Sapphire

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Version Information

Sapphire Beta 1

  • We are happy to announce the first beta release of Sapphire.


Comments and any bug reports would be greatly appreciated. Submit a Report

Enjoy!


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Description

Sapphire is an Apple TV Plug-in primarily designed for managing medium to large size television show collections. The Sapphire Browser has the ability to filter out watched media files from several different directory trees and intuitively display them. Additionally Sapphire allows for marking favorite files that can also be viewed in a filtered menu. Media playback has also been improved allowing the user to fast-forward through shows at a constant (aggregated) rate independent of the file duration. Finally, Sapphire allows the user to import file information using an import tool (through the settings menu) to dramatically speed up the data gathering required for maintaining large media collections.


Screenshots

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More screenshots of the UI can be found HERE.


Gem Colors

Sapphire uses some gem icons to identify files. Here is a short description on what each color signifies:


File Gems

  • Blue Gems - Mark Unwatched files.
  • Yellow Gems - Mark Favorite files that have already been watched.
  • Red Gems - Mark files that have already been watched and are not favorites.

Directory Gems

  • Blue Gems - Mark directories containing any unwatched files.
  • Yellow Gems - Mark directories with favorite files and no unwatched files.
  • Red Gems - Mark directories that contain files that have been watched and are not favorites.

Settings Menu

  • Populate Show Data - This tool is used to preform a search of your /Movies/ directory to gather meta data info.
  • Hide "Favorite Shows" - Removes the Favorite Shows browser from the main menu.
  • Hide "Unwatched Shows" - Removes the Unwatched Shows browser from the main menu.
  • Hide "Hide UI Quit" - Removes the UI reset option from the main menu.
  • Disable Anonymous Reporting - Turns off the anonymous filename reporting (used for debugging and developing future Sapphire features)



Installation

  • 1. Download the Sapphire Plug-in Here.
  • 2. Unzip and place the Sapphire.frappliance folder inside the directory /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/PlugIns/ located on your Apple TV's OSBoot partition.
  • 3. Access the Sapphire main menu using your Apple TV.
  • 4. Go to the "Settings" Menu and select "Populate Show Data". This import tool will go through your /frontrow/Movies/ directory collecting file information that is used to when browsing through Sapphire.
  • 5. Be patient. The import tool can take a considerable amount of time depending on how many mounts you are using. During testing, a fresh import on ~1 Tera byte worth of TV Shows took about 5 minutes. The import might be slower if you are using the airport.
  • 6. Once the import has finished, you might want to tag the files you have already watched, or tag your favorite files. The best way to do this is to select "Browse Shows" from the main menu. Once you have found a directory or file you wish to "Mark as Favorite" or "Mark as Watched", use the right arrow to toggle to the "Mark" mode. Select the file/directory and mark appropriately. To toggle back into "Select" mode hit the left arrow.
  • 7. Enjoy your fully personalized "Unwatched" and "Favorite Shows" file menus!