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About three weeks ago, I finally upgraded to Delicious Library 2. It is definitely a slick program. The greatest addition for me was the ability to add my gadgets to my library. It just makes sense to be able to add all my electronic gear. You […]

Delicious Library 2

About three weeks ago, I finally upgraded to Delicious Library 2. It is definitely a slick program. The greatest addition for me was the ability to add my gadgets to my library. It just makes sense to be able to add all my electronic gear.

You can add items in nine categories: books, movies, music, software, videogames, toys, gadgets, tools, and apparel. Sadly, the software Delicious Library 2 cannot be added via the lookup tool:

What I don’t like

There are two ways to add an item to your library, through the iSight, and through a search box like the one pictured above. It uses Amazon search, and it lets you add just about anything that you can buy on Amazon. I am not sure how Shipley designed the search for Delicious Library 2, but when I tried to add my Nintendo Wii to the library, it brought up every accessory you can buy, but failed to show me the actual Nintendo Wii. I was able to find a couple Wiis with some additional accessories, but that was about it. I don’t have the box anymore, so I couldn’t just scan it (which is the case with most of my electronic gear). The good news is that I was able to add component cables for my Wii to my library, as well as extra Wii remotes, classic controllers, nunchucks, grip covers, and remote charging stations.

There are some frustrations with searching, though. In Delicious Library 1, you could search by ISBN (which was probably because the iSight scanning did not always work). But now, in Delicious Library 2, you can’t. It is very frustrating to know the ISBN but not be able to use it to search. It is probably easier to search with keywords, but sometimes the results listed are far too broad and varied for it to be that worthwhile. I wish the option to add was as simple as this:

You can also publish your shelves to the web. I published mine to my iWeb site, and it looked pretty good. The only drawback is that it did not include links to Amazon, so if someone were viewing my library, and wanted one of my books, they couldn’t just click on the title and get to the book. They would have to copy and paste, or just look the book up. That seems like a big oversight.

What I do like

Although the release notes for this version say that the algorithm for scanning with iSight is only “slightly improved” it is far better than Delicious Library 1. I scanned the same book in both, and got a much faster scan time for Delicious Library 2. I waved it all over the screen on version 1, but with version 2, I put it right in the guides, and scanned it before it was actually lined up all the way in the guides.

That makes for much faster adding of items. I also tried it out with an external USB webcam, and that worked just as well. That made it very easy for taking it to my bookshelves, instead of bringing all my books to my computer.

Visually, it rocks. When you add an item, a “container” fills up with colored circles that becomes your item. Your items shatter or go up in flames when you delete them, as shown below.

Perhaps the best feature for the kids out there is the ability to export your library (or just selected shelves or items) to a bibliography. In college, I used EndNote for my citation needs, and if this were available, it would have been much easier. EndNote requires you to type in every single thing about your book, and only just recently came out with a very poor online search tool that doesn’t get the correct info 95% of the time. Bibliographies are available in the following formats: AMA, Turabian, APA, CBE, Chicago, and MLA. For college students who do a lot of writing, it is definitely worth the $40 or $20 (for an upgrade).

In conclusion, Delicious Library 2 is most beneficial in that it provides a record of most things that you own, and it does it in a fun way. It is actually exciting to feel like you are a checker at a store as you scan items into your library. I finally have the itemized list of stuff that I need to show the insurance company if anything ever happens. Everything I buy from now on will go right into the library, so I can have a record of it. This is a good program for those who want to catalog their stuff and have a record on the web (or iPod) that you can get to if you need it later.

Delicious Library costs $40 for a new license and $20 for an upgrade from 1.5 at delicious-monster.com

By Jethro Jones

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  1. At least you could purchase DL2. I can’t connect to the in-app store due to its use of non-standard protocols (like HTTPS).

    http://alblue.blogspot.com/2008/07/will-golden-braeburn-be-golden-lemon.html

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  2. As with DL1 you can drag and drop a URL from amazon into DL2. So if you can find the Wii on amazon, it’s easy to put into DL.

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  3. You failed to mention the horrible horizontal details panel.

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  4. What are you doing to use the bibliography feature? I can’t seem to find that or mention of it in the manual. Be very useful, though!

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  5. I’m not at my Mac right now (I’m at work) but I have DL2, and I’m fairly sure ISBN still works. I’ve typed ISBN numbers into the UPC box and they’ve come up. I could be wrong, though.

    Also, as Galley mentioned, the horizontal details panel is pretty terrible. I would rather have had a pop up or pop out window, or at least the option to select horizontal or vertical. The horizontal seems fairly worthless. I have a 24″ iMac, and I still don’t feel like I have enough space on-screen to view my library AND the details of a particular item.

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  6. Is there any way to still download version 1.5? I have a license for it but kicked it from my system a pretty long time ago. I can’t seem to find it on their website. It wouldn’t be very cool if they just pulled the old version. If I wouldn’t want to buy a upgrade my license would be basically useless now.

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  7. Awww. Never mind, you can still download 1.5. My bad.

    Here’s the link: http://delicious-monster.com/buy.php (where it says “download version 1″ in the text)

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  8. I’m going off memory here (i tried it on my Mac at home, about 3-4 weeks ago and not since), but here are some issues I had with it.

    1) I had several DVDs and books that were scanned, but they were populated with completely wrong information – like, not even close. And there was no easy way to correct the information or report an error, i.e. report back to Delicious Monster that for whatever reason, this item is not being looked up correctly.

    2) from what I remember, there were too many intermediate steps when trying to scan lots of items using the isight at once. For example, i wish I could activate the isight, scan an item, confirm, then immediately scan the next item. From what I remember, you have to re-activate the iSight with every new item.

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  9. You can still use ISBN numbers, I’ve punched in quite a few for books that wouldn’t scan (had one that bad a barcode with a black background and red lines- weird book companies). At first I thought ISBN number scanning was gone- but the secret is NOT to type in any of the dashes, just punch it in as one big number.

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  10. is it possible to add comic books? not to get all nerdy but their isnt any good efficient mac software that helps me catalog my physical comic books. but if i can scan the barcode on issues that would be great! i love DL1 and im hoping DL2 helps me catalog my comics…any thoughts?

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