StarFront4 Training

StarFront4 training is now freely available online and therefore all remaining Training Courses for 2020 have been cancelled.

A series of training videos have been uploaded to the StarFront YouTube channel. Please subscribe for updates.

Download, Register and Reactivate

All downloads, registrations and reactivations for StarFront4 can now be performed online by using one of the buttons below:

StarFront is an advanced “cost and cutting” program developed for the Southern Africa architectural aluminium industry.

StarFront is designed and developed in South Africa and is based exclusively on the architectural extrusion systems available from Wispeco (Pty) Ltd, the Largest Aluminium Extruder in Africa.

At Stargate we provide specialised training courses to help you learn and understand the features of StarFront and how it can improve your business.

StarFront4 Training Courses

Beginners Course

For users who are new to the Starfront program.

R2995.00 (excl. VAT)

Terminology and Industry Basics

Introduction to Starfront

Basic Wind Loading

Original Design

Basic Costing


Intermediate Course

For users who are already competent in Starfront and would like to further their knowledge.

R2995.00 (excl. VAT)

Stockist Loyalty

Advanced Wind Loading

Standards and Typical Designs

Intermediate Design Techniques

Costing Including Factory and Installation

Report Manipulation

Advanced Course

For users who would like to get the most from the Starfront program.

R2995.00 (excl. VAT)

AAAMSA/ SAGGA Regulations


Advanced Design Techniques

Graphical Design

Advanced Costing

Thermal Calculations

Glass Optimisation

Additional Information

Dates and Locations


Beginner’s Course Intermediate Course Advanced Course
Johannesburg 11 February 2020

20 October 2020

12 February 2020

21 October 2020

13 February 2020

22 October 2020

Cape Town 12 May 2020 13 May 2020 14 May 2020
Durban 21 July 2020 22 July 2020 23 July 2020



08h00 – 08h30:     Registration and welcome tea

08h30 – 09h00:     Welcome and introduction

09h00 – 10h30:     Morning session 1

10h30 – 11h00:     Morning tea

11h00 – 12h30:     Morning session 2

12h30 – 13h30:     Lunch

13h30 – 15h00:     Afternoon session 1

15h00 – 15h30:     Afternoon tea

15h30 – 16h30:     Afternoon session 2


How To Book


Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Your booking is only confirmed once payment for the course has been received.


Bookings can be made by sending an email to natasha@stargate.co.za or by clicking the BOOK NOW link in the courses above.


Early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.


What’s Included


Welcoming tea

Printed StarFront user manual (only for Beginner’s course)

The latest training version of StarFront on DVD

Pen and notepad

Refreshments during training

Morning tea

2-course lunch

Afternoon tea


Course Breakdown

Beginner’s Course


Welcome message

Delegate Introduction






Course differences

Course objective

Microsoft analogy

StarFront functions

Why use StarFront


System Basics

Casement Windows

Sliding Windows

Sliding Doors


Sliding/folding doors

Curtain Walls

Barriers and Screens



Outer Frame




Door profiles:

– Head

– Sill

– Jamb

– Meeting Stile

– Interlock

– Midrails

Other Systems, balustrade etc



Basic Definition

How to chose

Deflection basics 1/175

Structural Engineer

Limitations 10m

Mullions continuous?


Industry basics

Material costs

Factory labour

Installation costs

Maintaining prices

Setting glass prices

Adding hardware

Adding Finishes


Software Options







Contract definition

What is a contract

What is a window type

Choosing good references

Naming conventions


StarFront OD Concept

What is the challenge

Concept of a frame

Concept of an insert

2×2 Frame with 1 TH combinations

Range of casement frames

Range of casement inserts

Labeling conventions 01, X1, Y1 etc

Casement window example

Shopfront example


Program Overview

Legal Disclaimer

Marketing information

Stockist logo and dates

Version number

Menu structure


Windows OS Basic

Setting currency symbol

Setting decimal separator

Default printer

Screen resolution

Hiding the task bar


Program Registration

How to register

Why register

Who must register


Program Updates

Internet program updates

Internet price file updates

Update settings

DVD Updates


Program Installation

How the program is distributed

Uninstall previous version

Where the program is installed

Where backups and data are located

Physically install program

Setting to ‘Run as Administrator’


Original Design

Create contract

Contract main page settings

OD Screen layout

Demonstrate fixed window example 600×1200

Explain changing dimensions

Users create fixed window example

Demonstrate TH Example 1200×1200

Explain mullion automation

Users create TH Example

Demonstrate SH example1800x1200

Users create SH example

Demonstrate simple SF

Explain glass panel insert

Users create simple SF

Put new contract on screen with mixed examples

What other information is required:

