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Here are some of the new features introduced in Media Center version 11. Items in italics are new in v11.1.
 
Here are some of the new features introduced in Media Center version 11. Items in italics are new in v11.1.
  
Views & Display Panes
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==Views & Display Panes==
Ø Playlist/Smartlist View Header in Display Pane, where notes can be added to a Playlist/Smartlist.
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* ''Playlist/Smartlist View Header in Display Pane, where notes can be added to a Playlist/Smartlist.''
  
Ø Library Browser view replaced by View drop-down menus at top of content pane.  
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* ''Library Browser view replaced by View drop-down menus at top of content pane.''
  
Ø Improvements to Theater Mode
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* ''Improvements to Theater Mode''
  
Ø Split View. View up to three different panes at once.
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* Split View. View up to three different panes at once.
  
Ø New view customization system with more flexibility for thumbnail size, text, etc.
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* New view customization system with more flexibility for thumbnail size, text, etc.
  
Ø Pane auto-sizing
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* Pane auto-sizing
  
New Supported File Types and Devices
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==New Supported File Types and Devices==
Ø Podcasts (feed.itpc.pcast.podcast), Podcasts RSS (rss) and Podcast XML (xml).
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* ''Podcasts (feed.itpc.pcast.podcast), Podcasts RSS (rss) and Podcast XML (xml).''
  
Ø MicroSoft Media Center Recorded Television File (.dvr-ms)
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* ''MicroSoft Media Center Recorded Television File (.dvr-ms)''
  
Ø DTS and AC3 audio (see Supported File Types for details)
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* ''DTS and AC3 audio (see Supported File Types for details)''
  
Ø Video support for iPods.
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* ''Video support for iPods.''
  
Ø Adobe files (pdf)
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* Adobe files (pdf)
  
Ø MS Office files (doc, xls, csv, ppt, mde and mdb)
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* MS Office files (doc, xls, csv, ppt, mde and mdb)
  
Ø Text files (txt, rtf)
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* Text files (txt, rtf)
  
Ø Web Files (html, htm, mht)
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* Web Files (html, htm, mht)
  
Ø Programs (exe)
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* Programs (exe)
  
Ø CUE file playback support with sample-accurate MP3 seeking
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* CUE file playback support with sample-accurate MP3 seeking
  
Ø MKV and OGM (requires DirectX filters to be installed)
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* MKV and OGM (requires DirectX filters to be installed)
  
Ø Support for ATI HDTV card
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* Support for ATI HDTV card
  
Ø Support for Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150
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* Support for Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150
  
Ø Full Support for the Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2 Device
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* ''Full Support for the Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2 Device''
  
Ø Full support for the Audible Store as a Service Plug-in
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* Full support for the Audible Store as a Service Plug-in
  
Ø Support for Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable)
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* Support for Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable)
  
Ø Support for some UPnP Devices
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* Support for some UPnP Devices
  
Ø Support for RIO 500
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* Support for RIO 500
  
General
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==General==
Ø Improvements to the logging function (for troubleshooting)
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* ''Improvements to the logging function (for troubleshooting)''
  
Ø Improvements to thumbnail storage and loading engine (much faster now).
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* ''Improvements to thumbnail storage and loading engine (much faster now).''
  
Ø Automatic library backup every three days
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* ''Automatic library backup every three days''
  
Ø New database engine capable of handling 100,000's of files and large amounts of metadata (lyrics, bios, etc.). Now 5 times faster.
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* New database engine capable of handling 100,000's of files and large amounts of metadata (lyrics, bios, etc.). Now 5 times faster.
  
Ø Several memory and speed enhancements -- like database and skin unloading when minimizing MC
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* Several memory and speed enhancements -- like database and skin unloading when minimizing MC
  
Ø Much of MC's interface can be translated to other languages
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* Much of MC's interface can be translated to other languages
  
Ø MC can run with guest permissions on Windows 2000 / Windows XP
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* MC can run with guest permissions on Windows 2000 / Windows XP
  
Ø Multi-zone synchronization
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* Multi-zone synchronization
  
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==Interface and Menu Items==
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* ''Podcast menu in the tree''
  
Interface and Menu Items
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* ''New Spectrum Analyzer in Player Window''
Ø Podcast menu in the tree
 
  
Ø New Spectrum Analyzer in Player Window
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* ''Media Center now supports user-created language files that translate the interface into another languages.''
  
Ø Media Center now supports user-created language files that translate the interface into another languages.  
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* ''Webpages inside Media Center accept drag-and-frop of other webpages.''
  
Ø Webpages inside Media Center accept drag-and-frop of other webpages.
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* ''New Library Header Bar appears at the top of the Content Pane when displaying View Schemes.''
  
