MediaPortal 1.18.0 Pre Release

Written by Team-MediaPortal on .

Attached to this news you will find the download for MediaPortal 1.18.0 Pre Release

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 will only fix bugs, after which comes the final release!

Highlights of this release 

Bugfixes:

  • We fixed some issues with TSReader where RTSP timeouts were too short in some situations as well as seeking in recordings could trigger end-of-file if extra buffering delay is enabled in registry.
  • We fixed an issue where MP was not able to find the correct Audio Renderer Device.
  • We fixed an issue where TV channels were removed when selecting "Edit Recording" in EPG.
  • We added PowerOff events to the InputHandler mapping.
  • We added the possibility of bulk deletion in TV Recordings.
  • We fixed an issue in MyVideos where file deletion failed when the file was playing.
  • We significantly reduced the CPU load on BasicHome for skins using a lot of skin expressions (from BasicHome Editors) and therefore optimized the rendering times.

New:

  • We added support for the spectrum analyzer plugin (to be seen in e.g. MusicNowPlaying).

Along with the above items we kept consolidating our software.

            


Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for MP 1.18.0 Pre Release by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal 1.18.0 Pre Release

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.18.0 Pre Release


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

microsoft net framework 4 e711eSince 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 1.18.0 Pre Release there is nothing else to worry about.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from MP 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.18.0 Pre Release

All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta installations can be upgraded to MP 1.18.0 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 1.18.0 Pre Release! Whether or not a plugin is incompatible depends on the MediaPortal subsystems the plugin uses.
All plugins that work for the 1.7.1 HotFix release, should also work with the 1.18.0 Pre Release.

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.


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 1.18.0 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

Bugs

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 donation!

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

.::. Download - MediaPortal 1.18.0 Pre Release .::.

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MediaPortal 2.1.1 Release

Written by Team-MediaPortal on .

Attached to this news you will find the download for MediaPortal 2.1.1

This service upgrade fixes several bugs and introduces some new features:

  • Media Importer
    We increased the speed and improved the stability of the importer process. We also removed OMDB from the list of online sources to choose from, as it is no longer free to use. A visual indicator has been added to each skin and theme to inform the user that an importer process is ongoing.
  • TV
    We added the possibility to manually schedule recordings: schedules can now be defined for any channel by simply setting start and end times/dates.
    The recording indicator that is displayed on each menu screen while the system is recording a show is now visible in all skins and themes.
    A new setup option now allows users to change the logo style of TV/Radio channels. Besides a new channel group button to swich groups, we also added configuration options to define if name, logo and number of each TV channel should be displayed in the EPG
  • Video playback
    A visual indicator will be shown when the playback is paused.
    Fast forward/rewind now displays the speed of playback.
  • Weather
    We replaced the weather provider WorldWeatherOnline by OpenWeatherMap. The Weather screen now displays a full seven days of weather forecast instead five.
  • Settings menu
    The settings menu section has been overworked and now displays its entries in a more logical order and structure.

 

Extensions

MediaPortal 2.1.1's functionality can be further extended through the installation of additional plugins. The choice of extensions, while currently limited, is steadily growing. Discover what else is available in our Featured Plugins section.

 

Full list of changes

You can review all changes by taking a look at the changelog: MediaPortal 2.1.1

 For known issues please check out our Jira and our Bug Reports Forum.


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

Extract the downloaded zip archive and simply run the MP2 Setup file.The installer will automatically download any missing components and install them.

Windows 10 K and KN editions: You need to manually download and install the additional Microsoft Media feature pack first. This will add the Windows Media Player and related technologies that are required by MediaPortal 2.1 to work.

Wiki:  http://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Installing+MediaPortal+2

Upgrade

MediaPortal 2.1 has a new media database structure that is not compatible with versions prior to MediaPortal 2.1 Pre Release. The installer will recognize an existing incompatible database and rename it before upgrading the system to the new version.

If you are upgrading from an earlier version than MediaPortal 2.1 you will need to redo your server settings including the setup of media sources. MediaPortal 2.1 will automatically scan each path and import online information as per your settings to allow using all the new features.

Weather

If you are upgrading from an already installed MediaPortal 2 version, all previously defined locations are incompatible with the new Weather provider of MediaPortal 2.1.1 and need to be deleted. To do so start the client application and immediately navigate to the respective setting entry at Settings | Plugins | Weather | Locations and delete all displayed locations.

 

Feedback

Bugs

If you think you found a bug then please first check if it has not already been reported: the Bug Reports Forum contains all active user bug reports with their respective status. For new issues post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information.

Appearance and functionality

We invite you to make suggestions for improvement with special focus on menu layout, menu content explanatory texts and translations. Please post your comments in a new thread in the General section.

Requests for missing/new features should be made in the Feature Request Forum. As for bugs we would appreciate if you first verified that your request has not already been raised before. Also if possible please make only one request per thread.

 

Download

We hope that you took the time to read this release news as it includes vital information about the major changes. Get your own copy of the new MediaPortal 2.1.1 by selecting the download link.

menuv3 donate a8bac    If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation!

The MP2 team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 2.1.1

MediaPortal 1.17.0 Release

Written by Team-MediaPortal on .

Attached to this news you will find the download for MediaPortal 1.17.0 Final


Highlights of this release 

  • MyVideos
    We fixed some bugs with video views, especially collections, user groups and libraries. We also added new properties to display icons of movie awards, extended MPAA text and movie awards text. Skinners now have the possibility to add badges for collections, user groups, new and actualized movies, watched/unwatched movies etc. as overlays in nearly all layouts like thumbnailpanel, filmstrip and coverflow. DefaultWideHD already shows some of the new functions.
  • MyTV
    The lists in TV Recordings now show the year of the recording, e.g. 12-03 2016 instead of only 12-03. We also added the functionality of moving or deleting channels from/to channel groups inside the GUI via context menu in TV EPG. We also fixed an issue that recording files were left open by the Streaming Server
  • MediaPortal General
    We fixed the problem of scaling issues when using MP in windowed mode or other resolutions than the standard resolution of 1920x1080.
    We fixed a proplem with Watchdog crashing on failure when trying to copy TV Server gentle.config as well as Watchdog not grabbing all TV Server configuration files.
    We fixed an issue with MiniDisplay not showing the correct labels for the actual highlighted button or selected items in a dialog list.
  • MediaInfo
    We updated the MediaInfo.dll to version 0.7.95.

Along with the above items we kept consolidating our software.

            


Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for MP 1.17.0 Final by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal 1.17 Final

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.17.0 Final


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

microsoft net framework 4 e711eSince 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 1.17.0 Final there is nothing else to worry about.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from MP 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.17.0 Final

All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta installations can be upgraded to MP 1.17.0 Final 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 1.17.0 Final! Whether or not a plugin is incompatible depends on the MediaPortal subsystems the plugin uses.
All plugins that work for the 1.7.1 HotFix release, should also work with the 1.17.0 Final.

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.


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 1.17.0 Final 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

Bugs

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 donation!

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

.::. Download - MediaPortal 1.17.0 Final .::.

:: Post a Comment ::

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In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.

         

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