Chameleon takes Document Imaging and Content Management to the Next Level

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Construction Imaging Systems’ Chameleon serves the needs of contractors, developers and homebuilders

Construction Imaging Systems today announced their latest version of Chameleon™, a document imaging and content management system for small to medium size contractors, homebuilders, developers, property managers, aggregate, concrete, and asphalt dealers.

This version of Chameleon™ offers many new features including support for customers using Timberline, Master Builder, ComputerEase, Shaker COINS, Geac StarBuilder, Solomon, MAS 90/200/500, and QuickBooks accounting systems. Chameleon™ can prevent duplicate data entry in the accounting and imaging system by capturing data entered in one and “moving” it to the other. In addition, OCR and Barcoding, allows aggregate, concrete, and asphalt tickets to be scanned, captured, and related to data from various plant computer systems.

The expanded index capability portion of this release of Chameleon™ is scheduled for January 30, 2006. Among other features it will allow routing by job number, backfill from the accounting system to the imaging system a check number, check date, cost distributions, and capability to key in reference fields such as vendor name and lookup vendor number.

This easy-to-use document imaging software provides the user a comprehensive index structure based on the type of document being scanned. Whether the scanned item is an invoice or a document related to a job, a property or a person, Chameleon™ allows the user to perform simple or complex queries and searches quickly and easily. Security is implemented at the document level, thereby keeping important information safe. Chameleon integrates with users’ accounting system, thereby saving keystrokes while maintaining synchronization between the accounting and imaging. Chameleon™ also gives users the ability to store and view .pdf files, email, photos, drawings, spreadsheets, word processing documents, and others.

One of the most important Chameleon features is an easy-to-use system to route any document. An audit trail automatically logs all the document activity, i.e. sent, waiting, approved and entered within the system. A notification function informs an approver that there are documents waiting for approval. This prevents invoices from being “lost” or mishandled and speeds up the approval process and turnaround time, allowing you to take advantage of prompt payment discounts. Chameleon™ also allows users to annotate documents by attaching “sticky notes”. Notes remain with the document forever. Every note includes both the author, date, and time that the note was created.

An additional time-saving feature is the ability to email a document directly from Chameleon.

The document is sent in its native form. No special software is needed to view the document.

“CIS has been working with very large contractors, dealers of aggregate, concrete, and asphalt, as well, as property managers for over ten years. We were unable to justify an enterprise investment for smaller firms. Chameleon™ makes some of the features of our larger, traditional offering available to small and medium sized organizations, allowing them to manage, archive, route, and retrieve their important documents, drawings, photographs, emails, and other information at a fraction of the cost of an enterprise solution,” said Larry McAdams, President and founder of Construction Imaging Systems. McAdams added, “Chameleon™ was developed over the last three years, based on research conducted with hundreds of organizations.

Chameleon™ is available now and has already been successfully implemented in numerous

contractors and property management organizations. It is being sold both, direct and through Value Added Resellers, who can provide front line implementation, training and support.

About Construction Imaging Systems

Construction Imaging Systems (construction-imaging.com) has been the leading provider of document imaging, document management, workflow, and retrieval solutions to construction companies for over ten years. Based in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, with sales and support offices throughout the United States, CIS clients include many ENR 400 construction organizations as well as many smaller contractors, homebuilders, and property management firms.

See Construction Imaging at any of the following trade conferences in the next few months:

  • Sage Summit (Timberline and MAS 90/200/500) in San Diego 11/2-11/4, 2005
  • Primavera Conference in Lake Buena Vista 11/13-11/15, 2005
  • AICPA National Construction Industry Conference in Las Vegas,12/8-12/9, 2005
  • International Builders Show in Orlando 1/11–1/14, 2006
  • World of Concrete/AEC/Technology for Construction in Las Vegas 1/16-1/20, 2006
  • World of Asphalt in Orlando 3/14-3/16, 2006
  • ABC National Convention in Las Vegas 3/16-3/17, 2006
  • MCAA Annual Convention in Wailea, HI 3/19-3/23, 2006 (Exhibiting 3/21)
  • AGC Exposition in Palm Springs 3/19-3/21, 2006

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