Ø New Library Header Bar appears at the top of the Content Pane when displaying View Schemes.
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* ''Dropping files onto a Media Center shortcut begins playback''
  
Ø Dropping files onto a Media Center shortcut begins playback
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* New Library Browser view
  
Ø New Library Browser view
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* Many Theater View enhancements
  
Ø Many Theater View enhancements
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* Online Shopping Services – integrated on-line shopping (see Service Manager).
  
Ø Online Shopping Services – integrated on-line shopping (see Service Manager).  
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==TV, TiVo and Video==
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* Support of Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2 device.
  
TV, TiVo and Video
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* When resuming normal play from FF/REW, TV backtracks to compensate for reaction time.
Ø Support of Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2 device.
 
  
Ø When resuming normal play from FF/REW, TV backtracks to compensate for reaction time.
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* Supports TiVo 7.1
  
Ø Supports TiVo 7.1
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==Playback==
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* Podcasting Support with OneClick Podcast subscription.
  
Playback
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* RealAudio files play natively in Media Center (requires applicable DirectShow filters)
Ø Podcasting Support with OneClick Podcast subscription.
 
  
Ø RealAudio files play natively in Media Center (requires applicable DirectShow filters)  
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* Play WM Profesionnal content as a bitstream (for S/PDIF or ASIO output)
  
Ø Play WM Profesionnal content as a bitstream (for S/PDIF or ASIO output)
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* Play WavPack audio format (requires DirectShow filters)
  
Ø Play WavPack audio format (requires DirectShow filters)
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* Native playback of m4a files (requires filters)
  
Ø Native playback of m4a files (requires filters)
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* Dropping files onto a Media Center shortcut begins playback
  
Ø Dropping files onto a Media Center shortcut begins playback
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* Preview mode to play the intro of songs
  
Ø Preview mode to play the intro of songs
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* Video CD playback support
  
Ø Video CD playback support
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==Import==
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* Import Podcasts (manually or through scheduled automatic downloads)
  
Import
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* Integrated database import and update with smart broken linking repairing, and other nice features
Ø Import Podcasts (manually or through scheduled automatic downloads)
 
  
Ø Integrated database import and update with smart broken linking repairing, and other nice features
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* Import of new files types (see New Supported File Types and Devices
  
Ø Import of new files types (see New Supported File Types and Devices
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==Search & Smartlists==
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* New search syntax for date elapsed, using suffixes s,m,h,d,y (seconds, minutes, hours, days, years). Example: files less than 3 hours old:  [Date Imported]=<3h.
  
Search & Smartlists
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* New ~fill search modifier automatically detects and fills space left on Handheld/Portable device
Ø New search syntax for date elapsed, using suffixes s,m,h,d,y (seconds, minutes, hours, days, years). Example: files less than 3 hours old:  [Date Imported]=<3h.
 
  
Ø New ~fill search modifier automatically detects and fills space left on Handheld/Portable device
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* Searching inside txt, html, source code files, and rtf documents using [Text]=
  
Ø Searching inside txt, html, source code files, and rtf documents using [Text]=
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* Document support with full text searching / indexing
  
Ø Document support with full text searching / indexing
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==Tagging==
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* Improved Real Audio tag importing
  
Tagging
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* File tagging happens in a background thread so MC can continue to be used while it's saving tags
Ø Improved Real Audio tag importing
 
  
Ø File tagging happens in a background thread so MC can continue to be used while it's saving tags
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==Images==
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* Photo Album support for the iPod
  
Images
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* Photos uploaded to an iPod now support NTSC output to a TV
Ø Photo Album support for the iPod
 
  
Ø Photos uploaded to an iPod now support NTSC output to a TV
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* Basic image editing
  
Ø Basic image editing
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* Enhanced album grouping for pictures so pictures taken together get grouped without any user intervention
  
Ø Enhanced album grouping for pictures so pictures taken together get grouped without any user intervention
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==Misc==
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* UpnP Server can specify a fixed TCP port to use.
  
Misc
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* UpnP Server no longer requires IP address configuration.  
Ø UpnP Server can specify a fixed TCP port to use.
 
  
Ø UpnP Server no longer requires IP address configuration.  
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* Album Gain support.
  
Ø Album Gain support.
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* Audio resampling uses Shibatch's high-quality SSRC filters
  
Ø Audio resampling uses Shibatch's high-quality SSRC filters
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==Handhelds/Portables==
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* OS-level eject on devices like the iPod
  
Handhelds/Portables
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* Image support for iPod
Ø OS-level eject on devices like the iPod
 
  
Ø Image support for iPod
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* Album Art support for iPod Video
  
Ø Album Art support for iPod Video
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* Number of simultaneous conversions for handheld uploading is configurable
  
Ø Number of simultaneous conversions for handheld uploading is configurable
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* Ipod Shuffle support (will not shuffle Podcasts)
  
Ø Ipod Shuffle support (will not shuffle Podcasts)
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* Improved support and performance for Creative Zen Touch and other "All Content" style WMDM devices
 
 
Ø Improved support and performance for Creative Zen Touch and other "All Content" style WMDM devices
 
 
 
More:
 
  
 
[[History]]
 
[[History]]

Latest revision as of 12:34, 19 February 2008

Here are some of the new features introduced in Media Center version 11. Items in italics are new in v11.1.

