Alternate Application: Griffith for Ant Movie Catelog
My journey from Microsoft to FOSS was first reported in my earlier post Move on: Windows to Linux. Time to time I talked about those applications I found useful. The current post is about an alternating application to a MS Windows application. I have a long list of titles in my movie collection and I used to use an application to cataloging them.
What is AMC?
AMC is an free and open source software to manage your collection of movies. The software is built for MS Windows, and creators claimed that it works in GNU/Linux via Wine.
How to make catalog in AMC?
Create the catalog by adding movie title. AMC contains scripts to fetch Internet data and update details about titles. The details include poster image, plot, credits, length of the move, genre, synopsis and more.
What is Griffith?
Is a cross platform media collection management software. It is also a free software released under GPL2.
What makes Griffith a perfect alternative to AMC?» Griffith is a simple application to list all your media. It tabularize the list in the left pan and the details of the movie is summarized in the right pan similar to AMC.
» Adding movie title is pretty simple and you only need to enter the title, rest can be fetched from Internet. Default website for getting information is IMDB. There are lots of other to choose from.
» You already have a big list of films. Don't worry, it is easy to import AMC files in Griffith. It is not perfect though, but it is easy to import and then modify fine details if needed.
» It is free just like AMC and more importantly it is cross platform.
The thing worried me a lot is that Griffith is not in active development stage. The last stable version released in year 2008.
Is there any other alternative?
Yes. One of the other alternative is
Media lovers always needs a great catalog management software. Most important utility is to search through the list and find some finer details from it. There are few proprietary software to use for the purpose. However from the beginning I preferred the free and open source softwares. Ant Movie catalog was my earlier choice. AMC is a very nice application but is mostly limited to MS Windows platform. But its alternative application Griffith has no such limitations. Both application provides good set of tools to create and maintain a media collections. There are other alternative as well, spend some time with them and choose the one you like most. Keep listing... :)
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