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abeckstrom
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DVDflick

I'd like to be the first to request a PortableApps version of the Open Source DVD authoring tool DVD Flick.

Here's a description of what DVD Flick does taken from its site:
DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks as well as subtitles of your choice.

They have a SourceForge page and there's a great HowTo posted over on Lifehacker for those who'd like to give it a try.

I did my homework first and searched the forums. So far no one has mentioned this promising software. Let me know what you guys think.

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I've checked this out before

I've checked this out before and it would be a fairly easy app to make portable. It doesn't use the registry and all settings are stored in %username%\application data\dvd flick.

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Level of difficulty

How difficult would it be to either:
1) make a PAF compatible launcher?
2) repackage it to store settings in the app directory?

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Actually I made a version

Actually I made a version (originally intended) for my personal use a while back. The only problem with it is if a local version is installed it will overwrite it's settings on run, and delete them on exit. If you want to try it though...
http://download.kmbb.org/DVDFlickPortable.zip

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Will give it a try

Thanks,

So far so good! If it's only the settings that get overwritten that won't be that big of a deal.

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Yabbut...

@ vamp1r:
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Yeah, but what are the odds that the host PC you plug your thumbdrive into will have this proggy on it? For most of us, I'd venture a guess as to say the odds are pretty low. If you plug into a workplace PC, chances are it would have some commercial app for this purpose, not OSS apps.
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Oh, and the link you give above appears to be DOA at the moment. When I click it, I get a "Could not locate remote server" error message.

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*Ahem*...(bump)

@ vamp1r:
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As stated previously, the link you give above appears to be DOA at the moment. When I click it, I get a "Could not locate remote server" error message...

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DVD Flick's developer here.

DVD Flick's developer here. What would be a good way to make DVD Flick (optionally) portable? Allow a commandline switch so that the app's directory is used for settings and temp data? And what's this "PAF Compatible Launcher" thing?

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Its nice that a developer comes here...

You could mail John (contact page) and maybe you two could make a "official" Version (official meaning supported, updated and officially branded by PortableApps.com/John T. Haller )
Else
A Comandline switch or a changable (via ini or something )relative path to the setting directory would be a great help.
PAF (Portable Apps Format) isa specification of portable apps being packed in a way, so the App and the Data are in seperate directories.
More infos on the PAF could be found somewhere in the forum but I lost the page,
Sorry
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PAF Format Clarification

From the forums: PAF Format Clarification thread.

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Here's a *completely

Here's a *completely unfinished* build of 1.2.2.0 with only a few fixes done, but most notably the addition of the -datapath and -temppath commandline parameters. Datapath and Temppath used to be the same thing. By default temppath points to wherever the current user's temporary files path is, Datapath to the old Application Data\DVD Flick folder. Hope this is of some use.

http://members.home.nl/meuwissenth/dvdflick_portableish.zip

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I'll give it a lookover

Thanks for being so accommodating. I'll give it a lookover. With the work you've done now it should be much easier for someone more familiar with NSIS to develop a launcher.

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The .zip was missing just one little thing...

"mbmouse.ocx". But, after downloading it from dotnet2themax.com (direct link here), it seems to be working perfectly!

Thanks for doing this for us, it's a wonderful program!

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i tried and it works

i tried and it works wunderful. THANX

but how can i make a shortcut to PA-menu...?

same problem with SUPER (media converter)...!

any ideas...?

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DVDFlick & .OCX files in System32

Hi folks,

I am NOT a programmer and I am usually worried to death of "Freewares" ... so they do not install Spyware or Trojans on my computer ...

I noticed that DVDFlick installs these 3 goodies on your System32 folder "mscomct2.ocx", "mscomctl.ocx", "mbmouse.ocx" ... and I wonder what these Active X programs exactly do ... and why would a FREEWARE program need to have an ActiveX and special registration going.

Also, can someone tell me what does "mbmouse.ocx" program does? Does it copy your key-strokes or something!?!?

Thanks,
G!

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I share your concerns about

I share your concerns about Freewares

BUT your statement/question:
"and why would a FREEWARE program need to have an ActiveX and special registration going."

is not valid.

There is nothing in the definition of FREEWARE that says it can't use an ActiveX control or have "special registration going". It's just free.

It would of course not be in keeping with the portable apps philosophy unless these things were removed on exit of the program.

I do not know what these particular ActiveX controls do.
I'm sure if an official PA.com version was released it would be checked for malware. So just wait for an official version.

Tim

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It's always good to be cautious when installing something new.

Let me try to help you understand what these are, especially since (last I checked) the "portable-ish" version doesn't actually install anything (I had to hunt down that mbmouse.ocx file myself). I'll explain what it SOUNDS like happened after I tell you about these .ocx files:

The "mscomctl.ocx" and "mscomct2.ocx" normally come with windows, and give .NET programs access to Windows' common controls (they are what allows different programs to pop up the "Open File" dialog box when you tell them to open a file, for example).

The "mbmouse.ocx" makes DVDFlick a bit more responsive to the mouse's movements and clicks, and is best placed in the same folder as dvdflick.exe, since this would eliminate the need to be constantly installing this on other computers. You can find more information about it in the link I provided above, or click here and scroll down a bit (look for "MB MouseHelper Control").

Now, let's try to figure out how that mbmouse.ocx file got into your system32 folder. Did you visit the link in my earlier post and download the "MB MouseHelper Control"? What did you do from there, if you did?

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