Vrijdag is de eerste bètarelease van versie 1.2.0 van MediaPortal beschikbaar gekomen. Met dit programma kan een Windows-machine als hart van de multimediahardware in de huiskamer worden gebruikt. Zo kan op een eenvoudige manier naar radio en muziek worden geluisterd, en naar video's en dvd's worden gekeken. Ook kunnen tv-programma's worden opgenomen. Door middel van plug-ins en extensies kan de functionaliteit worden uitgebreid en kan de 'look & feel' van het programma worden aangepast. Nieuw in versie 1.2.0 is onder andere een verbeterde skin-engine, waarmee het uiterlijk kan worden aangepast. Ook zijn diverse verbeteringen aan de videofeature doorgevoerd en zijn er prestatieverbeteringen waar te nemen. Hieronder worden de belangrijkste veranderingen sinds de alpha besproken.
MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta RELEASED!
The release of 1.2.0 beta is a big milestone in the MP 1.2.0 development cycle. During its development we had to make a few tough decisions, which ultimately resulted in a lot of work and delays, yet also brought MP1 to a completely new level of usability.
Notable Changes since 1.2.0 alpha
It would be too much to list all changes between 1.1.0 and 1.2.0. So the following list will focus on what happened since the release of 1.2.0 Alpha.
Find out about the changes introduced in 1.2.0 Alpha in this separate news.
- Plugin Version Check
The biggest change in usability is our new version check for plugins. From 1.2.0 beta on, users will never again face the problem of having a plugin enabled which is incompatible with the installed version of MP.
- Because of this change, none of your currently installed plugins will work with 1.2.0 beta. They will all get disabled and appear in a new section in the Configuration Tool: Incompatible Plugins. Please refer to the developers of the plugins you use for compatible versions.
- The MediaPortal Extenstion Installer (MPEI) will be updated in beta2/RC1 of 1.2.0 to automatically incorporate the version information into the .mpe2 file. So plugin developers just have to re-save their MPEI package (if the plugin is already compatible).
- Music and Video View Definition Changes
Setting up and changing views for music and video was previously complicated and confusing. We have now updated the interface to make setup far more logical and allow views to be easily re-ordered.
- Music Changes
The music section of MediaPortal has been given a thorough health check with lots of changes behind the scenes as well as lots of bug fixes and changes to make things more logical and consistent. There are also some new features
- Better handling of multi-disc albums
- A playlist mode
- Last.fm Love / Ban functions on music Now Playing screen
More details can be found in an earlier blog. To learn about the changes see Play Music 1.2 in our Wiki.
- TV - Fast Forward
Fast Forward inside TV should now work smoothly with up to 4x playback speed, which is the maximum for Windows 7 (Note: Windows XP supports only 2x, due to it's audio renderer ). Fast Reverse will still work in a skip-step like fashion.
- TV - improved LiveTv in multiseat setups
1.2.0 beta vastly lowers the workload placed on the hard drive by live TV. This virtually eliminates the stuttering and picture corruption that was sometimes seen before on client systems while watching live TV.
- TV - increased performance of channel selector
Opening and browsing through the channel selector inside TV was very slow for some users. So we increased its performance!
- DVD Playback - added Closed Captioning support
We have added supported for Closed Captioning (CC) to the DVD playback. You can learn about it's configuration and usage in our Wiki.
- SMS-Style input
You now have the option to use SMS style input with your remote control, just like you know from your cell-phone. If you want to use the standard keyboard, then you can switch the input style back to it by pressing the related button inside the virtual keyboard.
- Play all videos inside a folder
This is a feature many users requested for a long time. In this release we introduce the option to play all videos inside a folder with one option.
- MediaPortal Configuration restructured
We have reworked the sturcture of MediaPortal Configuration in order to group the options more logically.
- New Design
With MediaPortal 1.2.0 beta we introduce a brand new look, that replaces Blue3 and Blue3wide which served us well during the last years. We have made the Blue3/wide skin files available to the community, in case someone wishes to make it available, and maintain it, as an extension. The Team certainly hopes that this will happen.
Besides the new look, we also introduced a couple of new controls for our awesome skinners in the community, plus a brand new layout called "Coverflow" which you can see in action in the teaser video of 1.2.0 beta.
- Hauppauge Colossus TV Card Support
With this new release we introduce full support of Hauppauge's new Colossus TV card. We want to thank our community member WileECoyote for his support, which enabled us to add this to 1.2.0 beta.
- Image Caching option for skins
While this does not sound like much, it will dramatically decrease the loading time required to switch between various screens or sections of MediaPortal, especially for HD skins which use high resolution background images. Skinners should take a look at this new Image Caching skin feature when updating their work for 1.2.0 beta compatibility.
Obsolete plugins removed
We removed the following obsolete/no longer maintained plugins in 1.2.0 beta.
- Video Editor