Typecast 3.0 is Coming

As you’ve already seen, Typecast can get recording information from Windows Media Center and display what programs in your search results will be or have been recorded. I’m working on adding more Windows Media Center features to Typecast. In the next version, Typecast will be able to tell your Windows Media Center (via a small “Typecast WMC Server” component running on your WMC) to record a single program or to record a series. The biggest advantage Typecast will have over similar utilities (e.g., the no-longer-available Ceton My Media Center) is that Typecast will not require WMC to be running at the same time as Typecast. Typecast can use your file synchronization service (e.g., OneDrive, Google Drive, Syncthing, etc.) to communicate even though one of them is offline. I hope to release this in February 2019.

After that, I think I’ll add an option for Typecast to automatically schedule recordings of programs that appear in your search results. For example, if you have a search for new five-star movies released after 2017, you will be able to tell Typecast to automatically tell WMC to record any movie that appears in that search’s results.

Anyway, in order to prepare for this release, please be sure that you’re running the latest version. In the next release, I will delete some code that I added to migrate old files and convert old data formats. Rather than try to carry that code around forever (because I can’t test it forever), I’m deleting it. If you’re running the latest version of Typecast, all of your files and data are up to date, and you won’t care about that old code going away.

Typecast 2.9.1 Released

Typecast 2.9.1 has been released. This version ignores invalid lineups in the Lineups window. I’ve also added an optional Windows Media Center component so that Typecast can display information about your scheduled and completed recordings on your WMC machine. Please see 12noon.com for details.

Typecast 2.8.6 Released

This version should correct any future issues with automatic upgrades. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any issues upgrading to this version, please see the Change History or contact me via the Support page.

  1. Added button to clean all stations that aren’t downloaded from the database.
  2. Added “swatch” to Search window’s Display tab showing how it will look.
  3. Center images in color “swatches” in list of schedules.
  4. When moving configuration folder, added option to use the destination instead or cancel.
  5. Fix: Synchronize download state of stations that are in more than one lineup.
  6. Fix: Handle timeout when testing Internet connection.
  7. Fix: Another updater issue required downgrading another package.

Typecast 2.8.2 – 2.8.5 Released (Requires Manual Upgrade)

This is unfortunate, and I apologize for the inconvenience. I don’t (yet) have a way to test upgrades without publishing a release. Unfortunately, I upgraded the installer I use and it had a problem. This broke upgrades for Typecast. (I will make it a priority to devise a way for me to test the upgrades before I publish them.)

When you run Typecast, you’ll see a message about an error with SharpCompress. You can ignore this and continue to use Typecast, but it will never be able to upgrade. In order to upgrade, you can either download the full installer from 12noon.com or follow these steps:

    1. Open the Windows File Explorer.
    2. Go to the Typecast installation folder: C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Typecast\.
    3. You should see at least two “app-2.8.x” folders. For example:
      • app-2.8.1
      • app-2.8.2
  1. Open the lowest-numbered one. (In this example, app-2.8.1.)
  2. Run the Typecast.exe in that folder. It should upgrade to 2.8.5 (or whatever the latest release is). (If this doesn’t work, download the full installer.)
  3. If it upgrades to 2.8.5, you need to download and unzip this file in the new app-2.8.5 folder. (Yes, confirm that you want to overwrite the files.) If it upgrades to a later version, it’s already been fixed and you don’t need to do anything.

If you have any issues, please contact me using the Support page at 12noon.com.

2.8.2 – 2.8.5

Added option to relocate the Typecast.xml configuration file.
Improved clarity of menu commands.
Fix: Prevent user saving a search with no criteria.
Fix: Update default parameters of plugins when selecting them in the Actions tab.

Typecast 2.8.2 Released

The latest update includes:

* Added option to relocate the Typecast.xml configuration file.
* Improved clarity of menu commands.
* Fix: Prevent user saving a search with no criteria.
* Fix: Update default parameters of plugins when selecting them in the Actions tab.

Typecast 2.6.0 Released

Typecast 2.6.0 has some new, useful features and, of course, bug fixes.

* Added “Include programs with no season/episode” to Search window’s Episodes tab.
* “Exclude episode S/E and earlier” is now enabled even if program has some non-episode airings (e.g., sneak peeks).
* Save and restore custom order and width of columns in main and search windows.
* Save and restore sort order and direction in main and search windows.
* Right-align start time, end time, and duration columns in main and search windows.
* Added tooltip to show each search’s constraints.
* Added counts of programs, schedules, etc. to Information window.
* Display movie rating as a progress bar.
* Tweaked default searches.
* Fix: Increased size of Settings window.
* Fix: Navigation buttons no longer disable when typing in search box.
* Fix: Corrected display of season/episode when there are only totals.
* Fix: Now search window refreshes when “Include movies without ratings” is changed.

Typecast 2.5.0 Released

This is a significant release with fixes, improvements, and new features.

* Added command to main context menu to exclude a show from all results.
* Added command to main context menu to exclude earlier episodes from results (by modifying the search).
* Implemented Sports only and Movies only options on Search window.
* Added another default search.
* Set focus to first control when Search window opens.
* Get stations’ logos in the background in the main and Stations windows.
* Search window now opens faster.
* Made the Stations window’s Clean button asynchronous.
* Improved colors in e-mail reminder.
* Prevent modification of searches while they’re being refreshed.
* Fix: Display stations in Search window even if they’re no longer downloaded.
* Fix: Display attributes could be incorrect if a search changed to have fewer results.
* Fix: Listings wouldn’t be automatically updated if the user canceled a Search window.
* Fix: Corrected how we override New/Repeat based on original-air-date.
* Fix: Sometimes listings would not be updated automatically.