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I recently updated my phpDVDProfiler, so that the new "features" items added by DVD Profiler 4.0 would be recognized.  Thought I'd post the relevant sections for each of the files I had to edit for those who also have phpDVDProfiler websites.  When updating your files and putting them in place you'll also want to make sure you have a full DVD Profiler XML file in place as you'll need to import the updated "schema.sql" file to your MySQL database, then performing a full update from your phpDVDProfiler website afterwards.  Enjoy!
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Click here for a PHP file containing the below.

index.php (DVD Profiler 4.0 features added.  Items sorted to match the order presented in DVD Profiler.)
$dvd['p_extras'] = (($dvd['featuresceneaccess']==1) ? ", $lang[SCENEACCESS]": '')
. (($dvd['featureplayall']==1) ? ", $lang[PLAYALL]": '')
. (($dvd['featuretrailer']==1) ? ", $lang[TRAILER]": '')
. (($dvd['featurebonustrailers']==1) ? ", $lang[BONUSTRAILERS]": '')
. (($dvd['featuremakingof']==1) ? ", $lang[MAKINGOF]": '')
. (($dvd['featurecommentary']==1) ? ", $lang[COMMENTARY]": '')
. (($dvd['featuredeletedscenes']==1) ? ", $lang[DELETEDSCENES]": '')
. (($dvd['featureinterviews']==1) ? ", $lang[INTERVIEWS]": '')
. (($dvd['featureouttakes']==1) ? ", $lang[OUTTAKES]": '')
. (($dvd['featurestoryboardcomparisons']==1) ? ", $lang[STORYBOARDCOMPARISONS]": '')
. (($dvd['featurephotogallery']==1) ? ", $lang[PHOTOGALLERY]": '')
. (($dvd['featureproductionnotes']==1) ? ", $lang[PRODUCTIONNOTES]": '')
. (($dvd['featuredvdromcontent']==1) ? ", $lang[DVDROMCONTENT]": '')
. (($dvd['featuregame']==1) ? ", $lang[GAME]": '')
. (($dvd['featuremultiangle']==1) ? ", $lang[MULTIANGLE]": '')
. (($dvd['featuremusicvideos']==1) ? ", $lang[MUSICVIDEOS]": '')
. (($dvd['featurethxcertified']==1) ? ", $lang[THXCERTIFIED]": '')
. (($dvd['featureclosedcaptioned']==1) ? ", $lang[CLOSEDCAPTIONED]": '')
. (($dvd['featuredigitalcopy']==1) ? ", $lang[DIGITALCOPY]": '')
. (($dvd['featurepip']==1) ? ", $lang[PIP]": '')
. (($dvd['featurebdlive']==1) ? ", $lang[BDLIVE]": '')
. (($dvd['featuredbox']==1) ? ", $lang[DBOX]": '')
. (($dvd['featurecinechat']==1) ? ", $lang[CINECHAT]": '')
. (($dvd['featuremovieiq']==1) ? ", $lang[MOVIEIQ]": '')
. ((strlen($dvd['featureother'])>0) ? ", $dvd[featureother]": '');


processskin.php (DVD Profiler 4.0 features added.  Items sorted to match the order presented in DVD Profiler.)
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureSceneAccess = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuresceneaccess']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeaturePlayAll = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featureplayall']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureTrailers = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuretrailer']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureBonusTrailers = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurebonustrailers']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureFeaturette = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuremakingof']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureCommentary = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurecommentary']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureDeletedScenes = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuredeletedscenes']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureInterviews = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featureinterviews']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureBloopers = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featureouttakes']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureStoryboardComparisons = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurestoryboardcomparisons']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureGallery = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurephotogallery']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureProductionNotes = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featureproductionnotes']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureDVDROMContent = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuredvdromcontent']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureInteractiveGame = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuregame']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureMultiAngle = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuremultiangle']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureMusicVideos = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuremusicvideos']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureTHXCertified = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurethxcertified']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureClosedCaptioned = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featureclosedcaptioned']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureDigitalCopy = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuredigitalcopy']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeaturePIP = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurepip']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureBDLive = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurebdlive']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureDBOX = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuredbox']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureCineChat = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featurecinechat']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureMovieIQ = " . JSTrueFalse($dvd['featuremovieiq']) . ";\r\n";
$retval .= "\tvar DP_FeatureOther = \"" . str_replace(array("\n",'"'), array('<BR>','\\"'), $dvd['featureother']). "\";\r\n"; // Line break fix.


