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Quoting Binnerup:
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- Collection numbers are imported from the XML file.

If you say so, I didn't see them. I saw some other number next to the title in the list, but it didn't match my collection number. Maybe it was somewhere else that I didn't notice.

Still, at the present I'm too heavily invested in DVD Profiler to change to another program, unless it offered very significant advantages. That's not to say that there is anything essentially wrong with My Movies. If DVD Profiler for some reason becomes unusable in the future I might well chose My Movies as a replacement.
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I tested My Movies for Windows and found that it wasn't suitable for me.
- Import was really slow. Importing 6500 titles would take forever.
- About 10% of the titles in my test run failed to import, mostly - but not only - those with disc id.
- I am totally dependent on collection number in order to find anything. Those don't get imported.

My Movies imports cast and crew from IMDb. I don't know if they have a license to do that. Many people are probably content with IMDb data. However I know that many Profiler users would not go for that.

On the plus side My Movies use SQL Server. Well, some may not consider that a plus, but presumably it means that it would be possible to write queries directly against the local database. I did not investigate that further.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Found one: https://film.list.co.uk

Very sracpalitious, but how complete is it?

Not very. I counted 59 titles for Clint Eastwood in my collection (excluding documentaries and double dips, but including Tarantula and Revenge of the Creature), and the same search at that site listed 29 titles.

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could somebody provide me with a couple of profiles where episode and group information appear in the profile?

To continue the Clint Eastwood theme:
J. Edgar 5-051895-164136 has group dividers in both cast and crew.
Rawhide 097368-878020 has episode dividers
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A server that returns an XML file with the same format as the regular export XML would certainly open up a host of possibilities. A query in the same form as Profiler filter sounds good to me.

A bit of interesting trivia that occured to me when I looked at the filters. You can select AND/OR in all filters except Crew and Studios. Those two are always OR. Probably a remnant from way back when there was only one crew (Director) and one studio. There would be no reason to keep that limitation in the server application, I assume?

Quoting mediadogg:
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So, if it still works, and still has value, the only issue is that the author does not want it to be used or distributed.
Well, if I understand correctly it only works under Win 7 and in Internet Explorer.

It seems that goodguy left and withdrew his programs because he got pissed that Invelos did nothing to stop the Forum wars. Now that the main "warlord" has long since retired, maybe someone could entice goodguy to come back and update CLT Plus? Probably wishful thinking.
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I downloaded goodguy's program and looked at it. It is not a plugin. It is in fact just HTML with embedded Javascript. One big mother of a Javascript, and from what I could tell from a cursory glance, it does screen scraping exactly the way I described. So it does in fact run inside the browser.

If AiAustria can still run it on Win 7, maybe he can tell us how long it takes to gather the CLT info for Clint Eastwood? 
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As I see it there are three basic steps:
- Collect the informatiom
- Collate the information
- Present the information

There are several difficulties that I can see, but the biggest one is just to collect the information.
Just think of how you would do this manually.


Go to the CLT page and enter the name.
Click the first profile and collect the info from the detail window.
Repeat for every profile on that page.
Repeat for every page for that name.

For Clint Eastwood that's 120 pages, and you can see how many profiles.
Now do this with screen scraping ...

I wouldn't hesitate to collate and present the information, but collecting it, well that's just too big a task for a total newbie at screen scraping.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Seems like a bunch of loyal members of the community would love it, and it seems tailor-made for your skills. Seriously, I wish you the best if you decide to take a stab at it.

Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you. I have looked at it, and I don't understand what his program does, and even if I did I wouldn't have a frickin' clue how to go about it. 

Looks to me that you'd need a Master's degree in screenscraping to pull this one off. If anyone can do it, it would probably be Karsten. I doubt that he's interested, but who knows ...
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DoubleDips 1.1.1

Fixed a couple of bugs that resulted in false hits.
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Quoting iPatsa:
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I would enter the most restrictive region encoding for the box set.

