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Books 3.2.5c
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Books stores, sorts, and searches a "virtual card catalog" for a personal library. Books makes it simple to enter new books, edit the information of older books, and sort the books by attributes such as title and author.
What's New
Version 3.2.5c:
  • This beta release updates the broken Amazon plugins.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later





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Mrboma commented on 21 Feb 2009
This is a great program for free, and had been very stable for me until the latest (beta) release.

Which brings me to the most impressive feature: the support. The latest (beta) version kept quitting on me. I sent the developer an email with my data, preferences, and crash log files and just a couple of hours later they sent me a link to a fixed version! On a Saturday, no less. Incredible response.

Thanks Aetherial!
[Version 3.2.4a]


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Roderick commented on 29 Nov 2008
So far so good. My books are being found and captured from all listed databases, and the search can be expanded to include specific libraries and resources around the globe. This is a useful feature for small book releases, foreign language texts, or specific trade publications unique to Europe. The addition of other db searches is done via plug-ins which makes the utility/program a good bet for future expansion and functionality.

The image preview of book covers can be a bit jumpy, but, like iTunes you can paste in any image you wish in place of those found through the Quickfill db searches.

ISBN capture via iSight on Macbooks and MacBook Pros necessitates a good light exposure, but once you get a good set up, scanning in books is quite fast.

The strength of the program is its straightforward simplicity. As stated, its for books, or any work that has basic bibliographic information. The interface feels Apple-like enough, and perhaps this is its other strength: its not trying too hard to render textures, features, animations, or anything else. Books is a reliable db for your books, has a minimal learning curve, is open source, and deserves credit and consideration for being so advanced outside of commercial development. Good spare code @ 15Mb; there's not a useless feature in the setup, its all useful, and so far, it all works.

A solid addition for academics, students, or any user looking to document and organize a decent library.
[Version 3.2.2]


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Fredducker commented on 21 Sep 2008
Thank you for fixing the issue on os x 4.11 with QuickFill.
I believe the QuickFill option would work a lot faster if one didn't have to chose between Amazon US/Amazon FR/Amazon DE... because in the end it's gonna be a list and you'll have to search through it to find the correct version you want to add OR it's gonna have no results and you have to change the database and search one more time... whereas if all the databases were searched at the same time then you'd know when to give up when you have no results.
The "fetching data for book - please be patient_ sometimes stays stuck for more than 1 minute which seemed odd to me.
I'm using it these days and I'll let you know when I have more to say - great app anyways!!
[Version 3.2.1]


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Books For Macos X (developer) commented on 28 Jun 2008
3.1.9 linked above includes a bug that adversely affects Tiger users. (Book information is not displayed.)

3.1.10 is in testing and will be released soon. Until that release, I recommend that Tiger users avoid this release for the time being.
[Version 3.1.9]


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southpawami commented on 31 Dec 2007
There is very little I can say about this program as I have not used it very long.

In one word..

Wow.
[Version 3.1.5]


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sjha reviewed on 03 Sep 2007
Having earlier drawn attention to a problem I was experiencing whereby Books 3.1 was hanging on Quit, I can now report that I solved this by letting Onyx carry out its full suite of maintenance procedures on my MacBook. I don't know what it was that was critical but anyway Books 3.1 now functions perfectly for me. I must say that during the troubleshooting procedure I went through I had exemplary email support from the developer. Indeed I felt guilty that the problem turned out to be at my end rather than inherent in his programme. So I can now gladly rate Books 3.1 with 5 stars, both for the actual programme features and for the support available if one has a problem.
[Version 3.1]


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sjha commented on 25 Aug 2007
I am experiencing a consistent failure to Quit with the new version 3.1. I have had to Force quit Books every time. This problem did not occur with Books 3.1rc6. I hope this is soon fixed as this is an excellent programme
[Version 3.1]


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Johnny Rocket commented on 01 Jun 2007
like this program but wish the export to web function would update an existing folder rather than create a new one, that way when I synchronize it with the folder on my website, it doesn't think it has to upload the entire folder. I found a workaround by copying the contents of the old 'books' directory into the new one and overwriting the books that are already there. Then it just has to synchronize the new books.
[Version 3.0.4]


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drHjarntvatt commented on 06 Mar 2007
Fixed it by deleting the spotlight addon files and reinstall them
[Version 3.0b7]


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Irving Imberlin commented on 09 Oct 2006
An excellent catalog app. I know it was designed for books, but I recently found another use. It can catalog video games equally as proficient.

