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Introducing Artwork Tracker for PC

Track your artwork collection on your Windows PC – Now Available!

Artwork Tracker

Today I’m pleased to announce the release of my new Windows PC app, Artwork Tracker. This is my artwork tracking tool already available for iOS and Mac.

The PC version is similar to the Mac version and has many of the same features as the iOS version, with the addition of printing, enhanced search capabilities, and data transfer to and from the iOS version over WiFi. I’ve also included some other features like duplicating entries, right-click context menus, and a host of other tweaks and improvements. Artwork Tracker for PC also has a built-in crash-reporting mechanism and software update notifications.

To run Artwork Tracker on your PC, you’ll need either Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1, or Windows 10. The app also requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 with the KB2468871 update patch. These are already included with Windows 8 or higher.

The download version initially runs in an unregistered trial mode, limited to 5 artworks with 5 photos each, 5 clients, and 5 submissions. It will also only allow a single database window, and database import is disabled. The full feature-set can be unlocked via purchase, either within the app or via my Web Store.

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You can learn more about all the features of Artwork Tracker here, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page, or like Artwork Tracker on Facebook.

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Artwork Tracker for PC – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Artwork Tracker for PC

The following should address any questions or concerns you may have about Artwork Tracker for PC. I’ll be updating this post as new questions arise. Let me know if I’ve missed anything!

1. When will Artwork Tracker be available?

Artwork Tracker for PC is now available for download from my website here. You can learn more about Artwork Tracker for PC here.

2. What operating system do I need to be able to run Artwork Tracker for PC?

The app works on Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10. It requires the .NET Framework 4, which will be installed automatically if your computer does not already have it. It also requires the .NET KB2468871 update patch.

3. I already have Artwork Tracker on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Do I have to buy it again for the PC?

Yes, if you would like to run Artwork Tracker on your PC, you’ll need to purchase it direct from my site. The PC version includes some additional features over and above the iOS version, including enhanced search and printing capabilities. While it does re-use some code from the iOS version, the app had to be substantially re-designed and re-written for the PC platform. Unfortunately porting the app to the PC wasn’t as simple as you might think!

4. I’m not sure if Artwork Tracker for PC will suit my needs. Is there a free trial version available?

Yes, it is available for download from my website here. The app is initially in an unregistered trial mode, limited to 5 artworks with 5 photos each, 5 clients, and 5 submissions. It will also only allow a single database window, and database import is disabled. That should be enough to give you some idea of whether the app will work for you. Purchasing a license either within the app or via my website unlocks full functionality.

5. Is it possible to sort the artworks by artist, rather than title?

Click Preferences… on the Tools menu and select the “Sort artworks by artist” checkbox under Sort Options. Close the window and you’ll find all artworks are now sorted by artist. Repeat these steps to sort by title again.

6. How do I re-order the photos on the Artwork Info screen?

After the artwork entry has been saved, double-click on it and then click on the All Photos section. This will show all the photos associated with the Artwork. Click and hold the mouse button on the photo (or photos) you’d like to organize on the Info screen, and move the mouse to where you’d like the photos to be arranged. Release the mouse button when you’re done.

To move a photo into one of the primary photo slots on the Artwork Info screen, arrange the photos in the All Photos section. The primary photo slots will now reflect the new order.

7. How do I add text captions to my photos? How can I hide them to take a closer look at the photo?

Double-click on the photo you’d like to add a caption to in the All Photos section of the Artwork Info window. Click the word balloon icon at the top of the window, then in the text box that appears, type in the text caption you’d like to associate with that photo. Click on the photo to end editing the caption. The new or modified text caption will now be displayed. Note that only the first few lines of the caption will be superimposed over the photo. To hide the caption, click once on the photo. You can scroll between the photos by clicking the left and right arrow buttons, and zoom-in by resizing the photo window.

8. I have an Artwork Tracker database on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How do I transfer it to Artwork Tracker for PC?

You’ll need all devices on the same local WiFi network as your PC. Then follow these steps:

(1) Tap the Backup Database button on the Tools screen within the app on your device.
(2) Create a new database within Artwork Tracker for PC and save it to your Documents folder.
(3) Click the Import Database button in the document window toolbar within Artwork Tracker for PC. This is the button next to the printer button. The button has an arrow pointing to the right, away from the device icon. You can also select the Import from -> Artwork Tracker Mobile App item in the File menu.
(4) The Import Database window will appear. You should see your device shown in the Devices section. If it isn’t there, double-check that you’ve selected Backup Database (or Export Database) on the Tools screen within Artwork Tracker on your device. Check the Messages box in Artwork Tracker for PC for helpful information.
(5) Select the device you want to import from, then select Restore Complete Database in the Import Options section. You may also choose to Import Artworks and Clients, Import Artworks, or Import Clients.
(6) Once you’re satisfied with the selected device and import options, click the Import button.
(7) After the progress bar completes, an alert will appear indicating whether the import was successful. Click OK.
(8) The database in Artwork Tracker for PC should now match the database on your device.