rss.php (DVD Profiler 4.0 features added.  I didn't update this one fully.  Don't use this feature.)
case 'Features':
$tmp1=array('Scene Access','Play All','Trailers','Featurettes','Commentary','Deleted Scenes','Interviews','Outtakes/Bloopers','Storyboard Comparisons','Gallery','Production Notes/Bios','DVD-ROM Content','Interactive Game','Multi-Angle','Music Videos','THX Certified','Closed Captioned');
$tmp2=array('sceneaccess','playall','trailer','makingof','commentary','deletedscenes', 'interviews','outtakes','storyboardcomparisons','photogallery','productionnotes','dvdromcontent','game','multiangle','musicvideos','thxcertified','closedcaptioned');


lang_en.php (DVD Profiler 4.0 features added.  Items sorted to match the order presented in DVD Profiler.)
$lang['SCENEACCESS'] = "Scene Access";
$lang['PLAYALL'] = "Play All";
$lang['TRAILER'] = "Feature Trailers";
$lang['BONUSTRAILERS'] = "Bonus Trailers";
$lang['MAKINGOF'] = "Featurettes";
$lang['COMMENTARY'] = "Commentary";
$lang['DELETEDSCENES'] = "Deleted Scenes";
$lang['INTERVIEWS'] = "Interviews";
$lang['OUTTAKES'] = "Outtakes/Bloopers";
$lang['STORYBOARDCOMPARISONS'] = "Storyboard Comparisons";
$lang['PHOTOGALLERY'] = "Gallery";
$lang['PRODUCTIONNOTES'] = "Prod. Notes/Bios";
$lang['DVDROMCONTENT'] = "DVD-ROM Content";
$lang['GAME'] = "Interactive Games";
$lang['MULTIANGLE'] = "Multi-angle";
$lang['MUSICVIDEOS'] = "Music Videos";
$lang['THXCERTIFIED'] = "THX Certified";
$lang['CLOSEDCAPTIONED'] = "Closed Captioned";
$lang['DIGITALCOPY'] = "Digital Copy";
$lang['PIP'] = "Picture-in-Picture";
$lang['BDLIVE'] = "BD-Live";
$lang['DBOX'] = "D-BOX";
$lang['CINECHAT'] = "CineChat";
$lang['MOVIEIQ'] = "MovieIQ";


incupdate.php (DVD Profiler 4.0 features added.  Items sorted to match the order presented in DVD Profiler.)
$f .= ',featuresceneaccess'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATURESCENEACCESS'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featureplayall'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREPLAYALL'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuretrailer'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATURETRAILER'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurebonustrailers'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREBONUSTRAILERS'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuremakingof'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREMAKINGOF'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurecommentary'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATURECOMMENTARY'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuredeletedscenes'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREDELETEDSCENES'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featureinterviews'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREINTERVIEWS'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featureouttakes'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREOUTTAKES'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurestoryboardcomparisons'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATURESTORYBOARDCOMPARISONS'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurephotogallery'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREPHOTOGALLERY'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featureproductionnotes'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREPRODUCTIONNOTES'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuredvdromcontent'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREDVDROMCONTENT'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuregame'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREGAME'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuremultiangle'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREMULTIANGLE'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuremusicvideos'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREMUSICVIDEOS'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurethxcertified'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATURETHXCERTIFIED'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featureclosedcaptioned'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATURECLOSEDCAPTIONED'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuredigitalcopy'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREDIGITALCOPY'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurepip'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREPIP'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurebdlive'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREBDLIVE'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuredbox'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREDBOX'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featurecinechat'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATURECINECHAT'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featuremovieiq'; $v .= ','  . TrueFalse($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['FEATUREMOVIEIQ'][0]['VALUE']);
$f .= ',featureother'; $v .= ",'" . StringIfThere($dvd_info['FEATURES'][0]['OTHERFEATURES'][0]['VALUE']) . "'";


schema.sql (DVD Profiler 4.0 features added.  You'll need to import this file to your MySQL database again.)
featuresceneaccess tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featureplayall tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuretrailer tinyint unsigned default NULL, 
featurebonustrailers tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuremakingof tinyint unsigned default NULL, 
featurecommentary tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuredeletedscenes tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featureinterviews tinyint unsigned default NULL, 
featureouttakes tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featurestoryboardcomparisons tinyint unsigned default NULL, 
featurephotogallery tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featureproductionnotes tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuredvdromcontent tinyint unsigned default NULL, 
featuregame tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuremultiangle tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuremusicvideos tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featurethxcertified tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featureclosedcaptioned tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuredigitalcopy tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featurepip tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featurebdlive tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuredbox tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featurecinechat tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featuremovieiq tinyint unsigned default NULL,
featureother varchar(255) default NULL,
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Quoting Mark Harrison:
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To put it all in perspective, here are those as viewed on the phone.

