Originally Posted by Samuraijones
@ Mr Tim
Before you say anything or make remarks maybe you should think first.
I am offering a significant contribution to give him incentive to have his software work with other platforms. He would gain a big audience by getting his software to work with Dune, Yadis, or Zappiti.
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I did not intend to start any conflict, but based on Tim's title of "Code Guy", I'm guessing that he understands the time it can take to implement an application. I'm not expecting to get rich off this program. So far I've gotten enough in donations to cover about an hour and a half or so of time at my day job or to buy myself lunch a few times. It is greatly appreciated and I am happy that so many people around the world (600 + downloads) are using my application. Unfortunately, with only a handful of donations its hard to justify spending days or weeks trying to get something to work that I wont use myself. That's why I was considering a fee. I could also set a 'bounty' for certain features that i would try to implement once a certain amount of donations had been made, but i wouldn't want to let anyone down if it turned out to not be possible to implement a certain feature.
That said, I am interested in trying to get the program to work with other platforms as I do enjoy working on it when I have free time. I can set up a test environment for MediaBrowser pretty much for free and the platform is fairly robust and its pretty well documented, so I already know that its possible I just need to find the time to do it. Since I don't use MediaBrowser myself the development has been slow going so far although it should be possible to write an interface for MB2 and MB3. Plex and Boxee are also a possibility since they share some similarities to xbmc, although I havent looked at the http interfaces for either of these since they forked from xbmc years ago. But again, I can basically test these environments for free.
Dune is a different story, however. First, I dont have one, and have no intention of buying one, so even basic testing of the protocols would be very difficult. Nonetheless, I have researched the Dune ip protocol api, and it appears to only support sending commands to the Dune player, not really much along the lines of retrieving information from it other than if it is playing something, but the specs dont even mention it reporting a file name, let alone any meaningful metadata, so that means we'd need to try to hook into Yadis, zappiti or whatever indexer. I havent found much of a way to retrieve playback status from these either,probably due to a lack of the Dune player reporting it. So that pretty much stopped anything moving forward for the Dune player right there. If I had a Dune, i might look into it more, but I'm pretty happy with the power and flexibility of xbmc
So right now, the most significant progress towards getting Dune support, if you really want it, would be getting a Dune player in my hands. Although based on what I've seen of the Dune IP protocol, it might still be a long shot.
I apologize if any of that came across too harsh. Now that that's over with.. lets get back to more constructive things.
I've had my dev build running with autoplay trailers turned on for a few days now and have had zero issues with it freezing on an unplayable trailer. Testing on all of the other new features I mentioned in previous posts is also going well with no major glitches found The only feature I have left to finish up before the next release is ready is eventghost integration. This will allow MoviePoster to send a command that will turn your display on when the 'Now Playing' poster is active, as well as to receive commands. This will allow you to automate the display however you choose using the scripting capabilities of eventghost.
personally, I think that the motionposter feature is pretty cool. Has anyone managed to find a source for higher quality motionposters? regardless of the format? most of the ones I have found are fairly low resolution. The best I've found so far are in video format on youtube and vimeo. (video motionposters are supported for the next release ) It would be nice to find a source for them in at least 720p.
Ive also thought about adding support for RSS feeds. Do you think it would be useful to have a news feed display somehow? Where would you like to see it? This might be able to also display scores and real time stats of sporting events if I can parse out the feeds.
Are there any other features that you'd like to see, other that other media players for the 'Now Playing' feature? maybe the ability to show the upcoming movie schedule with multiple banners and showtimes listed?