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Version 4.2
  • Release Date: Feb 4, 2007
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed a sliding text bug
    • After playing a movie set, playing a single music or video goes back to single playback mode automatically
    • Pressing REW after entering a number was broken
    • Slideshow screensaver should still allow user to control music
    • Format string for importing playlist was not honored
    • Fixed an installation bug that prevents external script from creating TVedia automation server
    • Fixed Google Video playback
    • Fixed a 3D wait cursor rendering bug, which causes screen to turn white on some graphics cards
  • New Feature/Changes:
    • Support installation on Vista.
    • Support Vista UAC mode.
    • Added a /menu command line switch to go to main menu
    • Power menu goes back to the previous page automatically when done
    • Stop processing input when switched to an external program
    • Added shift-F10 handling to bring up the context menu
    • Parse online asx file by sniffing mime type instead of looking url’s suffix
    • Monitor UNC share, and retry every minute if it fails
    • When importing media files, only import specific media type if user has chosen a particular type
    • When importing media files, automatically convert underscore to space in any string
    • Use a more intelligent method to figure out if two music tracks with the same album name belong indeed to the same album. Tracks in the same folder are assumed to belong to the same album.
Version 4.1
  • Release Date: Dec 2, 2006
  • Added video position change for full screen mode. Use Select/Return button to toggle to aspect ration, zoom then to position. Use arrow buttons to change video position.
Version 4.1 Beta 2
  • Release Date: Nov 12, 2006
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed a bug that user cannot use REW (<<) button to erase characters in an editbox when a slideshow is playing.
    • Fixed an image and script loading order bug that breaks mods
    • Fixed a Google video missing duration bug
  • New Feature/Changes:
    • Added warning to block importing from non local fixed drives. Importing from a UNC path on a network share is still supported.
    • Added file change monitoring on network shares (imported with UNC path).
    • Improved startup speed by putting all images into a single resource dll (images.dll). Flat file images loading takes precedence if present.
    • Allow user to enter MPAA rating during media import.
    • Set TVedia main window to foreground to get focus when getting out of suspended/hibernation modes.
    • Release sound device when switching to another program.
    • Added a DisableSoundEffect registry key (DWORD) to turn off all sound effects.
    • Added Firefly remote control support.
Version 4.1 Beta
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2006
  • Bug Fixes
    • Streamzap remote control is "released" when TVedia switches to another program.
    • Alt-PageUp and Alt-PageDown map to volume up/down now.
    • FF/REW time inconsistency at times was fixed.
    • When entering text, REW erases last character entered, instead of rewinding the current media
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    • Movies are filtered out in picture folder browsing
    • Suppressed error message about inserting PCM Swapper when playing back audio files with Xcard.
    • Fixed a bug that software decoding cannot be chosen when playing back using Xcard (it always went back to use hardware decoding).
    • Fixed a subtitle display bug when software decoding is used for Xcard.
    • Fixed a bug some artist tags are not imported for WMA files.
    • Added special case handling for importing music with "AC/DC" as artist.
    • A bug where slideshow cannot rotate picture in 2D mode is fixed.
    • Fixed a crashing bug when an item is removed from a playlist.
    • Removed heavy disk access at 6 minute interval, so playback is not interfered.
    • Fixed a bug where all CD tracks are played at the same duration, which causes some tracks to run for too long, and some to cut short.
    • Fixed a bug where search results served from Windows Media Connect are displayed multiple times.
    • Fixed a bug that TVedia cannot display and sometimes crashes after coming back from hibernation.
    • Fixed a bug where iso files imported as other videos cannot display or edit details.
    • Fixed a bug for iso file importing when Amazon web service is used to find meta data.
    • Fixed a bug where HTTP streaming from UPnP server is broken up randomly during playback.
    • Fixed a bug where TVediaMediaScan.exe has high CPU consumption for a long period of time when a directory name is changed and caught by TVediaFileChangeMonitor.
