Monday, July 21, 2014

Help ~ Advanced Set Creation with US Coin (Mac)

A cool new feature for Advanced Set creation is queued-up and waiting for Apple to approve. Once Apple approves, the feature will appear in the next update of US Coin for OS/X. This is the version for folks using iMac desktop's, or MacBook and MacBook Pro computers.

Honestly, US Coin for OS/X is the best version we have.

Category:

Coin category, or sub-group. For example, the picture above shows "Two and Three Cents" as the Category. The category includes both 2 and 3 cent coins. Some categories (Dollars, Nickels) cover only a single denomination, while others (Gold Coins) may contain several different denominations. This is just the way Numismatic 'experts' have grouped coins for the last 10,000 years (give or take).

Name & Description:

These fields allow you to provide a short name and longer description for the Set. I typically just copy the Category to the Name and the Types description, to the Description. If you do the same, let me know and I will have the software simply do that as a default behavior.

Issue list

The main part of the window is composed of the Issues list which contains three columns:
  1. Have
  2. Include
  3. Issue Description
Near the top, left of the list you will notice a check-box labeled 'Select/Unselect' checking this check-box will cause every row in the Issue list to also change to either Selected (checked) or Unselected (unchecked). This makes it easy to quickly mass-select, mass-unselect all issues.

Near the top right you will notice the number of Issues found for the Type.

Have

This column shows 'Yes' when a matching coin is found in your collection. A match is determined when the set coin's PCGS reference number matches a coin in your collection. If you have a coin in your collection with the same PCGS ref. number, then you have a match for this particular issue in the Set.

Include

This column shows a check-box. When you click Save, the program will create a new set and will add every issue that has the check-box 'checked'. Un-check any coins that you would like to exclude, not add, to the set when it's finally created.

Issue Description

This column simply shows the official numismatic description of the coin issue.

Options

Near the bottom of the view, notice two check-boxes:
  1. Automatically match...
  2. When no matches exist...

Automatically match...

This option determines a very powerful improvement provided with Advanced Sets, automatically matching set issues with coins already in your Collection. This feature is so cool I should be paid money for the update.

When you create a new Set, some of the coins required for the Set might already be hidden within your current Collection. This option does a powerful search of your Collection to find and then attach any coins you might already have.

Leave me a comment if you like this feature :)

When no matches exist...

This option was provided to allow you to control what previously was built-in behavior. When a new Set is created, the software can automatically ALSO create coins representing the new Set issues, in your Collection. Lots of people found this feature useful. Others hated it.

Check the check-box if you would like new Coins to be created in your Collection WHEN you don't already have them. These new coins will automatically appear in your buy list report (cool feature).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Questions Welcome

If you have any questions about how any of our software products work, please feel free to contact us by emailing support@saintssoft.com

Alternatively, you can post a question below in the comments section.

Thank you for buying our software!

john kountz
programmer, sole-proprietor, cook & bottle washer

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Working on a redesign of Sets

Our Set's feature is finally getting some long neglected loving.

Currently, it's very powerful but far too confusing. We get more complaints about how Set's work than any other part of the App.

So I'm working on redesigning, here's sneak peek:


You will be able to Include / Exclude individual coins in the series from being added to the Set.

The App will optionally automatically matching issues in your collection, & add those to the Set.

The App will optionally automatically create new coins for any coins that you don't have.


I'd like to hear any feedback on how YOU would like to see adding +Types to new Sets should work. The whole point of the +Types option is to allow you to add dozens of coins to a Set automagically, saving you perhaps hours of work manually adding coins one-by-one.

The most common complaint I get, coins being added that you don't have and will never have. So I'm working on making this easier to understand & configure.

Best-
john

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Coin grading Acronyms

The codes included in our built-in dictionary can be very confusing to new collectors.

We've collected a list of good web references for the various types of acronyms.

