IkeGPS and SAi collaborate to improve sign design

Glenn Milnes.
Glenn Milnes.

IkeGPS (Broomfield, CO) has been partnering with with SA International since the Spring. Its Flexi software is sign design software used by more the 100,000 end users. The partnership and integration allows Spike to offer a more complete solution to its customers with respect to sign design, and further its presence in the sign and digital graphics industry. With customers in over 100 countries, SAi is a leader in offering software solutions – from design to production – for the sign making, digital printing, screen printing and CNC machining industries. SAi also has a large network of resellers, with Flexi offered in more than 13 languages. “We’re excited to partner with such a respected player in the sign and digital graphics industry, as we work toward making Spike a fuller and fuller solution that specifically addresses the needs of the sign market,” said Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “Our integration with SAi’s Flexi is a very positive step in expanding Spike’s reach within the market.”

Dean Derhak.
Dean Derhak.

The new integration is allowing Flexi users to select a scaled image from the Spike Cloud and import it directly into Flexi design software. The 1:1 scaled image removes several steps from the design process, enabling sign shops to turn around work estimates with design renderings much faster. “Spike is a very useful tool for the sign and digital graphics industry,” said Dean Derhak, Director of Product Marketing at SAi. “With this new integration with Flexi software, sign shops can complete job estimates faster and design-to-scale more easily in Flexi.” Spike allows sign and digital graphics professionals to quickly and safely capture measurements for estimates of signage locations from a smartphone or tablet picture and the Spike device. A ladder, bucket truck and tape measure are no longer required to conduct site surveys and create estimates and designs, saving sign companies time and overhead costs on a traditionally lengthy process.

The measurements of the sign or graphic location are saved with the Spike photo and can be shared with customers, designers or production teams to create job estimates and design proofs, assess installations, and complete permit applications. If additional measurements are needed, users can refer to their saved Spike photos at any time to make modifications using the Spike mobile app or Spike Cloud. There’s no need to return to the site for further measurements or estimates.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.