Saturday, November 15, 2014

nessMediaCenter 1.6 & nessViewer 3.6 for Mac available


The music video portal Clipfish offers for some time also German motion pictures - both are now available in the MediaCenter in 29 categories and can be sorted by criteria (new, best, most viewed). And of course by selecting a category (by "+" and then PLAY or RETURN), e.g the contained music videos can be played continuously.

Currently, satirical, cross - the Bavarian magazine "Quer" is now available in the MediaCenter at "Deutsches Fernsehen" - but do not worry: it is spoken "hochdeutsch". In addition to the main media libraries (ARD, ZDF, RTL, RTL Nitro, SuperRTL, VOX), there are of course still also a lot of other interesting magazines... And under "Live Broadcasts (Countries)" at "German" also all public German TV broadcasters…

For Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), there are now new icons in the MediaCenter, which are adapted for Retina displays.

In testing we have found problems when streaming videos from Mac (nessViewer media server) to iOS (nessViewer App for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch). After hours of research, we have found the following solutions: for older iOS versions (4.x to 6.x ?) the older VLC version 2.0.9 must be installed on Mac, because Apple has expanded the M3U8 format without regard to compatibility (and VLC 2.1.x uses this new format). And for newer iOS versions (7.x ? and newer), we have updated nessViewer app - version 1.9.1 can be downloaded for registered devices on our website and will soon be available in the AppStore.

Some providers have also been adapted: e.g. Arte, ATV from Austria, BBC, MyVideo.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

nessViewer App 1.9 for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch available


In this version the interface has been correctly adapted for iOS 5 to iOS 8. The status bar is now visible with iOS 7 + 8, and the views will be displayed at the correct position with iOS 5 + 6.
Many thanks to Bernd and Gandhi for the loan of older iOS devices to test these adjustments.

In addition, for example, the "Action menu" in "Open Files" has been adapted to iOS 8, so now images and movies can be imported from the "Photos App" or exported to this app again.
Together with the FTP server and client function can thus eg media from this app - after the import - transferred between iOS devices or computers within a wireless network without having to use iCloud.

Brand new is the functionally to present photos and movies unsorted: "Random Playback" must be activated in the "Settings App" at nessViewer, and then local media or internet media can be presented random / unsorted by using "Present Media" or the media center. Which of course makes especially a lot of fun if you have registered previously and thereby have access to many internet music videos and other stuff.

The access to various provider videos has also been adjusted.

This version is no longer free of charge, but costs 3.99 Dollar.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

nessMediaCenter 1.5.4 & nessViewer 3.5.4 for Mac available


Simultaneous with the Mac App Store version of nessMediaCenter, the new versions of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer are now available.

As previously posted, we have adjusted the versions for the upcoming Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) after hints from Kelvin.

The AppStore version was rejected in the first review, because we have pointed out the adaptation to Yosemite - according to AppStore rules, "not yet released" Mac OS X versions may not be mentioned.

The only question is how to update versions simultaneously with the new Mac OS X version (and to inform the user about it) if the review takes almost a week.
Anyway - recent changes mention now just "adaptions for Mac OS X" and the user must think the rest...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Adaptions for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)


We have now installed Developer Preview 8 of Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) to prepare nessMediaCenter and nessViewer to the new system.

Surprisingly, the message "NSApplicationDidChangeScreenParametersNotification" is sent when displaying a fullscreen window (MediaCenter, media presentation), which should normally only be sent if the monitor resolution has changed. In this case - if the user changes the resolution - the current fullscreen window is closed. But displaying a fullscreen window does not change the screen resolution.
Under Yosemite this meant that the media center or fullscreen media presentation was immediately closed after a very short display. Now the current screen resolution is compared with the size of the fullscreen window and the window is only closed if the size is different.

In addition, we have adapted the export of videos in media shows for the 64 bit version of nessViewer, so that now several videos can be sequentially converted again.

Overall, we are excited about Yosemite - not only because of the new design, but also because QuickTime and the QuickTime extensions (eg Perian) continues to be supported. Thus the 32-bit versions can still be used, which offer the advantage of greater compatibility with video formats.
The 64 bit versions provide better support for multiple screens with Yosemite, so that the menu bar is now finally managed independently for each monitor. This means that now the menu bar no longer "unintentionally" appears if in fullscreen mode.

The modified versions can be downloaded from the download page - a new version will be simultaneously released with the new AppStore version 1.5.4 of nessMediaCenter, which we have uploaded today to the AppStore and is now awaiting the review by Apple.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bug if Universal Access (VoiceOver) is activated

Kelvin informed us that nessMediaCenter (and nessViewer) is not compatible with the Universal Access and that it shows endless crash reports if "VoiceOver" is activated.

We apologize for this bug - modified versions of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer are now available at our download pages. In the Mac App Store this bug fix will be available with the next version.

Alternatively Universal Access and "VoiceOver" can and should be deactivated.

Furthermore we will test whether the MediaCenter can improve the support of Universal Access.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

nessMediaCenter (64 Bit) in Mac App Store


The 64 bit version of nessMediaCenter is now available in the Mac App Store.

On 64 Bit & AppStore the differences to the 32 bit version will be explained, which we offer on our download page.

We recommend to download both versions - 32 bit and 64 bit - as demo and to compare them. Both versions have their advantages...

The AppStore version costs 14.99 instead of 9.50 Euro, but may also be used on multiple Apple computers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

nessMediaCenter 1.5.3 & nessViewer 3.5.3 for Mac available


As previously reported, there are now new features at the media presentation: random & endless media playback and sorting by name & path.
These new features are available in the presentation menu in the menu bar that appears if you move the (invisible) cursor up to the top.

Thereby, we noticed that the switch between video and picture display was not always "very clean": with slower computers the picture was sometimes shortly partial visible when changing from picture to video, with faster computers the last picture was sometimes shortly visible when changing from video to picture.

Also, we have - thanks to the hint by Jochen - re-implemented features that were not taken up in the redesign of the media center classes: the quick change of internet content pages and Miro video podcast pages by keyboard commands (Cmd-Alt-Arrow key).

As far as possible, only ScriptingBridge is now used to control EyeTV, iTunes and VLC. A few commands for communication between nessMediaCenter or nessViewer and these programs still use AppleScript because either Scripting Bridge offers no solution or simply is too slow. What has surprised us - most of the times Scripting Bridge is rather faster.

The support of multiple displays has been improved, too: if a media presentation was started on the second screen and something else has been done on the first sceen, then the menu bar was sometimes visible on the second screen after returning to the media center.

Unfortunately we found some bugs caused by the redesign of the media center classes which have been fixed now.