Thursday, April 16, 2015

nessMediaCenter 1.7 available in App Store

One week after Mac OS X 10.10.3 (Yosemite), nessMediaCenter 1.7 is now available in the App Store.

Back in February we had begun to integrate the media of the new "Photos App" in the media center and to offer pre-release versions. At the end of March, we then released the official version on our download page, which is now available in the App Store too.

Although the integration of the "Photos App" media is certainly one of the most important new features - Apple has finally not so often a completely new product that replaces Aperture and iPhoto - this version includes also other important changes: in addition to an improved GPS location (country, city, street), which is now displayed in media presentations too, the availability of DLNA media servers has been improved and an error in the image representation has been fixed.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

nessViewer App 1.9.3 for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch (pre-release)

In the pre-release version 1.9.3 of nessViewer App for iOS we have now improved the import of media from the "Photos App": while previously only one picture or video was imported (and then this function must be called again for other media import), multiple media can now be selected and then imported in one step if iOS 8 is installed.

Not only multiple media can be selected (by touching), but eg various lists (collections, moments, bursts, etc.) can be selected and their media added to the import as well. Through "Select All", all the displayed media is added to the import (or through "Clear Selection" removed), making the selection of import media even easier.

After selecting "Import", the so arranged media are imported from the "Photos App" to "nessViewer App" including existing metadata (EXIF, GPS) - and as this may take some time on greater import, a progress bar is displayed during this time. The import folder will then be opened, if necessary, and the imported media can be managed.

The so imported media can then, for example, be transferred to any computer like a Mac (either through an FTP client on the computer or the media server of nessViewer on Mac), or can be transferred to another iOS device through the FTP server and FTP client of "nessViewer App". And of course, all without the use of iCloud...

All beta testers (with registered iOS devices) can download the modified pre-release version 1.9.3 of "nessViewer App" at the nessViewer download page.

Import of multiple media from the "Photos App" with "nessViewer App"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

nessMediaCenter 1.7 & nessViewer 3.7 for Mac available

Access to media of the new "Photos App" by the media center is the most important innovation in these versions. In the preferences can be specified which data is made available (albums, moments, collections, media types), which possibly reduces loading time. In early February, we had begun to implement this feature, as the "Photos App" according to Apple will replace the applications Aperture and iPhoto. Those who participate in the Apple beta program for Mac OS X, can install 10.10.3 - this version is required for the "Photos App" and access by the media center.

Another new feature in nessViewer is the display of a map with the GPS position of the captured image and the images in a media show. In the media show map, each image can be displayed in the media show by clicking on the marker. The MediaCenter displays the GPS location (country, city, street) now more accurately (if these data are available) and in the media presentation the GPS position of a picture is now displayed in the bottom center.

In addition, the handling of the DLNA availability has been improved to access DS214play and a presentation can now be started from the selected entry in the MediaCenter.

The media server can now be started automatically when nessViewer is started, so that the shutdown or start of the computer can be setup by the "Energy Saver" (schedule) and the media server is always available after the computer start. Or you can use, for example, VPN to restart the computer...

In the 64-bit versions, we noticed that some images with orientation data (EXIF) were not displayed correctly what we have hereby fixed.

Once Yosemite 10.3 is officially released, we will upload nessMediaCenter to the AppStore - unfortunately it will then still take (at least) about 1 week until the AppStore version will be available. We would like to upload the new version now, which unfortunately is not allowed.

nessViewer media show with a map of the GPS locations

Thursday, March 19, 2015

nessViewer App 1.9.2 for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch available

As previously reported, we have fixed a bug in this version that occurred apparently only on iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 with iOS 8. It crashed nessViewer App on these iOS devices after selecting "Open URL", entering an URL and confirming with "Open.

Since this routine - display of this view and entering an URL or a file name - is used in several places in nessViewer App, it crashed on these iOS devices in other places as well: for example, when one created a folder at "Open File", at "Present URL", added an URL to a media show and when one saved a new media show.

