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Old November 1st 06, 04:16 PM posted to rec.aviation.homebuilt
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Press relase follows:

Aircraft builders track 40,000+ hours of construction progress using
using free software

Burlington, VT -- November 1, 2006 -- Where can an airplane builder go
to glean free insight and tips from hundreds of their aviation peers?
ExperCraft offers just such a destination (http://www.expercraft.com)
via it's Simple Log documentation software. In the two years since
Simple Log's debut, aircraft builders have logged 40,285 hours of
progress on more than 100 different types of homebuilt aircraft
projects. The log entries, combined with more than 11,000 images,
create the largest, single, searchable source of aircraft construction
notes and photographs ever created.

"I've been pleasantly surprised at the popularity of Simple Log",
states ExperCraft's founder, Rob Riggen. "Ease of use was of the utmost
importance in developing the software. It's currently being used by
both computer programmers and non-technical people alike and the
feedback has been very positive." Riggen says Simple Log was launched
with a very small set of features initially. "This was done so that
feedback could be gathered from our users and be incorporated directly
into Simple Log." Aircraft home builders have been an integral part of
designing Simple Log. The result is a tool that is exactly what is
needed without being overly complicated or cumbersome to use.

Owing partly to it's popularity is the fact that Simple Log is free.
Riggen says this is an important aspect of the software. "Free promotes
widespread adoption. I feel it is so important to standardize the
documentation process. I wasted a lot of time researching for my own
aircraft project. Most of it was spent trying to figure out where the
information was and how to navigate a variety of Web sites. Simple Log
stores all project information in an organized way. This greatly
reduces the time builders spend searching projects", Riggen observes.

Any computer with Internet access can be used with Simple Log. No
special software is required as the system is accessed just like any
other Web page, using Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer or other Web
browsing programs. This accessibility solves the problems of most other
documentation systems. No longer is a builder limited to updating only
from their home computer. "Many ExperCraft users work on their airplane
project until the wee-hours of the morning. They don't want to take the
time to write up documentation immediately afterward, they're too
tired! Using Simple Log they can update their log online from home or
at work", says Riggen. A personal Web site, which is a standard part of
Simple Log, provides a unique Web address for sharing project
information and is updated automatically when the project log is

The ExperCraft Web site also offers advantages for those who are still
in the "dreaming" stage of their project. Future builders can follow
the progress of many different aircraft types to see which project
might best suit their budget and skill level. Now that the ExperCraft
software is entering maturity the focus of development will be on
creating new and easy ways to provide public access to the project data
and spreading the word. "As a builder, having finger-tip access to this
much data will be a real time and money-saver."

Builders can sign up by visiting the Web site at:

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