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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very nice"

    June 30, 2004  |   By tcjgore

    Version: Books 2.0.9rc3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The only thing I wish it could do is get download parts of the informatinon from different sources. In particular, Amazon is good for pictures and pricing, but Library of Congress is good for LoC and Dewey codes. But there is a workaround: select a source in Preferences, then select all books in the Browse pane, then select "Fill in etc." from the View menu. Repeat for each source.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Books 2.0.8"

    June 15, 2004  |   By willyman

    Version: Books 2.0.8

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Very useful app. Better than Booxter and freeware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "this is an absolutely terrific app!"

    June 13, 2004  |   By idj

    Version: Books 2.0.8

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've used this db since the first release, and I can't believe how powerful and simple to use it is - while being absolutely free! The author is doing a great job continuing to add functionality and features. Truly a wonderful application.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant!"

    April 29, 2004  |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Books 2.0.6

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I downloaded this app ten minutes ago. Already I've painlessly added 30 of my books (you just put in the ISBN number and the program grabs publication details and the cover from Amazon.com).

    Books features a huge variety of fields -- more information that I could possibly ever want about my library -- and wraps this power in a clean, easy-to-use interface.

    Thanks for the great freeware!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Cool app..."

    April 16, 2004  |   By manicman

    Version: Books 2.0.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I like this app alot... but I would like to see an option in preferences to turn off "Date Acquired" automatic fill features. The current preference option doesn't seem to do the trick. Also, I would like to see the Title of the book you are currently editing between the "Next Book:XXXX" and "Previous Book:XXXX" in the window b/c when you are using Extended Details, it's nice to know what is coming next and last but I find it a little cumbersome to look to the Top for the info on what I'm editing, cuz if you are doing next previous from Extended Details you don't see the cover etc... and it would just be a convenience thing I think.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great software"

    February 17, 2004  |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Books 2.0.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I looked at both this and Booxter before I decided to buy Booxter. It really did not come down to features, as they are similar, it came down to the interface. I really prefered the layout and look of Booxter. I think I mostly prefer it because it mimics the style of iPhoto and iTunes and has smart lists which is very important to me.

    Both applications are great, really great, but if you like iPhoto and iTune's interface then you may prefer Booxter.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice"

    January 7, 2004  |   By gtallenjr

    Version: Books 2.0b5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This version looks/feels MUCH nicer than previous versions and much nicer, by far, than similar products offered on VT.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Solid foundation to build on"

    October 28, 2003  |   By Strider72

    Version: Books 1.2.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a nicely put together program. I've been using it with a modified CueCat bar code reader, and it works great. The easiest way I have found to mass-scan books is to scan in to a text program, add 7 *tab* characters to the beginning of each line, and run the "import tab-delimited file" function. Then Books will autofill from Amazon.

    It's simple, fast, stable, and the data is stored in XML, which means it can be transferred to any number of other programs as needed. XML also means I can also crack it open with, say, BBEdit, and make wholesale changes to the data. Very nice.

    There are a few shortcomings (and I've only found one nit-picky bug), but here they are...

    The program lacks a "Copyright Date" field (as opposed to Date Published, which changes from edition to edition).

    Please give us access to the book cover image -- to drag out to Finder, or another program.

    Regarding the aforementioned importing of ISBN lists -- it would be nice if Books could import a plain list of ISBNs without manually having to add tabs to fake a tab-delimited file.

    I would also love to see a filter view, in which I can browse through books in the main data screen, but they are filtered according to genre, author, or whatever.

    The bug:
    ISBNs as scanned in have a bunch of extra digits. The program's auto-complete (from Amazon) recognizes it and converts it to the plain-vanilla ISBN number as it fills in the data; BUT, the function to "batch fill" data from ISBNs does not do this conversion -- it leaves the extended bar code digits in place. If I hit the manual "Amazon info" button, the ISBN is corrected.

    Incidentally, the Last Name/First Name problem someone else mentioned is not a terrible issue, as I tend to use "Lastname, Firstname" format anyways. For translators, I put the name followed by "(trans.)" -- not that a Translator field would be a bad thng per se.

    I also have one minor quibble with the extremely generic program name. Programs with such names can be annoying in various ways, such as trying to search for information on them on the Internet. This is a small-time program at the moment, but that doesn't mean that over time it won't have a following. (Here's hoping, eh? ;) Names such as this strike me as amateurish -- this program is too good for that.

    It's like calling a spreadsheet program "Spreadsheet", or a word processor "Words" (ahem).

    I hope to see this program further developed. It's off to a great start, and I'm using it already!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Suggestions"

    October 22, 2003  |   By NihilVor

    Version: Books 1.2.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.

    This is very useful as is, and I commend the programmer. However, Iâ??d like to see the following information changed or added on the new entry screen.

    1. Add a field for the city of publication, so we can use the database for bibliographical work.

    2. Add a field for the translator. Often this is placed on the author line and Iâ??m not sure if the information will populate properly because you might not be able to distinguish between a translator and a 2nd author.

    3. Add the ability to search by the library of congress number. This would be great for books that predate the 1970â??s, but such information might not be available online.

    The weakness of the program is the â??show allâ?? index. The following would be an improvement: especially the first three.

    1. Entering data with the ISBN places the first name of an author before their last. This means that searching by author alphabetizes the list by the authorâ??s first name. Is there a way to fix this?

    2. Have â??Bookâ?? disregard â??The,â?? â??A,â?? and â??An,â?? at the beginning of titles when alphabetizing by title. This should be easy to correct.

    3. Include a genre field in the â??show allâ?? index and allow the user to sort by genre.

    4. Allow for an auto-sort feature when viewing the â??show allâ?? page (not the most important thing, but it would be nice).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast and simple"

    October 18, 2003  |   By flanagan

    Version: Books 1.2.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Between my wife, West, and I, we have over 10,000 books and nearly half that amount in CDs, DVDs and Laserdiscs. I tried out Readerware and registered its bundle this morning for West so she could catalog our AV stuff; however, we'll keep using Books for our paper library. Books is much faster and easier to use than Readerware. And of course its Free. Based on the fact that it does exactly what I want/need in a personal library catalog program I think it's worth the 5 star review.

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