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At the recent O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference, it was announced that Delicious Library had taken top honors in the O’Reilly Mac OS X Innovators Contest. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Delicious Library during its beta phase and I have to say that the application definitely lives up to being “delicious” (oh come on, someone had to say it!). The application has a pretty useful purpose: to help you organize your media collection. Now I know for some people that might not seem like a big deal. You only have a couple dozen DVDs, maybe fifty CDs, some books, oh and there’s that pile of Playstation games… and my old collection of spy paperbacks… see how much stuff you really have? Now imagine if you had a slick-looking app that helped you keep track of all of these items.
Well, that’s tough to turn down, isn’t it? But the real pain comes when you realize you have to somehow enter all of these items into your Mac. But, fear not, for Delicious Monster has added the deal-clincher. Over some sake, I tried to convince Wil Shipley to tell me his secret, but he claims that only a small group of developers have figured out how to hack the webcam driver to make it read barcodes. Yep! That easy. Just hold the back of your DVD/Book/etc up to your webcam and use Delicious Library’s barcode scanner to read in the item’s Universal Product Code.
The app then searches Amazon for the item, picking up cover art, cast and crew information, Amazon user reviews, and ratings. It even picks up suggestions for other titles and gives you a quick link to purchase them through Amazon. Speaking of cover art, Delicious Library has a great interface for keeping track of all of your stuff. It uses a look where your various titles are on a wooden-shelf, cover facing you. You can easily organize the titles by genre, director, and many other bits of metadata. Delicious Library maps the title’s cover art onto a three-dimensional DVD box shape, a hardcover book shape, or a CD jewel case shape. It’s a really great way to show off your collection without the bulk of one of those 300 disc shelving units.
One of the problems that I run into happens when I start lending movies out. I can never remember who borrowed which movie. Sometimes I forget to call and ask for my movies back. The end result usually takes the form of frustration felt over the fact that you can’t show your drunken buddy the Bullitt car chase because you lent the flick to your aunt three weeks ago. Once again, Delicious Monster comes to the rescue. Delicious Library has a Borrowers pane in the interface. You can populate the pane using your Address Book data. Drag an item from your library and drop it on the desired borrower. You are then shown a special shelf, containing the items that individual has borrowed. Select an item and you can choose a date for when it’s due back.
Over in your main library, a little “Out” banner has been placed on the lent title. When the due date has passed for the item, it gets a “Late!” banner. Best of all, Delicious Library sticks a calendar of due dates into iCal, allowing you to set reminders to call Joe about your Gladiator DVD. With great use of Mac OS X core technologies and an absolutely stunning interface, it’s no surprise that Delicious Library won first place in the Innovators Contest. The hard work of the folks over at Delicious Monster is pretty evident.
Today, Delicious Library has been released with a price of about $40. Definitely worth it to me, if it’ll help keep me from having to replace missing DVDs because I keep losing track of them. Delicious Monster definitely has a hot app on their hands and I’m sure a lot of people will be keeping an eye out for their next one!
Had a chance to try this Delicious Monster app yet?