As many of you are aware, from 2010 to 2014 NIAD compiled and maintained the superb "ColecoVision & ADAM Cartridge Collector's List" with the latest being v2.11. During this period I maintained an Excel spreadsheet version of this Collectors List with the last version being v2.11a released in 2015. I have since been updating this Excel version to bring it completely up to date.
However, there are many issues with using Excel as a database, probably the most significant of which is that not that many people have Excel on their home computers. Another major drawback is that if you use the checkbox drop-downs I added to catalog your collection there is no easy way to incorporate updates from the next version without re cataloging your collection.
On top of this is the fact that I would like to expand the database to include a lot more information such as if games are 1 or 2 player (competitive or co-op), F18A enhanced or not, SGM requirements/enhancements, game developers/programmers (plus a short bio for each where possible), game/prototype background history etc. As such, I really believe that Excel is not the tool to use for this and that some form of database software would be much better suited to this.
I had been eyeing Gamebase for many years, but this hasn't been updated in a long time and is now rather long in the tooth. I'm also aware of a number of commercial game cataloging applications some of which are online based and some local to you PC. One of these is Game Collector. However, I really would like to use something that is not only up to date but ideally free. Personally I don't mind paying for the software if it totally fits the bill and is being maintained and updated. However, I want any database I create to be as accessible to as many people as possible and cost may become a barrier to that.
Ideally I'd like to be able to make updates to the master database that can then be imported by you while still maintaining your specific catalog of collected games.
So, the purpose of this post is to ask you for suggestions on what game cataloging software you think might fit the bill. Don't hold back, I'm open to anything - even if it's just to stick with Excel?
Edited by Ikrananka, Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:09 PM.