If you’re anything like me, then you collect a lot of stuff. But I don’t collect just any old stuff — I collect CDs, books, movies, games… well, pretty much any form of media.

Books and CDs present a particular problem to me, mostly because I already have a lot of each: I’m never entirely sure whether I actually possess one, or whether I only read/listened to it at some point in the past. I’ve bought a few books twice that way.

For a while, I’ve been trying to manage my collection with the awesome Delicious Library. I even wrote a small script to convert it’s database into other (text) formats, so I could put my collection online. The idea was that I could browse it from my mobile phone whenever I’d stand in a shop, wondering whether I should buy something or not.

The problem is that mobile connectivity isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. I’ve had enough of that. I want to carry my collection with me, at all times, so I don’t have to rely on signal strength.

Enter PackRat.

If you haven’t guessed already, it’s a personal media collection manager app for Android phones.

PackRat Shelves

PackRat Shelves

It’s clever enough to organize your media into separate pre-defined categories (or smart shelves), but lets you add as many new shelves as you might wish. And when you add more media, it’ll pull as much information from Google Base about the item as it can.

Truth be told, it’s just a coincidence that right now when ADC 2 is kicking off, I finally have the time to write an app like this.

I’ll continue developing it, whether you like it or not — I want to use it myself. But of course I’ll be able to respond to your wishes a lot faster if you vote for me during the competition.

Speaking of your wishes: if you look to the left, you’ll see a “Feedback” tab sticking out from the side, and hinting at you to, well, leave feedback for this app.

I realize it’s not published quite yet. But to get back to the beginning of this post: if you’re anything like me, you’ll have fairly specific ideas for what you want the app to do. I’d like to know about them!

Chances are I won’t be able to add any of the features you suggest before ADC 2 starts, but that shouldn’t hold you back. No really, it shouldn’t.

And to give you an idea of what it’ll look like, I’ll be publishing a few screenshots over the next few days. Here’s one already. It shows the list of shelves you have in your library, and the number of items in each shelf. As you can see, the library on the phone I’ve made the screenshot with is woefully empty.


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