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new version. lots of good stuff.

we just released a new version of the alpha.

it is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and Ubuntu. we tried to squeeze support for 64bit, but it didn’t make the cut :( . we will try to release updates at shorter intervals..

a lot of work went into this one. we tried to solve many of the bugs that have been reported in the forums and were sent by email, as well as add some new stuff.

new stuff:

  • manual editing of (un)identified movies/tv shows/albums - boxee sometimes identifies a movie/tv show/album incorrectly (or not at all). now you can fix these mistakes (some of them are quite funny) by manually telling boxee what it is. you’ll see a new “wrong movie?” option in the info screen. click it and get a list of potential matches.
  • manual adding of a source - you can now manually add new media sources to boxee. use rss:// to add video or audio RSS feeds (make sure the feed you’re trying to access has a link to the original media enclosure), or upnp:// to add a upnp source, mms:// to stream audio or video (you can get creative with this one. i just pointed boxee at my http://drop.io rss feed. pretty cool stuff)
  • mms:// support - streaming of audio and video using mms. we can now listen to israeli radio stations! that was a big one for our girlfriends, wifes and gidon. to add a new mms stream go to the ‘Add Source’ option and choose ‘manual’.
  • upnp support - if you have a upnp server you can now access it using boxee. the shares list retrieved whenever the you browse to “network” is a union of smb and upnp. for some of you upnp may work better than smb. let us know.
  • OSD for pictures - when you’re viewing a photo click ‘Return’ and you’ll get an OSD that will allow you to do stuff like rotate, zoom in/out and across the picture (my personal favorite), control slideshow settings and get some EXIF data.
  • http proxy support - you always wanted to connect via an http proxy in india, right? so now you can. no support for user/pass, yet. so you’ll have to connect to them friendly and open proxy servers.
  • UI navigation change - internet-applications now part of the main browse screen, so clicking on Video takes you directly to the main video screen (also applies for music and pictures).
  • updated source management - we updated the Media Sources screen, so to enable you to get to all the places where you may have content you’d like to access with boxee. result is too complicated. we’ll simplify it in the future.
  • new visualizations - Goom and Waveform. there were some fixes to the visualizations framework (which caused crashes). i still think most of them are a bit too much. we need create a more ambient boxee visualization as the default.
  • (Mac only) integrated crash reporter - so you can send them directly to us, as well as spam apple

bug fixes:

  • remake of our download system (solved many .torrent issues)
  • python stability and performance improvements (affects youtube, flickr, etc.)
  • improved resolution support (secondary display)
  • fixed image bugs. raw images are now supported
  • improved picture information and picture loading indication
  • fixes to subtitle viewing (mainly on ff/rwd and large subtitle files) - thanks elan
  • visualization - not to be affected by volume - thanks elan
  • (Mac only) navigating via menu->sources now will not show mounted “img”-s. only /, home folder and usb connected devices. this is true for adding a local media source too.
  • default screen saver - now boxee branded (boxee slide show)
  • new versions of all our plugins (youtube, flickr, etc.)
  • keyboard consistent “back” navigation
  • “dim” screen saver to go into action on main screen (profile selection) - this screen was not starting the screen saver before
  • faster file scanning since ~/Pictures is not getting scanned
  • navigating in folder mode would display an image if one exists under the folder (folder.jpg, preview.jpg and cover.jpg). the detection and caching is done during file scan time, so may take a few minutes till shown
  • app logs now go to ~/Library/Logs/xbmc.log under Mac, /tmp/boxee-xbmc.log under Linux
  • edit controls instead of osd keyboard on login screen (user/password) (stupid, stupid bug that frustrated many users. me included..)
  • hidden password on plugin settings (1999 vintage bug)
  • dvd playback should be fine now on all dvd’s (my Road Trip dvd is mia. last seen in vulcan’s drowning MBP. oh, the sacrifice..)
  • better treatment of thumb “loading”. should result in a lot less “loading” indications (less spinning circles on the screen == bliss)
  • playback of “video_ts” folders should work fine now (i wish this format will go away.. takes too much space on the disk)
  • smb upgraded to 3.2.1 and went through a fix session (hope this solves more bugs than it creates… let us know)
  • new setting under network->smb called “use one connection per server” - it will control the amount of outgoing connections from the client. playing with it requires restarting the client.
  • improvements to the thumb loading mechanism
  • fixed sorting of items in internet apps (newest items should appear first in RSS feeds, etc.)
  • add/remove internet apps from settings->media sources
  • fixed deadlock in dvdplayer

phewww….. now in reverse:

reyapdvd ni kcold… get ‘em while they’re hot, enjoy, and head to the forum to say wassup.

ahh, one more thing.. while on the subject of forum and features, major props to agentlame for some kickass howtos getting mythtv to work, using snapstream firefly remote, keeping your mouse & keyboard available in dual screen and to chatterbox & clarkee wanting some extra content for their telly and making iPlayer content available under boxee (UK only, alright?).

August 25, 2008 at 5:56 pm

8 Responses to “new version. lots of good stuff.”

  1. chris ian fiel says:

    Thanks for the update. I have tried boxee and I love it. But still have problems :) 1. watching picture after several browsing. boxee suddenly close. I tried to open boxee again but its now eating all the resources :( I have to delete .boxee folder in order to used it again. I will try to update my boxee if its solve the problem. More power!


  2. Almir says:

    Sweet thanks for the update, So far I'm loving this app and using it EVERY day.

    Keep up the great work guys :)

  3. Andreas says:

    You should port XBMC's Vortex visualization from Direct3D/DirectX to OpenGL, Vorex allows for very advanced yet simple to make presets, which should also let more users from the Boxee community to get involved with customization and tweaking of Boxee :)

  4. chatterbox says:

    Thanks for the Thanks :)

    New version looks good. Do you guys feel comfortable about publishing your development schedule, no doubt this would lead to a bit of extra publicity. I understand if you feel it would be to restrictive though.


  5. tom sella says:

    @chatterbox i think its a bit too early for us to talk about this. we're in alpha for the time being, and there are great many things we want to do.

  6. devolute says:

    This just went into a 'usable' for me on Ubuntu. So excited about this project. Was able to watch my charity's new video as it was uploaded to blip.tv. Personally I find this the most exciting project right now. Keep up the good work guys.

  7. phantom says:

    Really good app guys .. keep up the great work .. using on intel mac with very little difficulty .. well done !

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