Check out Tellico!

Tellico makes it easy to track your books, videos, music, even your wine and anything else. A simple and intuitive interface shows cover images, groupings, and any detail you want. Grab information from many popular Internet sites, including IMDB.com, Amazon.com, and most libraries. More info...

Adding A Data Source

I've gotten a few emails and seen at least one forum post with questions about adding new data sources to Tellico. Here's a quick step-by-step tutorial.

First, a few notes on the terminology that Tellico uses. Any type of website, script, or interface that can be used to import data is called a Data Source, and Tellico has many of them. Each Data Source has a type, along with some options (though not all sources have options to set). You can have multiple sources defined that all point to the same place, but with different options. For example, Amazon.com has multiple country-specific sites from which data can searched. The country setting is an option for the Amazon data source. Also, for better or worst, the button labeled Search in the toolbar is used to search those sources and import information into the Tellico collection.

To add a new data source, open the Tellico configuration.
Tellico Configuration

Then, select the Data Sources page.
Data Sources

Click the New... button and change the source type to TheMovieDB.org, for example.
TheMovieDB.org

Notice that this data source only has one setting, for an access key. The link in the description points you to the website where you can register for an API key. TheMovieDB.org requires an API key in order to search the site.

After adding the source, now you can search for movie information from TheMovieDB.org. Since that data source only provides information for movies, you can only search it when you have a Video Collection open. Click the Search button and change the source to TheMovieDB.org.
Search TheMovieDB

You can also update your existing entries using the data sources, by using the command in the Collection menu or right-clicking.
TheMovieDB.org

Search the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System

The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 8.6 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints.

In order to search the ADS from Tellico, you can use a script that I just uploaded to kde-files.org. Download the script, and then add a new external data source in Tellico with the settings as shown below. Change the location to wherever you saved the script.

ADS Settings

The search returns results in Bibtex format, which means that many of the values are bracketed for inclusion in Latex documents. Tellico does strip those brackets when viewing the entries, but they are saved in the data.

ADS Results

Annoyed by Tellico 2.3.1 not saving your window settings?

Did you upgrade to Tellico 2.3.1 only to discover that your carefully set window settings for visible columns and widths were lost? Bug 256373 is rather annoying, I know. If you compile from source, you can grab the short patch from the bug fix. Otherwise, I'll be getting 2.3.2 released in a month or so, and you'll be able to get your distribution's package.

Tellico 2.3.1 Released

I'm proud to announce the release of Tellico 2.3.1, with a number of bug fixes and a few improvements. My thanks go to everyone who has helped with the bug reporting and translating!

Get it from the Downloads page.

  • Fixed the Edit Dialog to have consistent behavior when discarding edits (Bug 255938).
  • Fixed issue in Italian translation that caused an error for HTML export (Bug 254863).
  • Updated the IMDb search for new layout (Bug 253549).
  • Updated Freebase search for new music schema.
  • Changed HTML output for URL fields to truncate link text (Bug 250880).
  • Improved the matching algorithm for updating entries when multiple good matches exist (Bug 250886).
  • Fixed crash with searching z39.50 servers (Bug 250795).
  • Updated GCstar plugin reader to use a separate thread for speed and robustness.
  • Improved GCstar import and export for wine and comic book collections.
  • Fixed bug with adding new fields during CSV import.
  • Updated the DTD to match recent changes in collection fields.
  • Fixed filter view to apply filter when item is selected (Bug 248657).
  • Updated the export dialog to allow limiting the number of exported fields (Bug 246390).
  • Added data source for searching DVDFr.com.
  • Added options in the CSV importer and exporter to read and control table delimiters.
  • Increased the maximum visible cover icon size to 256 pixels.

DVDFr Data Source Added

A data source for searching DVDFr.com has been added to Tellico. DVDFr is a French movie site with a nice XML API for performing queries, which made adding the code very simple.

DVDFr screenshot

Sites with existing APIs are easy to add as data sources, and I added DVDFr a day after I came across it. If anyone is aware of sites with APIs which are not currently supported in Tellico, please let me know.

