Welcome to Excio!

Wellington City Libraries has partnered with local start-up Excio to bring amazing images to your Android smartphone or tablet home screen.

With the Excio app you can follow collections of images which can be used as wallpapers on the home screen of your device. The images link to our OverDrive eBooks/audiobooks and other library content, and you can even read OverDrive samples within the Excio app, as well as like and share book covers.

We have 20 genre/subject based collections on Excio which will be refreshed every couple of months. Enjoy a rotating collection of fantastic book cover images for your device wallpaper, discover new authors,  check out OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks, and share your favourites on social media.

By following our collections you can bring the library to you!

To get started, head to Google Play to download the Excio app.
The app is currently only available for Android devices, although the Excio team plans to develop an iOS app.

For more information check out the Excio FAQs – or if you need further help, email us at  enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

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ComicsPlus iOS app

Have you tried our new eLibrary service ComicsPlus yet? It has a vast collection of diverse comics and graphic novels for all ages which can be read on a computer, and there is an iOS app!
Read comics and graphic novels on your iOS device by downloading the iOS app (Alternatively, you can find help for desktop or laptop access here).

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end!

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New books on computing “Visual Intelligence”

New computing books: build browser games for Android devices with “Pro Android Web Game Apps” and build an interactive robot with “Arduino for dummies”.

Syndetics book coverVisual intelligence : Microsoft tools and techniques for visualizing data / Mark Stacey, Joe Salvatore, Adam Jorgensen.
“Go beyond design concepts and learn to build state-of-the-art visualizations.
The visualization experts at Microsoft’s Pragmatic Works have created a full-colour, step-by-step guide to building specific types of visualizations. The book thoroughly covers the Microsoft toolset for data analysis and visualization, including Excel, and explores best practices for choosing a data visualization design, selecting tools from the Microsoft stack, and building a dynamic data visualization from start to finish.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPro Android web game apps : using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript / Juriy Bura with Paul Coates.
Pro Android Web Game Apps is a hands-on guide to building browser games for Android devices. The book covers both the theory and the practice of browser game development, from the very first steps to a complete multiplayer game with a rich graphical engine, complex logic and a powerful server. The only languages that the reader must know are HTML and basic JavaScript – everything else is explained in detail and illustrated by examples.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReturn to tomorrow : 50 years of computing in New Zealand / edited by Janet Toland.
“Edited by Janet Toland, Return to Tomorrow includes 23 fascinating chapters, each outlining a different aspect of the history of computing over the last 50 years through the eyes of those that lived it. Authors include innovators such as Perce Harpham, founder of Progeni (New Zealand’s first software company) as he outlines the rise and fall of this ground-breaking company, Ray Delany outlining the history of health informatics in New Zealand, Johnny Chan outlining the business of open source, and many more. Many of the lessons learnt and outlined in the chapters of this book have as much relevance today as they did over the last 50 years, and this is an account not to be missed.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArduino for dummies / by John Nussey.
“A hardware development platform built around an open-source, programmable circuit board, Arduino offers a simple way to build interactive robots or electronic devices, or add interactivity to existing devices. This book offers all the info you need on Arduino – as well as on electronics, programming, prototyping, and soldering – to jump right in. Gets you up and running on Arduino and introduces the exciting world of physical computing. Explains the Arduino Development Environment. Covers programming using Processing, creating basic projects that include sound and light, how to connect Arduino to motors and servos, how to expand with specialty hardware, and more. Includes 10 cool projects that are fun to build. It′s hardware, it′s software, it′s fun!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverC# 5.0 unleashed / Bart De Smet.
“”C# 5.0 Unleashed” is for anyone who wants to learn the C# programming language in depth, understanding how language features truly work. While giving you those insights, you learn where and how to use the features to design various kinds of software. This book not only teaches the languages capabilities, it also looks behind the scenes to build a solid foundation to aid you in understanding the .NET platform as a whole. Bart De Smet offers exceptional insight into the features of both the language and Microsoft’s broader framework.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeach yourself visually iPhoto for iPad / Richard Wentk.
“iPhoto for iPad is an exciting program that puts powerful photo editing capabilities right at your fingertips. Taking full advantage of the iPad’s magnificent touchscreen, it allows you to manipulate and add to your photos, create photo journals on your iPad, and much more. This visual guide makes it even easier to master all the possibilities of iPhoto for iPad. Learn to use the built-in, multi-touch editing tools, organize your photos by date and location, group similar images, and much more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi for dummies / by Sean McManus and Mike Cook.
“Embrace the exciting new technology of Raspberry Pi! With the invention of the unique credit-card sized single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, comes a new wave of hardware geeks, hackers, and hobbyists who are excited about the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi, and this is the perfect guide to get you started in this exhilarating new arena.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLearning jQuery : a hands-on guide to building rich interactive web front ends / Ralph Steyer.
“The jQuery JavaScript library greatly simplifies the creation of modern, rich web applications, while seamlessly integrating with virtually all leading web development platforms and frameworks. Learning jQuery will guide you through using jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile in your own projects. One step at a time, youll learn how to do everything from adding simple effects through building complete rich Internet applications….” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCharts and graphs : Excel 2013 / Bill Jelen.
“Use Excel 2013’s radically revamped charting and graphing tools to communicate more clearly, powerfully, and quickly so you can drive your message home, and get the decisions and actions youre looking for. This book reveals data visualization techniques you won’t find anywhere else and shows you how to use Excel 2013 to create designer-quality charts and graphs that stand out from the crowd. It will help you make the most of new features ranging from Power View to Recommended Charts, and instantly share your insights with anyone, anywhere – even on the Web and social networks.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWindows 8 / Mary Branscombe, Simon Bisson, Eric Butow.
“Covers the features and functions of Microsoft Windows 8, including such topics as the user interface, the homegroup, using built-in apps, connecting to social networks, viewing and managing photographs, and customization.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVBA and macros : Excel 2013 / Bill Jelen and Tracy Syrstad.
“Use Excel® 2013 VBA and Macros to automate virtually any routine task, and save yourself hours, days, maybe even weeks. Then, learn how to make Excel do things you thought were simply impossible! You’ll discover macro techniques you won’t find anywhere else and learn how to create automated reports that are amazingly powerful and useful. Bill Jelen and Tracy Syrstad show how to instantly visualize information, so you and your colleagues can understand and act on it… how to capture data from anywhere, and use it anywhere…how to automate Excel 2013’s most valuable new features.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOutlook 2013 for dummies / by Bill Dyszel.
“The fun and friendly way to manage your busy life with the new Outlook 2013. As the number one e-mail client and personal information manager, Microsoft Outlook offers a set of uncomplicated features that maximize the management of your e-mail, schedule, and general daily activities, with the least amount of hassle possible. This easy-to-understand guide walks you through Outlook 2013 and introduces you to the latest features. You’ll learn how to find information quickly, handle e-mail, coordinate schedules, keep current with contacts and social networks, and much more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Have you tried WCL mini – our library app?

