MP Survey 2012 - 3 weeks left for you to complete

One week has passed since we started our user survey 2012. Now we think the time has come to show you a short statistic about voting numbers which you can see in the following picture:

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 Thank you very much to everyone who completed our survey and helped us!

 To those who haven't yet:

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to complete our survey! =)

Here you can find the survey links:

Next week we will update the stats + give a little preview of the results of a few questions.

Stay tuned!

 

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MediaPortal 2.4.1 Release

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We are proud to present MediaPortal 2.4.1

MediaPortal 2.4.1 is a full-blown media center software that addresses most common user requirements out of the box. Aside from its support for Live TV and Radio, it offers a complete media server for music, movies, and series. Info is automatically downloaded from various sources to provide posters, fanart, album art, and various additional metadata, such as cast, staff, and more. MediaPortal 2.4.1 also provides access to online video sources such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Integrated news, weather information and management for your digital images complete this software package.

Skins

Flexible Aspect Ratios

All skins support flexible aspect ratios, so it does not matter if you have a 4:3, 16:9 or even ultra wide screen. The aspect ratio is detected automatically, there is no need to adjust settings manually.
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International Language Support

MediaPortal 2 was lacking with the support of many languages yet, because some characters could not be displayed correctly. It was mainly related to a missing unicode font, that is licence free. With the Google Noto we have found a font, that can be used in open source projects.

Due to heavy development of MediaPortal 2 many new text strings were added last years, but are not localized yet. Everybody can support translating strings in our translation platform transifex. Every help to bring MediaPortal 2 forward is highly appreciated by our small development team.
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Touch Display Support

If touch display support is enabled in skin settings, menus won't slide in/out automatically any more, but only on press of the menu button. The support for touch display was extended further:
  • A first press on a menu tile selects the home content (instead of auto selection on focus)
  • A second press loads the corresponding media library
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Because the menu item selection behavior could be also interesting for mouse users the same behavior can be also achieved with a new skin setting "Whether to select a menu item manually instead of auto selection on focus"

Other

  • Fixed recording view not being compatible with new view mode settings
  • Missing button content margin in DialogButtonStyle, "Manage series schedule" button not focusable by mouse
  • TV: Missing gerne infos in EPG screens and recording details
  • Overworked CurrentlyPlaying and Info screens
  • TV: Visible information for schedule list items and details
  • Display IsRecording indicator in notification bar and recording start and end indicators correctly
  • Better virtual keyboard appearance
  • TV: LoopScrolling in FullEPG, if activated in NereusSkinSettings
  • Blank screen in screen-saver to avoid burn-ins for OLED screens
  • Nereus: Fallback label for channel logo tiles in home content
  • Nereus: ChannelLogos in program tiles and replacement of circular with linear progress bar

System

  • Don't lock WF Manager in VideoPlayerModel message handler as it can cause deadlock when the message handler is shutdown when exiting the model context
  • Potential deadlock in Plugin Manager if different threads try to activate the same plugin

Media

  • Fixed playback issues by using LAV Splitter Source directly

Plugins

TVMosaic

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Accordingly we decided to develop the TVMosaic plugin as alternative TV provider. The TVMosaic Community Edition is freeware and can be configured by web browser. Because it is not bonded to windows it may run on many platforms.
Please note, that the plugin is currently in development and some functionalities could not be implemented yet. The latest version can be found here. It is not part of the 2.4.1 release installer yet!

Moving from MP1 to MP2

Procedures to install MP2 in parallel to MP1 are described in the Wiki

For all those who would like to move from MP1 to MP2 and preserve their current media organisation, our forum member raffe has created a small tool that will extract information from your MP-TvSeries and MovingPictures databases and picture folders, The tool will leave all your original data untouched, create .nfo files for all your media and copy existing pictures from your MovingPictures and MP-TvSeries to your new MediaPortal 2 media folders. The .nfo files and pictures then allow a smooth and quick import of all your media info into MediaPortal 2. See the respective forum thread for further details.


Full list of changes

You can review all changes by taking a look at changelog: MediaPortal 2.4.1.
For known issues please check out our Jira and our Bug Reports Forum.



Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

Download the zip archive and check the "Allow access" box in the context menu. Then extract the archive and execute 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 to work.
Wiki:  http://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Installing+MediaPortal+2

Upgrade

We strongly recommend to first uninstall previous versions of MediaPortal 2 before installing MediaPortal 2.4.1, this is also the case when upgrading from MediaPortal 2.3 to MediaPortal 2.4.1.
We are working on an improved installer for future releases, that is more user friendly and working stable in all conditions.

N.B.: If you upgrade from an earlier version than MediaPortal 2.1 the database is incompatible and cannot be migrated. You will need to redo your server settings including the setup of media sources.

 

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 2.4.1 by selecting the download link.

thumb Donate MP2 151f1  If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation!

The MediaPortal 2 team wishes you a Happy New Year and a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 2.4.1 .::.

 

 

MediaPortal 1.30 Release

We have just released MediaPortal 1.30 Ukraine

Highlights of this release 

Bugfixes:

New:

Improvement / Rework:

  • [MP1-5092] - Update MediaInfo and MediaInfo.Wrapper to 21.9.2
  • [MP1-5104] - Create a numeric only keyboard
  • [MP1-5105] - Update MetadataExtractor to 2.7.1
  • [MP1-5106] - Update SQLite to 3.36
  • [MP1-5107] - Improve tvgids.nl webepg grabber
  • [MP1-5108] - Fix deadlock error while importing EPG
  • [MP1-5109] - Update France.FreeBox_TV
  • [MP1-5110] - Add Set watched status in TV/Radio recorded
  • [MP1-5111] - Parallel DVB EPG
Since Pre-Release :
  • [MP1-5112] - Cleanup NL and DE WebEPG grabbers
  • DWHD update
Along with the above items we kept consolidating our software.

Notes:

For use Bluray with BD-J support, please read the Wiki


Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for this Release by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal 1.30 Pre Release
Changelog: MediaPortal 1.30 Release

Documentation of new features will be added to: Wiki - What's New


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

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Download-Link: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

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

Microsoft SQL Server

MS SQLIf you plan to use MSSQL server for TV it is necessary to install it yourself before installing Mediaportal with TV Server. Instructions for previous versions are on the wiki, note that new versions were not checked for 100% compatibility.

For Windows XP, Vista - MSSQL 2005 - SQL Server 2005

For Windows 7 or later - MSSQL 2008 - SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

For Windows 7 or later - MSSQL versions above 2008, there's no official documentation from Mediaportal but you can install and configure it based on the articles above, google or documentation from Microsoft. Compatibility has not been tested.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from MP 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.30 Release

All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta installations can be upgraded to this 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 this 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 this 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!

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For upgrades to this 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 1.30 Release .::.

 

About The Project

The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.

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

         

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