Internet Browser (HTPC optimized) integration in MP

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by tomtom21000, July 5, 2004.

  1. tomtom21000
    • Premium Supporter

    tomtom21000 Retired Team Member

    Joined:
    April 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Germany
    Ratings:
    +64 / 0
    O.K. As you may have read in the feature request forum, I proposed to integrate a web browser in MP.

    I have found a solution now that covers 95% of my expectations of a HTPC style Webbrowser:

    You need:

    1) my programs plugin
    2) opensource Browser Mozilla Firefox
    3) extension Bookmark backup 0.3
    4) extension Textzoom 1.5
    5) extension single window 1.0

    You get:

    Browser with predefined zoom factor
    easy to alter zoomfactor via keys
    tabbed browsing
    easily readable bookmarks
    skinnable browser (themes)
    works parallel to Internet Explorer without problems.

    HowTo:

    Download Firefox (0.91) here: http://www.mozilla.org/products/fir...firefox/releases/0.9.1/FirefoxSetup-0.9.1.exe
    deutsche (german) version: http://firefox.stw.uni-duisburg.de/downloads/0.9.1/firefox-0.9.1-win32-deDE-installer.exe
    info: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
    It is 4.7 MB

    Install
    try out
    answer the question if this shall be your standard browser with no (or yes).
    import bookmarks from other browsers when questioned

    In Firefox go to menu extensions (Erweiterungen) and "Get new extension"
    search for 3) to 5) and install. For some of them a restart of firefox is needed.
    To configure the extensions go to menu extensions and doubleclick on extension.

    ad 3) create a new folder anywhere on your computer. the extension will create a backup file of your bookmarks every time you close the browser.
    This will be the file you open with mp.
    It has all your bookmarks in an eyefriendly size for tv screens.
    name of the file is bookmarks.html.sun

    ad 4) set the zoom factor to whatever you like. 200% was good for me.
    within firefox you can zoom in/zoom out with strg + -. strg 0 will bring you to default size.

    ad 5) all new browser windows will appear as tabs in only one window.

    ad 1) configure domi-fans my programs plugin:
    name: Internet
    path: path to firefox.exe
    files: point to the folder with the bookmarks.html.sun file
    image: If you have one
    extension: .sun



    Your ready.
    Maybe a good idea to make the bookmarks.html file your startpage. The original is somewhere in the folder prefs (I think, must look)

    Have fun

    tomtom21000

    P.S.: only thing not really solved is entering a url by hand. You will need a keyboard and you probably cannot read what you enter because it is too small.

    Maybe there are even better possibilities. I did not work with this browser before, but I like it.
     
  2. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  3. barranger

    barranger Portal Pro

    Joined:
    May 31, 2004
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    you realize that the mini browser you were talking about earlier also works, right?

    With all the pages I've found recently that support viewing on a TV, I'm concidering writting a my internet plugin
     
  4. tomtom21000
    • Premium Supporter

    tomtom21000 Retired Team Member

    Joined:
    April 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Germany
    Ratings:
    +64 / 0
    @ domi-fan:

    yes it works, too.

    But as of now it does not keep zoom-factor. Has no favourites. (Better version was announced by the author).
    And I did not manage to launch it with the my programs plugin.

    A really integrated solution would be better of course.
    But maybe not all things have to be done from scratch. Maybe concentrate on the integration of one or another solution?

    tomtom21000
     
  5. barranger

    barranger Portal Pro

    Joined:
    May 31, 2004
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    tomtom, integrating IE should really not be a problem. I'm guessing the same is true with firefox (the browser I use) but I'm not sure about that.

    FYI here are some of the pages that I've seen that work well with TV resolutions:
    Napster
    http://sms.napster.com/ehome/home.html

    Movielink.com
    http://www.movielink.com/ehome/home/Home

    Live365.com
    http://www.live365.com/mediacenter/

    MSN News
    http://beta.msntvtoday.msn.com/pages/Home/Home.aspx

    CinemaNow.com
    http://www.cinemanow.com/media_center/default2.asp

    ABC eTV Celebrity Mole
    http://heavy.etv.go.com/etvHome/molemc/

    The problem is that most of these will only work in IE so that may be the way to go, since most of the pages are designed for MCE
     
  6. tomtom21000
    • Premium Supporter

    tomtom21000 Retired Team Member

    Joined:
    April 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Germany
    Ratings:
    +64 / 0
    These are interesting links.

    You have probably the better understamding of what is possible with Microsoft Internet Explorer and with Firefox.

    Your links are specially designed for use with TV.
    I like to be able to read any webpage on my TV. For example ebay.

    With IE it is possible to increase text size in 3 steps (normal, larger, big), but this only works if the HTML page lets you do this, which often is not the case.

    With Firefox you can enlarge any webpage by a constant factor and easily increase/decrease zoom. O.K. it is a bit inconvienient, because you have to scroll from left to right, but it is readable at least.

    And you won´t be able to read your favourites from the menu with IE.
    But maybe this could be done with some plugin code.

    Maybe I just relax and wait for your plugin :wink:
    In the meantime this works quite well.

    Greetz
    tomtom21000
     
  7. barranger

    barranger Portal Pro

    Joined:
    May 31, 2004
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I personally don't mind which one people want, but I was just thinking that any of the sites that are meant for MCE won't work in Firefox.

    I'm personally not a huge fan of having to scroll horizontally to read a website, so I'll probably just start with using IE but make sure I keep it open so that you can use either.

    It'll take some time to get this done though, cause I've got other things going
     
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I just installed "simpleBrowser" last night . I found it at myHTPC.net.
    Although designed as a plugin for myHTPC, it also runs stand alone.

    I created a shortcut in the 'MyPrograms" plugin for MP and it works great.
    It is based on IE, so all pages I have looked at so far look great and it has an onscreen keyboard for entering URLs.
    It supports favorites and it is browsable with a remote control.

    You can also change the remote control key functions, however to change these you need the myHTPC config file. I installed myHTPC, configured the settings I wanted and then removed myHTPC except for the config file.

    It is great for TV browsing :)
     
  9. tomtom21000
    • Premium Supporter

    tomtom21000 Retired Team Member

    Joined:
    April 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Germany
    Ratings:
    +64 / 0
  10. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    How did you get it to work? I installed simple browser into the mediaportal directory then ran the the myprogram configuration. I entered the path to simplebrowser for the launching app and for files directory I pointed it toward my favorites. Is that right? And do I need to include and extensions?
     
  11. barranger

    barranger Portal Pro

    Joined:
    May 31, 2004
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Acutally point the Files directory to the directory that contains the exe file, leave the launching file blank and set the extension to .exe
     
Loading...

Users Viewing Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 0)

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
  • About The Project

    The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.

    In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.

             

  • Support MediaPortal!

    The team works very hard to make sure the community is running the best HTPC-software. We give away MediaPortal for free but hosting and software is not for us.

    Care to support our work with a few bucks? We'd really appreciate it!