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imon 7 to imon 8 upgrade experience

post #1 of 16
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Has anyone upgraded to imon 8 who uses a Logitech Harmony remote for 7MC, MPC-HC, and PS3 via IR2BT? I never use imedian.

I have been putting off the upgrade because the Harmony is working OK via the Antec Fusion and Harmony remote and I do not want to have to reprogram all my commands by uninstalling Imon 7 and installing Imon 8 as recommended.

I thought I would check and see if the process is trouble free before doing the upgrade install.
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign View Post

Has anyone upgraded to imon 8 who uses a Logitech Harmony remote for 7MC, MPC-HC, and PS3 via IR2BT? I never use imedian.

I have been putting off the upgrade because the Harmony is working OK via the Antec Fusion and Harmony remote and I do not want to have to reprogram all my commands by uninstalling Imon 7 and installing Imon 8 as recommended.

I thought I would check and see if the process is trouble free before doing the upgrade install.

I'm using the new Imon and it's working fine with me. To tell the truth though I can't remember if the upgrade gave me issues (I don't recall any though).
An added benefit is that it comes with more settings files to import for programs (TMT5 etc).

My Setup:

Win7 (64 bit)
Mediaportal
Logitech 785 remote

MPC-HC was working fine but I don't have a PS3.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by el_kano View Post

I'm using the new Imon and it's working fine with me. To tell the truth though I can't remember if the upgrade gave me issues (I don't recall any though).
An added benefit is that it comes with more settings files to import for programs (TMT5 etc).

My Setup:

Win7 (64 bit)
Mediaportal
Logitech 785 remote

MPC-HC was working fine but I don't have a PS3.

Thanks for the response. Just to be sure you say you uninstalled imon 7 and you are using a harmony remote.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign View Post

Thanks for the response. Just to be sure you say you uninstalled imon 7 and you are using a harmony remote.

I installed 8 which I think automatically uninstalled 7 during the setup process. From memory there should be a 'save your settings' prompt in the iMon 7 unistall process (which I didn't use).

Basically it was a while ago so don't take anything I say as gospel, but my install went something like this:
1) Run iMon 8 install
2) get prompted to uninstall iMon 7 (I chose not to save settings but you may want to)
3) Think there was a restart and then I went through Imon 8 setup again.

I think Imon 8 scanned the system and (since I had no saved settings) configured the applications it recognised with it's own saved profiles.

Yes, I am using a logitech Harmony 785 remote which is working fine for what I am doing (I have it configured as an MCE remote and Imon set to receive MCE signals).
post #5 of 16
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Thanks again, I apologize for grilling you. I hate setting up the commands between all the programs and devices. I have to make a spread sheet to keep it straight.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign View Post

Thanks again, I apologize for grilling you. I hate setting up the commands between all the programs and devices. I have to make a spread sheet to keep it straight.

No problem. I would save your settings before the uninstall, that way they will all be available even if you decide to go back to version 7 (if for some reason you have issues).

Lot's of people dislike (or plain hate iMon) but I find it works very well for my basic needs (navigating Mediaportal/TMT and turning on/off the PC). Still, I believe the many others that have issues with certain configs, I guess I am lucky in that the software I use seems to be well supported.
post #7 of 16
Interesting. I'm considering upgrading from iMON 7 to 8 as well, but have been put off by the generally poor reputation Soundgraph have. My 7.9 install still crashes occasionally, but it's been the most stable it's been for months. I never use iMedian (or whatever it's called now).

If v8 was going to offer better stability, that would be a good start for me. Not to worried about new features, as I only have it configured for WMC.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by tman247 View Post

Interesting. I'm considering upgrading from iMON 7 to 8 as well, but have been put off by the generally poor reputation Soundgraph have. My 7.9 install still crashes occasionally, but it's been the most stable it's been for months. I never use iMedian (or whatever it's called now).

If v8 was going to offer better stability, that would be a good start for me. Not to worried about new features, as I only have it configured for WMC.

