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So, if it still works, and still has value, the only issue is that the author does not want it to be used or distributed. That means, as a professional software author, that my hands are tied without his permission. I seem to recall that somebody is able to get in touch with him, and I remember having a decent relationship with him. Is it possible that he would authorize a "clone" project that would allow us to extract / adapt the javascript logic and repackage as an HTML5 or windows or Android app? Would he want to be paid? If so, maybe pool together and buy the rights? I don't mind contributing a few funds and time to the project.

On the other hand, if the community would tolerate a plugin, the developer API has evolved since that program was written. The entire Online is available to a plugin. All profiles, all data, all cast / crew / credits - everything - in real time. I have been messing with it for a different purpose recently, and it works.

It would be fairly simple to create a thin server plugin that would return a data set (say XML) populated with the results of a specific query made on the Online database. Then some other program could handle the UI, query formation, etc. Just give me the query - I return the result - do with it what you will. EZ PZ. (I or somebody else - I don't care if another developer wants to do the thin server.) There would have to be some reasonable limitations. A query that says "return the entire profile XML for all profiles in locality x," would clearly be disallowed.

Any ideas anyone?
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So was his tool in fact standalone, or was it a plugin? I find it hard to imagine that he scraped information from a web page that was in fact available in the database ...

Maybe I am not really understanding what it does.

You know, I'm thinking that he actually had figured out how to call the online directly ... I'll bet that's it. A plugin could actually download the entire online database. But, like the XML, it would be obsolete as soon as a change to the database was made. So, maybe his code calls the proprietary Invelos online API? Maybe he figured out how to use the plugin API from a standalone program. Maybe there is more to the story as to why the code was withdrawn ...
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Well I've done a ton of screen-scraping in my time, and actually quite a bit is used in several of my plugins (e,g, BulkEdit ScrapeGoat). But I don't specialize in standalone tools, and I don't know what a plugin would add for this application. As I remember, GoodGuy was also a master at making creative UI presentations. So, I quite naturally thought of ... well you know who. 

So sorry it doesn't suit you. 
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Just noticed in another thread, that yet more of our valuable contributors are leaving. I'm of the opinion that a new powerful tool for the CLT might help stem the tide by giving those guys who work so hard for us, another way to be productive. Just sayin' ...
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Oh man, this one cries out for a plugin. I checked - close but no cigar. While a plugin can search the online DB  for a match, the search terms do not include release date. A plugin can also put new menus on the DVD ADD To Collection panel. Everything is there, but that one critical piece. Bummer.

I am also bummed out by so many contributors leaving. If I could entice somebody to hang around for the lure of a new juicy plugin, I would do it. 
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@Katatonia, Sorry to see another valuable, loyal and productive member go. Best of luck in your new endeavors! 
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Quoting GSyren:
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Quoting mediadogg:
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there is at least one tools developer that likes to build such tools.

I hope you mean Karsten, because I'm not interested. Oh no, not me!

I have way too many unwatched movies to waste time on a project like that, so not me!

It would need screen scraping, and I've never done that, so not me!

Of course there are some interesting screen scraping packages that might be interesting to investigate ... but oh no, not me!

I won't ... I can't ... I shouldn't ... I mustn't ... Oh dagnabbit you mediadogg you! You've planted an idea! I'm not sure anything will come of it, and if something does, it probably won't be anything like goodguy's program. 

   
Can't wait!!!!  Seems like a bunch of loyal members of the community would love it, and it seems tailor-made for your skills. Seriously, I wish you the best if you decide to take a stab at it.
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Quoting AiAustria:
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Back on topic: Credit Lookup Plus

Did anyone manage to run this very handy piece of software under Windows 10?

... or is there any other tool to get information out of the CLT tool?

