WDTV Tools

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 30, 2009

event-osd r170 Released

Filed under: event-osd — Tags: , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 19:24

A new version of event-osd has been released. event-osd allows you to modify the OSD of the Western Digital TV HD on the fly when the user navigates through his media collection.

This is a bug fix release for r162. It fixes a bug that could freeze up the WDTV’s OSD display when the user tries to eject a device on which event-osd operated.

The new application image is available for download at http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=261153&filename=event-osd-r170-wdtv.zip.

All event-osd files can be found at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=261153&package_id=324606. The documentation is in the event-osd wiki at http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/wdtvtools/wiki/event-osd.

June 14, 2009

event-osd r162 Released

Filed under: event-osd, osd — Tags: , , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 16:41

A new version of event-osd has been released. event-osd allows you to modify the OSD of the Western Digital TV HD on the fly when the user navigates through his media collection.

The r162 version introduces an extended event config file format that supports multiple events and also adds support for new features. The most important feature is the ability to change the working directory of the script to the current directory of the OSD. This solves as a workaround for paths with special characters because the shell of the WDTV firmwares is not able to deal with them directly. You can specify that the current working directory (cwd) is changed by using a config file like the following one:


version=2


[event0]
type=directory_change
pattern=/
script=/my/script.sh
cwd=true
media_type=video

More changes in detail are:

  • added: option to execute script in the newly changed directory. This is a workaround to eliminate problems with special characters in the current path. See documentation for details. Thanks to LaurentG for suggesting this.
  • added: option to specify several events in one file, see documentation for details
  • added: support for future extensions in the event file format
  • fixed: OSD working copy was not cleaned on restart

The new application image is available for download at http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=261153&filename=event-osd-r162-wdtv.zip.

All event-osd files can be found at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=261153&package_id=324606. The documentation is in the event-osd wiki at http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/wdtvtools/wiki/event-osd.

event-osd is part of the WDTV Tools project. For more tools and information take a look at the WDTV Tools homepage: http://wdtv.elmarweber.org.

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.

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