Summer Release Of MP2 Alpha Is Here!

The development of MediaPortal 2 made a good progress! On our way to the 2nd Alpha Release we created many new features, made important changes, added localization and much more. A big "thank you" to all who helped to achieve this!
 
With so many changes we thought it would be a good time to release an interim build for users to test. We like to get a much feedback as possible about this build, to help build a very good 2nd Alpha!

Main new features overview:

  • New inbuilt Series/Movies feature!
  • Centralized fanart support, distributed by MP2-Server using UPnP!
  • Localization in many different languages, thanks to all translators @ transifex!
  • New features for VideoPlayer (i.e. chapters and titles support)
  • Many bugfixes, enhancements and usability improvements
  • Improvements on Reflexion and default skin

Important changes:

  • Complete switch to .net4 framework
  • SlimTv: Tv4HomeProvider is now desupported and got removed. It's replaced by MpExtendedProvider which has much more features

Series and Movies feature

MP2 is now able to detect Series episodes and Movies from different sources:

  • Reading title, production year, season number, episode number, episode title from MP1 TvServer recording's .xml file
  • Reading title, production year, season number, episode number, episode title from matroska tags
  • Extracting season number, episode number, episode title from folder/file names (using regular expressions)
  • Online lookup
  • for Series from TheTvDB.com, downloading of cover, poster, fanart
  • for Movies from TheMovieDB.org, downloading of cover, poster, fanart
  • download of information in language based on the MP2 language setting(!)

There are already more features planned, like:

  • supporting more online sources,
  • adding online lookup for Music/Artists,
  • making list of regular expressions for series lookup user extensible
  • better language selection for downloading online information, based on audio streams of video...

You can find screenshots and the development history of this feature in forums. Enjoy!

Localization

With moving to the online translation platform Transifex we received a great support by many volunteers. Translations were done for many languages in quite a short time. Thank you all!

With so many new languages supported, this will probably bring more requirements to our SkinEngine (like right-to-left support) and to the chosen fonts in skin, because they need to contain much more unicode characters than before.

So if you don't see all texts in your language yet, please test different Skins (Default, Rising Skin, Reflexion), or change back the MP2 regional setting to "English".

Further information & support

If you are looking for further information please check out MediaPortal 2 wiki first. We are heavily working to improve it.

If you don't find an answer there create a new thread in MediaPortal 2 forums.

If you found a bug, please check Mantis bug report forums first. If it has not been reported already, create a new thread.

Requirements

Before installing MediaPortal 2, you need to make sure all requirements are installed.

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