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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.

Resource Tracker update v1.0.569 SVN16 available

Couple of new features in this release:

- you can now choose whether staff names are sorted by surname or by first name
(Schedule.ini option - SurnameFirstNameSearchOrder=F,S in the [General] section)

- you can now auto-show project notes when you book an appointment onto the diary.  For example, you might want to remind the scheduler that two people must attend this site for health & safety reasons

(option is ShowProjectNotesPopup=Yes in the [General] section)

This release also addresses a bug whereby repeating appointments were not being sent through automatically to sync'd Google calendars.

Finally, Cut/Paste operations have been made more reliable.

Please contact the office as usual if you would like this release.

Tracker presentation at BMTA meeting

The British Measurement and Testing Association invited me to speak to their group about Tracker, our software for asbestos consultancies.

Dr Martin Gibson speaking on CAR2012

Most of the audience were in the asbestos consultancy industry in one form or another and it was my pleasure to speak about Tracker and what it is capable of.

It was also a very useful seminar for me as I was able to listen to Dr Martin Gibson from the HSE about the new Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Start Software receives prestigious AccredIT quality certification

We've just received our shiny new AccredIT certification following our annual comprehensive review.

AccredIT is a quality standard which not only measures the quality of the software developed, but also the organisation and ethos of the business.  We're really proud to have passed our review with flying colours.

Congratulations go to the whole of the Start Software team for their hard work and attention to detail - well done!

"Help me! I'm an Alphaholic" presentation at the UK Access User Group

Andy Couch and I are at the UK Access Group today at the fantastic Heritage Motor Museum venue.  As I'm writing this, Andy is presenting about multi-tenanted Access/SQL Azure databases (wow!) whereas my presentation this morning was not quite as technical but just as interesting to the assembled group of UK Access developers.

Some of the attendees listening to "Help Me! I'm an Alphaholic" at the UK Access User Group
I gave a presentation about Alpha Five v11 and how it can be used alongside Access and SQL Server as a tool to get database apps onto the web and onto mobile devices. There is a huge amount of interest in Alpha Five here in the UK, especially amongst Access developers frustrated at the lack of opportunities to get their systems onto the web.

Mobile Data Studio v7.1.2 released

We have an important new release of Mobile Data Studio available which is especially important for Tracker Mobile users running with Android handsets.

Please contact the office to request the update.  Please note, the update is server-side only, handsets themselves are not affected.

Tracker Web Server v1.5.283 SVN10 released

Tracker Web Server v1.5.283 SVN10 with a number of cosmetic improvements has passed through quality testing and is available as a free update to customers with an active support & maintenance contract.

New Mobile Data Studio being tested

We are beta testing a new version of Mobile Data Studio which has some major improvements for Android users (especially when connected to SQL databases).  This will benefit our Tracker Mobile customers especially.

We'll post another blog as soon as the testing is complete.

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