Jaman Player Beta 1.0 now available

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 29, 2007

jaman player 1 0 Jaman Player Beta 1.0 now available

Jaman has released Beta 1.0 of its Jaman Player, which is used for playing rental movies from the service.

As expected, Apple TV syncing is now a standard feature. Previously, you had to download a special version of the player to get this. Along with that, the company has added the following:

  • Jaman Wish List – this allows you to queue up downloads and pay/rent when you are ready to watch.
  • Convenient Remote Download – this convenient feature lets you pick movies you want to watch from remote sites (work, in-law’s, etc.) and have the movies be ready to watch once you get home.
  • Easier Movie Uploading – if you are a filmmaker and would like to distribute your movies via Jaman, you can use this to upload your movies directly to the service.

We are still waiting for the new features on the Jaman player plugin for the Apple TV ourselves. We’ll let you know if we hear anything from the company.

One more reason why we love NitoTV: console emulators

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 29, 2007

appletv emulators One more reason why we love NitoTV:  console emulators

Let’s make that 5 reasons because, after all, you get not one but 5 emulators that come with the latest version (0.2.6) of NitoTV plugin. This proves once again that this plugin is one giant step ahead of all the other Apple TV plugins.

NitoTV 0.2.5 (final) already came bundled with 3 game console emulators: Nestopia (NES/Famicom emulator), BNES (Super Nintentdo emulator) and Genesis Plus (Sega Genesis emulator). Version 0.2.6 adds two more: Boycott Advance (Gameboy Advance emulator) and SMS Plus (Game Gear/Sega Master System emulator). These emulators were all written by Richard Bannister. We can’t thank you enough, Richard.

With all the things that NitoTV can do, it shouldn’t even be called a plug-in anymore. It’s more like an operating system now. It plays DVDs, streams photos, plays music, emulates game consoles, and supports all kinds of media file formats. It’s truly a Swiss Army knife of Apple TV plugins.

If you want to see the potential of what your Apple TV can do, you owe it to yourself to try NitoTV out.

Use your computer’s mouse and keyboard on Apple TV via Synergy

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 28, 2007

synergy appletv Use your computers mouse and keyboard on Apple TV via Synergy
Enabling keyboard and mouse on the Apple TV is not new. You can do it by plugging them directly to the Apple TV or you can use connect them via Bluetooth. However, what if you don’t want to physically connect them. After all, you probably don’t want to clutter your nice home theater setting with unsightly keyboard and mouse.

This is where Synergy comes in. This multi-platform open source software allows one set of keyboard and mouse to be used on multiple computers all at once. Based on a client/server model, the server portion of the software gets installed on the computer where the mouse and keyboard reside. Client software is then installed on other computers (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, etc.) to receive the server’s input.

Dotcom78 has posted steps on AwkwardTV.org’s Wiki of how the OS X client of Synergy can be installed to be controlled by a master computer. The procedure to get this working is pretty involved so be sure to follow them carefully.

For a look at how Synergy works, you can check out this YouTube video of someone controlling 7 screens with one set of mouse and keyboard via Synergy.

Apple TV’s new remote: the iPhone

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 26, 2007

iphoneasremote Apple TVs new remote:  the iPhone

Didn’t we have this discussion a few months back about making an Apple TV remote out of the iPhone?  Well, somebody did it.

A posting on the Romanian blog, Pic Poc, has detailed steps in order to turn your iPhone into a full-fletched Apple remote.   It requires these “simple” steps:

  • install XAMPP (OS X web server)
  • install Brandon Holland’s IR keyboard kext
  • edit  edit /etc/sudoers and /etc/rc.local
  • install the Apple TV remote web app on to your iPhone

Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

Getting around the patchstick creation problem under Leopard

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 20, 2007

As many of you are aware, if you have just upgraded to Leopard, you can no longer create patchsticks on your Mac.

According to Maraklov’s wiki post on AwkwardTV.org, the system extensions from Leopard are incompatible with those on Apple TV, which are based on 10.4.x. He is still working on trying to making this work. So, good luck, Maraklov. You have our support.

If you can’t wait for Maraklov’s solution, however, here’s a “duh” way to creating patchsticks on your Mac again: re-install Tiger.

No, I don’t mean re-installing the old operating system over your brand-spanking new Leopard; that would not be wise. What I meant was installing Tiger on another bootable flash/hard drive. You can then boot your Mac up into Tiger then run the patchstick script under that OS. Just make sure you do the minimum install and also update it to the latest version of Tiger first. Oh, and please keep track of which drive is which since now you have a Leopard drive, a Tiger drive and then a patchstick drive. Don’t overwrite the wrong one.

Can’t afford another hard drive? A reader named Vak suggested using Bootcamp to get around booting from another drive altogether.

Here’s how to do it:

  • run Bootcamp
  • allocate some space for the Windows partition (10GB should be plenty)
  • at the end, when asked to insert the installation CD, choose to install later.
  • quit Bootcamp
  • run Disk Utility
  • change the newly created Windows partition to Apple HFS+
  • reboot and insert the Tiger installation CD
  • install Tiger onto the newly created partition. Again, make sure to choose minimum installation

So why not just run Disk Utility and repartition your main drive without Bootcamp? Because Disk Utility doesn’t allow this. You can only do this via Bootcamp or use other commercial utilities for this.

So there you have it. I know some of you are going to say that these solutions are “LAME”. But, hey, they work!

Update:  OK, call me a liar.  You can, in fact, use Leopard’s Disk Utility to repartition your main hard drive without running Bootcamp first.  Thanks, Hugin777, for correcting me.

I apologize for this.  I, myself, am holding off on upgrading so I was not aware of this new feature in Disk Utility.

Detailed Guide for enabling USB storage

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 8, 2007

Over at AwkwardTV’s Wiki, a poster by the name of Simplicity has posted a detailed guide on how to enable the USB storage using our very own patch that we published a few months back.

We feel very grateful for him to do this.  We did not ask him for his help; he did it on his own time.  From what we read, we couldn’t have done a better job ourselves.

Great job, Simplicity.  Thank you.

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