Cataloguing Made Easy:

Title:  Cataloguing Made Easy:Scan Your Media, Books & More Into Your Library With Your iPhone

Author: Bakari Chavanu, Make Use Of

Full Text & Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cataloguing-made-easy-scan-your-media-books-more-into-your-library-with-your-iphone/

The Internet, Online, 14/2/2016

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Cataloguing your books, DVDs, games, and other media couldn’t be easier than with an iPhone and one a few good scanner and media library apps — most notably Fantastic Library and GoodReads.

With these iOS apps you can keep track of your books and other media just as you can with the Mac application Delicious Library 3 (reviewed here) or other online book collections sites and personal movie lists.

Cataloguing your media library is useful for selling items on places like Ebay and Amazon or keeping track of books and other media you have loaned out. Thanks to those ubiquitous barcodes on most all media products we purchase, barcode scanners can quickly download pertinent information for cataloguing items without the need to enter anything manually.

Fantastic Library

Fantastic Library is available as a limited free and a paid universal download ($0.99). It allows you to create multiple collections (for say your home, office, storage) by scanning the barcode on books, movies, music, and games; or by manually searching by ISBN, title, and keyword.

After a scanning a few barcodes I wondered if Fantastic Library included a way to continuously scan items, and sure enough it does. Under the app settings, you can enable Continuous scan and simply rip through a pile of items. The scanner locates the barcodes in record time and automatically saves the information and cover art to your library. The free version limits the number of scanned entries to 15.

After a scanning a few barcodes I wondered if Fantastic Library included a way to continuously scan items, and sure enough it does. Under the app settings, you can enable Continuous scan and simply rip through a pile of items. The scanner locates the barcodes in record time and automatically saves the information and cover art to your library. The free version limits the number of scanned entries to 15.

The app also lets you change the bookshelf to one of 11 different designs, and throw a passcode your collection. You can batch process collections, handy for marking movies as seen or unseen, or change the category of selected items. Fantastic Library also allows you to publicly share links from individual entries or entire catalogues directly to Twitter, Facebook, or by email and SMS.

The full version of the app has no adverts, unlimited entries, categories, loans and borrows, and synchronization between any other iOS devices.

GoodReads

If you simply want to scan books, the online social networking site, GoodReads provides a free iOS app that is fully functional on the iPhone.

The app allows for continuous scanning by simply keeping the scanner open and saving scanned books in the background. The best thing about GoodReads is that you can add books to your custom genres and collections, write and share book reviews, and get recommendations for other books.

And as you might expect, scanned books in your library can be recommended to Facebook and Twitter, and via email and SMS. All scanned books will be synchronized to your online GoodReads account and profile page.

Delicious Scanner

If you want to keep your media collection on your Mac, Delicious Library 3 ($25.00, and available for free trial download) is a popular and long standing solution for cataloguing books, movies, music, video games, gadgets, and more. It has a free companion app that wirelessly connects to your iPhone and iPad and will scan barcodes and export downloaded information directly to your Delicious library.

The app also includes continuous scanning, and it keeps a list of your scanned items—listing which items were successfully scanned and added your library, and which are duplicate scans. Check out our full review of Delicious Library 3.

Other Apps

There are few other iOS media scanner apps which include the similar features as Fantastic Library, but most of the extra features come at a cost, and based on my tests they didn’t perform as well Fantastic Library.

MyBookList is a free download, but to really get the most use out of the app, you need to pay $0.99 for the barcode scanner, $9.99 for device synchronization, and another $0.99 to unlock unlimited books. Unfortunately the app does not include continuous scanning.

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