Update for Xubuntu / Ubuntu Base 14.04 for the O2 Joggler

Xubuntu 14.04 and the 14.04 Ubuntu base image have been updated. I have discontinued all the Joggler distros except this one now.

Changes from previous image:

  • Some package changes/pinning to fix some dependency issues
  • Includes Kodi 14.2 (With the Re-touched skin)
  • Kernel 3.2.69
  • Use r8168-dkms from Ubuntu repository
  • Package Rollups

Images are downloadable from here:

http://jwills.co.uk/joggler-xubuntu/download/

XBMC4Xbox 3.5.1 is released

XBMC4Xbox 3.5.1 is now available. It is a minor update from 3.5 to fix some recent problems with scrapers and the Addon installer:

  • Fixes for the TMDB scraper – including search, certification, and images.
  • Updates to the Addons installer script – it now includes the XBMC Gotham repository, as well as the Kodi Helix repository. Unfortunately we have no working youtube addon currently as there was an API change on youtube which stopped the older youtube addon working. There is a newer one for Kodi, but it requires some changes to be made compatible with XBMC4Xbox.
  • Moved our XBMC4Xbox Addons repository off Google Code, since that service is closing down. It is now hosted on our own equipment along with the main XBMC4Xbox repository.

Thanks

Thanks to Dan Dar3 and Dom for contributing to the TMDB fixes. Thanks also to everyone who helps out on the forum.

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

Obtaining XBMC4Xbox

See the development page for links to the source code and the SVN repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page. For those that want to build from source, 3.5.1 is tagged here: https://svn.exotica.org.uk:8443/xbmc4xbox/tags/3.5.1/.

Dave Lowe / Uncle Art on Kickstarter

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


Dave Lowe aka Uncle Art and his daughter Holly Jazz Lowe have started a Kickstarter project to create a double album called “A Temporal Shift” – with originals and remakes of Dave Lowe’s Amiga, Atari and C64 Music – Link to project. Well worth backing in our opinion!

Apologies (again) for lack of news updates here. There have been some changes around the site though. Changes since the last update include:

Versions 61 & 62 of the High Voltage SID Collection were released by the HVSC Team. Our mirror and search interface has been updated with v62. The collection now contains more than 46,000 SIDs!

There has been some work on the wiki too – recently updated pages include List of games and demos with studio CD versions, and Lost In Translation/Shadow Of The Beast which now has platform screenshots and audio comparisons. The Shadow of the Beast page has also been updated with screenshots – thanks XtC.

Links:

Kernel/Package updates

All currently maintained images have been updated to kernel 3.2.63 as well as having all packages updated. XBMC 13.2 has been added to the Joggler repository, and is included in the updates. Currently the squeezeplay installer script isn’t working, but hopefully this will be fixed soon by the maintainer. As the script is downloaded – it can be sorted later without needing to change anything in the builds.

XBMC4Xbox 3.5 is released

SettingsAfter more than a year’s work since v3.3, we are very pleased to announce XBMC4Xbox version v3.5. A large number of new features and improvements have been made since v3.3, including the integration of Python 2.7, improved video playback, updates to the skinning engine, scraper fixes, and plenty of bug fixes.

Key improvements:

Python 2.7 & API improvements

Python support in XBMC4Xbox has been overhauled, with the out of date Python 2.4 replaced with Python 2.7. This update, along with the addition of some missing API functions brings much better compatibility with Kodi (Formerly XBMC) plugins. The Addons4Xbox installer has also been updated, allowing many plugins written for Kodi to work right out of the box. The Python 2.7 update also brings performance improvements, and comes with fully working libraries for sqlite3, and SSL amongst others.

DVDPlayer updates

DVDPlayer (The main video player in XBMC4Xbox) has received numerous changes, including having the FFMpeg core libraries updated to v1.2.8 which brings a variety of new codecs, bug-fixes, and optimisations from the previous 0.10.x version. The libraries used for DVD navigation have also been updated which should bring better compatibility with problematic DVD menus.

