My Favourite App: Word Lens

Word Lens is not a new app but has reached viral stage this week when it’s creator Quest Visual published it for free for Apple and Android platforms.

Word Lens is a real time translator, able to translate simple phrases and sentences as found on signs, menus and catalogues. After downloading, you choose which language to translate from (eg from Spanish to English) point the device’s camera at the sign and it appears on the screen translated.

Word-Lens-Gear-PatrolA wonderful app for travellers overseas!
Do you have a favourite app?
Want to find out more about apps? Try the links below, search the library catalogue or book online for an informative group session at the Modbury Digital Hub this month.

Apple Store – for iPads, iPhones or Mac computers
Google Play Store – for Android tablets and smart phones


My Favourite App: Card holder

Are you tired of carrying and extra purse/wallet around just to contain all of your loyalty and borrower cards? If like me, you are a member of Stratco, Myer One, Jb Hifi, the Library, Video Ezy and a large range of other businesses and organisations, you can now store all of your cards on your smart device using this app.

Card Holder - screenshotCard Holder is a free Android app that allows you to scan your card’s barcode and stores it in an easy-to find scrolling menu. It also lets you take an image of the front and back of your card, meaning you can store all of your loyalty and membership cards digitally and not need to carry them with you! Whenever you need a card, scroll the menu to the correct card, and the barcode will display. This digital barcode can be read by most modern barcode readers.


Card Holder - screenshot

Apple have similar apps called Cards Holder or Wallet+ available at a small cost.

Do you have a favourite app?
Want to find out more about apps? Try the links below, search the library catalogue or book online for an informative group session at the Modbury Digital Hub this month.

Apple Store – for iPads, iPhones or Mac computers
Google Play Store – for Android tablets and smart phones

New smartphone app for library catalogue access!

As a member of the One Card network we now have the BookMyne smartphone app available to our users, offering access to all the participating library services.
The app is available free for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the relevant app stores by searching for Bookmyne.

What you can do using BookMyne

  • find libraries, their locations and opening hours
  • search the library catalogues via keyword, author, title subject or barcode
  • place holds and cancel holds
  • access your account details
  • access best seller lists and reading recommendations from Goodreads
  • get assistance using the inbuilt user guide with full instructions on all features
  • use the camera in your mobile to scan barcodes on books in bookstores etc to check if the library stocks the item. (Only available with iOS devices with autofocus cameras ; iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, otherwise barcodes can be entered manually on all iOS devices.)

 Give this new app a try to access all these features and let us know what you think!

Library Anywhere app has a new feature

If you’ve ever used our  Library Anywhere app on your mobile phone to search the library catalogue, renew items, place holds etc, you’ll know how useful it is to be able to do all of this and more on the go.
(If you haven’t,take a look at our previous post on this).
Well the clever folks who bring us this technology have added another useful feature.
You can now scan the ISBN barcode on a book that you find in a book shop, at a friend’s place or anywhere for that matter and Library Anywhere will check to see if our library has a copy. If we do, you can see its status and perhaps put a hold on it. If not you can search other Library Anywhere libraries nearby or online bookstores.
Check out the video to see how it works.