KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

TELLICO – A COLLECTION MANAGER FOR KDE 3.X

Presented by Stu Gillis Assisted by Jon Smitley

Tellico is developed and coded by Robby Stephenson
http://www.periapsis.org/tellico/
Tellico is licensed under the GNU General Public License

Stu Gillis shared his experiences with Tellico. Jon Smitley
assisted in the display of Stu’s Compaq laptop by networking
the video with his Apple Powerbook to the KLUG SVGA
projector. Stu displayed slides to give us the basic info
and then demonstrated running the program. We saw how
he uses the program and what useful features the code offers.
Stu took questions throughout the presentation and his humor
made it fun. We had a peek at his 500 DVD collection and
heard about their plan to "database the three home freezers!"

Tellico is a KDE application for organizing your collections.
It provides default templates for books, bibliographies, videos,
music, video games, coins, stamps, trading cards, comic books,
and wines. Tellico allows you to enter your collection in a
catalog database, saving many different properties like title,
author, etc. Two different views of your collection are shown.
On the left, your entries are grouped together by any field you
like, allowing you to see how many are in each group. On the
right, selected fields are shown in column format, allowing you
to sort by any field. On the bottom is a customizable HTML
view of the current entry. The entry editor is a dialog box where
you enter the data.

Importing and exporting data with Tellico was described.
Collections may be imported or exported using a variety of
formats, to allow for easy exchange or publication of data.
It can automate the process of cataloging DVD’s and CD’s.


There is a "checkout" feature that allows you to track items
that are loaned from the collection. Reminders can be set
to display in your KDE Calendar! The application is still
in development and future improvements are possible. The
code can crash... some examples were given. Restart and
continue when those crashes occur. Backing up files is easy.
Copy the .tc files frequently when updating and you will be
covered!

Stu recommends: Marcel Gagne review of Tellico!
http://www.marcelgagne.com/cwl042005.html

Tellico is very well documented, available on the web or direct
from within the program. The web-based manual is found here.
http://www.periapsis.org/tellico/doc/index.html


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