WDTV Tools

July 27, 2009

YouTube Support – Teaser

Filed under: applications, youtube — Tags: , , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 04:05

As already mentioned on some occasions I’ve been working by the way on YouTube support for the WDTV. After some initial issues with the YouTube API the data retrieval works now without problems and basic streaming works too. There are just some performance problems to be worked out because it takes about 20 seconds until the playback starts. Basic UI integration is also on the way, so you get a nice keyboard to search with instead of a folder view. Support for favorite channels and tags will be added as well before the first release. There are also some kinks when browsing with thumbnails. Below are two screenshots of the search frame and a resulting file listing.

July 25, 2009

Update On Available Modifications for the WDTV

Filed under: applications, osd — Tags: , , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 21:26

It’s been a month since the last update on new and existing modifications.

The existing ones have been upgraded and improved, take a look at LaurentG’s mod and juliojs’s work (or his blog (spanish)).
Regarding the non OSD mods, ninja76’s torrent downloader has also lift off and makes progress. realtebo’s IRC download client is also there but hasn’t had any updates lately.

Regarding new developments there is a thumbnail cache from BMD_Online that speeds up when you are using the thumbnail view to browse your media.

Probably the most exciting latest development is pibos WDTVExt project. He has actually managed to tap into the WDTV GUI to modify the main menu and enable new plug-ins. There are already some examples like a weather plug-in.

There is also a very good new OSD Mod from lilibabe, very slick design:

There is ton more but most are basic extensions for WDLXTV or very specific applications. A more or less complete list is managed in the forums at http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=1217.0.

June 11, 2009

Some OSD Mods

Filed under: applications, event-osd, osd — Tags: , , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 04:36

Take a look over at the WDTV Forum, there is some serious development going on. LaurentG and juliojs use event-osd to skin your folders according to your own templates and data. Thanks to LaurentG’s great idea to use the folders as an options menu a new world of possibilities opens up. For example is ninja76 working on an integration of torrents into the UI and realtebo integrates file downloads via the IRC network.

I can’t wait to see more mods that bring the little black one to shine even more.

June 7, 2009

Tutorial: How to Create Application Images (app.bin) Files

Filed under: applications, tutorials — Tags: , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 21:32

The question popped up a few times in the forums, so I created a tutorial on how to do it: http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/wdtvtools/wiki/Tutorials/CreateApplicationImage.

The assemble-app-bin.sh script that is introduced in the end is also available in the SVN repository via

# svn co https://wdtvtools.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/wdtvtools/trunk/appbinutils

May 19, 2009

Use More Than 6 Applications

Filed under: applications — Tags: , , — Elmar Weber @ 22:46

The current firmwares only come with a few loop devices, so if you want to use more than 6 applications you need more. disco, author of the webserver app, supplies a how to and fix in his blog at http://discowd.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/extra-loop-devices/trackback/.

The application binary does not work, to use it you must persist the content of the app.bin somewhere in your root filesystem.

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