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Friday, November 12, 2004

Hmm, More Upgrades

A few people may have noticed that I started keeping a page on this site listing all the DVDs I own. Now that fennel DVDManager has been upgraded a bit to better customize the HTML output, I have likewise done a little upgrade of my list. The list now includes the genre, year of release, and an image of the DVD cover. The title and the image for items found on Amazon or the Internet Movie Database are linked to the corresponding data page on those sites.

I would like a column that gives the run time of each DVD, but that data was not imported when I first started using DVDManager and I don’t want to enter them all manually. Besides, the Export function won’t currently include it, anyway.

My list could possibly get another facelift in the future. By now, you may have read the buzz about Delicious Library. I have no interest in purchasing it—it’s 40 bucks—but the ATPM reviews editor has requested it. He was originally going to review it himself, but he may opt out since he does not have an iSight.

I’ve heard many good things and a few bad things about it. Thus, even if I end up with a full copy, there are no guarantees I’ll stick with it. Stay tuned.

» Posted by ALBj at 04:49 PM (ET)
Category: Housekeeping


According to the Delicious Monster FAQ, it’s possible to easily hack an CueCat scanner into a real barcode scanner.

I’d stayed away from catalogging apps because I hate enterring the info by hand, but you can find the old USB CueCat’s for under $20 (including shipping), so I might give it another shot.

» Posted by Eric Blair
November 12, 2004 05:55 PM

I sprang for the Intelli Innovations IntelliScanner and Collector software combination. I have been quite happy with it.

This was last year, when they announced the product at Macworld Expo in January. The Collector software was recently upgraded, but I haven’t run down a comparison to the new version against Delicious Library.

» Posted by chris
December 1, 2004 12:03 AM

Hi Lee; here are fennel DVDManager’s authors :) !

Regarding your comments about our product, you’d be glad to know that our forthcoming v1.5 will let you HTML-export the run time data too ;) !

Moreover, since v1.4, you’ve got an “Update” action that let you complete your entries… So you could add the missing run time to your IMDb/DVDFr-based DVDs.

Just wanted to let you know… Oh, and happy new year, Lee!

—Fennel Software (

» Posted by Fennel Software
January 2, 2005 06:02 AM

That’s great. I’m still enjoying DVDManager. I’m not sure if you caught my Delicious Library review:

I wrote favorably toward it, but at the end, indicated for the time being I was staying with DVDManager. There’s a link to your site there, too.

In the comments, someone mentioned DVDAttache which I also tried. There were many things about it I liked, but the UI had that typical Java-based clunkiness and it still didn’t have the form of table export yours does. I love that I can lift out just the portion of the code from your product’s export to easily fit within my blog design without having to dedicate an entire page’s visual presentation to my online DVD list.

Question, will the run times only come down from from French titles that were retrieved from IMDb? Most of mine are from Amazon, and I live in the US.

Thanks for your message and happy new year to you, too!

» Posted by Lee Bennett
January 2, 2005 11:09 AM

Sorry, due to comment spam abuse, new comments on this entry are closed until I find time to upgrade Movable Type and enable registration and moderation.