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3.24
07 January 2014

Track your borrowed library books.

Harold-Chu
02 November 2008

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Hi Eric, you're right development has stalled. I haven't looked at my emails for a long time. I've set up a uservoice forum at http://librarybooks.uservoice.com for reporting bugs and voting on what should be fixed next. BTW: I don't put updates on MacUpdate or VersionTracker. Someone else puts the updates. I'll update the link so that it points to a proper web server.
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Version 2.6b136

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Turquoise
29 May 2018
Still working on 10.13.4. Thanks mister Developer!
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Version 3.24
Thomasgrr
07 January 2014
Sad news for Library Books and its users, though I can understand the developer’s need to move on. So long, Harold, and thanks for the fish!
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Version 3.24
Turquoise
22 September 2013
I've been using this since its first release when only a handful of libraries were supported and made a couple of requests myself that were quickly supported. Highly recommended!
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Version 3.23b30
Sue-Writer
25 August 2013
Thank you. All my libraries are supported and works.
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Version 3.23b24
Thomasgrr
26 May 2013
A fine piece of software, but sadly the libraries that I use have been unsupported for quite some time. Oh well, I’ve only been waiting 1014 days for the libraries in Lund (Sweden) to reappear. Guess I can wait a few days more …
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Version 3.23b5
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Neil-M
Neil-M
03 September 2013
I wish that http://www.vtls.com/products/virtua - was supported. It seems have quite a large user base.
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Turquoise
Turquoise
22 September 2013
Did you make a request? http://librarybooksapp.com/request.cgi?a=request-html
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Thomasgrr
Thomasgrr
22 September 2013
Turquoise: Yes, I made requests for two libraries back in 2010.
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HappyPig
02 April 2013
The developer is very responsive and always interested in adding libraries. This program is incredibly helpful in rounding up books on their due date. I highly recommend it.
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Version 3.22b8
Kihoalu
01 January 2013
Checking on the beta requires re-entering library information. There is no sign of anything new in the app itself other than adding iPhone support in the preferences. From prev rev: this is pretty handy as an app. I was leery at first, but its really well done. On first load after buying this app I found that you had to retry the UPDATE a few times for things to register accurately, but now it works fine (pre-Beta).
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Version 3.21b36
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Kihoalu
Kihoalu
01 January 2013
Correction - the iPhone support is already in the pre-Beta. It added a second MAC icon.
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ehd
12 January 2011
New bug in 3.0xxx release: tries to update but when it downloads and installs update it fails. Permissions problem? Anyone else?
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Version 3.0b102
MuchMac
12 January 2011
This is an excellent FREE program. Now that one of my two requested libraries is set-up for it, I am using this software daily and appreciating how it helps me monitor my loans and requests. All I can reasonably wish for is support for the other library that I use. Many thanks to the developer!
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Version 3.0b102
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theotheoria
theotheoria
13 March 2011
It WAS free. But with f**ing Mac App Store now it commercial...
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Jon-&-Karen-Heal
Jon-&-Karen-Heal
17 April 2011
You're blaming the App Store because the author decided he wanted to make some bucks?
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theotheoria
theotheoria
18 April 2011
If developer wanted some bucks, I'll pay for this app. Especially when the app is unique like Library Books. But many, many developers make their apps paid because Mac App Store. Often apps are paid only in App Store and still free for use on app's websites. And there is the problem of App Store. If you developing free or donationware or opensource app, Mac App Store will be loss for you. App Store is problem because Apple's policy to developers is problem.
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truthhurts
truthhurts
19 April 2011
@theotheoria: Absolutely nothing about the App Store pushes paid apps. If a free app goes to being a paid app, that is entirely the developer's decision.
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nobody2011
nobody2011
23 May 2011
Sorry, but what excites on you about it, this program does not cost any money in the world. It's only USD 2,99 oe EUR 2,13. What's the real problem? Naught the developer these some bucks.
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Cyann
31 December 2010
I wonder what's similar between Library Books and GraphicConverter???
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Version 3.0b93
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Thomasgrr
Thomasgrr
02 January 2011
Frequent updates? No, you got me there, I give up.
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Jon-&-Karen-Heal
Jon-&-Karen-Heal
02 January 2011
I believe they are both computer programs. I think they were also both programmed by humans from planet Earth. :-)
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Jpwgibson
Jpwgibson
17 February 2013
GraphicConverter: "an all-purpose image editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it out of 80 file available file formats." Library Books: "an application for keeping track of the library books you have borrowed." It's really not that difficult, if you just believe in yourself, and really, really try.
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Jon-&-Karen-Heal
21 December 2010
Super convenient, but when are you going to put the custom icon back in the application?
