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PostSubject: New Version 2.201   Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:34 pm

Sorry about the delay in getting this up, everytime I thought it was about ready I discovered new issues that had to be resolved.
I am hoping that most people will find this works ok, but I will be working hard over the next few weeks to fix problems.

General Changes / Things you need to know

MC now stores all user configurable files in a "Media Companion" folder located in your users application data folder. This should solve issues with Vista permission issues when locating the program directory within "My Programs". When starting this version of the program all these files will be moves accordingly

MC now caches the media database on shutdown, these cache files are stored in the above folder, this should speed startup considerably for people using slow NAS/network devices.
The problem this causes is when things are changed outside of the program, if you were to rename a file then MC would not know and the data would be incorrect. To fix these problems I have added to the tools drop down menu, "Rebuild Movie Data" & "Rebuild TV Data", If you have a problem with folders or media not displaying properly then these are what you need to use.
I'm not sure of the overall benefit of these caches and may remove them in future versions, feedback on how much difference the cache makes would be nice

Profiles have been added, each profile has it's own configuration and cache file. Profiles can be added from within the preferences. One profile needs to be set as default, this profile cannot be deleted and is used as a template to create the config file when new profiles are created, any profile can be made the default. (This is useful for setting a options template)
Profiles can be switched between using the Drop Down "Profiles" menu, this menu is only visible if more than one profile exists.

Improvements to TV Show Handling

TV Shows are no longer added from the preferences, if you add a folder without a tvshow.nfo file it will be added to the combobox using the folder name. Any episodes within that folder can also be viewed. To create a tvshow.nfo file for such a folder just select the edit button.

The following tags have been added to each tvshow.nfo
<sortorder>default</sortorder>
<language>en</language>
<episodeactorsource>imdb</episodeactorsource>
The function of each is obvious and they allow episodes from each show to be scraped with different settings.

A toggle for setting the "watched" status of tv shows now exists, it works in the same as the movies.

A quicksave function has been added for TV Shows and Episodes, basic information can be edited and saved on the main TV Show/Episode page

Media info can now be viewed for TV Episodes.

TV Episodes are now added realtime as they are scraped.

Additional media types are now supported the full list is :-
avi, divx, img, mpg, mpeg, mov, rm, 3gp, m4v, wmv, asf, mp4, mkv, nrg, iso, rmvb, ogm, bin, ts, vob, m2ts
also supported are rar archives, with the same confines as movies
and
DVD folders are now supported, the season and episode(s) information needs to be in the foldername of the DVD folder eg, for lost season1 episodes 1,2,3 and 4
TV Shows\Lost\S01E01E02E03E04\VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.IFO
or
TV Shows\Lost\S01E01E02E03E04\VIDEO_TS.IFO
As with movies the nfo will be saved in the DVD folder as VIDEO_TS.nfo and VIDEO_TS.tbn
Vob files will only be scraped if they are not in the same folder as a VIDEO_TS.IFO file

TV Show Fanart and Posters can now be selected in the same manner as movies, only one fanart can be downloaded per show. When scraping TV Shows, you can select whether to scrape posters or banners, or not at all. If you like to select your own then I suggest you select not to download when scraping to save bandwidth on TVDB.

The thumbnail capture facility using ffmpeg now lets you set the timepoint (in seconds) to grab the image in the tv episode edit window. Just remember that the higher the number the longer ffmpeg will take. I have also included the file "pthreadGC2.dll" in the download. Some people were unable to use this feature and I suspect that they are missing this file.

Downloading actor thumbs is now also disabled for tv shows and episodes when the option is set via the preferences. This can speed up browsing considerably.

For people having issues with the TV Episode scraper, the output log now reports any issues. This will be very useful to me when fixing issues with the episode scraper


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