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ProfilerQuery 3.23.0

I just added the same copy title functionality as in ProfilerMissing when a title is double-clicked..
See Settings:
No = No copying
Title = Title will be copied to clipboard
Original = Original Title - if available - will be copied to the clipboard, otherwise the ordinary Title.
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Ignorance is bliss, or so they say. If you think that's true when it comes to your DVD collection, then this is a cautionary tale for you.

I was looking at some older profiles, and noticed than some of them had very rudimentary crew information, often just director. So I thought I would see which ones needed fixing. I turned to my trusty know-your-collection tool (i.e. ProfilerQuery). I added a few selection criteria to filter out profiles that did not interest me, Television, Documentaries and a few others. And I ended up with this:



That should give me a manageable set of profiles to fix. Or so I thought. Holy crap! I actually got over 200 profiles.  At this point I could have walked away and said "Forget about it!" But of course I couldn't. So I added ^e!w as a command in the settings for ProfilerQuery. That would take me directly to the Profiler crew page when I double clicked an entry is the query result. I also started DJ Doena's Cast/Crew Edit, and I went to work.

I gathered crew info from IMDb for all those profiles. I tagged the profiles, marking that they have data from IMDb, so I wouldn't inadvertently contribute them before verifying the crew info against the actual credits. Even with the help of these tools, this took quite a bit of time. But eventually I got it done.

Now I checked how many profiles I had tagged as containing IMDb data. It wasn't just the ones that I had just worked on. I had quite a few others that I had added from IMDb earlier. So a quick check revealed that 334 (!) profiles contained IMDb data. No way am I going to dig out all 334 DVDs (or Blurays) and watch their credits to check them against the profiles. But on the other hand I can't just ignore all of them either. Just deciding which ones to fix will be a headache in itself, even before starting the fixing.

So if you have a large collection (like me), and you're a bit OCD about the details, beware! Ignorance is bliss!
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ProfilerMissing 1.13.0

A couple of new functions and setting:


You can specify that you want to search IMDb when you double click a title. This will use Original Title if available, otherwise Title.

You can specify that you want the title copied to the clipboard. This may be useful if you want to use some other program or webpage to search for data on the title.
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Quoting Danae Cassandra:
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I had a backup.  Unfortunately it is on the computer that is dead, and is from last September.

A backup isn't very much use if you can't access it when you need it. So you shouldn't have it on the same disk as your original database. If you have an external disk, or a disk that you can move into your new computer, that's fine. Otherwise keeping a backup copy in the cloud is a good idea. Google Drive is free up to 15 GB.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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... are you saying that Invelos requires the purchase of the PC version in order to backup the mobile database? I don't think that is true, at least it doesn't appear to be the way the products are marketed.

Well, I think the mobile Profiler apps are excellent extensions to the desktop program. But as stand alone applications I think they are ... wanting. The lack of a true backup is just one of several weakness.
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No suggestion, just an observation: The online collection is not a substitute for a proper database backup. Not that this knowledge will be of much comfort at this stage. 
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So, as far as I can tell, only these four songs were written specifically for the film:
- Grease
- Hopelessly Devoted to You
- Sandy
- You're the One That I Want

Does that sound right?
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Quoting Addicted2DVD:
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BTW... just curios. Is this for the new steelbook  box set with Grease, Grease 2 and Grease Live?

Nope, this is for the UK bluray only.
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I'm profiling the 40th Anniversary Bluray of Grease, and there is one thing that I am not sure of.

Quoting the song writer rules:
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Original Songs, written specifically for the film

Does this mean that the songs written for the musical that the film is based on do not qualify?
If so, does anyone know what songs, if any, were written specifically for the film?
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ProfilerQuery 3.22.0
Another update so soon? Well, whenever I make an improvement to ProfilerQuery (or indeed any of my programs), I feel that I should let my users take advantage of it right away. While the changes may seem unimportant to some, other may find them useful. Or maybe nobody cares? What do I know? Anyway ...



I have added two fields that you can use in Selection and Presentation:
Last Edited and Profile Timestamp.

Last Edited is fairly self evident. If you haven't edited the profile yourself, this is the time you added the profile to your collection.
Profile Timestamp is - as far as I have been able to determine - the time when the current profile was released from Invelos. If the profile is not downloaded from Invelos, the timestamp will show Dec 30 1899.

As with all datetime fields, the format is dependent on your Windows settings.

Finally, I have changed the way ProfilerQuery tells you if there is an update. Clicking "Update available" will open the About window that has a link to the download page. It's a bit less in-your-face than the current method that pops the About window right away. It's a bit late in the life cycle of ProfilerQuery, so will it ever be put into practical use? Only time will tell. I have believed more than once that there was nothing more to be done to a certain program, just to be proven wrong ...
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, Karsten, but ...

You're C# and WinForms, I'm VB and WPF. It's probably easier for me to roll my own, if I should give it a try. I'll take a look at it, though.
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When I read the thread about rescanning your collection I thought that it wouldn't be too hard to write a program for auditing your collection. I'm just curious as to how many people would be interested in such a program.

It should, of course, be able to check off profiles based on UPC so you could use a barcode scanner. But it should also be able to check off profiles manually from a list that was sorted by title or by collection number.

When you're done, the program should show you which profiles that have not been checked off. If you're using a scanner it should also be able to give you a list of UPCs that have been scanned but are not in your local database. If you are auditing manually I guess you would have to make such a list outside of the program.

