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Export HTML with Ant Movie Catalog

Ant Movie Catalog gives you many options for exporting data about your movie collection. Among those is a feature for generating HTML files with details of one or more titles. You can use these files to add that information to your personal webpage.

Ant Movie Catalog includes two HTML templates which can be customized to suit your needs. Thanks to a menu for inserting tags, you don't need to understand how the program references the information you add to your template, but at least a rudimentary understanding of HTML is almost required. Depending on the amount of customization you want you may also need to understand CSS formatting.

If you don't already have some movies, if not your entire collection entered into Ant Movie Catalog you should probably do that before reading this guide.

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Required Software

Ant Movie Catalog

Ant Movie Catalog is a freeware program for cataloging movie and video collections. It can be used to track both disc and file based formats, so you can keep track of all your video in one place.


Once your movie database is loaded, open the Export dialog using the toolbar button.

The Export Dialog

1. Export Format

Select HTML to access the HTML export templates and options.

2. Full and Individual Exports

There are separate templates for exporting your movies as a list on one or more pages (Full) or as individual pages for each title (Individual). By using different templates for each and selecting Export Both you can create a Full page with links to detail pages for each movie.

3. Loading an HTML Export Template

Although you can customize the HTML templates yourselves, that's beyond the scope of this guide. However there are a number of templates included which you can load with the Open button. Select the desired template and click the Open button. Some template files have names which indicate whether they're suitable for use as a Full or Individual template. It may take a few tries to find the one you want to use. Make sure the template you want to replace (Full or Individual) is selected.

4. Sort Order

You can change the Sort Order, which determines in what order an exported list of movies is arranged. The Advanced button opens the Advanced sort options dialog so you can adjust the order based on almost any field of each movie record. Sorting will be done from top to bottom using the list on the right. Use the arrow buttons in the middle to select and re-order the sort crieteria.

5. Images

If your HTML output contains images you'll want to check the option to Copy with exported file. If you find yourself frequently exporting, but not changing the images used, check the Only if it does not exist yet option to save time exporting.

6. Selecting Movies

Which movies are selected depends on the Movies to include option, and sometimes what's visible, checked, or highlighted in the main Ant Movie Catalog window.

7. The Template

If you wish to examine or edit the template yourself you can do that in the editor window.


When you are finished adjusting export settings use the Export button to create your website files. You will want to make sure to give your output files the name you'll be using for your website so that any links will be created correctly. If the export is intended to be a standalone website you should usually name it index, which is the default name for a website's main page.

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Sample Output - Full Listing

Full Listing With Embedded Individual Detail Pages

Sample Output - Individual Pages

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Written by: Rich Fiscus