is a Media cataloguing
application for Mac OS X
, developed by Delicious Monster
. The software allows users to manage their collections of books
and video games
by entering them manually or by using a Bluetooth
scanner, an iSight
camera, or a USB-keyboard-type barcode
scanner (such as a modified CueCat
Released in November 2004, Delicious Library sold $250,000 in its first month.
Delicious Library 2 was released officially on May 27, 2008, although the final version was available from March 25.
Delicious Library was applauded
for its user interface
, which inspired the movement among developers known as the Delicious Generation
. It was also acclaimed for several features, including:
- Use of an iSight camera as a barcode reader;
- Use of a Bluetooth barcode scanner;
- Mini Bookshelf Dashboard widget;
- Use Spotlight to find items quickly;
- Compatibility with Amazon.com ratings, to suggest other items to a user;
- Integration with Mac OS X's native Address Book application to allow "lending management";
- Syncing with an iPod;
- Use of Voice Search;
- Shelves or the whole library can be printed;
- Recommendations of books, movies, CDs or videogames can be sent via email;
- Custom Collections allow the user to create their own "shelves" to organize their media.
There are several ways to enter a media item into Delicious Library. The user can:
- Import their Library from another application (like Bookpedia);
- Drag and drop a URL from Amazon;
- Enter the title manually;
- Enter the ISBN or UPC by hand;
- Use an iSight to scan the barcode;
- Use a videocamera connected through FireWire to scan a barcode;
- Use a Webcam connected through USB to scan a barcode, provided the webcam is visible to the system either by means of driver software like Macam or - using built-in drivers from Mac OS X 10.4.3 and up - supports the USB video class;
- Use a Bluetooth enabled barcode scanner (which can be purchased directly through Delicious Library itself) to scan a barcode.
The CueCat barcode scanner was not made to be used with programs like Delicious Library, although there is a way to make it work. This method transforms CueCat into a device that simply reads the barcode, types it into the screen in the same format as a keyboard types, and then clicks the enter button.
- When a Star Wars item is added, Delicious Library says 'I am your father' in the whisper voice;
- When a Harry Potter item is added, Delicious Library says 'Voldemort' in the whisper voice:
- When A Brief History of Time is added, the library talks about science concepts in a mock-synthesized voice;
- When Rock Band is added, Delicious Library sings a portion of Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden in the whisper voice.