Ever since Apple’s iOS devices started allowing apps, my dream has been some app to allow remote scanning from my phone into Delicious Library (DL2 from here-on). I THOUGHT this would be the case when the Delicious Library app was released, but alas, that just allowed a copy of your library to be synced/stored on your iOS device. =/ So when I found iCody I about jumped out of my skin. I quickly bought it, and only after found an article that said it didn’t work with DL2 (which, as it turned out, was incorrect). Anyway, after conversing with both the developers of DL2, and iCody, and then them speaking to each other, I have found a solution that works, and works well1. And since I haven’t seen the info anywhere else, I figured I’d post here in the hopes someone will find it useful.
First, get DL2. If you don’t have it, go grab it and use it in Demo mode. It’s a great app. Then, grab a copy of iCody for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (assuming you have an iPad 2+ (e.g. a camera)). The last piece is an app called “Thetis” for your computer that’s developed by the same people that make iCody. Basically, iCody sends its scanned info to Thetis over the network, and Thetis then “types” that into whatever window is selected. This in and of itself is cool, but the key point is something that was added to DL2 in the latest update (2.7.7): a small window you can get to by going to the “Window” menu in DL2 called “USB Barcode Scanning”. This was “meant” for barcode scanners that act like keyboards, and just type in their data, which is basically exactly what iCody+Thetis act like. With all these pieces, scanning with iCody to DL2 just works. Suddenly the prospect of rescanning my library (since I’ve jettisoned a lot of books since I first compiled my library, and thus it’s a bit out of date) seems far less daunting.
- As well as Appthology pulling the page saying it didn’t work. [↩]