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post #1 of 499
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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
the ReplayTV

* 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
recorded.

* 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
ability).

* 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 at
http://www.dvarchive.org/downloads/V...ase_notes.html.

You can download DVArchive V3.0 by clicking
http://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:

Chris Burger
Dan Walton
Joe Homs
Ivan Drucker
Lee Thompson
Byron Guernsey


The DVArchive Beta Testers. The Alpha testers also particpated in the Beta
test (talk about gluttons for punishment! :-)

Chris Burger
Wayne Caudle
j.m.
Daniel Walton
Sandy McKean
Ivan Drucker
Gib Winter
Greg Rosen
J.P. Kelly
David McFarling
Marc Schnapp
Joe Homs
jfreiman
Jeffrey G. Micono
Joseph W. Breu
RyderD
Lee Thompson
Mark Ciskey
Byron Guernsey
Phil Herzfeld
John Damore
Jason Glass
aelmore
Jeff D
srjaynes

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.
post #2 of 499
Thank you so much for all your hard work, Gerry!

- Runny
post #3 of 499
me likes cookies!!!
post #4 of 499
Woo Hoo! Gerry, you are the man!

Thanks so much for all u do. We appreciate all of your hard work.
post #5 of 499
Whew! Now that its official, I can finally talk about 3.0.

Having had the pleasure of beta testing 3.0, I can say that it is amazing software. Gerry put a lot of hard work into it, and we all owe him a lot of thanks for it! For those of you about to upgrade, get ready for shock and awe at the new features. ;)
post #6 of 499
Great job Gerry!!! Now get some rest. =)
post #7 of 499
j.m. is absolutely correct. Gerry has produced an incredible product!! One Tip: please study carefully the release notes, change log, etc. Virtually every feature is covered. My favorite new feature: an email waiting every morning for me not only telling me what is going to be recorded the next 5 days-- but also which of my 2 machines the shows are recording on and which shows, and/or themes, have conflicts and will not be recorded. Very, very cool.
post #8 of 499
Quote:
Originally posted by j.m.
it is amazing software. Gerry put a lot of hard work into it, and we all owe him a lot of thanks for it!. . . shock and awe at the new features.
Wow! Sounds amazing, all right. Thanks, to everyone, for your hard work. It is really appreciated.
post #9 of 499
I tried to find this on the website, but I couldn't....should I uninstall 2.1 before installing 3.0, or does 3.0 install on top of 2.1?

Gary, thanks for all of your work on this. It is a kick-ass program.


Ed
post #10 of 499
DVA3 should recognize an existing installation. I installed mine on top of existing--the software will then make all the necesaary conversions on 2.1 files, etc.
post #11 of 499
Upgrade logic is present, having said that, back up your config files first!
post #12 of 499
Just installed it, and upgraded from 2.1, worked great! Tons of new toys to play with. Thanks Gerry, as usual great work!
post #13 of 499
Woo hoo! Thank you Gerry! Thanks for all of the work you put into it.

SpaceTraveler
post #14 of 499
Gerry absolutely brilliant!!!
Thanks a lot.
post #15 of 499
Just wanted to say thank you for all the time and energy you spent on this!
post #16 of 499
Woo Hoo! Thanks Gerry! 8 months of anticipation.
post #17 of 499
Quote:
Originally posted by gduprey
Announcing DVArchive V3.0!
Christmas comes very early this year! Downloaded and about to give it a spin. Much thanks.

Are you still planning on a source release as well?
post #18 of 499
Gerry,

Thanks for all the hard work. The OSX link is broken.

Best,
Matthew in CO.
post #19 of 499
Great work Gerry, the TV Listings & Search & Upcoming Recordings listings are superb additions among all the other things. May I ask where the TV listings come from? They sure download very fast - almost as fast as DataDirect! Super! Thanks again for all the work and dedication to this software.
post #20 of 499
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Creech
Gerry,

Thanks for all the hard work. The OSX link is broken.

Best,
Matthew in CO.
That's cause the OSX release isn't available (mentioned in the above announcement and right next tothe MacOSX entry in the download page (says "Available very shortly"). Should be available in the next day or so :-)
post #21 of 499
Jerry,

Just installed. Great improvements and extras in a program that was already great to start with.

