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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.

Start Software and CADBuilder announce plans to link systems and services

We're pleased to announce an exciting new Tracker development - an automatic link between Tracker and the CADBuilder service (

Tracker is the UK's leading system for asbestos and environmental consultancies.  Used by most of the UK's leading asbestos consultancies to improve efficiency and increase productivity, Tracker is popular with surveyors because it uses hand-held pocket PC phones for on-site data capture.  The small devices are perfect for data entry but less successful when sketching plans, and so paper is still the preferred drawing option for many firms and surveyors.

CADBuilder is a proven, high-quality and very cost-effective service which turns paper sketches & drawings and converts them into CAD drawings within 48 hours.  With a proven track record in other markets, CADBuilder has been looking to increase its market share within the asbestos industry for some time.  This makes the link-up with Tracker the perfect option.

The new Tracker/CADBuilder module will automate the process of taking the surveyor's hand-drawn sketch and turning it into a CAD drawing ready for use within Tracker.  The surveyor will simply take a photo of his/her sketch whilst on site and use the Tracker Mobile system to transmit the hand-drawn plan.  Within 48 hours, the finished CAD drawing will appear within the Tracker project folder, completely automatically.

Initial pricing for the Tracker/CADBuilder module has been set at £1,995+vat (including setup and installation). Tracker customers should contact CADBuilder direct to discuss pricing (based on estimate document volumes).  Free trials are available for both the Tracker module and the CADBuilder service.

Tracker Web Server v1.5.165 available

A Tracker Web Server update is available to all customers with a support contract with a much more flexible user security model.

You are now able to set up users with Tracker Web Server to view:

  • a single site with associated actions, inspections and documentation
  • multiple sites
  • groups of sites based on any Tracker field (eg Managing Agent, Area, Sector, Project Manager, Project Type)
or any combination of the above.

This new flexibility will be very useful I'm sure.  Contact Elaine in the office (, 0845 612 2402) to arrange your update.

The updated Administrator Guide will be available shortly within the manuals section of our web site:

Stock arrived - Motorola ES400 semi-rugged Windows phone/pocket PC

We've just had a delivery of the long-awaited Motorola ES400 semi-rugged phone/pocket PC, ideal for asbestos surveying using our Tracker Mobile software.

The ES400 has a real "business/industrial" feel to it - really smart, very clever, will be popular with surveyors I'm sure.

Take a look at the specs on our online shop at

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