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MediaMan Review

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PROS / It automatically self-updates, so you'll always be working with the most recent version.

CONS / It does not let you mark whether you have seen a movie or not.

 VERDICT / This is good movie collection software for those on a budget, as it is compatible with many formats and uploading methods, but it's not as user-friendly as the best software.

MediaMan is DVD collection software that can catalog your entire movie library regardless of format. It uploads detailed video data quickly through a variety of methods, letting you use whichever one is most convenient for you. It also has a few extra features, which makes using the software a pleasant experience, though it's still not quite as intuitive as the best software.

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Whether you've got lots of digital video downloads or your video library is strictly physical, you can list all your movies on this movie collection software, as it can log pretty much any video format. However, the software only works for Windows users. It automatically updates itself, letting you always have access to the most up-to-date version.

  1. How easy the software is to use, considering the interface, data input, exporting and searching.
    Higher is better.
  2. 7 MediaMan
    74%
  3. 97%
  4. 94%
  5. 99%
  6. Category Average
    85.70%

The software is not as intuitive to use as it seems at first glance, but after a few minutes of tinkering around, it makes more sense. It's easier to manually add information than to use the other input methods, though this is not ideal if you have a large variety of videos to add. While it lets you search the internet for specific videos right through the interface, it's difficult to wade through the different versions, formats and languages to find the right one. We also didn't think the software looked as sharp or user-friendly as the other software on our lineup.

The loan manager keeps track of which movies you lend out, and you can back up or export this log. If you find a video you want to own, you can add it to the built-in wish list. The thumbnail view makes it easy to browse your collection and cover art, and the customizable layout and skin can make the software more appealing to use.

You can easily log details for each video in your movie database. It allows you to enter basic information, such as a movie's title, cast, director and summary, as well as more advanced points, such as the aspect ratio and region. However, as we tested it, it didn't seem to be able to register individual TV show episodes or videos within a box set. You can add keyword tags to any entry, though, making it easy to search for, or add a link to embed a trailer for any video, if one is available.

The software is backed by a variety of customer support and helpful resources, which allow you to better understand the software or anything concerning it. You can check out the extensive FAQs section on its website, which answers common questions and addresses technical issues, and if you create an account, you can browse the forum, which allows you to interact with other MediaMan users. You can also contact the developer directly via email.

Summary

The Windows-only MediaMan software is not be the easiest on our lineup to use, but it does let you catalog virtually any format of video and add a variety of pertinent information for each entry. It provides a variety of ways to upload video information, and it has enough extra features to make it a decent option for those on a tight budget.

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