Announcing DVArchive V3.0!
I'm pleased to announce the immediate release of DVArchive V3.0, the
cumulative result of 8+ months of work, both on my behalf and those of my
fantastic Alpha and Beta tester teams.
DVArchive V3.0 is a major release and contains dozens and dozens of bug fixes,
changes and enhancements. Some of the more notable are:
* Back to Back Streaming of Shows to ReplayTVs from DVArchive no longer crash
* TV Listings Integration. You can view a TV Listing grid for your area,
search the listings for shows, view upcoming recordings and conflicts and
schedule shows to record (scheduling recordings is for ReplayTV 5xxx only,
for now). You can also get a nightly email delivered with upcoming
recordings and conflicts.
* Web Server. You can now view the contents of your ReplayTV(s) and DVArchive
via a web page, initiate downloads of shows from your ReplayTV to DVA,
delete shows from your ReplayTV or DVA, view TV Listings, search the TV
listings, view upcoming recordings and conflicts and schedule shows to be
* Much improved storage system. Each show now has it's own descriptor XML
file. You can import shows into DVA by simply copying their files into one
of DVAs storage areas. You can delete shows from DVA by simply deleting a
shows files from the storage area. You can designate storage areas as
removable allowing you to dynamically mount and unmount devices (DVD-ROMS,
CDROMs, USB hard disks, network shares, etc). When you mount a removable
device, DVA auto-scans it for the shows on it and adds them to it's list.
When you unmount, they quietly go away. You can also install usage quotas
on each storage path.
* Ability to download photos from the web directly into your ReplayTV via
scheduled task (great for creating almost live weather map screen savers on
your ReplayTV, local WebCam shots, etc). You can also schedule downloading
regular photos from your server to the ReplayTV.
* Improved privacy and access controls. You can designate entire DVA channels
or categories as public or not. You can grant access to channels and
categories on a per ReplayTV basis (keep the adult stuff to the bedroom
replaytv, let the kids watch Rollie Polie Ollie forever without even seeing
and more salacious stuff like "Caligula" or "Working Girl". You can also
designate entire categories or channels as Read Only now (shows in them
cannot be deleted from the ReplayTVs -- individual shows have always this
* New "Download Later" option - somewhere between starting a download right
now and setting up a scheduled task. Great when you want to move a bunch of
shows from the ReplayTV but don't want the download/network congestion
interefering while you work on other things. Then, late at night, they kick
over while you are dreaming of Sigourney Weaver in "Working Girl".
These are just some of the things, though they give a flavor for what is up in
V3.0. DVA V3.0 *REQUIRES* Java 1.4.2 to be installed (it will not run with
any other version, though Mac folks with OSX 10.2 have a recourse with Ivan
Druckers fantastic DVArchive for MacOSX support tools -- included in the
MacOSX download). It also makes *MAJOR* changes to your DVArchive.xml, so
please be sure to back it up before you upgrade.
Finally, while it's a bit long, it would be a really, REALLY
smart idea to
read over the CHANGELOG.txt (you can read it online athttp://www.dvarchive.org/downloads/V...ase_notes.html
You can download DVArchive V3.0 by clickinghttp://www.dvarchive.org/DVArchive_Downloads.html
.NOTE: The MacOSX specific download is almost ready - should be available
later tonight. So if you are a Mac person, I really, really recommend you
wait until that is available - it'll make using DVA under a Mac a **MUCH**
nicer experience. We're only talking a couple of hours :-)
DVArchive V3.0 would not be nearly as stable and successful a project today
without the help of the DVArchive Alpha tester and Beta tester teams.
The DVArchive Alpha testers (who got to test over 20 versions of DVArchive and
have suffered for 8+ months now) are:
The DVArchive Beta Testers. The Alpha testers also particpated in the Beta
test (talk about gluttons for punishment! :-)
Jeffrey G. Micono
Joseph W. Breu
I'll try to help out on all the major support boards (AVSciences ReplayTV forum,
PlanetReplays DVArchive Forum, MacReplayTVs DVArchive forum), but I especially
follow DVArchives forums available at http://www.dvarchive.org/forums
Finally, the DVA FAQs are not fully updated for V3.0 yet. My first task will
be to correct the few things in them that are no longer applicable for V3.0.
But otherwise, they are still very much a useful place to go if you have
questions or problems.