Software to catalogue classical music collection

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I have used a program called Classicat v2.1 for over ten years with 3758 different recordings, mostly classical LP's, in the database. I bought a new computer, but the backup disc I bought with the program doesn't work and the developer/website are out of business. Can anyone help with a copy of the program? Alternatively, although I am not enamored of the various programs mentioned that I have looked at, which of them would enable me to import my database, if anyone knows. Finally, is anyone familiar with Maestro Manager? It looks like it might be suitable, but I received no response to email asking for demo version. Many thanks for any assistance provided

K G Longo

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You're welcome.

BTW, when using the advanced filter, make sure you have highlighted any cell in the table proper, before going to data/filter/advanced filter; otherwise Excel does not fill in the range field.

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JRosenfeld,

thank you so much for your description of how you've organised your excel database for your collection.  I'm approaching desperation as many of my discs have multiple composers/works and cover more than one period and the spine often says things like !Bach etc"... which really doesn't help.  They're currently filed in the drawer under alphabetical order of first-named composer on the disc but this means that I've really no idea what works I've got and what works I haven't...

I've been discussing cataloguing with my (techie) husband and said I thought an Excel database would do the job nicely (I use Excel for other databases) but he thought a dedicated package would be better. Having read this thread and simlar on other forums I've decided to go the Excel route and your description makes the initial set-up so much easier for me - less thinking and more typing! :)

I'm currently off work convalescing so will make a start today! :) I'll let you know how I get on...

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PS I haven't got the technical expertise to "tinker" with other packages...

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deedee wrote:

PS I haven't got the technical expertise to "tinker" with other packages...

 

If you can work with excel you can work with catraxx.  Good luck and I hope it works out for you.

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I just stumbled on this web site: www.3beez.com.  It describes a complete 
system with music management software that appears to solve my problem with 
classical music.  The web site says that they are still working on a marketing 
plan, but I was wondering whether anyone has seen a demonstration or a review of the 
system.  It looks powerful, but it's hard to tell from static images.

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Greetings from New Zealand.

I have my very own "Gramophone Record Library Catalogue" suite of computer programmes, known as "Krauss".

There is associated documentation.

If interested, then Email me - vangie@xnet.co.nz

 

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It's the easiest of things to use either Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc to create a cataloguing database in a few minutes that exactly meets your needs. And those programs come free with most computers. (If you use Calc, you know that you'll be able to upgrade for free for ever, so you'll never have to start again if the software becomes corrupted and the manufacturer goes bankrupt, say.)

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Nobody has yet enquired as to my cataloguing-programmes.

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I have been using Orange CD (OCD) for a very long time. I recently looked at CATraxx and didn't find that it was an improvement. So far ALL my upgrades to OCD (major and minor) have been free, but that may not apply to new registrations. OCD uses FreeDB as its lookup database; FreeDB is not error free, but I have been able to easily correct most glitches. OCD does read tracks purchased from the iTunes store. I like it because it is possible to create one's own display templates (like any user modifiable program, some expertise is required). OCD can play tracks through iTunes, but cannot create playlists. OCD can also upload seamlessly to the users account at racksandtags.com, as well as create html export files. Probably because I am so used to it, I found the OCD display simpler and less fussy than that in CATRaxx.

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