The World Collector
Project is an attempt by a stamp collector to pull together as much
stamp data as possible coupled with the tools used by a collector in a
digital form, and to make these available to all collectors at no cost.
No cost here means FREE in the old sense. That is this web page does
not install any cookies to grab browsing history and sell on to third
parties, the application is not advert supported and contains no
Malware or other intrusive applications, it is NOT a free trial pay
later application it simply works straight out of the box.
Included in World Collector is the main application which is a database
which can be searched and modified to suit your collecting interest it
does not make any attempt to define your collection, but is tool that
you can use to mimic your collection. This does take some work and has
a learning curve associated with it.
The application once downloaded and installed makes no changes to your
computer except to add a few folders to hold data for the application
and any personal data about your collection.
Stamp Images are not included in the database, these are held
externally, to keep the database size down to a minimum and allow you
to use the images as you see fit. Once running the application can be
used to download images already assigned to stamp data for countries
you collect no need to have thousands of unused and unwanted images on
The main database has data on over 400,000 stamps at this moment and is growing.
Catalogs, in World Collector these are referred to as 'lists', you can
enter as many lists as you wish, a few are defined as downloaded. Once
defined you can add a list number and values and then sort the list any
way you choose. When a list is used to select stamp data the sort order
for that list is used to display the selected data.
The application includes a magnifier so you can scan in an image of
your own stamp and then use the magnifier to examine the stamp on your
There is also a digital perforation gauge, subject of course to all the
problems of image accuracy and resolution. Mainly to be used as a guide
Data from the database can be freely exported in CSV format readable by just about all spreadsheet applications available today.
When searching for stamp data to identify a stamp the application
includes image recognition, scan in an image of your stamp follow the
instructions and the application will search its image database for
matching images, then allow you to use the data from a match to search
the main database.
The application will also produce album pages from your selection of
stamp data, after selecting data from the database a few clicks with
the mouse is all it takes. Again the results are entirely dependent
upon the stamp size information in the database, where this is missing
you can add and recreate the album until it matches your needs.
The application will also export your album definition as an AlbumEasy
file, including any images you select, for further modification using
the AlbumEasy application available here. If you use AlbumEasy already you can visit the AlbumEasy download page here to download albums already created using the World Collector application.
Album definitions and AlbumEasy files can be shared with whoever you wish.
For a more complete description of World Collector you can download the operating manual here.
I visit two forums on a regular basis from where you can contact me as
well, click the links below to visit both are worth joining:-
Helping Grow World Collector
Any stamp colleting database is always hungry for data and World
Collectror is no exception. Stamp sizes appear to be the biggest area
where the data is quite scarce.
If you can use a spreadsheet application and can help fill in some of the blanks please visit the helping page to find information on how you can help.
All downloads and updates are through a single application available here.