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Printing a compact report of library contents

Hello,

I'm trying to print a compact report of the library contents. I started scanning the CDs into Delicious Library but only got part way through and have subsequently reorganized the CDs. I want to take the report, look at the CDs on the shelf, compare with the report, and select the CDs that haven't been scanned already.

On the Delicious Library website, hovering over the 'Print' topic shows the following:

"Print your library using one of our very beautiful built-in templates, or create your own if you have mad HTML and CSS skillz.

We include a compact format that’s perfect for folding up and sticking in your pocket when you go to the bookstore (or video store, or music store...) if you don’t have an iPhone."

I'm trying to print out the library using the compact format mentioned, and I can't find how to do this; the options I have (in the Style popup on the Print dialog) are: Details and Collection Overview – no sign of a compact layout. I tried looking at the help but the help doesn't work (I have discovered that this is because the help doesn't exist).

Can anyone point me in the direction please? I'm sure I'm tripping over something simple here...

Thanks,

Jon
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    Collection overview is the most compact layout we have at the moment. In version 1 we had an extremely compact version, but we got a lot of complaints about the images and text being TOO small, so we took it out. It looks like, however, we need to re-add that layout into Version 2.

    If you prefer, you can export your collect to Excel or a text Document, and print that, if you don't want the thumbnail images.
    • Thank you for the answer, and for confirming that the compact layout is not there. It might be better if you don't suggest that it is there on the website though, as I spent some time convinced that I was doing something wrong.
    • I'd like the ability to pint the list view. I'm new to this program. I just started scanning my books. I got an error message saying that the program couldn't find a couple of the books I scanned. However, I scanned a whole shelf at a time, so I have no idea which books didn't get into the system. I want to be able to print my list of books and take it with me into my library for comparison.

      I've already tried exporting to a text file and an Excel file. What I get are horrendous files that are impossible to work with. The information doesn't export properly, nor does it sort properly in Word or Excel.
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  • For real. The old layout was great. The new Collection Overview could be read by a blind person. And what's with the title being listed twice? I haven't even bothered printing out my collection since the old version, and just write the new additions at the end of the list.
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    • This is an issue that I would like resolved. Right now, after having just upgraded to DL2, I find If I want to print a list of books to take to the book store, I end up with a 27 page document...

      As a stopgap measure, I figured out that if I Export as a bibliography (Export to an other application... / Bibliography), I get a nice compact format. BUT, you have to select a bookshelf otherwise, if you print All the books, for example, the sort order seems to be random.

      It is a bit longer than the initial compact format but still not too bad. It ends up as 9 pages, instead of 27.
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  • Jill Levy's comment raises another important issue - please can we have some more sorting options.

    Sorting is tricky, because we may want to sort in didfferent ways for different types of item:

    Sorting by name, which has different meaning for groups (usually sorted by first name) and individuals (usually sorted by surname).

    Also, for classical music, we might want to sort by composer instead of artist.

    Thanks

    John
    • John, thanks for the support and for adding a very good suggestion about sorting. I'm so new to the program that I don't know much about it yet. I love how easily I've been able to scan books using the barcode scanner I purchased.

      However, what I need most are solutions that allow me to take the information with me, preferably on my iPhone, in an easily viewable format so that I can remember what books I have (or don't have) when I'm in a bookstore. And that starts with being able to do meaningful sorts.
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  • Jill, there is another request here for a better iPhone display. I would be happy to go without images if I could see a compact list on my iPhone.
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  • I’m excited
    I'm bringing back this thread because I'm interested in your input as far as the print templates are concerned. We're in the process of redoing them, and I wanted to know what, specifically, everyone is looking for.

    Columns, spread-sheet-style?
    Cover images or not?
    Is name and creator enough, or do you want other info?
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  • It's been a long time since I've used the software, in part because of the print limitation. I may not even have the current version on my computer.

    Having said that, however, I'd like something I can easily take with me to a bookstore (either on paper or on my iPhone). Cover images make a file too slow to load, so I wouldn't want that. I'd want title, author, and version or copyright date as a minimum. That way, I can tell when I go to a bookstore whether or not I have the most current edition.

    Flexibility would be nice. Users should be able to choose which fields to include. It should also be fast-loading. The few times I tried to access my library list remotely, it was so slow as to make it useless.

    Thank you for your consideration.
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  • I would say that having a toggle for printing images or not would be the way to go, and I would like to see the ability to change the font size as well.

    As for the fields, I would say including the year it was made might be helpful to *me* as well... but perhaps it would be a better to give folks the ability to select from a menu of the fields they want to include, and give them a way to designate an ordinal as well?

    I think, when in doubt, options which include greater flexibility is something that mac users *in general* would probably prefer...
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  • Terry has asked us to talk about Print Out formats here.....

    Spread sheet style is the best format to print and take with you (like what you view in List mode). Printing with Covers in this style would be pointless as they would be too small to see. Print out formats should be tailored to the item category selected, since the importance of information changes.

    For Books, a letter format print out should start with sort order by Author / Creator, plus Title (in alpha order if possible), Format and Release Date. I would dearly love to have the original copyright date so I could use it as a true indication of the order but there is no place for it in DL2 (nor in Amazon.)