Thanks again,

Al
post #22 of 499
Quote:
Originally posted by gduprey
That's cause the OSX release isn't available (mentioned in the above announcement and right next tothe MacOSX entry in the download page (says "Available very shortly"). Should be available in the next day or so :-)
Sorry Gerry. :D I was very excited and took "a few hours" way way way too literally. I can wait.


Really I can...


Is it ready yet?
post #23 of 499
TV Guide listings doesn't seem to work..

"ERROR GETTING PROVIDERS"

Otherwise looks really neat....
post #24 of 499
Looks like there are some problems in the Upcoming Recordings generation that I have run into. For example (for an RTV 4xxx):

I have a guaranteed show-based channel to record Real World/Road Rules Challenge Mondays only @10pm.
I have another guaranteed show-based channel on same RTV to record Everybody Loves Raymond Mondays only @9pm.

This coming Monday there are 3 Real World/Road Rules Challenge showings: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm. DVA is showing a conflict saying the first Real World @9pm will record and Raymond won't record at 9pm and the 10pm Real World will not record. In reality, of course there is no conflict and the 9pm Raymond and 10pm Real World will record.
post #25 of 499
Quote:
Originally posted by moyekj
Looks like there are some problems in the Upcoming Recordings generation that I have run into. For example (for an RTV 4xxx):

I have a guaranteed show-based channel to record Real World/Road Rules Challenge Mondays only @10pm.
I have another guaranteed show-based channel on same RTV to record Everybody Loves Raymond Mondays only @9pm.

This coming Monday there are 3 Real World/Road Rules Challenge showings: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm. DVA is showing a conflict saying the first Real World @9pm will record and Raymond won't record at 9pm and the 10pm Real World will not record. In reality, of course there is no conflict and the 9pm Raymond and 10pm Real World will record.
moyekj, does ReplaySchedule get it right? :) I use your great ReplaySchedule program, and I thought that you had maybe given your code to Gerry for this. So I was thinking of using DVA for this as well.

So did you help on this?
post #26 of 499
Quote:
Originally posted by Bixit219
TV Guide listings doesn't seem to work..

"ERROR GETTING PROVIDERS"

Otherwise looks really neat....
I forgot to add the specifics:

ERROR RECEIVING PROVIDERS -- Error Getting Provider List for zip code -- status code 490

I get that error almost immediately..

Does that mean anything to anyone.. basically I can't get any listings.. for any zip code I put in (even (real) random ones )..
post #27 of 499
Awesome job. Making a great piece of software even better is very cool. That combined with microsoft's remote desktop, I just installed it on my server from my parents house, where i'm staying, and it worked fine. It didn't see one of my replays, but I believe that it is hung, and needs a reboot. I doubt if that is possible from over the internet, but then again, DVA 3 does more than I ever thought i'd need, but im sure ill find a way to use it. Thanks again.

BTW, one minor fix I noticed, is the "open DVR" command no longer seems to get stuck, i forced DVA to close a couple times when that command got stuck, but its all better now.
post #28 of 499
Absolutely incredible Gerry.
post #29 of 499
For anyone who's trying to use the web server and can't figure out where their "custom templates" are it looks like the windows installer fails to install this. If you download the 4MB .zip file you can copy the templates folder from the zip into the DVArchive folder. Then point the template to "C:\\Program Files\\DVArchive\\Templates\\Standard\\Web\\DVRExplorer". On the SERVER tab, make sure you uncheck "block external connections".

(thanks to pakcikkayo for figuring this out)
post #30 of 499
Quote:
Originally posted by lizard_boy
For anyone who's trying to use the web server and can't figure out where their "custom templates" are it looks like the windows installer fails to install this. If you download the 4MB .zip file you can copy the templates folder from the zip into the DVArchive folder. Then point the template to "C:\\Program Files\\DVArchive\\Templates\\Standard\\Web\\DVRExplorer". On the SERVER tab, make sure you uncheck "block external connections".

(thanks to pakcikkayo for figuring this out)
Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for!
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