Ditto
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If memory serves me (which unfortunately is not always the case) there was a long silence from when Intervocative folded until Invelos was announced, due to some gag order. Is it possible that something similar is happening now? That Ken's silence is due to a gag order, rather than uninterest (or whatever)?

If so, I hope that things will come back to normal, whatever that is, eventually.
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I don't really care which, but ...

Is it really that important that it's necessary to contribute updates that only change the description?
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[Grumble] Character sets  !  Character sets is a bitch! Or should that be "Character sets are bitches"? Whatever.

Someone wisely said "The best thing about standards is that there are so many to chose from". Right! Why can't you all follow my standard? Things would be so much easier.

So, what prompts this outburst, I hear you think. Yep, you think loudly. But since you ask so politely I shall tell you. I have had a problem in ProfilerQuery that I have tried really hard to "ostrich". Bury my head in the sand and try to pretend it doesn't exist. But eventually the taste of sand in my mouth got too much, so I decided to do something about it.

It took me a while to identify the problem. At first I - foolishly - though that I had done something wrong. As if that could ever happen ... 
Then I realized that it was all Ken's fault. Those of you who mainly buy English titles may not have noticed the problem. It stems from the fact that the XML export files set the character set to "Windows-1252". That works fine for English, but creates a problem for some other languages, like the Scandinavian languages. Most likely also for many other languages.

So I sat down and started googling and reading documentation and experimenting. Trying to edit the xml file programatically before loading it, that wasn't really a good idea. Not with a 150 MB file. But after pounding my head against my desk at failure after failure I finally found the solution. And of course it turned out to be ridiculously simple. Just one line of code.

So now I've got a fix (and a headache). ProfilerQuery 3.37.1
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Quoting v1cet0ne:
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Hello, I'm new here
I'm going to use DVD Profiler and have tried several before, I was thinking it would be really nice though if DVD Profiler had better support for box sets (i.e., it would be nice to be able to search for a title and find out I already have it if it's in a collection or box set) and maybe even support for other movie formats like CED, LaserDisc or VHS. I've tried Delicious Library, MyMovies.DK, DVDpedia and a few legit (bootleg) video store software on Apknite, none have handled box sets satisfactorily.

- Searching titles will find them in box sets, no problem. Don't know what made you think otherwise.
- You can add custom media. If the same title is available in the online database (as DVD or Blu-ray), you can download that and just copy the cast, crew and relevant data from there. There may be some fields that are not relevant, but you can just ignore those. You cannot upload custom media profiles to the online database, though.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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there is at least one tools developer that likes to build such tools.

I hope you mean Karsten, because I'm not interested. Oh no, not me!

I have way too many unwatched movies to waste time on a project like that, so not me!

It would need screen scraping, and I've never done that, so not me!

Of course there are some interesting screen scraping packages that might be interesting to investigate ... but oh no, not me!

I won't ... I can't ... I shouldn't ... I mustn't ... Oh dagnabbit you mediadogg you! You've planted an idea! I'm not sure anything will come of it, and if something does, it probably won't be anything like goodguy's program. 
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Quoting zappman:
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I just down loaded and installed GsyLaunch 2.5.0
I am using it for shortcuts to games, including Steam Games.
Thanks for the nice program 

Glad you found it useful, zappman.
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I'd like to find out what's going wrong, so if you can email me your export file what would be great. You've got my email address in a PM.

"Profiles loaded" refers to the total number of profiles read from the export file.

The Visual Studio references you see in the error message refers to my source code, so it's not anything that is missing on your side.

The flag set is saved in Profiler's default flag directory, which normally is C:\Users\[Username]\Documents\DVD Profiler\Flags, so you should see it if you select Collection/Flags/Load Set in DVD Profiler. It contains only the titles that you have checked in DoubleDips, so it's not ideal for getting a list of all upgrades.

I do have a working prototype for a program that specifically lists the titles that have been upgraded from DVD to Blu-ray (or DVD/Blu-ray to 4K). It needs a some spit and polish to be ready for public consumption, but I'd be happy to finish it for you. But first I want to find out what goes wrong in DoubleDips so we don't end up with the same problem in this new program.
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My tool DoubleDips could be useful, see this thread.

