I wanted to share something I’ve been working on for (an embarrassingly) long time now. The time taken is more attributed to my lack of networking and server skills, but I digress.
www.pastebom.com is a website I’ve made from scratch, running on a server I set up at home - when it starts getting more hits, I’ll move it to a proper hosting service somewhere, like Amazon.
The premise is a fairly simple one, but one I think has been over looked - sharing BOMs, it’s imgur for boms! I know you can email, put them in Gdrive, etc, but I always found this a hassle. PasteBOM allows you to upload (just drag and drop!) a CSV bom, and in return gives you a short, unique, URL for sharing, posting on social media, forums, YouTube descriptions, whatever! My experience is no one likes to download anything anymore, for simple viewing, the web browser is the way forward.
At the moment, it’s the bare bones functionality, you drop a bom, get a link and are able to view the bom online and share with others. But I think this has as lot of scope. Future ideas are to integrate this with KiCAD, KiCAD generates nice looking CSV boms, it would be really cool to have a plugin that pushes this to pastebom, and gives a link in return.
Another feature soon to be integrate is version control, the ability to update the bom with another, and have a history of what’s changing. I think this would also be a good way to keep track of personal stock/inventory for hobbyist too.
Any way, check it out and let me know what you think! (constructive criticisms are always welcomed!) I’d be interested if this is something you might use to share initial BOMs with clients, in a quick easy manner (instead, if you’re like me, of adding a downloaded bom to your /Desktop/New_Desktop/qwert/this/ folders!)