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DVD cataloguing software

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD discs' started by darkeeboy, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. darkeeboy

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    I apologise if this is the wrong forum, but after a trawl I couldnt find one that fit better...
    I am trying to find some free software for cataloguing (sp?) my dvds as I want to store them in a case (after a while these things take up a lot of room) but dont want to "forget" what I have as the spines wont be immediately visible. I have seen dvdprofiler but being stingy didnt want to pay for a glorified database... anyone use anything?

    TIA
     
  2. nnicol

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    You can get dvdprofiler for free. You just don't get all the features which to me is no big deal as the most important part, the listing of your discs can be done.
     
  3. Marc

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    yeah basically all you get by paying for dvd profiler is higher quality dvd cover images, the ad banner removed, and the ability to download beta versions of the software. not really worth the money imo
     
  4. lovemunkey187

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    The free version is definately worth every penny.......if you catch my drift.

    There's quite a few users of these forums have links to their collections as part of their sigs (incl.marc angelus and myself)
     
  5. Stuart Wright

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    It's often occurred to me to create an online application - part of the AV Forums - which is completely free to use and acts like DVD profiler.
    Having 20 years of computer programming experience would mean that the database and user interface side of things would be no problem.
    I might even be able to import from DVD profiler.
    The 2 big problems with this kind of project are keeping the DVD database up to date and identifying a sufficient market (i.e. interest) in such a thing. There's no use spending loads of time writing the thing if people prefer DVD profiler.
    So the question is :
    What features would you want and would you use it?
     
  6. Tejstar

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    To be fair Stuart, I’m not sure it would be a good idea. DVD Profiler is a wonderful piece of software, without speaking for others it does pretty much everything I would want it to do.

    However a Games Profiler would be brilliant! :thumbsup:
     
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    I use the Movie Collector from www.ollectorz.com. It's not free (although I'm sure you can get a "free" version on the internet) but absolutely brilliant. It downloads the DVD info straight from websites such as amazon.com, etc. with plenty of country specific sites as well as plot info etc. from imdb.com.
     
  8. Marc

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    actually this isn't too disimilar to something i was thinking about suggesting. I was thinking it'd be cool if there was a database of dvds on here so when you make your sales, wants or trades list, you could select the exact dvd you're selling from a database, and the people interested could click on it and get all the relevant info. At the moment i tend to do a play.com link on all my sales, but its quite time consuming.

    This would be great as a feature of the project you mentioned.

    Also, i would definitely be tempted to move away from dvdprofiler if the version you create lets you add a 24 boxset as 1 item, but counts it as 6 individual entities and 7 discs without having to enter each disc seperately. This way you could get a total of the amount of items, the amount if entities and the amount of discs you own.
     
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    MPK said

    I think you mean www.[B]c[/B]ollectorz.com. (I'm a DVDProfiler person myself).
     
  10. lovemunkey187

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    If you did do it Stuart then I'd be one of the people willing to use it.

    Although a cd version would be a better prospect(although probably require shed loads more work).
     
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    Can anyone advise me which is the better software between DVDProfiler and Collectorz. I need to start collating my DVD`s and had looked at DVDProfiler and since reading a post here earlier learned about Collectorz. Would appreciate any first hand advice.
     
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    I'm a complete numoty with all technical things but DVDProfiler is really easy use. To input the details just type the barcode number off of the back of the case and it does the rest.
     
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    Better still, grab a cheap barcode reader (a "cuecat" from ebay with the latest version of catnip) and you can fly through the inputting process. I put in 500 DVDs in under 2 hours last Saturday.
     
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    Dvd profiler is like a bit of a feathery light sponge to use isn't it though(a piece of cake)?
     
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    Sure - it's easy as pie (or cake). I just mentioned the cuecat because £10 spent on that meant I could the first trawl much quicker than if I'd manually typed the ean numbers in. Now it's just a simple task of keeping it up to date.
     
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    Haven't used Collectorz before so can't comment.

    However, can recommend DVD Profiler on its ease of use & software. I've only had problems once when the whole system went down for a while. Not had problems since though.
     
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    I think DVD profiler is great I just dont ever have the time to add and subtract my DVD titles dont think Ive updated mine in over a year. :)

    That barcode scanner sounds like a great idea might get one of those :smashin:
     
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    Yes Personally i'd love a profiler that listed games as well as DVD's :thumbsup: .
     
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    Tell me about it, I've got all mine listed on a spreadsheet which isn't the most efficient method :rolleyes:
     
  20. Marc

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    i just want something that can list boxsets properly online, my dvdprofile looked such a mess that i actually ended up deleting all the boxset contents for tv shows to make it look neater. wouldn't take a genius to have branching on the dvd list.
     
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    Ok , I bumped into someone at work who uses collectorz and had a look at it. Liked the look of it straight away and downloaded the full version last night. Have not had a chance to input anything in yet but will have a go tonight. Thanks for the advice I will let you all know how I get on.
     
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    :lesson:

    Spreadsheets are not ideal for keeping records, more for calculating sums and forecasting.

    You're better off using something like MS Access which is what I used to create a DVD databse a few years ago.

    I think people tend to use Excel as it seem simple at first to create 'lists of records' rather than setting up a proper db in Access.

    Now I use Profiler (paid for too). As a db developer myself I can appreciate the work that went into it so gladly paid the small fee for th 'full version'.
     
  23. shaithis

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    I use DVDProfiler and registered it......I thought 15 quid was a bargain TBH, although it does lack a little flexability...i.e. I cannot seem make custom categories...Owned, Ordered, Wishlist and Adult seem to be what you stuck with....

    I personally could do with a couple more sections.
     
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    DVD profiler is down for me right now.

    Is it the same for everyone else?
     
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    Does anybody know of any free software that you can use to catalogue your DVDs storing it off-line, not needing internet access?
     
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    I don't know how it would work offline, you need the access as new dvd’s are being released weekly.
     
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    Maybe title updates could be downloaded every once in a while to keep things up to date but generally I want to keep everything off-line.
     

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