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michele.sanges@gmail.com
2009-09-10, 07:39
..... a unique system able to manage all my home media.

Currently I'm using:
- a SC+SB3 to organize and play my music
- kphotoalbum (http://www.kphotoalbum.org/) to tag, organize and visualize
photos on my laptop
- xbmc (http://www.xbmc.org/) to organize and play videos on my laptop

As I'm using my stereo amplifier to play the music through the SB3, I'd
like to see photos and watch videos using the TV.

Focusing only on the photos, with the new Touch apparatus now we have an
USB. Are also commercially available USB to HDMI converters
(for example http://www.grand.com.tw/con_HD_cinema.php?menu=2), so ....

what do you think about the possibility to add to Squeezecenter the ability
to tag and organize the photo in a database as kphotoalbum does, and
transmit them to the Touch in order to visualize them on TV through its USB
+ an external HDMI converter?

Regards.
Michele

exile
2009-09-10, 09:27
this exists in many forms out there already.

i recommend checking out Boxee or Plex. both are free software downloads and both give you the option of controlling music, video and photos.

i use both boxee and plex and they work well. I also can control each program from my itouch.

JohnSwenson
2009-09-10, 09:43
Are also commercially available USB to HDMI converters
(for example http://www.grand.com.tw/con_HD_cinema.php?menu=2)


These USB to video adapters require special drivers written for a specific operating system. They will not work without them. The one you list supports Windows and Mac, the touch is neither. It runs a special version of linux.

In order to run on the touch the manufacturer would have to write a linux driver and compile it for the SqueezeOS (which is Arm architecture not X86). The probability of that happening is pretty low.

The manufacturer of one of the USB to video chip makers has just released source code for a linux driver so sometime in the future one of the third party developers who writes stuff for use on squeezeboxes might make a driver for the touch. It certainly is not available now and nobody has said they are working on it. Its something that might happen, then again it might not.

I wouldn't count on it being available any time soon.

John S.

Michele Sanges
2009-09-11, 10:46
Thanks to all for the replies.


Il 10/09/2009 18:27, exile ha scritto:
>
> this exists in many forms out there already.
>
> i recommend checking out Boxee or Plex. both are free software
> downloads and both give you the option of controlling music, video and
> photos.
>
> i use both boxee and plex and they work well. I also can control each
> program from my itouch.


I didn't speak about a media center software; all the media center I
have tried are unable to tag the photos and they allow only slideshows
of a directory. This is right if you have only a few photos but when
their number increases, I would like to run queries to extract all
images of a particular person or taken in a certain place. This is the
reason I'm using a dedicated software as kphotoalbum.

Moreover I don't want to connect my laptop to the TV.
I like a beautiful client device as the squeezebox's, connected to the
hifi amplifier and to the TV, able to get music, video and photos data
from my home server placed in another room.

I know that exist the multimedia hard disk but are too much generic
devices with the same problem as media center software.

Another important thing for me is that this device is based on open
source software, both server and client side. This is the reason I
bought the Squeezebox and when I seen the new Touch device with the USB
port I immediately thought about how to solve the problem of photos :-)


Il 10/09/2009 18:43, JohnSwenson ha scritto:
> These USB to video adapters require special drivers written for a
> specific operating system. They will not work without them. The one you
> list supports Windows and Mac, the touch is neither. It runs a special
> version of linux.

Yes I know, this embedded version of linux it is made by one of a last
linux kernel while the filesystem utilities are based on the busybox
project.


> In order to run on the touch the manufacturer would have to write a
> linux driver and compile it for the SqueezeOS (which is Arm architecture
> not X86). The probability of that happening is pretty low.
>
> The manufacturer of one of the USB to video chip makers has just
> released source code for a linux driver so sometime in the future one of
> the third party developers who writes stuff for use on squeezeboxes
> might make a driver for the touch. It certainly is not available now and
> nobody has said they are working on it. Its something that might happen,
> then again it might not.
>
> I wouldn't count on it being available any time soon.
>
> John S.

To start we might think to use a USB VGA converter for which exists the
driver source code.

Anyway in this forum section there is a thread titled "Creative uses for
the Touch"... I say that you could use it to manage and display photos! :-)

Best regards.


--
Michele Sanges

westiebj
2009-09-12, 14:03
Doesn't this describe the ATV ?