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Old 10-21-2021, 06:45 PM
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What is everyone using for their Build log?

I used kitlog pro on my first build but wasnít overly impressed. Would also like something a bit simpler. I am considering just building a word document and referencing photos in a folder, but wanted to get other opinions as I start on the RV10. Thanks in advance for your opinions and help.
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Old 10-21-2021, 06:51 PM
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A folder of pictures on your iPhone. Simple, convenient, and comes with a built-in flashlight.
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Old 10-21-2021, 06:54 PM
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EAA has a free one online- works with my mac, so that's what I used.
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Old 10-30-2021, 06:47 PM
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I know I have seen some good ones, just not sure what program it was. Any other good programs?
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Old 10-30-2021, 07:17 PM
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I know I have seen some good ones, just not sure what program it was. Any other good programs?
Kinda depends on what you want.
Easiest...dates and times jotted down in the margins of the manual. Phone photos.

A bit more comprehensive...Kitlog, VAF & EAA are also pretty simple and you can save more info.

OCD? I keep paper/pen notes every day. Photos of interesting stuff. Once a week or two, notes get transferred to my Excel spreadsheet. I track every minute and every penny. Photos get saved and backed up. Receipts are scanned and backed up. Originals go in a binder. Excel notes and photos get published into Google Blogger. Pages are saved, backed up and printed for a physical log. Sounds like a huge pain but it's actually simple for me. Lots of builders refer to my blog and I use the information and photos to write an occasional article for Kitplanes.
Here's the link.
http://wirejockrv7a.blogspot.com
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Old 10-30-2021, 08:06 PM
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I just use a Word document...simple and works just fine...
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Old 10-30-2021, 09:38 PM
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I'm using Wordpress with two plugins I wrote. One for tracking purchases / expenses. One for tracking time. https://rv.monoxide13.com I'm awaiting delivery so mine probably isn't the best example of Wordpress.
Wordpress can be as advanced as you make it, which has positives and negatives. Blogger is a great quick and easy way to get started. I'd recommend both. I don't have experience with Kit Log or EAA Log.
@wirejock your log is one of my favorites to use for reference. Real easy to find things, and good documentation.
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Old 10-31-2021, 09:12 AM
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I used My Kit Log. When I started my project, it seemed like the way to go.

That said, I probably would not use it again. The program has not been updated or improved, in any meaningful way, in at least the last 10 years. It is nice to have it post to the internet, though.

Here are some things about the program:

You are limited to 3 pictures per entry.

There isn't an easy way to create a custom vendor file.

The program does not play well with Epson print drivers. In fact, it will not create the reports to print if the epson driver is installed.

The output reports are not very customizable.

There are more but these are some of the highlights.

I would probably use the EAA build log for my next build, or roll my own...
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Old 11-01-2021, 05:03 AM
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I used My Kit Log. When I started my project, it seemed like the way to go.

That said, I probably would not use it again. The program has not been updated or improved, in any meaningful way, in at least the last 10 years. It is nice to have it post to the internet, though.

Here are some things about the program:

You are limited to 3 pictures per entry.

There isn't an easy way to create a custom vendor file.

The program does not play well with Epson print drivers. In fact, it will not create the reports to print if the epson driver is installed.

The output reports are not very customizable.

There are more but these are some of the highlights.

I would probably use the EAA build log for my next build, or roll my own...
Thatís similar to my experience with My Kitlog as well. Not bad, but I donít plan on using it again.
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I think if you are willing to invest about an hour in learning it, this is an excellent option. And it's priced right for someone that's spending all their money on aircraft parts or avgas.

https://wordpress.com/free/
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