Advert for something relevant that makes me happy

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Thu Nov 7 23:28:25 EST 2002

I have all my books (9,000 or so) catalogued in
Microsoft Excel which is by no means perfect. I tried
setting up something in Access but it seemed a lot of
bother. I notice that the microsoft site has a
template for a book catalog in Access at
which is certainly not as good as the program you have
downloaded, but is free if you already have Access
(something all NSW teachers do).

Jon Noble

--- Melissa Proffitt <Melissa at> wrote:
> A long time ago I mentioned that I was trying to
> twist my husband's arm to
> get him to finish my library database. (Mr. Super
> Database Programmer Man)
> He finally admitted that it was never going to
> happen.  But to make it up to
> me, he went looking for a program that would work. 
> I had little faith
> because I did some looking on my own, and everything
> I found was either
> inadequate, expensive, or both.
> He's better at finding things than I am.
> The program he found is called BookCAT.  It's
> manufactured by a company
> called FNProgramvare that makes a number of
> different database systems
> (stamp collecting, music, videos, etc.) and it is
> amazingly complete and
> flexible.  It has a million filters that I haven't
> even figured out yet.  In
> addition to being designed to store every possible
> piece of information
> about a book you could think of, there are custom
> fields in case you think
> of something they didn't.  And the best news is,
> it's cheap.  I was looking
> at programs that were comparable, but still lacked a
> few key features, that
> were about US$100.  This one is $39.  I registered
> it yesterday and now I am
> happily spending hours entering books into the
> database.  (I haven't been
> able to rave about this to anyone else, but I
> figured you people would
> understand why that's so pleasurable.)
> It's not perfect.  My biggest annoyance is that
> there's no field for
> Illustrator.  I've set up a custom field for it, but
> it's not grouped with
> the rest of the general book information and I don't
> like that.  It also
> took me a while to figure out how to record a book's
> position within a
> series.  BUT--it is so cool that there is an actual
> drop-down menu for
> series names, and you can sort by series and request
> that the books be
> listed in chronological order, and <pant pant> I
> think it's way cool.  There
> are also ways to download the data you need rather
> than entering it
> manually, though the available data is limited, and
> you can also download
> cover art to be displayed in a window next to
> individual book information.
> Even though this, too, has limitations, it appeals
> to me because I like
> seeing the cover art, and I think we (i.e. Mr. Super
> Database Programmer
> Man) can d/l about two-thirds of the covers and scan
> in the rest.  Big time
> saver.
> Anyway.  Aside from being gaga over my new toy, I
> thought I'd mention this
> in case anyone is looking for a good database
> program (my friend Fen also
> bought the CATraxx for music and CATVids for DVDs,
> and she loved how easy it
> was to strip the information off the Internet).  The
> web site is
> and I know
> the program is
> available internationally, but I'm not sure how the
> price compares.
> We now return you to...well, whatever you were doing
> before the commercial
> interruption.
> Melissa Proffitt
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