DVD Profiler

mail

the photo

How I would normally view the photo.

See what you mean.  Will be great once iPhone X support is added.  Quite underwhelming when large portions above and below the app are not being used.
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Quoting Mark Harrison:
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Ok, if I've done this right, here's what DVD Profiler looks like on the X.  This is the full 5.8".  No notch showing.

And for reference, here's what an app that's been optimized for the X looks like.  This is also the full 5.8", no notch showing.

Finally, here's a picture zoomed in.  Again, full 5.8", no notch.  But when viewed on the phone that way, the top part of it is covered by a notch.

A little underwhelming when view as a rectangle. 

Cool.  Thanks for sharing.  Hopefully the next app update will address both the scaling issues and add support for the iPhone X.
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Quoting Mark Harrison:
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Quoting Lowpro:
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So since you own an iPhone X tell me, how accurate is the mock-up I did?  Well, aside from the arrows of course.  Also, when you take a screen capture with the iPhone X what does it look like?  How is the notch dealt with?  Is that area of the screen capture transparent or instead filled with the background of the given page as if the notch wasn't there?  Curious minds want to know!

Actually, you were fairly spot on.  The main thing you got wrong is that the app hasn't been updated for X support yet.  So sadly the screen doesn't extend to the top and bottom like you've shown.  Screenshots work like normal.  It's as if the notch didn't exist.  It's a full screen shot.  I'll see if I can upload a screenshot of the app in action.

So I'll guess we'll see how close I am once the app supports the notch.    And thanks for confirmation on what screen captures look like.  Sounds good to me.  The few screen captures I had seen prior to the phone being released had an empty space where the notch was, but I think those were taken from a simulator of some sort.
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Quoting Mark Harrison:
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Quoting Lowpro:
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DVD Profiler for iOS (Version 4.0.1) on the iPhone X.  Ascending/descending arrows present and accounted for.  Guess it was worth the $1000 I paid for this phone after all!

Okay, you got me.  Just kidding.  My evil Photoshop at it again. 

Not so quick there.  I'm on an iPhone X and I'm NOT seeing the arrows.  I'm not sure what you did to get the arrows to show up, but I'd like to know the secret.

Did you read the part I posted below the picture?    It was just a prank.    I don't even own an iPhone X.  I just created the image in Photoshop adding the arrows in the process.  Yes, I was that bored.    Turned out pretty good, so figured I'd post it just for fun.

So since you own an iPhone X tell me, how accurate is the mock-up I did?  Well, aside from the arrows of course.  Also, when you take a screen capture with the iPhone X what does it look like?  How is the notch dealt with?  Is that area of the screen capture transparent or instead filled with the background of the given page as if the notch wasn't there?  Curious minds want to know!
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Quoting Mike:
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wont that change the actual case type though?

Damn! Did't think about that ... ok let me look at BulkEdit ...

It won't if you filter by one case type at a time.  Filter by the particular case type, copy one of those profiles that doesn't have the slip selected, flag all the filtered profiles, paste the case type to the flagged profiles losing the slip while retaining the case type, unflag all profiles, filter by the next case type, rinse and repeat.
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DVD Profiler for iOS (Version 4.0.1) on the iPhone X.  Ascending/descending arrows present and accounted for.  Guess it was worth the $1000 I paid for this phone after all!

Okay, you got me.  Just kidding.  My evil Photoshop at it again. 
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Quoting cypher204:
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Thanks for the tips! I do have a mac. So a few things I can try here. That being said, I guess DVD profiler isn’t reading these forums to offer support as there’s still been no word from them...

They are probably stopping by to view the daily pictures posted in the dog and cat threads though.  That's really the only reason I visit the forums anymore. 
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Agree with LJG.  If the count is your focus then set the "Count As" value for each profile accordingly and you're good to go.  Whether the "Collection Number" is assigned a value or set to "None" is neither here nor there.  I'd also recommend using categories.  Create a category for "Movies" and one for "Television" making sure to select the option, "Include contents in owned collection", then moving each profile to its respective category, "Movies" or "Television".  This will provide for viewing the profiles and count separately or all together via the "Owned" category.
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Different strokes for different folks they say.  I create profiles for each individual disc and those are the only profiles that get a collection number, the count for each being set to "1".  All other profiles are considered box set profiles or holding titles as I like to call them.  They don't get a collection number, the count for those profiles always being set to "0".

I also never reassign collection numbers, because the collection number is used to index each of my discs.  I have a few friends that follow this method as well.  They store their discs in numbered sleeves rather than the original retail packaging.  Takes up less space that way.  You purchase a new Blu-ray, the disc goes in the next numbered sleeve which is also the collection number assigned to the disc level profile in DVD Profiler.

