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The DentaLab series of systems began in 1979 as the first software package designed specifically for dental laboratories. In this era, the software was used on the IBM Series 1 mini-computers and were affordable only to the largest laboratories.

The introduction of personal computers in the 1980's led to the DentaLab/PC system written for the DOS operating system. This system, along with its user group program of idea exchange, training and support, quickly began the standard-bearer for the industry. Hundreds of labs, along with a number of corporate groups, licensed this system. Although no longer sold, it still continues to be in use by many labs who have loved its reliability and ease of use.

In the latter part of the 1990's, we developed a new version of this system specifically for use with Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000 that was called DentaLab/PC II. This was written in the C++ language and included adherence to the Windows API standards that provide for great compatibility between all 32-bit Windows programs.

The goal of all the DentaLab systems has been to create software that is easy to learn and use, that offers a wide array of program choices and selections so that each lab can decide its own level of simplicity or sophistication...from simple billing to in-depth doctor's preferences, bar code case tracking and technician productivity.

Unique in this industry has been the strong user group program surrounding this system which brings together innovative ideas from the tiny startups to the largest most prestigious labs. Support services include training, telephone support, on-site visits, customizing, integration with other software packages, workshops, newsletters, disaster recovery, and a continuous dialog with our users through written, email, telephone, in-person, and internet communications.

When Intuit decided to open possibilities for software developers to synchronize other applications with its #1 selling line of QuickBooks products, Mainstreet Systems was invited to come to Mountain View in California to explore adding dental laboratory case management to QuickBooks. The invitation was accepted, the fit seemed perfect and work was begun in 2004 to create DentaLab for QuickBooks. Introduced in early 2005 to an enthusiastic number of labs, it has quickly become the premier product in this industry. Initially thought to be primarily for small to medium labs, the introduction by Intuit of its Enterprise versions for larger companies and larger volumes of data extended its reach to the largest of labs.

DentaLab for QuickBooks now synchronizes with all of the English-language versions of QuickBooks, including versions for the USA, United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

Why do so many labs choose the DentaLab system?

"I have been on the hunt for a new laboratory software program probably for the past 2 years. Now that my partner has retired I can now make it happen. We have used a custom program written just for our lab since 1979. Yes, it was state of the art then, but now it feels quite inadequate to me. We started using QuickBooks in 2005 and I really like itís simple, easy to learn accounting methods, it works.

When I found an article about DentaLab for QuickBooks I quickly contacted Elaine at Mainstreet and drove to their office with my laptop in hand, our current programs inefficiencies written down, and 3 pages of my wishes, oh, and my wife as well who has no dental lab understanding.

Needless to say I was sold and my wife as well since it made clear sense and that she was even able to follow some of the steps involved in entering the work. Nathan was able to customize our work ticket right away to help me sell it to my office staff, this proving to be more of a challenge then I ever would have expected. Even though our old system had many inefficiencies, they still knew it well and were too comfortable with its use.

I purchased DentaLab for QuickBooks, had Nathan spend 2 days in lab, and had all of them sold, even my ex-partner. Nathan is a tremendous help on the telephone and very calming to the nervousness of my staff. We are using the program now and are able to easily navigate thru it and make adjustments as needed.

Thank you Elaine for designing such a great user friendly program and to Nathan for your help in person and on the phone."

Scott Klaire
Metalcraft Dental Lab, New York, USA

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