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Library is an application that lets you catalog all of your books in a database. It has many features to make cataloging easy. Library's greatest feature, autofill, lets you type in a book's ISBN and with the click of a button, Library will query Amazon behind the scenes and after retrieval, automatically fill in all of the book's information, and even download the cover image for you.

What's New

Version 2.1.2:
  • Fixed crasher with lookup on DVDs with blank features from Amazon
  • Fixed bug with movie ratings not saving / reloading in the combo box
  • Fixed bugs with genre, location, artist, and label lists not saving in combo boxes in Music
  • Fixed exception with exporting movies as text
  • Fixed exception with loading field values of items
  • Improve compatibility with Library 3 more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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orgopete Member IconComment+1
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This appears to have been abandoned.

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Version 2.1.2
aetnaria Member IconComment+98
aetnaria
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All support and development for this app was dropped when they moved on to Library 3, aka Delicious Library.

A pity, really. Library 1 was a terrific book-cataloging app. Library 2 added in support for games, DVDs and the like - it was a promising evolution of the product. But it also added bugs that continued releases just couldn't seem to squash - gone was the 'just works' feel of v1. And now they've dropped everything for their $40 Delicious Library. Thanks, but no thanks. All I wanted was something that 'just works' with the latest OS.

I suspect I'm not the only user that has second thoughts about having bought a license for now-unsupported and still-broken software.

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Version 2.1.2
aetnaria
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"They" being Chronopath developers and not Delicious Monster developers, apparently. According to this blog entry by DM...

http://www.delicious-monster.com/blog/2005/01/macworld-expo-is-nigh.html

"Wil Shipley said...

There is no code shared between Chronopath Library and Delicious Library. There is no relationship between our companies. Andrew K. was a consultant on our project early on, but the code is all ours. Since Andrew is continuing to develop Chronopath Library, I think it would be incorrect to call our program an upgrade of his. We certainly didn't see any of the money you gave Andrew in the past for his software, and we in fact paid him some of our money to consult on our project, so you'll understand that we didn't feel obligated to make our upgrade price too sweet for someone else's customers."

I guess Chronopath decided to drop the ball (and its customers) on their own. Wish they would have said something...

AndyAU Member IconComment+1
AndyAU
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This version (2.0.2) created duplicates of all the books I already had entered. Had to manually delete the extra copies.

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Version 2.0.2
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Anonymous
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Library is great software and I use it in my everyday life!

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Version 2.0.2
JimW Member IconComment+455
JimW
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Serious Question: So why would I want this over Books, which is free and based on its description, it seems to do no more?

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Version 2.0.1
JimW
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Yes I am replying to my own question. It was not immediately obvious how to get past their ad in more info, or am I I just sort of dumb sometimes?

Unlike Books it does have separate areas for Music, Games, and Movies, which is great if you want to keep everything in one file. It also has something called bookmarks to mark certain pages for future reference as important.

FYI-Regarding their Bar Code Scanner: At MacWorld, FileMaker was demoing scanning ISBN numbers from a book into a Filemaker Database with a Palm. I'm not so sure you need a special $150 device to do it if you already have a PDA. It is something you might want to research.

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Dwmoore
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For the autofill feature, why not query the Library of Congress catalog instead of Amazon? The query protocol is not proprietary. Several bibliographic programs, such as EndNote and BookEnds, offer this feature.

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Version 2.0
Pairaka Member IconComment+0
Pairaka
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I'm very disappointed to find out that Library is now Panther only. It does not say that it requires 10.3 or above on the product page *here* but when I downloaded the new version and it kept crashing repeatedly on startup (I'm still using 10.2.8), I went to their website and found that Library is now Pather-only. Could it be possible to at least continue to offer the old, pre-Panther version available for those who haven't had the money to upgrade to Panther yet? Or at least update the product page HERE to give some indication that it's now requires 10.3 or higher so dumb schmucks like me won't download it and expect it to work? I've now lost one of my favorite apps because of this (and I don't have the previous version any more).

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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You can download version 1.1.8 of Library from http://www.chronopath.com/downloads/library118.dmg

- the developer

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Anonymous
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The primary feature of this product is the autofill capability. This feature does not work if Amazon no longer sells the book, or if you have a different edition of the book that what Amazon sells. I have a relatively large home library, and I thought this would be the answer. My library is currently in an Excel spreadsheet.

I would need two features added. They need a better source for autofill based on ISBN, and they need Excel import. Text file import is not good enough. Maybe a future release will tempt me.

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Version 1.1.7
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Anonymous
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Library's categories are not editable.
I need an organizer for books and research papers in PDF format.
It supports Asian characters and is only 10 US$ which I would pay if it was more flexible.

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Version 1.1.5
Mark Davis Member IconComment+0
Mark Davis
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I love Library so much that I started to spend more time using it than I do reading. Great product!

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Version 1.1.3
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Downloads 12,313
Version Downloads 5,514
License Shareware
Date 04 Aug 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $15.00
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