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Push come to shove you can always create a backup of your database, uninstall DVD Profiler checking to ensure none of the program files were left behind, then reinstall and restore your database.  That should correct the issue I would think.  Hopefully there's a quicker solution for you though.  Perhaps others will chime in.  Good luck.
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I've found the software to be tempermental at times when going back and forth between databases.  And even it I didn't find this to be the case, I wouldn't recommend separate databases for what you're looking to do, Obertc.  Creating "Custom Collection Categories" as Ruben mentioned is the best approach.  The built-in categories are "Owned", "Ordered", "Wish List" and "All".  In my case I hide the "Ordered" and "Wish List" categories.  The custom categories I created are "Concerts", "Documentary", "Movies", "Musicals" and "Television", the contents of each category set to be included in the "Owned" category as well.  For good measure I also use the "Television" genre with all my Television profiles.  I rarely filter by the "Television" genre, but it never hurts to have the option.  I actually host my own phpDVDProfiler based website, so feel free to hit up the link below in my forum signature if you'd like to check out the online version of my local database which includes all the "Custom Collection Categories".
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I download a profile for the first time, check it over for accuracy, update it locally "as I see fit" and completely lock it down.  Done deal.  I've been following this practice since day one.  I don't allow the Invelos online database to update my local profiles.  Never have.  I can update my local profiles myself if need be.  I don't want someone else's updates.  I have no desire for my local profiles to mirror the ones available in the Invelos online database or vice versa.  And if I ever need to restore my database I do so locally.  Works for me anyway.
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Quoting Vassilis:
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ok i got a refresh, still my new DVD just purchased is not on the list, as many previous ones. I have for the past years adding different format or languages just to get in to my collection. We all just preserving a dead software.

So yes. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Your new DVD isn't on the list?  Well add it.  Why do you expect someone else to have bought the DVD and added it?  It's your collection.  You bought the DVD.  Add it to your local database.  And by the way, the fact you have to put the work in doesn't make this software dead.  There's nothing wrong with the software.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Quoting Lowpro:
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I don't need the Invelos online database for that.  Am I missing something?  What fatal thing is supposed to happen if the Invelos database is taken offline?

The recent post by QBI2 drew me back to this thread and noticed your post. You might have already done this by now, but the easiest way to answer your question would be to try using the program for a month on a computer that has no internet. I think some things that you take for granted will start failing. The obvious ones are profile contributions and updates, adding new DVDs and the CLT. But some of the internal metadata that the program uses is often refreshed, such as the relationship between Localities and Rating classifications. Third party plugins work only for registered users. Registration information is kept on the server, so if for some reason your PC cookies get trashed (and you forget your password), there will be no way to use the Desktop plugins and advanced features (I think ...). There is probably other stuff I forgot or don't know about.

I am thankful for every day that somebody is paying to keep the servers (plus Google and Apple store fees) going and the contributions reviewed and approved. It is not cheap. If money were the problem, I think they would ask for some, and like many others, I would be happy to support them. Something else is probably wrong, and it makes me sad to think about it.

I've used DVD Profiler offline for thousands of hours over the years.  Never encountered any issues.  There is no online authentification.  There is no logging in to the software.  At no time will the application stop working, because it insists on accessing the Internet.  If the online servers were to go away tomorrow I'll still be able to perform a fresh install.  I'll still be able to register the application.  I'll still be able to restore my local database.  I'll still be able to add and edit titles locally.  I'll still be able to enjoy the mobile apps. (I have mobile devices I'm keeping on lower versions of iOS just for DVD Profiler.)  I'll still able to browse my collection online as I host my own DVD Profiler based website.  Obviously features that require access to the Invelos online severs will not be available, but I don't need any of those features.  Goodbye, DVD Profiler?  To each his own, but as far as I'm concerned DVD Profiler is here to stay, online servers or not, active software development or not.  And yes, I'd be the first one to pay for the application again or start paying a yearly subscription fee if that meant the product was being actively supported again.  There's nothing more I need or want this product to do.  I would drop my money down though as a show of support for the product and community as a whole.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Quoting mreeder50:
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... set the overview section to use HTML.

Try as I might, I cannot find this setting.


