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Collections management for museums & galleries

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Argus FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does Argus offer?

Argus has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $2500.00/year
Pricing model: Subscription

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Q. Who are the typical users of Argus?

Argus has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


Q. What languages does Argus support?

Argus supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does Argus support mobile devices?

Argus supports the following devices:
iPad, iPhone


Q. Does Argus offer an API?

No, Argus does not have an API available.


Q. What level of support does Argus offer?

Argus offers the following support options:
Chat, Email/Help Desk, 24/7 (Live rep), Phone Support

Argus product overview

Price starts from

2500

Per year

What is Argus?

Argus is a web-based collections management solution for museums and galleries designed to aid with curation and expand visibility, outreach, access, and relevance. With the aim of helping businesses to provide an enhanced visitor experience, Argus equips users with tools such as workflow management, real-time updates, platform synchronization, online catalog, visitor portal, and mobile and social media integration.

Key benefits of using Argus

  • Write unique and powerful inventory descriptions using Argus’ hierarchical lexicon for thesaurus control during data entry.

  • Create customized reports from built-in report templates and schedule them to run automatically. Reports can be exported in CSV format when needed.

  • Benefit from Argus’ social media integration to share links to catalog pages or records and connect with visitors.

  • Expand outreach and allow for a more discoverable collection through Google search. The public web and mobile portal link directly to the entire catalog collection and are searchable online.

  • Provide additional documentation in more depth for individual objects and whole collections within the online catalog and add relevant multimedia and links to related artifacts.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Chat
    Email/Help Desk
    24/7 (Live rep)
    Phone Support

    Training options

    Webinars
    In Person
    Documentation
    Live Online

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    Value for money

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    2500

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    Free trial
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    Argus features

    Functionality

    4.4

    /5

    5

    Total features

    17

    2 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Inventory Management
    Data Import/Export
    Customizable Reports
    Document Management
    Reporting/Analytics
    Mobile Access
    Access Controls/Permissions
    Contact Management

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    Argus users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.8

    /5

    5

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
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    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9/10
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    Heather H.

    Museums and Institutions, 1-10 employees

    Used daily for 1-2 years

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Excellent product for collections management

    Reviewed 6 months ago

    My overall experience has been extremely positive - I highly recommend it.

    Pros

    Two of the biggest draws for our institution were the available customization, and also the ability to work from any device with an internet connection. Our institution has a lot of unique needs that we were able to work with the Lucidea team to see that they could be met. Also, the product support team is excellent and extremely responsive.

    Cons

    No system is perfect - using the site on mobile is possible but clunky. There is some functionality and linking that could be improved. Data entry directly into the interface is tedious when dealing with high volumes of data, and there are some things which can't be imported effectively or easily. Generally, these are minor flaws.

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    Isabel T.

    Museums and Institutions, 201-500 employees

    Used daily for 2+ years

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Argus.net a great resource for a large, highly active museum collection

    Reviewed 7 years ago

    Our museum converted from Open Edition to Argus.net at the end of 2013. Lucidea has been a responsive resource throughout the experience. For our use, we have been able to take advantage of the backend customization of the program. We have created new templates and adjusted existing ones to better suit the needs of a large institution with an active collection and exhibition plan. For more complex needs, we are able to contract with their R&D team to develop new functionality as well. Overall this is a powerful tool we use daily for managing a large collection.

    Pros

    Flexibility, complexity. The ability to handle many different scenarios and types of collections. The customer support is really solid as well.

    Cons

    There is some functionality that isn't always consistent when building new templates -- the difference between us creating something in house vs something this is hard coded by the designers on the back end, but I am able to submit those to R&D for tweaking and enhancement in future. The support team is easy to communicate with.

    Vendor response

    Thank you for your review, Isabel! -Lucidea Marketing Team

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    Barbara C.

    Fine Art, 11-50 employees

    Used daily for 6-12 months

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    • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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    Argus for Collection Management

    Reviewed 8 months ago

    The client support is excellent. Without the continued ability to access knowledgeable and responsive support on the new system, we would have struggled to use the system properly.

    Pros

    As an art gallery and art collection with many part time staff, we needed a system that was intuitive so that learning the system was manageable. We also needed to be able to work remotely.

    Cons

    We had problems with data import when setting up the system as some data went in to the wrong fields. This was partly our fault as we didn't fully understand how Argus worked when we set up the system.

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    Shannon P.

    Arts and Crafts, 11-50 employees

    Used daily for less than 6 months

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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    A long conversion process but the resulting Collection Management System was worth it.

    Reviewed 7 years ago

    The CMS accessible to all Gallery staff, which means there is a great deal of time saved by Registration staff from pulling and compiling different information for other staff members - they're now able to do this themselves. Additionally, with an OPAC system, the general public is able to access the full Gallery collection online and do preliminary research before contacting staff for additional information.

    Pros

    It's accessibility and ease of searching even for non-regular CMS users. The ability to tailor the security and access levels to different groups and individuals and the ability to easily share searches among these groups. Batch updating and basic data entry are made simple, and most sections are intuitive to use.

    Cons

    New reports can't be pre-tested in Report Writer for layout functionality and spacing. It would be nice to have an option to click on an object image for an even larger view, as sometimes the primary record image is a little too small for research work. A reference/guide for some of the more seldom utilized areas would be helpful for the administrators, although the ARGUS support staff are usually quick to respond to all questions.

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    Britt S.

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    CU Art Museum is able to do more than every before!

    Reviewed 8 years ago

    CU Art Museum was one of the first institutions to use Argus.net and we have had such a good experience with them over the years! Their customer service is unbeatable; they are always open to feedback and ways they can improve usability. We especially love the ability to customize the public portal for our front-end users. We have increased our visibility on campus and awareness of our collection significantly in the last couple of years and the public portal has certainly had a positive impact!

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