No Newsletter for quite a long time because the new version (based on
PHP classes) took longer than expected to complete, because of various
vacation and health problems. But eventually 80% of the things I wanted
to put in the update made their way.
Lots of small/medium things, redesign of some pages (see history change
below) and tiny new improvements requested by users. I hope you'll like
the new Collection/Wishlist interface.
Current status (updated 2005-09-08)
Collections will soon reach 75,000
Wishlists passed 4,700
History for v1.2 (including v1.1.5)
o Rewrote the feedbacks code to allow more flexibility (no more
recomputing at each display).
o It was possible to add to Collection/Wishlist cancelled titles. This
was removed as well as cancelled titles currently in Collections (5)
or Wishlists (3).
o Added new "collection" definition to try to rebuild some Japanese
sets released under the same banner such as Pioneer's Pick Me Up
- LD 100 Selection or Laserdisc Digital Selection.
o Refined the Order Tracking (Pending/Closed/All) with more sorting
options and navigation split for Buyer/Seller/Admin.
o Fixed an old HTML bug in the Shops that caused useless extra
o Frozen account will now get automated Email to inform them of the
o Global Shop updated to match User Shops design (Search Box, etc.).
o Modified some sections to generate more hits on Google...
o Fixed a tiny cosmetic bug when "Show Controls" was pushed.
o Replaced the O/X (Select None/All) push letters with a much nicer
unique checkbox control.
o At last! Now it's possible to input several times the same title in
Collection and add a custom note (40 chars max)!
o It then became possible to "duplicate" a title in Collection
directly from the list (see "Show Update").
o Quick Search modified to allow search by exact reference (no
wildchars) or IMDb as a shortcut.
o Now the search by "Author" also lists titles where Additional
Information was provided (regardless of the current title owner).
o Advanced Search was missing a search on "Additional Information"!
Try 'David Mallet' for example.
o Top 100 for Collection and Wishlist will extend beyond 100 results
to fetch also ex-equaos.
o Fixed the navigation   etc. that, in some cases, would jump
to stupid offsets.
o Added HDVS (uncompressed Hi-Vision) list and display with specific
o Bulk upload batch is now limited to 100 titles at a time to avoid
o Replaced all "LD+G" with correct "LD-G" title (as opposed to
o Added TELETEXT logo.
o Added National Geographics collection/logo.
o Cross-linking with "Music Video Database" under consideration.
o For Sellers: Added "Sales Report".
o Added possibility to browse Global Shop by country.
o Added a more detailed help on picture ratios.
o Added 15th Anniversary "Thank You!" collection/logo.
o Removed "Sean Connery Collection" (only 2 titles!).
o Top 100's were improved to show Shops Offering automatically.
get rid of left side menu and save some space on display (fixed
added Search Boxes directly in the menus.
o Modified the main INDEX display to put statistics in a smaller
o Modified the way Inventory Update works, to match the Collection
o Now, an empty UPC/Barcode will show "???", and "none" if there is
actually no UPC/Barcode (use - value for this).
o Setup updates of Shops Inventory to Froogle.
o Added temporary VHD Database support, until enough data motivates
a split to a separate VHD category.
o Redesigned the Wishlist/Collection interface.
o Rewrote the search engine for IMDb from scratch to avoid a MySQL
bug leading to server crash...
o Moved the IMDb information on first submission page and added an
"Expert" mode submission.
o Upgraded JPGraph from 1.17 to 1.19.
o "About Page" now includes 'preview' button.
o Put the current Universal URL for each page in the bottom bar.
o Modified the User Feedbacks to make them easier to read in one
o Finally unified Lists and Search results in a single PHP Class.
More compact results with IMDB/internal automated linking.
Sorting ascending/descending is not far away now!
o Added PAL+/PAL Plus video mode.
o Empty active Shop will now be considered as closed.
o Added a dozen more Publishers (mainly from Europe).
o Fixed a bug that would cause some selling statistics to be
o Finally got the dual title/ref and IMDb Cover/Coll/Wish/All/Shop
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Fantastic Update Julien.... I would never have believed it could get
better than it was - But it has ;o) Keep up the great work. I visit the
site every day, really useful - I couldn't be without it now.
All the best
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