CatBase Publishing Systems

CatBase

4 / 5 17 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Any customer who needs to turn their database or spreadsheet data into a perfectly formatted publication such as a catalog, directory, or price list very quickly and accurately.


Average Ratings

17 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • CatBase Publishing Systems
  • www.catbase.com
  • Founded 1991
  • United Kingdom

About CatBase

CatBase rapidly turns your data into a perfectly formatted catalogue, directory, or price list. Manage and edit data manually, or import from spreadsheets, CSV, text files, XML, or via ODBC and publish to Word, InDesign, QuarkXPress, XML, ODBC, csv, delimited text files, RTF, and Excel. Print labels. Include pictures and create QR codes and barcodes. Create custom hyperlinks and cross-references. Create Rules to determine what to publish and/or how to style it. Create labels, letters, emails.


CatBase Features

  • Catalog Creation
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Cross Selling Functionality
  • Custom Product Attributes
  • Customizable Catalogs
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Comparison
  • Search

CatBase Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Wonderful software!!! Produces your catalog in a flash.

May 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It gets the job done! It is just amazing how it takes all the info we throw at it and just produces a nice professional catalog. Price is fair and customer service is great.

Cons: Can take a bit of time to set up all the parameters but I have to admit that we did have a lot of custom requests. However the customer service is impeccable and leads you through any problems you may have.

Overall: Saved money and got a catalog produced faster

Great tool for large layout projects

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Catbase enables us to automate the importing and styling of large quantities of text and images, saving us time and streamlining a process which can otherwise take many hours. It's a great product which is invaluable to our business.

Hard to believe

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Its hard to believe how great this program really is. I highly recommend it for anyone that has struggled with the layout of directories or catalogs.

Totally transformed our report production

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Using Catbase has totally transformed production of our annual Who's Where in Auto Retail report, speeding up the process, giving us a more accurate final product and saving us bucket loads of time. Product support is good if we get a glitch and they helped us set up our templates. Highly recommended

CatBase Review

Mar 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User friendly and modification access.

Cons: Scripting? we don't know... LOL. No Cons!

Overall: CatBase is a best application for data publishing. User friendly, easy to access, overall it's a superb tool. I have few suggestions: (if possible)

1. We have using this in daily basis for data entry. If we have a option to choose multiple themes (background color), ie: if we choose rose theme then all project window will be pink color, it's maybe a funny idea. WHY I'm thinking is, data entry operator entering data for whole day. If we had a option for change theme they will be happy and good mind to entering data.

2. If possible, open different projects on time in separate window. (currently we can able to open multiple window for same project)

3. Login window also little bigger and new design would be looks great.

Production wise:

4. Overall design output preview in style-sheet area.

5. Any kind of document upload into records, for future reference. like emails (.eml/.msg, .pdf, ...etc)

6. Record change history (last 5/10 saves) in the same window.

however, overall it's really great and awesome.

thanks!

Vendor Response

by CatBase Publishing Systems on March 16, 2017

Thank you Bebin. Regarding your point no. 6: In the latest version, there is an Audit Trail option which keeps track of every change made to the database. See https://www.catbase.com/the-audit-trail-manager.html

Flexible software - Excellent customer service

Sep 10, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have been using Catbase server version for a few years now. After a proof of concept, we were able to successfully implement our workflow. As mentionned by other users, IT staff can't write or edit scripts but Catbase staff will be happy to help you build custom scripts ( they are 4D scripts) to fit your workflow. The are bugs in the software but most of them are in the admin sections -( These sections of the software are not used often) and the Catbase staff gives EXCELLENT customer service - if you submit a bug they will usually fix in a few days.
The software is very easy to use for day to day operations ( keep data up to date) but the reporting tools are not flexible and outdated - In our case, we export the tables in a MySQL database and use Microsoft Office tools for queries, forms and reporting using a ODBC connection.
If you have a separate production system you can import your data in Catbase for publishing purposes - this works fine.
My last comment: Catbase offers an excellent customer service and the overal pricing ( licences and support) is very reasonable. This product is excellent for relatively simple workflows, such as printed business directories and production catalogs, which are not published very often. The strenght of the software resides in the ability to apply styles to any part of the published content - What they call Publishing Style Sheets is very detailed - you can publish your data in any possible way.

3 1/2 years building and managing a complex directory and publishing to web

Sep 08, 2015
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Once the bugs had been ironed out the software has done all we could ask of it, and more. Support has been peerless throughout

Good solution and great results - can be a challenge to get it working right.

