iPlayer Downloader has been updated to be able to handle the higher resolution formats on BBC iPlayer (it previously just downloaded the default). It also allows you to select multiple programmes to be downloaded sequentially.
With these changes, this is very much my preferred way of downloading from iPlayer now.
The current version is Intel-only, but I do now (finally) have a PPC version of rtmpdump which will enable a PPC version of iPlayer Downloader as well. I’ll put this on the download page when I get back from holiday.
I’ve finally released an update to SmallDVD. It’s been more than two years since the last release, so you might think 1.0 is packed with new things, that have taken 2 years to write. But you’d be wrong; there are actually only two changes since 0.8:
- Rearranged the user interface to double the size of the menu preview window (see picture)
- Fixed the “can’t get word 2” error when adding invalid video files.
You can get it from the download page, Intel and PPC version available.
So why has it taken so long? Well, v0.8 had reached the point where it already did just about everything I wanted it to. I had received several suggestions from users about better control over the conversion of non-MPEG2 video, and I did start to create a v0.9 that included that. But I came to the conclusion that the user interface would need a fairly major overhaul to accommodate this. As it wasn’t a feature I ever used myself (because all of my input video was MPEG2 recorded over DVB), I never found the motivation to do it.
However, that has changed now. BBC iPlayer has started delivering very good quality HD .mp4 files, and I now find I do want create DVDs from this more often.
As it’s quite a big change, I decided to call this new version SmallDVD 2.0. But then I realised there had never been a 1.0, so I quickly fixed two of the other most frequently requested things (the “word 2” error and larger menu preview) and called this 1.0.
Now I’ll set about redesigning the user interface to add video conversion parameters, and hope to have a 2.0 release available soon.
Thanks again to everyone who’s provided feedback about SmallDVD over the last few years.
I am pleased to announce the availability of SmallNews 0.1.
SmallNews takes a list of newspaper RSS feeds and creates a PDF document you can either print or read offline. Each feed can be set to be included on specific days, and you can filter out stories you’re not interested in by excluding certain categories.
As many newspaper feeds only contain a summary of the article, SmallNews has handlers for certain sites which go and retrieve the full text to include.
As it’s a new application, there are almost certainly things wrong with it. If you have problems, you can e-mail me at richard AT smallsoftware.co.uk. If you find it useful let me know; there are several things I’m considering for future releases and would welcome your feedback.