Car Companion
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Car Companion is a small utility written in Java to help keep track of your vehicle's maintenance schedule. It allows you to keep track of multiple vehicles and lets you select and create maintenance items for your vehicle and the intervals at which they should occur. It also generates two reports for users. A vehicle sticker to keep in your car that tells you when maintenance needs to be performed, and a Service Report which shows a complete service history for the vehicle.

Car Companion is a Java based application that I began working on in July 2003. I wanted a tool to help me keep
What's New
Version 1.3.2: Fixed the cost conversion bug. It now sorts the services entered by date, so the newest always shows last.
Requirements
PPC, Java 1.4 or later






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Lorie Bradshaw commented on 03 Mar 2007
I like it. Woks fine for simple tracking. Needed to refer to help a few times but think I've got the hang of it now.
[Version 1.3.2]


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Johnny Rocket reviewed on 16 Dec 2005
just downloaded it and tried it out. I found it easy to figure out, the help is nicely written. I was able to input both my vehicles information easily. There was one thing that I did find annoying, when entering the cost of a repair item, I had to make sure I didn't have the dollar sign highlighted when I started typing the amount. This will clear the dollar sign, then when you tab over to the next field, the amount is cleared out.
[Version 1.3.2]


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JimW commented on 12 May 2005
This product has "suffered" a major improvement. It now actually works! However little positive can be said in my opinion for the GUI. Basically, it gives the impression they took the book on Macintosh Interface Guidelines and put it through a cross cut shredder. The interface very is confusing at first, and not at all intuitive. Many commands, such as "Print" are hidden away under levels of nesting, Printing is buried under some reports and not in the Menu Bar for instance. The best part of this product is the Help Menu. It does give some detailed information on how to use the product and is essential reading. The one thing the product does, which is more convenient than a spreadsheet is to print out a maintenance sticker for your car, if you go through the trials and tribulations of setting this thing up. It definitely takes some time to get adjusted to the interface.

One thing that seems to be left out of the Help Menu, or anyplace else I looked, is the location of the created database that the product uses to keep your information. Needless to say, this is important info for backup considerations. After some searching I found it to be at the following path:

/Users//Library/Application Support/Chocolatay.com/CarCompanion/data.xml

where is your current login name - i.e. your home folder.

In all fairness, the product does have some good ideas and features, but given the way they are implemented, I think I will either borrow these features for my own Filemaker or Appleworks database or continue to use my spreadsheet.
[Version 1.3]


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JimW commented on 05 Mar 2005
The problem seems to be that this release never creates the database needed to store the info. As to why or how to fix it, I have no idea. The developer does not seem very responsive as their is a message on the product form, posted on 2/27, about this problem, but has never been answered or responded to as of 3/5.

With these kinds of problems and this level of support, it is probably best that other solutions be considered as an alternative for this App. Up until now I have been using a simple AppleWorks spreadsheet and will continue to do so. One could also user a database structure in either Appleworks or Filemaker as well.

I gave the product low values for Value and Stability since a product that does not work at all has no value and should not be considered stable.
[Version 1.2.1]


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Downloads:9,936
Version Downloads:5,768
Type:Home Personal : Home Inventory
License:Free
Date:31 Aug 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Car Companion is a small utility written in Java to help keep track of your vehicle's maintenance schedule. It allows you to keep track of multiple vehicles and lets you select and create maintenance items for your vehicle and the intervals at which they should occur. It also generates two reports for users. A vehicle sticker to keep in your car that tells you when maintenance needs to be performed, and a Service Report which shows a complete service history for the vehicle.

Car Companion is a Java based application that I began working on in July 2003. I wanted a tool to help me keep track of the maintenance that I do on my Jeep. I could not find anything out there that fit my needs, so I decided to write my own. This little program allows me to keep track of all my maintenance and print out reports and a sticker to keep in my glove box, so that I know when I need to perform the next oil change, replace the air filter, change the brakes, etc.

It is a free open source application. All of the source is available in a separate jar file that you can download. You can check out my project page at sourceforge.

I chose Java so that it could be run on any operating system: Mac, Unix, Linux, or Windows. The data is stored in a xml file so that it can be easily transferred to any database or xml supported program.


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