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I couldn't say, because I download a given profile for the first time, make it my own, then lock it down.  I don't care what new contributions there might be and have no desire for my local database to be a mirror image of the Invelos online database.  That being said, I'd suggest running a database repair.  If the issue persists lock the profiles down.  That will certainly prevent the issue.
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Quoting Spottedfeather:
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I'm just wondering why the ipad version of dvd profiler is limited to 50 entries. The computer version limits HQ covers after a certain amount, but you can still add your own titles. How come you can't do that on the ipad version ?

The mobile app is only $2.99 at present and DVD Profiler for Windows is currently 50% off.  Support the product and buy it.
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Quoting Jackiechanfan:
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Never thought i'd do it, but I finally got around to getting one of these. Have been trying to arrange it alphabetically, but that's become so tedious i'm just going to put anything in for the last 100 I have left to do. DVD cases are in cardboard boxes stored in the garage.

A number of years ago I unloaded my changers into a couple of these.  I was in between homes at the time and didn't have a place to setup all my gear.  Those of you that use these.  I would suggest you follow the same practice as I do with my changers.  Just number the sleeves indexing the contents.  Each disc would get its own numbered sleeve, then make note of the "Location (...which case)" and "Slot (...numbered sleeve)" in DVD Profiler under the given profiles "Personal Information\Discs" section.

You purchase a new title on DVD or Blu-ray.  The disc gets placed in the next available numbered sleeve.  Add the profile to DVD Profiler making note of the location and numbered sleeve where the disc resides.  Done deal.  If you want to browse your collection alphabetically, do so from DVD Profiler.  If you want to browse your collection by Genre, do so from DVD Profiler.  If you want to browse your collection by any given number of criteria, do so from DVD Profiler.  When you find a disc you'd like to watch DVD Profiler tells you where it's located.  Pull your case out, remove the disc, drop it in your player.  Bada bing, bada boom.
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Quoting rdodolak:
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That's quite a hardware collection, but I'm sure Sony thanks you LowPro.  The multi-disc changers didn't last too long after Blu-ray arrived on the scene.

No, they sure didn't and I'm not really sure Sony is thankful.  I originally purchased 6 from my local Sony Style store when they were on closeout.  Paid $400 each.  The MSRP for a single BDP-CX7000ES was over $1,500 prior to them being discontinued.  Purchased the additional 4 changers over the past couple years off EBay.  Paid $700 on average.  Spent $5,200 for all 10 Blu-ray changers, $520 a changer, $1.30 storage cost per disc.  Not bad if you ask me.  I've seen people spend that much and more for a single item in their home theater.

To each his own naturally.  I've been an electronics geek since the days when the only game in town was Radio Shack.  I really enjoyed getting all the hardware setup for this, programming my remote control system and cataloging my collection in such a way that it ties in easily with my system.  And while I have no aversion to picking a movie off the shelf and dropping it in a single disc Blu-ray player, I do really enjoy the automated aspect of having my discs stored for playback in the changers.  It's also nice to not have the retail packaging running from floor to ceiling throughout my small home.  Works for me anyway.
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My DVD and Blu-ray collection consists of 4,449 discs at present.  The DVD's (705) I also own on Blu-ray are stored in Sony DVP-CX985V 400-disc DVD changers.  The Blu-ray's (2,624) and DVD's (1,120) I don't already own on Blu-ray are stored in Sony BDP-CX7000ES 400-disc Blu-ray changers.  See the images below.  Quite a small footprint for the storage and playback of 6,400 discs wouldn't you say.





All the retail packaging is in storage.  The physical discs are not organized within the changers alphabetically.  They are indexed.  I catalog my collection using DVD Profiler of course.  Within DVD Profiler each disc is given its own profile and assigned a Collection ID. (Only my disc level profiles are given a Collection ID.) The Collection ID tells me the location of the disc, i.e. the changer and slot number.

Collection ID's for my Blu-ray changers...
BD01 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 0001-0400
BD02 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 0401-0800
BD03 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 0801-1200
BD04 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 1201-1600
BD05 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 1601-2000
BD06 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 2001-2400
BD07 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 2401-2800
BD08 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 2801-3200
BD09 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 3201-3600
BD10 (Slots 1-400) -> Collection ID's 3601-4000

The "Personal Information" section for each profile has a place to note the actual Location and Slot number, so I've started updating those spots for each of my profiles as well.  When I purchase a new disc its profile is assigned the next available Collection ID, the physical disc being placed in the next available changer slot.  Done deal.  I then browse my collection via DVD Profiler finding something to watch that way. (My DVD Profiler database is available online for those interested in checking it out.  Link action below in my forum signature.  Not mobile device friendly.  If viewed from a mobile device I'd suggest performing a press and hold of the given item in the left pane opening the page in a new tab.  Works well.)

