Because I noticed early on that product pages can vanish forever from the internet, I also make a folder for every product I buy, and put every scrap of information about that product in the folder - the installer, the installer folder, the product webpage, all images of the product, the Read Me file, the installed files list, the texture templates, the license, the link to the original product webpage, copies of forum discussions about the product - everything. I have DAZ3D products for which there are no product pages for anymore on the internet. Same with Renderosity products. Sometimes the page is still there, but all the images are gone., and the links don’t work. And the texture templates are not accessable.
It depends on how organized you want to be.
I have absolutely no trouble at all finding what I want in the Itemized Order History.
That’s good news for you!
The rest of us didn’t realize we’d have to put all that work into maintaining our libraries. Especially the newbies that we all were once and just downloaded with abandon and glee so that we could get to playing with the durn things. What you’re talking about is some kind of Library of Product Congress. Of course, if you want to put that much work into it.
Seriously though, we shouldn’t have to. I got tired just reading what you do. I have items going back to DAZ’s first days when I decided to stop using freebies and own my content. We’re talking Vic and Mike first generation. Even if we wanted to go your route, it’s too late for a lot of that stuff. I used to keep an Excel spreadsheet with necessary data but that could only be updated as long as I was interested in what I was doing. With the explosion that was Genesis and an incredible drop in purchases over the years across the board, I don’t even know where that file is anymore.
Bottom line, an Itemized Order History shouldn’t be cumbersome. I love how at Rendo you can find a product in your history by vendor or if you know a partial phrase in the product name. I don’t think twice about going there for researching my purchases. Since dispensing with the all valuable ‘You already purchased this’ feature and the hard to navigate History, I avoid that area of this site. I also avoid buying older items I’m not sure I already have.