Note that it lists all duplicated titles, so if you for example have two DVDs of the same title they will be listed as well. Also, combos are considered only as their main media, i.e. a BD/DVD combo is only counted as a Bluray.

If you need a tool that specifically lists only upgrades, it wouldn't be too difficult for me to develop such a tool for you. Just let me know.
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DoubleDips 1.1.0

This is for those of you that have PAL DVDs. I have added an option to recalculate the runtime for those DVDs by adding 4% to compensate for the PAL speedup, in order to make the runtimes comparable to Bluray and NTSC DVDs. Recalculated runtimes are displayed in parenthesis.

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I'm pretty sure that there is no way to have a blank cast name. I even tried the ugly way - Copy All Cast and then edit the resulting XML to remove the name and then paste it back. That didn't work, but the result was a bit of a surprise. I won't spoil it if anyone wants to test for themselves.    (Just don't blame me if you manage to crash Profiler, bring down the electrical grid and/or create a black hole.)

I'd do what you did with (blank) as First Name, and just leave it like that.
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GsyLaunch 2.5.0
Just a small enhancement and a minor GUI enhancement.


You can now change the description and icon for Special Command buttons, such as Restart.


The "Paste button" context menu item is only enabled if there is actually a copied button that can be pasted.

No biggies. Just trying to make things work in a consistent and logical manner.
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CastCrewCheck 2.22.1 - minor bug fix.

Version 2.22.0 introduced a bug that caused an exception if you added a cast name that was only a first name. After you dismissed the error window it still worked as expected, so it was just an annoyance. But I have fixed it anyway. I don't want any annoyed users, do I ... 
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Quoting Mithi:
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It is already there, at least in US-locality.

As to the general question of whether it should be contributed or not, lets get philosophical:
Is it a CD with a DVD attached, or a DVD with a CD attached? 

The title will certainly stay in my database, no matter what.

It's listed as Audio CD on Amazon, so in my opinion the DVD should be entered by disc id, not by UPC. But that's just my take on it.
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Well, in a few days the numbers have changed. Interesting. Now I don't feel so bad about researching CoO when no studio is listed in the credits.

Trivia: I ran a query to find how many profiles I had in my collection that had CoO listed without any studio listed. I came up with 370, and that didn't include TV shows. Not sure that one should draw any conclusions from that, though. It could just mean that people don't read the rules. But in all probability at least some of the contributors saw things like I do. Or at least that's what I tell myself ... 
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This is just a minor new feature for something that bugged me personally. If you contribute a name (cast or crew) that ends with Jr or Sr, and it isn't formatted the way Invelos wants it to be, when the contribution comes down again it'll be changed.

For example, if you enter "Douglas Fairbanks Sr", it'll be changed into "Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. [Douglas Fairbanks Sr]". No biggie, but for some reason it bugs me when my contributions come back changed. So I decided to do the normalization of Jr and Sr right in CastCrewCheck.

So, now if you paste something like "Douglas Fairbanks Sr" into the program (or with comma and no period or vice versa), it will be changed to "Douglas Fairbanks, Sr." You can get the original spelling into credited as if you wish. Personally I find that stupid. It's not a different name, just a different formatting. Putting it into credited as has no useful informational value as far as I'm concerned. But, your choice. There is a setting for it.

CastCrewCheck 2.22.0
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Quoting scotthm:
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Then I'm really confused as to why this thread exists.  Just enter what  you want to and let the contribution process run its course.

Well, the reason I asked was that I wanted to find out what the general opinion among the community was on the matter. When our opinions clash I prefer to keep things local. But I feel that the best thing to do if one wants to keep Profiler alive is to contribute as much as possible.

Unfortunately, with just three users' opinions it doesn't give me much to go on. I guess I'll just keep my CoO's local when it comes to movies with no production studios.
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