David Levy submitted the following thoughts on using the recently announced web site, NetCollect.com. -Editor Over the past two weeks or so I spent some time in uploading part of my collection into NeoCollect. Overall I'm very satisfied with the final outcome and I can recommend it to everyone who wants to have his/her collection online.
The website is fast, intuitive and easy to use. It allows you to include whatever information you want, and allows you to keep part of that information private (for instance, price paid), or to keep some coins private and other public. A very interesting feature is that you can import data from an MS-Excel spreadsheet, although it brings additional work in preparing such a sheet to fit more or less the way it asks data.
There are of course some flaws, but they are all minor and I suppose easy to solve when it proves to be worth doing (for instance the tabs for Reference Numbers, not so intuitive to use, or, more as a suggestion, the website could provide a model of Excel sheet to facilitate work).
The overall design is clean, light and well executed, and very pleasant. The overall appearance is sober and as far as I could observe, the pictures of several collections displayed are of very good quality. My concern is how the quality standard will be kept when more and more people start to upload items; perhaps it will have to count on a moderator or so.
Among other things I'd suggest to provide an option to export users' data into an Excel sheet as a way to have all information in a backup; also to allow an option to make several items public at once, instead of doing one at a time.
Finally, my last concern is how likely this will last for long, I mean on what it depends to last, since it takes quite a bit of time to upload big collections and it is natural people would not like to lose all this time if the site won't last for any reason - I'd like to know how other readers feel about this.
Just to give you a taste, I invite you to see part of my collections, Brazilian 640 reis, Mughal coins and Durrani coins. I hope you appreciate my work.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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