Thursday, 4 October 2018

Airwolf Merchandise Guide v0.9 Beta


The Airwolf Merchandise Guide

VERSION: 0.9 BETA (here
close the website login box, you don't need to register to download the file

RELEASE DATE: 03/DEC/2018
COMPATIBILITY: Windows XP, Vista, Win7, Win 8, 8.1 and Windows 10

The "old" airwolf Cd Rom concept started out back in 2004 and had a random release in 2005. That is no longer compatible with newer versions of windows.

So i decided to work on some NEW smaller programs that cover some specific fields of airwolf history.



Just imagine for a moment an electronic database holding 100's of product numbers, upc codes, amazon codes.. direct links that'll search amazon, eBay or google for a specific product your looking to buy.

Or scan the bar code with a mobile device with a store app of your choosing, even copy and paste that yellow UPC into any online search engine you wish.

We have NO plans to set a value on anything at all because that would be pompous, arrogant and frankly immoral to advise fans of an items worth. They go for what ever the reserve is going to be OR what fans are willing to bid.. NO FAN has a right to state a value to other fans, just the original street price.





The ability to search for products or just leave that search box empty to find anything currently documented.

Information on common problems encountered with the product along with any re-release info, countries of origin and much more.

This project "for it to succeed" is going to involve fans input, it'll clearly need fans input.

When someone on facebook posts a picture "of a product" it maybe worth reading the image description, the user could be looking for a upc code, an isbn or product code from the spine of a dvd, bluray or even a vhs. Photos, Dates & Codes are what this project needs.



NO INSTALL OR 3RD PARTY SOFTWARE IS NEEDED

Ignoring requests on facebook won't help expand this database.

SOME FOREIGN PRODUCTS ARE NAMED  "as is when"  MOUSE OVER TOOL TIP IS ENGLISH
DOESN'T SUPPORT 3RD PARTY CHAR SETS LIKE CHINESE / JAPANESE
(to avoid needing multiple windows language pack's just to use it.. sorry) 

I may however be able to add  "some"  foreign words to the search engine as it appears to support unicode
(even if i can't read it in the search box due to lacking the language pack.

Russian text has been tested (without my need for the language pack to run it)
all i could see when i pasted the test phrase "into the search" was |||||||||||||| but it found what it was looking for, so i maybe looking for translators to at-least improve the search engine for other languages.. who knows, could maybe code multi language over time.. but every visible text field would need to be loaded via a reading of the windows char set.. not a job im kinda looking into
but i got no problem improving the search for other languages with the right help

A LIST LIKE THIS SUPPORTS THE MOUSE and THE FUNCTION KEYS (F1 to F12) DEPENDING ON OPTIONS
THIS LIST HAS GROWN A FAIR BIT SINCE THE SCREEN SHOT WAS TAKEN
In-fact a lot of lists have grown as more screens have been added

Massive games list  v0.9  on and Higher

THE SEARCH ENGINE IS THE KEY!

At this moment in time i am unwilling to really "arrange menu lists"  I have NO exact dates for loads of things, as such its hard to add them to a menu with any form of date order..

Ber in mind this menu list is 7, 10 or 11 buttons per menu screen, each button with a link to a product screen by clicking it or pressing an Function key (and a mouse over preview) This is NOT something I can just later drag and drop to rearrange these "menu items" when i get an accurate date for them, i have to Edit them in multiple places if i move stuff.. So at this moment in time, the menus are limited, the search offers far far more than the menu currently does, but sadly the search can't support that mouse over preview.. its food for thought here on ease of use.. it needs the menu i no...

Solution to this ?,  I need scans for the "Airwolf Definitive Merchandise Guide Second Edition"
that was unofficially sold between 2000 and 2003.. for date order reference...

Until i get that then the "menu navigation" is going to clearly suck... OR my only other Option (not a  choice here.. but an option) Would be to complete the menus with everything out of date order.... So stuff i suddenly find outa no were from the 80's/90's, some random country ending up listed on a menu after DVD's from 2016 or something... Think about how its going to "look"

I have already asked for this from the so called upper echelon, I have also already told the upper echelon why i need it too... There not going to provide it.. In turn this project doesn't have there support... and in turn this is limiting its aesthetics... its ease of navigation... and making it take far far longer to create than this should... 

