Frequently asked questions
Yes, all of your data can be converted to the cloud, you will not lose any existing data. We schedule a day where you do not need to be in Design Manager and we work with you over the phone and internet to transfer a copy of your data to us. The data transfer should only take about 30 minutes. After the transfer, we need the rest of the day to convert your data and then set it up in the cloud. Once we have everything complete, we send you an email with the login information. From then on you login using the new login information and do not use the old Design Manager software.
All files are first secured with a personal 256-bit AES or 448-bit Blowfish encryption key and then transferred to an offsite data center, a significant distance from the original data center, via a secure SSL connection, which negotiates the highest grade encryption available based on the default settings for OpenSSL. Offsite servers are located in carefully chosen Tier 4 data centers protected by gated perimeter access, 24/7/365 onsite staffed security and technicians, electronic card key access, and strategically placed security cameras inside and outside the building.
In addition to running regular backups, data is replicated in real time from one set of premium hardware to another within our data center. This protects the critical information your business keeps within Design Manager.
Yes, all of the information that you enter into the trial is saved when you purchase the software.
Pro Cloud software usage with full features, access from any device with an internet connection, automatic upgrades, secure backups of your data, free tech support, free iPhone/iPad app, and one free license for your accountant.
Tech Support is free along with access to our Help Center and our live and recorded training tutorials. Personalized training sessions are not included, but reasonably priced for your convenience.
No, there are no mandatory fees besides the subscription fee. If you would like to purchase Training, online or in-person sessions are available at reduced rates.
You can always upgrade from DM to DM Pro and keep all of your data, but you cannot go backwards from DM Pro to DM.
Yes, if you are a design firm that also has a showroom or store please contact a sales representative to go over the add-ons for DM Pro.
Design Manager actually does what QuickBooks does and more so DM does not integrate with QuickBooks. Design Manager has a full accrual accounting system that is set up specially to handle the Design Industry. For example, DM understands that projects require deposits or retainers the majority of the time and instead of having a work-around like QuickBooks, DM makes it easy. Design Manager is already set up to handle the long term structure of design projects, provide tax advantages, record all yearly accounting and has all necessary financial statements and sales tax reports.
Since generic accounting software is very general and not integrated with any project management information compared to Design Manager, there is no import for transactions or items. However, you can import client and vendor lists and we do have a video showing you how to enter your opening balances.
A user is a username and a password with specific security settings that allows access to the software at the same time as other individuals. In other words, you can use the software from as many computers and devices as you want, but if you want individuals to be able to work in the software simultaneously, than you need to purchase additional users. DM can have up to 5 users, DM Pro can have up to 64 users, and DM Pro with SQL can have an unlimited number of users.
We are continuously updating our cloud software for fixes and new features.
Yes, you can copy and paste items from one project to another project.
Yes, if you pull up the document or report and then click the envelope button in the upper left hand corner you can export to different formats- pdf, word, excel etc.
You can do recurring payables for salaries easily, but if you want a true payroll system we recommend using Paychex. We have an import from Paychex to make the journal entries for you. QuickBooks does the same thing- they have a payroll company that Intuit their parent company owns. Please call Paychex Payroll Processing to receive your first month free today: 877-516-1053.
No, each copy of Design Manager is its own set of books. So if you have separate tax IDs for your companies you will need to run separate copies of Design Manager. We give you two copies per account for no charge and after that additional copies can be added for a yearly fee.
You can import a bank or credit card statement file and use it to help you reconcile, but DM does not download bank or credit card transactions automatically.
Yes, we partner with Stripe and you can find our competitive and transparent rates here: https://info.designmanager.com/stripe.
With our Stripe Integration you can:
- Send payment links with Proposals and Invoices
- Accept digital retainers
- Accept credit card payments from clients
- Accept ACH or bank transfer payments from clients
- Pass through processing fees to your clients
- Enjoy automatic fee recording in DM’s accounting
- Easy month end reconciliation for Stripe Payouts
- Take advantage of no limits on transaction amounts!
DM Pro’s inventory management system is a true inventory software package made for design firms also running showrooms and stores. It has committed and on-hand quantities, allows for multiple warehouses and comes with specific inventory reports. DM’s storage room feature, used with the transfer button, is perfect for companies just needing to manage a small amount of leftover items from projects.