One of my new year resolutions was to consolidate my important information. You know the kind, right?
Credit card numbers. Warranty information. Product serial numbers. Mac app serial numbers and license information. Easier said than done. I have half a dozen Mac apps that do some of everything. My latest friends does it all on Mac and iPhone.
All In One Place: Mac & iPhone
Yes, I know that’s two places. But Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field allows me some leverage, right? If I keep something on my Mac and my iPhone, it’s kinda sort in the same place.
Like, my kids are playing in their room, though I have one of them locked in the closet.
They’re all playing. In their room. That’s how it works, and it’s what I’m telling Child Protective Services should they ask.
Here’s how it works. If I’m to have important information at my fingertips, then the important information needs to be where my fingers are, and sometimes my fingers go with me when I leave the house and my Mac behind.
See? That makes perfect sense, now, right?
LicenseKeeper, How Do I Keep Thee?
What I’m trying out now, in my quest to consolidate that which prior to the 21st century and three children seemed wholly unconsolidatable, is LicenseKeeper. It keeps license and serial number information in a safe, secure place on your Mac or iPhone, preferably both.
As a Mac app, it’s very straightforward to use. Click the New Item button for, well, a new item to store in LicenseKeeper. Add the Title, version number, Serial number, and specific attachments, as needed.
Or, use the Import button and LicenseKeeper finds apps and creates the entry for you.
LicenseKeeper stores all the information you give it, and syncs up to an iPhone (and the LicenseKeeper app) using the popular, and mostly free, DropBox service.
Email license and registration information can be added via drag and drop. You can also import information from other license and serial number-keeping apps using XML or delimited export files (it also exports data).
That’s the problem I’m having now. Some of my older apps don’t export pretty data.
But, my kids won’t stay in the closet all afternoon, either, so, hey, what can you do?
LicenseKeeper doesn’t bog you down with a bunch of heavy duty features and it won’t secure your information with some kind of encryption. In the age of mobility, it needs that functionality out of the box.
You know, I wonder, as more and more apps head to Apple’s Mac App Store, where you don’t have to worry about serial numbers or registration numbers, will there be as much of a need for such apps to store information that Apple already stores for us?
Don’t you just love our 21st century Big Brother?