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derek
May 31, 2021
In NM Collector Software CP
Will there be additional features included with CP to create reports compared to the JE version? For example, I'd like to create an inventory report, but only for a subset of my inventory, with pictures and notes. Along with that, I would also like to have the flexibility to include other fields, change font size, and an option for a thumbnail size of a photo, to click later in an .html formatted report.
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derek
May 28, 2021
In NM Collector Software JE
I have an old inventory list on an Excel spreadsheet. Haven’t bothered to manage forever, so I decided to start over. I’m mostly concerned having a reliable/accessible way for family to ascertain value of that inventory should I pass unexpectedly. I prefer network storage over a local machine, and didn’t want it in a cloud I didn’t own the physical hardware. At minimum, they just need to know how to access the VM from a local OS, or connect to it using the VM manager on the Synology NAS GUI, both of which are straightforward for them. After trying a handful of open source solutions to store inventory on a local Network Attached Storage, I found a way for JE to work for me. Currently running a Synology DS930+ with 8GB of RAM. I have Docker running a container for Calibre (eBooks). I attempted work my way through the Docker documentation to get JE to run in a Java container, then link it to the derby database in a separate container, but that setup requires knowledge I don’t have right now to assess if that’s possible. But, this approach appears promising so far: - Running a LinuxLite OS using the Synology VM manager, dedicated to JE. - Made a script to auto run JE at boot. - Made the VM accessible via VNC. - VM has access to shared folders in the NAS The VM is accessible on macOS, Windows using TightVNC, and Linux via VNC. Local screen sharing - horay. Synology has an iOS app, DS Photo, that may work really well with this set up. - I can photograph my inventory. - Uploaded specific photos to a shared folder on the NAS using DS Photo. - Access the shared folder on the VM to copy the photos to the VM, so I can link it to the db in JE. I‘m going to fill in some inventory and run a report to see how it all works out. Eventually, I’d like to keep an encrypted/password protected static copy of that report on OneNote, or something like that. Just sharing my enjoyment from the process until I can play with the new CP version.
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derek
May 22, 2021
In NM Collector Software CP
Hi, Clay! For your consideration are a couple ideas as you continue to develop NM Collector Software CP. 1) I'm currently running web version of Calibre on a Synology NAS using Docker. With this approach, I am able to access my library from any OS via a web browser on the local network. Would you consider developing a web version? This approach appears it might be a happy medium between having it hosted on an outside cloud, and having the ability to access the database from any OS with a capable browser. 2) Using an iOS/Android app, it would be great to be able to upload photos to that database.
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