Alfasoft Limited trading as Adept Scientific

Dear reader,

As you might have learned Adept Scientific was placed under administration in November 2014. Alfasoft AB has acquired the Adept Scientific Limited assets and founded Alfasoft Limited to continue to provide the services.

Alfasoft will continue to provide information, support and services on several products previously supplied by Adept Scientific. Mathcad, EndNote, Reference Manager, Intel Software, Portland PGI, plusFORT, Absoft, VisSim, MathType, GRAMS, Kinetica and DASYLab are among the products that Alfasoft will supply and support.

For some products however, continued support and services will be managed directly by the manufacturer of the product, or a new reseller authorised by the manufacturer.

Alfasoft AB has provided high end scientific software to researchers and engineers since 1989 and we would be honoured to give the same service to you. We offer open online training on most of our products twice per year in addition to payable training and consulting.

You are very welcome to join us and we look forward to working with you.
Kind regards,

Roberth Hoff-Olsen
CEO

Alfasoft Limited

Blasts from the past & cutting edge control equipment all on the same day!

I got to revisit my old university stomping ground last week when I manned the Adept Scientific/Quanser stand at the 2014 UKACC Conference on Control at the University of Loughborough. It was a great opportunity to meet up with old lecturers, visit old haunts and see how things have advanced on campus, while making brand new connections with customers and contacts in the world of system control.

Visitors and exhibitors alike were keen to catch a glimpse of the latest control technology, and we put on a great show for them with our range of Quanser systems set up and running on our stand. These included the ultra-effective QUBE device, impressive Active Suspension System and the Ball and Beam module for the Rotary Servo Base Unit.

I also sat in on National Instruments’ instructional free workshop session during which PHD students got to try their hand at building a control system using Quanser’s Inverted Rotary Pendulum and NI’s CompactRIO controller.

Looking forward to UKACC 2016 which will be held at the Queen’s University, Belfast.

Let’s give a nod to our pioneering customers on National Science & Engineering Week

Tomorrow marks the start of National Science and Engineering Week 2014 – 10 days of festivities that celebrate anything related to science, technology, engineering and maths!

As a leading provider of technical and scientific software and hardware solutions, Adept Scientific see engineers, scientists and mathematicians do great things with our tools every day; exploring phenomena, making new discoveries, developing innovative technology, solving problems and curing diseases – all in the quest to find out how things work and improve our lives. Sometimes, our customers want to share their success stories with us, particularly if our software or hardware played an important role in that achievement. Consequently, we’ve developed quite a sizeable and very varied library of case studies that demonstrate the amazing feats our science, maths and engineering heros are performing with the help of our clever technology.

To download and read our user stories, visit our Download Centre, select the product you’re interested in and then click on ‘case studies’ in the download categories panel.

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Loving the library all year long

We already know just how important libraries, librarians and information professionals are! They do an amazing job of providing people with access to the information they need to further their knowledge and support their work. Our top-selling referencing tool, EndNote, can help to make their job easier – improving research productivity and managing literary information for library staff and users alike. That’s why librarians are a key focus for us, not just on National Libraries Day this Saturday, but for the whole year round! In fact, we’ll always jump at the chance to meet these champions of discovery and that’s why we’ll be attending four upcoming events this year aimed at librarians and information professionals. Look out for the Adept Scientific EndNote stand.

Jisc Digital Festival
11th – 12th March 2014, Hall 3 ICC Birmingham

UKSG Conference 2014 and Exhibition
14-16 April 2014, HIC Harrogate

LILAC Annual Conference 2014
23-25 April 2014, Sheffield Hallam University

Health Libraries Group Conference 2014 (CILIP)
24-25 July 2014, Examination Schools Oxford

Check out Adept’s events page to learn more and link through to individual event registration pages.

EndNote embraces the digital revolution at Umbrella 2013

This week our intrepid EndNote team travelled to The University of Manchester for CILIP’s Umbrella 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition. The event brings together Library and Information Professionals across the country to share ideas and new ways to improve literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge.

A key theme for the day is how libraries are keeping up with the changing nature of the information landscape in today’s digital age. Thanks to the web, web-based and mobile technologies, people have greater access to more research material than ever before. It’s a trend that EndNote has grasped with both hands. No longer confined to the desktop, you’ll also find its renowned research and referencing tools available in varying degrees of complexity on the Web or on an iPad. And thanks to automatic library syncing, you’re able to access, manage and coordinate your library anywhere!

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EndNote unlocks the research potential of the web; putting hundreds of online reference resources at your fingertips; making it easy to instantly capture relevant extracts and source information; automatically finding and downloading full text files; plus automatically updating records to keep your collection current. EndNote’s web-based component also makes it easy to share references and collaborate online.

Click on the following links to discover how EndNote could maximise your online reference search potential, as well as help you work together and pool resources on research projects. Want to see if EndNote could work for you? Download a free trial today.

Surak’s Nightrider Cycle for NSPCC

This past week, Surak Perera, our Maths & Simulation Software Specialist, took part in Nightrider – a 100 km night-time cycle through central London – to help raise donations for NSPCC. He talks about his journey on the Adept Scientific blog.

“Starting the ride outside Alexandra Palace at midnight on Saturday was nice; warm-up coming up the hill, and fast start downhill. There were around 4000 riders with staggered starts of 5 minutes. The start was strong and I quickly got going, overtaking everyone uphill. Cycling to work from Hitchin to Letchworth had prepared me well, I thought…

It is an amazing experience riding through a city at night. You see its different characteristics in a raw form. I felt like I was rolling around all of London’s social facets.

