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WOODEN ROWS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (81%)

10 Feb

Wooden Rows is an inventory database of your entertainment and is released by Zhephree.

Wooden Rows is your virtual shelving system! Keep track of all your books, movies, music, & video games! Easily search for a DVD to watch from your collection. Can’t remember which volumes from a book series you own? Look it up! Wooden Rows lets you add any DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, book, or video game to your library as long as it’s available on Amazon.”

This application allows you to set up a basic database of all your music, games, books and movies onto your Touchpad.

When I first launched the application I was asked to create a free online account to allow me to use the application. I am not a big fan of this, as it means that developers now has your email address and in the case of this application some information about the items you own. Zhephree is a well known developer in the webOS comunity so I was happy enough doing this, but for another unknown developer this would have been a very bad idea. 

Setting up a database is fairly simple. You select the item type and then enter it’s name or the ISBN number etc into the search box. The results are returned with images and a text description of the item. Some of items I found in seconds, some took a little more time to track down in the search results. It will take some time to enter all your items, and it is a shame there is no way to speed up the process.

Amazon does surprisingly well in the search, even returning old Genesis and SNES games that I tried to confuse it with.

As you add the items a nice image of the item will appear on the wooden shelves and generally they are the same size in the display.

The filters are good, allowing you to look at only one type of catagory and you can sort by name etc.

The Lend option, is interesting as it allows you to track who the item is with, however, you will need to add this person to your contact list. No so great if it is your son lending a game to his eight year old mate.

The data due to the online account are supposed to be backed up in the cloud, so if you do wipe the application you should hopefully be able to download the catalogue again without any issues.

The application user interface is generally excellent. It is easy to search, add and navigate. I would have liked to maybe have some catagories or even be able to divide up catagories, for example Sci-Fi books, Bios etc.

On the upside:

  • Clean and simple user interface.
  • Easy to add an item (if it exists on Amazon)
  • Nice filtering options.

On the downside:

  • A little too limited in scope.
  • Cannot add items not on Amazon.
  • Having no option but to create a Zhephree account to use the application.

Overall, this is another really nicely put together application by Zhephree. The design is simple and clean, and the software work flawlessly. However, I feel that the application is a little too limited by using Amazon with no manual method of entry. Basically, if you only want to catalogue your own music, films and books, then this application is excellent, if you want to do more than that (like catalogue your aging gadgets or stamp collection) then the application will not be able to fulfil your needs.

Rating: 81%

Size: 3.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £3.18

Link: Wooden Rows – Zhephree

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

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