From an old post, I wanted to update the list of software below was designed specifically for artists’ special needs. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend one of these over the others. (Maybe you can!) Artists seem to be all over the map as to their preferences. However, I can tell you that not all are available for Macs, so Mac users will have fewer choices.
And I just received an email about GYST.
New June 2009: A recommendation for My Art Collection. The recommendation was for inventory. I can’t tell that My Art Collection has a great system for keeping track of contacts, but it might be worth exploring.
Many artists who use Macs have been very happy with Bento. It’s not just for artists, so it requires formatting.
You want software that can store all of your inventory as well as your buyers and network. Think about what else you need for it to do, like print mailing labels and export data and . . .
Amazingly, most of these are unattractive. I don’t know who they thought they were making them for, but they’re not visually appealing. I have used FileMaker since my early days in the museum. You can make it look however you like, but it requires a lot of setting up whereas the others come ready to use.
Related post: Things to look for in artist software