Philip Johnson has been a software developer for over 36 years and has been involved with Abraquest since 2004/2005. He is the director of Spherical Software Limited (www.sphericalsoftware.com), the company that owns Abraquest.
Summer News from Abraquest
Wishing all our readers a happy summer, this post contains the latest Abraquest news. If you are not on Abraquest Software Assurance reading this could save you money in the future.
We are having a quiet summer on the customer front as is normal with schools being off in England (and our not having that many customers in Scotland).
Although all is busy on the development front.
We are busy creating Abraquest v3, which opens the door to our future with customers having the option of web based in the future as well as the existing options. It also has a number of new features designed as always to save time and make Abraquest easier to use for new and experienced users alike.
Rather than the two versions of Abraquest Software Assurance available now, its going to be three, so you can choose the features you want to pay for (and not pay for features you don't use). The web based version will also come in three similar versions but at slightly higher prices in order to pay for the web hosting required for such a system. These are likley to be called Bronze and Silver with the new features being called Gold.
All versions of Abraquest will have the new Checklist feature, where you can see who did what when so for schools that don't have a permanent librarian and the parent volunteers rarely see each other, it will be very useful to help them keep track and manage the library efficiently.
Abraquest v3 is just the start - the Gold features will be developed over the coming months in accordance with our customer requests.
Not on Abraquest Software Assurance?
If you are not on Abraquest Software Assurance now could be a good time to consider it, because once v3 comes out, customers not on Abraquest Software Assurance will have to pay a fee to upgrade to v3 before they can go back on Abraquest Software Assurance.
Abraquest Software Assurance costs £150 + VAT per year (this is the bronze version) and Software Assurance and Automated Backup costs £200 + VAT per year (the new silver version). Gold is likely to be £250 + VAT when it comes out and will have exciting new features to justify the extra cost.
There really isn't any reason not to buy - peace of mind at such a low cost compared to other systems. Also you can get discounts if you have more than one library or renew for more than one year. You also get a discount for every suggestion you make to us that gets into the software. In this way we work closely with our customers and ensure Abraquest is developed to your needs.
Our Plans for the Remainder of this Year
- A new website
- New web based version of Abraquest - we are recruiting schools who are interested in using and / or giving us feedback on the early versions of this system now - contact us if interested - you have the option of using this new system for half price for the first year.
Any questions? Please contact us.