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About Start Software

Start Software is an award-winning developer and leading publisher of asbestos software, systems for the legal services industry and more.

Want to know more about asbestos software Alpha Tracker? Alpha Tracker is the most used asbestos software in the UK, Australia & New Zealand with more than 60m items of asbestos data stored.

Our legal services software Alpha Legal helps will writers, accountants, solicitors, IFAs and estate agents to communicate securely with clients. Read about developments here on the blog.

Or need help with Alpha Anywhere or Alpha Transform projects or software development? You'll find useful info here.

Connectify! Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a WiFi Hotspot

Our new offices at the e-Innovation Centre in Telford have super-fast wireless Internet for all tenants, but access is strictly controlled and can't be used by guests.

One of the consultants we work with came in for a meeting this morning and needed to hop onto the Internet but the mobile signal isn't great and he couldn't get a reliable connection.

The solution? Connectify! Connectify is free and will turn any Windows 7 PC into a WiFi hotspot for any number of people to securely connect to. It downloads and installs in just a couple of minutes and is free to use.

Highly recommended.

Second development office opens

We have proudly opened our second software development office, in Telford.

We are in the e-Innovation Centre. Access and facilities are superb as it is located on the University of Wolverhampton's Telford campus. Our new training facilities are particularly good.

Our new technical consultant Paul joined us yesterday, and our two new developers (Dan and Matt) will be starting on Monday.

The software development team is settling into its new home well and concentrating on getting productive as quickly as possible.

You can find out more about the e-Innovation Centre at

New programming and consultancy rates

For the first time in 3 years, we have revised our rates to reflect inflation.

The new rates are:

Programmer/developer: £432/day
Consultant/director: £552/day

These new rates take effect on invoices issued from 1 June 2010.

Our standard T&Cs apply.

Start Software delivers presentation at Microsoft HQ

Last week I gave a presentation at Microsoft's UK HQ in Reading about Tracker and what has made it such a commercial and technical success.

The presentation was to the UK Access User Group, a vibrant and thriving organisation, supported by Microsoft themselves, of IT developers and software engineers.

RDS Asbestos begin their Tracker implementation

Specialist asbestos consultants RDS Asbestos ( have started their Tracker implementation.

RDS are looking to increase their efficiency with the use of pocket PC data capture and immediate data transfer from the surveyor to head office and they should be live throughout their business by the summer.

Yellow Bike starts trading

The Yellow Bike Company ( starts trading tomorrow.

We have designed and developed the IT systems running the operation including an interactive web site, admin database, FTP server, pocket PC maintenance system, SMS (text) engine... there is barely a software technology we haven't used!

Having just riden one of their bikes over Snowdon to Dublin for charity (see I can vouch for the quality of the electric bicycles and I can certainly have confidence in the systems!

We wish them well with their new business.

Sent from my Windows® phone.

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