When I find a disc I'd like to watch I make note of the Collection ID or Location and Slot number.  Powering on the particular changer, then playing the disc is done using my universal remote.  I created an activity for my universal remote where I can just enter the Collection ID or Location and Slot number.  The remote does the rest.  Once entered and pressing "OK" the remote powers on the changer in question (and the rest of my system if needed), the disc being pre-selected within the changer activity I'm taken to.  Once the changer is powered on and at the Sony XMB it will accept the command to play a given disc.  The disc is already pre-selected within the activity in my universal remote.  As such, I perform a press and hold of the "OK" button which sends the direct disc selection command to the changer.  The changer loads the disc and starts playback. (I describe this process in a little more detail here.)
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You need to impregnate the parent profile, then induce labor. Continue to do this until the parent profile has given birth to the number of child profiles you need.  It's so easy a caveman could do it.  Instructions provided below.  Have fun!

Highlight the main (parent) profile, then select the File Menu option, "DVD > Change UPC / Locality > Select/Create Alternate Version > Create New Alternate Version (with "Retain existing entry and create a clone" checked), then click OK.

A duplicate of the profile will be created, the UPC ID showing a #1 after it. (The File Menu option, "Tools > Display > Show UPC/Disc ID variant numbers" must be enabled to see this.) Highlight that profile, make sure Disc 1 is inserted in your DVD/Blu-ray drive, hit up the "Change UPC / Locality" option, select "Disc ID" choosing the disc you have inserted from the drop down, click OK.  The profile will then be identified by the Disc ID rather than a duplicate of the UPC.

Rinse and repeat for the other discs, then making them the Box Set Contents of the main (parent) profile.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  Of course you'll want to also edit each (child) profile so that each calls out which disc is being represented.  You'll also want to remove the "Discs" that don't apply for each, the "Cast" and "Crew" details that aren't relevant and so forth.
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Quoting slerch666:
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Thanks... AGAIN to both of you for the help here. I have quite a few profiles for Japanese DVDs and BDs for Anime that I had to generate for MyMovies. Guessing I could do the same here if the feeling moves me. Most of it is old, some dating back to early to mid 00s so it may not be totally of value to anyone else to generate the profile for it. But if I am feeling it, maybe I will try a few, see if they are approved following the directions and see how "easy" it would be to do the rest.

Grateful for the help.

I am likely to try the XML option tomorrow. If I don't like the result or want to compare, I have another option via the PM I received. Name withheld to protect the innocent.

Wink, wink, nod, nod.

And again, whether you contribute a profile or not, locally you'll certainly want to be sure to properly profile those titles, ones that aren't available in the Invelos Online Database.  The given UPC (JAN) or Disc ID doesn't need to be part of the Invelos Online Database for you to be able to use it locally with a given profile.  In fact, such profiles will still upload to the online view of your collection which can also be used to restore your collection locally if need be though I'd highly recommend you create local backups instead as they'll include both your local profile data and cover art.

Just keep in mind, with the free online view of your collection only profiles that are also available in the Invelos Online Database will have cover art showing.  I've got a number of profiles which only exist in my local database, that don't also exist in the Invelos Online Database.  In my case though I'm still able to enjoy all my local cover art online as I host my own phpDVDProfiler based website which uses both my local cover art and profile data.  Link action below in my forum signature if you'd like to check out the website. (Not mobile device friendly as the website uses old school frames.  If viewed from a mobile device it works best to find a profile in the left frame you'd like to view, then press and hold selecting the option to view the profile data in a new tab.  Works well.)
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Thanks Lowpro. The reason I made my post was to make it clear to new people the the import process itself was not automatically populating the Invelos database with outside metadata. Of course, the user has the ultimate discretion as to what to do with manual profiles, regardless of how they are created. No individual has control of what another person will do. But I can say that I wrote my program to be respectful of Invelos policy.

Sure.  The main point I wanted to get across was that any Manual ID created could be updated after the fact to use the UPC instead, i.e. cases where there's a valid UPC, but one that hadn't been contributed by anyone yet, hence not recognized during the import process.

