Having a lot of vacation time on my hands, I decided it was time to organize all my DVDs and CDs for the new year. I was on the hunt for some freeware and found two really nice programs to help me.
The first one is called Ant Movie Catalog. Working from just a CSV list of movies, I was able to import all my DVD movies into AMC within seconds. Now comes the cool part: I could update them in batch from IMDB! Just highlight a bunch of entries, hit F6, pick the movie database you want (I like IMDB) and then it will grab all of the information about that movie, including downloading a thumbnail picture for you! Most titles are unique enough so it was pretty easy to pick the correct movie.
The next project was to catalog all of my old software stored on CDs and DVDs (yes, I still horde Windows 95, 98 and 2000 CDs!). I tried many different programs, but the one that seemed to work the best, not have many limitations and updated on a regular basis was Wincatalog Light 2009. When scanning disks, I kept getting an error that archiveinfo.dll didn’t exist, so I installed the full version and copied archiveinfo.dll and the ARC directory to the light version directory and then the error went away.
The program doesn’t do automatic numbering for media, so I put the CD # manually in the comment section and it shows the comment section as a column for each CD/DVD. The only snag is that it sorts them as text and not numbers, so 1, 10, 100, 101… are all grouped together. This really isn’t a big deal, because you can do a search for what you want and then use the “jump to item in catalog” feature. For programs requiring serial numbers, I just put a comment on the first folder within the CD. When you expand the CD item in the normal view, you’ll clearly see the serial number.
Since Microsoft Money is going away, I also found this program to replace it that is very slick called Money Manager Ex. It’s based on the SQLite engine, it’s very small and efficent unlike MS Money and best of all: FREE! I like the canned reports “Where the Money Goes” and “Where the Money Comes From”.
Finally, I ditched WinRAR which I got from a Slickdeals deal in favor of opensource 7-ZIP. Yes, it handles RAR files just as well.
Have a safe and Happy New Year!
Sola scriptura! Sola fide! Sola gratia! Solo Christo! Soli Deo Gloria!