Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager

Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.2
out of 4 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.2
File Size:
3.64MB
Date Added:
April 09, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
9,018
Downloads Last Week:
5
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Although public libraries, university libraries, and other large lending institutions typically have fairly sophisticated software to manage their collections, there are smaller entities like churches, nonprofits, and even individuals who could use an electronic hand when it comes to keeping track of their holdings. Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager aims to provide a simple solution for the user who needs a way to keep track of what gets checked in and out and by whom. Unfortunately, the program's unattractive interface and generally unintuitive functioning make it hard to recommend.

Granthaalok's interface consists of a large gray rectangle with a handful of gray buttons on it. Each button is labeled in both English and Assamese, and while we appreciate the program's bilingualism, the effect of these dual labels is that the buttons are hard to read at a glance. The English isn't great, either; one button reads "Book Disposed Off!"

It's easy enough to add new books, entering information such as the title, a user-defined ID code, a rack or shelf identifier, the date and price of purchase, and the publisher, author, and edition. Adding new members is a similar process, with fields for the name, ID code, address, and so on. Actually checking books in and out is a strange process that involves selecting the desired title or member from a long list and then, instead of clicking an "Okay" button, closing the window; this inexplicably launches the next screen in the process.

Granthaalok comes with a Help file, but the problem with this program isn't really that it needs explanation; it's that it's poorly designed, unattractive, and unintuitive. It does work, but that's about all we can say for it.

Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager comes as a ZIP file. It installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.

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  • 1 stars

    "Impossible to completely remove"

    May 23, 2011   |   By alexriehl

    Version: Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager 1

    Pros

    None. There is nothing good about this program.

    Cons

    Impossible to read, no uninstall feature, when system files are deleted it still remains in the program list and will forever.

    Summary

    Don't get it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Absolutely Terrible"

    March 08, 2011   |   By Pakistani Dragon

    Version: Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager 1

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing good about this proggram.

    Cons

    I could not understand a thing with this program. It just kept asking for password! Nowhere to be found.

    Summary

    What a bizzare software! Quite ugly looking too.

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  • 3 stars

    "Very good for small library"

    August 25, 2009   |   By XTX1

    Version: Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager 1

    Pros

    Relatively easy program to use, minimum entry requires book name and author. Since we do not charge our patrons, except for a 'lost' book, we do not need to track library fees. This program will hopefully eventually replace our card catalog.

    Cons

    Definitely has a learning curve; must completely delete a book, then re-enter the information when trying to correct information.

    Summary

    Considering that this is a free library management program, can't complain too much! If you maintain a smaller library that works on the honor system rather than a fee system, and you can't afford the outlay for one of the 'bells and whistles' software programs, this program will be your workhorse. In other words.....not flashy or showy, but gets the job done!

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  • 4 stars

    "very good for small library running on honerary basis"

    October 12, 2006   |   By sureshkaramchandani

    Version: Granthaalok: The Book-Library Manager 1

    Pros

    this is usefull for school and colledges only

    there is no colum for monthly subcription &

    book readin charges which is must forsmall library in tho get some funds for purchase of new books and to meet day to day other expenitureif modified may be intimated to me.

    thanks

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