Collecting Software | NM Collector Software | for any Collection including Home Inventory
Manage any type of collection
Unlike most other collecting software packages that that require a
separate purchase for each type of collection they manage, with NM
Collector Software you get all of the following
and more with one purchase. There is no need
to purchase each collection type separately.
Pictures may be out of date so be sure to download NM Collecting
for free so you can see the latest program features first
One purchase entitles you to use this collecting software for all
of your collections on all of your computers.
Windows, Mac and Linux. 100% Satisfaction
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Custom 2 GB USB flash drive with activation
This option comes configured out of the box to
run on any computer with no installation required.
Available from: Brownells
I do accept personal checks.
Be sure to include your email address for
delivery of the activation key.
Please send check to:
Clayton J. Pryor
C/O R. B. White, P.C.
9007 Washington NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
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NM Collector Software delivered on the Custom USB flash drive
pictured above is available from Brownells
as Gun Collector Software.
What is NM Collector Software?
Keep track of every aspect of your collection with this
collecting software. Create detailed files on individual items with
custom fields for any type of collection. For example, you can
track model, serial number, purchase date, purchase price, sale
price, and appraised value—even lets you attach photos to each
entry. Searchable database has a statistics feature that lets you
track both the appraised and realized value of individual items, or
your entire collection. Print hard copy reports and personalized
tags, even customize the screen appearance, modify or add field
headings, and add your own drop-down values.
This collecting software is a desktop application written in
Java using an embedded Derby database to help people manage their
collections. The database can be encrypted or not depending on your
needs and preferences. It is designed to be run on any computer that
has Java 6 (or greater) installed. Java 6 is available for Windows,
Mac, and Linux. It is a very stable platform that has been around
for many years with no foreseeable end to its availability on these
Do you really need such large pictures?
The biggest performance hit when using NM Collector Software is large pictures stored in the database. Here is a very useful article regarding how big your pictures really need to be on computers. If you still insist on using large pictures, please do the following to help ensure optimal responsiveness of the program:
- Select Options > Pictures > Save In File System.
- When the system tells you the files are transferred, allow it to delete them from the database.
Run NM Collector Software on "The Cloud"
For those of you less concerned about privacy, you can easily
run NM Collector Software on the cloud. Doing this allows you to
access your collections from any desktop computer anywhere there is
an internet connection.
A Note regarding your Privacy and How to Protect it.
This program does not plant anything on your system. Nor does
it connect to the internet unless you click a request for help or
click on an information link from within the program.
Please click the "Learn more" button below for more
information including step by step instructions on how you can setup
a Norton Firewall to monitor the newtwork access of any program on
Free to small government agencies.
Small government agencies, such as police departments, can use
NM Collector Software to manage their inventories such as firearms,
ammo, and even vehicles (new vehicle template coming soon).
A free activation will be sent upon request. Click "Learn
more" for details on how to make a request.
|Getting started is
as easy as 1 2 3.
||Follow the step by step instructions on the download page to
and "install" the option of NM Collector Software that best meets
your needs. Please note the following when considering what to
- USB: Works for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Does not have to be
run from USB.
- Windows: Windows Only
- Mac: Mac Only
- Linux: Linux Only
||Start the program based on the option you downloaded in
accordance with these instructions.
||Follow these step-by-step
instructions to start entering data.
Always backup the entire NM Collector Software directory. This
protects your data if something should go wrong.
|Getting help is as
easy as A B C Do Re Me.
||Review the Known
Issues page for the problem you are experiencing.
||Follow these step-by-step
instructions if you cannot figure out how to enter data.
||For additional help, please consider the following
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Portable Collecting Software
This is a truly portable application designed to be run on any
computer with any operating system from a USB Flash drive.
Although it can be installed on the computer hard drive it is also
designed to run entirely off of a USB flash drive that can be
plugged into any computer making it a truly portable application.
Is Java Safe?
There are some reports about security vulnerabilities with
Java. These vulnerabilities are for Java browser
plugins (applets) not Java applications like NM Collector.
Here are instructions for disabling
Java in web browsers to eliminate these vulnerabilities.