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Version 3.0b83
ehd
07 November 2010
This latest version still has excessive icons in the menu bar but does get rid of excessive graphics in the dropdown menu. Clearer to see due dates. Getting rid of the 2 extra icons in the menu bar would make this more usable with cluttered menu bars and small screens. Does anyone else agree?
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Version 3.0b64
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Jon-&-Karen-Heal
Jon-&-Karen-Heal
30 January 2011
I agree. Altering the "book" icon to indicate other states, such as "holds available" would be preferable to adding extra icons.
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ChristopherPrice
ChristopherPrice
24 May 2011
+1 I would prefer a single icon also.
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Kihoalu
Kihoalu
01 January 2013
John & Karen Heal - Good idea to make the menubar icon change to indicate "holds available." If I am going to keep it in the menubar fulltime - I'd like some status feedback without having to check it constantly. Adding an alert to growl / iCal does it already, but if it takes up menubar real estate, there needs to be a feedback loop.
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ehd
14 September 2010
MacUpdate: The screenshot is not for this version. The screenshot is for the version 2.0.
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Version 3.0b57
auser
14 September 2010
1. Growl support is now the only thing keeping me from switching to this completely. (My libraries are supported now!) 2. As noted elsewhere, the icons are now too big! Menubar space is limited!
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Version 3.0b57
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Kihoalu
Kihoalu
01 January 2013
How do you mean that "growl" is a sticking point for you? On deletion of the b36 beta test - I note that there is a growl item that was deleted as well as a Harold Chu id. I've gotten notification of due items, but that might be because I also added the due date entry in iCal - I don't remember if there was a growl alert as well in the pre-Beta.
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ehd
06 September 2010
This new version of Library Books is a menu hogger taking up 3x the space as the regular Library Books. The additional menu icon now includes a picture of a notebook which does nothing and a little green ribbon. Given that users use many other (more important menu services (Dropbox, Airport, Textexpander, etc) the author would do well to return to a single icon for Library Books that simply indicates the number of books checked out. This icon can turn different colors depending on whether books are due or over due. I've returned to the old version because this version simply does not fit in my menu bar.
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Version 3.0b54
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DovTodd
DovTodd
10 February 2013
"I've returned to the old version because this version simply does not fit in my menu bar." You might not be aware of a wonderful Mac app called Bartender that exists now that you can use. It adds a 2nd menu bar that stays out of sight until it is called by an icon that sits in the primary menu bar, and all the icons placed on the 2nd menu bar stay out of sight until whenever the 2nd menu bar is called. Any icon you don't want to appear on the primary menu bar, you can simply it move over to the 2nd menu bar. Bartender can really free up the space in the primary menu bar.
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ehd
19 July 2010
No longer includes Sacramento Public Library
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Version 3.0b39
Andymacm
22 March 2010
I love this app. It revolutionized my library experience simply because I don't have to continually type my library card numbers or PINs now to log into the library website. But everything, from the calendar integration (I use BusyCal) to the menubar star works great. I would love to have paid money for the app and support its development, because the one thing it isn't is pretty. And I happen to love a beautiful interface. So if the developer would ever like to get some money for this app and add a little bit of eye candy, I'm on board. Right now, with two accounts and nineteen items out from the library, it's just a big fat white eyesore. But I'm not complaining: in utilitarianism, it takes the cake, and that's what apps are for.
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Version 2.6b229
ehd
20 October 2009
Very good app but this beta version does not seem to save PIN/ID information.
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Version 2.6b224
Jr23
15 October 2009
What a stellar app!! Using it on Snow Leopard, and it works great. From what I can tell, it has no competitors. If you frequently take advantage of your local public library, this app is of great help keeping track of what's checked out and what's on hold. The fact that it can also log you into the library's website automatically is a wonderful bonus. I haven't tried the iCal integration yet. There's only one thing I'd like to see as an option in the future. My menu bar is starting to get cluttered. Instead of a menu bar item, I'm wondering if a dock item could be an option (which would display the number of items checked out, just as the Mail dock icon shows the number of new messages). The developer's website alludes to an iPhone version but I didn't find an ETA. Looking forward to it!
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Version 2.6b223
Dingdongdaddy
27 September 2009
Wow, thanks for this! Like most people who would value this, I'm a heavy library user. Logging in to the library's own website is a multi-step affair, and you wind up at an unattractive website that's difficult to navigate. This program gives you an always-on connection so you don't have to log in every time you want to check your account and the information presented is clean and easy to read. The description didn't mention it, but, for my library anyway, I'm also seeing the list of books I have on hold and which ones are ready to pick up. And a link to the library renewal page--without having to log in. Nice! Thanks to the developer for the great work and making this really useful software available free.
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Version 2.6b221
Stugots
27 September 2009
I installed this update, but the About page says it's b207. Is Macupdate out of date or does the app not report the correct version?
