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
You'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!
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
You 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
Since 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.
Upgrading 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.
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.
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.
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!
On 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.
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.
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!