- My Software -
This is a utility of very limited use. Enter a movie title, press "Search"
(or just hit Enter), and it starts an IMDb search for that title in your
default browser. Now what's the use of that, you probably ask. Well, very
little. You can do the same search directly in your browser. So, this looks
like a totally useless program. Yes ... but wait! There is more!
This program really becomes useful only when you minimize the window. Odd,
right? Well, here is what it does. It watches the clipboard (but only when
minimized). And as soon as some text is copied to the clipboard it initiates
an IMDb search for that title. So, if you have a list of titles that you
want to know more about, just select a title and click ctrl+c. If the
"Exact" checkbox is checked it does a search for what IMDb considers to be
an exact match.
And there's a further little gimmick. If the exact match doesn't give you
what you wanted, you can do a regular title search by just copying the exact
same text again to the clipboard. The second time the program receives the
same text it will do a regular search. No need to restore the window and
uncheck the checkbox.
Of course, if you expect that the exact matches will not be the most useful,
you can uncheck the checkbox before minimizing the window, and you'll always
get regular searches when copying text.
There are addons to Firefox (which is what I use), and probably to other
browsers as well, that let you search IMDb. But they tend to do only do
standard searches, this gives you greater control. But the big advantage is
that you can do it from any program with ImdbLookup.
The thing that prompted me to write this program was that I had a
spreadsheet with quite a few titles, and I wanted to complete it with IMDb
scores. And the spreadsheet program didn't have any IMDb addon.
Version 1.0.0 of ImdbLookup is available here.