In my case I don't use numbered sleeves, the collection number instead corresponds with the changer slot the given disc resides in per my Sony 400-disc DVD and Blu-ray changers.  Reassigning collection numbers at any given time would defeat the purpose obviously.  The whole point of indexing each disc is so that they never need to be physically reordered.  Since the collection numbers are never reassigned that also represents in most cases the order in which each disc was added to the database in addition to always providing an accurate count of the physical number of discs.
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Quoting cypher204:
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Lowpro,

How did you roll back your app on the iOS for iPhone? I would love to do this! I was under the impression this couldn't be done once you upgrade.

-cypher204

Hi cypher204.  I probably should have mentioned that my iPhone isn't running iOS 11.  Still on iOS 8.  If it's not broken don't fix it so they say.  And more importantly, I didn't upgrade the iTunes application either which I'm running on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.  I'm running iTunes v12.6.2.20, the version just prior to Apple removing the AppStore and ability to manage apps from iTunes.  I also grab a copy of my "C:\Users\AlienM15x\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications" folder every couple months backing that up, so importing an older version of an app into iTunes for download to my mobile devices is always an option.

That being said, there is an application called Apple Configurator for macOS which provides for configuring and download apps to Apple devices.  Not sure if there's a version of the application for Windows.  Perhaps you're on macOS.  Also, DVD Profiler for iOS 2.1.6 is compatible with DVD Profiler 4.0 (Build 1762) for Windows.  I haven't seen any anomalies so far.  Well, my local DVD Profiler database doesn't include any UHD Blu-ray titles or any of the new "Features" items they added.  Not sure how DVD Profiler for iOS 2.1.6 would handle those things.  Cast and Crew sections still looking good.  What's most important for now obviously is being free of all the scaling issues with the latest version of DVD Profiler for iOS.  I'm whole once again now that I've got the "ascending/descending" arrows back.
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Quoting cypher204:
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So I’m having all the same sorting issues on my phonr...and I’ve shared this here already and with DVD Profiler support. Is anybody going to do somthing about this? I’ve had zero response and don’t see any responses here in these forums.

Is someone working to fix this???? At this point the phone app is more of a pain than an enjoyment without the use of these features. I’m constantly using ascending / decending to see my recent purchases.

Please provide a fix.

I'm constantly using the ascending/descending as well.  That not working is quite the deal breaker I agree. There are several additional scaling issues going on as well per my iPhone 6 Plus, one which after performing a search results in the search results moving to the top of the screen.  You can't see the search field anymore and the app won't allow you to scroll down to reveal it.  The only way to clear your search results at that point is to go back to the "Collection" page and choose one.  That being said, I rolled back to DVD Profiler for iOS 2.1.6 last night.  I was content with that version and will continue to be content with it.  I'll give the latest and greatest a try once these scaling issues are addressed.
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Sorry to hear of your issues Morn.  If I can add anything I think might help I'll be sure to chime in.  I just upgraded myself to DVD Profiler 4.0.0 Build 1762 and DVD Profiler for iOS 4.0.1 and so far no issues with syncing.  In my case I use the mobile app to view my collection only.  I don't make any changes from the mobile app.  I only bring down changes from PC to mobile.
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Perhaps create a new database within DVD Profiler for PC giving it the same name as the new database you created within the mobile app.  Make sure the new database is the one open within DVD Profiler for PC at that point, then perform the sync from the mobile app to DVD Profiler for PC.
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Quoting kazz:
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Quoting Lowpro:
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Running iOS 8.4.1 in conjunction with an iPhone 6 Plus.

Just updated to DVD Profiler for iOS Version 4.0.0.  Not seeing the ascending/descending options (up/down arrows to the right) within the "Sort Order" window.



The "Sort Order" window is also not centered under the "Sort Order" button.  Curious if others on a later version of iOS are seeing the same thing.


I'm on iOS 11.1 beta on an 8+ and having the same issue, however on my iPad 10.5" also running iOS 11.1 beta the issue isn't there so I'm assuming it's some sort of iPhone scaling problem in the app rather than it simply not being present in the app?

Yeah, I'd think so too.  The "ascending/descending" arrows must be getting pushed outside the visible area there.  They're present on my iPad also.  Just not my iPhone.  That being said, I decided this morning to upgrade to DVD Profiler 4.0.0 Build 1762 in addition to installing DVD Profiler for iOS 4.0.1 per my iPhone 6 Plus.  Once syncing my local database to the mobile app I'm still finding the "ascending/descending" arrows missing in action sadly, a crucial function I use all the time.  The "Sort Order" window is centered under the option now though and centered for all views.  Not exactly the progress I was looking, but I'll take it.

