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  • DDS to MediaTracker Converter

    What is this?

    Got one or more of these?

     

    Well unfortunately the Melbourne-based company behind the product, Project Labs, folded a while ago, so support has been lacking. In particularly, the software driving it isn't exactly the best.

    Luckily, an overseas company, Centurion-CD, has taken over the product and have released a new tool, MediaTracker, to replace the old software, DDS.

    So this utility is for those who want to convert from the old DDS utility, to the new MediaTracker software.

    Why did you write it?

    Well I wasn't going to reindex all my CDs in the units all over again. The new program, MediaTracker, isn't perfect, but it's a bit better.

    Why use MediaTracker? 

    There are some things missing from it that were so obvious in DDS, things like immediately knowing which disc was in or out by looking at the list, and immediately knowing how many slots were empty. MediaTracker also doesn’t evenly distribute CDs in the unit – in DDS, CDs are evenly distributed on both sides of the carousel, presumably to even out the load on the motor in the unit.

    MediaTracker however, does offer the ability to search through the contents of each CD in the unit, once they’re scanned in. The catch is that when converting from DDS, as the discs were never scanned before, this data won’t exist. You’ll have to index each CD manually if you want this.

    And MediaTracker does get rid of that annoying slight complete system freeze that DDS introduces on startup and shutdown, as it cycles each CD unit back to a default position. It also asks fewer questions than DDS does when a disc is inserted (which I’ve always found annoying).  It does however have an annoying habit of ejecting the empty slot on startup to ensure it is actually empty though.
    NOTE: Once you convert to MediaTracker, and have started removing and inserting CDs into a CenturyCD unit, you will not be able to return to DDS as the data will have changed.

    Do give it a whirl before converting, as once you convert and have started inserting and removing CDs, you can't go back.

    Where's the obligatory screenshot?

    Here it is, but really, it's nothing to look at. This isn't exactly one you'd look at for any more than 15 minutes anyway.

     

     

     Alright, where do I download it?

     To use it, you need a few pre-requisites.

    Once you have all that, you can download the converter here - DDS to MediaTracker Converter. Instructions are included in the download, but it's pretty straight-forward. Standard disclaimer of responsibility, but it only writes to the MediaTracker database file, so backup that file before and you can reverse any damage caused Smile

    If you're interested in the source code, let me know using the contact links below. 

    Version history

    • v1.0.0.0 (05/09/2007): initial release.
    • v1.1.0.0 (13/09/2007): rewrote database code to make it faster, now supports transfer of audio CD track titles as well if entered, correctly transfers 'checked out' CDs, supports the 'unscanned volumes' feature of MediaTracker 2.1.0.0, tested on Windows 2000 SP4 and updated readme.
     

Comments

1.

Hey How about seeing if you can convert the Mediatracker database to an excell so we can print offthe databse :)

Email me at grrantry@excite.com to tell me if you can do such a feat

Posted by grrantry, 18th October 2007 1:55 PM
 
2.

Hi grrantry - thanks for commenting. It's quite easy to do - just read the SQLite MediaTracker DB and export it as a CSV for import into Excel, or most other table-based programs.

I believe however, that this type of functionality is best supported if it is directly integrated into the MediaTracker program. I have been in touch with the MediaTracker developers about this - we'll see where that leads. I'll let you know if something happens.

Posted by [edgylogic] Sam, 19th October 2007 2:50 AM
 
3.

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to help make mediaTRACKER a better application. 2.1 is a mess right now and that is all I will say. It looks as though most people across the board feel the same way. I'm not the type to just dump it and run for a new company. I'll stick around and hope for a stable version soon.

Until then, thanks again for making the carousel world a more friendly place for DDS to MT conversions.

Good luck in your future ventures, and thanks again.

Posted by Todd, 26th December 2007 9:01 AM
 
4.

Hi, I have a question about opening me data in excel. You said "read the SQLite MediaTracker DB and export it as a CSV" but I don't know what that means.  What is SQLite Mediatracker DB, is it my backup file? how do i find this file, is there a program I am suppose to download?  Thanks

Posted by Tim, 17th January 2008 7:53 PM
 
5.

Tim:

That wasn't meant to be a straight-forward response for a non-developer; it requires some coding skill to get it working.

Can I ask why people are so interested in having the data exported as an Excel file? And what type of data do you want exported (be specific - name the columns)?