If you have a large collection that is not sorted by title or collection number, then you would probably want to invest in a cheap barcode scanner, if you don't already own one.

So, any thoughts about such a program? Any takers?

EDIT: I just saw that Karsten has already done a DVD Inventory program, so I guess this would not be necessary,
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Ugh! I hate how Ken has messed up the database structure!

You would think that if a profile is flagged as boxset parent, it actually is a boxset parent with the properties you would expect that a true boxset parent has. But no! It can be part of a combo box, where the parent is actually a feature film. And now I learn that it can also be a feature film with one or more bonus films.

For querying and statistical analysis this is a bloody nightmare! 
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While going through my boxsets I came upon an anomaly.

The US Bluray for House of Wax (1953), UPC 883929-350964, has House of Wax (3D) as a parent profile and Mystery of the Wax Museum as a child.

This is structured like a combo box, but it's not a combo. It's two movies on a single disc. The fact that one is 3D and the other is 2D does not make it a combo.

This should either be profiled as a regular boxset with two movies, or - probably more correct- as one movie with the other listed under Other Features (which is also is, by the way) since it is not mentioned on the front cover and only listed under Special Features on the back.

Am I correct?
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Well, a quick check using ProfilerQuery tells me I have 29 boxsets that need to have original title removed.

Not sure if I should bother to contribute them unless there is something else as well. It's pretty much just a cosmetic correction, it doesn't add any informational value, and personally I dislike when I get updates like that. It's like, say, just changing double spaces to single spaces. In a wider contribution it's fine, but on its own it's just an annoying update.
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I think the rules make it clear that original title is for features, not for boxsets.
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I see many boxsets with a title like "Title A / Title B", and original title like "Original Title A / Original Title B".

This seems wrong to me. The actual boxset never had that original title. The boxset children should of course have their original titles, but not the boxset, in my opinion.

Thoughts?
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I was playing around with Statistics in ProfilerQuery and I discovered a couple of bugs, at the same time that I realized I had forgotten to document an important feature in Statistics in the Help file.

I'm sure I mentioned that feature somewhere in this thread, but it's quite some time ago, so I guess it may be useful to remind you of it. Double clicking an entry in Statistics will rerun the query with that criteria added. There's more to it, so please read about it in the updated help file. I put a lot of effort into making my help files easy to read. Even if you are familiar with ProfilerQuery you may find things that you didn't know.

The bugs that have been fixed are
- Statistics for Boxsets showed everything as "children" rather than "parents" and "children".
- Double clicking an entry under Audio Format resultet in no profiles found.

So now you can download ProflerrQuery 3.21.1.
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ProfilerQuery 3.21.0

Hm, seems I forgot to announce version 3.20, so this is for both that and 3.21:

- Fixed a problem with titles ending in a colon (which would probably be incorrect anyway)
- Added possibility to "lock" criteria in the Selection tab (see below)
- Added "Number of Media Types" to selectable criteria. Can be used to detect Combo boxes.

The lock feature is something I had use for myself. Not sure how useful it will be to others. But what it does is that it locks a selection criteria so that it is not removed when you click "Clear criteria". To use it, right click on a criteria and check "Locked". You can still remove it without unlocking it by clicking the Remove button (the minus button to the left). When locked, the criteria changes color to a light pink.

As for "Number of Media Types", a value greater than one should indicate a combo box.

If you are using mediadogg's PQPal (part of MyTools):

If you wish to use "Number of Media Types" in PQPal you need to update it first. You can wait for mediadogg to release an updated setup for it, or you can do it manually using the files in PqLib_120.zip.

Note though:
- You must exit DVD Profiler before you copy the files, or they will be in use.
- You must run Explorer as administrator, since the Program Files folder is protected by Windows.

The files should be copied to the MyTools plugin folder, which will usually be found at
C:\Program Files (x86)\DVD Profiler\Plugins\MyTools
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Quoting Corma:
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Maybe it's a temporary problem and goes away but this morning CCE2 isn't working anymore for the cast. I've tried a couple of movies and the cast is always empty. Crew does still work.

Probably another of IMDb's attempt to thwart CCE2 and similar programs. I'm sure Karsten will outwit them again. 
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The info was doing no harm

I beg to differ. For query and statistical purposes logical inconsistencies do harm.
So there can be two ways:
- Keep the database consistent and let those who wish to do so add/keep inconsistent data locally.
- Keep the database inconsistent and let those who care clean it up it locally.

Do I have to tell you which seems more rational to me?

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To be honest I couldn't give a whatsit

Great way to open an argument where you criticize the spirit of this site... 
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ProfilerMissing 1.12.0

A few tweaks:
- A setting that lets you specify Summary as the default tab when a file is opened.
- A setting that lets you enable/disable the popup checklist that appears when you double click a title in the Summary tab.
- Redesigned that popup checklist to make it more visible.
- Redesigned the Settings window.
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Quoting eommen:
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As I wrote before, DVDprofiler does not store any IMDB id

That is not quite true. You can submit Online Profile Links, and they become part of the online database. I believe that the IMDb search from within Profiler uses the info from the IMDb profile link if available. I have noticed that when such a link is present, the IMDb search goes directly to the title in question, but if there is no link, it goes to the search page using the (original) title.

That said, there is - as far as I know - no way to include that link in an export. It is definitely not part of the XML export, that much I know.
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Totally agree with T!M on this one.

One further argument: Including data that is not relevant will skew statistics.
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If the reciepts are stored in a common directory and named with the profile id, couldn't one design a HTML window to show them?
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