Virtual DVDs
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Create easily useable virtual DVDs.   Demo ($5.00)
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    Raymond Lewis Jones
Virtual DVDs... I was sick and tired of ripping my DVDs to my computer, and then to watch it I would have to open up DVD Player and browse the system to find the "VIDEO_TS" folder. This app creates "Virtual DVDs" for you that can be double-clicked and viewed in DVD Player without browsing for the folder.

After ripping your DVD, just rename the folder (the containing folder, not the VIDEO_TS folder) by adding a ".vdvd" at the end. This turns the folder into a file package (the icon will change). Now, just double click on it and Virtual DVDs will do the rest (the process is
What's New
Version 3.0.1 has the Virtual DVD Library interface removed in place of a more simple add/remove locations.

Version 2.0.6 can now act like version 1.0.2!!! Check out the ReadMe in the download for more.

Version 2.0.5:

Okay, now added support for multiple external drives. Now only symbolic links of your Virtual DVDs will be placed in your Virtual DVD Library. The original stays where it is. This prevents the need to create a symbolic link of just your Library. However, if an original is moved from it's location, it is wiped from the Library (not deleted).

Version 2.0.4 users, should re-build their Library by removing the link and gathering originals where you want them.

Now multiple DVD support, so you can now add as many Virtual DVDs to your Library as you want (just select them and double-click or "Command"+"O").

Removed the "image cell" containing an icon of a DVD from the interface. It was causing the app to hang up. Will be brought back in version 3.0.

The remove button only removes the link from the Library. If there are originals not links in your Library, then the originals will be moved to a folder on your desktop called "Removed Virtual DVDs".

Search function to narrow down your Virtual DVD Library by name.

Note: DO NOT USE the "Virtual DVDs" folder in your Movies folder. It is for Front Row only and manually putting any file in there will result in permanent loss of that file.

Version 3.0.1 has the Virtual DVD Library interface removed in place of a more simple add/remove locations.

Version 2.0.6 can now act like version 1.0.2!!! Check out the ReadMe in the download for more.

Version 2.0.5:

Okay, now added support for multiple external drives. Now only symbolic links of your Virtual DVDs will be placed in your Virtual DVD Library. The original stays where it more...

Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, DVDPlayer.app

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Electric Eel Productions (developer) commented on 29 Nov 2007
Tomorrow first thing. I have a new re-vamped version 2.0.4

New will be link support:
You can now use a symbolic link for your "Virtual DVD Library", so that your Virtual DVDs can be stored on an External drive.

Free update to those who have paid for this.

This new version is way more stable.
[Version 2.0.2]


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Xenophile commented on 28 Nov 2007
You're actually charging money for this?

Besides using OS X's myriad short-cuts to access files, and then simply dragging and dropping the Video_TS folder on the DVD player, there's also this:

PlayVideoTS, http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20141/playvideots

PlayVideoTS just happens to coincidentally do exactly the same thing as Virtual DVDs, except it's free and was released first. I suspect its author would be interested to know that someone else is charging money for his idea.

Of course, besides PlayVideoTS, there are many other free apps that catalog Video_TS folders and launch them. To name a few: Mezzanine, DVD Juggler, Videopicker.

There are also some excellent payware apps that will launch video_TS folders, such as Matinee. It's $10, but it has a refined interface and avoids cludges like adding a new file type to your system.

Note to developer: if your fiance refuses to support your hobbies unless they turn a profit, maybe you should take that as a warning sign...
[Version 2.0.2]

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Electric Eel Productions (developer) replied on 28 Nov 2007
Whoh, whoh, whoh

Maybe you didn't notice that this is Version 2.0.2

I came out with Virtual DVDs a long time ago. Second, everyone who used my free version 1.0 has asked to get this working with Front Row. Now it does!

Oh boy, you have got to be kidding me. Pardon me if I charge for it. I think that is my business not yours. Don't buy it.
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Electric Eel Productions (developer) replied on 28 Nov 2007
I can't believe you can't see the very big differences in my app. PlayVideo_TS simply plays the folder in DVDPlayer. My app actually keeps a Library of your DVDs and lets you play them from Front Row or from the Virtual DVDs interface.

The big point here is "FRONT ROW"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is why I am charging. By the way, did you even download it and see what it does. I bet you didn't.
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Xenophile replied on 05 Dec 2007
Fair enough. If you can sucker people into paying for this, then more power to you.
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Electric Eel Productions (developer) commented on 08 Aug 2007
Um, whatever. you seem to be out-numbered here as far as good/bad reviews. Don't use it it, whatever.
[Version 1.1]


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Bill B commented on 08 Aug 2007
Yeah, great. Finding files on a Mac is SO hard. Geez...
[Version 1.1]

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Macnews replied on 27 Nov 2007
The Mac OS...the most user-friendly system on the planet. Yet it still needs a host of 3rd party enhancements to make it even more so.

So, my question to you is this: What kind of asinine comment was that?
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Electric Eel Productions (developer) commented on 20 Jul 2007
Wadda ya say, like $5-10 if I get it working.

I usually offer free upgrades to all versions after initial purchase.

Sound good? I can't offer it for free after I put time like that into it. My fiance would kill me.
[Version 1.0]


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Electric Eel Productions (developer) commented on 20 Jul 2007
Yeah, everyone wants this to work with front row. Okay, I will do it!!!!!!!!!

Researched it a little and I think it is possible given some time. I am currently moving to a new house, so give me a couple of weeks.
[Version 1.0]


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Electric Eel Productions (developer) commented on 20 Jul 2007
I currently do not have Front Row on the machine that I do all my developing on. However, I am currently trying to figure it out.

Make sure you answer my poll, so that I get a better idea if this is even worth pursuing.
[Version 1.0]


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viskwal commented on 20 Jul 2007
does this also work inside frontrow ?

at the moment I am using dvd assist, but this solution seems much more elegant, if frontrow works with these files.
[Version 1.0]


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bill bob 1 commented on 19 Jul 2007
Absolutely superb, this is fantastic!

Thank you.
[Version 1.0]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Demo
Date:06 Dec 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Virtual DVDs... I was sick and tired of ripping my DVDs to my computer, and then to watch it I would have to open up DVD Player and browse the system to find the "VIDEO_TS" folder. This app creates "Virtual DVDs" for you that can be double-clicked and viewed in DVD Player without browsing for the folder.

After ripping your DVD, just rename the folder (the containing folder, not the VIDEO_TS folder) by adding a ".vdvd" at the end. This turns the folder into a file package (the icon will change). Now, just double click on it and Virtual DVDs will do the rest (the process is invisible to you).

Basically, Virtual DVDs is an app that adds a new extension to your system (.vdvd).

Now you can view these in Front Row!


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