Scraper fixes and clean-ups

We had a lot of broken and unmaintained scrapers with the previously version of XBMC4Xbox. With the 3.5 release only a few are included, but they are all maintained and working. We have scrapers for themoviedb.org, thetvdb.com as well as theaudiodb.com for music. Please do support and contribute to these open database projects, as the content and results are only as good as the information people have contributed.

PAPlayer updates

PAPlayer (the core audio player in XBMC4Xbox) has received some updates since the last version of XBMC4Xbox. DVDPlayer’s FFMpeg libraries are now used for decoding of some audio formats which means some of the old out of date libraries we used previously are no longer needed. This simplifies maintenance, and brings with it better performance and compatibility. The FFMpeg libraries are now used for OGG, FLAC, AAC, AC3,and DTS.

Skinning improvements

A variety of improvements have been backported from Kodi for the skin engine. This allows skins and features for Kodi to be more easily implemented. Thanks to the skin developers who requested changes/features and helped with testing. We currently ship with the same selection of skins as with v3.3 – Confluence Lite, Confluence, Project Mayhem III, and the PM3HD skin, but more can be found on the skin development section of our forum (such as the excellent Xbox Extended skin from Dom).

New branding

Thanks to SwedishGojira we now have our own project branding – our new XBMC4Xbox logo is used on our project site as well as for the XBMC4Xbox boot-up splash. Since the renaming of XBMC to Kodi, there has been some discussion regarding our name. I can confirm we are keeping the name XBMC4Xbox for our project. Changing it now would just introduce more confusion.

Transifex integration

Thanks to Kodi and their useful tools for handling translations, we are now using the on-line service Transifex to manage translations for the project. This means anyone who wants to help improve translations can now go and sign up over at https://www.transifex.com/organization/xbmc4xbox and start translating the software to their favourite language via the easy to use web interface. The updated translations can then be merged back into the XBMC4Xbox code base by us.

Bug fixes

There have been many bug fixes around the software with around 44 issues on the bugtracker resolved/fixed as well as more reported via the forum. Thanks to all those that have reported bugs, provided fixes & patches, and helped with testing.

Thanks

As well as the key features above, many other changes have been made with a lot of backported features and fixes from Kodi. Thanks to Team Kodi for creating our favourite media center software :) Thanks also to all those who help and contribute to our project and forum.

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

Obtaining XBMC4Xbox

See the development page for links to the source code and the SVN repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page. For those that want to build from source, 3.5 is tagged here: https://svn.exotica.org.uk:8443/xbmc4xbox/tags/3.5/.

XBMC4Xbox Remote 2.9.9 for Android


 

 

Changes:

  • v2.9.9 (Sun, 21 Sep 2014):
    • New: Main > Programs:
      – Apps / Games / Emulators;
      – available to premium only;
    • Mod: Main > Touchpad:
      – available to all;
    • New: Analytics > Versions;
  • v2.9.8 (Sun, 13 Jul 2014):
    • Fix: Crashes on Android 2.1 & 2.2
  • v2.9.7 (Fri, 4 Jul 2014):
    • Fix: Cannot share / play “youtu.be” URLs (thanks sahib12);
    • Fix: Widget > Currently playing thumbnail (thanks AwesomeNurd);
    • Fix: Movies > Files > cannot play video files (thanks Fastlane);
    • Fix: Crashes on Android 3.2
    • New: Commands > Screenshots
  • v2.9.6 (Sun, 19 Jan 2014):
    • Main :
      – Remember last used XBMC4Xbox;
      – Allow to delete XBMC4Xbox entry (from “edit” dialog);
    • Main > Network Scan
      – Allow to cancel scan;
      – Update entry with same MAC address (instead of adding new one);

For guides on how to configure & use, see more at:
https://sites.google.com/site/xbmc4xboxremoteandroid/

For support / feedback / suggestions use this forum thread:
http://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=203

Download from:

XBMC4Xbox 3.5 RC2 is out

Unfortunately RTMP streaming was broken in RC1 due so it’s time for another release – XBMC4Xbox 3.5 RC2. It also gives us the opportunity to show off the new branding before the final 3.5 release.

