MediaPortal 1.10.0 Pre Release

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MediaPortal 1.10.0 Pre Release

Attached to this news you will find the Pre Release version of MediaPortal 1.10.0. Pre Releases are provided as a way for the community to test and give feedback on all the exciting things we have lined up for the next release. We allocate about one month for Pre Release testing. In that time we only do bug fixes, and then comes the final release!

With this Pre Release we offer a number of Improvements and New Features. To name a few: We added a Volume Overlay that can be seen in all screens and the MiniDisply plugin was updated with the SharpDisplayManager driver.

Highlights of this release

Improvements

Windows-10You'll notice that after installing a dedicated TV Server, you now have the MediaPortal Extension Manager available to install the Server plugins. For the Client part we added the possibility to update MediaInfo in a selected folder, the option to re-create all/missing thumbs (including subfolders) in MyPictures, a SQLite Database integrity check and last but not least: This Pre Release can be installed on the Windows 10 Technical Preview!

Bugs

We also fixed a handful of Bugs like the warning for an incompatible skin, DVD resume, the Border selected program in the Radio EPG and we properly remove cancelled schedules from the TV database.
Because a lot of users reported issues with the MySQL upgrade path, we made some changes to this part. Existing installs still get the upgrade offered, but the database engine will remain as is (MyISAM). New installations will get the InnoDB database engine, since this is the default as of MySQL 5.6.

 Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for the 1.10.0 Pre Release by using the link below:
Release Notes for MediaPortal 1.10 Pre Release
Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.10.0 Pre Release


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

MediaPortal IconSince we switched to .NET4 you need to make sure you have. NET4 installed on your computer (not needed if you are on Windows 8 because it comes with .NET4, but you NEED the .NET 3.5 features enabled!). Otherwise you are not able to install MediaPortal and the installer just quits. Download-Link: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

Aside from that when doing a clean installation of the 1.10.0 Pre Release there is nothing else to worry about.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.10.0 Pre Release

All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta or later can be upgraded to 1.10.0 Pre Release, without losing your settings.

Plugins:

If you are running MediaPortal 1.6.0 or earlier, then it is possible that some of your previously installed plugins will be shown as incompatible after the upgrade to 1.10.0 Pre Release! Whether or not a plugin is incompatible depends on the MediaPortal subsystems the plugin uses.
All plugins that work for the 1.9 release, should also work with the 1.10.0 Pre Release.

Skins:

Warning! Due to the new features and changes introduced in 1.4.0, none of the 1.3.x skins are compatible with 1.10.0 Pre Release! Please contact the author of the skin you use for further information and updates.

Upgrading Extensions:

The easiest way to upgrade your extensions is by launching the MediaPortal Extensions Manager, and let it check for updated versions. However this only works for extensions that use our MPEM system. If the author of the extension releases it as a standalone installer, you should check the specific forum or contact them for an updated version.

Upgrading from MediaPortal 1.2.0 Alpha or earlier to 1.10.0 Pre Release

All MediaPortal installations starting with 1.1.0 RC1 can be upgraded to 1.10.0 Pre Release, without losing your settings.

If you are running MediaPortal 1.2.0 Alpha or earlier, then none of your extensions (plugins and skins) will work after the upgrade to 1.10.0 Pre Release! You must update your extensions after the upgrade! 

So, please make sure that 1.10.0 Pre Release compatible versions of your extensions are available before you start the upgrade!

General note about Upgrades

Manually stop TV-Service!

television-iconOn some systems our installer is not able to update the TV-Server installation because its files are locked or the service cannot be stopped.
For upgrades to 1.10.0 Pre Release we recommend that you manually stop the TV-Service and make sure, via Windows Task Manager (enable the "all users" option), that the TvService.exe process is really gone before starting to upgrade.

Custom TV-Service properties

If you manually changed the properties of the TV-Service (like restart on error options), then you must redo these changes after the upgrade. The installer is not able to save and restore your custom service properties when it installs the new version of the TV-Service.


 Feedback

If you think you found a bug then please post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information. Incomplete reports will be removed to keep the forum clean.


 Download

Finally - the download. We hope that you took the time to read this release news entirely because it includes vital information about the major changes.

 If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation

The Team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 1.10.0 Pre Release .::.

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MediaPortal 2 - Development snapshots available!

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MediaPortal 2 development is gathering momentum. Every week we're tweaking interfaces, fixing bugs, and adding features. This process is so incredibly exciting that we just have to share it, so we've decided to start releasing fortnightly development snapshot builds!

Development snapshots are automatically built installers containing the very latest code. Installing and trying them is a great way to follow our progress. We're keen to hear what you think. The feedback we receive will shape the future of MediaPortal. All comments and ideas are welcome... and in case you're a developer: we accept code contributions too.

If you haven't tried MediaPortal 2, the time is now! The first build is ready and waiting for you: HERE. So, what are you waiting for?!?

