Recording what you buy is very useful. In the event of a theft, insurance or an interesting way of knowing what you have bough having a reference could be very useful. Librarian Pro is designed to fill that gap. It is a database application that is designed to record your purchases. You input the details of your product and it gets added to the database. It is very similar to the popular Delicious Library, although Librarian Pro is the cheaper version.
The application is split up into three main areas. The sidebar which contains a list of your collections. This can be books, general items, Movies, Music, Hardware, Software and Video Games. Each area is basically a subjection of your entire library. On the right hand side, which takes up the majority of the screen, is the list of items in your library and the detailed information associated with each product.
Adding items to the library is simple. You can use the importer which will grab the information from various different sources, such as iTunes, Delicious Library to name just two, or you can use the input option. You can also use a bar code scanner, but I don’t have one of them with me. There is an option to use your iSight although on testing it didn’t work.
Inputting items is very simple. The quickest method is to use an ISBN number if it is a book, or use the search option. The search options and all of the other methods, grab the pieces of information off Amazon. An internet connection is required for full functionality. Once as a suitable product is found it will then pull all of the information associated with the product and add it to the database. Information include name, genre all of the basic stuff, as well as this prices and screenshots is also included. As a result you get a lot of information.
Once as you have added all of your products in your house that is pretty much it for the application. You can mark stuff as borrowed so you can create your own little library but this feature isn’t really that useful. You can export the database, which is probably the most useful aspect of this product. It is a way of backing up proof of purchases.
This application is good. It is simple to add items to your library although it does get time consuming. The amazon search is usually dead on. I have only had one or two hiccups. As a result you can add a lot of items quickly and easily. The only problem with this application is that it doesn’t feel as good as Delicious Library, as mentioned at the beginning of this post. In comparison this product doesn’t feel as a complete or as easy to use. But Librarian Pro is cheaper, so if cost is a big issue you do save this app. As well as this you can also get a Windows version, so you can use it on both your PC and Mac if you have more than one computer.
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Yes, 15 days
Mac OS X 10.4+
Record your collections on your computer
Not as good as Delicious Library