J.E. Shields
Sat, 04 Oct 2003 09:28:41 PDT
They say that the best software to use for a given job is the program you 
already know how to use.  That applies to keeping a database of your bulb 
collection too.

Some people just use MS Word or a text editor and keep the records in one 
long text file.  It is possible to search such a file, and you can always 
insert extra notes at any point it.  It's a snap to print out.  It is also 
extremely inelegant for handling large amounts of data.

Filmaker Pro is a fine database, and I believe it can import and export 
Excel files.  It is capable of relational data handling, with a given file 
containing multiple tables related to each other through key fields.

The important thing is to keep records of your bulb collection.  I start 
with a written-on-paper entry, then eventually copy the notebook entries 
into my database on the computer.  I'm only about one year behind in 
entering the data into the computer.

Jim Shields

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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