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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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2

Version 1.2 includes elaborate as well as illustrated step-by-step instructions along with frequently asked questions; it also incorporates some minor bug fixes.

General

Publisher Eastern Star Software
Publisher web site http://www.essg.50megs.com
Release Date April 07, 2012
Date Added April 09, 2012
Version 1.2

Category

Category Business Software
Subcategory Inventory Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 3.64MB
File Name Grantha12.zip

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Total Downloads 9,451
Downloads Last Week 4

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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