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The October issue of Linux Identity, a "Duo Pack" with Ubuntu 10.10, included a review of Tellico and GCstar. It's a French magazine, but through the power of the Interwebs, I ordered a copy and received it in the mail recently.

It's always interesting to me to read what specific features or workflows each review mentions. This particular review gave step by step instructions for installing and running Tellico on Kubuntu, and then basic steps for adding information about a book to Tellico. It also included information for creating a custom collection (which I don't usually think about most users doing) and using a filter for finding items in a collection.

It didn't appear to have any comments about drawbacks or bugs (other than a quick aside about needing to register for an Amazon API key). The article includes a nearly identical review of GCstar, basically walking through installation, running, and adding a book.

One note of interest to me, as well, was in comparing the screenshots between Tellico and GCstar and looking at the translations of the user interface in French. I guess it doesn't always register to me that there are so many ways of saying the same thing, especially in English and no different in French. Slightly different verb tenses or phrasing...

Richard Hemby at the Online Education Blog has a comprehensive list of cataloging software and ends up giving high honors to GCstar for Linux and Windows. A little tongue-in-cheek, I imagine, he mentions cataloging mini vehicles:

Other collection management software allows management of these items but GCStar has jumped out ahead of competitors because the software allows you to catalog your favorite television shows directly from TVBD channels and allows you to catalog mini vehicles. Cataloging mini vehicles will require some manual efforts but the detailing offered is priceless.

GCstar is a fantastic bit of software. In my opinion, one of its biggest strengths is the sheer number of websites that it can scrape for info. Tian, the primary GCstar author, even added a feature for using GCstar as a standalone data fetcher. As a result. Tellico can use any of the GCstar data sources directly. The interface is a bit slower, but it works pretty well. I'd like to make Tellico as modular and useful in return, but haven't been able to yet.

Congratulations to GCstar!

TuxRadar has an article comparing collection managers. Tellico comes out pretty good, with a grade of 8 out of 10, claiming second place to GCstar.

At first glance, Tellico seemed like the obvious winner of the bunch. It's got built-in templates, it's configurable and provides good documentation. The design is elegant, if not pretty, but it's been superseded by a superior program, one that's pushed the heights of what a collection manager can be.

Near as I can tell, Tellico loses out to GCstar's shiny templates! Well, I can take that. It's a pretty good article, though with not much in the way of substantial critiquing.

Even though you don't have to fill in all, or even most, of the fields, the result is unappealing. The dialog boxes you use to fill in the information for an item are crowded, but there are also all the ugly empty spaces from fields you didn't fill in.

I think the author is hitting two points there. I understand the crowded dialog complaint, though aside from doing in-place editing in the view, I can't think of any other way to edit the data. The second point, about showing empty fields in the view, is easily fixed with some tweaks to the default. Maybe I should add a template for that as an option.

Tellico's website provides a detailed illustrated guide in addition to the extensive documentation, but the drawback to having extensive built-in support is the in-your-face interface that comes with it, although this is more than offset by the program's features. When filing our comic book collections, we honestly don't want to enter the date we purchased the book, so we find it irritating that Tellico expects us to.

Definitely a valid point there at the end of that paragraph. That's why Tellico 2.0 added a field for automatically storing the date that the comic book was first added to the collection as well as the date of the last modification of the comic book data. I decided not to remove the default field for year of purchase, though maybe I should have.

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