If there’s only one thing to like about the Mac App Store, it’s that keeping track of your purchases and app updates is easy; virtually automatic.
But if you’re a business, school, or organization with plenty Macs here and there, tracking software (and hardware) can be an exercise in utility. What you need is an app that does both. And, plenty of money.
Tracking Software And Hardware
For the average Mac user, keeping track of software licenses and purchase information, not to mention the details associated with hardware, isn’t much of a challenge.
When your Macs multiply, then you need a database app that tracks all the details of your software and hardware purchases.
What kinds of details? The list adds up quickly.
Serial numbers, purchase dates, installed Macs, warranty information, iCal integration, bug reporting, users. You get the idea. Having all that information in one place can be a time saver for any organization of Mac users.
Enter HSTracker, an incredibly detailed and thorough Mac app database that tracks more details of software and hardware than you thought imaginable.
Take a look at the hardware data screen.
Let’s call HSTracker an asset management app that stores all those little details for hardware installed in your company or organization (or, at home—the perfect detail needed for insurance purposes).
Serial numbers, hardware configurations, warranty details, and much more, all conveniently tracking in the HSTracker database, tied in to iCal (so you can be alerted when warranties expire), easily searchable, and exportable.
The same attention to detail shows up in the software component of HSTracker, which gives you instant search capabilities for software by app, by vendor, and by installation.
The data screen makes it easy to enter software license codes, serial numbers, even the details of which Mac the app is installed on, the user, including Mac details and MAC addresses.
Administrators will love the ability to wake, ping, and check on Macs, PCs, routers, printers, direct from the HSTracker screen.
There’s even a History tab which makes tracking of repairs or updates much easier.
HSTracker works fine for home use, especially when you want all the details of a family of Macs and related and attached hardware.
But it shines in a business, school, or organization where there are plenty of Macs, and an administrator to manage support.
For Mac administrators who use Apple Remote Desktop, HSTracker will import ARD details so they don’t have to be entered manually. This is a serious app that you won’t find on the Mac App Store. It’s not inexpensive, but can save plenty of money by tracking the purchase, installation, update and repair history of a bunch of Macs. Three versions of HSTracker are available—Lite, for home and small business, the standard version, and the multi-user version which requires FileMaker Pro.