[mythtv-users] MythTV Companion for iPad Update

Robert Longbottom rongblor at googlemail.com
Tue Nov 15 10:03:28 UTC 2011

On 14/11/2011 19:18, Robert McNamara wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM, Bob Sully <rcs at malibyte.net
> <mailto:rcs at malibyte.net>> wrote:
>      > Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 20:25:12 -0800
>      > From: Robert McNamara <robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
>     <mailto:robert.mcnamara at gmail.com>>
>      >
>      > <Senseless self promotion follows>
>      >
>      > Hi all,
>      >
>      > For those following the "android API" thread, I sort of let the
>     lid off my
>      > new iPad application for MythTV .25.  MythTV Companion is a full
>     featured
>      > control, library browser, recording manager, and (in the near future)
>      > streaming frontend for MythTV.  It takes advantage of our new API to
>      > stream recording and video metadata, imagery, scheduling, setup, and
>      > guide info to a native iOS application.
>     <snip>
>     Robert - looks great!   Are you planning to port this to Android (for
>     those of us who don't do Apple)?
> I don't own any Android devices, so as of right now I don't have any
> plans to-- basically I set out to write some example apps showing off
> the new APIs, and then it developed into a Cocoa/Objective-C library for
> accessing everything, on top of which I've written a UI.  So, the code
> itself is highly XCode/Cocoa/Objective-C specific right now.  Porting to
> Android would be a matter of owning Android hardware, rewriting the
> library from scratch, and then trying to approximate the UI there (and
> probably learning Java while I was at it).  Not insurmountable, I
> learned Objective-C for this project too-- but not a one-weekend port
> either.
> An easier port target would be iPhone for me, since that's just a matter
> of writing a new UI.  That's not to say I lack interest in Android, just
> that I'd expect it to take the several months I've been working on the
> iPad app, at least-- and that presumes that the development tools for
> Android are as good as they are for iOS-- I've anecdotally heard that
> that's not the case.
> Maybe I'll see how the reception for the iOS app is, and make decisions
> based on that.  If I can offset the cost of the hardware, I may start
> looking for other port targets.
> Robert

This looks really nice and it would be superb with native playback as 
well.  I don't own an iPad, but I do have an iPod Touch so I'd be 
interested in seeing a port to that.

I certainly be willing to pay for this app from the app store - and I'd 
hope/imagine other would too if it were only a few £'s or $'s.


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