Re: Do you use any beekeeping software? Why?
I have used hivetracks but did not keep it up to date this last year. I have also looked at a few others but did not use them enough o remember the names of them.
Best feature of hivetracks is it's ease of use.
Worst thing is there is not enough to it.
I started using hive tracks back when it was free. I was part of the input when they started to charge for it. my response was they needed a lot more as a management tool to charge for it. it is sort of like charging you for the wrapper and not including the candy.
Now in my real life I run a program that tracks purchases receiving distribution of parts. Work orders, in regard to time, pats cost and frequency in repairs. who requested the work to be done and follow up as to customer satisfaction as well as handles the accounting requirments.
IN other words I not only want a program that can keep a list of how much equipment I am using. I want one that tells me how much equipment I am using. where how much I still have stored and where how old each piece of it is. when it was last maintained in any way. where it was last used. where it is going to be used next if known. what I paid for it and what it is still worth. in addition where it has been used and what has it produced or not for me. When I can expect to have to replace it and some estimate of how much that will cost. and that is just in regard to a hive box. what about equipment. vehicles, time, employees, meals when I am out working all day etc.
Navigation via Icons is a huge plus. just pictures keeps it simple. I like the ability to map my yards. I have had situations that I could direct someone to get into my hivetracks click on a yard and show the map. No questions where it is after that. they can find it and get done what I need done. The range of a given yard has been handy as well as the hive condition information. Makes it actually tractable to see if a hive is improving or not.
All programs have the same down fall. garbage in garbage out. you have to enter the data to get anything out of it. But it made management a snap when I had records of all my hives. what methods produced what results etc. IN many cases I got nearly exact opposite results form what I anticipated. noticed locations that where weaker than I anticipated them to be and some that where stronger than I expected.
In all of you are keeping records. you are going to keep them somewhere. Might as well be somewhere you can still read them later.
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