Keep up the goos work!
[Version 3.0b5]


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utchee had trouble on 03 Nov 2011
I thank developer for development and updates of Books. This software is easy and very useful. Especially, multilingual support is the most helpful for non-English speakers, like me.
But, Quick Fill will not work recently. When I use Quick Fill and search a book, if I choose "Amazon JP(ECS4)",the result is always zero.
Probably, I think this trouble was caused by Amazon.co.jp API specification change since Oct 26.
Could you update Books about Amazon JP API change?
[Version 3.2.5c]


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Fredducker had trouble on 19 Sep 2008
The idea is exciting, if I understand correctly it helps sort out your books with an interface that has some of the same strenghts iTunes has (cover artwork fetched online, as well as infos, etc)
Unfortunately it kept crashing everytime I tried going online to gather data.
OX x 4.11 on PowerBook G4 512.
[Version 3.2]

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Books For Macos X (developer) replied on 19 Sep 2008
I have a quick fix posted at http://books.aetherial.net/ . Later this evening, I'll release an official version with the fix.
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albfan had trouble on 09 Aug 2008
Very interesting and useful application, with a clean interface. But the smart lists do not work for me. I've tried to make a smart list showing all the books that do not belong to a specific list. The smart list shows the entire collection.
[Version 3.1.10]

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Books For Macos X (developer) replied on 14 Aug 2008
Thanks for the report. I'll take a look at it and see if I can solve the problem in 3.2.
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Books For Macos X (developer) replied on 13 Sep 2008
I just fixed this bug. Look for the fix in 3.2.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 13 Sep 2008
And where is version 3.2?
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Macgic replied on 13 Sep 2008
Good! In version 3.2 smart lists work as expected. Thanks to the developper for this excellent software.
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Frosty had trouble on 14 Jul 2007
I entered in my first two books and I wanted to try out the Smart List feature. However, when I went to delete the list, I couldn't. The error message said: "Cannot Remove List. The remaining list can not be removed", even though there is another list already there.
[Version 3.0.5]

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Frosty commented on 14 Jul 2007
A follow up on my problem... I added a regular book list to the list and then I was able to delete the smart list, even though I still had the original "My Books" list still there... strange.
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cjkarr (developer) replied on 25 Jul 2007
This is a bug that has been addressed in the current development build. The fix will be out with the next release.
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drHjarntvatt had trouble on 28 Feb 2007
Do not sync the software with spotlight! Since i did my spotlight doesn't work any more!
[Version 3.0b6]

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cjkarr (developer) replied on 05 Mar 2007
Can you send a description of what happened to books@aetherial.net ? I haven't heard of any other reports of this happening, so I'd like to get to the bottom of it.

-Chris
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irrlicht had trouble on 04 Feb 2007
Hi,
I want to help by reporting a bug in the current beta.
Just ignore it if it is a known issue.
I could not find anything on this blog.

Sorting to the Title or name of the author is very strange. I was not able to find out to what it actually sorts.
[Version 3.0b6]

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cjkarr (developer) replied on 05 Mar 2007
Couple of questions:

1. What language are you using this in? English, or something else?

2. What's the odd sorting behavior? Can you send me a description to books@aetherial.net ?

Thanks!

-Chris
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Paulsrandall had trouble on 13 May 2006
I went back to version 2.3.3 beta because the last several 3.0 alpha releases crash short after the application has launched. My crash report has lots of the following line. I mean lots.

net.aetherial.books.Books 0x000088c0 -[BooksAppDelegate refreshComboBoxes:] + 368 (BooksAppDelegate.m:777)

Any ideas?
[Version 3.0a14]

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cjkarr (developer) replied on 13 May 2006
Give Smart Crash Reports an install (http://www.unsanity.com/smartcrashreports/) and run the app again. When it crashes, send me the crash report so I can track down the problem.
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Brian-Kendig had trouble on 11 Feb 2006
I launch it, it asks me whether it should check for updates on launch; but when I click either 'Yes' or 'No', it then crashes immediately. The error that shows up in Console is "Uncaught exception: [ valueForUndefinedKey:]: this class is not key value coding-compliant for the key listKey."
[Version 3.0a8]

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Books For Macos X (developer) replied on 11 Feb 2006
Brian, I had goofed when I created the Books distribution and an earlier version of the software got included instead of the newest. Try downloading the software again and see if the real 3.0alpha8 still crashes.

-Chris
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Chris Karr had trouble on 16 Sep 2003
If anyone is having trouble with saving, please e-mail me at books@aetherial.net. I can't help fix the problem if I don't hear about it.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Type:Home Personal : Arts
License:Free
Date:31 Aug 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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