Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NV Remote II for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch available


After a long time we finally reworked the old "NV Remote" App for iPhone and iPod touch whose successor is now available as "NV Remote II" in iTunes Store (iOS App Store).

"NV Remote II" was not only adapted for iOS 7 and iOS 8 (and still supports iOS 5.1.1 and newer), but is now also compatible with the iPad.

The design of the buttons has also been revised and equals now the buttons of "nessViewer App" for iOS.

The functionality of "NV Remote II" is described on the nessViewer website and on YouTube you can watch a demo video that shows the remote control of nessMediaCenter by "NV Remote II".

In the help of nessMediaCenter or nessViewer, the available control commands of the remote control are explained: beside the media center and media presentations, windows (for example DVD playback, movies and media shows) and even EyeTV and iTunes can be remote controlled as well.

Friday, June 26, 2015

nessMediaCenter & nessViewer for Mac: pre-release with movie status info & faster forward playback

Lorne has suggested the following enhancements for the (fullscreen) movie presentation started by the media center:
1) Display of the current movie position and the current playback speed when fast forward is selected.
2.) Higher playback speed to get more quickly to a specific position in longer movies.
3.) Continuous increase of the playback speed if "right hold" is pressed longer than 3 seconds.
4.) The resume of the last playback position after reopening an already watched movie.

From point 1 we were at the beginning not so very excited because in other applications (eg QuickTime Player or EyeTV) the status info hides a part of the movie for a few seconds. And in other media centers, the status info is too technical. But then Lorne's tenacity and good arguments convinced us and we have found a solution which on the one hand displays this information, but on the other hand hides only a very small part of the movie.

To be able to get faster forward in movie, we have increased the playback speed in the movie presentation up to 64x. However, even at 32x problems occurred. We therefore had to apply a trick to allow such a fast forward: with a playback speed of 32x and higher the movie is no longer playing, but the position moved forward by a timer every second for 1 minute (or 2 minutes for 64x).

The increase of the playback speed is now available in the presentation menu too, so that it can be used without remote control.

Point 4 is already implemented in our view by the use of iTunes routines - more about it can be found at "Tips & Tricks". As Lorne wrote us, however, the realization of the first two points is a sufficient solution.

We would like to thank Lorne for his good arguments, the tenacity and patience.

A pre-release version (last updated on 30.6. 12:45) of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer can now be downloaded. We will continue to test and - if no errors are found - offer the new 32 and 64-bit versions of nessMediaCenter and nessViewer.

The MAS (Mac App Store) version of nessMediaCenter will follow as soon as possible - at the moment we are still working on the release of the new iOS app "NV Remote II", which was once rejected by Apple's review team. We have now (as from the review team requested) recorded a video to demonstrate the functionality - this video can be watched on YouTube now.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

nessViewer App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch & QRCode


As part of another project we dealt with QRCode and now implemented its functionality in a pre-release version of nessViewer app for iOS.

At "Open URL" and "Present URL", a QRCode scanner can now be activated which displays after activating a camera view and sets the (by the QRCode) recognized character string in the URL field.

The QRCode scanner is supported from iOS 7 or newer and is disabled in older versions of iOS.

QR code scanner

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

nessViewer App 2.0 for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch available


As previously reported, we have improved in this version for iOS 8 the import of media from the "Photos App" and the MediaCenter uses now the new structure at "Photos" (years, moments and collections).

The new file icons are now (eg at "open file") smaller and thus each row is also less high. The distance of the title to the icons has been reduced as well.

At the image editing - if you open a picture at "Open File" - a map (OSM) can now be shown with the GPS location. At the image editing the toolbar and the status bar can be hidden by a touch, so that the entire screen is used. And after the 1:1 display of an image it can now be zoomed up to 10x.

In addition, an error in the images display of "Photos App" media has been fixed.

After a longer search and some tests we have now finally eliminated the useless extra spacing of the first row in tables and table headers (eg at the FTP client): hard to believe, but tables should just not be the first view. Now there is always a first invisible view…

And navigation bar and toolbar are now displayed on the iPhone in black even if a bright look is selected (s. "Settings App" and there nessViewer). On the iPad this was already so, but apparently iPhone and iPad still have a different iOS?

As a precaution, we have compiled this version with XCode 6.2 and uploaded it to the AppStore - the latest XCode version 6.3 seems to no longer support older devices.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

nessViewer (64 bit) & Photos App support


The 64-bit version of nessViewer 3.7 for Mac is now extended to even more "Photos App" support: whereas previously the media center could already access the "Photos App" media (by the way also the 32-bit version), you can now also import the media of the "Photos App" into a media show with the 64 bit version. But not only the media of the "Photos App" but also media from Aperture, Final Cut (Pro), iMovie, iPhoto and Photo Booth.

The import of the "Photos App" media in a media show is especially important because the "Photos App" exports media without GPS data: if, for example, a picture with GPS data is dragged & dropped from the "Photos App" on the desktop, then the GPS data is missing. This makes obviously no sense - thus the media show does not support drag & drop from the "Photos App" into a media show drawer.

Once you have imported the media of the "Photos App" in a media show, you can drag & drop the media from the drawer on the desktop (or anywhere else) - with GPS data. Although a small detour, but without data loss.

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"