Comments on the recently released personal media organizer, Delicious Library.
- I dig the “fork in the road” used to inform the user that multiple items matched their query and the process of selecting from among the matches.
- I’m glad to see drag-and-drop support from Watson‘s (still functional) Amazon tool, a very handy feature Chronopath’s app lacks.
- The iSight scanning is handy and pretty easy to get the hang of.
- Voice searching is cool. It would be even cooler if you could create Smart Shelves by voice command. Shameless self-plug: Natural Language Parsing, Speech Recognition, and Smart Groups.
Improvement Suggestions & Bugs
- Delicious Library gives no prompt to proceed or indication that it is importing data. An application-modal sheet should appear asking if I want items imported and then display a progress indicator of some kind once the importation process begins. If you wanted to be fancy, you could display the artwork for objects as they are imported.
- Item ratings are not imported. This problem is exacerbated by the currently unpredictable interface for inputting ratings.
- The played/read status of Chronopath Library items is not properly imported, being incorrectly mapped to the “used” checkbox.
Command-1 through Command-5 are used to assign ratings in iPhoto, meaning there is some precedent for use of those shortcuts in that manner. This would build on an existing use of the shortcuts and give those who favor the keyboard an easy way to rate items while keeping their hands off the pointing device. iTunes uses Command-[ and ] to move between the different sections of the Info window, a much closer match to the different information sections (Details/My Info/Similar) of Library.
I will keep an eye on this promising application, but I’m going to hold off on buying a license until the most irritating and obvious bugs, such as the problems assigning ratings, are fixed.