LDS Collectors Library 2005 Released

In 1997, Infobases Inc. (a company I founded with Dan Taggart) had more than 150,000 customers. Powered by search engine technology from Folio Corporation, we distributed libraries of valuable reference material (primarily religious and educational content) on CD ROM.

In 1997 we exited this CD ROM business to build Ancestry.com. Since that time, CD ROM sales overall seem to have been in a steep decline as more and more content and customers have turned to the web to access information.

But desktop search engines still have more powerful features than internet based search engines, and many of us wondered how popular a new LDS CD ROM library would be after many years without an update.

Earlier this year, LDS Media LLC formed a partnership with Deseret Book Company, raised more than $1 million from investors, and reassembled many key people from the Folio/Infobase era.

The result is the introduction of the 2005 edition of the LDS Collectors Library CD-ROM. With more than 15,000 orders to date, it appears that this new product will be adopted widely.

If you use this product and would like to help us improve it over time, please join our online group LDS Computer Users (hosted by Google Groups). Some of the ideas we hope to explore with you include:

  • What additional content should we add to the library?
  • How can we improve the usability and features of the product?
  • How shall we integrate audio clips, video clips, maps and images into the product.
  • What kinds of presentation tools should we design for teachers and parents so they can use gospel content in their talks and lessons?
  • When should we make portions of the library (and multimedia) accessible via portable devices and what devices should we support first (PDAs, Cell Phones, Smart Phones, Blackberries, Tablet PCs, etc.)?

Please consider joining our LDS Computer Users group and actively participating with us in designing our future versions.

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4 Comments

  1. Joseph Ward

    One of the reasons people stopped using GospelLink etc… is because the user interface was aweful.

    Having the scriptures online to search was only secondary to the fact that it was doone in a way that was simple and straightforward. That is what people really loved about the original DOS-based Gospel library.

    I had hoped that you or whoever produced this could have figured that out from the last two versions, but if you read the reviews on Deseret Book’s website it doesn’t sound like anyone did any real usability testing. Even people who like the product are saying it is buggy and that you can’t install it to anything but the C drive – a 3GB product and you can only install to C?

    I hope some of these things have been or will be fixed, but I can tell you as a infobase DOS user that I would pay $200 for a program that was as easy to use as that was and included your same content. From what I can see, this is more of the same buggy, hard to use software that has been done for the last two or three versions.

    If you spent $1 million or more, why not spend a little and do some usability testing with real people? Of if you think you did, why not find someone who knows what they are doing – might cost a bit more, but it would sure be worth it.

    I bet you lose 2x or 3x sales just on bad word of mouth. You lost this one.

  2. I have tried a few different version but 97 is still the best. It has a good interface. Who needs 2006? not me. Not much literature has been produced in 10 years.

  3. steve kurachi

    infobase program opens but search engine does not work. looking to replace. must have journal of discourses

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