To get started quickly, not all of the configuration needs to be completed prior to using Crate Pro 6. However, the more you configure the program, the more accurate and easy it is to use.
These steps should be reviewed and set with your baseline settings
- Select Style Templates that most closely match your construction methods
- In Inventory narrow down materials that you will use to create your designs
- Create Material Group(s) you will use to design your crates, pallets and skids and set some common preferences
- Enter your costs, billing and markups (if applies)
Getting the basic information for your shop entered in advance of designing will make it faster and easier to tweak your settings as you use the program. This is only a quick configuration and NOT a complete setup guide. Please refer to additional information located on the support portal.
The CRATE PRO CONFIGURATION AND SETUP SECTION on the support portal provides articles with more information for configuration and basic design creation. Then continue to review LESSONS for specific information.
Many videos in the solution articles are hosted on the Crate Pro Channel on YouTube. Individual Playlists have been created to help you locate the videos for your release. Be sure to subscribe to the channel to be notified of new videos.
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A > Basic Design Creation: Whether you've configured your settings, or not, this short video will go over the steps to create a crate design and print cut lists. If you prefer to read the article: Creating a New Design
B > Basics of Design: Adding Packing Materials. Crate Pro 6 can automatically calculate your Wrapping, Padding and Floater Decks because you have supplied one dimension and it can determine the others to add these materials. Crate Pro 6 also offers 5 Material Groups you can create just for Packing. Everything else that applies directly to this design that can't be calculated by the program, can be added in this section (such as blocking & bracing, labels, etc..) If you prefer to read the article: Adding Packing Materials
IMPORTANT FOR USER OF RELEASE 1712NN AND 1807NN: Before adjusting your TIMES settings
>Go to Preferences > Influences > Weight / Dimension / Quantity tabs
> Set all ranges except for Handling to zero