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    Art Gallery Software Recommendation ?

    Can anyone recommend a good, efficient (and relatively cheap) software application specifically designed to handle art sales and client/artists list, marketing, finances etc....

    Thanks

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    Quickbooks has presets and handles all that you outlined. You can customize it further if you wish. It has a way of evolving to your work.

    I don't know of any application specific to art galleries.

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    Photobyte is software specifically created for the professional photographer, but you may be able to adapt it for your use. I have done that. It can be downloaded free although the author, Tom Zimberoff, asks for a donation if you find it useful. There are both Mac and Windows versions.

    He's also written a book entitiled "Focus on Profit" which discusses the software and how to make a pro photo business successful.

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    Sounds like you are looking for relational database software with already built templates to handle all the business and finace aspects of operating the gallery. Your most versitle, least cost option if you want to minimize your own involvement in customizing the softwre is likely to be Filemaker Pro. There are literally thousands of templates available for it. The last time I looked, which was a few years ago, that included a large number that do exactly what you are after.

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    I can also attest to Filemaker. I use it for everything from referencing which of many books a negative is in, shooting and processing specs, what images were in which shows, prices, who owns which prints, even which images I want to work on next time I have time to print. The flexibility of layouts is great for printing out sheets for show. All this comes from the same basic data base of information. It requires upkeep (like any database), but pays you back in functionality. PM me if you want to know more.

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    I own ArtBase. It is good but expensive software and is designed for galleries or gallery artists. I can not recommend it though as their customer support is very poor. I have owned it now for 3 months and still do not have it running in spite of my having used various relational database software programs for over 20 years. Unless you have unlimited time to figure it out or endless finances to pay for support fees you can skip this program.

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    I'm working on such a program myself, actually. It's progressing, but the progress is slow. I'd welcome any suggestions as to what features to include in the package.

    Here's a partial list of what I have in mind as of now:
    1) Built on top of a real relational database. (I'm using PostgreSQL, but you could realistically set it up on any database that can be queried with SQL.)
    2) Web interface
    3) Stores all the information you would ever want about your images. (Camera, scanned thumbnails if desired, processing details, storage locations, etc)
    4) Financial information. (A photography specific accounting system, essentially)
    5) Submission tracking (to galleries or stock contacts) and sales information
    6) Utilities like a function to generate the forms to register copyrights and generate web galleries.

    I'm also going to be looking for beta testers down the road. Any interested parties?



 

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