Brief product history
Navigator Systems released their first production industry software package, TestTrack, early in 1995 followed shortly by the HireTrack rental management software package at that year's PLASA show, where it won the coveted PLASA 1995 Award for Product Excellence. Since then Navigator Systems HireTrack rental packages have been installed at hundreds of sites in over 20 countries and written in many languages.
In 1999, Navigator Systems released HireTrack Eclipse, to push back the boundaries of production industry equipment hire software even further and reinforce their lead over the competition.
Released in 2014, HireTrack NX is the latest rental management software from Navigator Systems designed for the production industry.
2002 brought the release of RentalDesk, a low cost package for smaller production industry companies, followed three years later by RentalDesk NX, which is still one of the most used rental management software packages on the market
Navigator Systems' software can boast a unique difference from other packages on the market. The authors, who have an entertainment hire background, are in an ideal position to exercise both experience and expertise. They produce programs that suit the user, rather than taking existing programs and trying to make them work for the entertainments industries. Most entertainment programs were either conversions from existing DOS packages or extensions to accounts packages. This is where HireTrack and RentalDesk score. Their front ends are not tied to the limitations of old fashioned or 'tagged on' unfriendly user interfaces. Information and facilities are logically grouped in a way that most existing Windows users will understand. The programs were written with the usability firmly held in mind - The most common criticism of other packages is that only one or two people in a company can understand the menus and shortcodes.
Our policy is that the rental management software we sell is the software we would want to buy. Navigator Systems are responsive to new suggestions. We automatically release free upgrades of the program as improvements are added, or corrections made. This keeps us the number one rental management software vendor in the market.
MayHireTrack NX general releaseHireTrack NX, the next stage in rental management software, was released and available to all.
JanuaryJanuaryHireTrack NX released to early adoptersAfter three years intense development, HireTrack NX was released to early adopters.
JanuaryPartnership with Production ExchangeFully integrated link between HireTrack Eclipse and Production Exchange
JanuaryHireSCAN releasedHireSCAN warehouse based inventory control software released.
DecRentalDesk NX 1000th userThe end of the year and RentalDesk NX reached the milestone of its 1000th user.
SeptHireTAG demonstrated at PLASA '08HireTAG, an ingenious radio tag system (RFID), which provides a quick and easy process to check out and check in your rental stock simply demonstrated at PLASA for the first time anywhere.
AprilHireTrack Eclipse 2.4 releasedHireTrack Eclipse 2.4 released. This was a major update that supported the new Microsoft Vista program interface and 64 bit operating systems.
AugustRentalDesk NX releasedRentalDesk NX released. An update to RentalDesk to use the Nexus database engine.
April10 Years OldNavigator Systems - 10 years of rental management software
MarchFirst UK HireTrack training courseHireTrack Eclipse classroom style training introduced to the UK.
JanuaryRentalDesk releasedRentalDesk was released. The industry's first low cost rental management software package
AugustHireTrack Eclipse releasedHireTrack Eclipse released. This was a major update to HireTrack. HireTrack Eclipse was a 32 bit program designed to run on the most modern version of Windows - Windows 98.
AprilHireTrack Officially releasedOur first copy was sold to a company who are still a customer today.
SeptPLASA AwardHireTrack rental management software was demonstrated for the first time publicly at PLASA Earls Court, where it picked up the Award for Product Excellence. This was the first Windows based rental management software generally avialable
JuneTestTrack releasedOur first software package "TestTrack" revolutionised PAT testing within the professional entertainment rental industry.
AprilNavigator Systems Ltd born