users. Individual training sessions with hands-on use of the system can also be arranged at our offices or in your lab.


With the same look and feel of QuickBooks.


If You've Been Feeling the Need for Speed

As labs grow and increase their workloads, what had previously been satisfactory computer performance can become much too slow. We would like to tell you how one lab experienced this, made a few changes and increased their speed dramatically.

We had been told by the owner of lab that as time marched on, their computer performance slowed down more and more. Before recommending an upgrade in equipment, our tech support asked to have a first-hand look at their system. In examining what was running throughout the day, they found a whole lot of programs that had been automatically added to the startup menu by other vendors. These typically ran all day long every day. Some were very much needed, others not needed at all. Those that were not needed were disabled in the startup menu and immediately the computers started performing with speed and efficiency.

We want to emphasize that this is not a job to be done without expert knowledge, but an exercise well worth a few hours of work from time to time. There will be situations where more powerful or more up-to-date equipment is needed, but checking out the software is a good first step.

QuickBooks Pro - Best Promotion Ever

For just two weeks in February, Intuit has two special offers for QuickBooks Pro 2009 through our website. The first runs from February 16-20 and offers 40% off along with free shipping and one month of free support. The second is from February 23-27 and offers 40% off along with free shipping and a free learning CD. If you have been thinking about licensing this version, now is the time to act. The link to QuickBooks can be found on our website at

QuickBooks Merchant Services Special Offer

Also well worth a look are the QuickBooks Merchant Services, which provide for easy capture of payments via credit and debit cards as well as online entries that directly update your QuickBooks records. If you request any of the services through our affiliate program, you can receive a special offer of 1) no setup fee 2) no application fee 3) no termination fee, 4) no service fee for 2 months. In addition to very low rates, you can significantly increase your cash flow and reduce time and money spent on collection activity. Call this number and mention Mainstreet Systems & Software and Elaine Whelan as the contact person: 1-800-601-3751


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.

"I could kick myself for not doing this sooner...this system is awesome!"

Dale Dramstadd
Doctors Dental Lab
Minnesota, USA

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