Mac OS X stand-alone media managar app like Media Companion or Media Info Plus?

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BliBlaBlo Offline
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Question  Mac OS X stand-alone media managar app like Media Companion or Media Info Plus?
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Hi,
is there any app out there that is like Media Companion (http://www.billyad2000.co.uk/) for OSX? Would be great to prepare all my movie folders for xbmc Smile
Nice greeting, BliBlaBlo
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Movie Info Plus is a similar app that is open source (meaning anyone can help code it), it is only available for Windows today but fekker is currently porting it to Mono which once complete means that it will be much easier to port it to Mac OS X and Linux as well.
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=41129
http://sourceforge.net/projects/movieinfoplus/

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?p=2...post257657
Gamester17 Wrote:Would it be possible to port this, the Movie Info Plus application, to use Mono so that it can run nativly under Linux and Mac OS X as well?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mono_(software)
http://www.mono-project.com

FYI; Mono's Common Language Runtime supports C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, and other .NET programing languages. Mono can be run on Linux, BSD, UNIX, Mac OS X, Solaris and Windows operating systems.

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If so then make sure to checkout The Mono Migration Analyzer (MoMA), "Your fast track to Linux", a tool helps you identify issues you may have when porting your .Net application to Mono. It helps pinpoint platform specific calls (P/Invoke) and areas that are not yet supported by the Mono project.
http://www.mono-project.com/MoMA

Also checkout the MonoDevelop IDE Wink
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http://monodevelop.com

Another semi-related idea would be to switch to using Qt toolkit or the GTK toolkit (with the GTK# .NET bindings, as MonoDevelop supports this GTK# toolkit out-of-the-box) for creating the graphical user interface as it is cross-platform framework, or alternative use a PHP, AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML), or ASP (or ASP.NET which MonoDevelop also supports out-of-the-box) based interface as a web application so that it can be used in any web browser, and again also be cross-platform and platform independent for the end-users.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qt_(toolkit)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GTK%2B
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gtk_Sharp

PS! @fekker, off-topic but why team up with billyad2000 and his XBMC Media Companion application (which is also VB.NET based and designed to serve the same purpose) to make it a joint single application project? If you guys would do that then please consider making that new project open source and choose a new neutral name for it (as it would probably not only be used by XBMC fans but by users of many other media center projects as well).

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While the mono version is still a ways out, you can use it under OSX using wine.

http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX/Installing

Wine 1.1.9 .. 1.1.10 .. newer versions should work as well.. it's takes some work as paths have to be entered into the config.xml.. and some gui options (numeric up down) don't display.. all options come from the config and can be set there.
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But no native App? Normaly Mac Apps are more intuitive and have a better UI, so i thought it would be cool Smile
But thanks for your answers Smile
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Ok so I have been having issues using the built in scraper as of late... for some reason it won't find any of my shows automatically any more like it used to and after going through several 'set content' scraper options like IMDB, TVRAGE etc... I'll finally find one that scrapes but then it scrapes the wrong data or doesn't find the show or if I go to TV show information to force it to scan it comes up with this huge list of shows to choose from when before on the same exact content, shows, and folders (nothing has changed and nothing has been renamed) it used to find everything auto just fine... anyhow I'm frustrated and would like to rescan my library but is there an app out the for Mac that will do this and create files (maybe .nfo?) that can be imported into XBMC? I know windows has XBMC media companion but are there any Mac Apps like this? Sad
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Have you tried the default tvdb TV scraper?
I'd say the naming of your files is the problem, an external app will not help you there.
Please provide a debug log from a scan if you want further assistance.
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I'm at work now, but I'll post a debug log when I get home... It would be odd if this was a file naming issue as XBMC has scanned these same folders and added the shows just fine in the past...
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Question  Desktop Library Manager App for Movies?
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I am trying to find a way to better manage my movie collection on my AppleTV running XBMC. While I love XBMC (thanks to all the authors!), there are some aspects that make it hard to manage a large collection of movies.