Changes since 3.5 RC1 include:

  • Fix for the RTMP streaming issue.
  • Updates to PolarSSL, librtmp and libcurl as well as the Curl VFS.
  • Update FFmpeg Libraries to 1.2.8.
  • Update translations from Transifex.
  • Added missing hard disk / DVD information on Confluence Lite system info page.
  • New splash screen / branding.

More changes have been included than we expected after the initial release candidate. This is due to some updates that were planned before, but got overlooked, as well as some fixes for problems reported by users. Thanks to everyone who tested 3.5 RC1 and reported back to us. In addition our PolarSSL was rather out of date, so it made sense to rebuild librtmp and libcurl against a newer version (and update them in the process) . Thanks to Sean for reminding me to pull in the Transifex translation updates.

We finally have a new branding/logo design – massive thanks to SwedishGojira for his work on this. The logo is already being used on this site, but you can also find it on the new XBMC4Xbox splash screen. Hope you like it – we do! :)

For those building from source, 3.5-rc2 is tagged in SVN at https://svn.exotica.org.uk:8443/xbmc4xbox/tags/3.5-rc2

The new XBMC4Xbox splash

 

XBMC4Xbox 3.5 RC1 is released

Settings window

It has been some months since 3.5 Beta 4 – a little longer than planned, however many fixes have been made since then, and we are now very close to the 3.5 release. If no major problems are found, XBMC4Xbox 3.5 final will be made in the next week or two. Please do test out this release candidate as it will be the last chance to get any changes/bugfixes in before 3.5.

Changes since Beta 4 include:

  • Removal of all the defunct and broken scrapers, fixing up some problems with the imdb/tmdb scrapers and adding a new default music scraper that uses the http://theaudiodb.com API.
  • FFMpeg/DVDPlayer updates from XBMC.
  • Updated Python to 2.7.8 and added some missing Python API functions from XBMC.
  • Fix for browsing library when network is not connected.
  • Improvements/fixes from XBMC for ID3/Tag parsing, CD Ripping, and Playlists.
  • Updates to the included Addons4Xbox installer.

For further information you can refer to recent commits from the Redmine Repository Browser.

Thanks to Dan Dar3, brentdc42, and psyko_chewbacca for contributions/bug fixes and all those who help out on the forum.

For those building from source, 3.5-rc1 is tagged on SVN at https://svn.exotica.org.uk:8443/xbmc4xbox/tags/3.5-rc1

[EDIT] Unfortunately RC1 has a problem with RTMP streams. I will be pushing out a RC2 soon with a fix. Apologies.

The last Beta ? XBMC4Xbox 3.5 Beta 4 is released

Video playback

Due to some recent changes, and a few more issues reported and fixed, we decided to push out another beta.

XBMC4Xbox Beta 4 is out, which includes the following changes:

  • Fixed string encoding issue on system information screen.
  • Fixed some cases where XBMC addons would fail due to our strict type checking – now automatically convert parameters for listitem’s to the correct type where possible.
  • Additional Python API infolabels / infotags.

Should there be no more major issues, we hope the final release is just around the corner :)

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

XBMC4Xbox 3.5 Beta 3 is out

After a few more months of development, we are very pleased to announce the release of XBMC4Xbox Beta 3. We are getting very close to a final release of 3.5 now, and hopefully if there are no major issues, 3.5 could be out in a matter of a week or two.

