Looking for an inventory app to keep track of your artwork?
ArtHandler has all the basic features for an accessible price.
UPDATE: Unfortunately this app is no longer available for sale.
Just under a year ago I looked at three new apps to help boost your art business - one of which was a new kid on the block in the art cataloguing world, ArtHandler for Mac OSX.
This week sees a new version of the ArtHandler app on the app store so I thought I’d take a quick look at what’s changed, as well as giving a bit more paragraph space to the existing features than was possible in the previous multi-app post.
Catalogue Your Artwork - Solid Feature Set
From the get-go, ArtHandler offered a solid set of features for artists looking for a dependable but straightforward way of cataloguing their artwork:
You can also easily find artworks via the search bar and add notes to each artwork (e.g. sales information, crate sizes, press mentions, exhibition history, and so on.)
ArtHandler Now Offers Printing
One of the future features the developer, Martin Walk promised when I did the original review was a printing function.
True to his word, the latest version of the app has the ability to print a ‘catalogue page’ for an artwork with both the image and caption.
Export All Your Data
The other feature on the drawing board back then was the ability to export your database - pretty crucial in these days when apps disappear in the blink of an eye and all your hard work inputting your data can disappear with that eyelash flutter.
The new version of ArtHandler exports your data as JSON format. Unless you’re a programmer you’ve probably never heard of it - I certainly hadn’t!
In theory the advantage of this format is programmers of other art inventory systems could easily offer an importer for ArtHandler data - although none are doing this at present.
I was relieved to hear that a future release of ArtHandler will include export of data as a CSV so it will be easy to import into a spreadsheet like Numbers, Google Sheets or Excel - but without images.
Interface - Better but Still Clunky!
Despite its robust set of features, when I originally reviewed the app I was very disappointed in its rather clunky interface - certainly not the look to make a visual artist’s heart sing!
In the new version, the look has improved somewhat but it still hasn't lost the grey.
I think it could also benefit from bigger images in the left hand list view and clearer button icons.
So while I’m still a wee bit concerned about the export of data, and feel the interface could be sexier, if you’re looking for a very affordable option for creating an inventory of your artwork then ArtHandler is definitely an option worth considering.
The release of ArtHandler 1.6.2 included CSV export functionality but unfortunately this app is no longer available for sale.