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Quoting AiAustria:
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Quoting Lowpro:
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I then make it my own customizing the profile data and adding my own cover art which is always at 300dpi and sized to 1034 pixels in height.

1034 pixel in heght are:
• 136 dpi for slip covers
• 144 dpi for DVDs
• 177 dpi for BDs

From my point of view it is not useful to adjust the size of content to any currently available device. Devices are due tu change and current processing power is fair enough to resize the images on the fly. Especially on phones the screen is oriented in portrait mode most of the times, which is a resolution of 1080x1920, which is totally incompatible to all your calculations...

All I've done is adopt a higher standard than the "Invelos, 500 x 700, whichever comes first" approach, a higher standard that's far more appropriate to the here and now and will continue to be so for many years to come.  Whether said standard happens to cater to any currently available devices is completely beside the point.  What's the alternative, the "Invelos, 500 x 700, whichever comes first" approach?  What exactly does that cater to?  And I must say, I find your reply rather odd.  Totally incompatible to all my calculations?  What calculations might those be?  Here.  I'll outline my process.  See below.

So take the cover art I just finished adding to DVD Profiler.  The full cover art was 3173x1762 (300 pixels/inch).  I created images files for the front/back portions which are 1515x1762 (300 pixels/inch).  I then created copies of those front/back cover images reducing the pixel dimensions of each to 889x1034 (300 pixels/inch) for use with DVD Profiler and My Movies.  I do this because I have no desire to store the original 1515x1762 (300 pixels/inch) cover images within DVD Profiler and My Movies.  Due to the number of profiles in my collection I prefer to keep the size of my databases and resulting backups performed in check. (The original cover art prior to reducing the pixel dimensions I keep backed up elsewhere.) I also host my own DVD Profiler based website, so I prefer to keep the amount of web space I'm using there in check also.  As I said, I've simply adopted a higher standard.  Rather than the "Invelos, 500 x 700, whichever comes first" approach which I find very inadequate, I've decided instead to go with a constant image height of 1034 pixels which by today's standards is far more appropriate and for my purposes, very practical.

The official Invelos cover art dimensions for this profile are 500x580 (72ppi).  My cover image dimensions are 889x1034 (300ppi).  Sounds like a win to me.  My cover images in this case are perfectly suited for use with the DVD Profiler and My Movies desktop applications where I'm using 24" inch monitors running at 1920x1200.  Examples provided below, no scrolling of the images or "Stretch to Fit" required to view the full size images.

DVD Profiler 3.9.1 (Full Size Image - Front):


DVD Profiler 3.9.1 (Full Size Image - Back):


DVD Profiler 3.9.1 (Image Comparison - Front | Invelos image on the right.):


DVD Profiler 3.9.1 (Image Comparison - Back | Invelos image on the right.):


The images are also perfectly suited for use with my HTPC and My Movies for WMC7 (the 10-foot interface I use in my home theater) which I run at 1920x1080.  All my Blu-ray discs are stored for playback in Sony BDP-CX7000ES 400-disc Blu-ray players.  When selecting the "Play" option within the interface My Movies for WMC7 powers on the particular Blu-ray player, then loads and starts playback of the disc.  I just have to manually select the proper Blu-ray player activity with my universal remote at that point per sending the picture to my projector, sound to my receiver and for control of the Blu-ray player obviously.  In any event, examples from the My Movies for WMC7 interface provided below.

My Movies for WMC7 (Titles):


My Movies for WMC7 (Details):


My Movies for  WMC7 (Front Cover):


My Movies for  WMC7 (Back Cover):


And here are some examples from the phpDVDProfiler based website for my Blu-ray collection. (Link action to the website available below in my forum signature.)

Blu-ray collection online. (Details):


Blu-ray collection online. (Full Size Image - Front):


Blu-ray collection online. (Full Size Image - Back):


And again, I'm just rolling my own.  That's the great thing about DVD Profiler as you aren't required to use the same profile data and cover art that everyone else uses.  Locally you can do as you see fit and in my case I've been running 24" inch monitors at 1920x1200 and a HTPC at 1920x1080 for the better part of 12 years or so and have every intention of continuing to do so for the next 12 years.  I'm heavily invested in the Blu-ray format (1080p).  It will be at least 3-4 years before I consider upgrading what's required to enjoy the Ultra HD Blu-ray format as well.  Even when that day comes though, I'll still be collecting Blu-ray's and will continue to run Movies for WMC7 at 1920x1080 so no, the prospect of new technology, faster processors, higher resolution screens and so forth will not impact the way I'm generating my front/back cover images.  They don't need to be any taller than 1034 pixels and if at some point I deem they need to be I always keep the original front/back cover images backed up, a set already named as they need to be for DVD Profiler.

