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    Default Movie Names Beginning with Articles

    There is a bit of a bug in the alphabetical ordering of movie titles. My "A" and "T" lists are cluttered with movies that don't belong there -- and, of course, those movies cannot be found where they belong.

    When ordering titles alphabetically, leading articles (beginning words "A," "An," and "The") should be ignored. So, for example, "A Walk to Remember" should not fall under the "A" group, but under the "W" group, instead. (The title can be displayed with the leading article in place, or it can be moved to the end, after a comma and space ("Walk to Remember, A" in the previous example). I only mention moving the article to the end in case it would simplify further processing. In a brick-and-mortar library with a card catalog, the book will be found on the shelf with the unchanged title, yet ordered without regard for the article; the card catalog will likely have the article moved to the end.)

    A simple parsing algorithm can be implemented to screen these out during alphabetizing (and move them to the end, if desired).

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    You can use Sort Titles to order your movies. By default, Mezzmo creates sort titles for all your media files and you can use the Sort Title attribute for sorting, grouping, etc. More information from our wiki here - http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...ng_sort_titles

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    Default I tried it, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    You can use Sort Titles to order your movies. By default, Mezzmo creates sort titles for all your media files and you can use the Sort Title attribute for sorting, grouping, etc. More information from our wiki here - http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...ng_sort_titles
    Okay, I went to Library->Video->Movies, right-clicked on that Movies folder, then selected "Properties...." This opened up an "Active Playlist Properties" window. Near the bottom of that window, I selected "Sort Title (Ascending)" in the "Sort by:" drop-down list.

    When I did that, all of the movies that started with "A" or "The" were removed from the Library->Video->Movies->A and ...-T folders, as expected. (It did leave behind movies whose second word began with the appropriate letter, which is good. Nice programming, there.)

    However, I've waited and waited and waited, with Mezzmo running (even restarted Mezzmo and the computer a few times, just in case...), but the movies that were removed from the "A" and "T" folders have yet to show up where they belong.

    Some of them DID show up where they belong in the Library-Video->All Video Files folders (subfolders A - Z), though -- and that happened very quickly. Nothing happening in the corresponding Movies folders, though. Might I have done something wrong or incompletely?

    Thanks, again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 300_baud View Post
    Okay, I went to Library->Video->Movies, right-clicked on that Movies folder, then selected "Properties...." This opened up an "Active Playlist Properties" window. Near the bottom of that window, I selected "Sort Title (Ascending)" in the "Sort by:" drop-down list.

    When I did that, all of the movies that started with "A" or "The" were removed from the Library->Video->Movies->A and ...-T folders, as expected. (It did leave behind movies whose second word began with the appropriate letter, which is good. Nice programming, there.)

    However, I've waited and waited and waited, with Mezzmo running (even restarted Mezzmo and the computer a few times, just in case...), but the movies that were removed from the "A" and "T" folders have yet to show up where they belong.

    Some of them DID show up where they belong in the Library-Video->All Video Files folders (subfolders A - Z), though -- and that happened very quickly. Nothing happening in the corresponding Movies folders, though. Might I have done something wrong or incompletely?

    Thanks, again.
    Just a suggestion that has often worked for me in similar situations:

    Make a note of the properties of the Movies playlist; then create a new playlist (say, Movies2) under the same parent playlist with the same properties. See if that populates correctly. If it does, you can delete the original Movies playlist and rename Movies2 to Movies.

    Even if the new playlist is correct, you might want to hold off on the delete and rename until you hear from the Mezzmo team, in case they want you to gather some information from the original playlist.

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    Lightbulb Definitely worth a shot!

    Quote Originally Posted by Coises View Post
    Just a suggestion that has often worked for me in similar situations:

    Make a note of the properties of the Movies playlist; then create a new playlist (say, Movies2) under the same parent playlist with the same properties. See if that populates correctly. If it does, you can delete the original Movies playlist and rename Movies2 to Movies.

    Even if the new playlist is correct, you might want to hold off on the delete and rename until you hear from the Mezzmo team, in case they want you to gather some information from the original playlist.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll probably give it a try later in the week (maybe the weekend) when I have some time to dedicate to it. (If it doesn't work and I have no more ideas, I may act on the notion that I somehow changed a setting I shouldn't have while poking around -- and just start over from scratch.) :-)

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