FileExplorer for TV is available on Apple TV!

Discussion in 'Apple TV Apps' started by steven0320, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. steven0320, Dec 17, 2015
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    steven0320 macrumors newbie

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    FileExplorer for TV helps you to access files on your computer (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux) and NAS from Apple TV. Stream movies, musics and view photos on your Apple TV.

    Features:
    * Access Computer and NAS:
    Supported OS and device: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Time Capsule and NAS.
    Access network shares on above OS and device by CIFS, SMB, WebDAV and FTP protocol.
    Stream movies and musics from computer/NAS to Apple TV.
    View photos and play slideshow on your Apple TV.
    Auto discover comptuers and NAS

    * Supported file formats:
    Image: JPG, PNG, GIF
    Music: MP3, M4A, FLAC, APE, WMA, WAV
    Music Playlist: CUE, M3U
    Video: MOV,MP4,AVI,XVID,MKV,RMVB,WMV,FLV etc.
    Video Subtitles: SRT, ASS, SSA

    Try the free version before purchasing.

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  2. Romf macrumors regular

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    It looks nice especially for the pictures part.
    But is there anyway to add a folder inside a share as a favourite?
    For example, I have my Nas as a share, so I can quickly access its root folder.
    But I would like to be able to add one of the folders to the home screen of FileExplorer to access quickly the photos for example. Is it possible?

    Thanks!
     
  3. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, sure. Just long press the folder, and a menu will pop up. Then select "Star" button. This folder will be put in "Starred" view.
     
  4. lemonkid macrumors member

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    It does a nice job. But I get confused by the way the files are sorted. From left to right in a 3 way row. That's pretty confusing!

    It's also difficult to see the filenames. Since the background colour is blue and the letters black. Only when you select a file it's description will turn white. And the folders in which my music is stored can only be viewed with the first few letters. If you reorganise the way they display could you gain on space for the names of the files? Is there a way to support playlists for music?

    Flac plays good (except for the Apple tv 4 restrictions to guarantee bad sound reproduction. But that's Apple)

    But the movies play beautiful! And I think the quality is even better than I ever saw them..!

    Still please work on the contrast of the blue background colour and the black letters.
     
  5. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    File sorted from left to right is the style of Apple TV.

    OK, we'll tweak the background color in next update.
     
  6. lemonkid macrumors member

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    Thanks for your reply!

    I am happy to hear about the background tweaking! And there is also another thing I'd like to share. Currently I am also using 'Onevideo'. It looks good but there has been put too much energy in all kinds of features that make the app crash. This happens when it starts to generate Thumbnails of movies stored on my NAS.

    When you ever are tempted to create thumbnails in your app, be sure to check it out thoroughly. I personally prefer simple user interface with a good working app than a fancy interface with a crashing app......

    Also please have a look at 'Video Player for Many Movies Formats from Nas Media Servers'. Sorry about the long name of this app. It is free it works well, does not create the beautiful video quality that your app creates, but I can read long titles of movies in that app.

    And..... (more work for you :)

    If your app can play flac, (it can) you should also try to implement playlists support.

    The last question: Is there no way to work around the sheer idiotic way that apple has implemented to force 48Khz audio output? Is it possible to get Digital throughput of High-Res Audio? I find it an insult to anyone working in the audio industry that the Apple TV 4 resamples ALL material to 48 Khz. Even carefully crafted and mastered 44.1 CD quality music is changed!
     
  7. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, agreed. Stability of app is more important.

    The flac format is supported already. Playlist cue and m3u formats are supported as well.

    The long file name issue will be fixed.

    For high-res audio output, it looks like audio pass through feature. We'll think how to support it.
     
  8. tonyk23 macrumors newbie

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    Looks good but I can't really test the free version as most of my files are MKV.
     
  9. kiyobi macrumors newbie

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    hi, will this be able to access local content (i.e., external hdd connected via usb-c)?
     
  10. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    The whole 2 row list thing and not being able to do a 'list mode' is just bad. sorry.
     
  11. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but only having 2 columns is _not_ the style of Apple TV. Why all the wasted space? Why is the font so small and hard to see ?
     
  12. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apple TV cannot access hdd via usb-c.
     
  13. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We'll add the card mode (list mode) in next update.
     
  14. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    I've been using this for several weeks to access and view photos and videos from our shared Windows PC folders on our home network. Works great. Being able to view our family photos and videos from the comfort of the couch means we will look at them a lot more often. Because of this, last weekend I just took the time to digitally capture old home movies shot on digital tape, along with taking old videos shot with a Flip camera around 2008ish, and used Handbrake to convert them to an iOS friendly format. Now these are all also stored on our Windows shared folder and FileExplorer can easily access and play them. Playback is smooth and looks terrific on the big screen!
     
  15. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    Why have you been looking for weeks? There are a few apps out there that do this already. I recommend NAStify. FileExplorer has promise but its not there yet.
     
  16. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    I think you mis-read my post. I'm not looking for anything.
     
  17. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    You're correct. I did.
     
  18. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Those issues will be fixed in next update. The new version is in beta testing now. If you want to join, please send your Apple ID to support@skyjos.com. The test version is distributed on Apple TestFlight.
     
  19. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    Been trying out the TestFlight version.

    Working good so far.

    Few things.

    "Now connection" doesn't really sound right.
    Maybe use "Add Connection" or better yet "Setup"

    List view works but its not really a list view. Its just a different collection view.

    When playing a file we need the file name to show up by the play-bar and it would be great to have a clock as well (i.e.: the current time).
     
  20. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The "Now Connection" is typo. It should be "New Connection". We'll correct it.

    The real list view doesn't look beautiful on Apple TV. Probably, we should change the name to "tile view", instead of "list view".
     
  21. FilmfreundCH macrumors newbie

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  22. steven0320 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, sure. Send your Apple ID to us.
     
  23. ajforbes20 macrumors regular

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    Does this access a hard drive connected to the AirPort Extreme?
     
  24. EdwardSmith36 macrumors regular

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    Now this seems something interesting for me. File explorer will surely help me to browse all the data that i have in my PC. Thanks for sharing this needful content.
     
  25. ClonyXXL macrumors newbie

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    And what kinds of videos specifically therefore supports the free version? I tried several types (avi, mkv) and not to play me neither.
     

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