As for the mobile apps, my cover art displays within the mobile apps without issue naturally, my use of the mobile apps being limited to viewing my collection only.  Any changes I make to my databases are done strictly from the desktop applications, the mobile apps in turn being updated across my local network, so that they always reflect my local databases, the "Max Image Resolution" option set to "Unlimited".  Examples provided below from my iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.4.1.

DVD Profiler for iOS Version 2.1.6. (Titles):


DVD Profiler for iOS Version 2.1.6. (Details):


DVD Profiler for iOS Version 2.1.6. (Front Cover):


DVD Profiler for iOS Version 2.1.6. (Back Cover):


I'll mention this as well with respects to DVD Profiler and cover images.  Within DVD Profiler there are several ways to add cover images to a profile.  I never use the actual application to add my 300ppi cover images though as it always results in the given image being knocked down to 72ppi.  Dithering takes place as a result which is particularly evident with larger cover images.  As such, I simply create a copy of the cover image I'd like to add, name it accordingly, then dropping it in the appropriate folder (C:\Users\AlienM15x\Documents\DVD Profiler\Databases\Default\Images) which prevents DVD Profiler from molesting it first.  I've been following this method for several years now without issue.  Doesn't matter whether the application is actively running or not.  Example provided below of the dithering I'm talking about.

DVD Profiler 3.9.1 (Added using the software.):


DVD Profiler 3.9.1 (Added outside the software.):
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The standard used at every cover art website I've ever been to is 300dpi.  That's what I go with as well.  My full scan may not start at that, but the resulting front/back cover images always do.

As for the cover art that's part of the official Invelos title profiles, personally I have zero use for them.  The cover art is way too small.  If this were 20 years ago, sure.  A couple decades ago it was common for the average user to be running a 15-17 inch monitor at a resolution of 1024x768.  Those days are long gone however.  The Invelos cover art by today's standards might as well be thumbnails and I say that because thumbnails aren't intended to retain every little detail and neither does the Invelos cover art.  It's so small that much of the smaller textual details (and even medium size textual details in some cases) on the back portion are either difficult to read or the detail required to be legible is simply gone due to the original image having been sized down so small and/or of poor quality.

I also don't care at all for the front/back portions of slip covers being used instead of the actual cover art.  Every time I download a profile it more times than not is using the front/back of the slip cover.  To each his own, but I think that's stupid.  The credit block in nearly all cases is not present on the slip cover, but is on the actual cover art.  The UPC code more times than not is also not included on the slip cover.  More times than not there is a cutout in the slip cover revealing the UPC code area on the actual cover art and a small portion around it.  I use my cover art for more than just DVD Profiler and again, to me it just looks dumb.

That being said, the greatest thing about DVD Profiler is that it provides the freedom to roll your own.  You aren't tied at the hip to the Invelos Online Database with every little thing you do locally as you are with a product like My Movies which I also use.  I only use the Invelos Online Database to download a given profile for the first time if available.  It's a time saver.  That's all.  From there I lock the profile down never allowing the Invelos Online Database to update my local profile.  I then make it my own customizing the profile data and adding my own cover art which is always at 300dpi and sized to 1034 pixels in height. (Use of the mobile apps is kept local as well.  Any changes to my collection are always made from the desktop application, the mobile apps then being updated across my local network.  I only use the mobile apps to view my collection.)

Whether it's a DVD or Blu-ray cover I always go with a height of 1034 pixels.  It provides consistency across my entire collection and is the optimal size for my purposes.  When viewing the covers full screen from my computer (24" inch monitors running at 1920x1200) no scrolling is required to view the entire image, no "fit to screen" is required either.  The 1034 pixel height also just happens to be the size that covers are displayed full screen at within My Movies for WMC7.  Projected at 120" diagonal from 16 feet away the image quality is so clear when viewing the back cover art that I can easily read the description of the film all the way down to the smallest textual based elements.
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For anyone interested, feel free to check out the phpDVDProfiler based website I use for my Blu-ray collection.  Link action available below in my forum signature. (Best viewed with a conventional browser on a desktop or laptop at a desktop resolution of 1920x1200.)  The phpDVDProfiler based website utilizes my local DVD Profiler database and cover images of course.  It's great that Invelos provides an online view of our collections.  It's much more fun to roll your own though.
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Running iOS 8.4.1 in conjunction with an iPhone 6 Plus.

Just updated to DVD Profiler for iOS Version 4.0.0.  Not seeing the ascending/descending options (up/down arrows to the right) within the "Sort Order" window.



