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Tool: CommonNameScanner
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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CommonNameScanner 1.0

Do you find it important that cast/crew in your collection link correctly? Then you are probably interested in finding common names. This is a program that scans your collection (via an XML export of it) in order to find where common names may be needed.



It shows potential common names. But you must still make sure that the names found are the same person. Actor William L. Thomas is sometimes credited as Bill Thomas. But that doesn't necessarily mean that he is the same Bill Thomas as the Costume Designer of that name. Probably not.

On the other hand, Franco Groppioni and Francesco Groppioni would most likely be the same since they are both credited as Sound.

You can hide entries, exclude entries, sort entries, filter entries etc. It's all explained in the help file. You can also save the result to a .csv file that can be loaded into a spreadsheet, if you prefer to work that way.
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DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile Registrantmediadogg
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Wow!
Thanks for your support.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar Contributorhydr0x
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Is this a replacement for http://gsyren.ownit.nu/NameCheck/NameCheck.html ?

FYI, I think there's also an old tool by another plug-in/tool dev that more or less does the same thing. I can't check what it's called right as I'm not at my main pc, but I know it uses HTA html files

Edit: It might be CLT, it's definitely by goodguy
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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Quoting hyrd0x:
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Is this a replacement for http://gsyren.ownit.nu/NameCheck/NameCheck.html ?

No, I wouldn't say so. Unlike NameCheck this uses the common name thread to find possible common names. Different approaches to the same problem. You decide which is more useful to you, or use both.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar Contributorhydr0x
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Ah, I see, thanks for the clarification.

I now found which tool I meant: It was called NameVariants and is indeed by goodguy. The crazy thing about it is that it actually allows you to change the profile credits from within the stand-alone application.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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I think I should try to clarify the different approaches to better linking:

1. Collate the names and Credited-as names in you collection in order to help create better linking locally. This is what NameCheck does, and - I believe - also goodguy's NameVariants. Maybe DJ Doena has done something like this, too. I'm not sure.

2. Screenscrape the result from the CLT, and then access the profiles for each hit in order to weed out the different persons that "hide" under that name. This is what CLTBoss + CLTinfo does, and also what goodguy's Credit Lookup Plus does.

3. Access the data from the common names thread and compare them to the names in you collection in order to let you update your profiles to use common names, whether it's needed for linkage in your collection or not. Using common names is mostly for the benefit of the online database so that downloaded profiles have correct linkage. This is what CommonNameScanner is used for.

Unfortunately goodguy left the community a long time ago, and I don't know if his programs are available for download anymore. I'm not even sure if Credit Lookup Plus works any longer. I think it needed the old Internet Explorer.

There may well exist other tools or plugins that I have overlooked. Feel free to chime in if you know of any.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar Contributorhydr0x
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Thanks a lot for the explanation
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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CommonNameScanner 1.1

It occurred to me that it might be useful if it was easier to scan just one profile (or a few profiles) without having a fully up-to-date export file. You might want to check a newly updated profile before you contribute it, for example.

So this version includes Scan flagged profile(s). This will automatically create a temporary export from just the flagged profiles and load that. That's a really quick way to check your profile before contributing.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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I forgot something ... 

In order to set focus on DVD Profiler from CommonNameScanner I use the main window title to identify it. So right now
Scan flagged profile(s) only works if that title is exactly Invelos Software DVD Profiler.

Some translations change that title, and I had intended to make it configurable in CommonNameScanner. I forgot. Sorry about that. However, I hesitate to create a new version and release it unless someone actually needs it.

So, if you want to use CommonNameScanner together with a DVD Profiler translation that has a different main window title, just let me know and I'll happily fix that.
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Gunnar
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