Note that the above steps will completely replace the contents of the database within Artwork Tracker for PC, unless you’ve chosen not to restore the complete database. In that case, you may see duplicate entries in your database after the import is complete.

9. I have a database in Artwork Tracker for PC I’d like to transfer to Artwork Tracker on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How do I accomplish this?

The steps are similar to question 8 above, except you must select either Restore Database or Import Database on your device, and click the Export Database button in the document window toolbar within Artwork Tracker for PC. This is the toolbar button with the arrow pointing toward the device icon. When the export is complete, you should consult the pop-up alert on your device for further instructions.

10. I have an iPad, an iPhone, and a PC. How do I keep the databases in sync between all of these devices?

Artwork Tracker currently doesn’t have a simple means of keeping databases synchronized on separate devices. However, it is still possible to transfer the database between devices manually. You first need to backup the database from the device with the most current copy to your computer (or from your computer to the device). The steps for achieving this are shown above in questions 8 and 9. A good workflow is to use your PC as a hub for the database, updating that after you’ve made changes on your device.

11. I have the Artwork Tracker trial version and just bought the full version. How do I transfer my data from the trial version?

When you purchase the full version you’ll be provided with license details to unlock the app. The trial version and the full version are the same app – there is nothing further to download. All of your data will be accessible the next time you run the app.

12. I have a whole spreadsheet of data I’d like to import into the app. How can I do that?

Provided your spreadsheet program can export to CSV format and allows you to specify comma separators and dates in a particular format, you should be able to import it into the app. Artwork Tracker expects to receive CSV data according to the CSV template file, available in the Downloads section of this site.

13. Can you incorporate some new fields into the app? Can I change the names of any of the data fields?

Incorporating new fields may be possible, but keep in mind that any changes will also need to be made to the iOS app version, where screen real estate is very limited. I’ve tried to select fields that would be useful for most people using the app, and have tried to minimize clutter as much as possible. The Notes field may be used to log information that isn’t captured by any other field. Sorry, the names of the data fields cannot be changed.

14. What is the X icon in the toolbar used for?

The ‘X’ icon (next to the ‘+’ icon in the toolbar) is used to delete a particular artwork, client, or submission. It has no effect until you select an item from the list. Clicking on one of the rows in the table will select that row and highlight it. To delete the highlighted artwork, client, or submission, click the X icon in the toolbar. Alternatively you may select Remove Item from the Edit menu.

15. How do I use the artwork report feature? How do I view the artwork report?

The artwork report shows a summary of your collection, followed by the data and photos for every artwork in your collection. This report can be useful for inventory or insurance purposes, and may be printed from within your web browser.

Click the Export To -> HTML Report lines on the File menu.

(1) Select the Report Folder where you’d like to store the report and the corresponding photos.
(2) Enter a filename in the Report File field. Note that the photos will be stored in a sub-folder of the same name with a _photos suffix.
(3) Select whether you’d like to export a report with Small photos, Medium photos, Large photos, or Extra-Large photos then click the Export button.
(4) A progress bar window will appear, followed by a popup when the export is complete.

To view the report, locate the Report Folder you specified in (1) and double-click on the Report File you specified in (2). Your web browser will load the artwork report.

16. I have questions, feature requests, or concerns that aren’t listed above. How can I contact you?

You can reach me via email (ArtworkTracker@andrewnicolle.com), on the Artwork Tracker Facebook page, or on Twitter (I’m @andrewnicolle). I can usually respond to queries within 24 hours. If you like Artwork Tracker for PC, please spread the word. Thanks!

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Announcing Artwork Tracker for PC

Artwork Tracker

Way back in the early days of the App Store (circa 2010) I released Artwork Tracker, an artwork tracking app for artists and collectors. This was eventually followed by a companion Mac app in 2013. I’ve had requests for a PC version since then, but until now couldn’t dedicate the time to it. Well, the wait for a PC version will soon be over!

Today I can announce I’m working on a Windows PC version of Artwork Tracker. I’ve reached the point where I’m fairly comfortable developing apps for the PC, and earlier this year I completed several major updates of my other apps. That frees up some spare time for me to work on Artwork Tracker for PC.

Artwork Tracker for PC will support Windows versions from XP SP3 through to Windows 10. The app will contain many of the features of the iOS version, with the addition of some new features like enhanced search and printing capabilities. You’ll be able to transfer your database to and from the iOS version via WiFi, too. A free trial version will be available direct from my website, with the full feature-set unlocked with purchase of a license.

