The StarFront Introduction Course is aimed at user's who are new to the StarFront program and new to the Aluminium industry in general. 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 StarFront Introduction Course:

A       Introduction

Basic history of the StarFront Program.

Concept that StarFront has been written for them – Microsoft analogy

Basic System Requirements for StarFront

B.       Introduction to Aluminium

Concept of Custom Sizes

What makes up an aluminium window

Concept of systems

Aids provided to assist manufacturer

Concept of Wind Load

            Choosing the correct Wind Load

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.      Working with StarFront

                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.

E.       The StarFront Concept

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 during the design process.

    Insight into good naming conventions for contracts (W01, versus W1)

F.      Basic Designs

Casement Window

Sliding Window

Shopfront Frame

Shopfront Door

Sliding Folding Door

G.       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.

H.       Program Installation

Explanation of Installation and Update Process

Actual Program Installation

Installation of StarFront

Installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader

I.      Practical Session 1

Give the students an opportunity to create a sample contract

J.      Additional Explanations Required

Inertia Calculations

            How to jump between frames on a design

How to jump between inserts on a design

           Explanation of what StarFront does automate

           Explanation of the factors that affect the required inertia

           Explanation of what happens when StarFront is not able to select the correct    


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

 K.        Practical Session2

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

L.        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 Installation and transport costs

            Description of the 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.

M.       Concept of Defaults

Program Defaults

Contract Defaults

Design Defaults

Default Clearances

 N.    User Configuration

Labour Times

           Explanation of the meaning of the various labour defaults

           Explanation of how these should be changed as a whole not individually

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

How to create a quote footer

O.       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.


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 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 screen.

P.         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 Intermediate 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.

Q.        Documentation


Wall Charts


Standard Profiles

Various User Manuals

SAGGA Glass Regulations

R.      Help


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.

S.            Questions and Answer Session