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Access 2007: Inventory Database


Hey all, long-time-lurker-first-time-poster.

I'm setting up a database for work, which is not quite an antique store, but for our purposes, let's assume that it is an antique store. We often have items that sit for a long time and cost several thousand dollars. We have a very, very slow moving inventory. The way we have been managing it is on paper, but now we want to move to a computer solution. We have about 500 items and we'd like to be able to rapidly look through pictures of each item and maybe click on one to bring up a page that has more info on each item. We need to be able to view the database from several computers at once, and ideally make changes. Right now we have everything set up as a SharePoint list on our Windows Server 2003 machine.

I'd started by making a database and adding photos as attachments which works ok in theory, but it is very very slow. I then tried to reference each picture as a link, using VBA to swap the pictures using this method: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285820

But the problem with that is we want to be able to look at many items at once, like in a continuous report, but it loads the same image for every picture frame! It isn't until i click on each record that the photo updates.

Does anyone have any general advice for me on the best way to set it up, what tables I might use or any other set up advice? I have the data basically inputted, I can bash it into any format you think is appropriate, so just let me know!

Thanks!


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