How to Create Your Own Automatic Online LibraryWithout writing code or creating a website (hint: it's magic).
Contribute your library collection from any Pedia program*.
* You must have a Doghouse account to contribute entries. If you don't have one yet, open "Settings" under the Doghouse menu, enter a username and password, check Sync my library to Doghouse and click on Login. You will also need the latest beta of the Pedia.
If you already have a Doghouse account, just open the Doghouse -> Settings window and check Sync my library to Doghouse then click on Login. You only need to do this once to send the initial sync command to our servers. Once that checkbox has been enabled, the Pedia knows to keep your Library up to date.
Login to your Doghouse account, go to your library by choosing Library from the User Options Menu.
On the right in the menu bar you will see the state of your library. At Bruji, we value your privacy so by default it is private, no one but you can see your online library. You need to explicitly allow access to it, by clicking that link to make your library public. Click it again to reset it to private. A locked icon means Private, open lock means Public.
Send your friends your new, magical link with your Pedia libraries.
The link is: http://doghouse.bruji.com/library/user_name where
So, for example, if your user name is
Click here for an example email ready to send, just change
Details / Caveats
This magic does come with a few, small limitations:
- Some of your entries may not be present (more about this below).
- You can't choose which entries of your library to share, it's all or nothing.
Say you contribute a movie but you misspelled the title (for simple titles Doghouse is pretty good at catching misspellings, but complex titles are impossible to catch). If you view your online library after contributing, chances are you'll see the movie listed.
Now let's say a moderator sees that the movie is a duplicate and deletes your entry. You will still have it in your DVDpedia library on the Mac but it's no longer in our Doghouse database as our database has the same movie but with a different ID number.
The movie will not appear in your Online Library because it was deleted from Doghouse.
In order for a contribution to show in your Online Library it must first be accepted by Doghouse. When you contribute entries there is no indication if one is rejected or not. We do this to keep the program running smoothly while the contributions are uploaded in the background.
A contribution might be rejected because it doesn't have an image or the image is too small or it is an inappropriate entry.
In your Pedia program, right-click the column titles and choose Dog Tag to show the dog tag IDs for each entry.
If the entry has a valid dog tag after contributing then it was accepted or matched an existing entry and should show up in your Online Library.
A valid dog tag is any positive number, that is any number above 0. If you see a negative number (-1 for example) the contribution was rejected.
No, just the ones from your library collection with valid dog tag.
Remove the dog tag for those entries by selecting them and choose "Remove Dog Tag" from the Doghouse menu..
A few tips for power users:
- You already know that the link to your online library is
http://doghouse.bruji.com/library/user_namewhere user_nameis your Doghouse user name.
- For a specific library, add
- For example: http://doghouse.bruji.com/books/library/alex will display only your Bookpedia online library.
You don't need to go to your Edit User Profile page to manage the state of your online library, you can do it all with the click of a button.
1. Go to your online library
2. On the right, look for the link that says Your library is ... Public or Private, depending on its state
3. Click that link and it will flip the state, making it Public if Private and vice-versa
Your library is always accessible from the User Options menu.
Just click the icon for the dropdown and you'll see a link labeled
The easiest way to fix this is to make sure your information is accurate: check the title, language, IMDb number, etc. Then remove the dog tag by selecting the entry and use the "Remove Dog Tag" command from the Doghouse menu. Then resubmit your entry.
You can also manage your Library's state (Public or Private) and see your unique Library address from the Edit User Page:
If you have more than one pedia, you can easily check the status of each in the same Doghouse Edit user page.
Green means Sync is on, Red means it's off. In the image below, only DVDpedia has sync turned on.
Of course, you can also check it from the pedia's Doghouse-> Settings Window.