– Wind Load

– Powder code

– Glass types

– System choices

– Install times

Users must create design as shown on screen

Use basic costing screen to check user’s design


Basic Costing – Material plus markup

Layout of costing screen

Concept of Material x 2

Setting waste factors

Setting discount structures

Importance of price files

Responsibility for glass and own components

Setting contribution to 100%

Dangers of material x 2


Refresh, estimate and re-calculate

Sheet price versus CTS price



Costing reordering schedules

Cutting lists

Other reports

Reports under file maintenance



System Documentation

Other Documentation

Important documents

Wispeco’s documentation compliance

Intermediate Course


Welcome message

Delegate Introduction






Course differences

Course objective

Microsoft analogy

StarFront functions

Why use StarFront


Stockist Loyalty

List of CDPs

How SF4 is funded

Why not to buy from non CDP

CPA implications

Future of industry

FDP program


Windload Advanced

Recap basics

Inertia Concept

What will fail?

Adding inertias

Formula for Ix

Inertia Spreadsheet

Practical examples

Other strengthening

Multi point support




Concept of a default

Program defaults

Contract defaults

Design defaults


Windows OS Intermediate

What OS are supported

Can SF4 run on a tablet

Internet requirements

Email requirements



Backups and User Settings

Automatic backups

Additional backups

Transferring contracts

Transferring user settings

Installing new versions


Additional Design Options

Changing frame profiles

Changing frame components

Changing insert profiles

Changing insert components

Changing insert glass

Adding security bars

Resetting contract defaults


Other Options

Delete multiple contracts

Purge contract

Copy Contract

Merge Contract


Advanced Design Techniques

Setting frame glass sizes equal

Setting insert glass sizes equal

Concept of standard sizes

Resetting insert sizes

Choice of frame 1×1 or 1×3, reasons

Hole in wall

User create hole in wall example


Standards and Typical Designs

What are standard windows

Selecting from a standard

Changing the glass on a standard

Changing the dimensions of a standard

User practical on above

Creating own standards

Using standards as a price list

Using standards to copy a design

Using standards to split up multiple designs

Using typical designs

Glazing – S/G and D/G

What is D/G

Casement system matrix

Other considerations


Costing – Incl. factory & Install

How factory costs are calculated

How installation costs are calculated

Setting contribution when using factory & install

Importance of blue values

Fabricator spreadsheet explanation

Setting costing defaults

Checking allocation of Factory labour

Checking costing on simple and complex examples

Importance of % mark-up on material

Understanding contact value versus total costs


Report Options

Editing Reports

Hiding Graphics

Manipulating layout

Print to PDF

Export to Excel or Word – Demonstrate



Importance of CAD

CAD software options

Basic Drawing

Basic assembly

Typical cross-sectional details

Creating own drawings + demo

Advanced Course


Welcome message

Delegate Introduction






Course differences

Course objective

Microsoft analogy

StarFront functions

Why use StarFront


System Concepts

Glass Setting Blocks

Mullion Packers

Inward opening doors


AAAMSA/SAGGA Regulations

Discuss NBR

Role played by AAAMSA and SAGGA

Rules included in SF4


Defaults Adv.

Defaults Recap

Changing finish

Changing glass

Changing wind load



Networking options

Using cloud service rather

Disadvantages of network installation

How to install on a network

Network responsibilities


Advanced Design Techniques

Inserting a different system into shopfront

User create shopfront example

Patio door with sidelight (Swift34)

User create patio door example

Manipulating graphics


Graphic Design


Basic casement example

Users create casement example

More complex casement example

Users create more complex example

Changing glass

Changing profiles

Changing finish

Changing hardware

Locking dimension

Setting sash sizes equal

Copy a design

Manipulating dimensions

Mullions versus transoms continuous

Storing favourites

Multiple frames

Aligning profiles


Special Colour Costing

Why are special colours a problem

Hidden costs when using special colours

How to calculate true wastage

Sticking to certain systems


Advanced Costing

Understanding special colours

Single window type versus multiple windows

Mixing systems

Changing a design to use fewer profile types


Quote Settings

Adding information to quote

Creating an automatic letterhead

Linking a scanned letterhead

Adding terms and conditions

Editing a quote before printing

Hiding an item on a quote


Thermal Calculations

Basic discussion U-Value and SHGC

Factors affecting U-Value

Factors affecting SHGC

Introduction to U-Solve + Demo


Glass Optimisation

Importance of optimising glass

Introduction to SmartCut + demo

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I receive a certificate?

You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of each course.

How long is the course?

Each course is one day long, starting at 08h30 and ending at 16h30.

Can I get a discount for attending more than one course?

Yes. You will get a discount for attending 2 or 3 courses, and receive an additional discount for more than one delegate on any of the courses.

Do I need to bring a computer?

No, we will provide a computer for you to use, and show you how to load the program.

Do you offer Fabrication training?

No. We only do training to use the StarFront Computer Program.  Fabrication training is offered by Wispeco.  Please contact them on 011 389 0000.

Do I need to know how to use a computer?

It is important that you have basic computer literacy skills.