Navigate to the "View\HTML Windows\Edit\Edit HTML Sections" window.  Next add a HTML section via the "HTML Sections" tab.  Within the Section Name field on the left side perform a right click selecting the "New" option.  When doing so you'll receive the prompt, "Enter a unique name for this HTML section".  I named mine "Overview".  Once added it will appear in the Section Name field to the left.  Highlight it then entering what HTML you'd like to use for it in the right field choosing OK when you're done.  Below is an example of what I use. (Comes in especially handy with my TV series profiles as seen here.)

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<HTML>
<HEAD>
<STYLE type="text/css"> a {text-decoration:none;}
BODY {padding: 0px; margin: 0px; background-color: black;}
P {padding-top: 10px; padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px; margin: 0px; color: white; font: 10pt Arial;}
</STYLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY LINK="#FFFFFF" VLINK="#FFFFFF" ALINK="808080">
<p><DP NAME="OVERVIEW"></p>
</BODY>
</HTML>


You'll then want to be sure the HTML section you just created is selected, i.e. the HTML Window is visible within your layout.  To check on this navigate back to "View\HTML Windows" confirming that the HTML section you just created is listed below the "Edit" option and that it's checked. (And yes, your regular "Overview" window will still be visible.  You'll need to deselect it via "View\Windows".)
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Quoting scrumss3:
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I recently downloaded my collection to a new computer.

What do you mean downloaded your collection?  If you pulled your collection down from the online servers try restoring your database from a local backup instead.
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(My apologies.  I posted this in the wrong forum section.  What can I say.  It's been one of those days.  If a moderator would like to move the thread feel free.)
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This week "The Office: The Complete Series" was released on Blu-ray.  I spent the past couple days cataloging the release in both DVD Profiler and My Movies.  In DVD Profiler I created a profile for the release as a whole and profiles for each season and disc.  Within the "Overview" of each profile I included an "Episode List" and "Episode Guide" also detailing any "Bonus Features" that applied.  I obtained the episode descriptions from the flip side of the cover art.  It was quite tedious copying all the episode descriptions, but worth it in the end.  I just need to check for any spelling errors. (I only looked down at what I was typing if it felt like I had a bad keystroke.)  I also scanned the retail packaging and cover art for each season working up front and back cover images.

As seen from my DVD Profiler based website...

(Not mobile device friendly as the website uses old school frames.  If viewed from a mobile device I suggest performing a press and hold of a given profile from the left pane selecting the option to view the profile in a new tab.  Works well.)

As seen from My Movies for Windows Media Center...
(URL's provided below to the profiles I worked up for each season for those so inclined.)

The Office: The Complete Series


The Office: Season One


The Office: Season Two


The Office: Season Three


The Office: Season Four


The Office: Season Five


The Office: Season Six


The Office: Season Seven


The Office: Season Eight


The Office: Season Nine


That being said, a friend of mine over at Blu-ray.com asked if I'd share the profiles I worked up with them as they also own DVD Profiler, so I went ahead and backed up just those profiles uploading them to my web space.  Figured I might as well make the URL available to download here as well. (Click here to download the 83.6 MB file.)  Just be sure of course not to contribute any of the profiles as they don't follow the contribution guidelines, the "Overview" portions.  In any event, just thought I'd share.  Enjoy!
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Additional Note: To view my profiles as intended within DVD Profiler you'll need to create a HTML Window for the "Overview" section, then ensuring it's selected.  To do this navigate to "View\HTML Windows\Edit" then adding a "HTML section" entering the below for it in the right pane.
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<HTML>
<HEAD>
<STYLE type="text/css"> a {text-decoration:none;}
BODY {padding: 0px; margin: 0px; background-color: black;}
P {padding-top: 10px; padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px; margin: 0px; color: white; font: 10pt Arial;}
</STYLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY LINK="#FFFFFF" VLINK="#FFFFFF" ALINK="808080">
<p><DP NAME="OVERVIEW"></p>
</BODY>
</HTML>

Well, the above is what I use.  You can modify it to your liking of course. 
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Seasons 1-4 of The Office available on Blu-ray for the first time via this complete series set.  Physical media for the win baby!
















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Quoting GeneinOrlando:
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I have plenty of memory, 8 gb and I added an SSD drive to speed it up.