Can't really help you with stability advice I'm afraid; the old version 7.9 was stable on my system too so I'd be guessing if I said version 8 was any better :-)

Yeah, soundgraph reputation is not great. They seem to do regular updates but apart from a few new features the functionality seems similiar. I think version 8 is aimed at fixing a few issues in windows 7 that people were having, whether that has helped I am unsure.
post #9 of 16
Well, if it's Windows 7 specific fixes/features, that might be worth looking into. I always felt that v7.x was a very old design, certainly not natively Windows 7 aware anyway.

I'll download v8 and try to get it installed in the next day or two.
post #10 of 16
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I clicked setup for imon 8 without first uninstalling imon 7. However the install program had to first uninstall imon 7 and then reboot the computer. Then, I clicked the setup icon for imon 8 again and did a second reboot. I did not get an option to save old settings.

7MC is working so far. I have not tried MPC-HC, PowerDVD 9ultra or the PS3 yet.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign View Post

I clicked setup for imon 8 without first uninstalling imon 7. However the install program had to first uninstall imon 7 and then reboot the computer. Then, I clicked the setup icon for imon 8 again and did a second reboot. I did not get an option to save old settings.

7MC is working so far. I have not tried MPC-HC, PowerDVD 9ultra or the PS3 yet.

Apologies if I remembered things wrong, I could have sworn there was a way to save the settings when uninstalling 7.

I did a little more reading on iMon issues, seems I am one of the very lucky ones who had a firmware/hardware combination that works. People have been trying to get Soundgraph to write an API for the front display for a long time. They have started down this track but it seems to keep getting pushed aside for other stuff they deem more important. Very sad as I think if they concentrated on the API's and got them working right they'd have some happy customers who would drive more demand. Instead you're more likely to hear 'iMon sucks' and word of mouth will kill a lot of potential sales.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well PowerDVD Ultra 9 is working the same which means OK but I still do not have the menu button on the harmony bringing up the top menu or pop up menus
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign View Post

Well PowerDVD Ultra 9 is working the same which means OK but I still do not have the menu button on the harmony bringing up the top menu or pop up menus

Have you tried changing the setting for PDVD9 in the iMon software?
post #14 of 16
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I have always been confused about the imon manager-settings-program command set on PowerDVD9. Is there a tutorial or instructions for using setup-import or function add or modify?

I have a very flexible Harmony 720 that allows six buttons to be formatted and used on rotating screens. I just have never been able to figure out how to get the menu button on the harmony to sync with the imon menu command. Imon does not mention the information display control.

I never can find anything on the imon support web page. Imon's documentation sucks. Harmony's setup defaults for a mce computer do not seem to fix the menu problem. Do you know if I programmed a button on the Harmony 720 to the shortcut L or (L) if that would work? I now have the RC menu buttone for menu programmed to DVD menu and that does not work.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign View Post

I have always been confused about the imon manager-settings-program command set on PowerDVD9. Is there a tutorial or instructions for using setup-import or function add or modify?

I have a very flexible Harmony 720 that allows six buttons to be formatted and used on rotating screens. I just have never been able to figure out how to get the menu button on the harmony to sync with the imon menu command. Imon does not mention the information display control.

I never can find anything on the imon support web page. Imon's documentation sucks. Harmony's setup defaults for a mce computer do not seem to fix the menu problem. Do you know if I programmed a button on the Harmony 720 to the shortcut L or (L) if that would work? I now have the RC menu buttone for menu programmed to DVD menu and that does not work.

I'm not 100% sure if I'm understanding all that you're saying, but the add or modify is very easy to use once you get the hang of it. Programming the L (if that is the menu sortcut) should definitely work. If you can confirm the correct keyboard key to press in PowerDVD to bring up the menu that would be great.

I will post detailed instructions when I get home tonight.
post #16 of 16
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The PowerDVD9 menu problem is know by Soundgraph and is unfixed: http://www.soundgraph.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7021
As they say I have had the button work once and not again for a DVD. My issue is really with the Blu-ray pop up menu which I have not been able to bring up.

I do see how to add or modify a function. I am going to try control + p and see if that works.
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