Towards the final leg, the last 20 km, I suddenly lost all energy in my legs; I had hit the wall. At that stage it was simply mind-over-matter that kept me going. The final ascent up the hill back to Ally Pally felt more like a retribution of fire, as opposed to a warm-up like it did at the start. It struck me why I was doing this though, so I never gave up. I attribute my weak finish to the following:

  • They only gave us a muffin and a coffee at the midway point
  • Absolutely no training for this event

Highlights:

  • Traffic jam at Piccadilly Circus + 100s of Saturday Nighters + 100s of Night Riders = Fun.
  • Dawn; looking up and seeing the Tower Bridge and feeling like I had stumbled across it on my way.
  • Tripping a 30 mph speeding board. This gave us a rough indication of speed downhill.

This thing was hard, so I hope you are happy with my accomplishment!”

Here is the route tracking data for Surak’s cycle through London.

If you would still like to contribute towards Nightrider, you can donate on Surak’s sponsorship page.

2013 Bibliographic Software VIP briefings draw biggest turnout yet

EndNote site licence champions and trainers turned out in force at our VIP briefings last week to gain a sneak peak at EndNote X7.4, to grill Thomson Reuter’s Senior Director of Product Innovation, Jason Rollins, and take an active role in the software’s development. In fact, the London meeting saw our biggest crowd to date, with over 30 customers eager to air any issues and offer their product suggestions.

It’s great to see that so many of our site licence contacts are keen to take part, particular because these briefings play such an important role in directing the way EndNote develops and ensuring it meets users’ needs; it was feedback from last year’s event that prompted Thomson Reuters to bring forward EndNote X7.4′s release date to better fit in with the academic calendar.

Attendees got to see what the developers have planned for EndNote in 2013 with a view to advancing the tool to stay ahead in today’s more competitive market place. Thomson Reuters realise that increasingly, our EndNote champions are struggling to justify the cost of an EndNote licence when there are so many free alternatives available. In response, Thomson Reuters has just released FREE EndNote Basic – an enhanced and re-branded version of EndNote Web. EndNote Basic provides the perfect starting point for undergraduates looking for a free web-based reference management solution. Then, as their research grows in the course of their studies and their referencing needs become more demanding, they can progress to EndNote on the desktop and enhanced online functionality.  EndNote Basic lets you store up to 50,000 references and 2GB worth of attachments online, search 5 of the most popular database providers and output in 21 of the most popular bibliographic styles.

Why choose EndNote Basic over other free bibliographic tools? Because it forms the first step to using and becoming familiar with one of the most comprehensive reference managing solutions around; a package which is still regarded by many as the industry standard. Any EndNote-experienced students and researchers could be off to a flying start with employers! What’s more, many free referencing tools don’t offer an upgrade route should the reference collection outgrow limited online storage provision. With EndNote Basic, users can quickly and easily move up to the full-featured desktop edition and transfer their entire research at the click of the ‘Sync’ button.

As far as EndNote X7.4 goes, we can’t reveal too much until it’s officially launched, but we can tell you that search facilities have been improved and Thomson are still expanding PDF management tools. What’s more, new reference types available with the latest release also reflect the growing importance of social media. Stay tuned to our blog for more detailed information about new features.

These meetings are a annual occurrence so if you missed out on this year’s events, why not register for the EndNote JISCmail discussion list to make sure you’re first in line for the 2014 VIP briefings?

Lovin’ the Lister – Adept Scientific Bakes for Charity

This Valentine’s Day, Adept Scientific held a charity event to raise funds for a new playroom for the Lister children’s ward. Efforts involved baking love-themed goods for sale, dressing up, dressing down, and dressing in red.

Adept Scientific was awash with red on the 14th and the cakes were flying from the kitchen faster than we could plate them. Overall, it was a fun and successful day, and those who contributed to baking, buying or dressing up/down helped to raise a grand total of £201.34.

Have you planned any fundraising activities this year? We’d love to hear about it.

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Referencing round every corner on National Libraries Day

Tomorrow, 9th February is National Libraries Day! So while you’re celebrating your local library and the library staff who strive to connect you with the information you need, why not check out two new tools from Thomson Reuters that streamline research and provide referencing tools wherever your discoveries happen – in the library or on the go. We’re talking about the eagerly anticipated EndNote iPad app and a new free RefScan iPhone app.

The EndNote iPad app enables EndNote X6 users to easily find and import references from online databases into their EndNote library, then use the EndNoteSync capability to update, manage, share and synchronise their references in EndNote desktop and EndNote Web with just one click. Find out more, buy and download now!

Thomson Reuters’ RefScan app lets users simply search for published material on their iPhone or scan the DOIs from printed documents to quickly look up in Web of Knowledge. Then they can store their findings in their own free, password-protected library in EndNote Web to retrieve anytime, anywhere with internet access. Find out more and download free now.

 

Our products aren’t festive, but better & faster results beat bad Xmas socks every time!

Ok – so I guess technical computing hardware and software doesn’t conjure up Christmassy thoughts, but anyone who’s had their work revolutionised by one of our products will agree an improved and simplified workflow is the best present money can buy. A really useful, time-saving piece of kit that’s going to make your job easier all year round has got to be better than gaudy Santa socks, tacky ties or jolly, holly jumpers you can only wear once a year!

If you’re stuck in a software rut or using hardware which just isn’t working for you, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a technical computing tool that could make a real difference to the daily drudgery. Whether you’re modelling engineering systems, measuring temperature, solving maths problems, mining reference material, monitoring processes or making lab reports, we’ve probably got a software or hardware solution that could do it better, faster and easier. View our product range now.

Contact our team of experts for advice about your application, but check out Adept’s opening hours over the festive season first to make sure we’re available to take your call.

In the meantime, from all the team at Adept Scientific, we’d like to wish our suppliers and customers a very Happy Christmas and a productive New Year.

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