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Version 2.6b221
ChristopherPrice
12 September 2009
Brilliant little application that shows the number of books I have checked out of the library and it turns red when they are due. A click later and I am logged in to the renew screen at the Denver Public Library. I can be a bit forgetful and I was constantly racking up fines. Not anymore: I haven't had one single fine since I got this app about 6 months ago. Thank you!
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Version 2.6b205
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ChristopherPrice
ChristopherPrice
19 July 2010
3.x versions no longer include the Denver Public Library. Request to developer received no reply or comment. Still great, but I can't upgrade this app until DPL is added.
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Version 3.0b39
ChristopherPrice
ChristopherPrice
26 July 2010
My apologies to developer Howard Chu. He did reply, but I did not return to see it: "I rewrote Library Books so I need individually re-add and re-test all the old libraries." http://librarybooksapp.com/request.cgi?a=view-html&id=222
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Version 3.0b42
Fynoderee
17 August 2009
Great App - Library Books is a handy little app for anyone that uses the library system. At first I could not get it to update but the developer was extremely responsive and fixed the problem within 24 hours. Being a free app this was better customer service than I usually get from high priced software. Highly recommended.
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Version 2.6b190
Estnyc
02 August 2009
Apparently the developer's website is hosted on his home computer. When his Internet access goes out, the site drops off the Internet. I don't know why he doesn't mirror it somewhere, or arrange to have the actual latest version of Library Books hosted someplace with more reliable uptime, but it's free, and it's his call. I do think that it's a tremendously useful app.
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Version 2.6b179
Wish
13 December 2008
I have tried to contact the developer numerous times to no avail. When the programs works, it's great. However, for the past 128 days my library has failed to update. I use the USA-GA-Dekalb Public Library. Below is the debug: URL: http://findit.dekalblibrary.org/uPortal/Login?request=%2Fpatron%2Fitemsout%2Fgetdetail&uP_root=root&uP_sparam=activeTab&activeTab=4 Expected content length: 1254 MIME type: text/html Text encoding: (null) Status code: 404 (not found) Headers: Server: Jetty/4.2.19 (Windows 2003/5.2 x86 java/1.4.2_16) Content-Type: text/html Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2008 01:22:02 GMT Content-Length: 1254
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Version 2.6b146
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Harold-Chu
Harold-Chu
08 June 2009
@ DABLUEST. Thanks for figuring that out. I've updated Library Books 2.6b174 to use the settings you suggested.
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Version 2.6b172
everlast_34
05 December 2008
Library Books is great. It even works in my obscure Canadian city. Great job.
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Version 2.6b144
Saintfu
18 November 2008
I'd like to try this, but the page absolutely refuses to load.
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Version 2.6b140
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MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
18 November 2008
Try downloading again now, I've just uploaded the file to the MacUpdate server.
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Version 2.6b140
Harold-Chu
02 November 2008
Hi Eric, you're right development has stalled. I haven't looked at my emails for a long time. I've set up a uservoice forum at http://librarybooks.uservoice.com for reporting bugs and voting on what should be fixed next. BTW: I don't put updates on MacUpdate or VersionTracker. Someone else puts the updates. I'll update the link so that it points to a proper web server.
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Version 2.6b136
ehd
02 November 2008
Website is almost always too busy. Perhaps, author could use SourceForge as mirror site? Appreciate updates but unable to download them due to chronic website problem.
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Version 2.6b136
ehd
13 October 2008
Still does not work with Sacramento Library System in California despite two properly documented bug reports to developer. Development seems to have stalled.
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Version 2.6b135
Mibrilane
13 October 2008
Developer's website seems to be overloaded. Any mirrors?
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Version 2.6b135
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Harold-Chu
Harold-Chu
03 November 2008
http://members.iinet.net.au/~harold_chu/librarybooks/LibraryBooksBeta.dmg
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Version 2.6b136
Clifton
13 August 2008
A+. Works just like it should.
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Version 2.5
Notrightnow
22 June 2008
Dev's website is back up now.
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Version 2.5
Lazyhound
13 June 2008
Great app, but the dev's site has been down for at least a couple weeks. Please come back?
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Version 2.5
Grantneufeld
25 August 2007
This is better than free because it has saved me from overdue fines. The red star visual reminder for books coming due is fantastic. The green star for requested books becoming available on hold is great, too. This is a very useful and helpful tool. Highly recommended (just like I highly recommend taking advantage of, and otherwise supporting, public libraries).
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Version 2.5
Galileo14
16 April 2007
This is a great app! But don't bother downloading this version, go to the author's website and get the "bleeding edge beta", which now supports Growl! The author is very responsive to emails, and actually listens to your suggestions/comments....