As the OP is more than likely new to DVD Profiler my reply naturally flowed from there to the Invelos Online Database, to contribute or not contribute, working with your local database, the locking down of profile data and so forth.

My Movies is a completely different animal.  It uses a forced sync model.  Any change made locally has to be able to sync back to their online servers.  It's required and forced on you.  You have no choice in the matter.  You're tied at the hip.  Your local database is not your own as far as My Movies is concerned.  I'm not a fan.

What I am a fan of though is the ability to browse my collection from My Movies for WMC7 via my HTPC at 150" diagonal in my home theater, hence I continue to catalog my collection in My Movies as well.  Aside from that I have no use for the application.  DVD Profiler, the whole package, the PC based application in particular is far more feature rich.  There's just no comparing the two from a purely "cataloging your collection" standpoint.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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For the benefit of new folks and for the record, here is how the BulkEdit import of non-profier data works:

(1) First of all, no non-profiler metadata is used in the resulting profile
(2) The imported metadata is used to identify a matching existing profile id in the Invelos database. If a profile is located, only the profile ID and personal data is retained to create a skeleton profile that is then completed by downloading the official Invelos metadata.
(3) If a matching profile ID cannot be found, the imported metadata is retained and a manual profile ID is generated. Manual profiles cannot be contributed to the the Invelos database.

Just so you know.

And I regards to (3) above, I would add that any Manual ID generated could in turn be updated after the fact if it actually represented a valid UPC, one that had yet to be contributed to the Invelos Online Database.  This would be done using the File Menu option, "DVD > Change UPC / Locality".

At that point it would be completely up to you as to whether you'd like to contribute the given profile or not, so that its available for others to download.  Contributing the profile would not be required, but encouraged since it would improve upon the Invelos Online Database.  Before contributing the profile though you'd want to carefully look over the profile ensuring it met the contribution guidelines.  What you do locally with your profiles is up to you though.  So long as you don't contribute something to the Invelos Online Database (for the benefit of others) that doesn't meet the contribution guidelines, no harm, no foul.

And as with My Movies, DVD Profiler also offers the option of locking down a profile in order to prevent your local profile data from being overwritten, i.e. allowing a profile update to take place, your local profile data being compared to the profile data of the shared profile(s) from the Invelos Online Database, any differences found locally being overwritten.  DVD Profiler's lock feature distinguishes itself from that of My Movies in a couple unique ways.  You can lock the entire profile down or instead lock down just parts of the profile selecting from a list of 22 separate items.
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Hi Slerch666.  I migrated my Blu-ray collection from My Movies to DVD Profiler a few years back. (I've been using DVD Profiler to catalog my DVD collection since the early years of the DVD format.) In any event, I thought I'd chime in, but would rather message you, so check your Inbox.  Cheers.
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If a given release I purchase includes more than one disc I always create a profile for the given release as a whole, then profiles for each individual disc.  I do this for a number of reasons.  Among them is the fact that it allows for using individual cover art for each disc if I want, having an individual "History" for each disc, i.e. "Events" (Borrowed, Returned, Watched), the ability to "Tag" individual discs in addition to being able to sort the "Collection List" by certain columns such as "Last Watched" or filter by certain criteria, and to do so all the way down to the disc level.

To each his own, but I find maintaining this structure quite advantageous.  That being said, the Contribution Rules can define a box set how ever it likes.  If I make a contribution I'll ensure it complies with the rules.  Locally I do as I please.  I have no desire for my local database to be a mirror image of the shared online database and could care less what the "collective" decides on with respects to the Contribution Rules.  I've been backing up my local database regularly since this product was first made available and have never needed to restore my collection from whatever Invelos Online Collection I might have in place.  When I download a profile I lock it down and make it my own.  Done deal.  As I said though, to each his own.
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The local cover art you see from DVD Profiler for PC is not used when viewing your Invelos online collection.  Your Invelos online collection can only display cover art from the official profiles that are part of the shared online database.  If any of those profiles aren't showing cover art for you online I'd check to see if cover art still needs contributed for those profiles.

From DVD Profiler for PC the File Menu option, "Online->Refresh DVD from Invelos->Preview Changes" can be used to compare your local cover art (Existing DVD Profile/Image) for a given profile against the cover art (New DVD Profile/Image) that's part of the official profile online which is what you should be seeing when viewing your Invelos online collection.
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Consider me part of the problem I guess, because I could care less whether a profile I download abides fully by the contribution rules or not.  I view the ability to download a profile as an initial time saver only.  I've got the physical release right in front of me.  I look over the entire profile I just downloaded regardless checking it for accuracy, updating it from there as I see fit and locking it down.  The end.

