Date: Friday, June 12th, 2009, 17:33
Late Thursday, software company Delicious Monster released version 2.1.1 of the shareware favorite, Delicious Library. Delicious Monster allows Macs with webcams to scan the bar codes of any book, movie, music CD or video game, then creates an archive based on background information from the Internet. Additional features help keep the library organized and reseller’s tools allow for items to be quickly posted for sale online.
The new version, a 15.8 megabyte download, incorporates the following major fixes and changes:
- There is a free Delicious Library iPhone app for viewing your collection on-the-go (without needing a network connection).
- When you first run Delicious Library 2.1 you’ll be prompted to download the iPhone app, if you have an iPhone.
- Our long national nightmare is finally over, and details are vertical again (like in version one), instead of horizontal.
- Lots of layout changes because of this. Rather than merely going back to version one’s look, I’ve tried to improve on it.
- We now allow copying / pasting the raw cover image from the details pane using standard copy menu item. (Just click on image first.)
- Some fields have been added to make syncing and publishing your collection faster in the future, but this requires a one-time upgrade when you first launch version 2.1.
- This upgrade may take a long time. Sorry.
- Your new file will NOT work with 2.0, but a backup of your 2.0 data is made in the folder Library / Application Support / Delicious Library 2 – you can use that if you want to go back for some reason.
- If you launch Delicious Library after upgrading, and get a message to the effect of “the model file can’t be used with the data file,” that means you’re accidentally running an your old 2.0 version, not 2.1. You probably don’t want to leave Delicious Library 2.0.7 on your system after going to 2.1.
- Scanning with your web cam, our Bluetooth scanner, or a USB scanner has been enhanced so you can select different kinds of shelves and scan new or existing items and the functionality you might expect now actually works:
- If you select a custom shelf in your collection and scan a new or existing item, the item will be created if needed, then added to the selected shelf.
- If you select a friend’s shelf and scan a new or existing item, the item will be created if needed and then loaned to the friend. (If you have multiple copies of the same item already in your library, only the first one that hasn’t already been loaned out will be lent.)
- If you select one of your shelves (or your main library) and scan an existing item that has been loaned out, the item will be checked-in. (If you have multiple copies of the same item in your library, only the last one on your shelf that has been loaned out will be checked-in.)
- ‘Number in Series’ property is now present for all media types.
- Worked around a Logitech mouse driver bug – people who installed the Logitech mouse driver found that many items would draw as their generic types instead of specific types (eg, Nintendo video games would draw as DVDs instead of in Nintendo boxes). Logitech illegally injects their code into ALL running programs in their current software, and actually messes up other people’s code.
- Fixed a very rare bug we’d fail to scan items that had two different keywords in their subtitles that we recognized, like “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Widescreen & Full Screen Edition)”
- Fixed a bug where Backups were sometimes truncated when they were written out, so they couldn’t be read in again. (Sorry!)
- iPods (non-touch) are now listed under the new “DEVICES” header shelf.
- iPods present themselves like iPods do in iTunes, for syncing libraries.
- iPods now delete the library out of their “Notes” directory if you set them to no longer sync.
- iPods won’t needlessly sync as often if you leave them plugged in.
- iPods won’t ever be duplicated (rare bug).
- Only write out the first 1,000 items to the iPod, since iPods are hard-wired by Apple to never display more than 1,000 notes, and it just slows us down to write, like, 7,000 items every time a single one changes.
- Pop up a HUD when updating the iPod’s contents.
- Searches are now encoded correctly when searching for items by keywords in non-English alphabets, including Japanese (finally), German, and French. It turns out there’s no real standard for these searches, but I finally figured out what Amazon does.
- ‘Search for Cover Art’ now works for items with special characters in their names (eg, “Harold & Kumar”).
- Added a first Korean localization.
- Fixed some translations from user suggestions.
Delicious Library 2.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.