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  1. #11
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    Many years ago (in the 90's iirc) I built a database for this task in Microsoft Access. It worked, but I stopped using it because invariably I'd find myself wanting to access the database from a system that did not happen to have Access installed.

    Doing it today I would just use a spreadsheet. The data handling features in a spreadsheet (filtering and sorting mostly) are good enough for this to be workable. I recommend keeping systems and components on separate tabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattisLind View Post
    It evens out with the number of lifetimes I save not running around looking for things I know I had "somewhere".
    You got that right.

    Quote Originally Posted by MattisLind View Post
    Seriously, it doesn't take that much time to snap a photo of the item and scan the barcode. I usually batch update the text info later on when on a commuter train (some people watch stupid youtube videos - I update stupid inventories of old crap)
    To bad it's iPhone only -- all my devices are Android or I'd give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    "This website was generated by the iPhone application MyStuff2". I have to say, that's a pretty neat solution for just walking around, taking pictures, giving some small labels, and generating a website of the results. Some more research shows this is a category of "home inventory" apps.
    Yes. Initially I thought about doing something on my own. But lets face it, there is 24 hours a day that are full with other things to do. Learning how write apps, creating databases or whatever and then maintain it. Don't think it will happen.

    So this was the best I could find when I looked a couple of years back. I then used a postscript barcode generator (https://github.com/bwipp/postscriptbarcode/wiki) together with some om my own hack to output the labels on a sheet with 64 adhesive labels. Print twenty of those sheets and you have plenty. Then just attach them to the items.

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    I've got mine all in an app on my phone called Memento Database, has a great range of options, fields, sorting and links with Google Drive.

    Been using the free version just fine and have it filled with items along with pictures for them, all categorized and displayed in their distinct categories with various fields like serial numbers, bar codes. I even have a seperate tab in the item view for computer hardware info. Even customized my database to only display that tab if the item category is 'computer' not for something else, like 'manual.'

    So while it organizes items as a database, it also displays them in an easy to read and organized look, which is the main draw for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DECtechGuy View Post
    I've got mine all in an app on my phone called Memento Database, has a great range of options, fields, sorting and links with Google Drive.

    Been using the free version just fine and have it filled with items along with pictures for them, all categorized and displayed in their distinct categories with various fields like serial numbers, bar codes. I even have a seperate tab in the item view for computer hardware info. Even customized my database to only display that tab if the item category is 'computer' not for something else, like 'manual.'

    So while it organizes items as a database, it also displays them in an easy to read and organized look, which is the main draw for me.
    Gave it a try and it looks good.

    I have one question. Are you able to save a local copy to your computer? I'm running it from the computer OK but it's still using the cloud database and I'd like to be able to run it entirely locally (on the computer) without having to run it from the cloud database.
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    Not really familiar with the desktop version, but I tried it real quick to check and it doesn't look like it, plus annoyingly CSV export is only with the pro version, unlike the mobile app.

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    Ya', I looked everywhere and it doesn't.

    I wanted to be able to run it locally because I installed it on my 11" tablet. Turns out it takes 1 MB pics on that tablet and that means you can only get ~ 50 pics with that 50 MB limit for cloud use. So I put it on a 7" tablet which takes roughly 500 KB pics with the program so I'll get ~ 100 pics with the smaller tablet. That might suffice. Or maybe it depends on which camera program is being used to take the pics that determines the pic size? I really don't use the tablets' cameras that much so I'm not too familiar with their individual operational characteristics. If I select a different camera program to use for taking these pics will I get different pic sizes with each one?

    What camera program do you use and what size pics do you get?
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    OK, I figured it out.

    The program uses the settings of whatever camera program you choose to let it use for each pic. So you can basically take whatever size pic you like by changing the camera program's pic size setting.
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    Database - MS Access or OpenOfffice. Easy enough to use and plenty of YouTube videos showing how to set them up and insert images or attachments.

    These won't be discontinued in a year or 2 like a lot of cellphone apps.

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