Wellington City Libraries now has its very own app – WCL Mini.  If you regularly use a smartphone, this enables you to do a bunch of things that previously may have resulted in hair-tearing, swearing and/or mashing of fat fingers against a tiny screen. Some of the things you can do include:

  • checking the catalogue
  • checking account details (loans, reserves etc)
  • “book look” – scan non-library books (from a bookstore, or a friend’s collection for example) to see if the library has a copy
  • one-click access to OverDrive ebooks and mp3 audiobooks*
  • locate the nearest branch to you – get directions; find out the opening hours; give them a call
  • keeping up to date with our Facebook and Twitter feeds

*The OverDrive Media Console app will also need to be installed

We’ll also be building in links to some of our other online resources as we go.

WCL Mini home screenCompatibility: The app is available for devices using the Apple iOs (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) and Android operating systems. It’s also available for BlackBerry, J2ME, Palm OS, Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile.

How-To

  • make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi or a cellphone network
  • use your device’s web browser to visit http://wellington.boopsie.com
  • select install

Alternatively you can search for WCL Mini in the App Store (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) or Google Play (Android devices).

Try it on the PC

Don’t have a smartphone? There’s a web version you can use that mimics the app. Use the same link as above in your web browser.

Bugs
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Let us know if you experience any technical errors, oddities or annoyances when using the app – we can feed this back to the app creators for future releases. Also, we’d love to know if there’s something you like about it. Just add your thoughts to the comments below.

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