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There really is a need for some kind of custom category. I would suggest that there is no need for added complexity: allow manual input only. No scanning or other "product lookup" features, just let the items be simple database-only items.

I really really really like the idea behind DM, and I think the implementation is truly awesome. However, if I can't logically catalog everything (like the china and flatware, or the furniture), the value is lost. Surely there must be a simple solution.
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  • Kola- adding custom categories is something that we'd like to do (as it turns out that our customers want to catalog their china, comic books, wines, etc), but it's going to be quite a big feature to tackle. It's something that probably won't make it into Delicious Library until the next big version. Delicious Library 3 is still in the conceptual phase, so we are still trying to figure out how we will do this. We are also open to the idea of adding additional database support (or things such as wine, comic books, etc), as long as there's a website that has an API for us to use.
    You definitely aren't the only person who wants to have custom categories in Delicious Library, so know that your voice has been heard, and you might see this feature one day =)
    • Two new categories which mimic the setup for "Apparel" would work for a lot of people for their personal stuff. Call one "Home Decor" and use the snapshot aspect of "Apparel" to let us inset a picture of the item catalogued. This will allow for insurance records of furniture, fine arts, etc, and even antiques and other special items. Another special category could be called "Personal" or "Collections" and would allow people to use it much as they please for their own special thing. Don't be so worried about Amazon links for these things; Amazon.ca doesn't even support half the categories you link to for Amazon.com (e.g. no clothing, don't know if the same is true in other countries.) You can make the "Personal/Collections" category a non-Amazon-linked one ,clearly identified as such, and thereby avoid any search errors or user expectations. I have personally "hijacked" your "Toys" category and use it to catalogued my collection of figurines (putting the figurine ID number in the "creator" field allows me to sort them quickly and easily). Allowing for a third field in the Synopsis (have it called "My ID" or "My info") would let people keep quick track of their own collections more easily. "Apparel" serves me as a way to keep track of things I want but haven't yet found but which don't fit in any of my regular sections (books/etc); the photo aspect is great for that. I really need a new section, however, because I have a large collection of seasonal decorations that I would like to catalogue. Any chances of something like this for DL3? What is the timeline for DL3, by the way?
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  • l.j.desjardins.nl- Extra categories are a definite possibility for a future version of DL3. This is something we haven't started on yet, so we don't have a timeline for it.
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    Not sure why this has to be such a "big" release feature. Even a "catchall" other category would be better than having to assign something to apparel or gadget when that doesn't really fit anything.
    There really is a need for some basic level of custom category or at least category independence.
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  • CHAMP
    I’m frustrated and waiting for news
    As users, we seem to be singing from the same page with regard to the addition of a couple of new categories being a necessary and (to us) a seemingly simple fix to meet our needs. The programmers' fixation that it can only be done "as long as there's a website that has an API for us to use" defeats our wish to use it for personalized items.

    I repeat what I have said before, Amazon.com (USA) may support your searches for all the items you list (such as clothing), but Amazon.ca does NOT, so the lauded API that you so want to maintain is NOT as universal as you seem to think.
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  • Paul- Well, for most applications, additional features and functionality don't usually get added into a release. It's supposed to be feature-complete in it's 1.0 or 2.0 state, and then the incremental updates are for fixing bugs, refining functionalities, etc. Since we don't have a lot of people working for the company (and by that I mean we have one engineer), our 2.0 and 3.0 timeline can only overlap so much-- we have to fix issues and bugs before we can start adding extra functionalities, which will inevitably have to be refined as well.

    I understand that his can be frustrating since it's a feature you would probably utilize a lot-- it's just that, as a software company, it's dangerous for us to continue adding features to a release when we have other features that are not completely refined yet.
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  • I’m sad
    It has been a year is the response still the same? The ability to add furniture and other household items is preventing this application from being the best.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I want to ad a category to the books scanned in DL (e.g. Literature, Russia, 19. Century) so that I'm able to search for all the books I have in this category. There are fields where I can ad a category but unfortunately the search function doesn't include these fields. Is there a way to ad a personal information (like a category) and to have DL search for that?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    personal cataloguing system.
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    I love how lovely the inventory lays out. The mac web cam makes entering super easy and quick! It would be great to add new items that the user can name. For instance, I can see this library being über useful for a crafters and hobby enthusiasts. I would like to use it to inventory my fabric and patterns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and yarn. I realize the there may be no easy way to scan these items. Being able to enter picture and info about it would be awesome. Hopefully this is not beyond the scope of this program I would love to see it grow to accommodate such a big part of my life and I'm sure others.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    New item types.
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Custom categories as open-source?.


    I know there's a huge desire here for custom categories. One of the main things I hear from the DM teams is that you guys don't want to do things in an unfinished form, and that with only one programmer, you can get quite bogged down in the details.

    How about a perfect synergy between you and your passionate customers? Allow custom categories, and allow users to create their own databases. If someone works for a wine company, let them add their own barcodes. If someone has their own collection, allow DL2 to recognize the barcodes as unidentified. As soon as a user identifies the wine and adds all the necessary details, add that data to a central server so that all users can benefit.

    A great example of this open-source power would be the way Google Earth has allowed custom overlays. So, for example, for a while there was an overlay showing everyone where in darfur people were being killed, and the numbers. This really got a point across, and the best part of it was that google was freed from having to do all the work.

    People get very passionate about software, especially when they feel that they can make it their own. You already have an extremely active customer base on getsatisfaction, but just imagine the passion of people who could add their own touch to your program. Think of it not as how myspace turned into a siezure-inducing poor design frenzy, but instead how apple has used iphone apps to massively increase their customer demand and revenue without having to spend a penny

    Add functionality to your program, for free, and let your customers help you with all the work!
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