    For Books, an alternate in landscape format could provide additional columns of information such as Series, Subtitle, Number in Series, Genre. This would mean more pages, but a reasonable trade off if you need the extra info.

    Movies should sort by Title with Release Date. Additional fields could include Series, Stars, Genre.

    Music is a problem, since they sort by the first word in the Artist field. I guess you could sort by Artist (as shown) with album Title and Release Date with the understanding that the sort is not what one expects from an alpha sort with people's names. Too bad you can't/don't read in the "Sort Name" field from iTunes... or at least add a field for this in DL2.

    Games (from a non-gamer) would need both Title and Game Platform.... Would gamers prefer to group/sort by Platform or sort by title? You will have to ask them.

    Maybe an easy out would be for DL2 to give us the option to view a category or shelf in list mode and let us select the columns we want to use in our print out. Let us choose letter or landscape format, tell us how many pages it will generate, and give us a print preview (or warning) so we can see if the columns we have chosen exceed the page width of the format.
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  • I’m thrilled.
    This is great. I will probably purchase Library today. Please restore the ultra compact view. I just printed 680 movies on the front and backside of one page in four columns with a competitor's trial product after some customization. I printed the first 27 chars of title, then year, then format. This thread gives me hope that something similar can be done here and then some. Thank you.
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  • Most important thing for me is the Title and Release date. The original compact style was pretty good. Just like having a hard-copy list to hand to people to pick a movie to watch.
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  • If you are modifying form formats, I would like to see some ability to select the fields and order of the reports. Also, I can envision a report that the user can select the number of columns and font size. I would like to have the ability to include the cover art. A form with the cover art, title, release date in multiple columns would be useful for me.
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  • Agreed. Some ability to customize fields and font sizes. I would dig that.
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  • I’m confused
    I am a new user of Delicious, and I am a collector of DVD movies I have over 800 plus. I have enter all the movies and I want to print a copy so my kids can just look it up instead of turning on the computer. I tried to print a copy and the pictures are very blurry...my question is is there a way you can print a clear picture of the DVD?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Printing List Of DVD's.
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  • I'm a new customer and was pleased to see that you've brought this thread back, great idea. First off, I've got to say you guys have done an excellent job on Delicious Library! That said, had I known it didn't have built in report print capabilities I may not of purchased the software. Being able to print a strictly textual list with assignable fields would be extremely helpful.

    Another must would be to ensure that field headings are listed on each page. Too often built-in reports ignore this little detail. IMHO Minimum fields should be Title, Release Date and Format, i.e., Blu-Ray, DVD, HD DVD, etc. When I have people looking through my list, not everyone has Blu-Ray players, so that info comes in handy. We can export the database into something else and handle it that way, but it would be very helpful to not have to leave the program.

    Personally, I would rather not have any images on the printout. The main reason would be speed and ease of reading, and to cut printing costs. I would just use the laptop to view the software with all the pretty pictures.

    Lastly, something that would be really cool is a Smartphone application that could update the parent database (so you could use your smart phone to scan your collections). I use a few different applications that update the database both ways via Wi-Fi. I'm sure you'd all do well with an app for the 2 major smart phone OS's out there, I know I'd certainly pay for that added convenience. But I guess that's a different thread... ;)
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  • Another Comment after reading some of the other posts again...For Games, I would do a primary sort on platform(PS3, Xbox360, Board game, etc), secondary sort on Title, or Secondary sort on release date with Tertiary sort on Title.
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  • Sadly, Matt, the smartphone app with your DL2 data is not currently an option due to Amazon and their API License Agreement, specifically paragraph 4 (e).
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/168019...

    As for using your phone to scan/add to your collection there are some discussions of different ways to work around this, notably the numerous suggestions from user royofsf in this thread.
    http://getsatisfaction.com/deliciousm...
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  • A compact, non-image list is THE REASON I need this app, the reason I downloaded and paid for it. :)

    Please add this feature quickly as can be managed. Thank you!
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  • Any update on this? My mom really likes Delicious Library except for the inability to print out a compact list for her to take to the bookstore to compare with!
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  • I’m sad that it takes so long to get things improved
    Do you think that printing just books or DVDs will every be brought back? Looks like it has been a problem for over three years.
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  • You need to put the selected items on a shelf and then select that shelf to print (using either drag/drop or Smart Shelf method).

    To print all your Books create a new Shelf (File>NewShelf) add rules ("Type" is "Book", plus any other rules you wish) and then sort the shelf into the final order you wish to generate for your printed list (by Author+Title, by Title only, Author+Series+Release Date, etc). Select the shelf and File>Print the select the template format. For 2170 books Pocket Reference (4 columns) will generate 16 pages, Pocket Reference -Tiny (8 columns) gives 5 pages and the older Two Columns format (with cover image) gives 99 pages. These 3 formats give Author, Title and the Year from the release date for each item.

    You can use the PDF option to Preview a select page or two before printing or you can choose to save the PDF file to your computer to print later. You even have the option to save an "Untitled" PDF directly to iTunes to view on your mobile device using iBooks or another app. The Two column version creates a large file but it is easy to view on a small screen. With the Pocket Reference you may need to zoom in a bit to view it (the font on Tiny would probably be unusable). PDFs in iBooks do have a text search option to help locate Authors or Titles in the file.
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