entirely through a Web browser and programmed with the latest in secure website technology. exhibit-E has already set the pace for creating top-of-the-line art gallery websites, all of which are administered by the galleries themselves using a Web interface. This is the same model that has been applied to the creation of galleryManager: providing users with an easy-tomaster solution that doesn’t require extensive upfront training or a hefty manual. Moving gallery-management software to the Web opens up entirely new ways of working, both in and outside of the gallery. Under the old model, the programs were installed on a limited number of computers in the gallery. In order to work on the program, one had to be sitting at the actual computer where it was installed, or employ a cumbersome solution to access it remotely. That limited mobility and accessibility; for a gallerist with a busy travel schedule, that meant always having to update a laptop with the gallery software before hitting the road. Under a web-based approach, the software can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet with an up-todate browser. That means a gallerist can operate the software at an art fair, at a client’s office or home, or from the comfort of his or her own bedroom. And every authorized user has access to the software in its entirety—you can do the same amount of work at an Internet café in Zurich as you can sitting at your desk in the office. All the information of a gallery—the inventory, the contacts, the transaction history—is instantly accessible with just a few clicks. There might be some skeptics who think that gallerymanagement software that doesn’t come on a compact disc along with a hefty manual and price tag must not work right: 105
The Art World and the World Wide Web. Essays, Interviews and Case Studies.