This will be far from just a copy of that guide... See the Tech Specs to follow....

So you folks gotta get onboard.. just 5 mins of your time giving info can save hours of someone elses time who's looking for info.. In turn you all need to help each other to make this what it should be.....
Not just helping me (the smuck spending time on it)


TECHNICAL SPECS:

I have added as much information (to the search engine capability) as i can gather for a product

Here is an example of what information is used to power the search engines higher capability (that puts it higher than google for airwolf search power) and that's no lie...

Information Source Example

This software concept has potential, but it takes time.. the harder it is to compile the less inclined i am to compile it... The more inspiring this is the more inspired ile probably be to work on the episode guide software,

A lot of this is mundane and very time consuming work....
While clearly the info it needs?   Well the info is often just a few feet away from some people who could type it or take a pic..  give it some thought... and enjoy the current beta release...

As you bothered to read this far.. and you've clearly read it by now.... heres a Tip...
you can Skip the disclaimer & the Animation by pressing  M  to just jump to the Main Menu when the app opens   :)

Please like the post on facebook to show your support in this project  :)

To contribute ?
reply below with codes, or hit that facebook post and reply their with codes or even images..
as google dismantle  G+  im unsure of the effects here (im in limbo) so the best bets the facebook post.

Remember to make use of the  K  and  the  T  keys.. and you can't go wrong with it  :)


MERCHANDISE GUIDE READ ME FILE:

AIRWOLF MERCHANDISE GUIDE v0.9 BETA
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MENU HAS MOUSE SUPPORT / CHOICE OF SHORTCUT KEYS.
ACCESS THE SHORTCUT KEYS LIST ON ANY SCREEN PRESSING  K

MENU HAS A COMPLEX SEARCH ENGINE POWERED BY KEY WORDS AND CODES.
ACCESS SEARCH ON ANY SCREEN PRESSING  S  OR CLICKING THE WOLF LOGO.

A LIST OF PREDEFINED SEARCH TERMS IS AVAILABLE.
ACCESS THE SEARCH TERMS LIST ON ANY SCREEN PRESSING  T

PRESSING  M  ON ANY SCREEN WILL RETURN YOU TO THE MAIN MENU.

THIS MENU WAS CREATED IN 2018 AND WAS MADE FROM THE INSPIRATION OF ADAM LETTOWS REDEMPTIONS OS SCREEN SHOTS AND THE ORIGINAL AIRWOLF INTERACTIVE CD ROM FROM WAY BACK IN 2005.


SEARCH TERMS:
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YOU CAN SEARCH THIS DATABASE FOR MANUFACTURES PRODUCT CODES, UPC, EAN, ISBN, EVEN ASIN CODES.
YOU CAN SEARCH FOR A MANUFACTURE, DISTRIBUTOR NAME. OR A TOY OR MODELS SPECIFIC SCALE
USING THE   :  OR THE  /  SUCH AS  1:64   OR   1/64     THE TWO SYMBOLS ARE  SUPPORTED
YOU CAN SEARCH FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING KEY WORDS
TO LIST ALL ITEMS THAT CONTAIN THOSE WORDS / TAGS.
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YOU CAN ALSO SEARCH FOR THESE KEY WORDS:

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UPCCODE = UNIVERSAL PRODUCT CODE
(list all products with a known upc code / standard bar code)

MCODE = MANUFACTURER CODE
(list all products with a known manufacture code / sku code)

ASIN = AMAZON STORE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
(list all products with a known amazon code)

ISBNCODE = INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER
(list all products with a known isbn code 10 and/or 13 digit)

EANCODE = INTERNATIONAL ARTICLE NUMBER
(list all products with a known ean code)

