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Quoting scotthm:
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Quoting GSyren:
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If it's an uncut release and we put in rating details for a cut theatrical release, then those details could be grossly misleading.

Could be, but probably won't be.  If the theatrical cut is rated R for "whatever" it's not unlikely that there is at least as much of "whatever" in the unrated home video cut.

What about the reverse situation? For example if the rating details says ”mild violence” and the not rated cut has excessive violence. Everyone may not be looking for the worst.
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Quoting AndyEN:
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I like having them in there myself.

Yeah, but to me "I like having them there" is not a valid argument. Some people like having things in the Edition field, even though no edition is mentioned on the cover. We don't allow that. The Rating Details field has a specific function. It should be used for that.

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I think if a film's theatrical release was rated but the home video release is unrated it's OK to include the rating details of the theatrical rating.

That makes more sense to me than AndeEN's comment. But only if it's the same cut as the theatrical cut. And how do we know that? If it's an uncut release and we put in rating details for a cut theatrical release, then those details could be grossly misleading.
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I wouldn't hold my breath. Support seems pretty much non-existant at this point.

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They really need to enhance the iOS version on iPADs so it can do all of the same stuff.  No real reason why it can't.
We've been waiting a long time for some fairly serious bugs to be fixed, but no word from Invelos. Hoping for any major updates within the foreseeable future seems like wishful thinking.
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Quoting Proteus:
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there was a major Win 10 update
One should never underestimate Microsoft's ability to screw things up. However, if there was a general issue with Profiler and a Win 10 update then you can be sure that there would have been an uproar here ...
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Nothing (else) has been changed
If you only knew how often we used to hear that when I worked in software support many years ago.
"But you did this, didn't you?"
"Yes, but that couldn't possibly have anything to do with it, could it?"
Lesson learned back then - the only time you can be sure nothing changes is when the computer is turned off.

That aside, can I safely assume that you did a database repair? You didn't say. The repair can be run without starting Profiler. Search in the Windows start menu for Database Repair Utility if you don't know where to find it.

It would seem unlikely that it is a hardware problem since your PC is quite new, but still it might be a good idea to run some disk and memory diagnostics, just in case. And of course like mediadogg suggested, make sure that you have enough disk space (and memory).
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I have noticed that some NR titles in my collection still have rating details.
Sometimes these details are taken from the back cover, sometimes from other sources like filmratings.com.

I know that the rules say that you may take rating details from sources like that, but it seems incongrous to do so for NR titles. If a movie is not rated, then that is just some random description of the content, not rating details. As I see it, the rating details is an explanation to why the movie is rated the way it is. There can be no such explanation for a Not Rated movie.

Thoughts?
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Title with genre Adult show OK, but titles that have rating Adult do not. In fact, the ratings filter in iOS doesn't even include Adult. I hadn't noticed this before.

My opinion on the iOS Profiler is that it works excellently as an extension to the Desktop Profiler, but is really limited on its own.

I know this is not what you want to hear, but the best bet if you want to fix the situation is probably to buy a cheap PC so you can use that to fix the titles by changing their rating, and sync your iOS Profiler from that. This would also let you add all your missing titles.
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Here is a little tip:

If you see "Cast and crew copied from [UPC]" in the contribution notes and you want to know what the contribution notes for the copied profile says, you don't have to go through hoops to find those notes. Just copy this URL to your browser:

http://www.invelos.com/Forums.aspx?task=contributionnotes&type=DVD&ProfileUPC=

and add the desired UPC at the end.

If you don't see any mention of the source for cast and crew, be suspicious. Be very suspicious.
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Well, MonoCheck may sometimes be helpful, but it is far from perfect. It displays the difference in level between the two tracks. In theory that should be zero for mono tracks. But theory and practice are two different things. If it does stay at or near zero, that's a good indicator that it is indeed mono. If it doesn't - you just don't know.

You could check IMDb and see if the original sound was mono. If it was, and there is no mention of any remastering of the soundtrack, then that's also a good indicator that it's mono.

But if you're looking for a foolproof way to determine mono, then I think you're out of luck.
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ProfilerQuery 3.36.0

Another update so soon? Well, yeah, I'm sort of an impulsive fellow. If I think of something that I need I tend to implement it right away. And once I have implemented it I feel I should share it. Stuff that I don't need right away goes into my todo-list, but that seldom gets very long. So what have I been up to this time?



When you right click on a row in the result, you get this context menu. The two last items are new. I found that while I was searching for profiles that needed improving I often found myself going to the contribution notes and to IMDb for checking things. So I made it easy to get to those from within ProfilerQuery.

