Happy 5 Year Anniversary!

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Happy 5 Year Anniversary!

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Post by garyan2 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:43 pm

Happy Anniversary!

Five years and 5734 posts, a plethora of emails and PMs, even some phone calls and TeamViewer sessions ago, I decided to bring a simple little program to the community that I was working on. EPG123 has grown considerably since then and there are things it can do now that I couldn't even have imagined in the beginning. In that time I have been sworn at, called names, and even threatened with legal action (as laughable as that was). Overwhelmingly though, from Day 1, this community has shown a great deal of support, encouragement, and some really great ideas.

I want to give a shout-out to the admins of TGB. They immediately offered to host the project on TGB and helped tremendously by allowing EPG123 to have its homebase here on the forums. I couldn't imagine doing all this development and maintaining a forum at the same time. Though I eventually hosted EPG123 on its own website, their generosity was, and still is, greatly appreciated.

For a Valentine/Anniversary gift, I have released a new version that updated the configuration GUI and provides a pretty slick ability to control and customize your stations logos. Just right-click a channel in the list and select the 'View/Edit Logos' menu item to see what can be used from Schedules Direct on the left side, and what is stored in your .\logos folder on the right. It is fully drag/drop capable to use any image file you may have. Right-click a local image and you can delete it. Take a look at the demo below and see how my son has become immortalized as the station logo for DABL! Multiple Station Logos forms can be open at the same time to facilitate mixing and matching.

Download it! You won't be disappointed.
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Post by NOYB » Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:13 pm

Nice. I like it. Thank you.

Notice though that the lineup configurator isn't picking up the custom callsigns.
The custom callsigns are still in the client and also in the WMC guide though.
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Post by garyan2 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:34 pm

Sorry, had to rewrite quite a bit for the subscribed lineup combo box and the listviews. I couldn't remember if I had shown the custom callsigns and names in the GUI and planned to go back to look, but forgot. I did make sure the custom entries were still present after a save... just didn't look at the listview. Simple fix in the future... in fact, already fixed in my source code for a future release.
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Post by NOYB » Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:43 pm

garyan2 wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:34 pm
Sorry, had to rewrite quite a bit for the subscribed lineup combo box and the listviews. I couldn't remember if I had shown the custom callsigns and names in the GUI and planned to go back to look, but forgot. I did make sure the custom entries were still present after a save... just didn't look at the listview. Simple fix in the future... in fact, already fixed in my source code for a future release.
Yeah, haven't updated the HTPC yet. It shows the custom callsign and name.
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Post by garyan2 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:35 am

I cleaned up my code a little too well. If you try to delete the local copy of a logo, it will delete the custom logo regardless of which picturebox you select. I'll get that fixed right away as soon as I remember how I did it the first time.
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Post by NOYB » Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:44 am

Yeah that would be problem. Glad I didn't delete anything.
Though I do have backups of my custom logos.

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Post by garyan2 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:54 am

v1.6.2.4 released with the logo delete fix as well as restoring the view of custom callsigns and names in the gui.
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Post by Space » Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:30 am

Congrats on the success of EPG123! The update looks sweet!

Is the "default" logo from SD always the same as one of the other SD logos, or can it be different?

EDIT: I am trying this out now...

When I click on any of the logos in the pop-up on the right side (ones from the logos folder) the box turns completely black. Is this supposed to happen? If I close the pop-up and bring it back, the logos are fine again, but that is the only way I can get them to come back.

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Post by IT Troll » Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:37 am

Happy Anniversary! Legal action? That sounds like a story.

Many thanks for EPG123 and your ongoing support and patience. You have done a great service to the community and dare I say saved Media Center from the software scrap heap.
Are you a Recorded TV HD user or want to give it a try? Check out the new community-made update; Recorded TV HD v2.1.1

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Post by kkingsto » Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:59 pm

Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks for putting up with all of our dumb questions and requests!!

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Post by garyan2 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:19 pm

Space wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:30 am
When I click on any of the logos in the pop-up on the right side (ones from the logos folder) the box turns completely black. Is this supposed to happen? If I close the pop-up and bring it back, the logos are fine again, but that is the only way I can get them to come back.
No, you should still see the logo. Left-click or right-click?
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Post by garyan2 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:45 pm

garyan2 wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:19 pm
Space wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:30 am
When I click on any of the logos in the pop-up on the right side (ones from the logos folder) the box turns completely black. Is this supposed to happen? If I close the pop-up and bring it back, the logos are fine again, but that is the only way I can get them to come back.
No, you should still see the logo. Left-click or right-click?
Weird. A left-click does change it to all black... I'll have to see where that is coming from later today.
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Post by garyan2 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:22 pm

A single left-click tries to do a drag/drop on itself. I'll have to try and find way to prevent that.
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Post by Space » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:07 am

Does a drag and drop on itself do anything? Is a drop on the custom logo spot the only place you can drop? If I drag and drop one of the logos on to the custom box, what happens to the existing custom logo (if any)? Sorry, I didn't try these things and I don't have access right now to check.

Another thing I was thinking is that perhaps logos should not be deleted, but put in a "trash can" type thing. I would hate to delete a logo and then need it back again, in general I don't delete any logos, just move them out of the logos directory. This is particularly important if a drag and drop on the custom logo results in the existing custom logo being deleted.

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Post by garyan2 » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:18 am

A drag and drop on itself doesn't do anything since it fails. You can drag and drop to any of the right (local .\logos folder) picture boxes and they will copy over your existing logo. Unfortunately, .NET doesn't natively support the recycle bin for some reason so it will effectively be lost.

I'll try a few things to make sure, try a delete before copying over, but I looked into it and for me to use recycle bin I need to access unmanaged code.
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Post by NOYB » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:27 am

A logos\bak\custom folder works well for me it may for others too.

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Post by Space » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:41 am

I wasn't thinking of using the native recycle bin, just maybe a sub-folder called "old" or "trash" or something. If it already exists there, just append an incrementing number to the file. Then perhaps have the ability to look in the "trash" for the current station and display all the logos that are named starting with the same callsign. Or perhaps have a subdir for each callsign would be better due to some callsigns starting with the same letters.

Another issue I have is callsigns that no longer exist in the lineup, perhaps some way to auto "trash" all those logos.

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Post by garyan2 » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:45 am

No, I think I will use the recycle bin. It was a lot easier than I expected.

I'm only going to go so far to protect users from themselves. The recycle bin is what I would consider a minimum, and if the minimum wasn't good enough... then it wouldn't be the minimum.
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Post by NOYB » Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:45 am

Personally I'd prefer not saving them. I already have the custom logos backed up. But I'm probably a minority of one.
Yet another manual clean up task to remove these from the recycle bin.

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Post by garyan2 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:59 pm

New version release to handle duplicate Md5 schedule entries downloaded from Schedules Direct plus the drag/drop on itself observation.
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