This topic highlights some of the most important new features and bug fixes. These are the release notes for:
- Media Browser 2.3.1 (codename Titan) [March 29th 2011]
Titan contains many bugfixes and more enhancements. See details below.
Important Upgrade Procedure:
If you are upgrading from a previous release of Media Browser, please follow these steps to ensure a smooth experience:
- Install Titan
- Enter the Configurator (you can simply leave “Configure Initial Settings” checked at the end of the install and it will open automatically).
- Note if you receive a message that any incompatible plug-ins were removed. You will need to re-install current versions of these plug-ins before entering MB for the first time. These plug-ins include Media Info Provider and High Quality thumbnails. If you do not re-install compatible versions before entering MB, you will probably have to run a manual refresh with all options checked even after the automatic re-build.
- Install current versions of any plug-ins you need to and check their configurations. Check for updates to all of your plug-ins – even if they weren’t identified as incompatible.
- Exit the configurator. The service should re-start itself but, if for some reason, it does not, re-start it manually.
- Enter Media Browser. You should receive a message that a library re-build has been started in the service. You can go ahead and enter MB, but your library metadata will be incomplete until the re-build completes. This re-build cannot be cancelled.
- If the rebuild fails for any reason, run a manual refresh from the service with all options checked.
- If you still have issues, please post in the tracker.
- Item paths are no longer subject to case sensitivity. This means that things like shared playstates and shortcuts to items should sync up properly now.
- Logging is now enabled by default, you can change the level of severity of messages that are logged and logfiles are cleaned out periodically (default 30 days).
- Lots of changes and improvements surrounding the mediainfo provider. It should no longer cause the refresh process to hang up, will now support analyzing folder rips of both DVDs and BDs (service only), and should just generally play a bit nicer with the system.
Support has been added to show if an HD Video is progressive or interlaced, for example 1080i or 1080p, your custom MediaInfo icons can be updated here
- Better organization and display of plug-ins in the configurator
- Direct entry points should now work properly with our single instance functionality.
- Plug-in added collections (like music and trailers) should now refresh properly in the service
- Items blocked by parental controls should now also refresh properly in the service.
The bugfix for case sensitivity in media collection paths requires a full cache rebuild. This will happen automatically but it is important that you follow the upgrade instructions above in order for it to go smoothly for you.
The service has a new option in both the automatic and manual refreshes called “Allow Slow Providers”. It is off by default. Turning this on will allow providers designated as “slow” to run. If it is off, they will not run and, therefore, their data will not be updated. The most important of these slow providers are the Internet-based metadata gatherers (tmdb, tvdb) and the MediaInfo Provider. This option was added because these types of providers can slow down the refresh significantly and, especially in the case of media info, it is information that should not be changing so there is no reason to keep refreshing it over and over.
To see a full list of the tracker topics for these changes, have a look here.