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Hi. There are many programs to catalog manage collections of personal items such as books or CDs/DVDs. Example = CollectorZ, but the products of this editor are only designed for cataloging books and media.
I want to have a similar program to manage and catalog my collection of software and freeware. I store these programs (executable files) on an USB external hard drive. With a huge number of programs, it is difficult to list the ones corresponding to a specific category or usage. For example, I could sort the software which are antivirus, or audio players etc... The ones that are for MaC OS or Windows
Do you know if such software/freeware collection database exist on the market? If yes, which are the best and more complete? My computer runs on Windows 10.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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> sort the software which are antivirus, or audio players
> MaC OS or Windows

Sounds as if an Excel spreadsheet can do what you want. Each column would be an attribute of the program, such as Category (anti-virus, audio player, photo/picture imaging, video player, etc.), Operating System (Linux, Mac, W7, W8, W10, etc.), Purchase Date, Purchase Price, Vendor, etc. You would then take advantage of Excel's ability to sort by any column(s), search, format, print, etc. But if Excel is not robust enough for you for this purpose, let us know what features/functions you're looking for in such a program. Regards, Joe
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by:gallandjc
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I started with excel but would prefer something more visual ie a form  where I could write comments, ratings, display company logos and clipscreens etc...
It sounds strange that I have difficulty finding an application "ready to use" on the market for this.
I can probably create my own database on MS Access or File Maker but would prefer to save time if a solution is commercialized
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> There are many programs to catalog manage collections of personal items such as books or CDs/DVDs. Example = CollectorZ, but the products of this editor are only designed for cataloging books and media.

Seems to me that a program to catalog/manage collections of books and media is suitable to manage/catalog collections of software products. If you don't think so, what is it that a program to catalog/manage collections of books and media can't do with collections of software?

> would prefer something more visual ie a form where I could write comments, ratings, display company logos and clipscreens etc.

I don't see why a general cataloging/management app couldn't do this for a collection of software. What specific features do you think are needed to catalog/manage software that are not available in an app to catalog/manage books and media?

At the end of the day, we're talking about attributes on items — name, category, rating, purchase date, purchase price, provider/seller/vendor, etc. The attributes could include text, numbers, images/photos, etc. I never heard of Collectorz before this, but a quick spin through their website shows that their Book Collector supports custom (user-defined) fields:
http://www.collectorz.com/book/manual/win/v15/en/topic/user-defined-fields

Many of the fields for books will apply to software programs (such as title, purchase date, purchase price, etc.), and whatever else is needed (such as an Operating System field or a License Type field) can be added as a custom/user-defined field. The site says that it also supports images, so that would handle your requirement for company logos, screen captures, etc.

What do you think is needed is such a program that Collectorz's Book Collector doesn't have? Regards, Joe
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