Changes since the last beta release include:

  • Python 2.7.6 with some stability improvements.
  • Much improved Addons4Xbox installer, with better dependency handling, meaning many addons designed for XBMC can now be installed and work out of the box. It should also run somewhat faster due to less logging, and the better use of local caching.
  • FFmpeg Libraries updated to 1.2.5
  • Added support for .po files for language strings and updated translations using Transifex and XBMC‘s excellent toolset for handling them. Users can now join in and help translate the project into their favourite languages. More details below.
  • PAPlayer codec improvements
  • Many other bug fixes and improvements

Thanks to XBMC and their useful tools for handling translations, we are now using the online service http://www.transifex.com to manage translations for the project. This means anyone who wants to help improve translations can now go and sign up over at https://www.transifex.com/organization/xbmc4xbox and start translating the software to their favourite language via the easy to use web interface. The updated translation can then be merged back into the XBMC4Xbox code base by us.

Massive thanks to all those who have contributed, from reporting bugs over at the bugtracker, to those that help out with the forum and answering users’ questions.

Finally we would like to congratulate XBMC for their release of the latest version of XBMC – XBMC 13 Gotham – our favourite media player for Linux, Windows, Android, and IOS. You can read all about it over at their blog – http://xbmc.org/xbmc-13-0-gotham-rises/. Awesome work – and we have certainly merged a few of your improvements back into our code base. Thanks 😉

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

Music Collection Updates

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


At the end of last year http://asma.atari.org/ released v3.7 of its Atari SAP Music Archive bringing the collection to a total of 5016 tunes! ExoticA provides a mirror of the archive as well as a web interface for searching and browsing. This has now been updated, and can be used to stream the music as ogg or mp3 without the need for a specialised player.

We also run a mirror of the Modland music collection. Our mirror is now up to date again after Modland moved home, and some changes have been made to the web interface we offer for it, including switching to XMP for playback of some of the multichannel module formats. With this change some additional (mostly PC) tracker formats can now be streamed as ogg/mp3 including – Digibooster Pro, Digitrakker, Epic Megagames MASI, Farandole Composer, Graoumf Tracker, Imago Orpheus, Liquid Tracker, Multitracker, Octalyser, Polytracker, TCB Tracker, Ultratracker and X-Tracker. Note the support and accuracy of this can vary between tracker – further information regarding XMP can be found at http://xmp.sourceforge.net/. These changes also affect the XBMC frontend – http://addons.xbmc.org/show/plugin.audio.modland/ – which allows streaming of tunes from Modland direct to your HTPC. The Modland addon for XBMC is available from the official XBMC Repository.

UnExoticA had a small update back in January with the addition of the music from two recent Amiga games – Solid Gold and Putty Squad. Thanks to Codetapper for providing these rips.

Finally I would like to thank Ronaldvd for his many contributions to the wiki over the past couple of years, including important corrections, structural cleanups and improvements. You have made a massive difference, and your help is always appreciated. Cheers :)

Links:

XBMC4Xbox 3.5 Beta 2 is released

Shortly after the release of 3.5 Beta 1, Beta 2 is now ready for testing.

Changes since the last release include:

  • Fix for freeze when launching some Python plugins.
  • Fix for custom movie set fan-art being displayed on all sets.
  • Issue with weather showing “busy” under certain situations.
  • Improved RTMP stream pause functionality.
  • Fixed duplicate sources on Filemanager.

Thanks to those that reported back bugs and contributed fixes.

See the development page for links to the source code and the svn repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page. For those that want to build from source, 3.5 beta 2 is tagged here: https://svn.exotica.org.uk:8443/xbmc4xbox/tags/3.5-beta2/.

XBMC4Xbox Remote 2.9.5 for Android


 

 

Changelog:

