Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How To: Add an Item in Delicious Library 3 Part 2

After getting acquainted with adding items by searching the Amazon database it's time to go over adding items to your library by scanning. You can either use your webcam or our handy, totally free, iOS app.

Adding items with your webcam

To start, click the + in the bottom right corner to open the toolbar. Then click on the camera symbol to open the scanning box and your webcam should show you, in the bottom corner of your screen. If the box seems rather small you can expand it by dragging the toolbar to the left, toward the Shelf or List.
That's me, hi!

Now, hold your item up to your webcam. For best results hold the barcode about 3-5 inches away from the camera and aim to get the majority of it within the green outline. It doesn't have to be perfectly lined up, your webcam will still find the item when it's slightly lopsided or blurry.

The item will automatically appear in your library. If the item has already been added to your library it will be highlighted. I like to scan with the Details box open so I can see the complete profile of the item as I scan each one.

Adding items with your iPhone/iPad/iPod 

Start by downloading our free app to your iOS device.

Then on your computer open Delicious Library 3 and click on the iPhone icon in the bottom right corner (if it's not showing click on the + as above). Click on the words "Pair iPhone scanner" and a barcode unique to your license code will pop up.

Open the Delicious Scanner app on your iOS device. The first time you download the app a list of instructions on how to use the app will appear. If you miss them or need to refer to them again keep reading.

The most important thing you must know about syncing your Library to your iPhone/iPad/iPod is that Your Computer and Your iOS Device MUST be on the same wireless network. If this is not the case, they will not sync. 

Okay, now that we've got that out of the way let's continue. Using your iOS camera scan the barcode on your computer screen. This should result in a pop up box on your iPhone/iPad/iPod asking if you'd like to Pair your device with your computer. Go ahead and press Pair now.

Your Library should have a green dot with the name of your device. 

Now you're ready to scan away. Use your iPhone/iPad/iPod the same way you would use your webcam. You can scan as many items as you like while you're away from your computer. As soon as your Mac and iPhone are on the same wifi network the items will upload to your Library. The items will then delete from your phone automatically (if you scanned many items, give the app a minute to delete them all).

A note on scanning: When scanning books, the most reliable barcode will be inside the front cover. Sometimes retailers create temporary barcodes and cover the original ISBN. If you are scanning books and they are showing up as toys (or something other than books) in your library, check to see that you are using the original barcode.

If you have any questions feel free to post below or email Happy Scanning!