01 02/05

MediaMan media catalog

mediaman-screenshot-2-l.jpgThere’s a pretty good program for MCE
for keeping a catalog of your DVD’s, but I was looking for something I
could run on my laptop and easily see what DVD’s we had. And,
most importantly, I wanted to be able to print out a complete list of
our DVD’s I could keep in the car that I can consult when I happen to
be at a store with a cheap movie. So I a couple really bad
programs but then I came across MediaMan. It does exactly what I
want and does it very well. And best of all, it’s free.

It’s very easy to add DVD’s to your collection using MediaMan.
You just put in the title and it uses Amazon’s web services to let you
select the exact movie you have (or multiple disks if you have multiple
ones in a series) and then it downloads the album art and all the
information about the movie into your collection. In version 2
you can even hook up a webcam and use it to can UPC codes for a quick
import of a very large DVD (or book, games, cd’s) library.

Once you get your media collection setup, there’s a bunch of stuff
you can do in MediaMan. There are plenty of nice views to view
your data. And there are some great export methods to export to
CSV files for printing. There are a bunch of other features you
can see on their features page.

I could list a few of the other things I like about this
application, but either you are the type of person that thinks
cataloging your DVD’s, books, and CD’s is a good idea, or you think I’m
crazy. If you don’t think I’m crazy, go download it: http://www.imediaman.com/

Update: About 5 minutes after I finished writing this I read this post over on 43 Folders about an OS X app called Delicious Library that
does almost the exact same thing as MediaMan except on OS X. It
looks pretty slick, but costs $40. But I guess you Mac guys are
probably used to spending money by now ;)