Have you been looking for a collector app? Grosh 3.8 launches today and has a new list type, the collector list. The list lets you organize your collection and share the list, so that yourself, friends and family can help you complete your collection when coming across an item. A quick glance at the list will tell if the item should be bought or not.
Premium with additional bonuses
The Grosh app is intended for assisting your grocery shopping, and it does this in a clever and innovative way. For users that like the app and want to support the continued development of Grosh, there’s a Premium version available for a small yearly fee. Premium users get a bunch of additional features – the latest of these is the Collector List.
Introducing the Collector List
If you collect anything, your life just got a lot easier. Create a collector list for your book, music, or perhaps film collection to avoid buying the same items you already got. Add the complete works of the artist / producer / author you are collecting by entering each work at the top of the list and then setting the category to the artist. You can also specify the year the work was produced and there’s a note field where you can add notes related to each item you collect. Then swipe each work that you already have in your collection.
Note: You can add own categories for the list at the bottom of the Category selector – or from the list properties screen.
Collector List Display
All items stay visible on the list, but the bought items are marked with strike out font – making it easy to see what you’re collecting and what you’ve got in your collection.
If you come across the author you collect, it’s now easy to verify its a work you’re missing and buy it. Your missing works can be seen under the Suggestions tab.
Sharing the Collector List
The list can be shared with family and friends (even though they are not premium users) so they can help to complete your collection! A list that is shared can be updated by the users you have shared it with. This means if they come across the item, they can mark it as bought to avoid double purchases.
Import your collection from a spreadsheet (for experts)
If you have a large collection, it might be faster for you to enter your collection in a spreadsheet on a computer. Start our webapp and then create a collector list by tapping + on the select list screen. Then under list properties (tap the pen icon to the right of the list name on the Select list screen) export the empty list. Double click the exported list template to use your favourite spreadsheet program to fill in the collection. The internet is full of listings of complete works of various authors that you can copy-paste from. When complete, please export the list into a tab separated file and import the list into Grosh from the list properties screen. Note that the “cat” column may contain author names etc, which is automatically created as categories for the list during import. Note that import of long lists may take up to a minute or so.
Auto-generate a collector list for your music collection (for experts)
If you have a music collection e.g. bought via iTunes or ripped from your CDs, it will be located on a harddrive in a structure like the following:
<artist name>/<album title>/<track files>
We’ve produced a small script that you can download here. The script requires php to be installed and takes your music library folder as an argument. An example invocation of the script from a command prompt:
php scanmusic.php /Volumes/Data/Music > music.csv
This will scan the folder structure and create an import file that you can load straight into a Collector List you’ve set up.
After importing your music collection, you can mark the albums as bought and then add the ones you’re missing in your collection. After this, you will have an updated collector list that you can share with friends and family to help you complete your collection.
Other smaller changes & fixes
- Direct access to barcode scanner from the menu (corresponds to clicking the barcode icon on the current list display)
- And lots of other small fixes!
We hope you enjoy this update of Grosh. Keep your feedback coming by sending a message to feedback at groshapp.com 🙂
The Grosh Team