Originally Posted by nnay_07
I know at least 3 programs out there doing the same job for free: Yadis, Dune explorer 2 and wappiti...
What are the key advantage of your solution over those programs?
Thank you for your question. First of all, please note that creating illustrated catalogs for Dune is not the sole purpose of our program. Movienizer is a specialized movie organizer that we've been developing more than 5 years. Support for Dune is just a feature from its toolbox. That is we offer a full-featured solution for movie lovers, and creating a movie catalog for Dune is a bonus.
But I'd like to go into detail and to talk about differences.
- Information about movies can be downloaded using quite a number of scripts with the support for multiple languages (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, ...) from various sites (IMDB, Blu-Ray.com, DVDEmpire, OFDB, Kinopoisk, ...).
- Information about movies is stored in a database, every field (cast/crew list, covers, shots etc.) can be edited.
- After creating a catalog you can play movies stored on the local computer, on the HDD of Dune, on an external hard drive that you connect to Dune, on a NAS. The program will provide correct links to the files/directories. Usual video files, as well as DVD/Blu Ray folders are supported.
- Look and feel of the catalog can be easily customized. The pattern itself is stored in HTML + CSS, you can use your own pictures for genres, countries etc. Besides you can set up number of columns/rows for output of covers and other parameters directly in the program. For the information page of every movie (see the last screenshot from my first post), you can use any custom cover / poster or other background.
- The catalog offers some categories for easy navigation: movies, TV series, alphabetically (shows the first letters only of the available movies), genres, studios, location, actors, directors. That is you can not just browse movie covers, but also chose movies by actors (their photos and names are shown). You can create your catalog for certain files or for folders with video files.
- Movie files may be stored in a single folder. The catalog for Dune can be created in any place. For example, on the Dune's HDD or in some NAS folder.
- From files of TV series, shots are taken automatically and used as covers. It is also possible to play all episodes at once (an additional playlist is created).
PS: A few words about the story behind the module for creating Dune catalogs. We started working on it about 3 months ago. The project was developed by 5 persons on continuing basis + 2 months was spent to discuss features on the Russian forum http://forum.hdtv.ru
(28 pages of the discussion). We purchased a Dune BD Prime with a HDD and a Wi-Fi module, NAS QNAP TS-509 Pro, and tested everything on 5+ computers with various operating systems and configurations. I believe that our program has pulled significantly ahead of competitors. Movienizer is an easy to use program to manage media databases, and not just a tool for creating covers...