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Mtgdb.Gui: search MTG cards, build decks, manage collection

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Mtgdb.Gui: search MTG cards, build decks, manage collection

Postby hidalgo » 18 Oct 2016, 19:27

Using the pictures found in this site, data from mtgjson.com and Gatherer extractor
I made Mtgdb.Gui to build my decks for Magic The Gathering.

I welcome everyone to use it, it's free and open source.

Supported platforms: Windows XP and higher
Download link
Wiki

Features

Cards database
contains all MTG sets up to
Ixalan and Commander 2017
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Built-in update for images,
data and the program
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Import collection from
Magic The Gathering Online
You can also load and save decks in MTGO-compatible format.
details
Drag-n-drop and copy-paste
deck
to instantly import deck from websites and external applications.
details
Deck editordetails
Collection editordetails
Sample hand, draw and mulligan simulation
details
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Supported deck formatsForge
Magarena
XMage
Magic The Gathering Online

Cockatrice supports the deck format used by Magarena

Riiak's DotP 2014 Deck Builder v1.5.0.3 patched version supports Forge
deck format
Filters
One-click filter buttons to
instantly filter cards by
abilities like Flying or Haste,
type, manacost and so on.
details
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Search by text
in Lucene query language.
Search string supports syntax
highlighting and intellisense.
details
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Filter by legalityImage
Filter by cards
in your collection
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Filter by cards
in your deck
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Choose between AND / OR
operators to combine filters
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Show or hide duplicates
in search result. Namesakes
can be confusing when
creating a deck or building
some statistics. But
sometimes you want to put
into your deck a specific
version of a beautiful
island.

Check Show duplicates
button to show all variants
of a card.
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Sort by multiple fields
details
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Statistics charts
details
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Zoom
details
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Showing card back for flipped
cards or meld pair / melded
card for meld cards.
details
Undo / redo
changes in deck, filters and
so on. Works even after
restarting the program.
details
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Card text translations
to all languages supported by
Gatherer. Including russian,
spanish, portugal and etc.
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Printing proxies
on A4 paper sheet
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Tooltips on most user
interface elements
Search result highlightingImage
Using images from Mtgdb.Gui
in Forge.
With High Quality images anything gets prettier :)
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Using card images you
already have with Mtgdb.Gui.
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Showing the last card
removed from deck in search
result even if it doesn't
matches filter.
The people who used Magic Duel's online deck builder will understand me.
It is such an annoying thing when you have a filter, then you remove a card,
and you cannot quickly undo as the card disappears from search result.
This is not going to happen in Mtgdb.Gui!
Illustrated help
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Mtgdb.Gui v1.1

Postby hidalgo » 02 Nov 2016, 17:27

I made some minor improvements/fixes

  • Changing cards language is undo/redo -able
  • Search result / keywords highlighting was slightly mispositioned in some rare cases
  • Renamed fields to use in filter and search: Name -> NameEn, NameLocal -> Name.
    E.g. now to search by name you type just Name:死灵式渴求 instead of "Name local":"死灵式渴求"
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Mtgdb.Gui v1.2.1

Postby hidalgo » 29 Dec 2016, 01:22

List of changes:

  • TDI - tabbed document interface. Before I had this tabs feature I had to keep several open instances of Mtgdb.Gui.exe, which was undesirable for several reasons:
    -Slow program startup - around 15 seconds in my PC to load all sets.
    -High memory consumption - multiplied by N where N is the number of opened instances.
    -File access concurrency for undo/redo history files.
    Now you can open some tabs, work with them in parallel - no problem.
    Multitab.jpg
  • Improved printing - more precise card size, white guidelines between the cards to help cutting.
    The attachment proxy.jpg is no longer available
  • Minor improvment of mana buttons behavior
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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby aidscoi168 » 31 Dec 2016, 17:56

Hi Hidalgo, thanks you for making this app, also after updated to v1.2 the search result just have 1 row of cards ( the older version can show 2 rows also your sample images still have 2 rows so i think it may have some bugs about the showing result feature or something ), just report to we can make the app better.
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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby hidalgo » 04 Jan 2017, 03:31

just report to we can make the app better.
Hello aidscoi168, I really appreciate your feedback, thanks!

