ASI Business Software, developed by Ability Software International includes eight titles. Each addresses a core business need as well as being part of a co-ordinated range.
The range includes fully comprehensive office and graphics suites, Internet security, a business plan development application, small business accounting, appointment book management and staff records management.
The flagship titles in the range are versions of Ability Office 5, the brand new release of the award-winning solution already popular both with small business and home users and with the education market. David Hennell, Group Sales and Development Director at Ability Software International, said: “The small business market is simply vast. Over 99% of businesses within the UK have less than 20 employees and a further 200,000 new ventures start up every year. However, we know from our experience in marketing Ability Office that to date it has never been easy for start-ups and small businesses to find all the essential software tools that they need within one recognisable and trustworthy brand. There has been no choice but to hunt down various applications under differing brands from multiple sources. What we are delivering here is a clear response to that requirement with a cohesive range of high quality software, covering all main business needs at extremely affordable prices.”
Each title within the range is individually priced, but a matrix pricing schedule offering per-user site licensing and modular add-ons is also available.
ASI has an established route to market through mainstream IT distribution, and the range will be widely available in independent computer retailers, online e-tailers and high street outlets. All products will come with lifetime free technical support.
About ASI Business Software
Ability Office Version 5
Well known for its ease-of-use, intuitive interface and file format compatibility with the market leader, Version 5 embraces a new level of functionality with updates including fresh icons, toolbar styles and task panes in keeping with the Vista operating system. Ability Office Version 5 maintains a small footprint once installed, meaning its consumption of system resources is light, when compared to traditional resource-heavy solutions. It is available in three different suites:
Ability Office Business
Like all the Ability Office suites, the Business Edition is fully Vista compatible and will also run on Windows XP systems. This powerful solution, retailing at £34.99 inc VAT, has a familiar look and feel, traditional menus and toolbar options, so it can be adopted easily, requiring almost nothing in the way of employee retraining. Ability Office Business delivers feature-rich word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and image/photo editing, together with vector line drawing and image organising applications. Compatible with MS *.doc, *.xls, *.ppt, *.mdb, Adobe PhotoShop *.psd and a whole host of other graphics formats, the Business Edition can be purchased either as an independent solution or even more cost effectively under a site license.
Ability Office Home
Equally as easy to use, this application is ideal for those working from home, domestic users, students and schoolchildren. At £27.99 inc VAT, it delivers full office suite functionality, enabling users to prepare correspondence, file documents, keep budgets and create presentations, whilst at the same time offering great tools for editing and organising digital photos and all other major graphics file formats. The Home version offers exactly the same applications as the Business suite, the only exception being that it does not include a database tool.
Ability Graphics – Photos & Presentations
All areas of creativity are catered for in this digital creative suite. Compatible with MS Powerpoint and Adobe PhotoShop, this tool allows users to store and edit digital images in all major graphics file formats, as well as publish them to the Web, use a wide variety of tools for painting and drawing and create colourful *.ppt-compatible presentations and slideshows. As with all other variants detailed above, Ability Graphics allows the user to create PDF’s from within any relevant application at the click of a button.
Ability Internet Security
A fully integrated security suite based on award-winning technology, this solution delivers maximum protection against viruses, spyware, hackers and other Internet threats. It will detect and eliminate all malware, stop anyone from looking at and extracting personal data, block annoying junk email and allow unsuitable content to be restricted. Moreover, with today’s astronomical rise in cyber crime, a special emphasis has been placed on protecting users against online fraud. Ability Internet Security also features a system tune-up utility together with back-up and restore functionality and a free 2GB of online storage space to ensure users’ most essential data need never be lost.
Ability Business Planner
An invaluable tool to help with the process of writing business plans, this comprehensive package provides an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach and includes over 1000 indexed plan examples. With hints, tips and advice based on established practices, the Business Planner lets users create profit and loss documents, cash plans, balance sheets and financial ratios, and each step comes with straightforward instructions. Whatever the business, this solution will help to build a complete set of financial projections with reports and charts using recommended formats preferred by banks and other lending organisations.
Ability Appointment Manager
Particularly suitable for businesses that rely heavily on efficient appointment organisation, this package is easy to use and schedules both customers and staff in just seconds. As well as identifying free slots quickly, the Appointment Manager will also keep a waiting list and fill cancellations to make best use of the available time. It can be scheduled to send appointment reminder emails to customers and so minimise “no-shows”, create personalised letters, and complete daily appointment sheets. Users can also view and print a customers’ appointment history. The application, which delivers major improvements to customer service.
Ability Staff Files
Businesses can store, retrieve and safeguard employee information efficiently with this package. Full records of all employees, including document images and photos relating to individuals can be kept in the system, and used to help prepare for evaluations as well as tracking performance. A built-in reminder system will keep appraisals on track and employee details up to date at all times.
Ability Accounts Small Business
Completing the line up of solutions, Ability Accounts delivers an easy-to-use, but impressive software tool designed to match the needs of smaller businesses. Packed with functionality, it will create a wide range of accounts documentation from invoices and credit notes to statements and supplier remittance advice. Users can import details on customers, suppliers, products and services so that all financial interactions can be managed efficiently, and it will also help to manage bank and credit control as well as automate VAT returns. Ability Accounts delivers real-time and fully integrated accounting, with all relevant information.