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The 'Advanced Collection Manager'
Prompted on by recent discussions here, I've started work on the ACM again and should have something for you to test soon.
Use of the ACM will be optional, and if you don't opt to use it Brickset will behave exactly as it does now. If you do, additional facilities will be available on the site.
It will manifest itself in three ways. There will be an extra icon next to the 'notes' one in the search results which, when clicked, will pop up a window showing additional fields. There'll also be some form of 'spreadsheet' view of your entire collection to enable all the data to be viewed and edited. FInally, there'll be a means of exporting the data as a CSV.
I've been working on the pop-up window part and have this working at home, and almost ready for uploading for you to test.
Back in the summer last year, we discussed in the news comments what fields to include in the ACM, and some good suggestions were made. I'm going to make it possible to pick and choose which fields you see in your individual ACM, so that the thing doesn't become overwhelming for those that just want to record price paid or something. (that bit's not working yet)
The fields I am planning on making available are as follows. All fields will be text (and not number or date) to allow you to enter '2010' 'July 2010', '7/7/10' or whatever.
-Price paid (with currency selected from a drop down list)
-Condition when acquired (drop down list: MISB, As new, used complete, used incomplete)
-Condition now (drop down list: MISB, assembled, bagged up, parted out)
-Location (for you to record 'on display', 'in shed', 'round granny's or whatever)
-For trade (check box) [*]
Check boxes to indicate the parts of the set you own, which hopefully will be linked to the condition and default to all ticked if you pick MISB, complete etc.
[*] This has been suggested here recently and could form the basis of some inter-member trading system in the future.
How does that sound as a start? I can add more fields later but it'll be easier to do so now, so if you have any suggestions let me know.
More info to follow when it's ready for you to test...
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