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I have used and appreciated the ACM for my collection over the years, and it certainly covers my needs perfectly.
Since I store boxes in boxes in boxes to save space when sets are not on display, I find the location field particularily useful so I know where each set is located (searching through hundreds of boxes for a single set is not fun!).
The only tedious part of the functionality is having to click on the ACM icon and then on edit/save. It would be great to be able to have a on/off setting in ones own profile in order to have the ACM either always active when viewing my collection or not.
No idea if that's feasible from a programming point of view, but I'd love it.
But I guess I'm in the minority here with wishes... :-)
Aside from not being able to do that here, there is an additional problem: the import from rebrickable is flawed: the inventory for any given item is overwritten by the last set list's inventory for that item. Example: Say I own 3 hotdog man minifigs, and my son owns 2, and my daughter owns one. During the import from Rebrickable, if my inventory is loaded last Brickset will show 3; if my daughter's is loaded last it will show 1, etc. Even if Brickset didn't support multiple collections within a collection, it'd be nice if it could import just one set list from rebrickable, or sum up multiple set lists.
So in short, I'd like to be able to import my Rebrickable data and have it represented here as multiple lists within my collection, or to be able to filter out sub-collections.
I use the ACM for every set I purchase (or get given). I find it's a nice place to store when I got everything and how much I paid. The only thing I'd say is that the whole process of using the ACM feels a little long-winded, as noted by @gratefulnat. I'm not sure how to improve that though, if I'm honest.
Also, it's always seemed a little odd to me that the 'date acquired' doesn't have a calendar function behind it, which probably means you can't do anything with that field (such as sort sets by it). I suspect it'd be difficult to add that without messing up current data though.
I've also just gone onto the ACM option from the menu, and have seen all the additional fields! I'm pretty sure I've never been on that page before.
It'd be nice to have something on that page where you could list all your sets by different values - such as date acquired, cost, or location. That may well be doable using queries, but I've not tried. I may also be overcomplicating things.
The ACM page/additional fields has been there since day 1 I think :-)
So, to summarise the comments above, it needs to be more usable/easier to access and with options to display the data in different ways? Is that a good start?
One thing I thought of is that when you tick 'I own this set', the ACM could maybe pop-up automatically if it's enabled? I'm not sure if that'd be more of an annoyance than a help for some though.
Or how about making it so that the 'I own' field in the set details expands downwards when ticked, to show the ACM below it? That'd be less intrusive than a pop-up, and more intuitive too. Maybe the ACM could show permanently like that on the set details page? I doubt whether there'd be space for all the fields though.
I've no doubt the ACM page has been there all the time, I just can't remember ever going on it before. :)
Edit: fixed something i forgot
ACM is great, and you're very close to having all the functionality needed not just for collectors, but casual sellers and even just gifters.
I'm recently collecting so many Mixels that I want to start reselling extras. All I'd need to manage all my inventory from here would be a way to flag ACM columns as "Sold" to decrease the "I own" count without deleting the row. If you wanted, you could even include columns for how much it was sold for or to whom, but that can be in the future. The same could be done for gifts, so I could continue to use ACM to track my spending on Lego while not necessarily adding to my public collection.
Interested in others' thoughts on this as well.
About the dates, I just do year and month, not the actual day. Otherwise I'm going to get in trouble, order date-delivery date,....
One thing that is a problem for me is that it's difficult to access it on a mobile. Even in landscape, with the extra values you can't get to the 'edit'button. Twice I've managed to scroll towards it but mostly it doesn't work. Maybe you need to have it in an exact spot? I understand it's not the most important thing but I like to put in things as soon as I buy them and computer is not always around.
Re gifts or sets traded like @Lucent ,I do keep a seperate excel file of presents I give, just to make sure we don't give the same thing twice and because I like records and databases (am I weird?).. I usually add who I have it to also in the note value before I change the 'amount owned' so then you can still see it, albeit as a 'deleted row'. not sure if that explanation made any sense... Don't know how to say it differently...
I've been able to just put my phone in landscape mode and on the mobile site scroll and fill in the ACM. A great improvement thanks.
@PeteM can you add stuff/easily scroll on your phone in landscape now? Or do you still have to go into desktop mode?
Using the ACM as it is, is very clunky.
Brickset has been a great place for me to keep track of my collection, and I thank the developers for the work they are doing. I have two suggestions that may make adding set details easier. First, allow copying an entire ACM entry, similar to the duplicate function, but allow pasting the entry into a different set. This would allow faster entry when entering a number of sets that were acquired on the same day or from the same vendor, such as an entire Minifig series. Second, when using the ACM entry form on my phone, the entire form is not visible, and I cannot scroll to hit the "edit" button. It would be helpful if the form were to automatically reformat based on the screen's dimensions.
The ability to view and edit all ACM records on a single page.
This would sort of be similar to the Export>edit in Excel>Import option, but being able to do it on a single web page. Sometimes I just want to see this data in one place (eg. on my phone), without having to do the Export every time.
The ability to copy and paste records (as suggested by ArkansasBricker) on this single page would also be nice. Click a 'Copy' button/link next to a record, then click a 'Paste' button/link next to the other record/s Maybe with a preview of the new data before committing to the database and the option to cancel.
It would also be nice if this single page could have drill-downs to only display records for certain themes/years/etc, and also drill-downs for ACM data. Such as ordering by ACM fields, only showing records that have certain fields left blank (to make it easier to update these records), etc.
Lastly, it would be great if the ACM fields could become part of the Queries feature. It is great to be able to enter and store the ACM information, but it would also be great to be able to create reports from that data too.
Thanks for your consideration on these suggestions.
I love the improvements to the ACM, being able to mark if a set is MISB or parted out etc is great. I'm not sure if this is possible though but if a set is Modified to be able to upload a picture would be good and just thinking on the fly here, there could then also have a link on the set's page to view other member's Mods. Click the link for a set and a new page opens having the original at the top then thumbnails of member's uploaded pics. Share the creativity.