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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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Another little tool, in case anyone is interested.

Background
I had noticed that some of the profiles in my collection, especially the older ones, often had inferior cover scans. That was especially true of the back covers for some reason. So I wanted a simple tool to find the covers in most need of updating.

What I did
I wrote a program that examined all images in my collection and sorted then by back cover width. Initially it just had the cover images and a "Next" button. But I found that I wanted to skip some profiles, but when I run the program again, I had to skip them again. And again. So I added a "Ignore" function that wrote the IDs to a file so I could skip them when I ran the program next time. And I added a "Prev" button (that does not check the Ignore file) so I could back up if I accidentally flagged something for Ignore.



I have been using this program for a while, and I have found many covers that needed updating, so I have scanned them and submitted them. I don't know if anyone else is interested in this program. It would probably be someone who had a  a scanner and lot of older profiles. And the time to do something about them.

I have not bothered to write a help file or create a web page for this program. But if anyone is interested in it, send me a PM and I'll return a download link.

BTW, you don't need HTTPJolie to use this program, but if you don't have it, the "Select in Profiler" button will be disabled.
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This is great GSyren!

I am for one very well interested in that tool!
Checking all profiles by hand is quite a pain.. so, yes, this would be a very nice addition!

Thanks!
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DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile Registrantspecise_8472
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hmmmm, wonder how hard it would be to add a scan function?

Would come in handy something like this for my Music plugin that has cover images. Has an HTML window that has a HTML player pointing to a playlist. Been ages since I looked at this, but I remember that I also had a function where you opened a profile and it plays the Theme.
Must dust this off.

Currently all my spare programming time has been developing a set of encoding tools for video.
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DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile Registrantmediadogg
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hmmmm, wonder how hard it would be to add a scan function?

Would come in handy something like this for my Music plugin that has cover images. Has an HTML window that has a HTML player pointing to a playlist. Been ages since I looked at this, but I remember that I also had a function where you opened a profile and it plays the Theme.
Must dust this off.

Currently all my spare programming time has been developing a set of encoding tools for video.

Nice idea. You can probably find Twain driver packages on NuGet.
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very interesting program.  i am sure i have some older profiles that could make use of this
DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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very interesting program.  i am sure i have some older profiles that could make use of this

You have a PM.
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very interesting program.  i am sure i have some older profiles that could make use of this

Security tip: probably not a good idea to expose your email address.
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I can see the use of that, but a few years ago, I ripped my entire collection to a NAS (which currently holds 10,4 TB of movies only, only video, best audio-track and danish subs (with a few exceptions) ripped to mkv), and when doing that, I also scanned every single cover and put it in DVDP.

And no, I do not watch the movies on my computer. Well, I sort of do - I have a computer connected my tv through my surround receiver, so I still get the full experience (without all the unskippable junk in the beginning of the discs).

Since then, whenever I got a new DVD/BR, first thing I do is rip it and scan the cover. These days, I only use my BR-player to play the occasional SACD... 

Edit: So, gave it a spin anyway and found that I've been living a lie - if found quite a few covers in pretty low resolution, so I guess I'll have to fire up the scanner when I've got the time... 

Thanks, Gunnar - you make a lot of usefull tools that I didn't know I needed! 
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Since a few users have shown interest in ImageTest, I have taken pity on the poor program and I have added some spit and shine, a help file and a download page.



Apart from some cosmetic improvements to the user interface, two new features have been added:
- Bypass ignore list
- Autoselect profile in DVD Profiler (in Settings)

Read all about it in the help file!

ImageTest 1.1
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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Ok, things are moving fast today.

AiAustria found a bug. The program crashed if a back image did not have a corresponding front image (or vice versa if you sort by front image). I never knew that this situation could occur, but now I have taken it into account.

AiAustria also suggested that images should be shown not resized when the program is maximized, so you could see their actual sizes. Well, I didn't want to force that, but I have added a new setting with that effect, for those who want it that way.

So, here we are now with ImageTest 1.2.0
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Very nice plug-in . But, it does not let you check the picture height. However, it got me thinking, that I could use "Windows Explorer" to display the DVD Cover image info, including; File Size, Dimensions, Height and Width. And as a bonus feature, you can sort the list of images, by any of those fields, in ascending or descending order.  Please see the screen capture below.

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For the purpose of this program, sorting by image height is not useful. Let me explain why.

DVD cases have well defined proportions. So if an image is less than full width, it will also be less than full height by the same percentage. So sorting by width or height would, in principle, yield the exact same result. In practice though it might vary slightly because cropping may not be exact. But for all intents and purposes it would be the same.

Then we have Blu-Ray and Ultra HD. Those cases have different proportions. They are shorter. And to complicate matters further, cover images come in two different sizes; standard cases have shorter images than other cases, like digibooks for example, or cases with slipcovers.

So, sorting by height really isn't useful. Sorting by file size might be interesting, though. I'll do some checking and see if it's worth implementing in ImageTest.
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I had nothing better to do while my washing machine was chugging away, so I implemented sorting by file size. It is not, in my opinion, as useful as sorting by image width, but it might be interesting anyway.

See the new checkbox "Sort by file size" in Settings.

ImageTest 1.3
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Quoting GSyren:
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For the purpose of this program, sorting by image height is not useful. Let me explain why.

DVD cases have well defined proportions. So if an image is less than full width, it will also be less than full height by the same percentage. So sorting by width or height would, in principle, yield the exact same result. In practice though it might vary slightly because cropping may not be exact. But for all intents and purposes it would be the same.

Then we have Blu-Ray and Ultra HD. Those cases have different proportions. They are shorter. And to complicate matters further, cover images come in two different sizes; standard cases have shorter images than other cases, like digibooks for example, or cases with slipcovers.

So, sorting by height really isn't useful. Sorting by file size might be interesting, though. I'll do some checking and see if it's worth implementing in ImageTest.

Thanks for creating "ImageTest 1.3" the sort by size works, but as you say "not as useful as sorting by image width".

I understand the different case types and different media types have different image sizes. But in most instances for any given profile the front and back covers should be the same size (or close to the same size). When the dimensions of the front and back covers are not the same there is usually a problem with one or both of the covers, it is usually poor cropping, especially on snapper cases. I like to have my front and rear covers close to the same size, it looks much better on my computer screen.

I guess what I am suggesting is having is having "Image Test" show the dimensions of both the front and back covers, as it gives the user more information about a pair of cover scans, and which cover front or back may need a correction.
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That makes sense. That goes on my to-do list. Now, if I have some more washing to do … 
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ImageTest 1.4



OK, this will be the last update today, I promise. Well, unless someone comes up with a really interesting suggestion, maybe.
But I really need to do something about my unwatched pile. 853 movies! 
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