Posted by [edgylogic] Sam, 21st January 2008 12:53 AM
 
6.

Oh ok... I have a good size movie collection and I use my Century CD things to store them in, that way I don't have to go through them in a stack and it puts them alphabetical order. The problem I have is that I can't get a portable list or print it out. About the name of the columns, do you like the Name, Size, Type, etc.. If so all I what is the names. If you can't post how to do it and could email me or give some hits on where to find out how that would be great. Thanks gumper03@yahoo.com

Posted by Tim, 23rd January 2008 12:14 PM
 
7.

Hello Tim

Greetings from Digistore Solutions.

You might wish to know that Movie Collector from Collectorz.com will be supporting the Centurion CD in their next release - sometime next month, February 2008.

Thank you and best regards.  

Cheers  

-- Victor Foo

CEO, Digistore Solutions (S) Pte. Ltd.

Powering Information Access  

Posted by Victor Foo, 23rd January 2008 2:53 PM
 
8.

Hi Yall It's been a little while. Just wanted to say that I got the Movie Collector thing now and I think it is pretty awesome. I do have one question, I caught a deal on ebay a few weeks ago and got 7 Century CD units for about $225 shipping and all. I know I read something about how many you can stack at once..right? But I don't remeber how many it was and don't remeber were I saw it. Isn't there a limit?  Thanks,   Tim

Posted by Tim , 13th March 2008 10:01 AM
 
9.

Hello Tim

Greetings from Digistore Solutions.

You could connect up to 1,270 Units of Centurion CD.

You should not purchase those Century CD from eBay because they were old inventories and do not include manufacturer warranty.

Please visit : www.centurion-cd.com for latest details on Centurion CD ( or Centurion DiscHub ).

Thank you and best regards.  

Cheers  

-- Victor Foo

CEO, Digistore Solutions (S) Pte. Ltd.

Powering Information Access  

Posted by Victor Foo, 13th March 2008 10:26 AM
 
10.

Hello Tim

Greetings from Digistore Solutions.

You could connect up to 1,270 Units of Centurion CD.

You should not purchase those Century CD from eBay because they were old inventories and do not include manufacturer warranty.

Please visit : www.centurion-cd.com for latest details on Centurion CD ( or Centurion DiscHub ).

Thank you and best regards.  

Cheers  

-- Victor Foo

CEO, Digistore Solutions (S) Pte. Ltd.

Powering Information Access  

Posted by Victor Foo, 13th March 2008 10:28 AM
 
11.

Tim:

I don't think there's a technical limit, but stacking more than around 5 was a physical hazard - e.g. they might topple over. Not sure if it may be too much weight for the units below to bear either.

But you can always connect another USB cable to one and start another stack.

7 CCD units?!?!! That's one massive disc collection you have there :)

Posted by [edgylogic] Sam, 20th March 2008 3:10 PM
 
12.

Just bought a Century CD. No software in the box but a note to download from the Project Labs website. That was ok but it doesn't work in Vista.  Contacted the online store I purchased from and they are sending me software for Vista - for an extra $15.

Posted by Spyro, 14th September 2008 5:19 PM
 
13.

Hello Spyro

Greetings from Digistore Solutions.

Yes. MediaTRACKER Standard supports Microsoft Vista. The MediaTRACKER Standard contains enhanced features and it costs US$15.00 per license.

However, you may wish to download the MediaTRACKER Lite from : www.centurion-cd.com/download.html instead.  The MediaTRACKER Lite is absolutely free of charge though.

Thank you and best regards.

Cheers

-- Victor Foo

CEO, Digistore Solutions (S) Pte. Ltd.

Powering Information Access

Posted by Victor Foo, 15th September 2008 5:30 PM
 
14.

My Century CD seems to be jammed. Can anyone help

Posted by Spyro, 23rd October 2008 12:53 AM
 
15.

Please submit a technical ticket from here : digistoresolutions.helpserve.com.

Posted by Victor Foo, 23rd October 2008 3:07 AM
 
16.

I bought 2 of the centurian cd units recently -with both units-the carousel suddenly stops rotating -I have done everything and had all the tech support and even dismantled the units.

These units are made in China and they are very badly made. don't -i repeat DO NOT waste your time and money. these units are crap.

Posted by kim, 8th June 2012 10:07 PM
 

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