  • New Feature/Changes
    • Monitor’s energy saving option is turned off when TVedia is running fullscreen.
    • Browsing folder with two albums now sorts tracks by album then track number.
    • Rating tags on WMA files are now imported.
    • Both date and time are imported for EXIF tags now.
    • SubTitle tags is concatenated to Title for DVR-MS files.
    • Removed DivX.com from online video
    • Added an option in the installer to remove all user options in the registry.
    • Picture’s path/url is now logged during slideshow to help locating a rare slideshow crash bug.
    • Media importer now handles movie sets (e.g. Movie Name CD1.avi and Movie Name CD2.avi) automatically. The number pattern is specified in MovieSetNumberPatterns.xml file. The pattern is always at the end of the file. A m3u file for the movie set is created automatically. When searching for movie, only the movie set file is shown; individual files are not show. When playing the movie set, the m3u playlist is loaded, and files play in sequence. The files are still listed when you browse them under the Browse Files menu.
    • When importing albums with the same but from different artists, the artist name is appended to the album name automatically to disambiguate between the albums. For files that have already been imported, you need to remove all the files belong to those albums, restart TVedia, and reimport the files to see the changes.
    • Added bookmark function to music videos.
    • TVediaFileChangeMonitor now runs at low priority.
  • Changes for Third Party Development
    • Added a noscrollfocus attribute to disable list/thumbnail scroll bar.
    • Fixed an installer bug that causes TVedia Automation server not being able to be instantiated from managed executables.
    • Added SetGroupingProperties on list and thumbnail controls, so grouping can be specified on web service results, and more than one grouping can be specified for UPnP search based results.
    • Fixed a bug so new object can be added to database from script.
    • Fixed a bug so properties of an object can be changed, or added.
    • Image loading in mods now look up the default theme first for images, so image file don’t need to be copied over to mod folder.
    • Script loading in mods now looks up default theme first, then the mod’s root, then the current page’s dir, so common script files can easily be shared.
    • The inclusion of util.js is now moved to classes.style, so it can be modified at a single place (e.g. in a new theme) to change certain behaviors coded in the util.js file.
    • Sorting by number is enabled. All numbers are smaller than regular text.
    • Media importer now calls a script ImportScript.js to perform customized processing during importing.
    • Added a searchfromstart attribute to List and Thumbnail controls to allow substring search to match from the beginning of the title, instead of anywhere in the title.
Version 4.0
  • Release Date: Jul 16, 2006
Version 4.0 RC1
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2006
  • Bug Fixes
    • fixed a background XML loading bug (some times online services don't show any results because of that)
    • fixed an aspect ratio bug when VSFilter is loaded
    • fixed a video overscan adjustment bug, this may have contributed to aspect ratio incorrectness
    • fixed a remote control code learning bug where clear all doesn't clear everythingo right away (you have to quit TVedia to allow it to take effect)
    • fixed a playlist importing bug where relative path is used (when .. is used in the path, the item is not imported correctly)
    • fixed a resume from last stopped bug (it was disabled)
    • fixed a UPnP server XML formatting bug that causes some UPnP client to fail
    • fixed a DVD seeking bug, seeking should not jump between titles
  • Changes
    • continuously seeking while moving the time slider, instead of jump to the destination
    • allow UI overscan amount to be applied to status display (including title bar and time slider, bookmark selector) you may need to readjust the overscan amount.
    • added OSD Time out length option.
    • added goto nowplaying page after playback starts option (by default it's off).
    • added an option to resize picture before uploading to Flickr.
    • installer now configures Xcard remote control power button to start TVedia4, if you still want TVedia3.5 to respond to the power button, go to 3.5's options dialog to configure again.
    • right clicking on a menu, or pressing TITLE/MORE button while a menu is in focus brings up menu customization page. With this menu customization page, you can remove menu items, and rearrange the order. This can be done on any menu in TVedia.