Sep 08, 2015
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Requires a fair bit of commitment to get some grasp of the way the the system works. There is a lot of settings and features and is quite complex for a casual user. What it is a able to do is very useful and has some great potential. The templates really need to be set up by someone with experience.

The program is an effective back-end database.

Apr 06, 2009
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: - It's easy to adapt the program as our needs change and grow.
- Pat Bensky is very knowledgable in CatBase, and has taken the time to understand our particular needs, which makes working with the program much easier.
- The online tutorials are very useful, as are the specially tailored instruction manuals.

Cons: - Though they are always quickly fixed, there are a fair number of bugs in the program.
- The one-to-many and many-to-one relationship tables and data are sometimes hard to completely understand.

Overall: The program is an effective back-end database. Product support is always available within 24-48 hours, by phone or by email. The program is applicable to a variety of needs and uses, and can be modified to meet quite specific requirements.

Great product, would definitely recommend for any creating a directory.

Apr 03, 2009
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Very easy to use, only problem I had was that I hadn't defined what I needed to do well enough in advance

Cons: Can't write your own scripts

Overall: Great product, would definitely recommend for any creating a directory that doesn't want to build their own application.

While we only scratch the surface of using all of CatBase's capabilities, my recommendation is.

Apr 03, 2009
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: CatBase takes the labor out of creating huge, customer specific catalogs with photos. Our page layouts still require a fair amount of manual manipulation, but the sku inclusion and product classification/order are flawless.

Cons: The IT person doesn't like that the scripts can't be written/modified by him exclusively.

Overall: While we only scratch the surface of using all of CatBase's capabilities, my recommendation is very high. One must consider CatBase's superb functionality when shopping for a database publishing tool. The Customer Service is excellent! You don't need to write and test code for months; style sheets get the job done.

Excellent product

Apr 03, 2009
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Automates many time consuming tasks and is very customizable. Catbase took the time to help write scripts and talk us through meeting our needs. A + indeed.

Cons: can't think of one yet.

Overall: Excellent product

need it to be easier to use for a once a month user.

Apr 03, 2009
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: End result is very nice

Cons: I find it hard to alter a table layout. I'm sure it is because of the lack of time studying the product. But I use it once a month.

Overall: need it to be easier to use for a once a month user.

The service and support at Catbase is the best I have ever experienced with an enthusiastic.

Apr 03, 2009
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Catbase is a fantastic program that is easy to use from the first. There are plenty of great features that make life easier and it is compatible with leading industry packages such as Quark & In Design.

We use Catbase to produce both our Catalogue and website because it offers such flexibility. We are able to update our website with great ease at any time, adding new products, pictures, technical data and news items and we can now produce our 108 page Catalogue in next to no time - all thanks to Catbase.

Cons: I have been using Catbase since 1998 and I honestly don't have any negative comments.

Overall: The service and support at Catbase is the best I have ever experienced with an enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable team always on hand when you need them. I thoroughly recommend Catbase to help with your publishing requirements.

Good Software

Apr 03, 2009
3/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Just saves hours of time putting together a simple catalogue. My catalogue is quite a simple layout so i dont know how easy it would be to use with a more complex layout with different size pictures, text etc.... Because mine is a rigid layout was excellent.
Customer service was excellent.

Cons: Im not the greatest person at taking on new products and reading long manuals. It felt a bit scary from the start with unpacking and putting the exe file (or what ever it was) into the correct folder. I was a bit afraid of doing something wrong and not being able to easily undo it.
For what i needed it just felt like there were to many buttons and to many things which i could have messed up. I realise for designers the features are necessary but i did feel if some how there was a much easier stripped down version it would have been easier.

Overall: Its a while since i used it but I will be using it again soon as i am starting my new silver jewelry website and i will want to be able to create a catalogue with similar layout as my rattan in a matter of mins without any hassle. So the program to me is excellent providing i remember how to use it!

Our company uses this for very specific publications and have a tailored solution to meet our needs

Apr 03, 2009
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Bespoke changes for our particular requirements are no problem.

Cons: Some of the window displays a bit quirky

Overall: Our company uses this for very specific publications and have a tailored solution to meet our needs. Works very well for us.

I have produced a number of publications using CatBase.

Apr 03, 2009
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: The after sales service is fantastic.

Cons: It is a little advanced for me but the after sales service has more than compensated for my lack of computing knowledge

Overall: I have produced a number of publications using CatBase far more efficiently, accurately and cheaply than would have been the case without it.