[News] MediaPortal 2.3 Release (1 Viewer)

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    We are proud to present MediaPortal 2.3

    MediaPortal 2.3 is a full-blown media center software that addresses the most common user requirements out of the box. Aside from its support for Live TV and Radio, it offers a complete media server for music, movies, and TV shows. Info is automatically downloaded from various sources to provide posters, fanart, album art, and various additional metadata, such as cast, staff, and more. MediaPortal 2.3 also provides access to online video sources such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Integrated news, weather information and management for your digital images complete this software package.

    There is a long list of changes – you can find all details in the end of this news – major changes are:

    Skins

    Nereus
    MediaPortal 2.3 comes with the completely new, fresh and modern skin Nereus supporting varible resolution aspect ratios, so it doesn't matter you are on a traditional 4:3 or on an ultra wide 21:9 screen.
    Nereus is based on a vertical main menu, that can be configured to your needs by an easy integrated menu editor with a single button press ("i"/context).

    The skin combines elegant grey tones with some color traces. Nereus comes with two themes for the main menu design, cool image tiles (default) or long shadow tiles with symbols (simple).

    Home Content
    While a main menu item gets focus, the home content slides in from the right and offers quick and comfortable access to media items, filters and further information in home screen. You be able to see instantly the latest added media items continue watching the latest watched movies, see your favourite music, which you were playing frequently. You can also directly select current running TV programs or favourite TV-channels directly from HomeScreen.

    If you are a fan of the simple library view also not a problem, just selecting the main menu entry navigates you to it as known from past skins.

    Info Screens
    New info screens reachable by context menu on focused media items were implemented. Here you see all important information and directly can play the media item.

    View Modes
    For almost all libraries and plugins (news, online videos, emulators, app launcher, ...) view modes can be switched between list and grid view according to your visual preferrance.
    Additionally you may change the grid mode appearance for series and movies in skin settings between posters, thumbnails and banners.


    x64 Support

    MediaPortal fully supports 64 bit for the client version now. It improves performance of UI and also video playback (especially with 4k videos).
    You are still able to start it in 32 bit, there are two different shortcuts to start MediaPortal 2, the preferred type can be also selected by right click on "MP2-Client Launcher" in task bar.

    App Launcher integration

    App Launcher was existing as optional plugin and is fully integrated into MediaPortal 2 now also offering Home Content.

    The functionality was extended to also allow customized menu tiles for the home menu.


    System

    Controls: Eject command for CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc media

    GUI: Fixed font rendering engine causing random crashes

    Audio: 'Artist' and 'Album Artist' filter display same artist multiple times

    TV: Fix "Pause" image displayed when changing TV channels

    Input: New Wifi remote plugin which can potentially be used with mobile apps as a remote control or with home automation in future

    Player: Added optional setting to do instant skips in seconds (instead of relative percents)


    Extensions

    MediaPortal 2.3's functionality can be further extended through the installation of additional plugins. The choice of extensions, while currently limited, is steadily growing. Discover what else is available in our Featured Plugins section.

    WebRadio

    The Webradio plugin was overworked for 64 Bit compatibility and also supports HomeContent fpr Nereus skin now

    Subtitle downloader

    Subtitle downloader is a plugin for downloading subtitles for movies or series episodes. Please be aware that subtitle downloading is illegal in some countries, so check the legal situation in your country before installing this plugin.

    DLNA Server

    DLNA server is a plugin for browsing/playing media from the media library from other devices like TV's, phones etc. that have a DLNA client. It is currently in testing phase.

    Moving from MP1 to MP2

    Procedures to install MP2 in parallel to MP1 are described in the Wiki

    For all those who would like to move from MP1 to MP2 and preserve their current media organisation, our forum member raffe has created a small tool that will extract information from your MP-TvSeries and MovingPictures databases and picture folders, The tool will leave all your original data untouched, create .nfo files for all your media and copy existing pictures from your MovingPictures and MP-TvSeries to your new MediaPortal 2 media folders. The .nfo files and pictures then allow a smooth and quick import of all your media info into MediaPortal 2. See thee respective forum thread for further details.


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    cbr954rr

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    Why you change the skin with every update? The MCE skin was beautiful and I do not need such an overloaded skin like Nereus I think that skin is overloaded and totaly confusing. I like to have a simple interface for a htpc and not blown up and confusing gui with too many functions.
     

    ge2301

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    Why you change the skin with every update? The MCE skin was beautiful and I do not need such an overloaded skin like Nereus I think that skin is overloaded and totaly confusing. I like to have a simple interface for a htpc and not blown up and confusing gui with too many functions.
    You seem a bit confused. We never change the GUI, it is selectable and handled by skins. A new skin was added and there was a dialog asking, if you want to try it. There was no need to agree here and if you did, just go to settings and change back to WMC skin, all skins are still there as before.
     

    joecrow

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    It is looking and working very well now and I am almost at the point of switching my HTPC to MP2, madvr would definitely push me over the edge for sure.;)
     

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