to the Softer! website, the application I'm developing.
With Softer! every satellite TV lover (like me) with a PC sat receiver
can have a complete OSD (On Screen Display) with an EPG (Electronic
Program Guide), in coupling with best-known TV application ProgDVB.
- Devised and developed to be used with a remote control (with
the aid of the remote-PC communication application "Girder",
or a similar one);
- Totally software engine, therefore no problem with budget
boards (like Technisat SkyStar2) and/or in "overlay"
- Sudied to pilot ProgDVB,
best-known DVB TV applications on PCs;
- Based on the XMLTV
standard, and not on the singularly satellite-transmitted EPGs:
you've to download (via Internet or via satellite) the EPG for
all channels ONCE every week, and you'll have the complete TV
- It allows to schedule recordings;
- It introduces the absolutely new function RecLag, to
simply set up an advance & delay time in your scheduled recordings:
so you can make your recording start some minute before and stop
some minute after the "official" TV-guide timing table.
- I was mainly inpired by two other softwares, to develop Softer!:
the Girder plugin "NICE", never officially published
on the Net, programmed by the italian guy BaciBaci2003
that I met on forums, and RitzDVB, a very good software
similar to ProgDVB, currently in developement phase, but that
already offers brilliant functions as the software-based OSD (simply,
but anyway really good).
- I've to say "thank you" also to a friend of mine,
the developer and website creator Luca Lodini (www.warp.it),
that helped me a lot when I was studying some algorithms, to make
my application work speeder and smarter.
is free :)
Softer! is completely free, and it can be freely used
for non-commercial purposes. Commercial uses are, anyway prohibited:
if you want so, I invite you to contact me on the forum of this
site. If you download Softer! and you find it useful (and only if
you want) you can send me a little donation, also a single dollar,
to reward me for my hours at the PC... you've only to click on one
of these buttons to transfer any amount of money with PayPal, or
with your credit card :)