Related Android Apps
Through the years many people have requested mobile versions of NM
Collector so I built related Android
apps. The intent
of these apps is to work in conjunction with the Desktop version of
NM Collector which makes it easy to input data. That data can
then be easily transferred to your mobile device to take with you
and make minor adjustments (like easily adding pictures) as
necessary on the go and then uploading the changes back to the
desktop. Although the mobile apps allow you to enter data from
scratch, they are not meant to be the primary means of data entry.
How It Works
Since NM Collector is so powerful, it can be a little hard to figure
out at first. Therefore, the most commonly asked question is "How do
I start entering data?" This question is answered in this video
and on this page of step
by step instructions with screen captures
. It may not initially be
intuitive because the User Interface allows you to do the following:
- Manage multiple types of collections in one interface -
therefore you must select the collection that you want to work
with in the tree view.
- Customize most fields in every collection type.
- Associate items (like accessories) with their "parent"
Once you understand these capabilities it should become obvious how
it works. Since NM Collector
Software is written in Java
, it can be run directly off of a USB
flash drive with no installation required. When run directly from a
USB flash drive all data resides on the flash drive itself so it can
be removed from the computer and taken with you to be run on any
other computer - again - with no installation required. It can also
be stored in a safe location.
It does run slower
off of a USB flash drive so many people chose to run NM Collector
off of their hard drive. In this case, it can still be easily copied
to a USB flash drive for backup and for sharing with others.
Tell Me More
- Jump to User Stories for
quick examples of what this application can do for you.
- Home Inventory Example
- Although NM Collector, with its foundation based squarely
on NM Gun Collector, is great for gun collections, it can be used
for any collection. Many pre-defined collection types are provided
by default. All of these can be customized to individual needs and
new collection types can be developed from scratch or by starting
with a copy of an existing collection type that is close to the
new collection type.
- Extensive customizations are available including the
ability to edit captions, automatic addition of values to drop
down lists so they only have to be typed once and then reused,
manual editing of drop down lists, and more. You can even change
font types and colors to your own preferences!
- Other features include unlimited pictures for each item, a
view (Statistics) that shows all of your items in a spreadsheet
format with sortable columns. Clicking on a row takes you back to
the main interface for the item in that row. Summary values are
displayed to show you how much your collection is worth and how
much it has gone up in value over time!
- Other views include Identification, Description, Receipt,
Disposition, Events, Maintenance, Data Sheets, and more. Sample
screen shots are included below. A complete set can be found in
the online documentation.
Customizable Collecting Software
See how to create your own collection type by following the Home Inventory
You can customize this
collecting software to your personal preferences including the
- Look and Feel - pick and choose your own Fonts including
style and size as well as foreground and background colors.
- Field Headings - standard headings available which you can
modify and/or make your own.
- Drop Down Values - many provided for each type of
collection but you can add and modify your own.
- Collection Type Templates - many are provided and you can
create your own.
- More ... see for yourself what you can do ...
If you do not like the fields provided by default you can redefine
them to your own. You get over 32 fields that you can define.
- Truly portable collecting
software - When installed on USB flash drive it can be run on any
computer and any computer.
- Free email support.
- Handles multiple inventory software collection
types all in one program. No need for separate purchases
for each collection you want to manage.
- Collections can be broken up into separate
instances of NM Collectorif you wish. One license allows
you to install the software on multiple computers and multiple
times on the same computer allowing you the flexibility you need.
- Primary interface is tree view with associated
- Statistics feature that summarizes dollar values
(including purchase price, appraised value, insured value, and
sales price if applicable) with ability to sort on any field and
quickly go to details for any selected item.
- Ability to import and export to and from Excel.
- Ability to import
data from old NM Gun Collector.
- Ability to access your data from mobile
devises. (See also NM Collecting Software for the Android.)
from a knife collector's perspective
- Here is a nice review
from a member of Firearms Talk. (Full discolosre: I am an
advertiser on their forums.)
- Read the NM Collector Reviews at Brownells (Look for the reviews link under
Software Review in Maine Antique Digest!
Here is an excerpt from that review:
"NM Collector JE is a simple,
inexpensive, versatile collection cataloging program that will
run on a Windows, Linux, or Macintosh computer."
- Tactical Tupperware - NM Collector, first impressions. One
component of the review that I am very glad he noticed is as
"Quite possibly the best feature
about this software is that it is entirely self-contained with
no 'cloud' component."
