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CoolOSXApps posted SerialSticker, which is an application for storing all your software licenses. I don’t know how it works, as I haven’t tried it. But it got me wondering how everyone manages the multitudes of software they accumulate on their systems (assuming it’s legit…). I know […]

CoolOSXApps posted SerialSticker, which is an application for storing all your software licenses. I don’t know how it works, as I haven’t tried it. But it got me wondering how everyone manages the multitudes of software they accumulate on their systems (assuming it’s legit…).

I know there are a handful – if not several – dedicated applications to this end. There are even other catch-all programs such as Yojimbo that have been mentioned for this sort of usage. Heck, you can even eliminate another software license and just use OS X’s built-in Keychain to store that information.

While all of these are terrific, they ultimately boil down to the need to backup those apps/databases. If you’re not diligent about that, then it’s likely not going to help you much. So my personal method is to keep a draft in my web-based email account with all that information in one place. It nicely eliminates searching multiple emails for all the serials I need, and it’s readily available from my internet connection should I be rebuilding a machine from scratch.

So that’s how I roll. How about you? Have you found a dedicated app that you swear by, or maybe something that you’ve shoe-horned into that role? Do tell. Need more ideas, our Community covered it somewhat over here.

  1. Yojimbo all the way. It’s worth the money just for the serial number storage. I’m not fond of the keychain as it doesn’t take much for it to become corrupt or broken.

    Yojimbo works with .Mac so my iMac and MacBook all have the same info anywhere. Good stuff.

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  2. I second Yojimbo. While I don’t have it running all the time, I do store all my serial numbers and my TextMate key on it.

    I don’t have .mac yet as I’m waiting to see if the recent alliance of Google and Apple will change the way .mac is run. It may not have any impact at all, but I’m still taking a “wait & see” approach.

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  3. I used to have a custom Filemaker Pro database for this, but recently I just moved everything into a Google Apps spreadsheet. It’s not very sophisticated – I just keep the app name and serial number (and the location of the original serial #, eg. email, CD case, Paypal, etc.). I don’t bother with the home page of the app or anything else because I figure I can just Google it.

    I like that I can keep it online *and* download a backup to my Mac (as a .xls file or other format) for safe keeping.

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  4. After using Keychain for a few months I had enough, so I bought Wallet for storing all of my passwords and serial numbers. So far it’s great.

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  5. I also roll with the email approach. I have a special label in gmail called “accounts” and put everything in there. Simple and I don’t have to back it up.

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  6. I’ve been using SplashID on my Palm. It comes with a Mac version that can read the same database. The backup is my Palm (or vice versa).

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  7. I have a little system I have been using for about the last two years, it works pretty well. I simply GMail myself the following…

    subject: Software License | Name of Software
    body: whatever the serial number is and any notes, etc

    Then I tag it “Software License” and archive it. That way it is searchable, or I can just look at all the Software License codes. Also its nice because you can find a serial number if you are not at your home computer.

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  8. I really like Wallet for all my password / serial numbers.

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  9. Yojimbo FTW.

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  10. Yo, Jimbo…..

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