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A big update for your Movie Connect web-based software today, which is all about pick list fields.

Pick list fields (and the pick lists behind them) are an important part of your movie database. These are the fields in the Edit screen that let you pick from a list of possible values, with that list being fully configurable by you the user.
Examples of pick list fields are Format, Series, Owner, Genres and Tags (both multi value pick list fields), but also Studio and Distributor.

Now, a lot of the questions we usually get about Movie Connect are related to pick list fields and can usually be answered with:

“Just use the Manage Pick Lists screen”

Renaming Formats, Merging duplicate Locations, fixing typos in actor names, etc… it is all done in the Manage Pick Lists (MPL) screen. An important and powerful screen, but… not so easy to find if you don’t know where to look or don’t even know what to look for.

With today’s Connect update, we are making this a lot easier: We have improved the Manage Pick Lists screen itself AND made it more accessible / discoverable:

In short:

  • Improved Manage Pick Lists (MPL) screen
  • Easy access to the MPL screen right from the folder panel
  • Refreshed Edit Movie screen, with better pick list fields and direct MPL access

Improved Manage Pick Lists (MPL) screen

Let’s start with the Manage Pick List screen itself:

The MPL screen is now a pop-up dialog

Previously, the Manage Pick Lists screen was a full size “page” that you could go to from the menu. But since we are now making it possible to open the MPL screen from multiple places, it made more sense to make it into a nice modal pop-up dialog, that just appears over your current screen.

Sort by count

In the MPL screen, you can now sort all pick lists by Count, so you can easily find out which of the pick list entries are used the most (or least) in your database.
Just click the “Count” column header top right to sort by the Count column, click again to reverse the sorting.

Better Merge Mode

Merging pick list entries is now done in a separate “mode” of the MPL screen, which is clearer and easier to use. Click the “Merge Mode” button at the bottom right to switch to to Merge Mode.

To merge entries: checkbox the entries you want to merge, click the Merge button on the bottom right, then select the entry you want to merge TO, that is, the one you want to keep.

Easy access to the MPL screen right from the folder panel

In the folder panel in your main screen, for just about every folder option (such as Formats, Genres, Locations, etc…) there is now a new button at the top right of the folder panel. Click that button and it will take you straight to the Manage Pick Lists screen, of course with the correct pick list already selected. For example, if you have your folder panel set to show Format folders, the button will take you to the Manage Format List directly.

Refreshed Edit Movie screen, with better pick list fields and direct MPL access

We re-designed the Edit Movie screen to make it a bit easier on the eye (no more blue + buttons everywhere) and made the workings of pick lists more consistent over all fields.

All pick lists fields now allow picking a value from a pick list pop-up

All pick lists fields (even the single value ones like Series) now have a “list” icon on the right that lets you pick a value from a “pick list pop-up”. Of course, for single value fields, you can still also open the drop-down to pick a value or type in the box to filter down.

Example: when clicking the list button to the right of the Location field, a pick list pop-up opens, showing you all existing Location entries to select from.

Improved “pick list popups”

At the same time we also improved the pick list pop-up itself:

  • The popup allows you to quickly search and pick the entry you need
  • Clearly shows you which entry is currently selected (if any)
  • Adding a new entry is easier and clearer, just use the “New …” button at the top
  • When adding a new entry for Person fields (like Actors), it automatically generate the Sort Name “as-you-type”.
  • Use the new “Manage” button top right to go straight to the Manage Pick Lists functionality for that list, so that you can fix typo’s, merge duplicate entries, etc…

Recent changes

Improved managing and editing of pick list fields April 8th, 2024 Connect is now available in Swedish! February 21st, 2024 Connect is now available in Danish! January 30th, 2024 Improvements to the Collections and Edit Multiple features November 20th, 2023 Complete re-design of Edit Multiple feature October 30th, 2023 Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 30th, 2023 Improved search results in the Link with Core screen October 12th, 2023 Connect is now available in French, Spanish and Hungarian! September 29th, 2023 Improved Import from CSV/TXT screen August 16th, 2023 Printing / Exporting a selection is now much easier August 11th, 2023 Modify the Cast and Crew lists of your movie entries! July 20th, 2023 Connect is now available in German! July 4th, 2023 Re-designed collection tab-bar May 4th, 2023 Connect is now available in Dutch! April 27th, 2023 New collection view : Vertical Cards! July 7th, 2022 Lots of new features and tweaks in one go! June 29th, 2022 Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! March 4th, 2022 New “Add from Core” settings: select which fields you want to download from Core November 25th, 2021 New: Progress bars for slower actions November 24th, 2021 Search by Barry / Cloud Visibility per Collection September 21st, 2021 Easier Columns & Sorting / remove Core covers / more Field Defaults September 1st, 2021 Set Box Set covers, enhanced Collection Status filter and more Update from Core fields August 13th, 2021 New: add website links to your movie entries March 18th, 2021 4 new settings to save screen space February 19th, 2021 Automatic Audience Ratings from IMDb February 10th, 2021