- Tactical Tupperware - Final Review of NM
Collector. The check is in the mail - just kidding - the
author did not want any money for this review so you can be sure
it is not biased. Here is a small excerpt from it:
"There is no question that this
software is comprehensive and built to handle collections of
virtually any size without issue. While my gun collection is
small it’s already helpful to be able to sort the data in
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"Great product. Hit a snag or two when I got started, but Clay
guided me through it in a very fast and professional manner.
Everything is going smoothly now. As a gunsmith I provide appraisals
for gun collectors and insurance purposes. My customers have been
more than satisfied with the results and I have been asked by some
to do other collections as well. This is easily done because of the
versatility of this program. The adaptability of the format ensures
very efficient and professional results. I highly recommend this
product. Thanks again Clay for your help and support."
ivgunsmithing, La Salle, IL
"I was looking
for something to keep track of all my valuables that I have
collected. I came across NM Collector and downloaded the "free
version" to get a feel for what it was like. Software is
absolutely amazing, the inventor really spent some time ensuring
that nothing was missed, it even allows for 100% customization which
is great because everyone wants a different configuration. I would
recommend the USB version/software to any person that has more than
a couple of valuable items. I intended to use this software for my
firearm and other collectibles but also decided it would be great
storage for home inventory in case something happens I will have
something to show my rental insurance company. This product was a
brilliant idea and well worth the money. "
"I really enjoy the portability of the new version. I have been
able to show off my collection to friends on their computers just by
using the thumb drive. I think the whole thing is pretty darn close
to perfect, and I'm very grateful to you for producing it."
"I just bought the NM
Collector. I like it very much. I was going through the thought
process that if something happens to me, I want my three sons to
understand what I have and what it MAY be worth instead of having
someone take advantage of them if they choose to dispose of any of
them. Taking photos and making detailed descriptions of all my guns
is a pain in the butt, but I feel that I would like to have that
info in written form somewhere."
have taken the downloads for GunSafe 2.8 offline. The program has
grown quite old, and there are more modern free and commercial
offerings now available. I recommend trying out NM
Collector. The author is a stand up guy, and puts
out updates based on problems/suggestions."
software is well written and you deserve the revenue. I am a
greedy capitalist pig who believes you should be rewarded for your
talents... It's the John Galt in me." (from a customer
who purchased two registrations)
NM Gun Collector Lessons Learned
This Collecting Software capitalizes on lessons
learned from NM Gun Collector Feedback and experience from many
years of success with NM Gun Collector was incorporated into this
new inventory software.
One of the biggest
complaints from users of NM Gun Collector was that pictures were not
stored in the database itself. Instead, the path to each
picture was stored in the database while the pictures themselves
remained in the file system. This is a very effective approach
from a disk management standpoint but required additional care and
backups from a user perspective. This new collecting software
allows for either approach to storing pictures - you choose which
one you prefer.
A very common request from users
of NM Gun Collector was that it support other types of
collectibles. That was impossible before but now you can track
any and all of your collections in one or multiple copies of this
software. Again, the choice is up to you.
Another frequent request was to be able to run NM Gun Collector on
platforms other than Windows. This new inventory program can
be run on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
As with most things in life, it is best to contact us first to see
if we can resolve your issues before you request a refund. If we
cannot resolve your issues, uninstall the software, destroy the
activation email, and request a refund within 30 days of your
original purchase. The original purchase price will be
refunded in full.
If you purchased a USB Flash
Drive you must request a refund before returning it and it must
arrive undamaged and in re-sellable condition. Shipping is not
Collecting Software User Stories
Scrum is a popular methodology in modern software development. One
aspect of Scrum is the concept of "User Stories
" where application developers work closely with a single
representative of members of the target audience (known as the
"Product Owner") to define system requirements based on a
description of the features from the system user's perspective. The
format of a user story is as follows: "As a
[type of user] I want [some feature] to provide [some
Below, you will find some
examples of user stories from a collector's perspective for features
of NM Collector. Please feel free to suggest user stories of your
As a collector of _______________ (you fill in the blank), I
to capture identification information (including purchase price and
current value) for insurance claims in case of any of my items are
lost or stolen.
