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Old 04-19-2017, 08:32 AM   #1
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personal library (paper books!) management system?


Hello all,
I am leaving MacOSX for Linux, and swimming in the need to shift from many small indispensable mac apps to their Linux counterparts.
Among them is my library management, with the added constraint I must import more than a thousand records (including not only 'classical' fields but also searchable notes and if possible cover pics).
I saw a couple of old and short posts here on Koha, Evergreen... but nothing finalized, and frankly I cannot manage to fully install these alone on my average Ubuntu Mate.
Among others, the most promising app I see is bibliotheq, which of course I am too naive to set by myself.
Are there some experiences here in this area?

TIA!
Hervé
 
Old 04-19-2017, 12:48 PM   #2
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what is the name of the app you used to use? with links etc.?
maybe you can re-use the database you already created on your mac, so we need to find out more about this software.
 
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:39 PM   #3
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There are plenty of solutions that have you build the framework and fill in the blanks but you may want it more automated.

I've never seen too many questions (ok never) on this exact subject either.

I looked at BiblioteQ and it doesn't seem too far fetched for you to attempt to install it. May even work with windows program under wine for linux if native doesn't do.

Other ideas.

http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...lexandria.html

http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...ntSystems.html
 
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:05 AM   #4
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Thank you for these fast and witty reactions!

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what is the name of the app you used to use? with links etc.?
maybe you can re-use the database you already created on your mac, so we need to find out more about this software.
Sorry for this : the macintosh app is Booxter, http://www.deepprose.com/
I definitely need to at least export then reimport its database.
Booxter can export to a couple of formats, none fully exhaustive I fear, but I regularly create BibteX exports that I can keep straight on my android phone with simple bibteX readers (you know, "I'm sure I already own two similar papers from this very author" ;-)
A capacity to import BibteX or CSV would be quite cool already.
I also know Booxter uses an internal SQL database but its inners aren't easy to find for me...

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(...) I looked at BiblioteQ and it doesn't seem too far fetched for you to attempt to install it. May even work with windows program under wine for linux if native doesn't do.

Other ideas.

http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...lexandria.html

http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...ntSystems.html
Alexandria looks quite close to Booxter and indeed I didn't find it by myself!
Moreover it seems Gnome-oriented so presumably close to my Ubuntu-Mate install. I'll definitely check this evening 8-)

The other link seems to address more professional 'public library' functions, I heard about some of them but didn't attempt any up to now.

Thank you again!
I'll come back to depict where I am (and presumably which issues I hit ;-)
 
Old 04-20-2017, 12:32 PM   #5
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^ god i'm so used to FLOSS, i thought i just could leaf through the documentation or maybe even the source code to get a better picture, but of course this is the land of opaque commercial software...

anyhow, what i'd do:
try to find out where booxter stores user data or database or databases, and make a copy of the whole enchillada.
additionally export to all formats available.

and - well you just have to experiment with those linux apps and see what they can do with it, but i guess i'd always start with the original database.

let us know how it goes.
 
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:59 PM   #6
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Although it's not free, I use readerware. Cross-platform, can use mysql backend database, available android app for android devices, but mostly because you can scan the UPC or ISBN barcode and tell readerware to look up all the details for you.

I use the same database in a client-server mode with clients on windows and linux machines.
 
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Old 04-22-2017, 08:59 AM   #7
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So, my status at the moment is

- Alexandria installation fails for a reason I hardly can identify (at some point "yaz does not appear to be installed" while indeed I installed it...)

- I managed to install Greenstone, which features a nice html (browser) interface, but no way to create a new collection properly, and no info as concerns reimporting my data

- I managed to install JabRef, but not yet to define the, erm, importation filter I need

- I very simply managed to install Readerware 3 (currently in demo mode for one month), managed to import the tab-delimited 6500-books export file I got from my OSX app (after discovering that apparently I am big-endian out of no less than 6 alternatives :-D), and managed Readerware to reimport some of the cover images automatically from Amazon (of course the rare books where I did the pic myself are now empty)

All in all, I am quite fond of Readerware, even though I don't really have alternatives :-)
I am now in search of a simple way to copy cover pictures from my old OSX database, transfer the graphic clipboard to the linux machine and paste it into Readerware corresponding book records -so on to inter-OS clipboard transmitters : a funny quest I didn't expect at all :-)

In fact the main thing I'll be missing from OSX is its capacity to search all and everything at the same time (entering a name brings the books containing it but also any picture, pdf or other doc... -here I have to successively search everywhere : less serendipity!)

I'd like to strongly thank you all here; very clearly my own random searches never would have brought me even to the mere app names...

H.

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Old 04-22-2017, 12:06 PM   #8
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I am now in search of a simple way to copy cover pictures from my old OSX database
i strongly suggest you find where that database is stored (it MUST be some sort of folder-subfolder tree structure) and copy the whole thing to your new system.
once you done that, you can use standard linux tools to find images and maybe even re-use the database itself.

those "import" features are just for convenience.
 
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