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Thursday, January 24, 2008

TiVo Publisher Version 1.2

Note: Version 1.31 is now available for download.

Version 1.21 is now available for download here. This update fixes a few bugs and adds the following features:

  • Windows Firewall Port exceptions are added automatically when the add-in first starts.
  • FLV and files with the .DIVX extension now appear in Videos.
  • Playlists now show up in Music (they appear as folders). M3U and WPL playlist formats are supported.
  • WMA audio format is now supported and transcoded on the fly.
  • Improved the Music directory code to enhance stability when encountering unknown files
  • Added Settings toolbar button in the WHS Console
  • Added Video Metadata editor
  • Folder names with a "%" symbol now work properly
  • Pressing the "Play" button on an artist folder now plays the music in the sub folders

You will need to uninstall the previous version through the WHS Console, copy the MSI to the Software\Add-Ins folder, and install the new version.

  • When prompted for credentials during installation, enter "server\Administrator" for the user and your Server password for the password. Note: If your server machine is not named "server", then substitute your WHS box machine name in "server\Administrator". If you receive a message that users cannot be mapped, then double check the username. It may be case sensitive.

The Frequently Asked Questions document contains more detailed setup instructions and a description of settings.

UPDATE (1/26/2008): An issue with the 1.20 uninstaller has been discovered. It inadvertently deletes a WHS file (qsmif.dll). If you uninstall TiVo Publisher and you find console tabs are missing or the add-ins tab in Settings is empty, download this file here and unzip it into the "C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server" folder on your WHS box.

The download has updated to version 1.21. This update corrects the uninstall problem, as well as correcting the problem with pressing "Play" on an artist folder and the "Flatten Video Container" option.

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  • At January 26, 2008 5:58 PM , Blogger Ippie said...

    Thanks for the continual development, this is a great add-in.

  • At January 27, 2008 12:44 PM , Blogger Joshua said...

    Thanks for the great software. As an open source developer myself I can say it hard to find time to work on side Projects =)

    Keep up the Good Work and keep open source FREE!!!

  • At January 27, 2008 2:03 PM , Blogger Frederic said...

    Amazing application, if only you could do the same for ReplayTV!
    Should be pretty easy leveraging the code of DVarchive:

  • At January 29, 2008 12:52 AM , Blogger William C Bonner said...

    Does the TiVo plugin index all of my music in the music directory, as well as all of the videos in the videos directory?

    I'm just asking because on my machine most of the time when I browse to the videos It takes forver and never displays the list of videos.

    If it automatically tries to display all of my photos and all of my music to the TiVo, please take this as a request to enable a checkbox that disables sharing music or photos.

    I love the concept of this, and I've seen it work some of the time, but I think I just have too muck stuff on my home server.

  • At February 2, 2008 10:18 AM , Blogger Jim said...

    I have installed the software and checked the port settings. When I press "Start Service" the Console Window turns completely view for about a minute, and then I get a warning that I have lost the connection to my server. When I connect to the Server again, and go back to the Add-In, I am right back where I started. Everytime I try to Start Service, the process repeats. Have restarted server, and TiVo, to no effect. Thanks!

  • At February 2, 2008 10:29 AM , Blogger Jim said...

    In the post above, I meant the Console Window turns completely "blue" not "view." Sorry!

  • At February 3, 2008 6:09 AM , Blogger EDUARDO said...

    I am having a hard time adding the application... I have used my server name and all other "users" to install, but with no luck! I am not as savvy when it comes to problemsolving... could you help?

  • At February 3, 2008 11:31 AM , Blogger Jim said...

    Uninstall/reinstall cleared up problem I mentioned above, where "Service" would not start.

  • At February 8, 2008 10:43 AM , Blogger Rob said...

    @eduardo, try using this for the username: ".\Administrator"

    (Enter it without the quotes and make sure the "A" is capitalized.)

    The password should be your server's admin password.

  • At February 25, 2008 12:10 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

    Wow, this is cool stuff.

    One minor problem is that a lot of movies aren't set to 16:9. Instead, they are in a wider format. When you transcode to 16:9, you wind up stretching the image. Is there any chance of you adding letterboxing to keep things in their proper aspect ration?


  • At February 25, 2008 7:26 PM , Blogger Kevin said...

    This is a GREAT application. I am having a few minor issues optimizing it.

    I am seeing an odd behavior with the Video portion. The application seems to cache the file list of the first directory I enter, and present it from that point forward no matter which folder I move to.

    * On a Tivo HD,
    * I go to 'now playing'
    * select the WHS with the TiVo Publisher
    * See a directory for each directory in the 'Video Folder'
    * Each Directory has the correct count of files that are in each
    * I go into DIRECTORY1
    * I see a list of the 8 files that are in there
    * I can transfer them, and play

    Now the issue;

    * I go to DIRECTORY2
    * I see the files that are in DIRECTORY1
    * I go to DIRECTORY3
    * I see the files that are in DIRECTORY1
    * I wait a 'long time' (hours?)
    * I go to DIRECTORY2
    * I see the files that are in DIRECTORY2
    * I go to DIRECTORY1
    * I see the files that are in DIRECTORY2

    and so on.

    any thoughts?

  • At February 26, 2008 6:15 PM , Blogger Rob said...

    Jamie and Kevin:

    Version 1.3 is coming very soon and it preserves the aspect ratios and corrects the video subfolder cache problem. (Unfortunately, due to the TiVo bug, only 1 subfolder deep.)

  • At March 1, 2008 6:34 PM , Blogger Chris said...

    Hey Rob, thanks for the awesome tool! Everything works great... pics etc... 'cept my entire iTunes library is in M4A, so there's "no playable" files anywhere (cept for the few mp3s I have). Any chance you'll do on the fly support a la Dan203's TiVo Desktop Universal Audio Plugin (http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=295778)? If not, any suggestions... other than converting my entire library? I did notice the v. 1.2 Client Properties screen for the TiVo on the network includes "AC3" as one of the audio codecs but it doesn't seem to make a difference when I select it. What is that doing?


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