NM Collector captures key information required by insurance
companies for loss claims including identification information,
purchase price, current value, appraised value, appraised by,
appraisal date, and more including unlimited pictures.
Pictures can be loaded through the desktop application and the
mobile app can be used to capture pictures which can then be
uploaded into the desktop application.
This data can then be exported to excel
or insurance reports (with or without pictures) can be saved to
PDF files to send to your insurance agent.
to easily view my items electronically so that I ...
- do not have to to open my safe or go to any other storage
location to see what I have.
You can track any information that you
might want to review about any item including pictures so you do
not have to actually handle the item to remind yourself exactly
what it is and what characteristics it has.
- can easily decide if I want to make a purchase or sale to
improve my collection no matter where I am.
Mobile versions of NM Collector are
available that allow you to view pictures and key information on
your mobile device where ever you go. NM Collector itself is
designed to be run on any computer from a USB flash drive so you
can take it with you wherever you go and see your collection using
any computer available to you with no installation required.
- my data to be safe, secure and accessible only to me and
those that I chose to give access to.
There are several security mechanisms available with NM
Collector. The first is to run it strictly from a USB Flash
drive that you can control access to. That way nobody gets
to your data unless you allow them access to the USB flash drive.
One disadvantage of running strictly from a
USB flash drive is that it can be slow for large
collections. In this case you will want to run NM Collector
from your computer hard drive. That will require another
level of security which, in this case, is encryption with a
password. Of course, you can encrypt your data and password
protect it on your USB flash drive as well.
Another key component when it comes to protecting your data is to
back it up in case of loss from your primary source (be it a USB
flash drive or your desktop hard drive). One way to backup
your data is to copy it to another USB flash drive or a hard
to search my collection to quickly find any item.
A "Find" button is provided that
can be used to locate any item in the main tree view
to organize my collection by various attributes so I can
easily group my items by any characteristic that I want to track.
A statistics screen allows you to sort your collection by any
attribute that you capture. Once you find an item you can
double click it to go to the data entry screens.
to track who I received each item from and, if appropriate,
who I gave or sold each item to so that I can easily look them up if
required (including BATFE Compliant Bound Book Format for Firearms).
NM Collector provides fields to track receipt and disposition data
including date, amount, and person and / or business information
for who the item was recieved from or disposed to. The item
can be loaded in order to find who it was received from or
dispositioned to. Also, the statistics window can be used to
sort by receipt from or disposition to if you want to see all
items recieved from or dispositioned to any individual. For
firearms, BATFE compliant reports can be generated.
to track maintenance procedures, when they are completed,
and next due, so I can be sure I properly maintaining my items for
optimal condition and value.
A screen is provided to capture not only maintenance procedures
for each item but also when they were last performed and when they
will be required next by elapsed time or elapsed units of your
to track shows and other events by item so I can track any
awards or other notable distinctions associate with my items.
Multiple events for each item can be captured including date, cost
of the event, helpers, and results.
to keep detailed data sheets of individual components that
make up each item so I have a record of its composition. This
is particularly useful for certain U.S. Military small arms.
A free form data sheet page is provided allowing you to track all
identifiable components of your items. Many data sheet
templates are available that can be copied and pasted into this
page for you to enter the details for each item.
to define my own fields so I can track the information that
I want to track about my collection.
In addition to the predefined fields
provided by default, there are many blank fields that can be
defined as you want. Almost all of the predefined fields in
NM Collector can be renamed to track the information that you want
to define my own collection type in case I cannot find
software configured to manage the type of collection that I want to
Not only can individual fields of an
existing collection type be redefined to meet your specific
requirements, whole new collection types can be defined to meet
your needs. You can define your own collection types from
scratch or by copying an existing collection type that is close to
what you need.
printable documentation so I do not have to read on-line
quick access to support when I need it.
There are many, perhaps too many, on-line
support resources available to research any topic including
pictures, textual instructions, and even videos. In
addition, email support is available.
the ability to submit recommendations and see my
suggestions in a future release of the software so I can help to
improve the product.
Suggestions are always encouraged and
welcome! This software has a long history of improvements
based on feedback from the user community. This tradition
will continue as it is one of the best ways to ensure continued
success in meeting customer requirements!