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About Restoration Manager
Restoration Manager has been designed to help make the restoration of your vehicle, quicker,
easier and more enjoyable. It does this by helping you catalogue parts as
they are removed from the vehicle and giving you the opportunity to make notes
and take photographs that will help when you come to reassemble the vehicle.
Add Your Digital Photographs
If you own or have access to a digital camera you have the ability to take hundreds of photographs during the strip down that will prove invaluable when reassembling the vehicle. Once the images are stored on your PC, you can place a link to them in Restoration Manager, adding a brief description and notes further explaining what the picture is showing. Advanced functionality within Restoration Manager allows pictures to be zoomed in and out, allowing you to see an area in greater detail and rotate the image for a better view. Note the clarity when zooming in and out depends on the resolution of the camera - if you have the space on the computer we recommend taking photographs at the high resolution so that the picture can be examined in detail.
When adding a part for the first time, Restoration Manager will give you a
unique part code. It's crucial to mark the part with this number in some way.
If the part is to be stored in a bag or box, a label can be applied to the
outside. For larger items labels can be either stuck or tied on. Restoration
Manager can print labels with this information on using a Dymo label printer.
This prints the unique part number along with the location of the part and
the name of the part (assuming these have been entered) on one neat label.
Finding Your Information
It's all well and good putting information into Restoration Manager, but for
it to be any use it's necessary to be able to look at it when you get to the
restoration and assembly phases. Now, the tree on the left hand side shows
phases of the restoration, plus groups, tasks, photos and components, so if
you know what you are looking for it's relatively easy to find, for example,
information on the dashboard.
When Your Project is Complete
Your car or bike is finished and it's gleaming on the driveway. Now some people will keep the car, others will sell it almost immediately to fund the next project. If you plan to keep the project, provided you have used Restoration Manager to its full extent, you will have a fabulous detailed record of the restoration, including photographs, to show your friends and at club events. This information may also help when setting up agreed value insurance cover - the insurance company is more likely to agree to a value when they can see the work that has been carried out on the vehicle.
If you've ever bought or though about buying a restored car or bike your first thought is going to be how well was it restored? If you've restored your vehicle and used Restoration Manager to help you, you'll have a detailed record of what work has been carried out and what parts have been replaced all with photographic evidence. What buyer wouldn't want to see that?
Not Just For Complete Restorations
You don't have to be completely restoring your vehicle to benefit from Restoration Manager. Any work over and above standard servicing can be logged in the same way as a full restoration. You can organise your projects and groups to suit the way you work - you could have one project per piece of work you carry out, or have it all in one project with individual pieces of work set up as different groups - Restoration Manager is flexible to fit in around the way you want to work.
The benefits of doing this are the same as for a full restoration; a record of what you did when you dismantled the vehicle and what you plan to do with the parts - invaluable if the repair takes longer than planned and you have a record of the work carried out. Think about when you buy a car or bike - you want to see history. History of servicing, history of repairs. I believe the detail Restoration Manager can hold about work carried out beats a receipt for spare parts hands down, and so will a prospective purchaser.
If your car or bike is a future classic, keeping a comprehensive record of repairs and improvements you make could increase the resale value and will make your vehicle much more attractive than a similar vehicle without this record.
Use a Cheap PC
Restoration Manager runs on a Windows PC only with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7.
Due to Windows 95 not being able to support USB (universal serial bus), which
is how the vast majority of cameras transfer pictures, we decided to integrate
advanced imaging software that didn't work on Windows 95. So, sorry if you
were going to use a Windows 95 machine, it may work, but we can't guarantee
it (no harm in trying a trial version). We would suggest a minimum specification
of a Pentium 2 350MHZ (or equivalent) with 64Mb of RAM as a absolute minimum. As
with everything computer related generally the bigger the better, and particularly
if you plan to use the photograph functionality. To install Restoration Manager
you need only 5MB of space, but if you plan to store a large number of good
quality images you will need a lot more storage. Hard disk space is cheap
and it's quite easy to add an extra hard drive to most PCs. Due to the amount
of information displayed, you really need to have a minimum screen resolution
of 800 x 600, showing as many colours as possible. The more colours that can
be displayed at this resolution the more use the photographs will be.
This is what Personal Computer World magazine had to say...
Top UK computing magazine Personal Computer World gave Restoration Manager a five star recommendation saying:
But don't take our word for it....try before you buy
Download a trial version, fully functional just limited to one project and ten parts.
And then unlock the trial version, keeping all of the information you have entered, by purchasing a serial number.