Plumi 3.1.1 Released to Beta

EngageMedia and Unweb have released Plumi 3.1.1 into beta testing. You can download the release in a tar file from the Plumi 3.1.1 Beta entry on plone.org.

The changes introduced in this version include:

  • Deleting a video in Plumi will also delete any transcoded copies
  • No longer asks the user to select a language when loading a video
  • Improvements to the code Plumi uses when embedding videos in WordPress or Drupal sites
  • Improved “bookmark” button
  • Video listings, member video folders and RSS1 / RSS2 feeds display in reverse chronological order
  • Transcode daemon was occasionally missing some videos when they were uploaded
  • Able to change the author of a video

You can find more details about these changes at the plumi trac report for 3.1.1.

Please send an email to the plumi-discuss list or post a message in #plumi to let us know how you go installing & using the Plumi 3.1.1 beta.

Burnstation Prototype very close to being released

EngageMedia and Unweb have been keeping busy this week testing and tweaking the Burnstation prototype system. As a proof of concept it’s being kept quite basic, especially its user interface and error trapping. The tweaking has involved making it a little clearer to operate and correcting a couple of issues that would prevent it from creating an ISO file.

We set up a summary page on the wiki showing an overview of the work remaining, some of which was not logged as tickets in Plumi Trac. We also occasionally included some high level notes here to give more of an overview than just viewing the tickets in Trac.

We’re now very close to releasing the prototype as the final tasks remaining are primarily around documenting the How To Guide and the work required to produce a production version. We’re expecting to get everything wrapped up in the next couple of days.

Burnstation Prototype – Design decisions relating to the User Interface

The user interface provided with the Burnstation prototype presents minimal information to the user. There are no icons or layout considerations in the portlet & the Add to Burn Queue link that the prototype provides.

When a video is added to the queue, the user is returned to the home page and must remember to look at the Burn Queue portlet to confirm that the video has indeed been added. As the ISO file is being produced there is no “time remaining” indication and the user has to keep refreshing the home page to see if the “Get ISO” option has appeared in the Burn Queue portlet.

We discussed options for improving the user interface but it was agreed that because this was a prototype system, the user interface could be kept to a minimum as:

  • The purpose of the prototype is to confirm that videos can be combined into an ISO file that is subsequently burnt to DVD for distribution.
  • A barely functional user interface is sufficient to allow testing of the concept.
  • Initial users working with a basic prototype are expected to be able to review documentation & operate the system without requiring extensive user interface guidance.