Project Library ($1.99) by michele savino is a movie management app that lets you keep track of your DVD, Blu-ray or DivX collection. Never be without your home video library again.
To input movie information, tap the "plus" symbol at the top of the screen. Under "movie title" type in the movie you would like to add and then hit the search button on the keypad. If the film or television show is in the app’s online database, it will appear in the search results. Select the title and it will show all pertinent information, such as year, director, cast and genre. A small synopsis of the movie will also be included. Add optional additional notes and save it to the library.
If a searched movie does not turn up any results, it is easy to add the information manually. There is even a feature to add an image, which can be taken using the iPhone/iPod touch's camera, or by selecting a picture from the device's photo library. The collection can be alphabetically organized by title or organized by the order in which it was entered into the library. The format is preset to show Blu-ray information, but can be changed in the settings section to DVD or DivX. Individual titles can also be changed in the editing process.
The information saved in Project Library can be backed up through iTunes or synced to Dropbox. Titles can also be shared through Facebook and Twitter, or sent directly to a friend through email.
While this app is easy to use, it lacks a few important features. For example, there is no way to manually organize movies. If there is a series of films, like the Harry Potter series, they won't show up in the correct order under the alphabetical organization option because "Deathly Hollows" comes before "Sorcerer's Stone" even thought the latter came out in theaters first.
Another problem is that the search results do not show images. More than one movie with the same title sometimes shows up in the search and it is impossible to know which is the correct one until it is selected. If it turns out to be the wrong movie, the search must be started over again.
For some reason, every image has a border around it that shows the Blu-ray logo, even if it is a DVD or DivX. The logo will also be there for images that are entered manually. This border is annoying. There are plenty of people who still don’t even own a Blu-ray player. There is also no way to format a title as VHS. Some of us also have a healthy videotape collection we’d like to store.
Overall, this is a convenient way to store information about your movie collection. It is fairly inexpensive, which is good because it is lacking in important features. If you are looking for a cheap way to keep track of your movies, this app is an easy way to do it. Pick it up in the App Store for $1.99.