P.S.: JetBrains TeamCity is the tool that is making these releases possible. We highly recommend it.

MediaPortal 1.9.0 Released

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MediaPortal 1.9.0 Released

Attached to this news you will find the final version of MediaPortal 1.9.0.

For this release we've put our focus once more on Bug fixing and improved stability. However, there are a couple of new features. Skin designers will like the new <oninfo> and <onESC> functions. There are enhancements to the video resolution logos that will give you more information about the video you are watching. There is a new sort method in My Videos called Name with Duration. There are several improvements to logging, and a significant number of bug fixes.

Scroll down to the 'Full list of changes' to read up on all of them!

Highlights of this release

UNC Streaming for Live TV

The default protocol for LiveTV streaming on a multi-seat setup is RTSP. MediaPortal has an option to change this to UNC for those that experience problems with RTSP. In the last release, we fixed some long-standing issues with UNC paths. Therefore, this option (which was previously hidden) is now present in configuration.

Thumbnails

Thumbnails are a really important way for you to get feedback about video files, and these have been improved in several ways in this release. Individual plugins can now use their own default thumbs. Issues with large thumbnail creation are fixed.

Content Protection

We found a number of issues with content protection. It wasn't working properly in date view in 'Pictures'. Also, the PIN code was shown unencrypted in the configuration files. This is all now fixed, and the PIN code now supports letters as well as numbers. However, you will need to reset all your PIN codes for this release.

Titan Extended

The Titan team have decide to stop development on Titan Extended. Therefore it has been removed from the installer. If you already have Titan Extended, this won't affect you. For clean installs you will need to download Titan Extended manually from the plugins repository in order to find skin files for plugins. For 1.9.0, plugin developers will need to provide the Titan skin files as part of their own installers.
Titan TNC will be the new skin name of the Titan Extended theme, and this will be released as a stand-alone skin, probably at the same time as the 1.9 Final release.


 Full list of changes

gear-iconThis build incorporates changes since 1.8.0. You can review the complete change log for 1.9.0 Release by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal 1.9.0 Release
Further changes in 1.9.0 can be seen at:
ChangeLog: MediaPortal 1.9.0

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.9.0


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

MediaPortal IconSince we switched to .NET4 you need to make sure you have.NET4 installed on your computer (not needed if you are on Windows 8 because it comes with .NET4, but you NEED the .NET 3.5 features enabled!). Otherwise you are not able to install MediaPortal and the installer just quits.Download-Link: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

Aside from that when doing a clean installation of the 1.9.0 there is nothing else to worry about.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from 1.2.x, 1.3.0 Alpha/Beta/RC/Final, 1.4.0 until 1.8.0 to 1.9.0

All MediaPortal 1.2.x, 1.3.0 Alpha/Beta/RC/Final, 1.4.0 till 1.8 installations can be upgraded to 1.9.0, without losing your settings.

Plugins:

If you are running MediaPortal 1.6.0 or earlier, then it is possible that some of your previously installed plugins will be shown as incompatible after the upgrade to 1.9.0! Whether or not a plugin is incompatible depends on the MediaPortal subsystems the plugin uses.
All plugins that work for the 1.8 release, should also work with the 1.9.0 release.

Skins:

Warning! Due to the new features and changes introduced in 1.4.0, none of the 1.3.x skins are compatible with 1.9.0! Please contact the author of the skin you use for further information and updates.

Upgrading Extensions:

The easiest way to upgrade your extensions is by launching the MediaPortal Extension Installer, and let it check for updated versions. However this only works for extensions that use our MPEI system. If the author of the extension releases it as a stand alone installer, you must contact them for an updated version.

Upgrading from 1.2.0 Alpha or earlier to 1.9.0

All MediaPortal installations starting with 1.1.0 RC1 can be upgraded to 1.9.0, without losing your settings.

If you are running MediaPortal 1.2.0 Alpha or earlier, then none of your extensions (plugins and skins) will work after the upgrade to 1.9.0! You must update your extensions after the upgrade! 

So, please make sure that 1.9.0 compatible versions of your extensions are available before you start the upgrade!

General note about Upgrades

Manually stop TV-Service!

television-iconOn some systems our installer is not able to update the TV-Server installation because its files are locked or the service can not be stopped.
For upgrades to 1.9.0 we recommend that you manually stop the TV-Service and make sure, via Windows Task Manager (enable the "all users" option), that the TvService.exe process is really gone before starting to upgrade.

Custom TV-Service properties

If you manually changed the properties of the TV-Service (like restart on error options), then you must redo these changes after the upgrade. The installer is not able to save and restore your custom service properties when it installs the new version of the TV-Service.


 Feedback

If you think you found a bug then please post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information. Incomplete reports will be removed to keep the forum clean.


 Download

Finally - the download. We hope that you took the time to read this release news entirely because it includes vital information about the major changes.

  If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation

The Team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 1.9.0 .::.

:: Post a Comment ::

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