Starfront Beginner's Course

The StarFront Beginner's Course (SBC) is aimed at user's who are new to the StarFront program. The course covers everything from the installation of the program right up to doing designs and configuring StarFront for your business.

The following is an outline of the topics covered in the SBC.

Basic history of the StarFront Program.
Concept that StarFront has been written for them – Microsoft analogy
Basic System Requirements for StarFront
Explanation of Installation and Update Process
Actual Program Installation
Installation of StarFront
Installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader
Demonstration of the different ways of running StarFront
Explanation of Serial Number and registration process
Explanation of Activation Code and reactivation process
Reasons for registering and re-activating
Explanation of Rebuild Process
Main window, minimise, maximise & close icons.
One copy of StarFront can be run at a time.
Explanation of the location and purpose of the Menu Bar.
Explanation of the Speed Buttons and the reason for creating speed buttons.
Explanation of the various Stockist Logos plus the affect on pricing.
Description of why the Data Module Logos are shown.
Explanation of concept of user’s own Data Modules.
Important Concepts
  • Concept of Frame and Insert
    How to decide which part is the frame and which the insert
    Explanation of naming convention (1x1, 3x2 etc)
    Explanation of Horizontal and Vertical Dimension naming conventions
    Explanation of reference points for each dimension
    Explanation of naming convention for openings
    Explanation of dimensions for Inserts
The Importance of References
  • Create a typical contract (Test1 with W1, W2 and SF1)
    Explanation of why each contract and item needs a unique reference
    Explanation of what a Key Violation is
    Explanation of why ‘New Frame’ and’ New Insert’ are important duringthe design process.
    Insight into good naming conventions for contracts
Create a contract containing two casement windows
Explanation of all the steps of the design process emphasizing concepts such as new frame and new inserts
Explanation of that there is sometimes more that one way to create a design,
Explanation of why the mullion in panel b is not part of the frame.
Give the students an opportunity to create a sample contract
Inertia Calculations
  • Explanation of what StarFront does automate
    Explanation of the relevance of the AAAMSA brochures
    Explanation of the factors that affect the required inertia
    Explanation of what happens when StarFront is not able to select the correct profile
    Using the Inertia Spreadsheet
    Selecting the correct wind loading for a particular project.
Problem with Inward Opening Doors
  • Explanation of why Clip44 has a problem with inward opening doors
    Explanation of door adaptors for W95, W105, W120 and W150.
Particular Problems Experienced by Users
  • How to jump between frames on a design
    How to jump between inserts on a design
    How to change frame options
    What the frame position tabbed page is for
    How to change insert options
    How to change insert glass
    How to use the glass panel insert
    How changing the frame’s dimensions affects the insert
    Explanation why the size of the sash and fixed pane are not equal
    Question and answer session on the actual design process.
Contract Costing Button
  • Material Costs, wastages and discounts
    Explanation of the concept of list prices and discounts
    Concept of consumables and what makes up consumables
    Explanation of square metre costs and what they can be used for.
    Explanation of how StarFront calculates factory labour
    Explanation of what factory labour rates are
    Explanation of what factory overheads are
    Explanation of the Fabricator spreadsheet
    Explanation of Installation and transport costs
    Description of the three different ways installation costs can work
    Description of installation labour rate
    Explanation of installation overheads
    Explanation of perimeter costs
    Explanation of additional costs
    Explanation of Financial Factors
    Explanation of % mark-up on materials
    Description of why % mark-up should be approximately 100%
    What contribution per system is Sheet price versus cut-to-size price plus
    all the associated features such as :
    • Wastage
      Labour per pane cut
    How to determine what contribution you should be working on
    How to interpret the costing when the factory is low on work
    Different costing strategies, such as simply doubling the
    Material cost versus taking overheads and labour into consideration.
Frame Defaults
Insert Defaults
Hardware Defaults
Default Clearances
Labour Times
  • Explanation of the meaning of the various labour defaults
    Explanation of how these should be changed as a whole not
Financial Factors
  • Explanation of the importance of setting the costing defaults
    Explanation of how the costing parameters can either be changed for a single contract or for the program as a whole
    Explanation of what the defaults button on the costing screen does
Discount and Waste Factors
  • Explanation of list prices on StarFront
    Explanation must be given as to why the wastage on the glass file is not specified here
General Settings
  • Optimiser Settings
    Default Wind Loading
    Report Settings
    Program Options
Quote Settings
  • Description of what the quote footer is intended for.
    Description of how to adjust the blank space at the top of the first page for a letterhead etc.
    Description of that a letterhead can be integrated automatically onto the top of the first page of the quote.
    Explanation of the create Letterhead Button
    Email Settings
Costing Reports
  • Contract Costing
    • Explanation of what this report should be used for.
    Detailed Costing
    • Explanation of what this report can be used for.
    Itemised Rates
    • Explanation of what report is used for and how StarFront back calculates the contract value to obtain a unit price for each configuration.
    • Demonstration of the quote footer plus custom footer per contract works and how the pictures can be included or excluded on the quote.
Ordering Reports
  • Sections
    • Explanation of the optimisation process that automatically happens on the aluminium profiles.
      Explanation of that this report can be faxed directly to their stockist as an order.
      Explanation of differences between the aluminium cost on the costing screen and the aluminium cost on the aluminium order.
      Explanation of how to edit an order before printing it and why one should do this.