Modifying the library (e.g. download/update info and thumbs from the internet) from within the ATV, it's kinda hard. For one, I can't easily access the contextual menu for a particular title. I had to resort to the terminal and use my mac to do that. Once in the contextual menu, there was no easy way to "refresh" the entries as there is on my XBMC classic (8.10 PROPER).

At this time I have to manually add movies to the library in my XBOX classic (8.10), export the library, import it into ATV, then manually copy over the thumbs. And even then, adding movies to my XBOX is still a rather painful process (read: typing titles using the gamepad...).

I thought of tagging my MP4s using MetaX, but as far I know XBMC won't read the tags.
Scanning a folder for new content is not a viable option because I have a lot of foreign movies and, in general, it will produce too many errors and mismatches.

For me the best solution would be to be able to do all my library management from a desktop and then import the library and thumbs into XBMC. I did take a look at the videodb.xml and I could manually fix mistakes using a text editor. But again, it's rather cumbersome and prone to error.

Am I making this more difficult than it is? Does anyone share my same issues? Any suggestions?
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Tommasino Wrote:I am trying to find a way to better manage my movie collection on my AppleTV running XBMC. While I love XBMC (thanks to all the authors!), there are some aspects that make it hard to manage a large collection of movies.

Modifying the library (e.g. download/update info and thumbs from the internet) from within the ATV, it's kinda hard. For one, I can't easily access the contextual menu for a particular title. I had to resort to the terminal and use my mac to do that. Once in the contextual menu, there was no easy way to "refresh" the entries as there is on my XBMC classic (8.10 PROPER).

At this time I have to manually add movies to the library in my XBOX classic (8.10), export the library, import it into ATV, then manually copy over the thumbs. And even then, adding movies to my XBOX is still a rather painful process (read: typing titles using the gamepad...).

I thought of tagging my MP4s using MetaX, but as far I know XBMC won't read the tags.
Scanning a folder for new content is not a viable option because I have a lot of foreign movies and, in general, it will produce too many errors and mismatches.

For me the best solution would be to be able to do all my library management from a desktop and then import the library and thumbs into XBMC. I did take a look at the videodb.xml and I could manually fix mistakes using a text editor. But again, it's rather cumbersome and prone to error.

Am I making this more difficult than it is? Does anyone share my same issues? Any suggestions?
Xbmc Media Companion (XMC) ~Or~ Movie Info Plus (MIP)
Threads for both in the general forums
Both create the .nfo, posters, fanart, etc that allows you to manage the media outside of xbmc

They are windows apps, and I know this is a mac thread.. MIP will work under wine, which works under OSX.

MIP is also open source and hosted on sourceforge
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fekker Wrote:Xbmc Media Companion (XMC) ~Or~ Movie Info Plus (MIP)
Threads for both in the general forums
Both create the .nfo, posters, fanart, etc that allows you to manage the media outside of xbmc

They are windows apps, and I know this is a mac thread.. MIP will work under wine, which works under OSX.

MIP is also open source and hosted on sourceforge

Thanks! I will take a look
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Question  Media Manager for Mac OS X? Media Companion and Media Info Plus alternative for Mac?
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I am looking for an app to manage my movies, download covers and fanart etc. on my mac. Unfortunately Media Companion and MIP don't work with Parallels, so I am looking for an alternative.

Are there any comparable apps for mac?
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Here's a discussion for a cross platform tool, unfortunately probably a ways out though..

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=50388
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Thanks for the hint.

Looking forward to see some progress in the development of an cross plattform media manager.
The situation at the moment is quite dissatisfying for mac usersBlush
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I use Parrallels to run a small install of XP with MIP. Works perfectly. What issues are you having?
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While waiting for Unified Media Manager checkout MediaReader:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=49370

...it is coded in Java and has cross-platform support Wink

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