Thursday, 4 October 2018

Airwolf Merchandise Guide v1.7

Front and Spine


The Airwolf Merchandise Guide

VERSION: 1.7  (HERE
close the website login box, you don't need to register to download the file

RELEASE DATE: 23/JUL/2019
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 from scratch that cover some specific fields of Airwolf history.

This guide is probably the biggest "searchable" Airwolf merchandise database ever compiled,  It's certainly the largest to ever be shared with all the fans. Below you'll find some more screen shots and more details about its features.




The software opens up with the green Wolf animation (as seen on Moffett's Ghost) and then your presented with the software's main menu screen. Please note that the software's window frame design will vary depending on your version of windows and your desktop theme.

The Main Menu


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 to be great....



NO INSTALL REQUIRED, NO 3RD PARTY SOFTWARE IS NEEDED
NO FONTS OR ANYTHING ARE INSTALLED, NO ADMIN RIGHTS ARE REQUIRED AND NO FIREWALL ACCESS IS REQUESTED 

SOME FOREIGN PRODUCTS ARE NAMED  "as is"  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 In  v0.9  and Higher

THE SEARCH ENGINE IS THE KEY!

If you find something you own, still check out the screen, the fact you own it.. maybe you can provide info or a pic if its needed.. ONLY YOU.. THE FANS... can help this project expand...

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,

As you bothered to read this far.. and you've clearly read it by now.... here's a Tip...
you can Skip 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, You can Follow the post to be notified of replies related to this software.  :)

Over 2,400 Images Spanning Over 300 Officially Licensed Products

To contribute ?
reply below with codes, or hit that facebook post and reply on the actual post with codes or even images..

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

PROBLEMS I AM AWARE OF IN   v1.7

NONE REPORTED SO FAR


MERCHANDISE GUIDE READ ME FILE:

AIRWOLF MERCHANDISE GUIDE v1.7
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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

UNOFFICIAL = LIST'S ALL UNLICENSED / FAN MADE STUFF
(anything stating FAKE has been seen illegally sold rather than given away)

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
(or click on the AIRWOLF word)

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

C = COMPARISON SCREEN
(offered on some dvd / model / toy screens to compare similar releases)

C = CONSOL SCREEN
(offered on some game screens to view the game consol)

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
IF YOU DON'T CONTRIBUTE MISSING INFORMATION THEN THE PROJECT HAS NO FUTURE


MAC USERS ?
can always just unpack the exe and use the macs search for folder paths ;)

Folders Are Named Via UPC or Product Code So Windows OR Mac Can Search Without my app


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