Posted on: July 20th, 2011 Booxter 2.7.1, Lion compatible, plus updates

Hello everyone, Booxter 2.7.1 has now been released.  Booxter now supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.  There are also updates to improve wireless sharing with your iOS devices, some interface updates, and some search site updates.  I’ve also added the missing Help file that explains how barcode scanning from your iPhone into Booxter works.

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Posted on: March 8th, 2011 Booxter 2.7 – Added barcode scanning from iOS to Mac

Booxter 2.7 has been released!  Now you can scan barcodes from your iOS device into Booxter wirelessly!

It’s easy to use:

1. Launch Booxter on your Mac and open either the multiple add panel (Command-Shift-M) or the code panel (Command-Option-C).  Now you are ready to receive scans.

2. Launch Booxter on your iOS device. Tap the camera icon at the top of the screen.  Hold up the barcode to the camera (in portrait mode), let it focus, and the scan will be sent wirelessly to Booxter on your Mac.

The multiple add panel has an ‘add later’ feature, and the code panel has a full screen view, so feel free to use whichever one works best for you. Check “Speak titles of scanned items” in the Preferences, and the code panel will speak the title names once they are scanned in. This comes in handy when you are scanning a lot of items and your back is to the computer screen.

If Booxter on the Mac is not running or you are not near your Mac, you can still scan barcodes with the iOS app.  The scans will be stored on your device, and will be uploaded when you bring up the add scan panels as above.  So feel free to scan at the bookstore or library and load the barcodes into Booxter when you get home.

Video scanning requires iOS 4.2 and an iPhone 3GS or later or iPod Touch with camera.  If you don’t have a camera on your iOS device, you can still use the included keypad to manually enter codes.

There are 2 known issues: on iOS 3.1.3, Booxter won’t launch, and on iOS > 4.2 the camera won’t show up.  I’ve fixed these bugs and uploaded a new version to Apple and asked them to expedite the approval, so hopefully that minor update will be approved very soon.

In addition, Amazon Italy has been added as a search site, a lot of searching, backfilling and importing bugs have been fixed, and there’s a new option in the Preferences to change the color scheme of the detail panel from dark to light.

Thanks for your patience, I hope you find this new feature useful.

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Posted on: January 15th, 2011 Booxter on the Mac App Store!

Booxter is on the Mac App Store!

It’s been there since opening day and so there are now lots of new Booxter users, welcome!

There’s actually 2 apps, Booxter Lite which is the same as the normal unlicensed Booxter download from the main web site and Booxter which is the same as the licensed version.  All Mac App Store apps will run only on Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.  The website version runs on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6.

Sales have been fantastic, I’m very lucky that the Mac App Store has brought Booxter to a much larger audience.  Booxter has been in the top 5 grossing of the Lifestyle category for days now!

More work to do, more updates, have a Happy New Year everyone!

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!

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Posted on: December 23rd, 2010 New version of Cyclops

A new version of Cyclops has been released on the App Store

The interface has been improved so things look a lot better.  There are email/open in Safari toolbar buttons on the detail page now which are more conveniently placed.  Everything is a lot tighter now.

Apple changed their policy on how developers can  load images from the camera preview (for security reasons) so this update makes Cyclops fully compliant with that.  In order to use the video scanning, you will have to update to iOS 4.2.

I added a keypad as well, for older iPhones, devices without cameras, and devices running iOS < 4.2.

And there’s a new icon.

Enjoy!

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Posted on: June 24th, 2010 Booxter for iPhone/iPod Touch now available

Booxter for iPhone/iPod Touch is now available (it might take a short while for it to show up in the App Store).

You can download the new version 2.5 of Booxter which supports it.  You can now export from your desktop version of Booxter to your iPhone or iPod Touch.  It will also run on the iPad like all iPhone apps do, a universal iPhone/iPad update will be made in the future.

In the Preferences, there’s a new Sharing panel, use that to enable sharing and choose the libraries you wish to share.  On the iPhone, open up Booxter and tap the Sharing button to see the shared libraries and select the ones you want exported to your iPhone.

Thanks for your patience, this is the first version, there are more features to add of course.  I hope you enjoy it.

Posted on: December 20th, 2007 Flexible dates in Booxter

In the previous version of Booxter, whenever there was a place to enter a date, you always had to enter the day, month and the year.  I never liked that restriction, since there are many cases where you might know, say, the year but not the specific day for a given date.  So if you knew that you had purchased a book in 2003 or read a book in 1987, in order to capture those dates, you needed to fill in fake days or months in order for Booxter to accept them (like 1/1/2003 or something like that).

So in Booxter 2, I fixed this using flexible dates:

      

Flexible dates are dates where you are free to specify just the part of the date of which you are certain.  So if you want to specify just the year, or the year/month, or the year/month/day, you can.By default most dates use year/month/day format, but you can change that using the date format button located under any date to set it to whatever you like.  Comic book publication dates default to month/year, since that is the standard way to track them, but it can be changed as well.

Posted on: December 8th, 2007 Dutch localization

Booxter 2.0 has now been localized into Dutch.

Posted on: November 21st, 2007 German localization

Booxter 2.0 has now been localized into German.

Posted on: November 2nd, 2007 Leopard

Ok, I have just released version 2.0.3 of Booxter, and it officially runs on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (as well as Tiger of course). There were a number of things to fix, mostly UI related in order to ensure Leopard compatibility. There are some general bug fixes as well, they are listed in the software update panel.

It’s available now, you can use Booxter’s software update feature to upgrade.

Thank you everyone for your feedback. Onward and upward!