I also fixed a minor bug that I stumbled onto, and restructured the help file a bit.
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Quoting iPatsa:
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We can mope about this all we want in the forums but the reality is most people just want something that is simple to use. It would help things a lot more if Profiler used one set of cast and crew per movie instead of dozens which share no interconnections or updates.

Yeah, but let's be realistic. That's not going to happen. 
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It's not quite that simple since the rules clearly allow copying of cast and crew. Consider the following:

- Older movies are more likely to exist in different versions with different cast/crew than newer movies. Especially foreign movies, for example old Jess Franco movies.

- Older profiles are more likely to have IMDb sourced data than more recent profiles. This is especially true of profiles from the old Intervocative time.

Looking into my crystal ball I can see John Wick 3 being released some time from now in different formats (DVD, BD, 4K) and in different regions/countries. I'll probably get the UK Blu-ray. If I have to profile it, and there is already a US profile, here's what I would do.

I would go to the end credits and check the cast. Does the profile seem to have them in the correct order? Does the profile seem to have the correct role names? IMDb often embellishes the role name; full name where the actual credits only have first or last name, descriptions where the actual credits don't have them ( like "Sam, the cab driver" where the actual credit is just "Sam").

If everything looks OK then I'm liable to trust the profile, especially if I see dividers, which IMDb does not support, or if the profile has been submitted by a user I trust.

So, what I'm asking is that we should at least do some basic checking before copying data. If things look the least suspicious, use the tools of your choice to verify the cast and crew. Personally I (obviously) use CastCrewCheck to help me with that task, using data either copied from the profile, or harvested from IMDb using DJs CastCrewEdit, as a starting point.
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ProfilerQuery 3.35

I just added a new function that I myself found useful. Not sure if anyone else will, but ...


This will save all the selected profiles into a new export file that you can use as input in other programs.


It will pop up this small window while saving. If you have a small input file to begin with, you may not even have time to see this window as it closes when the saving is done.

You coud get the same result before, but you would have to save a flag set, load the flag set in Profiler and then export flagged profiles. This is much smother.
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I have said this before, and I'll say it again. I don't think you should copy cast and crew from another profile without at least checking that it seems reasonably correct.

Case in point: Someone just copied cast from a 15 year old undocumented profile. It would only take a minute or two to see that the data doesn't even remotely match the actual credits. And it would take less that a minute more to see that it is a perfect match for IMDb.

Is it really too much to ask that people make just a teeny effort to verify that the copied data isn't total bull excrement?
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This is a bit complicated, because we have no minimum length for the main feature. For example, Flicker Alley's release of George Meliès A Trip to the Moon runs only 16 minutes. So it would be acceptable as a main feature, but not as a bonus feature?

We obviously don't want child profiles for every possible bonus feature, so where do we draw the line? Is it just a matter of runtime?
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It occured to me that it might be useful for some to be able to customize the size of the buttons and the fontsize of the text in the tab headers, so I added this to the settings:



I would also like to point out that although GsyLaunch was designed to be used with the mouse, you can use it with just the keyboard as well. You can use Ctrl-Tab and Ctrl-Shift-Tab to select the desired tab within GsyLaunch, and just Tab and Shift-Tab to select a button, and then press Enter to execute the selected button. This is not a feature of GsyLaunch, but rather a standard Windows behavior, but it may not be immediately obvious, so I thought I'd mention it.

Download version 2.4.0
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Works fine for me too.
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It's a bit surprising that they had to modify the program for each new release of Profiler.
If done correctly, a program shouldn't depend on the exact structure of the XML file, as long as the data that it does use is in the right place. And I'm pretty sure that Profiler's export files are backwards compatible.

So, this would seem to require a two step solution;
1) Establish the exact structure of the 3.6 export file.
2) Find some kind soul who is good at XSLT to help out.

Unfortunately I'm rubbish at XSLT, otherwise I would have volunteered. If nobody steps up to the plate I could probably write a small program that does the transformation, but that's a bit bigger task.

Whoever creates the transformation task could probably get help from Marty in order to produce a proper 3.6 export file for reference.

Any takers?
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Quoting Mithi:
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Define "works with". Does it use the XML-Output? If yes, what part of it?
It may be easier to write an XSLT to convert back to the output of v3.6 than use the old program.

I think Mithi has a very good point. I too was wondering how it works with Profiler, and XML seemed to be the most logical answer. If so, it should be possible to transform to exported XML file into something that works with DMX-3000.
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Just out of curiosity - you mentioned region code as an example. It seems a bit unlikely that anyone would need to change region code in bulk, even if it is possible. Is that what you are trying to do, and if so, why would you need to?

I just want to make sure you don't make changes based on a misunderstanding of what region codes are used for.

