appletrailerfs

October 3, 2010

No More Updates for the Foreseeable Future

Filed under: updater, wdtv — Elmar Weber @ 18:19

As most people probably noticed by now, there haven’t been any updates in a long time. The scraping of the information from the Apple Trailer page is not a simple thing anymore and it was getting too cumbersome to keep ahead with the updater.

Since I upgrade to a WDTV Live I also have Youtube and with the correct channels I have the same benefit as with Apple Trailers (although with a little lower quality).

So there will be no further updates to the updater itself and only bug fixes to the core filesystem program. It can be the basis for any kind of media system for the WDTV, including a new appletrailerfs like system. The source code is available at SourceForge.net and anyone interested can use it to continue.

It has been a fun project, I learned a lot about C programming and programming for embedded systems, but – as written above – the benefits do no longer outweigh the work.

June 11, 2009

appletrailerfs 0.3.1-beta released

Filed under: releases, wdtv — Tags: , , , — Elmar Weber @ 03:59

A new version of appletrailerfs has been released. appletrailerfs brings you the Apple movie trailers to the Western Digital TV HD and your PC.

Despite the small version jump this release contains a bunch of new cool features. There is lot of new eye candy due to more thumbnails and also updates to the WDTV OSD. A real auto update mode is added and some long awaited options have been added. Screenshots of the new features are at the end of the article. See the following list for more details.

For the impatient: Download WDTV application image

  • auto update improvements / fixes
    • added: movie posters and OSD files are downloaded on the fly (they were excluded from autoupdate until now)
    • fixed: when auto update failed during startup appletrailerfs did not start
    • fixed: on WDTV auto update was skipped while the filesystem was running
    • fixed: HTTP error codes were not handled correctly
  • WDTV OSD (see screenshots)
    • added thumbnails to all folders and trailers
      • this will make navigation in thumbnail mode easier
    • added support for OSD mod in thumbnail mode
    • added IMDB rating to OSD screens
    • added 3D effect to movie poster display
  • WDTV general
    • a user config file was added to allow users to specify custom options
      • take a look at appletrailerfs.conf.txt and edit it
      • you can simply hide trailers of a specific resolution or change how trailers are sorted
    • log files are created on boot USB stick if it is writeable
      • this will make debugging easier
    • fixed: folder names with special character’s where not supported correctly
  • added: option to specify auto update interval (–update-interval=SECONDS)
  • added: option to disable auto update (–update-interval=0)
  • added: timecode is added to log messages
  • fixed: database file contained obsolete fields

Thanks go to rezmus for the OSD layouts and cgreenle for the genre icons (they can be found in original at http://forums.sage.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=32317).

The WDTV application image is available at http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=259619&filename=appletrailerfs-0.3.1-beta-wdtv.zip.
As always, to use this you need ext3-boot or WDLXTV and you must copy all files from the downloaded ZIP file to your USB boot stick.
If you don’t want to use the GUI modifications just delete the file appletrailerfs.app.event from your USB boot stick.

All project files can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259619.

For future developments and time frames have a look at the roadmap.

Homepage: http://appletrailerfs.elmarweber.org
SourceForge project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/appletrailerfs

May 31, 2009

appletrailerfs 0.3.0.1-beta released

Filed under: releases, wdtv — Tags: , , , — Elmar Weber @ 20:24

This is a bug fix release for the 0.3.0-beta version released yesterday. It fixes a bug that would occur sometimes when the movie database was loaded. All users are recommended to upgrade to this version.

For details about the 0.3.0-beta version see http://appletrailerfs.elmarweber.org/index.php/2009/appletrailerfs-030-beta-released

The WDTV application image is available at http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=259619&filename=appletrailerfs-0.3.0.1-beta-wdtv.zip.
To also enjoy the new GUI features you need the event-osd application image from http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=261153&filename=event-osd-r112-wdtv.zip.
As always, to use this you need ext3-boot or WDLXTV and you must copy the downloaded application images to your USB boot stick.

All project files can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259619.