  • v2.9.5 (Sun, 12 Jan 2014):
    • Main:
      – better use of space on large screens / landscape mode;
    • Movies, Music, Addons, System Info, Analytics, Feeds:
      – horizontal swiping between tabs (“Library” tabs require edge swiping)
    • Translation :
      – French, Spanish (first draft)
    • Technology changes (ActionBarCompat, Picasso, OkHttp);
  • v2.9.4 (Sun, 1 Dec 2013):
    • TV Episodes :
      – fill entire horizontal space (collapsible);
      – display fanart background;
    • Media Send :
      – YouTube filter too broad (listed for URLs that could not be handled);
      – allow to send other media URLs (HTTP, audio + video);
  • v2.9.3 (Fri, 29 Nov 2013) :
    • Main:
      – ability to add new XBMC4Xbox entries (spinner);
    • Movies > Library:
      – group movies by first letter (collapsible);
      – fill entire horizontal space;
    • Analytics :
      – show country flags;
  • v2.9.2 (Sun, 3 Nov 2013):
    • Crashing at startup or missing premium features
  • v2.9.1 (Sat, 2 Nov 2013):
    • Widget – home / lock screen:
      – full functionality to premium only;
  • v2.9.0 (Sat, 12 Oct 2013):
    • Touchpad:
      – full functionality available to premium only;
    • Feeds:
      – highlight new entries;
    • Wi-Fi Hotspot (in-car) scenario (thanks to sealeysonic);

For guides on how to configure & use, see more at:
https://sites.google.com/site/xbmc4xboxremoteandroid/

For support / feedback / suggestions use this forum thread:
http://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=203

Download from:

Kernel/Package Rollups

Current images have been updated with kernel 3.2.53 as well as having all the distribution package rollups applied. There is also an improvement to the eth0 MAC address script which was not working correctly on the btrfs images before (I recommend using the EXT4 images anyway as most people seem to have better performance and reliability from them). The latest images include XBMC 12.3. When XBMC 13 is ready, it will be added to the repositories for those that want to upgrade.

You may have noticed I did not release a Xubuntu 13.04 or 13.10. I lack the time to work on new releases every 6 months, especially considering the number of distros being managed here. From now on I will concentrate on the LTS releases only. This update to Joli OS will be the last, as http://www.jolicloud.com is no longer maintaining it as they are concentrating on their web/cloud based interface to social media. From now on I will concentrate on Xubuntu, the Ubuntu Base image, and may also do a Linux Mint LTS release later this year if there is demand.

XBMC4Xbox 3.5 Beta 1 is now available

A late Happy Xmas to you all, and wishing the best for the new year. What better than to give you a new XBMC4XBox release to test though. Just in time :)

The 3.5 Beta 1 release has seen a massive amount of work from the last stable, and includes all fixes from 3.3.3, but has been ongoing in development since the first 3.3 release. Released now as a Beta 1 as it does require some further testing, and there may be new issues or regressions, but I would encourage people to try it alongside the current stable and feed back any problems via the forum or bugtracker.

Changes include:

  • Python 2.7.5 – includes working libraries for sqlite3, and fully working ssl. This brings far better compatibility with upstream XBMC plugins, and logging in on YouTube etc works, which it never did on the previous Python 2.4. This took many hours of work to do including building working python libraries compatible with the XBMC4Xbox architecture. Bugs may remain, but I hope it will be an improvement for most people.
  • DVDPlayer has been updated to the FFMPEG 1.2 libraries which brings improved codec support, and new features. We still include two sets of FFMPEG libraries, one for the most common formats, and another which has everything.  Webm and XMV support is now added to the smaller library set, but please do report any issues/questions on the forum.
  • Skin changes from XBMC to make backporting of xbmc skins easier.
  • Many bug fixes and other improvements – you can always check on development activity via the Redmine activity page.

Many thanks as usual to the XBMC project for without their support and open source licence, we could not exist. Many congrats to them on the release of Frodo 12.3, and we are all exciting about their upcoming Gotham 13 release too. Cheers :)

Big thanks to all contributors, including a special thanks to Dan Dar3 for many bug fixes and his ongoing work on XBMC4Xbox Remote, to the many people who help in the of the running the forum, and those who have contributed financially to the project. My personal thanks to XPhazer, Ghostly, Xman, and co for moral support, and to Dom, Byron and others for providing users with skin customisations.

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

See the development page for links to the source code and the svn repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page.

