Unfortunately, we noticed now only by the hint of an user of nessMediaCenter that Apple has changed the database structure of the Photos library.

As with any Apple update, we of course tested the access to the media of the Photos App in the MediaCenter and found no problems.
Normally you update old database structures in case of changes – and in this case we would also have noticed the problem. But the Photos App 3.0 instead supports 2 different database structures: the structure of old (existing) and new databases.

Fortunately, we quickly found the problem: Apple just renamed 2 fields in the Photos library database.

The latest versions of nessMediaCenter (1.7.5) and nessViewer (3.8.1) can now be downloaded, but the AppStore version must first be reviewed and approved by Apple.

Keywords: media center, nessMediaCenter, nessViewer, Photos App


After the release of the official version of macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), we tested nessViewer and nessMediaCenter again and could not find any problems.

However, High Sierra showed a different MAC address in the system settings “Network” as well as in nessViewer after the first start – and thus in nessViewer appeared the start dialog with the info “Unregistered full version” also with previously registered full versions.

Only after a new start of High Sierra, the original MAC address was displayed, which is also displayed in the older systems.

We therefore recommend – if the start dialog with the info “Unregistered full version” appears in nessViewer – to restart the computer again.

Keywords: macOS 10.13. High Sierra, nessViewer


For the improvements in the media server of nessViewer, nessMediaCenter App for AppleTV had to be adapted as well.

In addition, access to media shows has been improved and support for internet providers has been enhanced.
So you can now use nessViewer on the Mac to arrange internet videos in a media show and then access on AppleTV via the media server this media show to presemt the internet videos one after another.

Keywords: Apple, AppStore, MediaCenter, Media Server, Media Show, TV, tvOS


The work on finessTV has resulted in some improvements which have now also been implemented in the media server:

  1. Energy saving: when connecting by a client, the Mac is woken up and then the sleep is prevented.
  2. External connection: outside the local network, connections are now possible again even if the router firewall is switched on.
  3. Video quality for convertion: for each user the quality (for example, “4096” for high quality and fast connection) can be specified optionally – otherwise it will be automatically calculated as before.
  4. EyeTV movies: optionally, EyeTV movies are segmented by ffmpeg if ffmpeg is installed in the Utilities folder.

Previously, access to the media server was only possible through nessViewer App on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or nessMediaCenter App on AppleTV. On another Mac, however, the media could only be transferred using a FTP client.
From now on, the media server can also be accessed on another Mac in the MediaCenter.
For this purpose, the name and password for the access must be entered in the preferences (tab “Center”) by “Media Server”. Optionally the external address (or domain) and the port can be specified – otherwise the media server will be found automatically by Bonjour.

In the 64 bit version, media shows can also be displayed as a contact sheet after the drawer has been hidden.

For the improvements in the media server, nessViewer App had to be adapted for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch.
In order to make the preferences in the “Settings App” easier to access, the corresponding “Prefs.” button is now available in the info display (Info button “i” in the upper right corner of the main view).

Keywords: 64 bit, MediaCenter, Media Server, Media Show, nessViewer

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