The "Sort Order" window is also not centered under the "Sort Order" button.  Curious if others on a later version of iOS are seeing the same thing.
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Very nice plugin.  I need to get out more often.  Rock on! 
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Basically: Unless you have to, never ever switch into the Cover Images tab when editing a profile or it will re-compress your cover images.

Nonsense as usual.

Agree with bbbbb on this point.  Well, not in the way it was delivered anyway.

I can make any number of edits to a profile clicking in and out of the "cover scans" tab in the process.  Short of actually changing the "media banner" options the images remain untouched in the "Images" folder.  It's only the thumbnails that I find regenerate automatically and that happens no matter what when editing a profile.  At least that's what I see taking place.
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Unfortunately DVD Profiler reduces the quality of the cover images when importing them, irrespective of whether you have the "Edit Cover Images->Adjust Compression->Quality" option set to "100".

Profiler also destroys your images if you just change the Media Banner option On/Off/Automatic.

Ah, hadn't noticed that.  My preference is to never use media banners.  When downloading a profile the first thing I do is turn media banners off.  I then update the profile data to my liking, import my cover art and lock the entire profile down.  It's at that point that I replace the cover images outside the application with my unspoiled 300dpi ones. Fun, fun, fun.

Something else I forgot to mention as well and DVD Profiler gets a gold star for this one.  Once I've replaced a given set of cover images outside the application DVD Profiler doesn't jack with them when creating an alternate version of the profile or copying and pasting the cover image "profile data" to another profile.  It just copies the physical image files and renames them accordingly.  As such, to save time I just make sure to have my 300dpi cover images in place before performing either of those operations.

The most common example of this for me would be where I've downloaded a profile for a season of a TV show.  If the disc level profiles haven't been created yet I get my 300dpi cover images in place first before duplicating the parent profile.  If the disc level profiles were already created I get my 300dpi cover images in place for any one of the profiles, parent or child, then copying the cover image "profile data" from there to the other profiles.  Bada bing, bada boom.
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I've started substituting Hi-Res images into Documents\DVD Profiler\Database\Default\Images in place of the low-res images in there (giving each the same name as the one being replaced).  I have a large collection.  Do I have to be wary of any processes in your software which could undo this work by putting the low-res images back in there again?  Sorry to be paranoid but it would be a lot of work to have overwritten.  Thanks.

I can speak to this as well as I routinely replace the image files in both the "Images" and "Thumbnails" folder for my Blu-ray database.  My Blu-ray database presently consists of 2,290 profiles (1,958 discs) and in each and every case I've replaced the cover art that's part of the official Invelos online profiles with my own local images, both the full size images and thumbnails.

For me it's a two step process.  Step one is to import my cover images using the methods available within the software.  I'll either copy and paste my cover images directly into the profile I have selected or import them via the "Edit Profile->Cover Scans" or "Edit Cover Images" options.  Unfortunately DVD Profiler reduces the quality of the cover images when importing them, irrespective of whether you have the "Edit Cover Images->Adjust Compression->Quality" option set to "100".

All of my cover images are sourced from high quality scans of the original cover art or instead are customs I've created myself or downloaded.  They're all 300dpi and sized down to a constant image height of 1034 pixels which I find optimal for a number of reasons.  As I said though, DVD Profiler degrades the image quality when importing them.  The dimensions of the given image remain the same naturally, but DVD Profiler cuts the DPI down from 300 to 72.  This results in dithering which is quite significant with respects to the smaller details on the back portion of a given cover, smaller textual based elements, thin outlines surrounding a block of text, things like that.  That's why I have step two.

Step two is where I'm replacing the imported images after the fact from outside the application with my own.  Importing them to start with is just a quick and easy way to generate the files within the "Images" folder, that way there's no question as to how the files should be named.  So once imported (72dpi), I take a copy of my original files (300dpi), rename them accordingly, create a duplicate set, drop one set in the "Images" folder replacing the ones already there, then taking the other set and resizing them (170x199) for use as thumbnails dropping them in the "Thumbnails" folder.  Done deal.

In any event, it may sound like a lengthy process to some, but it literally takes me 5 minutes at most from start to finish, i.e. from full cover scan to having my 300dpi images nestled snugly in the "Images" and "Thumbnails" folders.  And when adding a number of profiles at the same time I've got actions setup in Photoshop where with the click of a mouse I can resize images in bulk, both the full size images and thumbnails.  Should note as well that there's zero impact on the DVD Profiler application when replacing image files outside the application.  Just keep in mind that if you have a profile selected and actively replace the images for that profile outside the program you will have to click off the profile, then back on it again to see the updated images.

