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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.

Two new Mobile Data Studio/Tracker Mobile help & support videos published

The first two support videos for Mobile Data Studio/Tracker Mobile have been published to our web site.

The first video explains how to find your way around Mobile Data Studio and how to use the Monitor window to troubleshoot:

The second video demonstrates how to keep the Data Window tidy and why that it is important:

You can find our help and support videos on our support web site here:

SportsJam take delivery of Alpha Five system "Tracker 2"

SportsJam ( are one of the UK's leading sportswear suppliers, providing clothing and equipment to sports clubs, schools and other organisations.

SportsJam HQ in Shrewsbury

A busy business like SportsJam needs a fast and flexible system to process customer and supplier orders and they have been using a Start Software bespoke Microsoft Access system - Tracker - for the last 12 months or so.

Tracker has worked well but their growth has been such that they decided to replace Tracker with a new system which would automate many of the aspects of their business process, including:

  • automatic placing of supplier orders
  • quotation management, and
  • stock processing.
SportsJam management discussed their requirements with us and we decided to use Alpha Five v11 as the development platform with a Microsoft SQL Server database.

Alpha Five enables us to build bespoke database systems incredibly quickly with the resulting system working entirely within a web browser making it easy to deploy and accessible from any Internet-connected PC, smartphone or tablet.

Railway depot software planning tool installed

We've entered a new market - train depot planning software - and today our lead developer Ricky has been performing another installation at a railway depot here in the Midlands.

The software is a very sophisticated graphical drag/drop planning tool which will improve the planning process at the depot hugely.

Tracker Web Server v1.5.281 released

Another minor update has gone through quality-checking.  v1.5.281 of Tracker Web Server has the facility to view projects "by sector".  The default setting is "no" - change it to "yes" on a client-by-client basis.

Please contact the office if you would like this update.

Tracker Web Server v1.5.279 released

This is a minor update with more flexibility in the combined (ie asbestos and non-asbestos) register options for clients.

Please contact the office if you would like this update.

Resource Tracker v1.0.550 released

This is a minor update which fixes a problem when dragging onto the diary where the project number filter had returned no results.

Please do contact the office ( if you would like this release.

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