For years, ComicBase had only an expensive, professional version
of their comic book database and collection manager. Recently, they
moved into the free space with ComicBase Free, offering a
full-featured, but also stripped-down, free version.
ComicBase Free has the same enormous comic book database that
its pay cousin has. It doesn’t have individual cover images in it,
which is kind of a drag as images are the heart of comics. The
database included with ComicBase Free also doesn’t have any
creative team information (writer, artists, and so on), preferring
instead to focus on the fictional aspects: the characters and key
moments in selected issues.
The free version of ComicBase is limited to 500 comic books per
collection, or about two or three longboxes worth of comics,
including bags and backing boards. If you’ve got more comics than
that, you’ll want to look into upgrading to one of the full
versions. If you decide to upgrade to one of the paid versions,
moving your ComicBase Free database to the paid version is a
somewhat convoluted process. Instead of simply trying to open the
database from the new product, visit the vendor’s FAQ page for the
shortcut method, which involves exporting your
old database before you upgrade.
ComicBase Free won’t update its database or pricing; it’s static
from the moment you download it, meaning you’ll have to add new
comic books to the database by hand or upgrade to a more expensive
version of ComicBase. The ComicBase software includes a rudimentary
spreadsheet that will be recognizable for anyone who’s used Excel
for any length of time.
ComicBase also links to AtomicAvenue, the comic book selling Web
site that’s also owned by vendor Human Computing. This Web site
allows you to sell comics directly to the public, and it’s used by
a variety of comic book selling businesses. It’s a direct-sale site
like Amazon, rather than an auction-based site like eBay. If the
comic is for sale at AtomicAvenue, you’ll be able to click through
in ComicBase and purchase it.
Note: ComicBase Free is complete and
standalone, though there are several numerous versions of the app
that have more features, such as images and free updates: ComicBase
Express ($50), ComicBase Professional ($130) and ComicBase Archive