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VideoShelf - Version 1.3.1 by laushung VideoShelf - Version 1.3.1 by laushung
A few of you might have noticed this in a thread I started earlier. Well now it's available to the public!! It's basically a DVD cataloger in the same vein as Delicious Library. Add in your DVD information, download a cover and voila browse your collection without having to touch your DVD case.

Good news to all!! I've finally fixed most (hopefully) of the bugs and now feel confident to release VideoShelf as 1.0. It is feature-complete for the moment but I will open it up to future request soon. For now though, I would like to concentrate on squashing the rest of the bug that might have slipped through. Anyway on to the features...

Features include:

* Browse your collection in a graphical manner as if your DVDs were on an actual shelf.
* Add DVDs automatically by searching Amazon.com for information and to download cover.
* Drag-and-drop covers to correct or add to the DVD in the collection.
* Sort by category.
* Search by actor.
* Search by director.
* Search by title.
* Export collection to a text file for easy printing.
* Linking of DVD to movies stored on hard drive for automatic playing.
* Loan out DVD and know whether or not they have been returned by marking loaned DVDs.
* Store pending DVDs in a seperate, browseable list.
* Edit information manually.
* And much more...

In the zip file you will find the application, a dll file (this must be registered if you haven't used any of my previous applications), an ini file and an empty folder named "DVD Covers".

VideoShelf.exe - this is the thing that makes it all tick.
AutoItX3.dll - dll. There is no longer any need to register this manually. Simply run the program and it'll automatically register it.
The DVD Cover folder and configuration file will now be created by default in the same folder as the executable file on first run.

Screenshots: Main Screen - [link] , Info Screen - [link] , Add DVD Screen - [link]

Download from DeviantArt and, as always, enjoy!

Many thanks to my dedicated team of beta-testers. Without them, this would still be in beta stage and I'm sure I would have missed a lot.

Bug fixes and release list:

1. Version 1.1 - September 14, 2006

* Sorting bug not being able to switch to next page if only one DVD was left (noticed by Vkeios) fixed.
* Major bug where playing file would not function properly (noticed by Zaft) fixed.

-- NOTICE! With this update you may need to do a little copy and pasting if you have already started a collection. Simply make a backup of old ini file and run the new VideoShelf (ver.1.1) to create the new ini. Exit VideoShelf, open the backup copy of your old ini and copy and paste the old values for DVDCollection, PendingDVDCollection and DVD values into the new ini.

2. Version 1.2 - September 20, 2006

* Fixed possible conflict with some firewalls where in VideoShelf would require permission to access the internet on every run (noticed by Zaft).

-- NOTICE! With this update you will need to extract the zip and drop the old ini file into the folder. Then simply run the new exe (VideoShelf.exe) as normal.

3. Version 1.3 - September 30, 2006

* Fixed quite a few small internal bugs.
* Streamlined the item lookup code (should be a little faster now).
* Redesigned the Add DVD / Search window.
* Redesigned the main UI.
* Included a search bar in the main window.
* Included return to previous collection from searched DVD.
* Included the addition of searching by year.
* Included sorting by rating.
* Included more information when adding a DVD to the collection (Release Date, etc).
* Included link to DVD page at Amazon.com in right-click menu.
* Added tags to DVDs to denote favorites, placement in folder, etc.
* Some more things I can't remember at the moment...

-- NOTICE! With this update, due to many added things, you will have to restart your collection from scratch. I apologize for this, and hope from now on you will not have to repeat this procedure. Unzip and replace all files in old folder with new contents. If you want to save your DVD covers, rename the DVD folder to Backup or what-have-you and begin again. When finished, drag-and-drop the old covers on to the new DVDs to replace missing/wrong covers.

4. Version 1.3.1 - September 30, 2006

* Locked search list pane from moving when dragged.

-- Just drop the new contents into the old folder. Overwrite any copies. You should be good to go. Only a small update to fix that one bug that slipped through.
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:iconlimlam:
LimLam Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It doesn't work in vista.
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mamanhere Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Interface Designer
nice and usable work man ! :D
thx for the beautiful app :)
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FurFlux Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i dont understand how can i ad my movie folder (150GB) into the shelf ... its a such nice idea ... but i dont know how to use it ;(
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skdj Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Mmmm. to bad, well I´ll try doing it my self....
So... when can we expect the new relase? Any idea?
I believe this software might become a "must have" if everything works fine...
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the interest. As for when to expect a new release, I'm afraid what you see is what you get. There will no longer be any updates for this program. I've moved on from using DesktopX as a development platform.
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skdj Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Can you share a good res icon for our docks??? PM me pls
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sorry, I don't have the original anymore.
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deNOIR Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
hey there, I really like the idea!
Any news on movieClerk?

I'd really like to try it out ;)
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karansdeviantart Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
is it a standalone program or it needs desktopx installed?

its not working on my lenovo a736 with 1 GB RAM
it wants to connect to internet everytime....
none of the buttons work only search works...
can't drag the window around...
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laushung Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's a standalone program. That being said, this project has been abandoned and hasn't been updated in quite some time. I am currently working on a new program that offers the same features and should address many of the problems that could not be overcome with VideoShelf.
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parry Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
Damn i wish i could get this to work on Vista :(
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mnhalrj83 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
hard work man .but it`s so cooooooooooooooooooooool
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serendipityguy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
i crashes in Vista, now I will never get to see this APpy work :nod:
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laushung Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It might be because the autoItX.dll isn't registering properly. I can't be one hundred percent sure as I'm not on Vista.

