Delicious Library by Delicious Monster is an organizer with a twist. It is an electronic Librarian
for books, CDs DVDS, etc. Why would you get it if you have FileMaker Pro handy? It is not
just great eye candy, but it also works with the FireWire based iSight camera as a barcode
reader. Keyboard entry only for library organization can become pretty much a thing of the past.
Or you can get the Bluetooth based Flic Wireless Laser Barcode Scanner if you don't have an
iSight camera or use the USB based CueCat (remember those?). Just point the back of a book
where the barcode is located or a CD case up to the iSight camera for example (assuming it has a
barcode) and the magic begins. And if you are into loaning out your stuff, that too can be tracked
I found that I had to get the books within 2 inches or so, depending
on lighting conditions, for the barcode reader function to take . An
audible beep occurs just like those barcode beeps at The Home
Depot or Safeway with a successful scan. Sometimes the barcode
lookup fails and manual entry is required. I found that multiple
barcodes on the back of books confuses the barcode scanner too.
Retry with just one of them and it works most of the time, assuming
Amazon has the book listed.
Trying to find books not in the Amazon database can produce
interesting results. For example, I have a book by Nemetschek
North America that is a private printing I reviewed last month (July
2005 macCompanion) named Images of CAD: the Art of
Computer Aided Design . That had to be entered manually. I just
dragged and dropped the image from my book review and it took.
Other details had to be copy/pasted. If you want all the blanks filled
in, those too will need to be input manually.
Software is going to be hit and miss. Microsoft Office 2004
Professional (Mac) came through fine, but FileMaker Pro 7 did not.
Amazon has lots of FileMaker Pro books though! Other software
that is barcoded also failed to get a hit , so those have to be
manually input as well.
I noticed that entries end up in Collections under Books, Movies,
Music or Games, but if I add a shelf, and I remove entries, they
come back, unless I go to remove them from Collections. I don't
know if that is a failsafe mechanism or what, but I don't like going
back and rekeying over and over again when I want to clean up
files. Just remember that Collections takes entry priority as far as
the app is concerned.
I do like that the shelves can be sorted by various criteria, but don't
like that I can only sort by one at a time. I can sort either by title, or
publisher/label, but not both.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8