    • made a few changes for Vista beta2, you can install and run TVedia on Vista beta2 now with the following known issues:
      1. in 2D mode playback using Overlay Mixer always fails, this might be a beta display drive problem, even if this exceeds it can cause problem when Aero glass theme is used
      2. uninstall process says TVediaFileMonitor.exe needs to be closed (ignorable error)
      3. when UAC is active, admin cannot enable/disable UPnP, the workaround is to temporarily disable UAC
    • did some testing and changes for Windows XP pro 64-bit, no known issues, even though this is not a supported configuration.
    • added an "unload" menu item to go back to single play mode from Now Playlist playlist page
    • in playlist mode when everything is stopped, adding a new item now starts playing that item
    • automatically show the current picture in the slideshow when the picture selector is brought up at the bottom of the screen
    • added a dialog in the setup to remove selected common user data
    • folder view under music menu now sorts songs by track instead of title
    • handle UPnP server that has reduced functionality better by examining sort and search caps
    • allow restart in 3D, 2D or Xcard mode from context menu
Version 4.0 Beta 5
  • Release Date: Jun 20, 2006
  • added an online video feature that can be used to access videos from YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, DivX.com and Grouper. TVedia now brings online video content right to your media center.
  • small feature changes
  • bug fixes
Version 4.0 Beta 4
  • Release Date: Jun 2, 2006
  • New Features
    • Added a Flickr area in TVedia to access public and private pictures on Flickr.
    • Added option to upload pictures to Flickr from Pictures area.
    • Added a FlickrShow that can be played when playing music. It searches Flickr for pictures that related to the artist of the music, and randomly play at the background.
    • Added a slideshow screen saver to randomly show pictures in the media library for screen saver..
    • Added a FlickrShow screen saver to show interesting photos from a random date within last year.
    • Added a Live365 Internet radio area where free or paid Internet radio can be accessed.
    • Added a Last.fm area where stats and friends/neighbor information can be accessed. TVedia will also upload music playback information to Last.fm if user signs in. There are a couple of data feeds still not functional and a couple of places images are missing.
    • Added "Artist on Last.fm" menu item to various music pages to navigate to the artist details page to display stats on Last.fm about the artist.
    • On home page display new releases and top seller information for music and DVDs on iTunes and Amazon.com. TVedia also collects listening and viewing habits locally and display relevant new release and top seller information. This can be turned off from Settings/Music & DVD Recommendation.
    • When viewing details of a music album/track or a movie, users can choose to show similar album and movies with recommendation from Amazon.com.
    • Expose TVedia automation interface, so it can be scripted from an external script host such as Windows Script Host Documentation and samples are yet to come.
    • Enable video saturation, contrast, and brightness change for 3D mode.
    • Added support for 2 USBUIRT IR receivers (you need to run uurename.exe to name one receiver USB-UIRT-2.
  • Media Scan and media management changes
    • Added option to retrieve cover art for CD and DVD and other meta information from Amazon.com automatically.
    • Allow DELETE/ESC/BACKSAPCE buttons to be used to clear cover image when cover image is in focus on details pages cover art downloaded for items on a non-local UPnP server cannot be deleted this way.
    • Use FreeDB and Amazon web service to retrieve CD album information and cover art, if AMG cannot locate the album, or AMG is turned off.
    • Allowing editing track number of music track.
    • Treat a movie set m3u file as a regular movie entry in the database a movie set m3u file is a regular m3u playlist with "#MOVIESET" added to the beginning of the m3u file and after #EXTM3U" if there is any. Movie set can be searched liked a movie and played like a playlist, but not queued (because it's a playlist). When searching or browsing both the movie set and the movies in the set are displayed; the movie set has a playlist icon overlay.
    • Allow CD/DVD image files to be imported as music video or movie. The image file has a CD image icon overlay.
    • Allow physically (permanently) delete files and folders under drive letters with Browse Files pages.
    • Automatically save mounted disc info obtained from AMG along with the disc image file in the media library so the disc image file can be searched like a movie later.
