mobilePVD - PocketPC client for movie managment PVD

Obelix_A

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Hi all!

This is the PocketPC Version (Viewer) of PVD the very best program to organize your movies.
You can download the PC version from http://www.videodb.info/forum_en/.
My thoughts were: what is the best movie managing and cataloging software worth while in the movie store and searching for a title... or sitting in front of the TV and trying to remember what cool movie I could watch...
That, and enjoying to write software for my mobile phone, were the reasons for mobilePVD.

The software is published at PVD's home and at xda-developers place.


How it works
First of all, you have to get PVD and enter your movies. After that, make a XML export. This writes a file containing the movie information and a directory containing the pictures. Take both and copy them onto your device. I recommend to copy them onto the SD card in a sub directory PVD.
Download mobilePVD and install it on your device. When starting, you will have to select the XML file by clicking Menu->Open DB. Your can select other languages and other skins (if someone makes them :D).

When going to a sublist in mobilePVD (i.e. viewing the movie details or selecting directories) and you want to get back, just slide with your finger over the list from left to right...

How to translate
In the program directory on the device is a sub directory called "Languages". Within you find the language files. I deployed English and German so far. To make own translations just copy a file to your desktop, open it with any text editor and translate. Please publish your translation on either forum, so I can build the next version with more supported languages.

How to skin
also in the program directory you will find a sub directory "Skin" with all the images I use. The images in "Manila WVGA" are for a resolution of 800x480. If you like you can take those bitmaps and change them to fit other resolutions and other colors. Don't forget to adapt the settings in the skin.ini file.
And please share your work with us and publish your skins on either forum. I will put them in the download section.


Have fun!
Obelix

Changelog:

2.1 Filtering is back and actors are grouped by first letter.
2.0 uses virtual mode to load more movies before reaching end of memory
1.1 out of memory problem fixed
1.0 Initial release

If you like my work, you can buy me a glass of wine


Version 2.1 of mobilePVD
 

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kensong

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I was hoping this allows you to enter movie info directly on mobilePVD. A desktop entry method is rather inconvenient. Would that be possible?
 

kensong

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Does this also mean I have to re-export everytime I add movies? I took a look at the desktop version and it is very good. I can see why it is more practical using the desktop for entry of movie info.
 

kensong

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Obelix_A, I have exported some movies and I must say it looks really nice on my HD2 although it is still not very stable, sometime I get an error that quits the program. It's only 3 movies so I am wondering if it may sow down when I have much more (2,800 in my collection). I would love to have Ratings and duration. It is missing after export. Thanks, this is great for movie lovers just like IMDB Mobile. I am just surprised that there is not much feedback yet.
 
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Demon_man

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I like it to a while to sort all my movies and still didnt get all the pictures from IMDB, hey ho did it manually, i need to change the skins to VGA how do i go about that im a bit of a noobie when it comes to skins?

:)
 

kensong

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The Actor list is huge and is close to impossible to scroll all the way down to "T" etc. Can we have a sort of filter to search actor names? trev666, use IMP plugin for movie posters. It's excellent.
 
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Demon_man

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@Kensong cheers mate

it works well after i restarted my phone, without changing anything from wvga to vga so im happy, thanks man not looking forward to adding all my movies though lol
 

Obelix_A

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here we go with Version 2.0 of mobilePVD. It now uses a virtual mode of the SliderList, what means, that it can load more movies before running out of memory.

If it runs on your devices as stable as it does on mine, we can start adding new features...
 

alfish2000

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I have installed v2.1 right now.
If I click on one of the "-" e.g. "- Actors" I get an exception:
"RemoveItem in virtual mode not allowed"

I am very interested in the development of mobilePVD since I would love to have my movie list on my phone (TD2).

Is mobilePVD a "one man show" or are you planing to involve more developers?
 

Obelix_A

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what exactly do you want to add?
the only thing I could imagine right now, is another way to read the data.
play around with PVD and the exported data (XML) and how fast you can read it.
currently I am reading with XmlReader.Read and evaluate the nodes. If you can read faster, this would help. other proposals welcome ;)
 

alfish2000

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Here is just a spontaneous list:

- WM 6.5.5 Problem with menus. The black background (when menues are displayed) does not cover the whole screen. Above there is some space visible. This is because the top bar (where the clock is) is smaller and the windows task bar is bigger in WM 6.5.5 (Sorry, cant supply a picture now how it looks like)
- Filter Actors: Add a search field also
- Add a clear button to the search fields to clear the field easily
- Add (Readd?) a ">" to the Movie list to open the movie details (I think the ">" was already there in an earlier version.
- Maybe make the UI somehow less sensitive. At least on my device it moves very quickly. E.g. I cant open the details view without moving the movie list view up or down accidentally.
- Add "Reset all Filters" menu item to the Filter Menu.
- Remove the search field in the detailed movie view to get more space to view the details.
- Maybe make the "letter lines" (+A, +B, ..) in the actors view a little bit thicker so that it is easier to open/close them with a larger thumb :)
- Maybe add the "letter lines" (+A, +B, ..) to the movie list also. Dont know, how large collections will be handled right now.
- Add more filters like rating (stars...)
- Add movie trailer support (e.g. prepare trailers on PC (conversion etc.) and copy them to device. Link from within mPVD to start media player on device)
- ...

So where can I get the source code to get started with it?

Regards
Al
 

Obelix_A

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ok, ok ;)
I will prepare the sources and make it available for you via SVN, so we can handle developing both.
By now, the list won't move when clicking. I changed that... (but all other things from your list can/need to be done)

so, drop me a PM with your wished user name and password for SVN and give me little time to prepare...