Spotter146 From UK - England, joined Jul 2013, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4400 times:
I've been spotting for about 10 years now and all of my logs i've saved in Excel spreadsheets. Its becoming a bit cumbersome now and was wondering what you guys use to keep records of your logs?
I've downloaded the demo of Spot2Log (I like that you can link your photos to your logs) which looks quite good but cant find an awful lot on what other people think of it. Its got a 25 entry limit so you cant really tell that much from the demo. There are other types such as ADU but the price is a bit steep for me, and some other ones which dont look quite so refined.
So should I stick with Excel spreadsheets - dead basic, or go for something a bit more functional. Are there any more different bits of software that you use? I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 796 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3828 times:
Sadly I remember a time when this meant putting them in the same shoe box
In general I think you have two choices - systems which allow you to attach photos to your data (and you can do that with Excel), or systems which allow you to add data to your images ( Photoshop, Lightroom etc) allow this.
The former tends to give you more flexibility in managing your data, searching sorting etc.; the latter is better for working with your images. It all depends what you want to do.
Personally I use a dedicated image database called Imatch - very powerful, Its the only system I know which can do things like search based on predominant color or even a rough sketch of what your're looking for. Probably overkill for a spotter's log though.