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Whether books line every wall of your house or barely fill one shelf, Bookpedia is the perfect application to help you keep track of them. Entering the information for each book is fast and easy since the program retrieves all the information from the Internet for you. So you can sit back and relax with a good book.
Bookpedia gives you access to numerous international book sites as well as Doghouse, Bookpedia's own media server, the Library of Congress and libraries attached to the z39.50 server system. Search for your books using keywords - title, author, publisher, ISBN etc. - or scan the UPC and let Bookpedia do the rest.
Create smart collections and start a wish list for those books you don't own yet and a borrowed collection for those you want back. View your entries as a standard list, browse only the covers or use the info view for a personalized look of Bookpedia. Share your collections with friends using the customizable HTML export templates and learn more about your own collection with the Statistics feature. Bookpedia comes with full Spotlight integration.
What's New in Version 5.2
Bug fix: Contextual menu in collection view would act on selection and not on the row clicked.
Bug fix: Improved response time of multiple edit update for smart collections for users with tens of thousands of items.
Bug fix: Changing My Rating stars with a mouse click on the multiple edit was off and made it difficult to select a 5 star rating with clicking.
Bug fix: Bol NL plug-in updated.
It’s decent, but far from perfect
As far as I’m concerned, there is no perfect book collection inventory software for the Mac. Bookpedia does ok.
The interface is a straight-forward and functional app instead of the cartoony mess that Delicious Library has devolved to. It’s flexible about what it stores: lots of fields available, including custom ones. I wish I had more control over the pattern(s) used for book ID #s, rather than being forced into purely next-sequential-numbers. (BookCAT on Windows is the winner here).
I wish I had the ability to quickly and easily print book labels for my collection (again, BookCAT on Windows wins here).
My bluetooth scanner works ok with it, but the scanning interface in bookpedia is clunky, and constantly loses connection with my scanner, requiring a tedious set of hoops to be jumped through to get it working again. Also, the information pulled from Internet lookups is sporadic, and frequently wildly inaccurate (especially when pulled from Doghouse). I wish for the blissfully functional scanning from Delicious Library, but nothing else comes remotely close to that. This area could stand lots and lots of improvement.
I like the fact that I can sync my collection across to my phone via Pocketpedia, although Pocketpedia is a usability nightmare: at least I have my collection at hand when I’m browsing a used book store. Cloud-based sync, rather than wifi-only would be awesome. Dropbox integration, perhaps?
My biggest complaint about Bookpedia is that it’s really, really, realllllly slow to start. I have about 1500 books in my collection and it takes a full minute to start, with a spinning beachball the entire time. Yes, I have a lot of books, but I run it on a Retina MBP w/16G of RAM: it should run MUCH quicker than it does.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Dec 07, 2013
- Version: 5.2
- Size: 8.7 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Seller: Conor Dearden
- © 2004 Bruji
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later