Why am I so addicted to this program? It’s just catalogueing the stuff I already own! Never-the-less, I can’t stop scanning stuff. I had to fight the urge to purchase the Bluetooth barcode scanner when I bought a license for the software.
First of all, it’s simply gorgeous software. Note how the cover image is slightly altered between hardbacks and soft-covers to give the impression of book-binding. Also, the subtle shading effects are nice. I don’t like how albums and some games are given a CD jewel case image (not shown here), but that’s forgivable (and change-able; see below).
Screenshot of Delicious Library and the iSight barcode reader screen (which can be turned off to reduce your creeped-out level).
Now, I do have a couple of complaints about DL. First, the iSight scanner isn’t perfect on my iMac. Now, that’s probably not Delicious Monster’s fault, since they didn’t design the hardware. Still I find myself keying in about one out of every four ISBNs.
That brings me to something that is within DM’s control, though: the placement of the ‘Add a new item’ button with respect to the search fields. They’re all the way across the window. Now, I’m not trying to be super lazy or anything, but if you’re going to make me click then key, put the fields close to one another! It’s not as thought it would upset the aesthetic of the window or anything (and DL isn’t as bad an offender on this as say, Quicken).
Lastly, some items don’t have images in the Amazon database and we all know this. DL displays a kind of paper-wrapped box as a default image (far from the most unattractive default). However, there’s a very simple work-around: take advantage the user-supplied images that Amazon hosts. I attempted a scan of one of my BBC Pal discs (“Monarch of the Glen – Series 1″), and while it’s there on Amazon, it doesn’t show up in DL. This would be, in my opinion, a great way for DL to let it’s users fill in the gap for both them as well as Amazon.com. So far, nothing, though. Of course, it’s simple enough to drag an image right into DL on your item once you’ve gone to the trouble of scanning it in. However, this is a less than perfect becuase my work only benefits me and I can’t benefit from the work of others. Come one people, it’s Web 2.0 time, here!
It’s a really straight-forward peice of software. It allows you to keep track of any item you loan to a friend (or anyone in your Address Book; friend, family, or foe). Other than that, it really doesn’t do anything. It’s not like you can watch a movie or listen to an album in this software; just note that yes, you do own it. Perhaps it’s my innate OCD tendancies, but I just can’t get enough of that, though.