As for taking steps to ensure DVD Profiler doesn't overwrite your local images once in place, that's simply a matter of locking down your cover images or the entire profile after initially downloading it.  That being said, there's one exception as DVD Profiler does regenerate the thumbnails for a given profile any time the given profile is updated in any way.  As such, it's not a bad idea to keep a separate copy of your "Thumbnails" folder in the event you decide you'd like to copy and paste it overwriting the one DVD Profiler uses.

In my case I keep a separate copy of my "Images" folder as well.  I've got copies of each folder online also as I host my own DVD Profiler based websites.  If interested feel free to check them out.  Link action below in my forum signature. (Not mobile device friendly. Best viewed with a conventional computer and Internet browser that supports frames.)  I keep one database for my DVD collection and another for my Blu-ray collection.  Have websites for each which reflect my local databases and cover art, the website for my Blu-ray collection being the only one that currently offers the full size images as well.
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... lets face it  overall ., DVD sales are pretty well dead ...

thoughts?

While it's true that disc sales are declining, I wouldn't exactly call $5.4 Billion in sales (2016) a "dead" market.

Exactly.  Oh my.  Physical disc sales are declining.  Only $5,400,000,000 in sales last year.  Hardly even worth the bother.
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DVD Profiler isn't dead or hibernating as far as I'm concerned.  It does a more than respectful job of cataloging my physical DVD and Blu-ray collection and will continue to do so, irrespective of what updates may or may not come in the future.  I also have no interest in digital downloads.  I own 4,193 DVD's and Blu-ray's and have yet to redeem a single digital download.  For those that find value in digital downloads knock yourself out.  Color me not interested.  I have no interest in purchasing and cataloging digital downloads and no interest in discussions about digital downloads quite frankly.

Do you realize a lot of movies are available for online streaming or download only (in HD, to boot) and are not or has never been, or even never will be, on disc, let alone Blu-ray?  If you love old or non-mainstream movies, you must know this.  A lot of those titles are so obscure that disc releases are probably very unlikely.  That is especially true for Blu-ray, since Blu-rays are more expensive to make.  For instance, a ton of Shaw Brothers martial-art flicks have been released in *HD* on iTunes, Amazon, and Youtube.  Good luck waiting for Blu-rays for those titles.  They don't get or may never get Blu-ray releases even in their native Hong Kong.  Among western films, there are several Hitchcock silent films that are available for HD streaming, but no Blu-rays.  Then you have 20th Century Fox that celebrated its 100th anniversary by releasing 100 titles only digitally.  That's just at the top of my head; there are a lot more.  Just sign up Netflix for a month and you will find untold number of films and TV shows in HD streaming but not on Blu-ray and never will be.  I'm not telling you to give up discs, since I still buy lots of discs myself.  But DON'T IGNORE STREAMING just because of some silly personal principles.  Have an open mind and you will only benefit yourself, instead of limiting yourself only to discs, which will only result in you having fewer chances to see certain movies than you would otherwise.

I own over 4,000 DVD's and Blu-ray's.  Do you really think I need enlightened?  Please.  Of course I know there are titles which are only available via digital downloads and/or streaming, many of which may never see the light of day on DVD or Blu-ray.  Even so, there are still more titles available currently on DVD and Blu-ray than I'll ever have the time to watch in my lifetime, not to mention any future DVD and Blu-ray releases, both catalog titles and new releases.  That being said, I'd really suggest you read my words more careful.  Don't ignore streaming because of my silly principles?  Have an open mind and I'll benefit myself?  Really?  What I said was that I have no interest in "purchasing" and cataloging digital downloads.  That type of "collecting" doesn't interest me.  If I miss out on various titles as a result so be it.  Worse case, I'm left with more time to enjoy other things in life.  As for streaming, I never even mentioned streaming.  For the record, I've been a member of Netflix since the service was first debuted, both for physical rentals and then streaming as well once it was offered, my use of streaming strictly limited to content not available for rent or purchase on DVD or Blu-ray.
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I'll leave it to others to speak to how the online database should have this profile named.  Not familiar enough with the contribution rules as it relates to double features.  That being said, the profile in question already exists, so here's an idea.  If you prefer a different naming just change it, lock the title data down and move on.  What does it matter if the current title doesn't best represent the contribution guidelines?  What does it matter what the collective thinks?  It's your collection.  Make it your own.  Personally I'd name the profile, "Peanuts Double Feature: Snoopy Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown", then adding disc level profiles for each feature.  Again, whether that complies with the contribution guidelines is beside the point.  I have no desire for my collection to be a mirror image of the Invelos online profiles available for all to download/update and as long as I don't contribute something that falls outside the contribution guidelines no harm, no foul.
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