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jackie e stallcup jstallcup at juno.com
Fri Nov 8 12:02:26 EST 2002


thanks for the tip!

On Thu, 7 Nov 2002 20:28:25 -0800 (PST) Jon Noble <jon_p_noble at yahoo.com>
writes:
> 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
> http://search.officeupdate.microsoft.com/TemplateGallery/ct155.asp
> 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 Proffitt.com> 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
> > http://www.fnprg.com/bookcat/bookcat.html 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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