Gene

My Collection

Is 8 GB your limit?  I upgraded from 8 GB to 16 GB of memory a while back.  There's a notable difference and my laptop only supports 8 GB supposedly.  My bios still only reports 8 GB, but Windows 7 64-bit reports all 16 GB.  Very nice performance increase, enough so I shelved the idea of purchasing a new laptop.  There's simply no need now.  It doesn't break a sweat now compared to before.
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Quoting tsm431:
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Looking at the titles in your collection you appear to have a entry for each disc in your collection. As an example: "The Bible: The Epic Miniseries", which has 4 discs in the set, you have a different entry for each disc (as if it were a movie box-set with 4 different titles), instead of just having the The Bible Miniseries as one entry with the 4 discs listed as part of that entry. For large collections you might want look how to minimize the number of entries.

Profiles for each disc is very common.  I do the same as it provides for being able to mark individual discs as watched (borrowed, returned) versus only being able to do so for the given title as a whole.  This comes in especially handy with TV series releases.  It makes keeping track of what discs I've watched and haven't watched so much easier.
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Via the Cast/Crew Edit 2 plugin you can pull "cast" and "crew" data from IMDB, then pasting the data directly into profiles from DVD Profiler for PC.  The other data you can enter in manually.  Does not take that long.
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Thanks for the update DJ!
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Same here.  Well, "Cast" data is pulling just fine.  No "Crew" data though.
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As seen from My Movies for Windows Media Center...


I purchased this as well.  Don't have my copy yet.  Cataloged the release ahead of time based on the insert shown in an unboxing video.  And yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.  I still cataloged this per season despite 5 of the discs containing episodes that carry over from one season to another.  I also maintained the sequential numbering used for the episodes across the series as a whole (as will be seen from the Blu-ray menus) while also including the numbering per season.

As seen from the left pane of my phpDVDProfiler based website...


(Clicking on the image above will take you to my phpDVDProfiler based website.  It's not mobile device friendly though as the website uses old school frames.  If viewed from a mobile device I suggest performing a press and hold of a given profile in the left pane selecting the option to view the profile in a new tab.  Works well.)

And below are URL's to my parent profiles.  The "Overview" for each profile mirrors the given DVD release.  Also included within a given "Overview" are the Blu-ray "Special Features" that apply in addition to an "Episode List" and "Episode Guide" (with images) which serves as an excellent alternative to the insert included with the release.  And again, I still maintain the sequential numbering used for the episodes across the series as a whole while also including the numbering per season.

The Flintstones: The Complete Series


The Flintstones: The Complete First Season
The Flintstones: The Complete Second Season
The Flintstones: The Complete Third Season
The Flintstones: The Complete Fourth Season
The Flintstones: The Complete Fifth Season
The Flintstones: The Complete Sixth Season
The Man Called Flintstone
The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown!

And yes, I'm using the DVD cover art for each season and "The Man Called Flintstone" and the Blu-ray cover art for "The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown!".  Makes for a much nicer browsing experience if you ask me.

Pretty much all set at this point.  Love being able to hit the ground running once a given purchase arrives at my front door.  Once my copy arrives I'll be adding the Disc ID's, i.e. updating the "Disc Info" for each profile in addition to updating the disc level profiles identifying each by their Disc ID's instead.  I'll also be scanning the packaging as I need a better back cover image for the release as a whole.  Of course I cataloged this release for use locally.  Don't care how a given TV series release is organized.  I always break it down per season.  To each his own naturally.  Prefer to roll my own.
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I've got another option for you.  If Amazon sells the given release take their ASIN and convert it to the UPC.  Free converters can be found online.  I use this approach quite a bit when creating profiles for things I've pre-ordered where the UPC still isn't known.
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Is there some reason you can't enjoy your profiles locally?  Why is it so important to contribute them?  Enjoy your profiles locally, backup your local database in the event you ever need to restore it and move on.  How's that for a reaction?
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DVD Profiler for iOS offers a very small feature set.  There's also no suitable way to backup/restore the database residing on your iOS device locally.  As such, I only use the app to view my collection.  Any changes to my database I make exclusively from DVD Profiler for PC, then bringing the change down to DVD Profiler for iOS over my local network.  I also backup my local database on a regular basis keeping a copy in more than one place.  Following this approach I am not dependant on the Invelos online database for anything short of downloading a profile for the first time in the event I choose not to create the profile myself.

