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Mac Gems: Delicious Library 3 lets you track your
movies, music, and more
Productivity software
Its been eight years since we reviewed the original version of Delicious
Library, Delicious Monster's clever app for managing your media. But the
question that greets Delicious Library 3, the latest edition in the franchise,
is this: In 2013, is it still a good way to track and document all the items in
your media collection?
The answer to that question: Mostly, but Delicious Library 3 has some mild
shortcomings to be addressed.
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Delicious Library 3's main interface
If youre not familiar with Delicious Library (the last major version of which,
Delicious Library 2, was released five years ago), the Mac app organizes and
tracks collections of books, movies, other media, and even toolsits media-
oriented, but its not limited to media. Essentially, anything with a barcode
can be scanned and added to the apps customized shelf.
In the past, the easiest way to add an item to Delicious Library was by
holding its barcode up to your computers webcam for scanning. The app
uses this barcode to automatically find and enter pertinent information
about the item (including a photo) to the shelves of your virtual library.
Delicious Library 3 adds iOS integration in the form of a free mobile app. The
app Delicious Scanner, pairs your iPhone or iPad with your computer over
your local Wi-Fi network, letting you use the mobile devices camera as a
portable iOS scanner. We previously took a close look at Delicious Library 3s
iOS integration, as well as its new usage charts.
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Delicious Library 3 o!ers an analysis of your collection and its value.
But when it comes to media, much has changed in the five years since
Delicious Library 2: Many of the items that commonly used physical media
in 2008movies, books, and even softwarenow exist only in digital bits,
and sometimes only in the cloud. If youre wanting one list to rule them all,
and for that list to be compiled as easily as Delicious Librarys predecessors
swallowed up information about your real world collections, youll be
mildly frustrated with version 3.
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Delicious Library 3 can tap into your iTunes library.
The developer does recognize this challenge. You can sync the program with
your iTunes account, letting Apple aficionados automatically list any audio
files, iBooks, and videos stored in or synced with iTunes. Your shelves will
not, however, include apps, even if youve synced your iPhone or iPad with
your computers iTunes account. Also, your digital media doesnt integrate
with the rest of your libraryeach medium gets its own shelf.
Strangely, adding e-books, digital movies, and music collections from
Amazon isnt quite so easy. I say strange because Delicious Library 3 is
tightly integrated with Amazon: If you own a Kindle book, you can type in the
name of that book and Delicious Library will furnish the precise edition you
own; same thing with albums and videos. In fact, you can even sell items
from your collection on Amazon.com directly from within the app. But if
theres a way to directly import and sync all of that information for dozens of
titles at a timethe way there is with iTunesits not readily apparent. And if
you live outside the Apple-Amazon universesay, if you have a Barnes &
Noble NookDelicious Library doesnt seem equipped to easily help you.
You must enter all that information manually, or enter the Amazon version
of each item and then edit the info.
When Delicious Library made its debut eight years ago, its bookshelf motif
was well received. But does the apps skeumorphism make sense in 2013,
when designers seem to be shifting away from that sensibility? I still like it,
and its essentially the apps trademark, but if you dont like seeing your
collection of items arrayed on a shelf, you can switch to a List view, or to the
Chart view, which breaks down your collection into key analytics, including
the resale value of the items you own. If youre selling your books, for
example, the Chart view acts as a sort of Blue Book that helps you set the
price just right.
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Delicious Library 3 makes recommendations based on the contents of your library.
A couple of other features are worth noting. First, Delicious Library 3
generates a list of recommended items you might enjoy based on what you
already own. You can save these items to a wish list, or click one to be
whisked to Amazon.com to make the purchase straightaway. Delicious
Library 3 also makes your collection searchable. You can of course search by
keyword, but theres also a color view: Choose a color, and the items you own
that contain that color (on, say, their cover) will pop into view. You may not
be able to judge a book by its cover, but this feature makes that much easier
to find.
Like its predecessors, Delicious Library 3 helps you track your media, and it
makes a real attempt to keep up with the digital nature of todays virtual
bookshelves. The app still needs some work in that area, however, so it
continues to appeal the most to those whose media collections are heavy in
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physical forms: books, albums, and DVDs.
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