VideoMan 0.8

# Player support: videoMan now works directly with three video players. BSPlayer, Zoom Player and Media Player Classic. Go to Edit -> Options -> Player to set your favorite. If you use a different player, videoMan will continue to work as before.
Once you have selected a Player, you can set the Player Path by clicking on 'Search' which will search the C:\ drive the executable. Or, you can click on 'Browse' and find it yourself.
Warning: Once you have selected your Player, set your Player Path and tweaked your Player Options just so, click on 'Save' before you click on 'Ok'.
Tested with MPC, Zoom 4.0.2, BSP 1.00.810

# Multiple file support. To use, your files must be named exactly the same with -CD(1-9).(avi|mpg|...) at the end. Example: Shrek-CD1.avi, Shrek-CD2.avi, Subtitled movies follow the same rule with and All files must be in the same directory.

# MPAA rating. By default this filter is turned off. To turn on, go to the 'View' menu item and set the MPAA rating to the desired level. Once on, only those movies at that level and below will be shown. This works with, Find, Remind and the standard display. Note: this filter is only active on the main page. The View, Edit Add-by. subpanels can still see all movies. For a higher level of control over what minors might have access to, I suggest installing videoman twice, under different logins.

# Find. Enter in your search key in the text box and click find. Note that this feature is case sensitive.

# Seen, If you would like to view your movie list on the main page without seeing the movies you have checked as 'Seen', go to the 'View' menu and uncheck 'seen'

# Remind, To see the list across all genres but with MPAA filter, if turned on. Go to 'View' menu and check the remind box.

# IMDB search. For faster more accurate IMDB searches, you can now use the IMDB key id on the Add Movie page. If this field is populated, videoMan will use that instead of the Title field when gathering the IMDB data.

# Export to/Import from TSV. Data is exported as a three column separated file. Order is filename, movie Title, IMDB key. Not all fields are required but import works better with at least two of the three fields. If IMDB key is included, videoman will go to and gather the data during import.

# Export to HTML, you can now export your data to a formatted HTML file. You have two choices, a simple line output or a more complete view output. Options are given to define content and display order. Found on the File menu.

# QueryDB, to view database statistics, go to View -> QueryDb. On the left hand side you will find various pre-packaged DB reports that you can view. For those that know SQL, I've included an SQL mode where you can enter your own queries.

NOTE: This update will replace your MovieData.mdb database file. Upon first execution, your old data will be transferred to the new database. Also your properties file will be updated and save. Once complete, the MovieData.mdb and menus.prop files in your data directory are no longer required.

Upon completion of update from the old to new database a report, updReport.txt, will be left in your top level videoMan directory.

Using WinZip or similar tool, extract files to VideoMan destination directory.

As with any application update, it is a good idea to keep a backup copy before overwriting.

New Installation:
Create destination directory, ex. C:\Videoman

Using WinZip or similar tool, extract files to created destination directory.

Go to destination directory, ex. C:\cd> C:\VideoMan

Execute the run.bat file, ex. C:\VideoMan>run.bat

Please read the License file found in the 'doc' directory, ex. C:\VideoMan\doc\License.txt

To set a desktop icon: Using Explorer in the destination directory, right click on the run.bat file and then left click on 'Send to'-> Desktop. Once on the desktop, right click on the short cut, left click on properties. Set Target to the full path to the run.bat file, ex, C:\VideoMan\run.bat. Set Start In: to the destination directory, ex. C:\VideoMan From this same properties page, you can set a custom icon. The VideoMan icon, named vidman.ico, can be found in the doc directory. Click on Change Icon, Ok to pass then warning screen, then Browse.

Getting Started:
Loading VideoFiles into VideoMan
Step one: Tell videoMan which directories on your system contain movie(.avi|.mpg) files.

Click on the 'Edit' menu item
Click on the 'Options' item
Click on 'Movie File Directories' button

For each directory to add, click on the 'Add' button and use provided page to locate directories on your system that contain avi/mpg files.

Step two: Add movie files to database
Click on 'File'
Click on 'Add by Directory'

From the provided panel, select a directory from the combo-box pick.
Click on 'Select'.

A new page pops up, on the left are all the movie files from selected directory not currently listed in the VideoMan DataBase.

The fastest input method is to use the 'Add All' button on top of the list. Then go back to the main page and click on 'Edit' ,'Edit Movie Data' to add the IMDB information.

Items will not appear on the main page until they have the IMDB information added. This is done by clicking on the 'Get IMDB info' button on the 'Edit Movie Data' page. This button retrieves information from the 'Internet Movie Data Base'. It's search is based on the information in the "Title:' field. VideoMan will pre-populate this field based on the filename of the chosen entry. This assumes that the file name has a close resemblance to the title of the movie. Depending on the title, one or more possible entries will be listed in a sub window. Choose the one the seems to be correct and click on 'Select'. Also, the fields on the Edit page can be populated by hand. The Edit page form will be populated, if it is the correct information, click on 'Update DB' and then you can proceed to the next title. If it is not correct, click on 'Get IMDB info' again and/or modify the Title: field to modify the search. Once a few movies have been added, from main page select a 'Search By' key.

For Home movies or others that may not have IMDB information, use the 'Edit Movie Data' and populate the fields by hand. Each movie entry must have at least the Title and Genre field populated to appear on the main panel page. When entering by hand you must ensure that the Genre field matches on of the choices available in the 'Search By' combo-box on the main menu.

Windows 2K/XP
Java 1.4+