Here it is, our MediaPortal 2015 Winter release!
Attached to this news you will find the final version of MediaPortal 1.13. With this release we offer a number of bug fixes and made some improvements.
Scroll down to the 'Full list of changes' to read up on all of them!
Highlights of this release
Remove Default skin and replace DefaultWide with DefaultWideHD
It wasn´t an easy decision, but finally we decided to drop the 4:3 Skin "Default" from the installer. For users who need a 4:3 skin, there is a nice replacement called "Four2Three" with the same functionality as the new DefaultWideHD.
We also replaced the skin "DefaultWide" with "DefaultWideHD" with the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. A lot of users may already know that skin as "DefaultWide HD", from our skin repository.
"DefaultWideHD" offers an easy-to-use BasicHome-Editor inside the GUI to let you configure MediaPortal to your personnel needs.
More information and a description of how to use the new BasicHome Editor can be found under this link: http://forum.team-mediaportal.com/threads/support-for-new-defaultwidehd.132552/
PIN protection for delete recordings in TvPlugin
The accidental deletion of TV recordings may now be protected by a PIN.
Native ISO support on Windows 8 or later
MediaPortal now supports the direct playing of ISO files on HTPCs with Windows 8 or higher.
Please be aware that this new feature is still experimental, so do not remove DT or VCD before trying!
Removed Microsoft MCE Input Handler
Our Microsoft MCE Input Handler which was deprecated in MP 1.12 has now been removed completely.
Of course all MCE remotes are still supported through our much improved HID Input Handler.
If your remote does not respond as it should, do make sure HID is enabled in your configuration.
However please note that any custom mapping you may have done for MCE will need to be reapplied to your HID configuration.
Restore last position and size of MP when used in windowed mode.
If you are using MediaPortal in windowed mode, your settings regarding position and size are now stored when you close Mediportal.
Full list of changes
You can review the complete change log for MP 1.13 Final Release since 1.13 Pre Release by using the link below:
Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.13.0
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 1.13.0 Final Release there is nothing else to worry about.
Upgrading from MP 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.13.0 Final Release
All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta installations can be upgraded to MP 1.13.0 Final 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 1.13.0 Final 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 1.13.0 Final Release.
Warning! Due to the new features and changes introduced in 1.4.0, none of the 1.3.x skins are compatible with MP 1.13.0 Final 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 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!
On 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 1.13.0 Final 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!