Sunday, November 25, 2012

DVD Aficionado to become Film Aficionado

Your favorite spot for Film / DVD / Blu-ray collecting, is soon to be
All collection links will continue to work. They will automatically redirect to the new name. If you want to update you old links (optional) just replace "" with "".
As part of this update we are also discontinuing this blog and moving to a youtube channel.
Thank you for your support as DVDAF, now FilmAf, moves onto its 15th year!
All the best,
- The Film Aficionado Team

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The new site is up!


We put a lot of effort into it. We hope you guys enjoy it... and bring your friends over :)

Some of the changes may seem cosmetic but a lot of the guts of the site was rewritten from scratch. This had to be done to enable us to move on and keep adding features.

Work in progress...

There are a few items that are obviously not done or completed yet. For example:

  • The new dvdaf home page did not make it in this release. That will probably come around within a month or so.
  • The tutorials are really old at this point. We need to make some new ones and put them on YouTube.
  • Many of the little yellow flag helpers (the little question marks that turn yellow when you hover over them) will still say something like "need to write explain for XYZ" – I guess we need to sit down and write those up.
  • Our bug tracker / feature request site ( is not working. We need to figure out what is up with that and fix it.
  • The price comparison feature needs new data feeds, and some of the vendor links are not working. We decide to prioritize the features you do see over that. Once we get those links fixed we hope you will help us out by using them when shopping on-line. Of course all the Amazon links and prices are working now.
  • The load governor is not in place just yet. So the site may go down if the demand is high, but we should be fixing that shortly.

Otherwise let us know (twitter or if you find anything wrong... it is there... we just have to find it... and fix it :-)

Going forward...

There is a lot of stuff in the works. Some of it will be released in the next couple of months and some of it will come about a little bit later when morphs into Stay tuned!

As always, thank you all very much for your support.  You help is greatly appreciated, be that financial, submission of titles, general upkeep of the database, or even if you are just getting the word out and having more folks join dvdaf.

Thank you!
-The dvdaf team

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Submission Screens Moved to the New Site

These are the screens that allow you to submit new titles to dvdaf, correct them, upload pictures, etc. There are also a few much more complex screens that the moderators use to process your requests. All of these have been migrated to the new site.

At this point we have all we need to go live with the new dvdaf site.

However, we do want to get the UPC import screen up and running. It will make it much easier to enter a collection. We think a lot of people will love it. So we want to get it out with this next bang.

Below are a few shots of some of the submission screens we finished up today.

BTW, check us on Twitter for more frequent updates.

Friday, February 24, 2012

New "About Me / Favorite Videos" Functionality

Yesterday we put the finishing touches on this new piece of functionality. We still have hope to get it out this weekend, but it may take an extra week. We packed too much stuff in this release and as most of you know we only have one developer -- C'est moi :)

But... this one is lock and stocked

The idea is that you can "Show off your likes and describe your Film Aficionado persona with your favorite videos"

When you hook-up with someone with similar tastes they can pretty much parade you through what they think best represent a genre, an idea, someone's work, anything really. They create their own groupings of videos (categories), decide the sequence in which they are shown, etc.

For example, have your "Greatest (or Latest) in Horror" category right next to your "Great Moments in Film Noir", followed by "Why Kurosawa Rules Widescreen" etc, etc.

The idea is to be totally visual, no intro, no explanations, it is clip after clip and the sequence should speak for itself :)

Here is a screen shot