Entry Templates From KDE Store

Some changes in the implementation of what used to be kde-apps.org several years ago went past me and I neglected to update Tellico with the changes. Prompted by a Tellico user sharing a new entry template with me, I went back to figure out what was going on.

Tellico knows where to look for new user templates by checking the options in the tellico-template.knscrc file. If you add the changes from a recent commit to the .knscrc file, you should be able to run Tellico and then once again, select new templates to download.

Tellico’s Dialog For Downloading New Templates

The templates are also available directly from store.kde.org. The recent one I uploaded, with permission from the user, is called ZAP Group Narrow. Within Tellico, the download dialog shows a description of the template along with a button the install it locally.

The fix for the download location itself will be included in Tellico version 3.4.

Colnect Data Source Added

Starting in version 3.3, Tellico will be able to search Colnect, an online community for collectibles providing personal collection management. As of right now, Tellico can search for coin information only.

Colnect Search Options

Colnect has information in a variety of languages. Tellico has defined options for a few of the most popular; however, you are free to enter whatever language you like.

Obverse and reverse images on Colnect are not specific to the year. If you do have multiple coin entries referencing the same image, Tellico will only save one copy of that image.

The Colnect data model does not map directly to Tellico so the search may not be as fruitful as you might expect. At least as far as I’ve used it, the best results will likely be from searching with a year and the coin name. Mintmarks are not included in the search.

Colnect Search Results

I don’t know how many people use Tellico for coin collections. Please let me know what you think of the Colnect search, if you do use it. As always, if you have suggestions for improvement, please send them to the mailing list or forum. Thanks!

Searching Amazon may not work after March 9, 2020

Amazon search will stop working in previous and current versions of Tellico on or after March 9, 2020. Tellico has been using their Product Advertising API v4, and they’re going to shutdown v4 down in favor of v5. There’s a FAQ about the change and a general information page.

I’ve been working on updating Tellico to use the new API. It’s been challenging since I don’t actually have much access to it with Amazon throttling usage depending on how many sales are made using tracking numbers. I’m basing the new code primarily from the documentation and examples which, as any programmer might tell you, is rather dangerous. 🙂