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BETA: Doug Berrett releases WebGuide4.1 with major improvements for Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 08.05.07 - 20:19:25 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 17363x
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Talking about DVDs; if you have a couple of (legally) ripped DVDs on your Windows Media Center Edition you can now access these DVDs wireless as well - straight from your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone! During the past weeks, I played with a couple of Beta builds of Doug Berrett' WebGuide 4.1 (please see the::unwired's review of WebGuide4 Mobile here) and all I can say is, that it is a fantastic addition fort every Windows (Vista or XP) Media Center Edition. Not only it lets you place-shift your live TV, this DVD streaming is the killer (as long as your DSL upload is broad enought and you have at least a UMTS connection for your Windows Mobile device).

To see the whole list of new features - head over to the::placeshift but here are the major features for the mobile version:

  • Added streaming DVD functionality for non-encrypted DVD's stored in folders.

    • store all of the video_ts files in a folder with a "folder.jpg" to use as cover art
    • recognized as full DVD offering titles/chapters/menus
    • note that direct-show doesn't show the menu highlights when streaming, so you can also use the title/chapter list.
  • Added DVD ISO mounting via Daemon Tools
  • Added "dvdid.xml" support for cover art and DVD info
  • Modified DVD stream to pick AC3 stream with more than 2 channels (was selecting a silent channel sometimes)
  • Added "Now Playing" page to Mobile section to allow for transport controls and chapter list while streaming
  • Added 4x3, 16x9 and audio-only streaming profiles
  • Added streaming audio to mobile (to handle high-bitrate of MP3->WMA conversion)
  • Added videos/DVD streaming to mobile
  • Automatically goes to "now playing" screen before launching mobile stream
  • Fixed mobile permission issue where user wasn't allowed to login with restricted permissions
  • Fixed mobile auto-login.
  • Cleaned up font sizes in mobile pages
  • Improved streaming of Divx/Xvid files
  • Added mobile setting to change the ASX stream extension (normally WVX, but can be changed to ASX for other apps that don't recognize WVX (for instance Kinoma on Palm)

As I said, I was playing and testing v4.1 a lot during the last weeks and it's definitely a major improvement, especially the DVD streaming functionality which gives your place-shift access to your DVD collection from wherever your are.

The price of the full version of WebGuide4 stays unchanged - US$ 18 only! WebGuide 4.1 is available (and requires) for Windows Vista Media Center and Windows XP Media Center Edition. It's not running stand-alone.

Cheers ~ Arne

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