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andy
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NEW: LiveSpy 2.2 released for 2.0.34+ firmware

Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:51 pm

LiveSpy 2.2 is now available on the 2.0.34 firmware and above. This
award-winning webcam browser includes these features (among others):

* Camera Centering in Grid Modes: When showing 4, 9, or 16 cameras,
the cameras are shown centered in the grid boxes.

* Screen Saver mode (fixed to work with 2.0.34 firmware -- simply put
all files from the zip in /mnt/flash1/ScreenSavers and pick
LiveSpySix from the screen saver list in the PhotoBridge Setup app)

* Music Control: Use the up or down navigation buttons to change
tracks in the music player while watching cameras!

You can download LiveSpy or view screen shots by visiting the LiveSpy
2.0 beta firmware page:

http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/firmware2_0.html

or you can download it directly from this URL:

http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/LiveSpyRoku220.zip

LiveSpy updates your screen with images from web cameras regularly
throughout the day. It automates the webcam browsing process,
downloading images in the background and displaying them as they are
ready. It includes an extensive list of cameras. You can choose to
watch events at one place in the world, or to cycle between all of the
available cameras. With LiveSpy, you gain a window on the world.

LiveSpy is compact and easy-to-use. Just unzip it on a writable
shared drive or Compact Flash card, refresh the share, run LiveSpy,
and enjoy your tour of scenes from around the world!

LiveSpy is compatible with the Roku PhotoBridge HD and requires an
internet connection. LiveSpy is shareware.
Andy Oliver
LiveSpy: Watch Live Webcams:http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/index.html
VncSix: Web Surfing+:http://frequal.com/roku/VncSix/index.html
SongInfo:http://frequal.com/roku/SongInfo/index.html
 
dgburns
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Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:20 pm

Here's some more cams, in LiveSpy format.
The longitudes listed are BS, I gotta find a place to get long's...

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
http://cams.camvista.com/eileandonan.jpg
http://www.camvista.com/scotland/scenic ... de=nonjava
-3.266700
Mull of Galloway Light, Scotland
http://cams.camvista.com/client_nlb01.jpg
http://www.camvista.com/scotland/scenic ... de=nonjava
-3.366700
Great Pyramids of Giza (Day), Egypt
http://www.pyramidcam.com/pyramids.jpg
http://www.pyramidcam.com/#
2.500000
Great Pyramids of Giza (Night), Egypt
http://www.pyramidcam.com/nightcam/night-640x360.jpg
http://www.pyramidcam.com/#
2.510000
42nd Street, Times Square, NY
http://209.178.198.74/ec_metros/ourcams/lennon.jpg
http://images.earthcam.com/
-55.005000
TGI Fridays, Times Square, NY
http://images.earthcam.com/ec_metros/ne ... ridays.jpg
http://www.camvista.com/usa/ec/newyork. ... de=nonjava
-55.000000
Hollywood, CA
http://images.earthcam.com/ec_metros/ca ... ashiro.jpg
http://www.camvista.com/usa/ec/la.php3?pageMode=nonjava
-121.300000
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
http://www-compat.tf1.fr/webcam/file322.jpg
http://www-compat.tf1.fr/livecam//paris ... cam=eiffel
2.333300
Porto Alegre, Brazil
http://www.wcams.com.br./fotoatual1.jpg
http://www.opensite.com.br/webcam/index.shtml
-42.716999
Playa-de-Palma, Spain
http://web115.domainhost-europe.de/webcam/cam3.jpg
http://www.playa-de-palma.es/
1.500000
Loch Ness, Scotland
http://www.lochness.co.uk/livecam/img/lochness.jpg
http://www.lochness.co.uk/livecam/nonjava.html
-1.750000
Portland PetCam, Portland, OR
http://images.earthcam.com/ec_metros/ourcams/ohs.jpg
http://images.earthcam.com/
-121.100000

This one's sorta nifty, shows you where over the world the ISS is located:
International Space Station
http://images.ontwikkel.nl/iss_zoom2.jpg
http://space.cweb.nl/space3d_iss.html
100.000000

Now...to go try the new version!
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)
Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV
Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's
PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext
M1000 (upstairs)
HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)
Visco 32" LCD
AR 2.1 audio system
PS/2
 
dgburns
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Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:14 pm

Andy,
Love the centering in the grid views! Awesome!

Okay, I think I've found a bug (that was also in 2.1). If you press an invalid key and the help screen pops up, if the camera changes while that help screen is up, you can't get rid of it! At least, not that I've found. Of course, exiting LiveSpay and restarting it fixes, but that's a pain.

Some more feature requests:

1. Primarily related to the single cam view, but I suppose it could be extended to the grid views too. I personally have this 'thing' about aspect ratio, bugs the heck outta me when I look at a wide display and see something stretched to fill it. I propose giving us a configuration option in the image.dat file (a 2.0000 version of the file?) so the user can decide if he wants cam images a) scaled linear "inside" (like 2.2 does in the grids but not in the single view) b) scale non-linear to fit (i.e. 'stretched', like 2.2 does on the single view), and c) scale linear "outside" (new, such that a picture is scaled linear to fill the single or the grid, with no 'bars', probably having to crop some top and bottom). I find myself going back to the 2x2 grid mode instead of single cam view, just because I can't STAND the stretched pictures. Some people don't seem to mind... must not since about every bar you go to with wide screen TV's has SD playing stretched to fill the screen. Ack!

