My company, Oy ClaroVision Ltd, has been developing a media center (how we understand and see it) since 2006. What you get is:
- Digital Television PVR Record up to 6 channels and watch one more simultaneously
- Photo Album Organize your photos in a way most convenient for you thanks to extensive support of playlists (and, of course, you can view your photos too!!! :)
- Music (including CD) Take control of your music collection thanks to playlists and CD-ripping function
- Video (including DVD) Watch and organize all your videos, including DVDs (Blu-ray coming)
- Web Browser Access exciting Internet services on the living room TV (it is not a walled-garden browser!)
- Videophone Stay in touch with your family and friends
It is networked, so you can access content stored on your home PC/server as well. The main accent was made on usability – whole thing is very uniform and is controlled using remote control’s arrows, OK, Menu, and Back buttons.
We reached the beta milestone some time ago, and now we are ready to go to the public with our product. Here are some demo videos (all of them have HD version, so they are a bit bandwidth-demanding for proper watching) that make it easier to understand what we are talking about. You can find these same videos on our completely revamped website together with more detailed information about the platform and our company. Your comments are very welcome!
Font Burner makes it possible for you to use new fonts on your website, even if the end user does not have your chosen font(s) on his computer. There is nothing to install, neither on your computer nor on the end user’s, and the thing is free. The archive of offered fonts is really big (more than 1000 fonts). Really cool!
The only caveat is that, as it is using sIFR (Scalable Inman Flash Replacement, see more info) to change the fonts, it is likely rather impractical to use it for anything bigger than headings. Basically it hides the text and puts a Flash file in its place, and that Flash file is able to render the chosen font.
Iconfinder is to icons what Google is to the web – a search engine.
Nice collections of tips:
YouTube has released YouTube XL – a video portal targeting big screens, e.g. TVs, and offering no-mouse navigation (this navigation does not work perfectly though, at least at the time of writing).
While searching for a solution to DRM-related troubles with film2home.fi video on demand service (gosh! no wonder that VoD purchasing rate is abysmal over here!) I have bumped into a Windows Media Player: WMP mini FAQ – an absolutely great collection of remedies to all kinds of Windows Media Player problems. Did not manage to solve my (in fact, film2home’s) problem though… :)