SCALE = LIST'S MODELS / TOYS

TOY = LIST'S TOYS OF ALL TYPES

BOOK = LIST'S BOOKS

MAGZ = LIST'S MAGAZINE ARTICLES

ADVERT = LIST'S ALL PRODUCTS WITH ADVERT

AUDIOSTORY = LIST'S AUDIO STORIES

MUSIC = LIST'S ALBUMS AND TRACKS

MUSICTAPE = LIST'S MUSIC CASSETTE TAPES

VINYL = LIST'S ALL VINYL RECORDS

MUSIC7 = LIST'S 7 INCH MUSIC VINYLS

MUSIC12 = LIST'S 12 INCH MUSIC VINYLS

MUSICLP = LIST'S LP MUSIC VINYLS

MUSICCD = LIST'S MUSIC CD'S

VHS = LIST'S VHS VIDEO CASSETTE TAPES

BETAMAX = LIST'S BETAMAX VIDEO CASSETTE TAPES

V2000 = LIST'S video2000 TAPES

DVD = LIST'S ALL DVD'S

THEATRICAL = LIST'S ALL RELEASES OF THE "FILM"

REGION1 = LIST'S R1 DVD'S
(change to  2,3 4 or  5  per country of choice)

BLURAY = LIST'S ALL BLURAYS

REGIONA = LIST'S REGION A BLURAYS
(change to  B  or  C  and so on per country)

R.R.P = LIST'S ALL ITEMS WITH THERE ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE ON RECORD

$ OR £ AND OTHER MONEY SYMBOLS = LIST'S ALL ITEMS WITH THERE ORIGINAL PRICE ON RECORD PER COUNTRY

SCREENUSED =  LIST'S PROPS / AIRCRAFT / VEHICLES / COSTUMES

PROP = LIST'S SCREEN USED PROPS

REGISTRATION = LIST'S AIRCRAFT & VEHICLES

FIXEDWING = LIST'S ALL PLANES

ROTARY = LIST'S ALL HELICOPTERS

COSTUME = LIST'S COSTUMES

RCONTROL = LIST'S RADIO CONTROL HELICOPTERS

YOU CAN ALSO SEARCH FOR DISC "MINT CODES" ALONG WITH AGE CERT "VCF / VCF / VOD" CODES
TO HELP IDENTIFY LOOSE UNBOXED DISCS


UNDERSTANDING SEARCH RESULTS:
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IF YOU LOOK FOR  VHS  IT'LL RETURN A LIST OF VHS TAPES AN EXAMPLE WOULD BE

UK THE MOVIE - RENTAL PAL VHS TAPE (198?) VHR 1119 (S) CiC VIDEO

From this we can define it was a uk release, it is the movie, a rental (not retail) it shows it is in the PAL video format, its a VHS Tape and we need the release date for it, then we have the Spine Code identifier of VHT 1119 (spine code is essentially the manufacture product code), Its in a Standard Video Box (rather than a rental) so (S) is small box and (L) is large box and the distributor is noted as CiC video, often mistaken for C&C.

Granted we already defined rental but some rentals clearly did ship in standard retail type boxes too, as per our UK example.

Some random episodes have been released over the years on compilation tapes and discs, as such if you search for an episode name it'll list what releases it was featured in.


ALL SHORT CUT KEYS:
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K = THIS SHORTCUT KEYS LIST

T = USEFUL SEARCH TERMS / TAGS

M = RETURNS YOU TO THE MAIN MENU

S = OPENS THE SEARCH BOX
(or click on the wolf logo)

C = COMPARISON SCREEN
(offered on some dvd screens to compare dvd to hd-dvd)

C = CONSOUL SCREEN
(offered on some game screens to view the game consoul)

ESCAPE = RETURNS TO PERVIOUS PAGE
(on item screens)

UP  /  DOWN ARROWS = TO MOVE BETWEEN LIST'S

LEFT ARROW  /  ESCAPE = BACK
(on LIST'S screens)

L= OPENS A USEFUL WEB LINK'S TAB

U = OPENS THE UPDATE INFO TAB

E = CLOSES / EXITS THE APP

H = OPENS HELP / ABOUT SCREEN
(pressing C on the about screen shows credits for contributions)

I = INFORMATION TAB ON WHO STYLED WHAT (available on most screens, for menu design credit reasons)


ADDITIONAL NOTES:
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DON'T INCLUDED SPACES OR THE - SIGN IN SEARCHES FOR UPC AND ISBN CODES
NOTHING ELSE REALLY.. ITS A WORK IN PROGRESS..
SEE THE CREDITS FOR ANYTHING ELSE THUS FAR

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