Product news: Canon printer, Twinfield bookkeeping software and Property CRM tool


8 Aug 2006

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This week’s product line-up includes the Canon MF7170i multifunction printer/copier (pictured), the Twinfield web-based bookkeeping software and the Property CRM tool for estate agents

Canon MF7170i
What is it? Multifunctional printer/copier
How much? €TBC

With independent research showing that 87pc of documents printed consist of less than five pages, Canon has launched a compact multifunction device for small businesses or workgroups.
The MF7170i is a laser cartridge-based printer and copier for small, day-to-day print jobs. It can print documents up to A3 size at a speed of 16ppm.
The unit’s colour scanning facility, i-SEND, allows scan and send functionality in colour, improving the quality of scanned documents and saving the additional cost of a colour network scanner.
In addition, a send function allows scanned documents to be sent directly across a company’s network to an email address, FTP site or database.
An automatic document feeder is included as standard.

Twinfield
What is it? Web-based bookkeeping software
How much? TBC

AN accounting system that has been used extensively throughout continental Europe has made its way to Ireland.
Called Twinfield, it uses web technology so that businesses don’t need to worry about the associated cost of running hardware and software.
The bookkeeping system is stored centrally and customers can collect information from multiple sources and automatically update their accounting records over the internet.
According to Twinfield, this approach can help reduce a company’s bookkeeping fees.
The system has been designed to be easy to use and understand so that set-up, installation and training takes weeks rather than months.
Several Irish firms have already tested the software for the local market.

Property CRM
What is it? A CRM tool for estate agents
How much? €19.55 per user per month

Estate agents can miss out on business opportunities due to inaccurate tracking of customer leads and properties but a new product can help.
The Dublin-based software developer Enterprise CRM has developed an online customer relationship management (CRM) tool designed specifically for estate agencies.
Features of Property CRM include the ability to quickly search for all matching properties for a given requirement as well as finding details for viewing all properties for sale or rent.
It also integrates with Google Maps.
The software is hosted centrally so that it can be accessed from any location through a web browser.
It’s billed on a monthly basis so that users don’t have the hassle of managing software licences.
It’s available at AppExchange from Salesforce.com, the website for sharing business applications.

By Gordon Smith