Main Database Program

The World Collector program is the mainstay of the series and holds simplified data on over 190,000 stamps from around the world. Still a lot more to add but I will be stopping at 1999.

Stamp Detail Display

Main Form

This is the  main form of the program and displays data from selected stamps. This is used to display the data from the simplified database supplied. 


This is again the main form but is showing data from a specialized database in this case the King George VI Unsimplified.

The form is divided into several areas each with it's own function. The green text at the top of each division indicates the function of that division. For example the catalog section displays catalog data on the currently selected stamp. The catalog can be changed any time by selecting a defined catalog from the drop down box.

My Collection allows you to indicate to the database which stamps and how many are in your collection.

The image area displays any image assigned to the current stamp and allows you remove the image or assign a new one. You can scan in your own images and assign to the stamps.

The Detail area shows details of the current stamp.

Specialist detail when displayed shows specialist detail held in the database on the currently selected stamp.

Themes allows you to assign the current stamp to any defined theme. Of course you can add your own theme to the database.

Selecting Stamps

Search Criteria

Clicking the magnifying glass button will display the search criteria form. Simply enter the selection criteria for the stamps you require and the program selects the stamps for you. You search on country, theme year of issue and even catalog and number once that information is entered. Partial text searches are enabled on the set title and description fields.

Catalog Definitions

Add your favorite catalog to the system and then use this catalog for all database operations. If more than one catalog entered easily swap between them to check other catalog numbers and values for each stamp. Export the definition file for other users of the program and import catalog definitions from other users. Use the program features to mimic the order in which your favorite catalog displays stamps and even miss out stamps not in your catalog. Enter the catalog values in the catalog native currency without having to convert them as you type. The valuation report will convert them to the output currency based on the exchange rates you enter. To add a new catalog simply enter the catalog details including currency then assign catalog numbers to stamps in the database.


This is the form for entering catalog data. Catalog numbers and values are entered here and the order in which the stamps will be searched and displayed can be edited.


Valuation Summary

The reports section allows you to report on the stamps selected producing Wants lists or valuation reports depending on your selections. When you search for stamps in your collection you have the option of valuation reports. The valuation summary is shown above and the main Valuation list below.


The valuation report will provide you with a valuation of your collection based on the the selected catalog, once the definition is loaded, and will output the value in your choice of currency whatever the currency of the original catalog. You can select a different catalogue or price list after the report is loaded and the values will update automatically. Use the weightings section to apply correction factors to the values from the catalogue to obtain more accurate valuations. Print the reports or save to your hard drive to process them further. 

This is just a taster of the features why not download the manual and have a read?

Posted in March 2015 by William Atkin