2. Allow comment lines in image.dat (lines beginning with #).

3. Major new feature: when the "Select" key (or maybe "Rotate") is pressed the cycle stops, and just that one cam is updated per the current update frequency, until you press "Select" (or "Rotate") again and it continues on the cycle.

4. If 3 can be implemented, I'm not sure how complicated it might be but could it be extended to have a "go live" mode?

5. If you can do 2, then perhaps pressing the "Info" button could display those comment lines in overlaid text?

Well...that should keep you busy for a week or so (while I'm out of town on travel) and by then you should have all this done :shock: AND have PayPal setup as a payment option :!: 8) :!:

Great app Andy...keep up the good work.
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)

Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV

Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's

PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext

M1000 (upstairs)

HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)

Visco 32" LCD

AR 2.1 audio system

PS/2
 
andy
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Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:52 pm

dgburns wrote:
3. Major new feature: when the "Select" key (or maybe "Rotate") is pressed the cycle stops, and just that one cam is updated per the current update frequency, until you press "Select" (or "Rotate") again and it continues on the cycle.

This feature is already implemented! In the menu, set "Change To Next Camera Each Update" to "No".

Then it show the same camera, updating it periodically.
Andy Oliver

LiveSpy: Watch Live Webcams:http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/index.html

VncSix: Web Surfing+:http://frequal.com/roku/VncSix/index.html

SongInfo:http://frequal.com/roku/SongInfo/index.html
 
dgburns
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Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:23 pm

andy wrote:
dgburns wrote:
3. Major new feature: when the "Select" key (or maybe "Rotate") is pressed the cycle stops, and just that one cam is updated per the current update frequency, until you press "Select" (or "Rotate") again and it continues on the cycle.

This feature is already implemented! In the menu, set "Change To Next Camera Each Update" to "No".

Then it show the same camera, updating it periodically.


Yeah, in that respect, yes it does. I was thinking of something simpler, not requiring a menu popup then selection. That's often a problem in light of the bug I mentioned back in Sunday at 1:14am post.
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)

Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV

Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's

PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext

M1000 (upstairs)

HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)

Visco 32" LCD

AR 2.1 audio system

PS/2
 
dgburns
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Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:24 pm

andy wrote:
This feature is already implemented!

Any possibility of it ever being able to truly go "live" then?
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)

Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV

Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's

PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext

M1000 (upstairs)

HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)

Visco 32" LCD

AR 2.1 audio system

PS/2
 
drew138
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:33 am

Does anyone know if Livespy can be configured to read the stream of the Linksys line of webcams?
 
andy
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:12 pm

dgburns wrote:
Any possibility of it ever being able to truly go "live" then?

It is possible in the future. I have been holding off since I'm worried about people hammering free public cameras with a continuous stream of requests. I guess this is probably less of concern now in the days of streaming video and slashdottings. :-)

I will look at the possibility of reducing the delay between updates to 0 seconds, or continuous updates.
Andy Oliver

LiveSpy: Watch Live Webcams:http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/index.html

VncSix: Web Surfing+:http://frequal.com/roku/VncSix/index.html

SongInfo:http://frequal.com/roku/SongInfo/index.html
 
andy
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:25 pm

drew138 wrote:
Does anyone know if Livespy can be configured to read the stream of the Linksys line of webcams?

You can add a new camera to LiveSpy's list, instructions are here:

http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/guide.h ... ingCameras

You can set the update frequency to every 10 seconds, that gives frequent updates.
Andy Oliver

LiveSpy: Watch Live Webcams:http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/index.html

VncSix: Web Surfing+:http://frequal.com/roku/VncSix/index.html

SongInfo:http://frequal.com/roku/SongInfo/index.html
 
dgburns
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:57 pm

andy wrote:
I will look at the possibility of reducing the delay between updates to 0 seconds, or continuous updates.

Cool!

While you're looking into that, perhaps you could check something else? It seems very hard to get LiveSpy to stop on a particular camera. When I have a camera up I'd like to watch for a bit, I pull up the menu and change it to not switch to next camera on update, but it seems to go 1 or maybe 2 cameras through the list before it actually 'sticks' to one. Of course, then I've missed the one I wanted to watch and can't go backwards, so it sorta defeats the purpose.

I was thinking the other day it would sure be nice if the user could pop up a scrollable list on the gui and pick a particular camera by it's "friendly" name. Maybe a 3.0 feature!?!

Any progress on getting PayPal as a contribution option? Or on some sort of 'bundle' deal if someone were to want both the Roku version AND the Windows version?

By the way...what the heck does 'frequal' mean? :)
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)

Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV

Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's

PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext

M1000 (upstairs)

HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)

Visco 32" LCD

AR 2.1 audio system

PS/2
 
jor
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Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:02 am

andy wrote:
It is possible in the future. I have been holding off since I'm worried about people hammering free public cameras with a continuous stream of requests. I guess this is probably less of concern now in the days of streaming video and slashdottings. :-)


No - I think that instinct is correct. If they wanted to stream video, they would.

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