Last week my computer had a severe case of indigestion. Its newly upgraded operating system was choking on an old version of FileMaker Pro. How old? Four versions out of date -- gaads, I let myself get behind the times!
So I finally bit the bullet and bought FileMaker Pro 11. Now the computer is happily sucking in data and spitting out all sorts time saving forms.
Here's my new favorite form to track orders (see above, click to enlarge). Fellow artists that handle orders and must track inventory may find it useful too. I'm sure that there are myriad accounting/database software programs that do this well -- I've just never gotten the hang of Excel or others like it. Rather, I've been using FileMaker for more than 16 years to handle databases and generate receipts or invoices.
Anyhoo, the best feature in this FileMaker form is right in the middle of the page, the No. (number ordered) column -- it automatically keeps a running total for me. Woot! No more thumbing through paper order forms and making little tally marks on a piece of scratch paper.
What's your favorite way to keep track of this sort of info? Let us know in the comments section below :-)