The online profile could be removed at that point for all I care.  I don't care what happens to it.  If people want to update a shared online profile for whatever reason, discuss whether a given item abides by the contribution rules or not, discuss how a given contribution rule should be interpreted, changed or enhanced, they can knock themselves out.  I've got better things to spend my energy on.  I'm never going to download the given profile again anyway and don't allow my local profiles to be updated from the shared online database.

I'll point out as well that if a profile hasn't already been contributed I've got no problem at all creating it from scratch.  I do it all the time.  In fact, the shared online database could be taken offline and I would still continue using this program.  It would continue being just as useful to me either way.  Due to how anal many in the community are about what does or doesn't meet the contribution guidelines however, I choose not to make contributions at all.  I'd just assume make the given profile my own locally right out the gate, lock it down and be done with it.  Again, consider me part of the problem I guess.
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Season 2 of Stranger Things is coming out on UHD/Blu-ray/DVD this Tuesday coming up.  Retro VHS style packaging will be used again as was the case with Season 1.  For those that prefer to house the discs in regular Blu-ray cases I've worked up some cover art which can downloaded below.

I'm using posters I found online for the front portion of each.  Added the Netflix credit myself.  The same title treatment is being used for the back portion.  Note also that the title treatment for the spine is using the correct font.  The red framing I'm using is a nod to the RCA VHS releases of days gone by.  The back portion of each closely follows the layout and details offered on the retail packaging with a couple twists.  The spine is intended to be somewhat reminiscent of the spine of a VHS tape insofar as how I've segmented the top and bottom areas leaving a defined area in the center for the label.

In any event, these were fun to put together.  Feel free to download any of these for use locally. (Front and back images available on my DVD Profiler based websites.  See my forum signature.) There are two versions of the cover art available below.  I've worked up versions with 15mm spines for use with cases that can hold 4-6 discs.  I've also got versions with 11mm spines for use with cases that can hold 2-3 discs.  Enjoy!

(Note: Custom cover art should not be contributed to the Invelos Online Database.)
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Stranger Things Cover Art (15mm Spines)

Season 2 (4K):

(Click on preview above to download full size image.)

Season 1 (4K):

(Click on preview above to download full size image.)

Season 2 (Blu-ray):

(Click on preview above to download full size image.)

Season 1 (Blu-ray):

(Click on preview above to download full size image.)
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Stranger Things Cover Art (11mm Spines)

Season 2 (4K)
Season 1 (4K)
Season 2 (Blu-ray)
Season 1 (Blu-ray)
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Quoting SpikyCactus:
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Thanks for explaining this.  It's exactly what I'd have wanted to do if I knew I could.  Now I know I can and how.  It means all my custom roles remain intact, which downloading my online databases to my tablet loses. 

So you know, syncing the mobile apps with your local databases works great over the Internet as well.  My main computer here at the house is a laptop which runs 24/7.  I always keep DVD Profiler up and running as well.  I put my laptop's IP address in the DMZ of my router in addition to forwarding all DVD Profiler port traffic (32847) to the IP address.  With the mobile app I'm then connecting to each of my databases using my WAN IP rather than my laptop's IP address.  Works great!  Of course you want to be sure to only run an update from the mobile app for the local database you have open at the time. (The mobile app will warn you if this isn't the case.) If I want to connect and update a different database (which is very rare) I just remotely connect to my laptop using TeamViewer and open the database in question before running the update from the mobile app.
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So, for movies with numbers as the name or at the start of the name, personally, I would like them all to sort together. So

"Two Tigers" would sort near to "2010"

Is it acceptable to make the sort title for Two Tigers to be "2 Tigers" so that numbered titles sort together?

Another one that bothers me is "The VVitch". Obviously the intent of the two Vs is to create an exhagerated "W", so logic should say the sort title should be "Witch", not "VVitch". Thoughts?

It's acceptable to do whatever you want with your local database.  Set the "Sort Title" to whatever you want.  Set the "Title" to whatever you want in fact.  It's no ones place to tell you otherwise.  Just be sure to never contribute any local profile data to the Invelos Online Database that doesn't meet the contribution guidelines.
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There's a similar thread over at Blu-ray.com where people post custom cover art they've created.  I thought I'd start a similar thread here for those interested.  Just please make sure not to post cover art which you did not author.  Also keep in mind that custom cover art should not be contributed to the Invelos Online Database.  In any event, I'll get things started.  See below.
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The title Antz was released on Blu-ray this week.  I pre-ordered the title, but didn't care for the cover art at all.  I liked the original DVD cover art much better, so I spent a couple hours the other day converting the original DVD cover art over for use as a Blu-ray cover.  Results shown below.

