If you’re like me, you can’t escape having collections of different types of media such as video games (of course), movies, books and music. What’s worse is having literally hundreds of these different discs, tapes and cartridges and not knowing whether or not you already have a specific title. Even if you’re not some kind of wild collecting fanatic, it’s still a very good idea to keep a record of what you own for insurance reasons and that’s what this app sets out to do.
PackRat is very good at one core task: Keep track of your collection of media and make it easy to search the inventory on the go. The app has the several main categories covered: Books, Music, Movies and Games. When you want to add a new game, you can either type in all the information manually or scan the barcode with the phone’s camera.
Many apps offer barcode integration and most only use it as an awkward shopping tool but PackRat makes use of it in that it will scan and search for the item automatically. Once the item is matched and found, PackRat will download all the information for the title and ask you to pick the correct cover art. Once you’ve done that, you’re done with that title.
Not only can you add owned items to the app but there is a wishlist function which is nice for shopping on the go to make sure you’re grabbing that exact discount book that you wanted.
While I would prefer a desktop app to go along with it, I can’t complain about how well PackRat makes my inventory of various geek gear easy to manage. Oh, it helps that it’s free too.
PackRat is currently available on the Android Market.