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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.

Another Start Software wedding! Congratulations Ferry & Vera

What lovely photos! 

Our developer Ferry has just shared these with us after marrying his beautiful wife Vera last week in Bandung, Indonesia.  Many of you will know Ferry for his work on Alpha TrackerOERCA, Greenfield, Trucker and more. 

Ferry & Vera on their special day

Many congratulations Ferry & Vera!

See how we built award-winning Alpha Legal using the Alpha Anywhere development environment

We've just presented a webinar for Alpha Software showing how we built the award-winning Alpha Legal system using the Alpha Anywhere development environment.

Here's the YouTube video - enjoy!

Can we help your business by developing an incredible piece of software for you?  Get in touch!

Big C on the Irish Sea! Robin visits Andrew and the Big C Atlantic Challenge boat for sea trials off Whitehaven

Andrew Bedwell is finalising the "Big C" boat for his World Record Atlantic Challenge. He is setting off in May - not long now!

On Friday, he took the tiny 1m long vessel into the Irish Sea off Whitehaven for sea trials, and Start Software's director Robin went out on the support boat to help. 

The Big C performed well on a choppy Irish Sea

Robin likes an adventure himself and said that he was green with envy - but mainly with seasickness!

Watch a video of the day's action by clicking above and be sure to like and follow Andrew's Facebook page, too.

Are you super-secure in Alpha Legal? Enable 2FA on your account, now

Have you enabled "two-factor authentication" (known as 2FA) in your Alpha Legal profile?  We suggest you do it now so that your account is super-secure.

You'll find the security settings in your Profile

Click your profile pic (top right of your Alpha Legal homepage) and then click "Security settings" to enable.

Need help?  Contact our award-winning Support Desk on 0333 301 1010.

Free webinar! Alpha Tracker Tips & Tricks Tuesday (try saying that quickly)

It's our first Alpha Tracker Tips & Tricks Tuesday webinar on Tuesday 28 February.  We're running them on the last Tuesday of the month right through 2023.

Click to register

Join us at 12:30 to see how to:

  • make the most of the Alpha Tracker diary

  • link your diary to Google Calendar or Microsoft Exchange

  • plan routes from home, office or anywhere! 

  • use our new planner to look 3 months or 6 months ahead

  • quickly fill diaries using the map scheduler

  • forecast income by client, job type, project or staff member.
We'll have the Alpha Tracker team on hand to answer questions or reply to comments.  It's free and is only 30 minutes of your time - so join us if you can!

New Wallboard features are on the way - view by Client, by Project, by Project Type... and look further into the future

Tom has just finished some new features in the amazing Alpha Tracker Wallboard.

Wallboard is already a brilliant planning tool - and it's just got better!

The Wallboard shows you data live from your Alpha Tracker diary.  It's a fantastic way to plan and forecast future income for your business.

Tom's latest features are these:
  • group and total by Client, Project or Project Type

  • look ahead 3 months or 6 months or even further if you want to.
The Wallboard is blindingly fast - and can show you totals in working hours or in terms of income to your business.

These new Wallboard features will be available in Alpha Tracker Release 39, coming very soon.

The Start Software pods are on! Andrew Bedwell's "Big C" boat is really taking shape

Andrew's boat - the Big C - is really taking shape.  And it's great to see the Start Software pods looking so good.  They are designed to be super-visible helping the 1m long vessel to be visible by other shipping mid Atlantic.

Andrew Bedwell is a true inspiration

Follow all of the Big C news on Facebook here:

New versions of Tracker Filer and Tracker Document Maker available

We've released two important software updates and they are ready to download and apply to your system.

The two updates are:
Both updates contain feature improvements, security enhancements and bug fixes.

If you need any help applying the updates, please do get in touch (UK or Aus/NZ).

Support stats for January plus reminder to *call* if you need help

Performance was up on across the board in our Support Desk in January 2023 despite being particularly busy.

High priority calls and other categories all had a good response in January

Our support desks in the UK and Australia/New Zealand operate 24x7 with all calls being answered in person, no matter what time of day or night you need us.  

Please *call* rather than email if you need us out-of-hours - the phones are monitored but emails may not be, so please pick the phone up rather than messaging if you need help.  Thanks!

Blue sky thinking at Anglian!

We had an excellent meeting at Alpha Tracker user Anglian Demolition & Asbestos on Monday.

Blue skies for a blue sky meeting!

The team at Anglian have lots of software ideas and we'll be taking them forward.  We love it when our clients bring ideas to improve existing systems and build new ones.  Do get in touch if you have ideas of your own!

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