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    Been a reader of the forum for a while but dont really post much.

    i have recently been given a admin role at a local volunteer group so i need some way of keeping record all the information that i will have.

    i will have approx 400peoples records with all kinds of information but i just dont now what software i can use?

    any ideas

    webbie

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    Filemaker (more flexible) or Bento (easier, but not quite as powerful) are worth a look.

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    For just 400 records I'd use a spreadsheet. Hardly any learning curve; name and address fields can be used directly by your wordprocessor for mailmerge/labels; it, or portions of it; can be readily exported and read by others; sorting and tabular reports are a doddle and it could be free - see NeoOffice or Open Office if you don't already have Numbers.

    One tip - just make sure that every item of data (First name, Last name, Address line 1, Address Line 2, Town, Postcode..) are in their own column. Oh, (OK second tip) and save regularly during data entry and manipulation, particularly before sorting.
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    Excel has a List Manger feature that functions like a basic database program. You can sort by the various categories you create.

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    Agree with toMACsh, Excel is the way to go. Templates available from MS for free download.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Agree with toMACsh, ...
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    And depending on what type of info you will have on said 400 people this might be a good time to look at security....just sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayneal View Post
    And depending on what type of info you will have on said 400 people this might be a good time to look at security....just sayin
    You're on to something that I wanted to ask: what information are you storing? It's likely that Excel will work if it's simple but there may be something better depending on what you need to store and whether or not you need to edit it from elsewhere. Do you need a web based solution?
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