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Amulet 2.18.17 beta release 6 years 6 months ago #468

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Since completing the new MyMovies support is taking a little longer than anticipated, we've decided to release an interim beta addressing some of the recent issues you've reported, along with a couple of handy new features. You can download the new release here:
As always, please let us know how you get on by posting feedback here in the forum.

Now, here is a summary of changes since the previous releases, Beta 2.18.14 and Beta 2.18.16:

GENERAL ENHANCEMENTS
  • When there is only a single episode of a TV show, it now appears in the top level TV Shows menu rather than inside its own submenu
  • The number of items displayed for Recent Movies, Recent TV, etc is now configurable under Settings / Extras (default 100 items)
  • You can now choose whether or not the TV Show menus include programs from Recorded TV (previously, they always did); this too is under Settings / Extras.
  • PLAY SOME MUSIC / PLAY ALL MUSIC now select music from your entire collection (essentially a genre that matches all tracks)
  • New experimental feature: FIND SONG <name> builds a music playlist containing all songs matching <name>, where <name> is a full or partial song or album name. Longer names result in better quality matching. This feature is disabled by default, but can be enabled under Settings / Diagnostics; it may be problematic with large numbers of songs (>20,000 items). If you enable it, say UPDATE MUSIC after saving settings to rebuild the needed song index used by the search.

    Note: this feature has a bug; see the following message for more details.
SUPPORT FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED USERS
  • If the Amulet screen is not easily visible, you can now use the new READ command in most places where a SHOW command would work. For more information, see the section about Read in the release notes.
  • Some examples: READ RECENT TV, READ COMEDY MOVIES, READ ARTIST DAVID BOWIE, READ SONGS, READ ALBUMS, READ SOMEONE ELSE, READ GENRES, READ MENU, READ RESULTS, etc.
  • New commands to control reading: READ MORE, READ AGAIN, READ FROM START, READ NUMBER <n>, STOP TALKING
  • Settings / Talker now allows the number of items to read at a time for the READ command (default 10 items); READ MORE continues reading the next 10 items.
BUG FIXES
  • Settings / About page now correctly shows the TV Channels count again (broken in 2.18.16)
  • EPG guide data is no longer updated every hour, only when a scan reveals it has changed (broken in 2.18.16)
  • SHOW GUIDE now works correctly again (broken in 2.18.16)
  • Media Centers with no TV configured no longer crash during Amulet initialisation (broken in 2.18.16)
  • PLAY ARTIST, SHOW ALBUM, PLAY SONG <name> where <name> was on original artist playlist but not the album playlist no longer results in the displayed playlist being out of sync with the currently playing songs
  • Improved exception handling in Amulet.Music to catch a few UI exceptions that could cause the app to crash
  • Amulet TV & Movies no longer displays a running time of "0 seconds" when the length is unavailable
  • Amulet TV & Movies spoken descriptions (verbose mode) are now more natural sounding
  • TV episodes listed under TV Shows are now sorted in reverse date order if no season & episode information is available; this provides consistency with the same shows listed under Recorded TV
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Re: Amulet 2.18.17 beta release 6 years 6 months ago #478

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Oops -- one of our beta users reported a problem with the FIND SONG feature which turns out to be a bug in the Settings applet.

Amulet Settings is incorrectly writing this setting as FindMusic=Yes in Amulet.ini; in fact, the correct setting is FindSong=Yes. If you edit Amulet.ini and rename FindMusic to FindSong after enabling the feature (and then tell Amulet to UPDATE MUSIC) then the feature should work correctly.

This will of course be fixed for the next release.

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Re: Amulet 2.18.17 beta release 6 years 5 months ago #497

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Any ETA on when a new beta will be available? 2.18.17 has been working fine for me, so I'm just wondering if anything new is forthcoming.

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Re: Amulet 2.18.17 beta release 6 years 4 months ago #498

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tyuhl wrote:
Any ETA on when a new beta will be available?
The next beta is almost ready for release; we ran into a few hiccups sorting out problems with the latest YouTube upgrade, but they're now resolved.

Other than that, and a few other minor bug fixes, My Movies support is the main feature of the next beta.

Thanks for your patience, and watch this space...

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