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After:


For DVD Profiler I use smaller images of the front and back portions.  They're still quite a bit larger than what the Invelos Online Database uses with respects to retail covers though.  The front and back cover images I'm using locally with DVD Profiler provided below for those interested.


(For use with your local database only.  Do not contribute to the Invelos Online Database.)

I host my own phpDVDProfiler based websites as well.  The websites are a mirror reflection of my local profile data and cover art.  You can check out my online version of this profile here.  To view the profile within the full structure of my websites hit up the appropriate link below in my forum signature. (Best viewed using a conventional computer or laptop with a browser that supports old school frames.)
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Note to forum moderators...
If this type of thread is discouraged here my apologies.  It can be deleted if need be.  I did read the forum rules before posting, but you never know.  Thanks!
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I'd suggest not concerning yourself with the item being represented in the "shared" online database.  Just add the items to your local database however you'd like and move on.  Life's too short.
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What you are looking to do is already possible.  Highlight the existing profile, copy the profile data via "DVD->Copy", highlight the target profile, paste the profile data via "DVD->Paste".  The "Paste Profile Data" window is displayed.  Select the profile data you want to paste and click OK.

You could also create a copy of the existing profile instead, then changing the UPC afterwards.  Highlight the existing profile and select the "DVD->Change UPC / Locality" option, then selecting the "Select/Create Alternate Version" option.  This expands the "Change UPC / Locality" window.  Under the "Alternate Versions" section highlight the "Create New Alternate Version" option checking the "Retain existing entry and create a clone" option at the bottom, then clicking OK.  The profile is cloned.  Once cloned highlight the resulting profile, select the "DVD->Change UPC / Locality" option and change the UPC in addition to the Locality if needed.

Bada bing, bada boom.  It's so easy a caveman could do it.  Have fun!
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Albeit crude, it is possible to share profiles without the online database.  Just this evening I shared my local profiles for the "24: The Complete Series" Blu-ray box set courtesy of Fox Japan.  I just flagged the 60 profiles in question, backed up the flagged entries only, then uploading the resulting file to my web space so my friend could download it.  She downloaded the file, unzipped it, then performed a restore merging the profiles with her existing database.

And why didn't I just contribute the profiles, so they were available for all to download?  I didn't contribute them, because they don't meet the contribution guidelines and I had better things to do with my life at the time than build the profiles initially for contribution, then updating each and every one as I saw fit after the fact for my own purposes locally.
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If at some point the online database is no longer available I won't lose any sleep.  I'm fully capable of adding a given title from scratch locally and from day one I've backed up my local database in the event I ever need to perform a restore.  I also host my own DVD Profiler based websites, so that base is covered as well.
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There's another way.  Host your own phpDVDProfiler based websites.  Below are the websites for my Blu-ray and DVD collections.  The profile data is actually from the same database.  Could just as well be from separate databases though.  In fact, it used to be.

My Blu-ray Collection
My DVD Collection

A phpDVDProfiler based website is more feature rich than what Invelos provides and is a true representation of your local database, both your local profile data and cover art.  Surprised more people haven't gone this route.
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The outer packaging still represents the particular movie.  How many layers you have to peel back to get to the disc(s) is beside the point.  How each of those layers is represented is beside the point.  If the given SKU represents a single movie title for instance I don't see the point in not including all the data for that movie under the parent profile, irrespective of whether it's decided to include child profiles as well.  If you want to have to drill down to a child profile before you can see the cast/crew details knock yourself out.  I don't see what's accomplished using that approach, but to each his own.
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Quoting DJ Doena:
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Should be fixed

Thanks for the application and your continued support of it.  Just submitted a donation.  Many thanks!
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Hi,

quick update: I'm currently not @home. I haven't forgotten you guys but I don't know when I'll be able to fix it.

Do you take donations?  I'd like to contribute towards your continued support of the application.


Here is a link to Karsten's tools - directly under the list of his programs are 2 links - 1 for dollars and 1 for euros - that allow you to make a donation:

http://doena-journal.net/en/dvd-profiler-tools

Thanks.  Yeah, I guess I could have hit up DJ's forum profile.  Doh!
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