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Ok so idiot here had his catalog of coins on an excel spreadsheet with no backups, and the PC has now died

I don’t  plan on replacing the PC but rely on my ipad. Unfortunately from what i can see excel is a subscription service if you want to edit a document 

So what are the options?

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Google Sheets.

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Are their guide books to help properly attribute your "COUNS" so that you can catalog them accordingly??

Such as what exists for coins...

How do you grade a "COUN"?

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Fat fingers on iphone.m 😂 

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18 minutes ago, pies said:

Fat fingers on iphone.m 😂 

Never blame your fingers,

The buttons are too small..

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15 hours ago, pies said:

Ok so idiot here had his catalog of coins on an excel spreadsheet with no backups, and the PC has now died

I don’t  plan on replacing the PC but rely on my ipad. Unfortunately from what i can see excel is a subscription service if you want to edit a document 

So what are the options?

You could always do a hand written hard copy clerical document, or print out your catalogue. That way you will never lose it.

PC's are very convenient and obviously great for amending a "living document" in real time. But documents, spreadsheets and the like do have an unfortunate tendency to suddenly and permanently disappear, for a variety of reasons.     

  

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21 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

You could always do a hand written hard copy clerical document, or print out your catalogue. That way you will never lose it.

PC's are very convenient and obviously great for amending a "living document" in real time. But documents, spreadsheets and the like do have an unfortunate tendency to suddenly and permanently disappear, for a variety of reasons.    

That's why I

  • backup four times a day to Time Machine (automatic)
  • create a clone of my complete system as often as I remember
  • have automatic cloud backups for smaller things like WP SS DB files, which includes all my coin stuff, so whenever I make a change it's automatically backed up

And if ever upgrade to an OS which doesn't support my database software, I can get a newer version from eBay .. and as 'belt and braces' I can always output the databases as Excel SS's so a multitude of programs will be able to open them.

So you see, it would take a widespread disaster to permanently destroy my data [touching wood :lol:].

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Late to the party but I use Google Sheets which I periodically export as a .csv and store on my phone for offline access/as a backup.

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I used excel when cataloguing but then I thought to myself 'what is the point?' - it takes ages, it's annoying, it wasn't going to be used for selling or passing onto my family in the case I die so I just stopped and it was detracting on collecting and spending time with my coins. 

But I would recommend Google Sheets if you want to do a catalogue - though I have never printed anything out on them so do not know if it will format the document correctly when printing. You can buy microsoft as a one time purchase for PC with no updates, think it costs about £120.

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I use FileMaker Pro. I wouldn't be without it - I can record all the details I want about particular coins including pictures, plus the all-important facts about cost, where I got it from, date of purchase, any previous provenance, Spink values, varieties, distinguishing features, etc etc.

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I use FilemakePro with a Template that came with version 5.  Did you develop your own?

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2 hours ago, whitedb said:

I use FilemakePro with a Template that came with version 5.  Did you develop your own?

Yes - begun with FMP4, then developed further in FMP6 and FMP10 (my current version). This is an example of how one coin appears in 4 of the many layouts I've evolved!

852424658_FMProdatabase.thumb.jpg.00ce7252fdc0a83542fea01f0d50efab.jpg

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