Latest xLobby V3 Release

A new release was posted Friday, Ver 3.0.9024.5 in My xLobby + Mantis. Here is some basic information.

1. The generic RS232 full 2 way Service is included in the build, Steven will be posting the details on setting the new service up as well as details on all the features early this week along with the release of the other services, Insteon, Lutron, Russound, UPB. The new folder in xLobby for the service is called Services, xcontroller. The current driver database is RS232 write commands only and will be updated on a regular bassis and will include RS232 drivers with full 2 way communication. The service can perform both read and write functions. This Rs232 service uses xLobbys new service discovery system making it easy for other xLobby machines to easily connect to the service or any service thats available. The basic RS232 Command Group and events are still available for simple access to internal com ports. Here are some screenshots of the GUI.

2. Addition of a new feature called Variables located in the skin tab. This function allows users the ability to drag predefined and reusable variables directly into a menu. The variables are currently fixed and will be expanded further. Future abilities will include creating and deleting your own variables. Click on a variable from the list then drag and drop it on the menu.

Variables Screenshot:

3. The ability to add WMV videos into the background folder to use as animated backgrounds. Your system should have a video card installed that performs hardware rendering to minamize heavy cpu load. Make sure you have Windows Media Player 11 or above installed or the background will not render.

4. Several minor bug fixes.

Websites to download free WMV files for xLobby animated backgrounds:

http://www.movietools.info/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=4&d13d1378caaa334383f3b5a980548c02=d87f17e053d47cb61d22854d8a578910

http://www.dreamscene.org/gallery.php?page=2#downloadgallery

Additional website, requires conversion to WMV:

http://stockfootageforfree.com/

Website to download paid WMV files for xLobby animated backgrounds, requires conversion to WMV:

http://www.pond5.com/stock-video-footage/motion-backgrounds.html?gclid=CPmC-Z3Pq5gCFQE_gwodLyD7hg

Free online file conversion:

http://media-convert.com/

Previous News post on the other xLobby services.

http://xlobby.com/news/2008/11/17/xlobby-v3-services/

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