Monday, 13 May 2019

Member Manager on your desktop

Still using paper or home brewed spreadsheets for your club, charity or group?

Member Manager can provide an effective alternative.

From ensuring compliance to GDPR to ensuring your membership details are always managed accurately, Member Manager contains all the features you'd expect.

Member Manager runs on the desktop

This ensures Member Manager can access your system resources, e.g. membership letters, and also makes it easier to use your membership data with mail merge, etc.

The main Member Manager window is small, so you can easily have it running alongside any other applications you are currently using, without it getting in your way.

No subscriptions, no forced upgrades

There are no subscriptions - once you purchase Member Manager, you can use the version you have purchased forever (plus any updates you receive as part of the purchase) - even after your product support period ends.

While we hope you upgrade to future releases of Member Manager, there are no forced upgrades - if you are happy using the current version, you only upgrade if you want to, and won't suddenly find all the features changed or moved around!

Admin logins and controlling access

You can control who has access to your membership data on your system, as Member Manager respects any file/sharing permissions you set for your database from within Windows.  There's also the advantage that you don't need to remember any additional passwords.

Remote access

We often get asked if Member Manager can provide remote access, or if we offer a hosted version. While we do not offer either of these, there are still options for accessing your data remotely, or sharing between committee members.

For example, Member Manager can export data to CSV files and print out information, so you only need to provide the membership information particular committee members need.

You can also use third party remote access applications (e.g. LogMeIn, VNC, etc.) or set up a virtual private network (VPN) to access your data remotely - we suggest contacting us or speaking to your IT provider to discuss further!

You may not want your data on the web

While cloud and online applications are great, you may not always want your membership data on the web. This could be for a range of reasons, for example you may not have reliable Internet access, or your members may have concerns about data being stored on the web.


We like to focus on delivering a stable product for you - and with Member Manager you can be up and running within minutes. There are options to import your existing data (and we can help if required).

We often find that desktop software can be just as easy to use (if not easier) then a lot of cloud based applications, and can often run much more quicker.

Contact us to discuss further

If you'd like to discuss your requirements further, including how Member Manager can help your group, contact Simon Pittman at:

Try Member Manager for free and get started!

No obligations, and you don't need to register or provide us with an e-mail address.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Extra content from How to Develop Software

We have put together and released some extra content from Simon Pittman's book, How to Develop Software.

This includes chapters from an unpublished follow-up book, an index of statements and example code.

If you haven't read the book yet, we've also put together some sample pages!

Click here to download the extra content

You can also order the original book from Amazon at:

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Are products available as a subscription?
  • We currently do not offer subscriptions for our products.
  • All our products are available as one-off purchases - after purchase you can use the software you have purchased forever.
  • Purchases include 12 months product support, plus updates to any new version of the software released during that time. You can continue using the software after the support period ends.

Can your software (particularly Member Manager and PittStop) provide online or remote access?
  • Our products run on the desktop, and remote access is not a feature built into the software.
  • There are options for accessing applications remotely using remote access software (e.g. LogMeIn or VNC) or a virtual private network (VPN).
  • To discuss your requirements further, contact Simon at:

How do I obtain the full version of your software?
  • Click the "Buy Now" buttons on the product page on this website, or from within the trial of your software.
  • This will take you to our secure Library Player store on FastSpring.
  • After purchase, you will immediately be sent activation details for the full version.

Can our software run on Mac OS, Android or Linux?
  • At present our software is available for Microsoft Windows systems.
  • We have previously made some of our products (e.g. Timing Clock, MP3 List and Music Scheduling) available for Linux - and may consider resuming development for these systems in the future.
  • If you require software to run on Mac OS or Linux, there may be options to get the software running on these systems, e.g. using an emulator, software such as Wine or setting up a virtual machine.
  • We are happy to discuss further - contact Simon Pittman at:

Are your books available on Kindle?

When I purchase products from your website, how do you use my personal details?
  • Software purchases are handled through our secure online store provided by FastSpring.
  • FastSpring handle payments, and your credit card details will only be used for the purchase and not shared with anyone else (even we won't see those details).
  • We do keep your contact details on file - this helps us provide product support, contact you with updates and verify that you own licenses for the software when you contact us. We are compliant with GDPR, and if you have any questions about the details we hold about you, you can contact Simon Pittman at:
  • When you purchase books by Simon Pittman from Amazon, we do not see any of your details - we won't even know its you that purchased a book - all we see are the amount sold and the location (e.g. EU, US or UK sales).

Monday, 15 April 2019

Who has LOTS of icons on their desktop?

PittLaunch can help you organise your desktop shortcuts, making them easier to find!

Download your free trial at: