Get away from the spreadsheet and back to the artworks you love with Tessera, software that adds value and security to creations and collections.
Tessera features simple to use tools for navigation, whether on the Desktop or you iPad you’ll find your way around in no time at all.
Owners and Artists
Tessera lets you enter both artist and owner for an artwork. This means you can produce inventory reports tailored for either the artist or the owner giving you accurate reports. As a collector or a gallery you may own the artwork or perhaps it’s owned by a trust or other legal entity. Either way Tessera will keep track of the details.
In the artwork’s component, in addition to Tessera’s comprehensive online help files, there’s the option to switch on help for individual elements on screen given quick and easy feedback.
Set the auto-entry options so the dimensions are entered in just the style and format you require.
Keep track of who framed the artwork, who’s paying for the frame as well as dimensions and the cost of the frame. Tessera Pro Only.
Artworks can be categorised into any number of categories helping in the search of artworks the production of reports. As with many fields in Tessera you can add any number of values to the available drop-down menus helping speed data entry and data accuracy.
As well as recording the medium of your artwork Tessera provides the ability to record how the artwork was created. This is particularly useful for artists who can store an ongoing record of details and images helping them record the cost and the process of production.
When tracking inventory Tessera will automatically record if the location of an artwork has altered recording the data and location in a log. Tessera Pro Only.
Store individual artworks that are part of an edition or store multiple artworks that belong to the same edition. When dealing with multiple artworks you enter the details once then alter the stock levels. As artworks are sold the stock levels adjust accordingly. You’re prompted for the correct edition number at the time of the sale and new stock can be added at any time.
Price artworks, pay third parties and foreign exchange rates
VAT or GST? Tessera allows you to enter a price and specify if tax is included or is added at the time of sale. Record purchase price and keep track of valuations.
Is an amount payable once an artwork is sold? Tessera lets you record a percentage or a whole amount payable to one or more third parties. Usually the payment will be going to the artist if you run a gallery but you can also specify amounts payable to owners or even royalty payments. You can then draw up customisable documents detailing amounts payable including tax where required.
Use the inbuilt online foreign exchange feature to see your artwork prices displayed in the currency of your choice.
Track client interests
With Tessera you can use the tagging system to mark a clients interests in any number of artworks. Add comments and see at a glance who else has shown an interest in an artwork. Visit a client’s Dashboard and you’ll find their interests listed along with their purchases. Answering questions and recalling details of clients has never been so easy.
Tag artworks with any number of keywords and use Tessera’s search features to drill down and find exactly the artworks you were looking for.
Sending artworks out on consignment? Use Tessera’s consignment feature to create consignments and keep track of artworks. This is particularly useful for artists supplying artworks to a gallery.
Store any number of images with an artwork. Mark one image as the primary image and it will turn up where required from reports to invoices. Toggle images off and on to speed movement through large data sets. Use the thumbnail feature to produce thumbnails of images suitable for emails and other programs. Tessera intelligently resizes images to speed movement through your data while retaining the original image. Or use the resize feature to reduce image sizes where required.
Catalogues and collections
The collections feature allows you to create any number of collections of artworks. An artwork can appear in more than one collection and can have different catalogue numbers for different collections. When reviewing an artwork’s details select a collection to view the relevant catalogue number. Customise collections to produce documents that match your needs or move the details to a word processor for further editing. Keep a record over the years of events such as art fairs or exhibitions.
Store any number of electric files that you want associated with an artwork.
Often you’ll want to document websites that feature your artworks. Tessera lets you store websites and view them from within Tessera using the in built web browsing feature.
With Tessera you can add any number of fields to the artwork component to store additional information about an artwork. Tessera lets you view five of these fields at a time with an easy to use setting that lets you choose which fields are on display.
Inscriptions and other traditional fields
Inscriptions, literature and other fields such as source and comments are available within Tessera.
Import and Export
Move some or all of your data into and out of Tessera using the straightforward import and export features. Want to import a folder of images? No problem. Use the import feature and add and amend details before committing them to Tessera. Looking for the last records you imported? Tessera lets you find and remove recent imports where required.
From tax rates to invoice design Tessera allows you to customise your working environment.
Inventory reports, Sales reports, Incomplete invoice reports. Tessera includes a wide range of reports with filtering that lets you choose what’s included right down to the inclusion of specific artwork details and images.
Enable security and set up user accounts to give you control over who can access what. Tessera Pro Only.
iPad and iPhone
You can move Tessera to your iPad and continue working with a full set of features. On the iPhone Tessera works as a viewer of your artworks letting you take your artworks and associated details wherever you go.
This software is not reviewed yet.