The StarFront Beginner's Course (SBC) is aimed at user's who have used StarFront program a little or have experience in the Aluminium industry. The course covers using the StarFront program and details on how to configuring StarFront for your business.

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

A.       Important Industry Concepts


Wind Load



Glass Setting Blocks


B.       Installation


Explanation of Installation and Update Process

Installation of StarFront

Setting program to run ‘As Administrator’


C.       Running StarFront


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


D.       The StarFront Concept


Important Concepts

                Concept of Frame and Insert

                How to decide which part is the frame and which the insert

                Explanation of dimensions for Inserts

                  Setting Frame Sizes Equal

                  Setting Insert Sizes Equal


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


E.       Create a Sample Contract


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 than one way to create a design,

Explanation of why the mullion in panel b is not part of the frame.


F.      Opportunity to create a sample contract


Give the students an opportunity to create a sample contract


G.      Additional Explanations Required


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    


           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


H.        Further Design Explanations


             How to change frame options

             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.


I        Contract Costing


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 :


                       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.

J.        Costing Spreadsheet


Explanation on how to use the costing spreadsheet


K.       Concept of Defaults


Program Defaults

Contract Defaults

Design Defaults

Default Clearances


L.    User Configuration


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


M.       Reports


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



                         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



                         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.


Description of why the user will see a difference between the Component cost on the costing screen

and the Component cost on the Component 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.


Explanation of that this can be used as an order to their glass supplier


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 Schedule

Explanation of the warnings

Explanation of how comments can be added to each configuration via the ‘options’ button on the design



N.        Other Speed Buttons




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




Explanation of that this feature works exactly the same as the sections file.

Explanation of the concept of Component categories

Demonstration of how filtering of Component categories can be done within a specific system

Explanation of pack sizes and the pricing thereof

Demonstration of how users can add their own Component items

Warn against deleting Component 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 Component as the default but that this is covered in the advanced course.




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.


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.




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.


O.        Additional Menu Items




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.


Explanation of the purpose of the load function

Explanation of how to use load during the contract transfer process.



Demonstration of maintaining finishes

Warn about colour variances on colour samples

According to screen type

Explanation of how user’s can add their own finishes

Warn users that they have to maintain the prices on all finishes they add.


        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

        Component 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 Component items by StarFront





        Wall Charts


        Standard Profiles

        Various User Manuals

        SAGGA Glass Regulations





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.


P          Additional Design Examples


            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.

Q.            Questions and Answer Session