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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.

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Mobile Data Studio 7.3 upgrade

Mobile Data Studio 7.3 has been released by our Australian software partners, CreativityCorp.

This is an important update with many features which will benefit our Tracker Mobile asbestos surveying users including:

  • Apple devices (iPhones and iPads) can now have sortable columns on the session list screen (a feature which Android devices have always had)
  • new validation options will enable data to be checked more thoroughly before sending
  • all of the settings on the devices can now be set remotely making software deployment a much easier process
  • all "Ultradrop" drop-down lists are now searchable automatically - this will be of great benefit to asbestos surveyors hunting through long lists of projects or materials!
iPhone and iPad users will be offered the update via the Apple App Store.  Android users will need to download the update from

Let us know if you have any problems with this release via the normal channels.  Enjoy!

Alpha Tracker featured in "Water - Materials - Energy - Strategy" magazine

Start Software's latest software for asbestos surveyors and consultancies - Alpha Tracker - has been featured in the latest edition of "Water - Materials - Energy - Strategy" magazine.

Asbestos consultancy RSC go live with Alpha Tracker

Sheffield and Nottingham-based asbestos surveying consultancy RSC (Risk Safety Consultants) have switched to Alpha Tracker today with their asbestos surveyors using iPad mini devices on site.

Alpha Tracker will help RSC to cut their admin and reduce the time it takes for them to get a finished asbestos report to their customers.

Pictured are the management and surveying staff getting to grips with Tracker Mobile.

RSC's staff learning Alpha Tracker and Tracker Mobile

Quick-draw floor plans using Tracker Mobile and the Samsung Note tablets

We're always looking for quicker ways for asbestos surveyors to draw plans on site using our Tracker Mobile tablets and smartphones.

Here is a great app built-in to the Samsung Note range of tablets and smartphones which can turn stylus-created sketches into floor plans suitable for immediate inclusion into the automated asbestos survey reports.

Watch this 2-minute YouTube clip to see this in action and do give us a call if you want to know more about creating floor plans using our Alpha Tracker and Tracker asbestos software.

"Quality day" at Start Software

We're having a "quality day" today here at Start Software. Judy is over from our Australian Alpha Tracker office (see and we're brainstorming ways to improve our software and our software development methodology.

Quality Day at Start Software

Alpha Tracker Document Maker v1.4.249 SVN25 released

This new release of Alpha Tracker's document production module has new coding to make the PDFing of asbestos survey reports, quotations and other documents a more reliable process with better cosmetic results.

Please contact the office to request the update.

Close-up photos now available in Alpha Tracker

It is now possible to take two photographs of each asbestos sample or other suspect item within Alpha Tracker.  The first photograph would be the overview; the second would be a zoomed-in "close up".

To make use of this facility, you need:

  1. Alpha Tracker SVN306 or later
  2. the latest Tracker Mobile handheld asbestos software
  3. the updated Tracker Upload Manager program (at least v1.4.233 SVN18)
  4. Alpha Tracker Document Maker service v1.4.247 SVN24 or later.

Please contact the office if you would like this update.

Major Tracker Upload Manager update released

The next release of Tracker Upload Manager is now ready.

Tracker Upload Manager is the module which manages the asbestos survey data coming from asbestos surveyors' iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones & tablets, emailing receipts and also checking that data has been successfully processed and doesn't have duplicated sample numbers or missing photos.

The latest version, v1.0.115 SVN18, has much more comprehensive information incorporated into the email receipts and more robust data checks.

This update is available now - contact to arrange for your system to updated.

New Tracker Mobile software for asbestos surveyors nearly ready

We're just testing the next version of Tracker Mobile, the handheld data system for asbestos surveyors and consultancies.  Tracker Mobile is part of the Tracker family of software for asbestos consultancies and is used by 100s of surveyors each day in the UK, Australia and New Zealand using Alpha Tracker.

The next release of Tracker Mobile has some improvements which surveyors will notice (especially those using iPhones, iPads and iPad Mini devices for their asbestos surveying) but the most significant developments will benefit the asbestos companies rather than the staff.  The latest release of the software allows for central control and deployment of the software including the option of remotely wiping smartphones and tablets of the Tracker Mobile system.

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