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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:09 pm    Post subject: Sapphire Browser for Front Row Reply with quote

Sapphire Browser for Front Row
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Posted by: Glenn

The Sapphire Browser Beta 4 has been the talk of the Mac mini HTPC forum for the last few days. What's the big deal? It's basically one of the first plug-ins for Front Row 2.0. It was originally created for the Apple TV, but the developer just added compatibility for Leopard in the latest release. So what does the Sapphire Browser actually do? It will download all the metadata and cover art for your TV Shows and Movies in Front Row. This will turn your boring file lists into something exciting to look at and take some of the hassles out of managing your media collection. You can see all of the release notes for the new version here. I would suggest that you give it a look. The Sapphire Browser works well and installation is a breeze.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks amazing! Messing about with a Preview.jpg before etc looked far too time consuming... I can't wait to try this out on my Mini when it arrives! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw this mentioned in the HTPC forum. Very cool!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been jealous of this app because I can't install it on my apple tv due to my inability to hack it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:
I've been jealous of this app because I can't install it on my apple tv due to my inability to hack it.


You never got in!?!?! Surprised

I haven't had the chance to install Sapphire on my Mac mini yet. I had some trouble running it on my Apple TV though. It took forever to get artwork and data when new files were added. This kinda sorta made it annoying to use. I wonder if this process goes any faster now or with the more powerful mini?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still can't get it to work. It always starts checking my files with /root first!!! I let it go for about an hour, came back and it was checking my *&^% Application folder!!! Shocked

What am I to do? I've tried checking the ones I want it to check, I've tried un checking the ones I want it to check... either way... same result...

crap, crap, crap.. Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_tex wrote:
TonyMontana wrote:
I've been jealous of this app because I can't install it on my apple tv due to my inability to hack it.


You never got in!?!?! Surprised

I haven't had the chance to install Sapphire on my Mac mini yet. I had some trouble running it on my Apple TV though. It took forever to get artwork and data when new files were added. This kinda sorta made it annoying to use. I wonder if this process goes any faster now or with the more powerful mini?

Ben Tex.....sorry to say but no. Crying or Very sad The attempted modification of the Apple TV did frustrate me to no end though. I'm pretty sure a chimp could do it. I sir, am not as smart as a chimp.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say, I'm really impressed with Sapphire. It's certainly rough around the edges, but it's really promising.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
I still can't get it to work. It always starts checking my files with /root first!!! I let it go for about an hour, came back and it was checking my *&^% Application folder!!! Shocked

What am I to do? I've tried checking the ones I want it to check, I've tried un checking the ones I want it to check... either way... same result...

crap, crap, crap.. Shocked Shocked


sme here, i let it run over night and it was still searching or whatever, they need a better version...awesome idea though.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:

Ben Tex.....sorry to say but no. Crying or Very sad The attempted modification of the Apple TV did frustrate me to no end though. I'm pretty sure a chimp could do it. I sir, am not as smart as a chimp.


I'm know rockit scientsst eetherr. Wink

I think you were trying to go the Patchstick route. Did you ever try taking the hard drive out and putting it in a cheap little IDE enclosure? That might be the best way for you to get-r-done. Once you get the ATVLoader on there, you should be golden.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the only route I haven't tried yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to know one thing. When is a YouTube plugin coming? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
What am I to do? I've tried checking the ones I want it to check, I've tried un checking the ones I want it to check... either way... same result...

You check the ones you want it to skip. After doing so, try existing sapphire and re-enter it to make sure.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing I have noticed with some of the movies/tv shows don't always get picked up. One example is Battlestar Galactica Razor. Any suggestions on how to get around this?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gbooker wrote:
hackersmovie wrote:
What am I to do? I've tried checking the ones I want it to check, I've tried un checking the ones I want it to check... either way... same result...

You check the ones you want it to skip. After doing so, try existing sapphire and re-enter it to make sure.


Thanks for the ideas... I have done that several times... one other thing I've noticed is it's reeeaallly slllooowww... Front Row loads fine, once I select Sapphire it takes it's sweet ole' time loading screens etc. Even when I am selecting or unselecting volumes for it to check, it takes it a bit to actually select or deselect it...

Nothing but problems here.... /bummed... Crying or Very sad
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