Try registering it manually, however the normal way of registering a dll file on Vista is, and see if that help.
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kureb Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007   Interface Designer
Any chance to do it for CDs?
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Though it wouldn't be too hard, probably not. I've got entirely too many projects already started.
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catalin-v Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007   Interface Designer
and..how to use it?
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
RTFM...
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ghostwalker5 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007
On the Play.... "Location on Hard Drive" could you please add other extensions such as mpg, avi, mp4, and so forth.
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sorry mate. This project is now on permanent hiatus and is available only for posterity.

There might be a final update some time in the future but at the moment, development has been suspended so that my attention can be centered on the successor program - movieClerk - which will be a full-blown C# application.
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MisterCrankyGeek Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
looks cool bro
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Hyakutaro Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
This is really awesome, I've been using it for sometime now, but could you please please make it faster? I mean searching etc... is quite slow (I have a good config... so it's not me).

The app would be perfect if you make it run and perform faster :D
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's about as fast as it's going to get I'm afraid. There's only so much performance I can squeeze out of VBscript.
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Hyakutaro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
Ahhh... can't you try to code it in C++ or something? You should be able to significantly speed things up :)
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm currently working on the successor to VideoShelf - called movieClerk - which is based on C# using SQLite.Net for the database. It should be ready soon but things take time.
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:iconhyakutaro:
Hyakutaro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
Can't wait for a release :D
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've got a working version all finished with all features ready to go - the only down side is that it's tied to MS SQL Server 2005 Express for its database backend. This is not fun when deploying the application for the masses because it's one more thing for the end-user to have to download (MS SQL Server Express Edition is some 30+ megs) on top of the .Net 2 framework.

It's because of this that I'm holding off the final release until; 1. I can figure out how to use SQLite.Net programmitically or 2. The author of SQLite.Net updates the C# wrapper with the design-time features which is planned but as of now unknown when this update will be released.

To make a long story slightly shorter, I'm in currently working on a separate program (updating RadioFree for C#) as a test bed of sorts in order to learn SQLite.

It's fun learning new languages... :|
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:iconhyakutaro:
Hyakutaro Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
Good luck man =p
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next2crazy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
I love this app. It's really elegant looking and also easy to use. It's pretty fast on my computer without the fade effect.

Anyway, great job! Hope to see this developed more :).
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Myssynen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Thanks to you! Great program. Little slow, but i added almous 300 films for it. Now i can keep my movies archived :) I wish you can change amazon.com search to other, because in usa many film are banned or not for sale.
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laushung Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the comments. The speed is dependent on the system you are running. On a fairly decent computer it should be alright. I've noticed a little lag on my backup computer (P3, 1.0G with 512 RAM).

There's nothing really I can do to speed it up any more. I'm pushing the capabilities of vb script as it is. I've recently been researching C++ and will, hopefully, when I've learned it will reprogram VideoShelf with that using SQL as the database which should speed things up dramatically.

As for changing the service: ie. Amazon, I cannot do this at this time. If you know of another service that has an open API then please let me know.

Thanks again.
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gavinbiesheuvel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
hey!
this is an amazing program...if only more windows programs worked and looked as good as yours!!!
i was wondering if you could add the ability to add DVD's already on your PC, but in Video TS format? ... you just need to be able to link the DVD cover to the video.IFO file, and it should launch in WMP!!!
let me know if this could become a possibility!
gavin@live.de

Gavin
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the comments. I'm making a list of all formats desired. I'll add .IFO into the next release.

Thanks again.
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burnsflipper Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
great program, but I have one problem, it runs terribly slow on my machine, not sure why is that, I have to wait a while after I open it to start using it
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laushung Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If it runs slow please turn off the animation and fade effect. If it's still slow, I'm sorry, there is nothing more I can do. Might be time to think about upgrading...
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burnsflipper Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I have a pentium 2.80 mhz with 1 gig of ram, dont think it's the system, maybe something related to direct x, I'll look into it, thanks for the tip
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laushung Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah, seems strange that it would be slow then. What sort of graphics card do you have?

My setup is only a 2.8 with 512 MB of RAM and it runs smoothly. It might be a graphics card issue.
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burnsflipper Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I found out about the problem, it seems that while opening uTorrent it goes slow, maybe it has something to do with memory or writing to disk, it runs smooth now, thanks :)
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sahtel08 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! awesome ... great work bro... ;) ...
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laushung Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I will look into adding in user defined searches - ie. whether to search amazon.com or amazon.de - like you suggested. In the meantime, DVD covers can be changed by simply dragging the new DVD cover on to the case you wish to change. Or by manaully saving the new DVD cover in the DVD cover folder with the exact name as the DVD title.

Thankyou very much for your suggestions and comments. I appreciate the time it takes to leave a comment and I am glad you like the program.
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MasterofDistress Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006   Interface Designer
Sounds very good :)
But I've got another suggestion: The program is called VIDEO shelf but it's only possible to add DVD's. What about adding a badge (like HD for harddrive location) with VHS? Cause I've still got some movies recorded on VHS which are shown as DVD's at the moment. Maybe you could think about that too ;)

Best regards
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:iconlaushung:
laushung Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Will do. I'm not sure if I will make it as a badge or as a vhs case. Look for it in the next update.
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:iconmasterofdistress:
MasterofDistress Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006   Interface Designer
Amazing work :) great program, but one question:
Is it possible to localize the search? (for example from amazon.com to amazon.de) so you have the german versions/covers? Or is it impossible so you have to change covers manually?
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Zafted Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Cheers! and thanks for all your hard work :)
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jonppaa Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
I appreciate that! Finally been released :)
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enjoilax Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
This is the best thing ever
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zorda75 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
:+fav: thanks for ur hard work
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iinfiniti Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007
im having trouble with vista, it wont run, says this program has stopped responding.... any ideas?
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mattish-91 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Same for me, running windows 7.
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