Maybe if somebody would provide a comprehensive description, with screen shots, it could be recreated? If it does not have to be a plugin, there is at least one tools developer that likes to build such tools. If something is required that only a plugin can do, perhaps a placeholder could be put in a standalone tool, such that a small custom plugin could be crafted that would supply the missing pieces when queried.
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And if you have a bunch of them, BulkEdit has a menu "Collection>Flagged>Flag Child Profiles" . That means of course you have to flag the bunch of parents you want to work on first.

After all the children are flagged, then you can move them or remove them all at once.
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Quoting Dotten:
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OK. Sorry, I misunderstood. And I see Your points. Guess I better stop writing any more about stuff I don't understand. 

Thank You for Your thoughts and hints!

Well don't be too hard on yourself. It was an interesting idea. Ideas are precious commodities.
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Quoting Dotten:
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@ruben:

@medialogg:
Of course, You are probably right about the deciding matter. This is just to discuss an idea, that to me have been nice to have, but not neccecary. And anyone is welcome to make a plugin of this. 

But my comment was meant to imply that if it could be done, it probably would have been by now. It can't be done by a plugin.
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You might have mistakenly downloaded the Beta from the bottom of the page, which is also labeled 4.0.0 build 1762, but with an earlier release date. Best to get the one from the top of the page.

You might also want to take note of the upgrade steps listed on the downloads page. Follow those steps and make a new backup. Then double check that the latest version of 4.0.0 1762 is in fact installed on the laptop.
Edit: Glad it see it worked for you! 
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I was, and still sort of, heading towards a preference for streaming, but these things still give me pause:

(1) Even the best network will "cough" - and usually on movie night!
(2) Demise of Ultraviolet repository. Are my digital purchases really protected?
(3) Loss of control: I woke up one day and portions of one library started showing up in other portals. What?? Who told them to do that? Now my whole parental guidance, etc. system is shot because I can't predict when some flesh flick I watched is gonna show up on something the grand kids (or my wife  ) can see.
(4) Quality. Nothing beats the disc. On a big screen, good audio system - nothing beats the disc. Period.

On the other hand, bundling is a good thing. Now I see offers from Walmart and others that will send you the disc for a fee over purchase of the digital stream. Good idea. Get it right away, but still retain the option for the disc, for sometimes a bit less.
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Quoting Dotten:
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Based on my relatively simple understanding of programming, I imagine these statistics numbers shouldn’t be to hard to implement.

Things like this almost never get decided on the basis of how hard or easy it is. Where does the program run (probably in the cloud), who is authorized to do it (Invelos), is the authorized entity motivated to do it (probably not), etc.

If a plugin could do it, there would probably be a couple of people already messing with it by now. 
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Thinking about what you are saying and how the Invelos download works: most of the time, downloads occur en masse, either due to a database restore or profile updates. I'm not sure that the number of downloads of a particular title means much.

Are you really talking about the number of users that have downloaded the title at least once?
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Interesting. Not sure of what use that would be, but no matter. I just wonder if Invelos has kept those sorts of statistics? Lets assume that they haven't. Would that data still be useful going forward? Why? (totally out of curiosity - really no opinion on it).
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(1) Select a DVD that has blank purchase date.
(2) DVD > Copy
(3) Flag the DVDs you want to update
(4) Collection > Flagged > Paste
(5) Check the fields you want to paste into (e.g., Purchase Date, etc)
(6) Click "Ok"

In the old days, BulkEdit was the only way to do this, but now it is built into DVD Profiler.
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Quoting Lowpro:
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I see there's an "Insert Collection Number" feature.  When I highlight the profile with collection #2812 and select this option I'm presented with the below.

Insert collection number?
Shift all collection numbers up by one, starting with #2812 - The Bionic Woman: Season 1 (Disc 01)?

This does shift the collection numbers from 2812 forward up by one.  I need to shift them up 389 spots though.  Is there a plugin available that can accomplish this I wonder?

