What's Up With Xbox Media Center

November 27, 2004

Flurry of Updates

Well the holiday is over and its back to business for the Xbmc crew. The CVS changelog shows quite a few updates in addition to the previously mentioned items. Polish language support is now included as well as some tweaks to the Kai interface. The chat tab will flash brielfly when a buddy has sent a message. Thats great as far as user experience goes. Then there was this little diddy added:
Revision 1.323 - (view) (download) (annotate) - [select for diffs]
Sat Nov 27 04:54:55 2004 UTC (19 hours ago) by runtime
Branch: MAIN
Changes since 1.322: +1 -0 lines
Diff to previous 1.322
Added: Conditional button support. A lightweight, loosely coupled button that fades in (and is enabled) after a condition has been met, and fades out (and is disabled) when the condition no longer holds true, Useful when for controls that should only appear in certain circumstances.

This sounds like a great start to some real improvements to the overall user experience of Xbmc. Until now, everything has been a bit flat and spoon fed to the user. Now the Xbmc interface is getting smarter and will allow developers to really improve on the human interaction aspect of Xbmc.

Looking good guys.


  • Man I feel dumb, but what does this mean? Any examples of ppl using it already?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:31 PM  

  • Not yet. This was just added to CVS, so developers will be able to add this to sections throughout Xbmc. Maybe someone will implement it before the next CVS compile shows up at the usual places.

    This is mainly a feature for developers to use in their interfaces. It will allow a button to show up only when appropriate. For example, this could be used in the Audio Settings dialog. If a user chooses Digital Out, then the DTS and DD options may appear. If they choose Analog Out, then those options would disappear. This would lead to less cluttered interfaces when they don't need to be.

    By Blogger Jon, at 8:41 PM  

  • Ahhh I see, sounds good to me, this will help me a lot because I'm waiting till XBMC becomes more user friendly. My family is slowly starting to get used to it so soon enough my XBOX will be my media center.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:45 PM  

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