The reason of having only 1 row in search result is lacking vertical space due to windows taskbar you have at the bottom of your screen.
You can download v1.2.1 from this post which addresses the reported issue.

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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby aidscoi168 » 05 Jan 2017, 14:03

Thanks you hilado, i think the change on load and search choice status to " is this magic duels card " zone is a good idea ( still need to have better visual ). Also do you think we can have an addition small app to download new cards's images from XLHQ like yugioh pro 2 ? ( github . com / jonas-vanen / image-updater ), update new version of this app through this topic is good but i think we need more easier way to manual update images is good too ( need more step to check mega link and search for new folder of new sets ) .
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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby hidalgo » 07 Jan 2017, 04:28

do you think we can have an addition small app to download new cards's images from XLHQ like yugioh pro 2
Talking precisely about XLHQ Mega - I don't think so, because
  • Updating images is not required frequently - once in a few months.
  • Updating images manually is not that hard.
  • Resources\Gatherer.PreProcessed directory uses images that can be downloaded by Gatherer Extractor. It is easier than using XLHQ Mega.
  • Automating access to XLHQ Mega file storage is not that easy from programmatic point of view, and if I would do this I see no way to leverage it in the future - I don't use it besides Mtgdb.Gui

However I agree with you that some improvement of downloading images needs to be done. I will probably stick to some easy alternative like images from http://gatherer.wizards.com/ to be used by default and downloaded automatically if the user wants that.
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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby aidscoi168 » 08 Jan 2017, 00:00

Thanks you, just because your app run smoothly even with 199 sets of cards with good zoom function then i want to have the best quality of cards images if possible ( not sure in the future more sets come out this app still run smooth or not but now it work perfect for me ).

Also i'm thinking about feature that give user ability rearrange cards's position in the deckbuilder zone or before print to images for sharing the deck, or even auto rearrange cards's position follow user guide ( me as sample will want to rearrange deck list by rarity then total mana cost follow by this order : Artifact -> multicolored/planewalker -> lands -> instant, enchantment, sorcery -> creatures ). Just want to contribute ideas for make using this awesome app's experience more better :D
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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby hidalgo » 08 Jan 2017, 05:52

Also i'm thinking about feature that give user ability rearrange cards's position in the deckbuilder zone
I beleave this is an excellent idea, will be the first feature to add!

Just want to contribute ideas for make using this awesome app's experience more better :D
Ahahah, aidscoi168, it's unbelievable how you reproduced a famous russian meme 'More better' :D

P.S. also, you know, in English 'more better' sounds even more better!
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Mtgdb.Gui v1.2.2

Postby hidalgo » 08 Jan 2017, 06:58

Deck reordering - as suggested by aidscoi168 deck reordering is now possible. Implemented via drag-n-drop.
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Mtgdb.Gui v1.2.3

Postby hidalgo » 08 Jan 2017, 13:31

Deck reordering improved
  • The drag-n-drop process is now visualised - you can see the dragged card and the expected reordering result.
  • When you drop CardA over CardB there will be no swapping anymore. Rather cardA is relocated to the position of CardB while all other card's order remains unchanged.
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Mtgdb.Gui v 1.2.4

Postby hidalgo » 08 Jan 2017, 16:24

Deck reordering improved - now you can scroll the deck while dragging the card.
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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby aidscoi168 » 08 Jan 2017, 16:59

That fast, i'm just refresh the site and ready to tell you about scroll drag then new update already here =D>
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Mtgdb.Gui v1.2.4.1

Postby hidalgo » 08 Jan 2017, 20:28

Well, another update is coming out - 1.2.4 introduced a crash when scrolling search result.
Fixed in 1.2.4.1
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Re: Mtgdb.Gui - Windows app to search MTG cards and build de

Postby Xander9009 » 08 Jan 2017, 21:29

I just wanted to say that despite not saying anything here yet (or even downloading it quite yet since I'm off doing Skyrim stuff), this is definitely being watched by more than it might seem.

My only suggestion so far is actually related to the thread, not the tool itself. Instead of putting an attachment for the newest versions in the post where the new version is announced, it'd probably be better to always but the attachment in the OP. Just have new version announcements point there. This way, it's never a question of whether or not someone is downloading the right one.
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