SOURCE: Sage Software

May 25, 2005 16:00 ET

Sage Software Announces Availability of New Document Management Application for Timberline Office Product Suite

Ease of Use, Fast Installation, and Lightning-Quick Searches Offer New Level of Integrated Document Control For Construction and Real Estate Firms

BEAVERTON, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 25, 2005 -- Sage Software (formerly Best Software) announced today the availability of Document Management, a new Timberline Office application that offers fully integrated document control, including classification, storage, search, and retrieval. Timberline Office provides financial and operations software for construction and real estate professionals.

Owners, contractors, homebuilders, and real estate developers and managers are increasingly turning to an electronic means to handle the thousands of documents that flow through their businesses. In construction alone, some firms handle 30,000-plus documents monthly to track projects, purchases, materials, invoices, and labor costs.

Created specifically for small and medium-sized businesses, Document Management for Timberline Office offers an ease of installation, ease of use, and a low total cost of ownership (TCO) that is in line with other Timberline Office applications. Combined with readily available scanner technology (purchased separately), Document Management can handle paper-based documents, and documents created electronically.

"Every time a new release comes out, it's what we want to see," said Timberline Office customer Darin Gregory, who is CFO for the Dallas-based environmental specialty contracting firm AMX Companies. "Now, with the new Document Management, the efficiency of our Timberline system will become even better." Gregory notes that Timberline Office accounting has already helped his firm grow from $7 million to $18.5 million in revenues in a three-year period and saved the company $100,000 in worker's compensation insurance in one instance alone.

Key features of the new Document Management application include:

    
--  Full integration with other Timberline Office applications, allowing
    convenient drop-down menus and real-time access to data in accounting,
    estimating, and property management.  No intermediate software or
    middleware is needed.
    
--  Integration can also assist with document classification by using
    existing job numbers, cost codes, property, or custom fields.
    
--  Thousands of documents can be entered and stored, as electronic
    document storage is greatly expanded with a highly sophisticated
    compression routine.
    
--  An advanced search engine enables lightning-quick document retrieval
    by document classifications, user-defined keywords, or multiple keywords.
    
--  Electronic notes and stamping features, similar to ink stamping,
    further improve document history without altering the document's original
    content.
    
--  A set-up wizard greatly simplifies the installation process, an
    important factor for firms with limited IT resources.
    
    
In addition, Document Management is bundled with the Timberline Office Desktop, a one-stop, start-up page that customers can configure to reflect personalized workflow and individual tasks that are most important to their daily activities.

Timberline Office Document Management furthers Sage Software's initiative to deliver an end-to-end solution for the building lifecycle, from design and estimate, to construction and occupancy.

For more information, please view www.timberline.com or call 1-800-628-6583.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.5 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, ACCPAC, ACT!, BusinessWorks, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, MIP, Peachtree, SalesLogix, and Timberline Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.bestsoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-BEST.

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