 

Putty Squad is released and HVSC Update

Wednesday, 25 December 2013


After 20 years, Putty Squad by System 3 is released for the Amiga and can be downloaded for free from their website. Huge thanks to them for making this possible, and to Galahad for his work in restoring the game from the original development files. Further information regarding the story can be found on Codetapper’s Amiga Retro Site.

The HVSC Team has released v60 of their C64 Music Collection. The collection now contains more than 44,000 SID tunes. You can download from our mirror as well as using the web based search interface to stream the music as mp3/ogg. Big thanks to the HVSC Team, and to the C64 scene for continuing to produce excellent C64 music.

Happy Xmas everyone :)

Links:

Turrican Soundtrack Anthology early download version

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Emails have gone out to backers of Chris Hülsbeck’s Turrican Soundtrack Anthology Kickstarter project, with download links for all 4 CD’s as FLAC, mp3 and other formats. The email contained the message:

“Surprise! Winners Save The Planet! :) Finally it is done – as promised, here’s your advance backer / supporter download of the entire Turrican Soundtrack Anthology! Even though this project has been a long and hard journey and it all took longer than anticipated, the entire team is very proud at what we have accomplished and we hope you’ll enjoy the result! :) And we’re again thanking you with all our hearts that you made this project possible! Also, we will have a shipping date for the physical goodies very soon too.”

Chris Hülsbeck

A lot of work has gone into this, and the music is excellent. Hopefully backers will also receive the hard copies soon, but it’s great to be able to listen to the music in the meantime. Thanks Chris :)

XBMC4Xbox 3.3.3 Released

XBMC4Xbox 3.3.3 has been released. It fixes problems with scrapers (TMDB scraper broke due to http://www.themoviedb.org/ deprecating their old xml API), as well as an issue with thumbnailing images that were not in JPEG format.

Fixes:

  • Updated TMDB scraper (based on scraper from xbmc mainline), which now uses their v3 JSON API. Also has some additional settings for language now.
  • Fixed issues with thumbnails / movie posters and IMDB / MoviePosterDB scrapers.
  • Fixed thumbnailing of images not in JPEG format (A regression from an earlier release due to thumbnail / cache code cleanups)

Thanks to all those who reported issues, Foresto for the IMDB / MoviePostDB scraper fixes and http://xbmc.org for upstream scraper fixes.

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

See the development page for links to the source code and the svn repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page.

The Amiga Works is now shipping

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Amiga Works (album cover)

Those that backed Allister Brimble’s Kickstarter campaign for his new Album “The Amiga Works” are now receiving their CD’s and USB Sticks. For those that missed the opportunity to back the project during the campaign, the album and USB stick as well as the poster (with artwork from Rico Holmes) will be available to purchase from the new official website http://www.amigaworks.com from the 21st October 2013. Received my copy in the post today, and have been listening to it non-stop. You can tell the massive amount of work that has gone into it – it is superb! Thanks Allister :)

/ BuZz

Links:

XBMC4Xbox 3.3.2 Released

XBMC4Xbox 3.3.2 is out. It fixes a couple of issues that were introduced in 3.3.1.

Fixes:

  • Fixed black background issue for Confluence Lite when interface is not in English.
  • Fixed a problem with the recently updated build script that didn’t package up PM3 and Confluence.

See the development page for links to the source code and the svn repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page.

XBMC4Xbox Remote 2.8.9 for Android


 

 

Changelog:

  • v2.8.9 (Fri, 30 Aug 2013):
    • Addons:
      – available to all;
    • Main > Feeds ticker:
      – do not scroll on low refresh devices (e.g. Nook);
  • v2.8.8 (Sun, 25 Aug 2013):
    • Music > Playlist:
      – select playlist / party mode;
  • v2.8.7 (Sat, 17 Aug 2013):
    • Music > Library:
      – crashing with large library;
      – changed to expandable list + scrolling horizontal grid
    • DVD Remote > Volume :
      – crashing on Android 3.2
      – volume follows slider (requires Event Server enabled)
  • v2.8.6 (Thu, 15 Aug 2013):
    • Keyboard: add “<” and “>” navigation buttons (repeatable);
  • v2.8.5 (Sun, 28 July 2013):
    • Feeds – faster load, using FeedBurner
    • DVD Remote + Volume: volume control with hardware buttons
    • Analytics: today, 7 days, 30 days, all time
    • Preferences > Themes (dark, light, green) – premium only

