Day by day, week after week, year after year, we add more stuff to the stuff we already have. What the world needs is a Mac app that can track all our stuff, room-by-room, office-by-office so we know for sure how much stuff we have (and what it’s worth to us and the insurance company when it disappears unexpectedly).
Mac users can choose from a number of home inventory apps that range in price from free to about $20. Free doesn’t get you much, but $4.99 gets you change from $5.00, and the easiest to use inventory app.
Enter Compartments, an inexpensive, intuitive, and useful home inventory app for the Mac.
Compartments uses a simple dialog box to enter the contents and details of each room in your home.
Step-by-step you can all the information you need to help inventory your possessions for the sake of curiosity, or even better– for the sake of the insurance company that may want to know what kind of stuff you had before it disappeared in a catastrophe or theft.
Create a location in Compartments for each room in your home. Then, add items, one-by-one. Compartments has room for date acquired, value, model, serial number, warrant information, even notes and photos.
The Quick Apply function makes it simple to add new items to the home inventory, and reports for all or some of your items can be generated with a click.
Your insurance company will appreciate the details. Compartments also stores receipts, product manuals, PDF files, photos, and even videos for each product or room.
What’s not to like? Compartments is simple to use, and inexpensive. The only problem I see is that it’s a legacy item from the PC era in a post-PC world. An app for the iPhone makes for a better inventory information gatherer than a Mac.
While you can count the number of Mac home inventory apps on a single hand and have fingers left over, there are dozens of iPhone home inventory apps, many priced less than the Mac version and far more convenient to use as you wander around the house taking inventory.