CATraxx

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 91 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.11.06
  • Total Downloads:
    152,923
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 07, 2008
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $39.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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CATraxx, with its 50-album trial limit, has a modern layout but suffers from a lack of intuitive use. The best way to get started with it is to create a new database, and from there hit up the Menubar's Audio/Scan Folder option to add albums.

Once you have some albums and tracks to play with, the program gets much easier to use. There are multiple views, adjustable on the left nav, so that you can search and manage your collection however you like. The view options, from Explorer and Album to Loan and Lookup, are self-explanatory. Click on one to see the contents of that album. Clicking on a song will open your default music player and start the track.

There's a Toolbar from which all major functions can be handled, including CDDB lookup, while double-clicking on an album opens up a metatag-editing panel. A secondary toolbar lists the alphabet for generalized browsing. Beginners have some neat tricks to play with, like copying track info from one song and pasting it onto another. Power users can take advantage of more complex tools, like editing the database template. However, CATraxx is heavily reliant on the CDDB for data, and it's not easy to make batch edits. There's almost too much you can do with the app, and not enough that gets right to the heart of simple, album-wide metatag edits.

 
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5 stars

"I actually bought this one! Easily the best."

October 31, 2008  |  By helenofto

 |  Version: CATraxx 8.11.06

Pros

Easy to customize: change/add fields, input your own defaults. Faster to add records than the other programs I tried. Can export data into other formats, create your own views and printable reports. Easy to add multiple disc sets.

Cons

No facility for adding records by bar code

Summary

Easily the best of the CD databases out there. After downloading and playing with a about a dozen different programs, this is the one I purchased. It is cleanly designed and easy to use (after playing around awhile). As an application developer myself, I admire software that is thoughtfully designed and works as it should. I encountered no bugs or even quirks. While some have complained that it only uses Gracenote's CDDB, everything I've searched was found (mostly obscure, indie or small market titles). With the vinyl query you're at the mercy of whatever has been entered at Discogs and various Amazon sites - I haven't been very successful in finding many of my vinyl titles. If you're familiar with MS-Access, it is very easy to make batch edits.
My distant second choice was the Collectorz application. It is much more cumbersome to add records in Collectorz, even more difficult to add multi-disc sets. Also, you can create reports in the basic version of Collectorz - their Pro version cost $50 and doesn't offer the flexibility and features of CATraxx. Also, support for CATraxx is free: support for Collectorz is an additional $50 ($100 total!). I also tried Libra, Media Monkey, Music Collector and several others. No other program came close.

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5 stars

"The Best Value By Far"

September 23, 2008  |  By bburl

 |  Version: CATraxx 8.11.06

Pros

Very powerful and well written Support for media files (wma, flac, mp3, etc) in addition to physical media.

Cons

Steep learning curve. Trial says fully functional 30 day, but no mention of 50 album limit. So it's not fully functional. This pisses some people off, myself included because it seems to be sneaky or a lie.

no barcode scanner option

Summary

This program will do everything you wan a music cataloguing program to do. It is customizable and very well written. Collectorz;s Music Collector, the other software I was considering, was 49.99 for the pro version and they expected you to spent another 49.99 to get media file support, $100 dollars. This program does all of that for $40. I really don't know what collectorz is thinking, I guess that's why they don't have a comparison chart of their program vs. other programs on their site.

So, Catraxx is the real deal at an unbeatable price. Also, if you're like me and you have a database from another software vendor (eg Collectorz), Catraxx has an import utility so you can convert your current database (pictures and all) into a Catraxx database.

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4 stars

"Trial version is 50 albums"

September 05, 2008  |  By jojoquacks

 |  Version: CATraxx 8.11.06

Pros

Can import data from some other CD databases (I tried Music Collector first; didn't need to rescan CDs); easy to back up & modify entries; decent help files; can list multi-disc sets under one album title easily

Cons

No "one-click" way to add new CDs using CDDB; so many options I have too much to learn!

Summary

NOTE: Trial version limited to 50 entries, though it says "30 day trial" on Download.com.
Overall an excellent solution for cataloging CD collection, with many features and options that make it a better choice for me than other programs at the same price.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.11.06
Version 8.11 build 5 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher FNProgramvare
Publisher web site http://www.fnprg.com/
Release Date August 07, 2008
Date Added August 07, 2008
Version 8.11.06
Category
Category Home Software
Subcategory Home Inventory Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
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File Size Not Available
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 152,923
Downloads Last Week 1
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.95

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