This was caused by calling a system routine ("callback") that is apparently not supported (anymore) on these iOS devices - we have not found appropriate documentation for this problem. Fortunately, we were able to develop a different approach which works on all iOS devices on all supported versions of iOS (iOS 4.1 to iOS 8.2).

In addition, we have also fixed some issues with displaying the status bar and we adapted some provider offers.

Meanwhile, we are already working on the next version 1.9.3 which among others allows it to access the media of the "Photos App" with the new structure (years, collections, moments, etc.).

And the news web page has been enhanced to show what is going on with nessViewer App for iOS in the same way as with nessViewer for Mac.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

nessViewer App for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch & crash

Thanks to Gandhi and Ulf who informed us about a heavy problem in the "nessViewer app" for iOS (iPhone / iPad / iPod touch): with some iOS devices - as far as we were able to test iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 - "nessViewer app" crashed on iOS 8.x as soon as the URL dialog was used. And this dialogue is very much used ...

Amazingly, it concerned only (as far as we know so far) these iOS devices - with iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPad 2, for example, there were also under iOS 8.2 no problems or crashes. What we find very puzzling - and what made testing & debugging rather difficult.

Since the problem was neither understandable nor could be achieved with the beta testers (and their iOS devices) in the short term, we have now bought an iPhone 6 and were able to solve the problem. While still not really understandable - but if a code or a solution does not work on all devices, then we just have to develop a different approach.

Playing around with the iPhone 6, we also have found a few other small discrepancies - eg the status bar was not always shown so far, when the iOS device has been moved from portrait mode to landscape mode.

But apart from that, it makes really fun to play around with the iPhone 6. After we have changed in the "Settings App" at nessViewer the background to dark (by simply deactivating "Light"), the iPhone 6 looks even cooler. Not to mention the incredible number of features and available media...

Tomorrow we will upload the corrected version 1.9.2 and hope that Apple will releases this version soon. Where it might take a little bit longer - at the moment, Apple seems to have a lot of problems with their servers and services.

All beta testers aka registered iOS devices can download the modified nessViewer app ad hoc version 1.9.1 from the download page.

Monday, February 9, 2015

MediaCenter & the new Photos App from Apple

The new Photos app from Apple is now integrated in a pre-release version of the media center. This allows access to the media of the Photos app, as it has been already available for the iPhoto media.

5 days ago, a pre-release version of Mac OS X 10.10.3 (Yosemite) has been released for developers which now gives you the long-awaited Photos app. How Apple had announced some time ago, iPhoto and Aperture will probably not be developed further, but replaced by the Photos app. Therefore, we have set ourselves immediately to the media center integration of the Photos app.

After the installation of the pre-release version of Mac OS X 10.10.3 and the first Photos app launch, the iPhoto media were easily transferred. As far as we can tell, the new Photos app is stable and makes a good impression. Who knows iPhoto will quickly find one's way.

In a pre-release version of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer, "Photos" is displayed in the media center main menu if the photos library in the pictures folder exists. In the media center preferences either only "Photos" or "iPhoto" and "Photos" can be activated.

On YouTube a demo video can be watched which demonstrates and explains - among some other newer features - the access to the media of the Photos App.

We will continue to test the pre-release and see how far Apple extends the new photos app. So far it would only be desirable from our point of view the ability to sort the media also by title - this is possible in iPhoto, but is absent in the Photos app.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

nessMediaCenter 1.6.2 available in AppStore

nessMediaCenter 1.6.2 is now available in the AppStore - with the following changes:
1.) Preferences: Choice of the media center selection color
2.) modernized display of the selection
3.) optional presentation start from the current entry

In addition, "Open MediaCenter at startup" was renamed to "Open MediaCenter at application start", because "startup" has been interpreted by the review team as computer startup and this renaming is better understandable for the user as well.

Actually, this version corresponds to version 1.6.1 from 20.1., which was unfortunately rejected because of the ambiguous wording. By a faulty XCode upload, we had unfortunately to upload a corrected version as 1.6.2 on 28.1. - and therefore the release by Apple lasted this time 2 weeks.

The improved DLNA availability is not available in this AppStore version but will follow in the next AppStore version.