    • Allow customized folder layout for media import.
    • Use AMG fingerprint and Amazon web service to provide meta data and cover art during media import for media files in local media library there is no longer the need to view the details page of a media file to get the meta data and cover art online. For files that haven't been imported, or files from other UPnP servers, viewing details page will still trigger an online update for the meta data and cover art.
    • Get DVD info from AMG for DVDs on hard drive as well.
  • Changes
    • Enhanced fingerprint matching algorithm from music meta data retrieval.
    • Lower TVediaMediaScan.exe process priority to idle priority, so it can yield to foreground processses.
    • Folder.png file is no longer created in the file system, it's created in thumbnail database only.
    • FF/REW now defaults to 10 seconds, and you can specified a second set of time which is used for the second press of FF/REW within 0.5 seconds, and by default they are accelerated, so the third press of FF/REW is twice of the second set of time specified and the fourth press of FF/REW is three times of the second set of time specified, so on, until it caps at 5 minutes. Acceleration can be turned off from Settings/Playback Settings/General Playback.
    • Disable using up/down arrow to change aspect ratio when playing DVD, it's confusing with DVD's menu navigation.
    • Changed CD playback method to minimize time between CD track changes.
    • Make playing DVD from DVD drive and hard disk more consistent for Xcard mode.
    • Display track time for CD track list.
    • Added menu items to show all songs and all videos, title search can be performed on the result list.
    • Allow skipping buttons when learning remote control codes.
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed a bug where ackground playback time display on nowplaying pages doesn't advance.
    • Fixed a bug when importing media folder, and auto detect option is selected, press Next doesn't proceed.
    • Allow lower case tag name in flac and ogg files.
    • Fixed a non-Unicode handling bug in ID3 parser.
    • Fixed a year display bug when grouping by year (only year should be displayed, not month and date).
    • When search by artist then album, narrow search results to the chosen artist and album, not just the album.
    • Blink caret in year edit field even when 4 digits are entered.
    • Search box for artist/album list on music page should filter artist list not album list.
    • Fixed a play slideshow album bug, where the slideshow won't start .
    • Fixed a API usage bug (CryptStringToBinary) that prevents TVedia from running on Windows 2000.
    • TVedia is no longer locking unused external drives, so other programs like CD burner can use the drives with TVedia running.
    • Fixed a bug where DVD default audio language and subtitle language settings are not honored (for Xcard RealMagic DVD control must be used).
    • Allow TVedia to start in Xcard mode when in Terminal Server session.
    • Fixed a bug to allow user selection of avi decoding method in Xcard mode.
    • Press Eject button to eject the current selected disc on DVD/CD page.
    • Fixed a UPnP server bug where folders are returned but not items in the folders.
Version 4.0 Beta 3
  • Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • More robust restarting of TVedia, sometimes restart just close TVedia
  • compact database when items are removed from database
  • support playback of non-encrypted dvr-ms files
  • added .dvr-ms and .ts to suffix.xml
  • fixed the problem that Xcard AVI playback locks the file even after playback stops
  • overscan is applied to user interface only, not to video playback and slideshow
  • when resuming playback from middle of a file, for the first 10 seconds, press PREV to go to the beginning of the file; after 10 seconds press PREV to go to the previous bookmark or previous item in the playlist
  • delay QuickTime library loading to improve TVedia startup speed, it's loaded on first use of QuickTime now
  • added a "default to PAL" option for auto PAL/NTSC mode to Xcard Output settings page
  • avoid long list reloading on navigating back, by keeping last 10 pages on the stack fully loaded
  • enable multichannel and 24 bit audio support for Windows Media content (QuickTime multichannel audio should has already been enabled)
  • autoplay v2 handling for Windows XP
