Saturday, February 22, 2014

nessMediaCenter 1.4.2 & nessViewer 3.4.2 for Mac available


Every now and then we learn through user feedback and can improve our applications. This time Michael has convinced us that iPhoto events should be accessible in addition to iPhoto albums in the media center.

iPhoto events are automatically generated for each media import. As long as media belonging together are imported in one step, events are a great feature - but if multiple new media are imported into an album then it is getting complicated. Although you can then connect events, in our view this was far more complicated than simply to use only albums.

In addition, events also offer fewer features: the content of an event can not be arranged manually and multiple events can not be grouped in a folder. If you work for a long time with iPhoto, then many events are generated which results in a long list in the MediaCenter.

However, Michael has convinced us: if you connect for example a camera, then you can simply import the new media - done. Perhaps the new event must be renamed, but using albums is more complicated: first you have to create a new album, then it must be renamed and then you can start to import. Albums are rather a collection of the best shots for Michael.

Two different approaches - both with advantages and disadvantages. Now you can decide which approache you prefer by (de)activating albums and events in the menu settings of the preferences.

Robert has informed us that iTunes playlists are not selectable if playlist folders exist. We fixed that bug.

Some provider adaptions were necessary as well.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

nessMediaCenter 1.4.1 & nessViewer 3.4.1 for Mac available

FairerPlatform has written a review about nessMediaCenter with a hint that nessMediaCenter is not "multi-display" aware.

We have updated nessMediaCenter and nessViewer to make these applications "multi-display aware".

With Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) it is now possible to use the media center and media presentation on one screen and to use other applications on the second screen at the same time.

Friday, December 20, 2013

nessMediaCenter 1.4 & nessViewer 3.4 for Mac available

In the past the media center and media presentation were (only) controllable by keyboard, Apple remote control and "NV Remote" on iPhone and iPod touch.

Now the media center and media presentation can additionally be controlled by trackpad, (magic) mouse and mouse / scroll wheel.

The media center can be controlled by swiping up & down, clicking the left mouse button to select (or open / present) the current entry or moving up one level by clicking the right button.

The media presentation can be controlled by swiping right & left to select the next & previous media entry (or to jump forward & backward if just one movie is selected) or by clicking the right mouse button to show the presentation menu.

More of these (gesture) events - like rotating and zooming - will be implemented in the 64 bit versions.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

QuickTime (32 bit) for Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

If Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) is installed by updating a older Mac OS X version, then QuickTime (32 bit) is usually available. The 32 bit versions of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer are based on this.

But if Mac OS X 10.9 is installed by a "clean install", then QuickTime (32 bit) might not be available and must be installed manually. Apple has written a manual for this.

We are working on a 64 bit version of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer since Mac OS X 10.7, which is based on "AV Foundation" instead of QuickTime. But these 64 bit versions are only available on request because we are not satisfied with the scope of features at the moment.

With Mac OS X 10.9 it is possible for the first time to identify incompatible movies and to convert these movies. We added the functionality to edit movies within nessViewer as well.

But we are still working on 2 solutions:
1.) The movie presentation of incompatible movies without conversion.
2.) The presentation of QuickTime VR (panorama) movies.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

nessMediaCenter 1.3.7 & nessViewer 3.3.4 for Mac available

After testing our application with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), we found only one problem: Apple changed the video format description of protected movies (iTunes DRM). Thus movies selected in the MediaCenter were not presented in iTunes. This problem is now fixed.

The AppleScript command to detect the fullscreen mode of iTunes and to switch to fullscreen is not working anymore. After selecting a protected movie in the media center, iTunes shows a grey screen for a short time and then cancels the playback.
So we added a new Apple remote control command to remote control iTunes: "PLAY hold" switches between  fullscreen and window playback. If the fullscreen playback fails, then the playback can be started again via "PLAY" and then "PLAY hold" will switch to fullscreen.

With iOS 7AirPlay of the media server will not be displayed anymore - Apple do not like the idea that other applications offer AirPlay. We are working on this problem...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

nessViewer App 1.8 for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch available

Suitable for the new iOS 7 look, nessViewer App is now displayed in a lighter design with flat buttons. This appearance can be disabled / enabled in the "Settings App" at the nessViewer tab.

iOS 7 has a bug which displays fullscreen videos always in portrait mode if added to a landscape view. This behavior is "circumnavigated"by displaying the video player not in fullscreen which has another advantage: if multiple videos are presented continuously then a next / previous button is now available.
By (double) touching, the video controllers can be changed to hidden / visible.

Caused by a bug, YouTube videos were not available with iOS 7 in nessViewer App - this bug has been fixed.

For (free of charge) registered users (available at the download page), we also added support for more providers and content.

We placed a donate button at the bottom of our iOS web page and would be pleased for some donations - nessViewer App is free of charge and without iAds. Please support this offer.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

nessMediaCenter 1.3.6 & nessViewer 3.3.3 for Mac available

Arte and ARD mediathek videos can now be played without the Flash player. These are really good news because Flash is a security risk in our opinion.

The Austrian internet offer has been extended and offers now "Aktuell" (news) and "Am Punkt" (political discussions). For the Austrian, Dutch and Swiss internet offer we added images and informations at the overview (similar to the German internet overview).

Additionally we adapted some internet provider offers, so now everything is available again.

If you are using the adult offer, then you should also download and install the extension. Meanwhile more than 1600 links to videos of several providers have been added to the collection, which is now also available at the media center of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer. The collection is also available in the integrated browser (as before) and can now be sorted by newest entries.