One of my last computer related activities in 2008 was releasing version 0.6.0
of the Coherence DLNA/UPnP framework
The plain facts first:
- new MediaServer backends that allow access to
- an extended Flickr MediaServer backend
- enables user-authenticated access to your Flickr account
- access to your images and the one of your friends via an UPnP device
- upload an image directly from an UPnP device to your Flickr account
- transcoding of audio files for DLNA devices like the PS3, and even the XBox 360
- several plugins for the Nautlilus filemanager
- an experimental plugin for EOG - the Gnome Image Viewer
- greatly improved XBox 360 support, including audio transcoding
Kudos go especially to jmsizun, lightyear
for their work
on the new backends and their patient debugging sessions!
There are some remarkable things - beside the technical improvements or the feature additions - that make this release special.
Community created backends - just awesome!
A huge THANK YOU to you guys! And seeing them appear in such a short time of development shows that the backend, the data-provider centric approach of Coherence was the right way to go.
More online and social content providers!
The Flickr MediaServer was only the beginning. With more backends that retrieve their media via some RSS feed or an API provided by an service like You-Tube or GoogleVideo, Coherence will more and more evolve into a media-hub.
A media-gateway that does provide a central place to go for accessing digital media of different origins and types, via an unified and standardized form. And still leaving the choice to you which device or application to use for that.
With the new Eye of Gnome plugin one of the last UPnP jigsaw piece for the Gnome desktop has found its place.
After the RhythmBox plugin for audio, the Totem plugin for audio and video, images served via UPnP can now be accessed via the Eye of Gnome image viewer.
And with Nautilus on the other side there is an easy way to instantly share media or interact with other UPnP devices.
The last puzzle piece is enabling Nautilus to browse UPnP A/V MediaServers in its native way. I'm confident that this is a solvable, short-term task.
Wouldn't it be amazing if other environments would be able to benefit from the work done there too.
And there a more things to come.
In the pipeline for the next releases there are amongst others:
A Happy and Peaceful New Year!