  • PCGS Coin Grading (link)
  • Coin Collecting acronyms (link)
  • Sheldon Scale (link)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Adding new photos

From the main Coins view,
  1. select a coin you’d like to add a photo for
  2. across top notice Details  Ref.  Photos.
  3. touch Photos text label, notice the change in view now shows Coin Photo(s)
  4. touch “New Photo”
  5. position your coin, click the round shutter button.
  6. if photo is good, select “Use Photo”

From the "Coin Photo(s)” view, (you have more than one photo)
  1. scroll up (finger down, drag from bottom to top) till you see a new section titled ‘Coin Photo(s)’
  2. touch ‘New Photo’
  3. position your coin, click the shutter
  4. if satisfied, select “Use Photo”
You can add as many photos as you'd like. Our MacBook version makes it easy to explore and arrange the coin photos.


Hope this helps folks-

john
programmer, accountant, janitor, owner
saintssoft llc

Monday, October 28, 2013

Adding new coins

Not sure this is very useful, we provided a really nice YouTube video tutorial that shows the same steps. No doubt, some folks prefer reading than watching.

The steps I personally use when adding a new coin. This is typical, definitely add steps with more coins than not. Most of my collection (100-150 coins) was entered long ago, to be honest, I added the coins as I built the software over three (3) years ago.

My new coin steps

1. From the Coins view
2. Click + (top of view)
3. Touch ‘Type’, select a type…
4. Touch ‘Issue’, select issue, touch ‘Save’.
5. Touch ‘Grade’, select grade, touch ‘Save’.
6. Touch ‘Acquired’, select grade, touch ‘Save’.
7. Touch ‘Code’, enter it, touch
8. Touch ‘Acquired’, select grade, touch ‘Save’.
9. Touch ‘Photo’
10. Touch ‘New’, snap a photo, touch ‘Use Photo’
11. Scroll so a new empty photo view is shown.
12. Touch ‘Existing’, select a photo
13. Touch ’Save’
14. Coins view is displayed
15. New coin is show at very top


I am always interested to hear what you, my customers would like me investing development.

john kountz
cheif software architect
saintssoft.com



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Privacy Policy

SaintsSoft LLC does not store any of your data on our equipment.

We respect your privacy.

If you use the Cloud backup service, you might want to read Dropbox's privacy policy as they host the Cloud storage.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Using Sets to quickly add hundreds of coins

There is a very fast way to enter an entire coin series, it's buried (for now) in Sets.

I've produced a YouTube tutorial showing how to do this (link)

It allows you to create every coin in a series (like Morgans) with a couple of keystrokes. If you don't have all of the coins, you can delete the coins you don't have.

1. Select Set's tab (Bottom, 2nd from left labeled Sets)
2. Select +
3. Select Custom
4. Select +Series
5. Select Dollars, then click YES in dialog asking about adding coins.
6. Select Done
7. Select Coins tab (Bottom, 1st item on left labeled Coins)

Notice that every single Morgan dollar was just added. That's hundreds of coins.

If you don't have every Morgan, find the one's you don't have and remove them. 


Hope this helps, questions always welcome, sometimes I'll actually be able to help :)

john

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What's next for US Coin

This year we've shipped a ton of software, including new Windows and OS/X Mac versions.

We'd love to hear from our customers regarding what they are looking for next?

Please leave a comment, or email us to let us know.

Thanks!

John
chief software architect
SaintsSoft LLC

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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We really, really, really appreciate your support.

Really.

We promise to continue delighting you with great software, please keep referring folks to our products and we will grow together.

Gratefully,
SaintsSoft LLC Product Development Team






Wednesday, May 8, 2013

US Coin Collector for Mac

Welcome to US Coin Collector for OS/X.

Thank you for purchasing the software, we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed producing it. If you have any questions, we are happy to assist (email).

We also have Video Tutorials:
We are always open to feedback & suggestions for future releases. Feel free to leave a comment below, or email us.

SaintsSoft LLC Development Team

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mac Restore Tutorial

This tutorial covers restoring your collection from the Cloud, using US Coin Collector for Mac OS/X.