Jul 182005

New Features:

  • Multi-user support. – each user has their own preferences and can protect their account with a PIN number.
  • Certificates – each account can be set to restrict access to a maximum certificate level. (film certificates are automatically downloaded from the internet along with actor/director information)
  • “Quick Play” to allow you to watch or listen to a random selection very easily.
  • Improved Linux support.
  • Scheduler interface added to the Configuration Utility for Linux users.
  • New styles available that use 24-bit background images – 2 styles are provided as default, and more can be downloaded from this website.

Bugs Fixed

  • Made sure all table/column names are the correct case (linux is case-sensitive for MySQL)
  • Checked and fixed some memory leaks.
  • Made support.log a more readable.
  • Fixed issues relating to the use of symbolic links on linux.
  • Fixed a bug in the weather module where changing units lost the current city you were viewing.
  • Thumbnails for media without album art were not being displayed correctly.
  • Improved the quality of the “Now Playing” screen image.
  • Stopped error messages from appearing when downloading new styles (if there were none available)

Linux Users

Unfortunately, in versions prior to 1.09 the auto-update feature does not work correctly and so you must manually download a replacement upgrade.php script (available as a zip file here). Once you have overwritten your existing upgrade.php file with this one then you may choose the “Update” option from the SwissCenter main menu.

Note: Make sure that the Apache document root where you have installed SwissCenter and all the files/directories within it are owned by the Apache user otherwise the update will not be able to write the new files.

Jul 062005

Full Step-by-Step instructions for installing SwissCenter on a SuSE Linux 9.3 machine have been added to the downloads section and are also available here.

In the near future I plan to release a step-by-step guide to building your own storage array using software RAID5 on SuSE 9.3 Linux. The guide will provide instructions for installing SuSE, setting up software RAID,Samba and of course the SwissCenter!


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Apr 152005

New Features:

  • Linux compatible (Tested on SuSE Linux 9.2, although it should work with other distributions)
  • VOB support added.
  • Added support for categorisation of media to enable the user to restrict searching/browsing to a particular category (eg: “TV Series”, “Films” or “Music Videos”). User-defined categories can be added/deleted from the configuration utility.
  • Added a virtual category called “Recently Added” which displays media that has been detected by the Swisscenter within the last 7 days (this value will be configurable in the next release).
  • Film Art” is now automatically downloaded from the internet where available if it is not already present on your system.
  • Album Art” contained within the ID3 tag of an MP3 is used if it is present (there is also an option to disable this if required within the configuration utility).
  • The “SwissCenter Configuration Utility” has been improved to allow in-place editing of various fields, as well as many more configuration options for the new features.
  • Windows users can now control the days on which an automatic media search is performed, as well as the time, using the configuration utility (Eg: 8:30am, every Monday and Thursday).
  • The size, placement and colours of text and images on the “Now Playing” screen can be controlled from within the style definition .
  • All features that require access to the internet can be individually enabled or disabled to ensure you have complete control over information being uploaded or downloaded from your PC (also add a “Privacy Policy” to the configuration utility).
  • Limited support has been added to enable the SwissCenter to operate under Microsoft’s IIS webserver.

Bugs Fixed

  • The version of PHP being used is checked to ensure it meets the minimum requirements.
  • The “Total Play Time” now displays the number of days and seconds correctly.
  • Playlists of over 4000 items were causing the Showcenter hardware to crash. This has been remedied.
  • Duplicate entries in the database for media files are automatically detected and removed.
  • Matching of filenames to movie names when looking up extra details on the internet (such as actors and directors) has been improved.
  • Internet Radio” has been moved to the main menu as it wasn’t appropriate to have the link from “Listen to Music” now that categorisation is supported.
  • After viewing messages, user are not returned to the correct screen.
  • The update icon only gets displayed when there actually is an update.
  • Many typos have been fixed!