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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:54 pm 
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:) It's been a while.

I'm in need of a "Free" DVD & CD cataloging program(s).

This is mainly to document physical DVDs & CDs I have for insurance purposes. I have well over 600+ DVDs & CDs to catalog. It would be great if I could type in the UPC or titles manually. I would like it if it could fill in title information from IMDb or similar databases. Having a UPC matching feature would ideal. It would be ok if I need to add specifics like Special Edition, Directors Cut, etc.

I don't have a webcam or smartphone so those kinds of features are useless to me. I would like to be able to safe the file(s) via download, printout, USB flashdrive, etc.


What program(s) would you recommend? Would it be possible to get a program that handles both DVDs & CDs?

Let me know. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:30 am 
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Lots of "free" programs for almost any use. Here is a link about the "top five" best free programs..
http://www.top5freeware.com/inventory-m ... or-windows
Web cams can be found for less than $30.00 USD with good resolution. Bar code scanners can be had for less than $50.00 USD.
A photo of the item, with its description, is hard evidence that it is or was yours.
Categorizing inventory is important. Keep products separate from each other.. electronics, audio disks, furniture, knick-knacks, trophies or hand tools. Easier to research or update if needed.
Be wary of "cloud" storage of personal information! There have been several major hacking incidents recently. Your data may become public without your approval. A USB flash memory stick is a good repository. Keep your passwords and user names for sites there too, but use a password to lock it.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:16 pm 
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Thx for the link. :)

Karlsweldt wrote:
Lots of "free" programs for almost any use. Here is a link about the "top five" best free programs..
http://www.top5freeware.com/inventory-m ... or-windows


Are these programs just for business/commercial use? I'm looking to catalog my personal collections.

Karlsweldt wrote:
Web cams can be found for less than $30.00 USD with good resolution. Bar code scanners can be had for less than $50.00 USD.


Cash is tight so purchases are for needs before wants. :( But do you have any recommendations for either?

Karlsweldt wrote:
A USB flash memory stick is a good repository. Keep your passwords and user names for sites there too, but use a password to lock it.


That's the plan. :) I don't trust any cloud storage option.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:28 am 
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If for general, non-professional use, almost any cataloging program should work nicely. Might be more features than wanted, but still can be user-friendly.
As to Web cams, have seen some for less than $10.00 USD with VGA quality (640x480). Check the 'big box' stores.
The lower the image quality, the smaller the data file. Many models can save "snapshot" images as JPG format. If you have a cell phone or 'smart' phone with a camera, that would do just fine.
Bar codes (AKA UPC or Universal Product Codes) have variable height and/or width bars for the coding. Under them is a numeric code.. 5 digits for manufacturer, another 5 for product ID. There also would be a digit before and after the coding bars. Ignore those. But a receipt for the item is the most positive proof you own it! Easy enough to copy to a PC file.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:53 am 
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for dvd's, there's EMDB... a good way to keep track of your collection, but I'm not sure it does music cd's
http://emdb.tk/

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:29 am 
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*note* - I'm cataloging physical DVDs & CDs that I own. These are not saved on my computer as files, etc.


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Perhaps a spreadsheet would be an option, although it sounds daunting. But Open Office can easily create one to personal needs. http://openofficedocs.wordpress.com/200 ... readsheet/
Set groups by genre, artist or title.. and set dominance as needed. http://www.openoffice.us.com/ It is FREE!

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