Very cool program, Hector! I have tried several and Coolector is by far the most innovative. I've demonstrated the 'ping pong' interface to several friends who were equally impressed and have since also downloaded it.
Have you thought about adopting a 'wikipedia' type of format [
- wait! hear me out! ] to help with the chore of updating/correcting your database? Missing movies/details are going to be a continual burden on you and your team. Based on the messages in this forum I'm sure the user community would be more than happy to assist.
I understand this would be a huge change but it may be worth considering. If not, the ability to add 'custom' entries would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Here are a few things that you must take into consideration...
Though it's not YET very useful, the Price Search is an essential part of the program's concept. Thanks to our affiliation to video stores, we can offer the program for free (and as importantly, Price Search is about to become an incredibly useful feature, with no equivalent). Maintaining the Price Search implies that we data mine the stores. For this, I've had to develop a whole set of sophisticated tools. Indeed, we must be able to link directly to a store, videos must be gathered by movie, packs of movies must be broken, etc...
Another important part of Coollector's concept, is that the stores allow us to use their material: cover images, description, technical details, etc... That's a great way to build a database legally. If we took wiki contributions, I bet that 70% would be data (illegally) ripped from the IMDb !
You're worried because we seem to be overwhelmed. It's not the case ! It was just a necessary gestation period
. I've had to heavily modify the tools I'd used to create the initial database. At the time, it was only based on CDuniverse. Now the process is quite different. Now we combine the data from CDuniverse with the data from Amazon (and in a few more weeks Ebay, etc...). Videos must be uniquely identified by their barcode, etc...
The task was more tedious than I expected, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. In a few weeks, the new database will be there, followed by weekly updates. We have a great concept, and our tools are now ready... You'll be impressed by our progress!
P.S: as I've said before, we welcome picture contributions, especially pictures of characters ! That would be such an amazing feature, unique to Coollector! Something we can only achieve through user contribution...