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DVD databases for Handheld devices?


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   BradG

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Posted December 02 2002 - 07:55 AM

I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been in the habit of databasing my DVD collection (and VHS before it) in my computer (Microsoft Access) in order to track and be able to print out listings of movies alphabetically, by genre, even by actor. However, I find that whenever I print out a list (which can run 40 pages), it is out of date within a week. So, I was thinking that a good option would be to have a personal handheld device which stores all the info and can be updated (directly or by the computer) with new movies purchased. This way, there is no wasting of paper and the list can always be kept up to date. A side benefit would be that the handheld device could be used for other applications besides the movie database. Is this possible? I know little of these devices - I do know they have versions of word and excel, but not of access. I suppose one could export an access file to a word file for the device, but that wouldn't be as good as some sort of database on the device itself. Has anyone attempted something like this? It would seem pretty cool to be able to hand a visitor a PDA and get him or her to review and select a movie to watch from the device instead of an out of date binder.

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Mike Brantley

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Posted December 02 2002 - 08:43 AM

I do it, but I'm almost certain my solution isn't the most elegant! You see my desktop DVD database program is DVD Profiler for Windows, which is not available for Mac, and I only have Mac computers. So I run DVD Profiler using a PC emulation program. When I want my DVD list in my Palm Pilot, I export the database from DVD Profiler running under PC emulation. Then I import key fields (title, director studio, etc.) for the DVDs into a native FileMaker database I set up on the Mac. Then I export to FileMaker Mobile on the Palm. Sort of a long way around, I know, but it only takes me a few minutes to do all these steps every week or so or whenever I'm going DVD shopping and want an up-to-date list in my Palm.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   John_Witt

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Posted December 02 2002 - 08:59 AM

I use ThinkDB. It has a conduit to Microsoft Access and is pretty simple to use. I know there are a few others also available. Check out palmgear.com.

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted December 02 2002 - 09:28 AM

I keep mine in an excel file and use DocumentsToGo to transfer it intact. The nice thing is I can change it on the road and update my home version whenever I want. The ThinkDB should also work well for your situation.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   BradG

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Posted December 03 2002 - 05:38 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I can now give my wife and idea of what to buy me for Xmas - she always complains I am impossible to buy for! I'm thinking the Palm M515 handheld looks like a good choice, with expandable memory, it should handle my current and future movie database just fine.




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