Views & Display Panes

  • Playlist/Smartlist View Header in Display Pane, where notes can be added to a Playlist/Smartlist.
  • Library Browser view replaced by View drop-down menus at top of content pane.
  • Improvements to Theater Mode
  • Split View. View up to three different panes at once.
  • New view customization system with more flexibility for thumbnail size, text, etc.
  • Pane auto-sizing

New Supported File Types and Devices

  • Podcasts (feed.itpc.pcast.podcast), Podcasts RSS (rss) and Podcast XML (xml).
  • MicroSoft Media Center Recorded Television File (.dvr-ms)
  • DTS and AC3 audio (see Supported File Types for details)
  • Video support for iPods.
  • Adobe files (pdf)
  • MS Office files (doc, xls, csv, ppt, mde and mdb)
  • Text files (txt, rtf)
  • Web Files (html, htm, mht)
  • Programs (exe)
  • CUE file playback support with sample-accurate MP3 seeking
  • MKV and OGM (requires DirectX filters to be installed)
  • Support for ATI HDTV card
  • Support for Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150
  • Full Support for the Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2 Device
  • Full support for the Audible Store as a Service Plug-in
  • Support for Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable)
  • Support for some UPnP Devices
  • Support for RIO 500

General

  • Improvements to the logging function (for troubleshooting)
  • Improvements to thumbnail storage and loading engine (much faster now).
  • Automatic library backup every three days
  • New database engine capable of handling 100,000's of files and large amounts of metadata (lyrics, bios, etc.). Now 5 times faster.
  • Several memory and speed enhancements -- like database and skin unloading when minimizing MC
  • Much of MC's interface can be translated to other languages
  • MC can run with guest permissions on Windows 2000 / Windows XP
  • Multi-zone synchronization

Interface and Menu Items

  • Podcast menu in the tree
  • New Spectrum Analyzer in Player Window
  • Media Center now supports user-created language files that translate the interface into another languages.
  • Webpages inside Media Center accept drag-and-frop of other webpages.
  • New Library Header Bar appears at the top of the Content Pane when displaying View Schemes.
  • Dropping files onto a Media Center shortcut begins playback
  • New Library Browser view
  • Many Theater View enhancements
  • Online Shopping Services – integrated on-line shopping (see Service Manager).

TV, TiVo and Video

  • Support of Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2 device.
  • When resuming normal play from FF/REW, TV backtracks to compensate for reaction time.
  • Supports TiVo 7.1

Playback

  • Podcasting Support with OneClick Podcast subscription.
  • RealAudio files play natively in Media Center (requires applicable DirectShow filters)
  • Play WM Profesionnal content as a bitstream (for S/PDIF or ASIO output)
  • Play WavPack audio format (requires DirectShow filters)
  • Native playback of m4a files (requires filters)
  • Dropping files onto a Media Center shortcut begins playback
  • Preview mode to play the intro of songs
  • Video CD playback support

Import

  • Import Podcasts (manually or through scheduled automatic downloads)
  • Integrated database import and update with smart broken linking repairing, and other nice features
  • Import of new files types (see New Supported File Types and Devices

Search & Smartlists

  • New search syntax for date elapsed, using suffixes s,m,h,d,y (seconds, minutes, hours, days, years). Example: files less than 3 hours old: [Date Imported]=<3h.
  • New ~fill search modifier automatically detects and fills space left on Handheld/Portable device
  • Searching inside txt, html, source code files, and rtf documents using [Text]=
  • Document support with full text searching / indexing

Tagging

  • Improved Real Audio tag importing
  • File tagging happens in a background thread so MC can continue to be used while it's saving tags

Images

  • Photo Album support for the iPod
  • Photos uploaded to an iPod now support NTSC output to a TV
  • Basic image editing
  • Enhanced album grouping for pictures so pictures taken together get grouped without any user intervention

Misc

  • UpnP Server can specify a fixed TCP port to use.
  • UpnP Server no longer requires IP address configuration.
  • Album Gain support.
  • Audio resampling uses Shibatch's high-quality SSRC filters

Handhelds/Portables

  • OS-level eject on devices like the iPod
  • Image support for iPod
  • Album Art support for iPod Video
  • Number of simultaneous conversions for handheld uploading is configurable
  • Ipod Shuffle support (will not shuffle Podcasts)
  • Improved support and performance for Creative Zen Touch and other "All Content" style WMDM devices

History