GCstar

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.1
  • Total Downloads:
    5,247
  • Date Added:
    August 25, 2010
  • File Size:
    19.86MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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Collection managers are databases optimized for collectors. Tian's GCstar is a free tool that can not only help you manage your collections but also keep track of items you've loaned to friends and neighbors and even update your records automatically by fetching additional information online. It's an open-source project, but it's not some half-app work-in-progress.

GCstar opened with its main interface and a New Collection dialog showing numerous default selections. GCstar can manage any collection, which is to say a collection of anything, from digital snapshots on your hard drive to vintage cars in your garage. Music, toys and dolls, software ... just what do people collect, anyway? You can also import film-related data from various sources for managing DVD collections; one of GCstar's specialties. We selected a Book collection, named it, and saved it in the proprietary GCS file format. We clicked Add a Book, and the General tab displayed a data form with blank entry fields, an image window, and a box to enter a lengthy description. The Details tab offered acquisition dates, ratings, translations, and other in-depth records, while the Lending tab acts as your own personal librarian, with a drop-down list of Borrowers and e-mail addresses and a detailed Lending History. A fourth tab, Tags, let us add tags to entries, including associating Web pages and designating favorite selections. The attractive Preferences dialog offered display settings as well as image file paths and even articles ("the," "ein," "les," etc.) in various languages, including placing them at the end of titles so you won't have a lot of entries beginning with "The." Aside from a typical complement of editing tools and search filters, the most notable controls were a Play button on the toolbar, which played media files directly, and a button labeled Tonight, which randomly selected an entry from the database; another nod to video. Of course, you can use GCstar to manage totally different collections in one interface; just click My Collections and add as many as you like.

There are many collection managers to choose from; some free, some easy. GCstar is both. It's one of the best of the type we've seen.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "Best Collection Program"

    September 10, 2011   |   By arnymateo

    Version: GCstar 1.6.1

    Pros

    Best collection software. Lending program that works great. It allows you to choose what information to display. Great quick search and reports. Great export feature. Free, open source program.

    Cons

    I have used this for 3yrs and have not had any cons with this software.

    Summary

    I have tried multiple different programs for managing collections and this program is by far the best one. I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • 1 stars

    "Wouldn't connect to internet"

    June 30, 2011   |   By monicap65

    Version: GCstar 1.6.1

    Pros

    didn't experience any

    Cons

    wouldn't connect to internet so I could use to the extent that was promised

    Summary

    After several trys to fix things I just uninstalled it.

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  • 2 stars

    "major lockup"

    January 08, 2011   |   By egray--2008

    Version: GCstar 1.6.1

    Pros

    none allot better programs out there

    Cons

    major lock up issue with windows xp sp3

    Summary

    don't wast your time

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  • 4 stars

    "Very easy to use"

    January 06, 2011   |   By alm5745

    Version: GCstar 1.6.1

    Pros

    I like the way it separates the genre, that makes it easier to find what you may be looking for.

    Cons

    Sometiomes I have to move the genre to where it belongs, as it may place it on the wrong one.

    Summary

    I as of now do not have enough experience with the program, but I find it easy to use and correct any mistakes. It would be nice if the program would automatically go over my downloaded movies and list them without my having to do each one by hand.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Program"

    December 07, 2010   |   By Roxie2288

    Version: GCstar 1.6.1

    Pros

    I love the program. I use it for books.

    Cons

    It isn't so great for other household items. I also wish you could add more then 1 photo.

    Summary

    It is a great program for books and love the features and ease of use!!

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    Full Specifications

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    General
    Publisher Tian
    Publisher web site http://home.gna.org/gcfilms/
    Release Date August 25, 2010
    Date Added August 25, 2010
    Version 1.6.1
    Category
    Category Home Software
    Subcategory Home Inventory Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows
    Additional Requirements ActiveState Perl
    Download Information
    File Size 19.86MB
    File Name GCstar_1.6.1_Setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 5,247
    Downloads Last Week 8
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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