I have been given the task of creating some kind of graphical database to log the position of graves in a local graveyard. The existing (paper) system has a drawn map with grids of plots with numbers and colour codes. (The ones shown in the image below are all empty, hence no colours). I need to recreate this digitally, so someone can click on a plot and find out details about it, or add details.
Ideally I'd redraw the image without any numbers, paste it into the background, then create a very simple database with a few fields such as: Area (labelled A to F), plot number, is it occupied?, name of deceased. I'd then create a layout with loads of these records put into place in a grid over the image. I know it's simple to position fields anywhere in FileMaker, but I'm looking for a solution to position entire records in custom locations on screen.
But going anywhere near a database these days involves all kinds of weird complexities. I tried putting something together in Libre Office database, but that just seemed nigh on impossible to even put a field where I wanted it.
So if anyone has any suggestions on how I might be able to achieve something like this, I'd be very happy to hear your ideas! I don't have much budget - it's for my local village. Filemaker is £432+VAT - I could probably just about get them to spring for that if really needed, but I'm not sure if it'd be the ideal solution. And something cheaper - and simpler - would be preferred. It's a very simple database!