For guides on how to configure & use, see more at:
https://sites.google.com/site/xbmc4xboxremoteandroid/

For support / feedback / suggestions use this forum thread:
http://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=203

Download from:

XBMC4Xbox 3.3.1 Released.

It’s been a few weeks since the 3.3 release, and here is a small update to fix a few issues and the addition of a bonus skin theme. Read on to also find out what may be coming soon to XBMC4XBox.

Changes:

  • There were problems accessing the video/music playlists when nothing was playing.
  • Adding plugins to the home screen of Confluence Lite cause script failures when launching.
  • There was a minor text positioning bug in the seek dialog with PM3.HD.
  • We now ship with a lovely green XBox theme for Confluence Lite – Go to Settings -> Appearance -> Skin -> Theme to switch.

Thanks to Dan Dar3 for the plugin fix, and DavPow for the green Confluence Lite modification, and the main XBMC project.

The playlist bug was reported by multiple people after the 3.3 release was out. To avoid annoying glitches in future releases, please do get involved and try out the earlier Beta releases. You can then report problems, and help us get them fixed before we do the final release.

I am currently busy working on a major python upgrade (Python 2.7.5 is actually in trunk and already working!) and implementing proper Addons support from the XBMC code base. It is a huge amount of work, with many long days already spent on it. If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum and say hello.

The XBMC4Xbox Wiki is currently very out of date, having been re-constructed over the last year from old xml dumps after the last server admin went AWOL. We would very much appreciate anyone that could lend a hand, updating the wiki with information regarding latest features, and correcting / fixing many of the issues. If you are interested you can register right away and start editing.

See the development page for links to the source code and the svn repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page.

High Voltage SID Collection #59

Monday, 22 July 2013


On the 28th June, v59 of the High Voltage SID Collection was released by the HVSC Team. The Exotica mirror and search is now updated to the latest version (A few weeks late). The collection now contains 43,856 SIDs. You can download the complete collection or use the web based search interface to browse and search the collection, as well as stream mp3/ogg recordings on demand. Note that the official page for the HVSC is at http://www.hvsc.de.

XBMC4Xbox 3.3 Released

The XBMC4Xbox team is proud to announce the release of XBMC4Xbox 3.3.

Improvements include

  • New default Confluence Lite skin.
  • DVDPlayer improvements – including:
    • Updated libraries for DVDPlayer (FFMPEG/libdvd et al).
    • Recognises additional video extensions as used by some XBox games.
    • HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) support.
    • Other playback improvements from XBMC.
  • Updated VFS and Cache
  • Improved 128MB Ram support.
  • Built-in support for recently added videos/music for skins (without the need for Python).
  • Updated MythTV support.
  • Better out of the box support for universal / Microsoft Media Extender remotes.
  • Password Manager for Samba shares allowing different usernames/password per share.
  • Skinning improvements.
  • Scraper updates.
  • Various other code / library updates and improvements.

Big thanks to all those who have helped with this, including JezzX for Confluence Lite and XBS for his work porting it over to XBMC4Xbox. Thanks also to the developers at the XBMC project, as the majority of features were backported from their code base. Thanks to Dom, Jan, Kozz, Temhil, XPhazer and XMan as well as others over at the XBMC4XBox Forum for their help with scripting, code testing, moral support and help running things.

Please do join in the discussions over at our Forum, and if you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox please feel free to make a donation to the project.

See the development page for links to the source code and the svn repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page.

Here are some screenshots from the latest release. Enjoy.