iMediaMan for Windows Phone 7 FAQ
- Q: Where is the FAQ for iOS devices?
- Q: Why can't I used the MMC file that MediaMan for Windows uses?
A: Sadly, I had little choice in this. The MMC file that MediaMan uses to store its data is a UTF-16 based SQLite file, which Windows Phone doesn't natively support and all of the control packs that I found only supported UTF-8. Because of this, you have to export your MediaMan data as a CSV file and use that for your data.
- Q: Why do I need to post my CSV file to a web server?
A: At this time, there is no mechanism to transfer data files from a PC to Windows Phone using the Zune desktop software. As the Windows Phone 7 platform grow, I will add whatever transfer options I can to prevent this requirement. The good news in this is that the CSV files are 95% smaller than the MMC files, so downloading them is fast.
- Q: Why are there no images in this version?
A: The images in the MMC file are not exported to the CSV file.
- Q: Why are there none of my categories in this version?
A: The categories are stored in the MMC file are not exported to the CSV file so this version of iMediaMan divides the collection by media type.
- Q: How do I export my data from MediaMan for Windows to a CSV file?
A: Information on this is hosted at the MediaMan for Windows website.
- Q: What if I don't have access to a web server?
A: It saddens me to say that this is required for this release of iMediaMan.
- Q: Why do I need MediaMan for Windows?
A: Simply put, because MediaMan for Windows is the best way to build out a collection. A PC has a keyboard, mouse, USB ports [that support hand-held scanners], and a big display. It's got processing power. It usually has a solid Internet connection. These all assist in building out a large collection of items. It felt silly to expect someone to do that on a mobile, phone-sized device.
- Q: Can I add new items using iMediaMan on a device?
A: No. iMediaMan was designed to only support the viewing and searching of items in an existing collection.
- Q: How do I download the CSV file to my device?
A: When you start iMediaMan you'll see an empty screen and a toolbar at the bottom that has a + on it. Click the + button and you can enter a URL to download a file from.
- Q: Can I download my file over 3G?
A: This is up to you. MMC files can get large - my personal collection is only about 1MB in CSV format (and about 60MB in MMC format.) If you chose to download a large file over 3G you may be charged for the data transfer. WiFi is strongly recommended, when downloading CSV files.
- Q: Can I have more than one library on a device?
A: Yes! You can add as many as you like.
- Q: How do I remove a library from my device?
A: When you are looking at the list of media types on the main screen press the - button and you'll remove the library.
- Q: Can I use a URL shortening link for downloading?
A: Nope. At least not in the v1 release. iMediaMan uses the last bit of the download URL to be the CSVname and services like bit.ly mask the filename from the URL.
- Q: How are you searching on the device?
A: This depends on the media that you are viewing, but all searches take both text lines for each item in a visible list. For music this would be Title and Artist. For books, Title and Author. Everything else gets Title. In all cases it's a partial text match so the more exact your search terms the more precise your list will be.
- Q: Do you support landscape mode?
A: Yes, the app can be turned left or right at any time.
- Q: Are you going to support other mobile devices?
A: Likely, over time.
Should you encounter any problems that are not addressed by this FAQ, please contact me
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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