  • media scan changes media scan now uses a 2 staged scanning mechanism the first stage simply scans for potential media folders and list them users then need to determine what content are in these folders, and initiate the import process users also have a chance to inform the import process of the directory structure and other relevant information about the files to be scanned
  • because media scan is changed significantly, the database filenames are changed to avoid confusion MediaLibrary.db is the database that holds all information about the imported files ImportQueue.db is the import queue waiting to be imported The first run wizard is also enabled on startup again, so users can go through the wizard to import media into library again
  • A more advanced thumbnail generation engine is added to automatically generate thumbnails for artist, genre, video album, picture album, actor, director, and folder The generated thumbnails are in PNG format, because transparency is used For folder thumbnail, it's named folder.png and store under the folder For other thumbnails, they are saved under C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\8Dim\TVedia\Images
  • media scan now has better handling of ripped DVD (it's listed as a single item in the media library)
  • Folder list is added under Music/Video/Picture, so locating a file without having much meta info is possible, but the files still need to imported into media library. To open a file that's not in the media library, use the context menu, or the Browse File page
  • added more levels of filtering to music pages to handle large collections better
  • added FreeDB lookup when AMG service is not available cover art is retrieved from C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\8Dim\TVedia\images\MusicAlbum if available
  • added a "locate" menu on edit pages to locate media item in Windows Explorer
  • added ability to import Flac/ogg and APE tags
  • added an extra level of video zoom (letterbox, zoom1 (120%), zoom2 (133%), crop)
  • move TVedia window to a visible location when Windows display settings change
  • drag and drop support 1. drag and drop text to editbox 2. drag and drop one or more files to "onnow" area for playback 3. drag and drop image object or file to cover art area on media file's details page to set cover art You can no easily locate an image in a web browse, and drag and drop to set the cover image
  • new auto playlists for newly added media
  • new auto playlist filtering feature to add genre/artist/album filter to an auto playlist.
  • include TVedia source filters in the filter selection list for DirectShow filter settings
  • disk drive is monitored only when instructed to do so, and there are user confirmed media folders on the drive this reduces system resource usage and prevents locking of usb drives that don't have media files in the library monitoring can detect file change in addition to add/removal/rename of files, so you can now use an external tag editor to modify the file, and TVedia will pick up the change shortly after (note, you need to TVedia.exe to actually process the changes, TVediaFileChangeMonitor.exe service simply monitors the changes)
  • after playback is stopped, press PREV button to replay the last media file
  • fix some ID3 v1 tag parsing bug
  • fixed a QuickTime source filter output up side down bug
  • Xcard DVD zoom is now enabled when RealMagic DVD control is used
  • fixd a Xcard DVD aspect ratio problem when using RealMagic DVD control the DVD aspect ratio problem still remains when RealMagicc DVD control is not used (and it's the same as 3.5) so please use RealMagic DVD control if you are experiencing such a problem
  • when quiting, close Xcard VGA and TV out properly
  • make remote control receiver (USBUIRT and IRMan) more sensitive to button presses
  • allow arrow buttons and select button to function for interactive DVD content, and use them for zoom/aspect ratio change when there is no interactive content
  • added UPnP logging for both client and server
  • playback of mpeg file that's still being recording is for Xcard only, it's not supported in when PC graphics card is used
  • press delete button or REW remote button to delete an item from a list (for example the drive scan result list) note, REW also clears an editbox (it's equivalent to delete button). However, the browse file pages use REW as the "Up one dir level" button, but the delete keyboard button still serves as delete.