  • Hardware
    • Description of why the user will see a difference between the hardware cost on the costing screen and the hardware cost on the hardware order. Explanation of how to edit an order before printing it and why one should do this.
      Explanation of the significance of pack sizes plus costing quantities versus order quantities.
  • Glass
    • Explanation of that this can be used as an order to their glass supplier
  • Finished Goods
    • Explanation of finished goods order.
Production Reports
  • Cutting Schedule
    • Explanation of the various features on the cutting schedule
  • Optimised Cutting Schedule
    • Explanation of the optimisation process
      Explanation of possible error message and problems that can arise when requesting an optimised cutting list.
  • Factory Labour Report
    • Explanation of how this report can be used to manage the factory labour.
  • Store Requisition Report
    • Explanation of how this report can be used to help control the issue of materials from stores.
General Reports
  • Design Specification
    • Explanation of what is shown on the Design Spec and how this information can be supplied to the customer/architect for additional information on the contract.
  • Window
    • Explanation of the warnings
      Explanation of how comments can be added to each configuration via the ‘options’ button on the design screen.
Adding a finished goods item to the contract
Explanation of the pricing strategy for finished goods
Explanation of how finished goods discount must be set according to the price entered during the capture of finished goods.
Explanation of the need to press the New FG button each time an additional finished goods item is added to the contract.
Explanation of unique contract references
  • Demonstration of the following features:
    • The new button, and why it is disabled for the sections file only.
      The delete button and why it is disabled for the sections file only.
      The navigation buttons first, previous, next and last
      The filter function
      The search button (do several search examples to demonstrate)
      Explanation of searching when a filter has been set
      The list function
      The print function (Explanation of that this is Wispeco’s official price list)
      The labels function
      Click on the image to print the image and sections properties report
  • Hardware
    • Explanation of that this feature works exactly the same as the sections file.
      Explanation of the concept of hardware categories
      Demonstration of how filtering of hardware categories can be done within a specific system
      Explanation of pack sizes and the pricing thereof
      Demonstration of how users can add their own hardware items
      Warn against deleting hardware items as they may be used somewhere in the program that the user is not aware of.
      Tell students that they can set their own hardware as the default but that this is covered in the Advanced course.
  • Glass
    • Explanation of why Wispeco does NOT maintain the glass price
      Explanation of the difference between sheet price and cut-to-size price
      Explanation of why wastage is set per glass type.
  • Backup
    • Explanation of why it is the user’s responsibility to perform regular backups
      Explanation of that StarFront automatically saves all work as the user progresses.
      Explanation of where files are saved and which files are saved during the ‘save contracts’ and ‘save users settings’ portions of the backup process.
  • Restore
    • Explanation of what the restore process does.
      Explanation of the relevance of restore when loading a StarFront update.
      Explanation of why the restore process takes a long time.
  • Data Module
    • Explanation of what a Data Module is, use the spreadsheet analogy.
      Explanation of that users can have their own Data Modules created by Stargate
      Explanation of the exclusivity of their own data modules
  • Save
    • Explanation of the concept of saving one contract versus saving all contracts.
      Explanation of how to use save contract to transfer a contract from one PC to another
      Explanation of how to use save contract to email a contract to Wispeco for assistance.
      Explanation of how to use save user settings to synchronise multiple machine’s settings.
      Explanation of how to use save to produce a backup in an alternative location.
  • Load
    • Explanation of the purpose of the load function
      Explanation of how to use load during the contract transfer process.
  • Optimise Glass
    • Explanation that StarFront does not OPTIMISE the glass.
  • Frame Defaults
    • Explanation of the concept of and reason for frame defaults.
      Demonstration of the graphics lookup feature on each option
      Explanation of overall glass allowance
      Explanation of what is meant by milling ends with the aid of a drawing on the board.
  • Insert Defaults
    • Explanation of the concept of and reason for insert defaults.
      Demonstration of the graphics lookup feature on each option
  • Hardware Defaults
    • Show users this feature but warn them that this facility is covered in more detail in the advanced course.
  • Default Clearances
    • Demonstration of how users can change the overall clearances of doors.
      Explanation of the significance of this when items such as hinges are changed from their default values.
  • Explanation of the automation of hardware items by StarFront
  • Documentstion
    • Manuals
      Wall Charts
      Standard Profiles
      Various User Manuals
      SAGGA Glass Regulations
    • Help
      • About
        • Explanation of when to call Wispeco and when they should be calling Stargate directly.
          Emphasise that registration and re-activation can only be done by Wispeco and not by Stargate.
      • Re-activate StarFront
        • Explanation of the re-activation process.
          Explanation of the importance of re-activating the program
      • Register StarFront
        • Explanation of the registration process.
          Explanation of the importance of registering the program
      • List of Stockists
        • Demonstration of to users how they can access a list of stockists.
5000 Sliding Folding Door
700 Patio Door
Vertical Slider
Clip44 shop front with sashes
Cottage pane casement window

What happens when there is not a section strong enough for a particular application.
How StarFront limits the type of insert that can be placed into a particular opening.
How to decide whether to use mullions continuous or transoms continuous.