Homepage: http://appletrailerfs.elmarweber.org
SourceForge project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/appletrailerfs

May 30, 2009

appletrailerfs 0.3.0-beta released

Filed under: releases, wdtv — Tags: , , — Elmar Weber @ 23:47

A new version of appletrailerfs has been released. appletrailerfs brings you the Apple movie trailers to your Western Digital TV HD or any other Linux.

Version 0.3.0 contains some new features and bug fixes, namely.

  • added auto update function
  • WDTV
    • integration with event-osd to display custom UI
    • added option to hide trailers of a specific resolution
  • reduced memory consumption
  • minor fixes regarding parallel file access

In general the auto update function is of course the most notable feature, but for the WDTV users the integration of event-osd in order to display a new UI is a nice addition as well (thanks to rezmus for the original design, his original looked better (with rating, etc), but the data is not grabbed yet).
Check out movie at the end of the article to get an impression of the WDTV UI in action.

The WDTV application image is available at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259619&package_id=320560&release_id=686218.
To also enjoy the new GUI features you need the event-osd application image fromĀ http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=261153&filename=event-osd-r112-wdtv.zip.
As always, to use this you need ext3-boot or WDLXTV and you must copy the downloaded application images to your USB boot stick.

All project files can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259619.

For more details on the event-osd (GUI modifications) feature see the article at http://wdtv.elmarweber.org/index.php/2009/first-version-of-event-osd-released.

Homepage: http://appletrailerfs.elmarweber.org
SourceForge project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/appletrailerfs/

A video showing the new GUI modifications:

May 8, 2009

appletrailerfs 0.2.0-beta released

Filed under: releases, wdtv — Tags: , , , — Elmar Weber @ 00:07

A new version of appletrailerfs has been released. appletrailerfs brings you the Apple movie trailers into your filesystem and to your Western Digital TV HD.

Version 0.2.0 contains some new features and bug fixes, namely.

  • support for all JSON streams from Apple Trailers
    • more trailers
    • better sorted, e.g. by last update and genres
  • added movie posters to file system
  • fixed issue on WDTV when media database is disabled
  • option to redirect log output to log file
  • integrated WDTV scripts into build process
  • generated source code documentation

Most noticeable will be the new folder structure and the movie thumbnails. The new folder structure allows you to browse the trailers by updates, i.e. the newest trailer is shown first, or to browse the movie trailers by genre or just view movies were HD trailers are available. With the new movie poster support for each movie a thumbnail of the movie poster is shown in the movie’s directory. See the screenshots at the end of the post to get an impression of the new features.
The WDTV application image is available at http://sourceforge.net/project/platformdownload.php?group_id=259619&sel_platform=15736.

All project files can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259619.

Homepage: http://appletrailerfs.elmarweber.org
SourceForge project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/appletrailerfs/

May 1, 2009

Bug Fix Release for WD TV: appletrailerfs-0.1.1.1-alpha-wdtv

Filed under: releases, wdtv — Tags: , , , — Elmar Weber @ 04:28

This release fixes a bug in the start script. On some installations the filesystem was not started because theĀ  FUSE device node /dev/fuse was missing. The start script creates this node now. The updated images can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259619&package_id=320560&release_id=679574.

April 30, 2009

WD TV Images for appletrailerfs-0.1.1-alpha Added

Filed under: releases, wdtv — Tags: , , , — Elmar Weber @ 01:26

Application images for the Western Digital TV HD were added for the appletrailerfs 0.1.1-alpha version.

This is the first release for the Western Digital TV HD. The application image can be used with either Zorander’s ext3-boot or B-RAD’s WDLXTV. Simply extract the file and copy the appletrailerfs.app.bin onto a USB stick that you use while booting the WDTV.
After a reboot, to view the movies just navigate to the “Video” menu and select “Folders”. Then go into the “Apple Trailers” directory and browse for a movie and trailer.

Successfully tested on
- ext3-boot 0.8.7.2
- ext3-boot 0.9.2
- WDLXTV 0.5.2

The images can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259619&package_id=320560&release_id=679334.

Some movie trailers won’t play because the trailers are no longer online, in the next releases there will be a filter mechanism.

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