Sometimes I wonder if I bring any value to humanity at all. I can’t sing. Can’t dance. Can’t play a musical instrument. When I tried out for music and band in middle school I was asked by the instructor if I liked art. I took art classes but can’t draw, can’t paint, and my color tastes are mostly monochromatic. My body of work as an adult tends to be represented by honest, hard-working children, and being able to type fast (thank you, Miss Hastings).
So it is with a little wonderment that I introduce to you, and ostensibly, the artist in you, to the ArtHandler app for your Mac. It’s an app for artists. Specifically so artists can remember titles, dimensions, and other pertinent details of their works.
Even from the viewpoint of a Mac user and reviewer whose claim to fame for artistic creations is a nose for monochrome color schemes, I can see value here. ArtHandler tracks anything to do with your artistic endeavors; title, media, dimensions, year, location and price, even duration for time based artwork.
I can even see how this would be useful to art collectors, and to those who sell art. ArtHandler is basically a personal artwork catalog. Add images or PDFs for each entry, search the entire collection with a few clicks. Caption data is created automatically from the metadata you enter. And, speaking of entry, ArtHandle gives you the option to add notes to each entry, too.
Of course, it’s a good OS X citizen with options to share entries via Mail, Twitter, Facebook, et al. What’s missing? We live in a mobile oriented world today, so having an ArtHandler app for iPhone and iPad, with iCloud or Dropbox sync would be a huge plus.