That being said, what you're looking to do can not be done from DVD Profiler for iOS.  It can be done very easily from DVD Profiler for PC however.  From DVD Profiler for PC you would just highlight the profile in question, then selecting the "Change UPC/Locality" option.  From there you'd be able to change the profile's ID from a "Manual ID" to one that uses the "UPC" or "Disc ID" instead.  If the "UPC" or "Disc ID" you set the profile to existed in the Invelos online database you'd then be able to fresh your local profile via the "Online/Refresh DVD from Invelos" option, so that it matched the official Invelos profile.
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I use DVD Profiler for iOS to view my collection only.  Any changes to my database I implement from DVD Profiler for PC, then performing a sync from DVD Profiler for iOS over my local network.  The one exception to this would be with respects to "Watched" status.  I do mark profiles as "Watched" from DVD Profiler for iOS in addition to updating my "Watched" tags, then syncing those changes over to DVD Profiler for PC.  Again though, aside from that all changes to my database are done from DVD Profiler for PC.  End result, doesn't matter what iOS version I happen to be running.  As long as said iOS version provides for browsing my collection properly within DVD Profiler for iOS I'm good.  I also benefit from the fact that my database is housed locally and backed up locally.  If the Invelos online database is ever taken offline I won't be impacted aside from the fact I'll have to create profiles from scratch going forward.  The same won't be true for those only using DVD Profiler for iOS.  Something to think about.
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With just under 5,000 profiles at present I could care less if the Invelos online database is available or not.  Once I download a profile I update it as I see fit, then locking it down.  I never need to download the given profile again and when going to add a new profile I can always do so manually if needed.  It doesn't take that long.  I also backup my local database on a regular basis making sure every few months that my latest backup is copied to several different systems, including my web space.  If I ever need to restore my database I do so locally.  I don't need the Invelos online database for that.  Am I missing something?  What fatal thing is supposed to happen if the Invelos database is taken offline?

To each his own, but I'm not interested in a new version of the application.  There's no reason to reinvent the wheel.  The application has all the data points I need.  I can arrange the layout as I see fit and customize the experience in a number of different ways.  There's all sorts of third party plugins and utilities available.  There's no online authentification which means all I need is my registration key when going to use the application for the first time after a fresh install.  I'm not required to log in to some online account (and maintain a connection to some online server) in order to use the application.  If Invelos ever closes up shop I'll be able to continue using the application for as long as I want.  Naturally I'm not opposed to Invelos resuming development.  At the same time, I see absolutely no reason look for a different solution.  Again though, to each his own.
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Quoting scotthm:
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More and more of my collection is winding up on my Plex server.  I think I have about 15 TB of video files on there so far.



Dell PowerEdge T430, very nice.  That's one sexy beast!

And speaking of storage capacity, I recently upgraded mine.  Well, my disc based storage.  Added a couple more Sony BDP-CX7000ES 400-disc Blu-ray Players to my setup.  Have 13 total now in addition to 6 Sony DVP-CX985V 400-disc DVD Players.  (Not counting the DVD changers) that's 260TB of disc based storage, 20TB per unit.  Well, if each disc were a maxed out BD50.





(See my Blu-ray.com forum post here to learn more about how I'm cataloging my collection, then in turn browsing for and initiating playback of a given disc.  I do touch on that here as well, a few posts back.  My recent Blu-ray.com forum post provides a more in-depth look though.)
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Quoting Bill MacNeill:
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Here is the link to the picture. Not sure why it will not show in message.


Looking good.  Physical media for the win!  And nice jukebox. 
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Episode selection equals Title selection.  Scene selection equals Chapter selection.  Disc menus for TV series on DVD/Blu-ray typically only offer Title (Episode) selection.  Rarely have I encountered Chapter (Scene) selection per Title (Episode) offered as well.  And yes, most TV episode titles include chapter stops.  The "Scene Access" feature is defined as Chapter selection being available from the disc menu though.
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With DVD Profiler for PC you can create as many custom media types as you want.  If you want something bad enough make it happen.  Put the silly mobile phone down, acquire DVD Profiler for PC and get to work.  You can then sync your DVD Profiler for PC database to your mobile device directly or through Invelos instead.
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