How much stuff do you own? Do you have a list? In the event of a natural disaster– flood, earthquake, tornado, fire, or theft– what would you show the insurance company to prove what you lost was worth your claim? That’s what a home inventory does.
This is exactly the kind of details most of us hate to get involved in. Counting stuff, assigning a value to stuff, keeping track of what we own. My grandmother used to say, “Hope for the best, plan for the worst.” She wasn’t a Mac users, but I think I can take her advice to another level.
Plan For Best
Most of us would acknowledge that planning is better than not planning. Enter MyStuff Pro, a ridiculously straightforward Mac app that helps you gather and capture and store an inventory of whatever you own by making the tedious part drop dead easy.
Your Mac has all the elements you need, but an iPhone or iPad can help with one important aspect of collecting inventory information. The camera. Otherwise, MyStuff Pro gathers your goods via barcodes, scanner, online Manual finder, and even Safari to track down the details of what you own.
MyStuff Pro doesn’t just make a list of what you own so you can assign a value to it. With photos and barcodes and descriptions– including warranty, manufacturer, and vendor information– you get all the details you need for a claim or value assessment.
The app itself is straightforward and designed to make it easy to gather and store information. Yes, it can be a home or business inventory management system, but it’s also good for rental property records; car, truck, motorcycle, or boat records; and a good way to track purchases for kitchen, garage, or collections– I’m thinking jewelry, wine, figurines, antiques.
That flexibility makes MyStuff Pro good to capture everything in your home, but it can also handle collections– books, toys, DVDs and CDs, and anything else with a value.
The built-in browser makes it easy to search the web for details on belongings that don’t have a barcode, receipt, or any specific detail that would attest to its value. As a true Mac app, it can store files, too– photos, videos, image, PDFs, even spreadsheets if that’s where you keep financial information.
Everything can be dragged and dropped into MyStuff Pro, but you can also use the Mac’s built-in iSight camera for photos and movies to incorporate into the database. Hold an item up to the Mac’s camera, take a photo, drag and drop it into MyStuff Pro’s database. Or, if you already have photos in Photos, drag and drop those, too.
A few, but they belong in the tedium category because there is effort to go through each room, or drawer, or cabinet, or closet just to bring out objects to add to the database. And, there’s the ongoing requirement to do the same to new products you bring into the house. There’s just no way around that extra level of work, although my wife and I have utilized the iPhone’s built-in movie camera to walk around the house, point and record everything and give a narration while we do the deed. Even that walk-through video can be stored into MyStuff Pro.
As inventory applications go it’s priced about right but would be a bargain if there was a handy capture app for iPhone and iPad. There is a 30-day try-before-you-buy option, though.