  • added some basic documentation
Version 4.0 Beta 2
  • Release Date: Mar 27, 2006
  • infinite loop media scan bug
  • screen saver time = 0 means disable screen saver
  • installer should create imgxcard, not imagexcard folder
  • crash on illegal instruction on VIA
  • right to left text support
    • added rtlreading attribute to string XML file
    • some formatting looks weird to me, please verify
  • get meta data for a file even if AMG is turned off
  • ID3 artist parsing error
      when there was band and artist info, only band name was used
    • Allow the MENU button to go to the home page
    • make TVedia4 backward compatible to 3.x's Girder files
    • allow TVedia4 to start even TVedia3.x is running
      • but the reverse is not supported because of Girder support above
    • migrate Xcard output mode and other Xcard settings to profile1
    • added sub menu to restart with a chosen display profile
    • ScreenSaver doesn't start for Xcard bug
    • Xcard OutputMode change via remote doesn't stick bug
    • Change to SquarePixel crash bug
    • 3D mode full screen always grabs focus bug
    • added more keyboard controls
      • alt-P for Play/Pause
      • alt-O for stop
      • alt-pageup/alt-pagedown for volume change
      • pageup/pagedown for PREV and NEXT
      • alt-U for mute
    • removed the use of space bar as SELECT key, it blocks
      • user from entering space in editbox
    • 1600x1200 screen switching between full screen and windowed mode out of video memory bug
    • added menu item to allow adding a shortcut to a network share
    • media scan is sped up considerably
    • mount/unmount CD images
    • added a menu item to clear all media library content
    • allow overscan adjustment to accelerate
    • set photo and video album date during media scan
    Version 4.0 Beta
    • Release Date: Mar 19, 2006
    Version 3.0
    • Release Date: Aug 16, 2004
    • new skin schema allow image based skinning.
    • scriptable extension to skins
    • new MediaManager data format (mmd file)
    • MediaManager preserves unrecognized tags at the end
    • PC display mode (no need to have an XCard installed)
    • customizable sorting on media properties in file list and search result list, also display sorted field value at the top
    • DVB support using DVBCore, including DiSEq support
    • in TV mode, user can press a number then wait for timeout to switch channel automatically, no need to press SEL button
    • in TV mode, press SEL button without a number before it, go to real time in timeshift
    • on-screen EPG now uses the same OSD timeout value as OSD menus
    • if a channel is viewed for more than 1 minute, it becomes the pivot channel, so we try to avoid using that tuner as much as possible to increase the chance the tuner generates a continuous recording.
    • ENT goes back to the last channel viewed
    • new Weekend recording frequency
    • you can press 1 to 9 to select the day in EPG (+n days)
    • TVedia doesn't lock the PVR hardware until it's used
    • added a timeshift file disk limit option
    • employed own avi parser to perform avicheck faster
    • http server to allow users to change recording schedules remotely
    • added a page to browse timeshifted recordings and save to recordings
    • use 3ivx D4 Media Splitter
    • use DV splitter
    • allow users to select which drive to eject/close from DVD/VCD/CD page
    • option to loop playlist
    • option to disable eject button
    • show bookmark name at the top when PREV or NEXT key is pressed, and it jumps to a bookmark
    • cd images in a queue can be mounted and played one after another
    • file playback based screen saver
    • ignore CD driver error messages
    • picture search
    • search UI flow is reorganized to show file list first, then filtering pages to narrow down the search result
    • ability to enable/disable component level features from options dialog
    • save watched flag in searchable files, and the ability to search on them
    • remember resume information for searchable files
    • physical to function key mapping
    • an explicit alt state
    • supports Hauppauge remote (irremote.ini is modified during setup)
    • supports IRMan and USBUIRT in addition to XCard remote
    • remote learning function
    • slider to FF and REW
    • new PVRChannelMap specification
    • fixed AutoFreq not working with DVD problem
    • auto XCard to PC display switch if XCard cannot be detected or used at the moment
    • "AutoPlayDrive" registry key. An upper case string to specify the drive letter for which autoplay should be enabled.
    • delete file from OSD with confirmation page
    • fixed DVD region problem on some lite-on model writable DVD drives
    • per channel video format and country code specification for PVR
    • Wide Zoom function. When a 16:9 video is encoded with black bars on the top and bottom to play on a 4:3 TV, you actually see black bars on all 4 sides when playing this video on a 16:9 TV. Press SEL button to zoom in to get rid of all the black bars and preseve the original aspect ratio.
    • Auto pick flac source filter when needed

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