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Version 2.5
Andrew-Scott
12 February 2007
My university library changed it's log-on page yet again, just enough to stop Library Books working. I emailed the developer and he already had a beta version (2.6b30) ready that fixed the problem! Amazing support for freeware.
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Version 2.4
dennispipper
25 May 2006
This program does exactly what is says! I've used it for a week and decided to donate to the developer. He is very responsive to requests. My library information was added with little effort on my part and he sent a customized version with my library in a couple of hours! We are a homeschool family and I need a program like this to track all of our school materials. The best feature is the iCal sync that creates a claendar with the due dates of checked out items. We are on time with our books now. This is a great little app!!!
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Version 2.4
Bill-B
11 January 2006
I've been using Library Books v 2.4 for several months now and it's been great. It has crashed only once, during an update -- I have a flaky wireless connection. The only thing I would change is the grey used to list books on hold. Don't know why grey is so popular; I find it hard to read. If black isn't an option, maybe a color could be used.
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Version 2.4
Anonymous
29 October 2005
Absolutely amazing! Was looking on it long time ago, with support of only few libraries. Very happy today to find that it now supports my library. Very clean, intuitive interface. Give it a try!
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Version 2.4
Bill-B
23 October 2005
As the last user said, this is so cool! Straightforward setup; just works. Kinda sorta wish I could have it in the dock rather than in the menu bar, but hey...
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Version 2.3
Anonymous
10 October 2005
This software is unspeakably cool in a quiet, effective, getting-on-with-business sort of way. Having all of my borrowed books at my finger tips is a great way of keeping track of my PhD reading as well as keeping me out of trouble with two universities' libraries. Definitely worth a trip to PayPal.
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Version 2.3
Anonymous
23 June 2005
The last time I tried this, it did not work for Multnomah County Library (in Portland, OR). After forgetting (again!) to return three books on time, I decided to try it again, and voila! It works perfectly! Many thanks for fixing this (I hadn't seen the work around)! I love the program and the integration with iCal. Thank you so much for making this available for all of us to use! Alexandria Weinbrecht
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Version 2.2
Anonymous
19 June 2005
Excellent app for anyone having to track library books. It displays the number of books that are taken out in the menu bar, and the full description if you click the menu. You can have multiple library accounts, there are links to your account on the Internet, it is intergated with iCal so you can see when your books are due. And of course, it's supper easy to use. Your library is not there? Just e-mail the developer and he'll add it if possible !
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Version 2.2
Ifan Thomas
14 May 2005
This application is fantastic for us library users. My library was not listed, so I contacted the developer who simply could not have been more helpful. After a few mails we have it up and running. I love it. This is the sort of stuff that Mac should include bundled with iLife or with machines. It's truly useful software for the rest of us. I can't sing it's praises enough. Full marks!
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Version 2.2
Anonymous
16 April 2005
Current bugs in 2.2: Please note that some bugs in version 2.2 which have been fixed for the next version: Library Books will initially display dialogue asking you to enter in your library login details. There is a bug that only allows you one minute to enter in the data. It is okay if you are using a preset but may cause problems if you are using a generic library. To work around this problem: 1. Pick any library, enter in a random user id and add it in. It will stop the one minute limit. 2. Click the "+" button to add in your library. 3. Remove the dummy library you added. The preset for Multnomah County Library does not work. You can work around this by using a generic Dynix catalogue and entering in: - Catalogue URL: http://ipac.multcolib.org - Web page: http://www.multcolib.org
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Version 2.2
Anonymous
13 April 2005
Extremely useful. This menu item indicates when your library items are due and takes you to the library's webpage to search and request books. Controls are easy to use and well-thought out (e.g. you can control the type size of menu items). Best of all, the developer is highly responsive. If your library is not listed, email him. He got me a new version in less than a week. Well done!
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Version 2.2
Anonymous
13 April 2005
This is a great application that works as is advertised. Though it may not list your libraries, a simple word to the developer would most likely result in quick help and an update; this is my story.
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Version 2.2
Reece
12 April 2005
I cannot add the Multnomah County Library System to my list of libraries. There is an error in this program that does not allow me to select this option.
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Version 2.2
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Anonymous
Anonymous
13 April 2005
Reece is right. The preset for Multnomah County Library does not work. You can work around this by using a generic Dynix catalogue and entering in: Catalogue URL: http://ipac.multcolib.org Web page: http://www.multcolib.org
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Version 2.2
Billalpinewalker
10 April 2005
My entire family makes heavy use of the library, so I was very happy when I noticed this applicaiton was available. My first try wasn't successful in showing what items were checked out. However, a short email to the developer resulted in a quick reply with suggested settings that worked. Harold Chu deserves a big THANK YOU from me, my family and everyone else using this very useful little program. Thanks Harold!
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Version 2.2