Tellico 2.3 Released

Tellico 2.3 is available. This is the longest list of new features and bug fixes that I've had in a while. Using KDE's bugzilla has really been helping me track issues.

Features

  • Added data sources for OpenLibrary and Freebase. Both require the QJson library.
  • Added new fetcher for combining results from multiple sources
  • Added filter for collection type to data source list
  • Added clear button for rating widget (Bug: 227982)
  • Changed Amazon Japan video search to include DVDs
  • Added Dewey Decimal and LoC Classification to z3950 MODS import.
  • Changed entry ID values to start with 1 instead of 0

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed sorting by rating when rating has double digits (Bug: 246202)
  • Fixed IMDb matching on partial titles (Bug: 245665)
  • Fixed IMDb fetching of audio track and color (Bug: 244159)
  • Fixed metadata import for file listing
  • Updated BoardGameGeek fetcher for new API
  • Updated Allocine fetcher for new website format (Bug: 235901)
  • Fixed crashing bug for loading images whose size exceeded the cache size
  • Control characters are now stripped from all text files on import (Bug: 231302)
  • Fixed selection bug when duplicating an entry (Bug: 231125)
  • Fixed crash in exporting HTML for collections with no grouping field (Bug: 231302)
  • Fixed bug that showed info dialog multiple times when changing image location
  • Fixed crash in CSV importer
  • Fixed copy/paste for the entry view (Bug: 224580)
  • Fixed paragraph fields to show HTML code in the editor dialog

Freebase and Open Library Data Sources Added

Two additional data sources have been added to Tellico. Freebase is a generalized database of just about any structured data anyone can add. Tellico can search Freebase for books, comic books, movies, music, video games, and board games. Open Library is a online book database that aims to have one page for every book ever published.

Both sites return data in the JSON format, so the QJson library is required when compiling. These data sources will be available in Tellico 2.3.

Freebase

OpenLibrary

Tellico 2.2 Released

Tellico version 2.2 is available.

Features

  • Enabled KOrganizer integration for adding loans to calendar (kdepimlibs required).
  • Enabled KAddressBook integration for adding borrowers from the address book (kdepimlibs required).
  • Improved performance for modifying many entries at once.
  • Added data source for Giant Bomb.
  • Added data source for The Movie DB.
  • Updated CrossRef data source to allow authentication via email only (Bug #224619).
  • Added option for disabling webcam support.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some hyphenation issues for 978 ISBN values.
  • Fixed bug in en_GB translation that affected file selection.
  • Fixed adding "link-only" files (Bug #220645).
  • Fixed Discogs track download and title search.
  • Fixed setting correct permissions of backup file (Bug #219259).
  • Fixed formatting of multiple people with auto-formatting (Bug #219268).
  • Fixed updating from Amazon to include book title or album title in search.
  • Fixed crashing bug for sorting during HTML export.
  • Fixed multiple selection in entry view (Bug #216122).

MusicBrainz and TheMovieDB Data Sources Added

Two new data sources have been added to Tellico. MusicBrainz provides data about music and TheMovieDB provides movie information.

MusicBrainz
TheMovieDB

Tellico 2.1.1 Released

Tellico 2.1.1, codenamed "Thanksgiving Travel", is available for download. Version 2.1.1 is a bug-fix release, and all users are encouraged to upgrade since there is a data loss bug in previous versions, related to loans and filters.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug that kept filters and loans for being saved in some circumstances (Bug 214672).
  • Fixed crashing bug related to column sorting (Bug 214661).
  • Fixed crashing bug related to formatting table values.
  • Added sorting in search results dialog (Bug 214523).
  • Fixed sorting in list view when auto-formatting is changed.
  • Fixed webcam preview window to appear only for ISBN and EAN searches.
  • Updated allocine search script to version 0.7.
  • Fixed sorting in the icon view.
  • Updated IMDB search to include director and writer.
  • Fixed Polish ISBN formatting (Bug 215411).
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