Missed this post earlier. BulkEdit does have a Regedit Find/Replace option on column contents. Alternatively, you can use Visual Basic or C# to operate on columns, on a row by row basis. Your code acts as sort of a plugin to BulkEdit's Find/Replace. You can update in place or assign the output of your calculation to a work column that you can later copy / paste into another column. Whether you could read my documentation, implement a script, debug it and run it within 20 minutes is doubtful. It would be the second and subsequent times where it might pay off if a prior script needed to be simply tweaked before running.
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Quoting Lowpro:
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FYI to anyone that might be listening in and thinking about offering additional suggestions.  I just finished assisting tkrk with this.  Got everything sorted out.  His website is fully updated now as a result. 

Job well done. Multiple greenies!!!!
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Quoting tkrk:
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i have invelos dvd profiler 4.0 and i'm a lifetime user.  I use FileZilla to upload my image and a collection.xml file to my website.  (I flagged 1 movie and uploaded it - the collection.xml file - and 1 image and 1 thumbnail). Then I went to my website (dvdeez.info/index.php), which has 2547 movies in it.  I went to update and CHECKED the box "Complete Update will be performed" and UNCHECKED the box "Update database to remove profiles that are not in xml collection:"  It finished almost immediately and when I went back to the main website, all of my movies were gone except the one I had before all of this started....the movie that I uploaded the collection.xml and 1 image and 1 thumbnail (using FileZilla) wasn't there either.

I have had a stroke in February 6, 2017, and I've had a hard time and have forgotten a lot.

Can you please help or point me in the right direction?    THANK YOU!!!

Most important. Do nothing else until you get some solid advice. People will need to ask questions. The last thing you want to do, is change the answers as we are investigating. So, do nothing else for a bit until we figure out some options for you.
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Quoting wazh:
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So first its UltraViolet and now Flixster. I can see they are really trying to get away from us owning copies of movies.

I also noticed the note about Sony's DAC plant in the UK shutting down...

W.

I could never successfully use Flixter, since they never had my full compliment of UV titles. But Movies Anywhere seems to be doing a decent job, and there is beginning to be some sort of collaboration with Amazon, although I am not sure I like that. Amazon owns enough of my life already,
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Quoting nicovoet:
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Hello Jim,

Bulk edit worked perfectly untill now.
Every time I open dvd profiler or try to use bulk edit a error screen pops up saying
"Can not initialize Configuration System"

I allready tried uninstalling dvd profiler and bulk edit and reinstall it but nothing works.
Can someone help me.

Thanks to Becca for reminding me.

Try deleting the file, after saving it first of course using another name:

C:\Users\(your PC login ID)\AppData\Local\Invelos_Software\user.config

I also have folder "Invelos Software," but it is not the correct one on my system, but perhaps it is on yours.
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Quoting bebbaboo:
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Jim, isn't this the same error that we finally figured out the user.config had to deleted?  I can't remember the specifics, but thought I'd remind you of that.
Becca

Yes, you are correct, and thanks! I was just going over my notes to remember how best to find that file.
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But people who run businesses don't think that way! (at least I don't). It's like their baby. They would no sooner walk away out of disinterest than a parent would walk away from their child because it had grown up and no longer giggled and pooped in their pants! 

Seriously, given the amount of effort this guy and his family have put into this enterprise, including suffering a lawsuit and subsequent settlement, not that long ago, I think that if he wanted to close the business he would do so responsibly, with some kind of announcement, etc. You don't just leave your life's work lying around for people to step on.

@rdodolak, by the way I agree with most all your other points - well taken.
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Quoting Dr. Killpatient:
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The last time something like this happened was when Ken & Intervocative was put in a Gag Order when everything simply vanished until Invelos raised from the ashes back in 2007.

The one thing I've been wondering if there's some kinda related shiitake mushroom going on that Ken's gagged and is forbidden by the Court from interacting but managed to keep the site itself up.

Yeah, also one of the options I have been considering. I would not be surprised if it involves IMDB or some other entity that thinks it owns what is in the Invelos database. On the other hand, if that were true, the existing contribution process probably would have been blocked, so who knows ...
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