Database-like application

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Idaho Redneck, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Idaho Redneck macrumors newbie

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    Long story short... I would like to go through my garage and catalogue every item. I know this sounds crazy, but it's complicated to fully explain. Anyways, I would like to take a picture of every item, record an audio clip talking about each one, and have several text fields answering form questions about each one.

    Basically, I would like something like a database program to keep track of everything and make it word-searchable. Any ideas? I've tried OpenOffice database, but I couldn't find a way to add audio. I've also tried using a spreadsheet, but the pictures don't fit very well and are basically pointless if I wanted to browse through them.
     
  2. dmbfan41 macrumors regular

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    maybe filemaker 10 or pro 10 can do this for you.
     
  3. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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  4. Achiever macrumors 6502

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    Circus Ponies Notebook, Yojimbo or DEVONThink are all possibilities, depending on how you want to organize things. Personally, I use the former and love it. If you are looking for a pure database, Bento may be the less expensive way top go as the last poster suggests.

    You should be able to download trials of all. Give them each a spin and see what works best for you and your workflow.
     
  5. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    Wow! I had never heard of this app before. The UI looks rather "meh", but the software looks very intriguing for what it does. I may have to give it a try myself. Thanks.
     
  7. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    More options

    There is also "Know Your Stuff" from Insurance Information Institute - looks
    like a free web-based solution that can export info back to your computer (I
    had an earlier version that was a Mac app.).

    And there is "Home Inventory" from Binary Solutions - $22 for the app.

    You are now inspiring me to finish a similar project I started, but I will
    probably use Bento. ;^)

    Hope this helps . . .
     
  8. mongrol macrumors regular

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    What's in your garage? Tell us! The world must know!
     
  9. Idaho Redneck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. You all opened me up to a whole new genre of software that I didn't know existed. I think I'll use Bento for this project, but I may have to put Delicious on my Christmas list for cataloging my CDs/DVDs. This is fun stuff!
     
  10. Idaho Redneck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We'll find out once I start tackling it... now that I'm equipped to do so. But I would say about 1/3 family relics, 1/3 cool useful old stuff, and 1/3 junk. I'll be using the program mostly for recording the history of each of the family relics. Any thoughts on doing it differently?
     
  11. mongrol macrumors regular

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    Put them in an old folks home. Or if you like them around perhaps build a granny flat. At the very least put a Window in the garage wall to keep Social Services from your door.
     
  12. Idaho Redneck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What made you think I was referring to my grandparents' stuff? You're right, but for simplicity, I never brought them into the situation.
     

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