Delicious Library: A Review

4 03 2009

After showing the grandparents Delicious Library’s iSight scanning feature, they set me on a mammoth of a task; they wanted me to set up a catalogue of all their books. And what a mammoth that was. A big, furry, brown, knock-your-door-down woolly mammoth. They have a three-part floor-to-ceiling bookcase with 18 total shelves, 6 shelves in the study and two bookcases in the bedroom, 8 total shelves. The shelves in the study and bedroom are stacked two deep on every shelf. As you can probably guess, this took quite a while, giving me some very extensive use of Delicious Library (Version 1). So what was it like?

Setting Up The Library

Getting the library to the point of being able to start the process was a doddle. Just open the app and there it was, ready to import all the books. I wanted to sort all the books by location, so I added a virtual shelf for each physical shelf in the house. This was very quick and easy to do, just clicking the “+” sign at the bottom of the Collections panel added each one.

Importing The Books

Importing the books was also simple, and even quite fun. The main way of importing is using the iSight camera (unless you already had a wired one, there’s no way to get one now – only built-ins available now) to scan the barcodes of the books. Any cynical readers out there will most definitely be saying to themselves right now, “That can’t possibly work for every single book”. And in some ways, you’re actually right. 97% of the barcodes I scanned did work, and Delicious picked up, from Amazon, what the book was from the scan. Another 2.9% of them didn’t actually have barcodes (they are my Grandparents, remember), or the barcodes were too old to still work on Amazon, or the books were American and so had different barcodes. The last 0.1% just refused to scan altogether. However, this last 3% was easy to import still because of the fact that you can search for a title, author, or ISBN number – which means that no book is impossible to import.

Organising The Library

Obviously there’s no point importing all those books without doing anything with them. I was planning on sorting by location, so I moved the books to their appropriate shelves by dragging. This was very intuitive. To be able to then sort by location later, all I had to do was select them, click in the Location  In Building field and typing in the location – Study, Shelf 4, for example. There was also the option to add custom art – that is, the picture shown for the front cover of the book.

Sharing The Library

Seeing as they wanted the library to remember where all their books were, I needed to export the library to give it to them. This is where the disappointment came. There was only one option: to export as a .txt file. Even this was, to be honest, rubbish. It doesn’t get formatted and isn’t even set out logically. To get the library to them, I had to download the free trial of Library 2 so that I could export it to Excel. I was not happy about this.

Report Card

Set-Up – 5/5          Importing – 5/5          Organisation – 5/5          Exporting – 0/5

Overall – 15/20

Final Thoughts: Delicious Library is a great app, but it is let down on its one export feature. If I had the option, I’d get Version 2, but I don’t. I recommend you do though.


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Twitter / Of The Day

8 02 2009

Since Friday, two “Photo Of The Day” streams have been set up. One is my Chromatically Challenged Father‘s, named iPhone Photo Of The Day, and the other is mine, Random/Abstract Photo Of The Day. Obviously it’s easy to tell what each consists of. iPhone Photo Of The Day is, well, a photo taken each day using an iPhone, and Random/Abstract Photo Of The Day is a random or abstract photo taken each day. Both are on Flickr.

Now for Twitter. I have joined Twitter and am open to followers/people to follow. Why not go and see? Twitter username is jobbogamer if you want to see my profile.





Happy New Year!

1 01 2009

It’s 2009! I don’t understand why it is so exciting, but everyone else is posting this kind of thing, so welcome to a fresh start! Feel free to post a comment detailing your New Year’s Resolution (If you have one – I don’t bother), or don’t bother and keep it to yourself. As I say, I don’t have one myself, so I don’t mind whether you want to share or not. Last night me and Harry had our own mini New Year’s Eve party, at about 7:30, which consisted of a handful of Roses, Quality Street and Celebrations and a WKD-style drink each, all gathered around our two-player game of Uno. When he had gone to bed, the rest of us gathered round the TV to first watch Michael McIntyre’s DVD. I think the best joke was about the Man Drawer, the one drawer of the house that the man takes as his own – and chucks all his “manly” possessions into. These include instructions for things you don’t own anymore, old phones, currency from foreign countries that’s not in circulation now and takeaway menus (even though you order exactly the same things every time). It was hilarious! I won’t go into all the details, you can probably find it on YouTube or something if you want to watch it. Or alternatively, you could just buy the DVD.

To conclude, have a good year. Didn’t last year seem to go rather quickly?





Shop Till We Drop (Day 8)

16 11 2008

Yesterday we started off by going to WonderWorks, a science-y hands-on place, followed by laser tag (which I won) and then on to the shops. We had chili-cheese fries at Johnny Rockets and a milkshake for lunch. Then we went to Mall at Millenia where, for the first time ever, I went into an Apple Store and bought something! I got a new pair of headphones for my iPod Touch which have an in-built microphone. We came back to the villa from a swim, then headed back out to Downtown Disney, followed by Walmart. We got home at about 11.





Splish Splash Splosh (Day 7)

16 11 2008

On day 7, we went to SeaWorld. We rode the Kraken, went on the Polar Express, fed sealions, fed dolphins, saw Shamu the killer whale and ate a not ice cream (Stupid iPod Touch correction system!) big ice cream.





Coaster Overload (Day 6)

16 11 2008

The day after Magic Kingdom we drove up to Tampa to go to Busch Gardens, which took an hour. There are lots of big coasters (to ride, not for a giant coffee mug!) which Harry decided to ride about 50 times each. There was an inverted coaster we started with, then a greenish one, followed by Sheikra. What is Sheikra? A huge red rollercoaster which climbs a big hill before hanging over and dropping down a completely vertical drop! It then loops for a bit before falling down another vertical drop! Sound scary? Harry rode it 5 times, twice before lunch and three times after. I did it four times.





Three Days Ago (Day 5)

16 11 2008

The other day we went to Magic Kingdom. The monorail was “delayed” so we got a ferry to the park. During the day, we caught Stitch, went to a monster comedy show, flew with Buzz Lightyear, rode Space Mountain and rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We saw the Dreams Come True parade, then looked round the shop before coming home on the monorail. We stayed home with Nanny & Grandad and played mini golf.