The possibility to extract search and advanced search results (lists)

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The search and the advanced search tool will be a lot better if the user can extract and download the result (list) of his search into a file.
Also if the user can copy all or some of his search result (list) directly to another list as we can do in our created lists in the site, that will be great.
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Hi Sankary,

I like your idea. It would be a lot easier to create a new list based on an advanced search.

However, implementing this idea could cause problems for IMDb. An advanced search can produce huge lists. From personal experience, IMDb times out when I download personal lists exceeding 5,000 items. Likewise, I've had to copy large lists to another list in segments.

I believe your idea may be practical for IMDb to implement, if they put a limit on the number of items, such as 500 to extract or copy.

In the interim, you may wish to consider how I get around the problem. I do an advanced search in one tab or window of a browser. In a second tab or window, I create a title or person list.

For instance, let's say I wish to create a list based on this advanced search:
Most Popular War Titles With Humphrey Bogart
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?genres=war&role=nm0000007

1. Do the advanced search.
2. Create a list (In this example, its a Title list).
3. Repeat for each title (or person) in the Advanced Search.
3a. Copy the link for title (or name)
3b. Paste the link into text box next to "Add a movie or TV show to this list:"
3c. Click the gray "Search" button. Only one title should appear.
3d. Click the title.
4. Click the yellow "Save" button to save your list.

For instance for steps 3a through 3d:
3a. Casablanca (1942) has the link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/
3b. Paste http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/ into the text box.
3c. Clicking the gray "Search" button produces only one item:
Exact Match:
  1. Casablanca (1942)
3d. Clicking "Casablanca (1942)" adds "Casablanca (1942)" to the list.
 
It took me 4 minutes to create this list:
Most Popular War Titles With Humphrey Bogart
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls075061022/

Although this isn't an ideal solution, at least this interim solution minimizes the effort involved. Likewise, once you create a list, you can export it.
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Hi Dan,

Thank you for your productive reply, I see how you did the list there, and this is also how I do it from the advanced search result.

But if the advanced search result is large, about 100 title for example, it will take me a long time to make a list from it comparing to the "copy" tool if it was existed.

I agree with you, the "copy" tool can be existed with a copy limit if copying large amount of items causes problems to IMDB, in that case copying the items in segments is a great solution as you suggested.

And of course if IMDB allowed that tool, then we can extract the items as we wish from the our lists.
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@Dan dasswo
Still, your method is doing it one by one. That's a waste of time. It indeed took me over an hour to create a 126 people list.

One way to do the 1-by-1 adding quicker would be:
1. Select and copy the list to a simple textfile, this would be in steps of 100 items.
2.  Then, to add them to a list, use a program/application like Macro Recorder (from Jitbit software) or Eventcorder. But that's a bitch to use, and many things might go wrong.
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Hi HuhOhIc,

I fully agree that a macro is more efficient. However,
Macro Recorder and Eventcorder cost from $39 to $149, depending upon the version of these programs.

I've used macros for over 35 years and they can be very helpful when you have a very well defined and consistent task. As you've indicate in your post things can go wrong when there is an unexpected situation that the macro does not cover.
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While there is no way to copy titles as a group from Advanced Search to a specific List, if you use the Detail view, there is an Add to Watchlist  button.  Once they are all on your Watchlist, it is easy to select those new titles by setting the sequence in Edit to Date Added, and then move them to the desired list.

Note: this is only possible for Titles: there is no similar button for Advanced Name Search results, probably because there is no Name equivalent to the Watchlist Title List.
 
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That's a very good idea, thanks a lot.

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