What might Artwork Tracker look like on the PC? Take a look at a few screenshots from the Mac version. The PC version will have a similar look and feel:

If you’re interested in learning more about Artwork Tracker for PC, visit the Artwork Tracker Facebook page or the Artwork Tracker for PC page on my site.

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Artwork Tracker v2.7 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Artwork Tracker v2.7 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Artwork Tracker is an indispensable mobile app for artists, art collectors, or art dealers. Keep track of artwork and submissions on the go, with access to all your data and full-screen artwork at your fingertips.

Artwork Tracker

This update contains the following changes:

Note: This update requires iOS 8 or higher!

  • Added iOS 10 support.
  • Add multiple photos at a time from your photo library.
  • Increased photo thumbnail size on the Artwork and Submissions lists.
  • Increased photo resolution when adding new photos.
  • Added Extra-Large photos option for the Artwork Report feature.
  • Added Exhibiting, Donated, and Gifted Submission states.
  • Increased photo caption font size.
  • Added photo sharing feature.
  • Removed built-in web browser.
  • Bug fixes.

If you’re enjoying the app, please spare a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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Artwork Tracker for Mac v1.1 update now available

The Artwork Tracker for Mac v1.1 update is now available on the Mac App Store.

Artwork Tracker makes keeping track of your art collection easy. Never wonder again where or when you submitted your art. The information is all right there on your Mac!

Whether you’re a working artist, a collector, or an art dealer, Artwork Tracker is a valuable addition to your artistic toolbox.

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For direct purchase customers, click ‘Check for Updates…’ in the Artwork Tracker menu within the app and follow the prompts to update.

This update contains the following changes:

This update requires Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher!

  • Increased photo resolution when adding new photos.
  • Added Extra-Large photos option for the Artwork Report feature.
  • Added Exhibiting, Donated, and Gifted Submission states.
  • Info windows can now be resized.
  • Increased photo caption font size.
  • Bug fixes.

If you’re enjoying the app, please take a moment to rate or review it on the Mac App Store!

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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Artwork Tracker v2.6 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Artwork Tracker v2.6 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Artwork Tracker is an indispensable mobile app for artists, art collectors, or art dealers. Keep track of artwork and submissions on the go, with access to all your data and full-screen artwork at your fingertips.

Artwork Tracker

This update contains the following changes:

Note: This update requires iOS 6 or higher!

  • Added iOS 9 support
  • Added iPad Pro support
  • Bug fixes

If you’re enjoying the app, please spare a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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Artwork Tracker v2.5 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Artwork Tracker v2.5 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Artwork Tracker is an indispensable mobile app for artists, art collectors, or art dealers. Keep track of artwork and submissions on the go, with access to all your data and full-screen artwork at your fingertips.

Artwork Tracker

This update contains the following changes:

Note: This update requires iOS 5.1.1 or higher!

  • Added iOS 8 and 64-bit support
  • Support for new high-resolution iPhone 6 / 6 Plus displays
  • Added database transfer via AirDrop (requires iOS 7 or higher and AirDrop-capable devices)
  • All info screens now use scrollable lists
  • Device rotation is now supported on info screens for iPhone and iPod touch
  • User interface improvements
  • Bug fixes

If you’re enjoying the app, please spare a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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Artwork Tracker v2.4 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Artwork Tracker v2.4 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Artwork Tracker is an indispensable mobile app for artists, art collectors, or art dealers. Keep track of artwork and submissions on the go, with access to all your data and full-screen artwork at your fingertips.

Artwork Tracker

This update contains the following changes:

  • Camera view now appears in full-screen instead of a popup on iPad
  • Fixed add button tap issues on iOS 7

If you’re enjoying the app, please spare a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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Artwork Tracker v2.3 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Artwork Tracker v2.3 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Artwork Tracker is an indispensable mobile app for artists, art collectors, or art dealers. Keep track of artwork and submissions on the go, with access to all your data and full-screen artwork at your fingertips.

Artwork Tracker

This update contains the following changes:
Note: This update requires iOS 5.0 or higher!

  • Added iOS 7 support
  • New iOS 7-style minimalist interface
  • Artist names are now shown in section headings when sorting Artworks by Artist
  • Bug fixes

If you’re enjoying the app, please spare a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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Artwork Tracker v2.2 update now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The Artwork Tracker v2.2 update is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Artwork Tracker is an indispensable mobile app for artists, art collectors, or art dealers. Keep track of artwork and submissions on the go, with access to all your data and full-screen artwork at your fingertips.

Artwork Tracker

This update contains the following changes:

  • Fixed photo import bug during database import or restore

If you’re enjoying the app, please take a moment to rate or review it on the App Store!

You can learn more about Artwork Tracker at my website or on the Artwork Tracker Facebook group.

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