Posted on: January 6th, 2011 Booxter for iPhone updated
A few weeks ago, the update to Booxter on the iPhone was released. The biggest request, search, has been added, so you can now search your libraries on your iPhones.
I updated the UI to make things look nicer, and also fixed some memory bugs when transferring large libraries over to the iPhone. Also fixed a bug where you could end up with an empty zombie library in some cases if the transfer from your Mac to your iPhone was interrupted.
There’s now an email option on the detail screen, in the Settings you can specify a default email address, and send items by email.
Also a new icon, looks better now.
Thank you for the feedback that I’ve received, its very valuable. I’m working on new stuff, onward and upward!
4 Responses to “Booxter for iPhone updated”
January 9th, 2011 at 5:44 am
I saw Booxter in the Mac App Store and downloaded the Lite version to see how I liked the programme before purchasing the full version. So far, I’m confused. If I manually type in the information for each item, I can add it in. I thought downloading the iPhone app would mean I could scan items into my library through my phone. As I read the OSX help articles and dig through your website and blog, I see several references to using the iPhone as a scanner, but no specifics on how to make it work. Clearly, it isn’t an in-app capability and using the iPhone’s camera doesn’t work. The OSX app help entry reads:
To scan with a wireless (Bluetooth) scanner:
Turn on your scanner, and make sure Bluetooth is enabled in the System Preferences.
Select View->Bluetooth from the main menu.
Click ‘Select Bluetooth Scanner…’ and select your scanner.
Scan barcodes and the items will be added to your selected library.
That may be how users get the OSX app to recognise the iPhone as a scanner, but what are we supposed to do on the phone? “Scan barcodes” how? What app or utility do we use?
The first several times I launched the iOS app, I had no idea what to do. It is the least user-friendly app I’ve encountered. A detailed review in the app store got me through it, and after several hardstarts of my iPhone, I can finally see the library I created in OSX on the Sharing screen. But there is no “load” button, which you referenced on your website. I can click on the library and it turns blue for a bit, then changes back to white. I go back to the main screen (which differs from the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death only in colour), and my library isn’t there. Hardstart. Back into the iOS app, and nothing has changed.
I don’t need an app to hold my hand every time I want to use it, and if there’s a walk-through at the beginning, I prefer the ability to opt out of it. But it should be an option for something as unique as Booxter. If I encounter difficulties, I expect to click on a help link and get help.
Booxter is just what I’ve been looking for, and it’s clear from reading buzz all over the internet that this programme is right for me. But it’s clearly designed for users familiar with previous versions with no support for new users. If I wanted to type or copy and paste the specifics for my family’s thousands of books and movies, I would have done it all in a spreadsheet years ago.
January 19th, 2011 at 2:19 am
The Bluetooth scanning is in reference to using a dedicated handheld Bluetooth scanner (like the Microvision ROV scanner), not to an iPhone running Bluetooth.
I can probably do a better job assisting you if you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can go over things in more detail with you and get you up and running.
Dutch Junge Says:
February 26th, 2011 at 7:56 pm
On my iPhone 4 under Booxter Sharing I’ve got 2 files of all my books with the same name. How do I delete one of them so I’ve only got the one file from my Mac laptop ?
February 26th, 2011 at 11:23 pm
You can tap the Edit button at the top left of the screen, that will let you delete libraries on your iPhone. You can also reorder them as well.