Unlike many of the Hive Fives where all the tools are freeware, several of the reader favourites in this list were paid commercial releases. The price and supported operating system are noted beside each entry.
If you’re a Windows user, and seeing apps like Delicious Library leave you muttering words like “Apple-only,” “pretty,” and “stupid,” calm your nerves and peek at Libra. The Windows app shares more than a few similarities with Delicious Library, and can manage more than just your movie collection. You can import your collection from other cataloging apps, enter items by scanning the bar codes on a web cam or actual scanner, or enter your titles manually. Libra has built in loan tracking, list creating tools for web posting, and an old-fashioned paper catalog print-out of your titles. Oh, and Libra also has the distinction of being among the free-as-in-beer applications in this list.
Eric’s Movie Database is the smallest in scale, by far, of the applications in this week’s Hive Five. Weighing in at just under 1MB, Eric’s Movie Database is surrisingly effective for its spartan stature. If you’re not looking for a flashy movie catalog, but want something a bit easier and more graphical than manually hacking together a spreadsheet, Eric’s Movie Database is a great choice. You can search by cast, crew, director, or your own search terms. Cover art is grabbed from the Internet Movie Database, or you can supply your own if you want better quality. You can import and export your database as a text or HTML file, and for good reason—although you have to install and extract Eric’s Movie Database, changes are written to its local directory, making the application semi-portable. Like Libra, Eric’s Movie Database is free.
If you have tips and tricks, software or otherwise, for corralling movies or other media, sound off in the comments below and help your fellow readers whip their media collections into shape.