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dave.w

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Hi,

I'm looking into buying a certificate software, as im not a massive company and it wont be producing 50 certs a week im looking for a cheap one. i would like some advice/recommendations on what to go for. i have been looking at the castline or amtech both basic ones are £199 which i can live with but i as im not a computer wizard i want something straight foward and simple to use, also do these come with e/m lighting certs because on commercial job they want these.

Thanks.
 
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Markyj

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Amtech for me. Quick and helpful in my view.
 
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Tommy C

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Have started using Amtech, really quick & professional looking will produce charts, circuit details etc. Really like it.
 
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Billynm

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I've used Amtech for about 3 years, used to like it but 2012 is terrible. I've also used Tysoft "Easy Cert" and think it's a lot better than Amtech. Easy Cert for me, no contest !
 
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Steve_P

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PIR forms do what I need, mind you, they're Cornish based so I'm a little biased. Good tech support though.
 
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Sparkyrich007

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I use formfill software by castline systems, it's a yearly subscription but it automatically updates itself when you load it up, the software also works with android / iPhone or tablets and then syncs with your computer for ease of certificate filling out.
 
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ed-ectrician

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Anyone ever seen any good free ones?!?!?!
 
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westmac

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Moved from Amtech to Easycert about 6 months ago, much better.
 
I have been using Amtech Fasttest for about 4 years and I still think its head and shoulders above the rest, and I have tried most of others already mentioned!

Yes 2012 had a few hiccups and teething problems but we got there eventually with patch 5 lol. I have been running 2013 now from just before Christmas and I have to say everything seems to be running smoothly! But each to their own I suppose! :)
 
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pete555

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Amtech for me find it the best overall
 

sparkdog

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PIRform also,seems fine.
 
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Mojo42

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Easycert for me, you can fill in certs on iPad and copy them over to your desktop, as with many you can download free trial for 14 days.
 
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Rick b

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I like icertifi on iOS. Works well. And I can do cert and email straight away.
 
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biz software

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amphis customer can create certificates as well as all your quotes and invoices, jobs and contact management for £99 or cheaper on Amazon
 
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Spark1979

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Was using amtech up until 2009 yearly fees were ridiculous, easy cert good 1 off price and cheap yearly fee which works out cheaper than buying paper certs.
 
How much is Easycert to use on your mobile I've got a samsung which is android
£229

If the software works well its a good idea as you can export to your account so if pc breaks and phone is lost you can still access certs.

Not tried it but if i had my 2391 equ i would get it for convinience
 
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amo

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Easycert hands down. Have tried amtech and pirform but easycert is best overall
 
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maffa ent

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i've recently been using 'icertifi' on iphone and ipad for a few larger eicr's, and a couple of eic's, and i have to say i'm seriously impressed.
 
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Steve_P

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I got a free license for PIR Forms a few years ago and have used them since. NIC are apparently developing an all that fits in with their online notification software which can be used offline, I'll have a look over that when it comes out but until then, PIR Forms is good, and it's Cornish based :)
 
Have to agree icertify is great software, I use this on my iPad and iPhone with no difficulty. Uploads files to Dropbox and email flawlessly. Continuous improvements with regular updates.
 
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pete.willerton

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I use icertifi, find it quick and easy and you can AirPrint off your iOS device!
It also tells you verbally if a reading has failed!
Shocked me the first time it happened !
 

amlu

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i take readings using my tester, my eyes and pen and paper. then type them into a spreadsheet. (got a electrical certificate as excel file some time ago and customized it for my use in open office)
print it out at home and give/sent to customer next day.

thinking of getting myself a portable printer one day and use open office on asus eee mini laptop, fill and print on the job, useful for EICRs.

free and works for me.
 

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I got a free license for PIR Forms a few years ago and have used them since. NIC are apparently developing an all that fits in with their online notification software which can be used offline, I'll have a look over that when it comes out but until then, PIR Forms is good, and it's Cornish based :)
This is now live for NICEIC members, and will be available to Elecsa members in due course. Cost about a pound for each cert, and can be emailed to the client & cert is stored on-line. I will go for that when it's available to Elecsa members, saves all the hassel.
 

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