And by the way, it's always prudent to take a backup of your collection before doing bulk changes.
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You would probably have had a better chance of an answer if you had posted this in the Desktop Technical Support forum, but here goes:

There are different options depening on what you want to change.

1) You can change tags in bulk by flagging all relevant profiles and selecting Collection / Flagged / Set Tags

2) For copying some other features, change one profile and select DVD / Copy.
Then flag all relevant profiles and select Collection / Flagged / Paste.
In the Paste window, check the item or items that you want to paste.

3) For more advanced bulk copying, take a look at the BulkEdit plugin.
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That may be a bit difficult to check without any help, especially if you have a large collection. But ProfilerQuery can take you a long way. Are your US locality Blu-rays all marked Region A? Well:

If everything is right, this should not return any matches. You can do the same thing for Canada. You can't do both at the same time, because ProfilerQuery doesn't do mixed And/Or logic.

To check European localities, this is only slightly more complicated:

This should work unless you have region C titles. If so, you could add Regions is not equal to C.

The same priciple could help you with localities and regions for DVDs. Just one note of caution:
Do not specify Media Types is equal to DVD, since this will match any combos that you have. Use Media Types is not equal to BluRay. You can exclude UltraHD and HDDVD as well, if you have those. You get the idea.

Being able to combine criteria this way is what makes ProfilerQuery so useful, and is the reason that I created it in the first place.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Looks like to you are getting into Windows App Store territory with that amount of functionality and innovation. Could maybe finance a couple of cold beers?

Nah, I have enough money for my needs. I do this just for fun.
Besides, Windows Store is only for UWP apps, unless I'm mistaken, so that would mean a complete rewrite from WPF.

I'm kind of like Ferdinand the Bull. "He liked to sit just quietly and smell the flowers." I may not sit and smell the flowers, but I am quite happy with things as they are. And a cold beer now and then. 

(This 1938 short is shown as part of a Disney show that has been aired every Christmas Eve since 1971, so everyone in Sweden knows this more or less by heart. Actually the show has been aired since 1960, but Ferdinand was not initially part of it. Some of the contents has changed over the years, but much of it is still the same.)
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Sometimes I think that my brain is my enemy.

OK, let me explain. I get an idea for a new feature in one of my programs. I give it some thought, but I dismiss it because I feel that there is way too much work for very little added value. And that should be the end of that. But ...

The idea nestles somewhere in the wrinkles of my brain. It stays there. It grows. I just can't shake it. Then that little voice inside my head says "It's just too difficult for you, isn't it? You're just not good enough." So now it's a challenge. And I need to do it.

That's just what happened here. The initial idea was that it would be nice to be able to select an icon for a button that was different from the default associated icon. I knew that programs can contain more than one icon, so I wanted to be able to select any icon from a program, a dll or an icon file. I Googled how to extract all icons from a program, and it looked like a headache. And so I nixed the idea and forgot about it. Almost. But not totally.

So I Googled some more and found that a Japanese guy named Tsuda Kageyu had developed a dll for extracting icons. Cool! But that just eliminated one of the hurdles. Still a lot of work on saving/loading the information, new window for selecting icons etc. But by now there is of course no return. I have to do it.

So, who needs it? Well, I like to use it for non-program buttons. If I save shortcuts to different folders, they all get the same folder icon. A more descriptive icon would be helpful. And the same goes for web links. Somewhat useful, but not really worth the effort. But here it is anyway.

In the process I found a couple of nasty bugs that would cause problems if you had some special characters in tab names, or in some of the button properties. So at least fixing that had some real value.

So, bottom line, I have just released version 2.3 of GsyLaunch. Enjoy!
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We have the same problem when a boxset contains a disc profile that has been previously released with another cover. It is a problem that has no simple answer. Possible solutions are:

1) Change cover and contribute.
2) Change cover and contribute as an alternate profile.
3) Change cover, lock and keep local.
4) Keep as is and don't care.

1) This is a no-no! NEVER do that!

2) This is acceptable (I think), but unless the original profile is 100% correct and complete it creates a maintenance problem. Updating one profile does not update the other. Sounds familiar?

3) This is my personal choice, but it also comes with a problem. Every user that downloads the boxset will be faced with the same choices, and chances are that some novice user will chose option 1 and potentially screw things up. If the contribution is accepted, that is.

4) Perfectly acceptable, but I doubt that many collectors would be satisfied with having the wrong cover image.

Does this help? 
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Found a couple of minor bugs to fix, so here is GsyLaunch 2.2.0 with the possibility of using regedit with a key name, as previously described.

Even if you don't plan to use the regedit function, you might want to read about it in the help file. The section about how it was accomplished is rather interesting, I think.
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