A look at the meta<browser /> 2.0 Web Apps.

By | January 14, 2011

meta<browser/> logometa<browser /> 2.0 has many more features that I will ever find a use for and the new Web App has been one of them.  I’ve wanted to show it off here for some time, but all that was available was the underlying controls to make it work and the interface was left up to you…until now.

Getting the Web App setup in meta<browser /> 2.0 is easy enough due the online update system:

  1. Start the web serviceOpen meta<browser /> 2.0 and go to your Settings.  Within Settings, navigate to the Misc section in the left-hand menu tree.  On the Misc page, you will find the Web Service section.  If you need to make a change to the default port used (7000), do that now, otherwise click the Start button to start the web service.  Notice the activated URL listed after starting the web service and click that link.  It should open in a new browser window.  Leave that open and minimize it for later and then close Settings.
  2. Now that the web service is running, it is necessary to install the web applications so we have something to actually see when using it.we  Locate the Check for updates/manage plugins… button at the bottom right-hand corner of the meta<browser /> main interface and click it.
  3. Download web applicationsOnce the Auto Update manager opens, expand the Web Apps tree and select Available Apps.  If you have already installed them, they will show under Installed Apps and there will be nothing left to do.  Otherwise, check each web application and click the Update button at the bottom right-hand corner to download and install them.
  4. Once the web applications have been installed, they are ready to use.  No configuration necessary…it’s all ready to use.  However, do keep in mind that the web applications and web service will only show you the locations that are loaded into meta<browser />, so you will need to configure your locations in order to display what you want.
  5. Initial pageReturn to the browser window that was opened in Step 1 and refresh it.  You should see something similar to the image to the right.  I only loaded a portion of my collection, as well as a staging directory that was on the local system.  Under Installed Web Apps you see Media Collection (Mobile) which will display all items loaded into meta<browser />.  Movie Collection is the other web application and it only loads items discovered as movies…TV series will not be available here.
  6. Movie CollectionIf you click the Movie Collection link, it will present a list of all movies determined by the locations configured in media.  A scrollable list of titles is presented on the left with all available metadata and images in a simply layout to the right.  Posters and backdrops are selectable so they can be viewed in their original resolution.
  7. The Media Collection (Mobile) web application is where all the bells-and-whistles are though.  Utilizing JQuery, there are dynamic page transitions, filtering, full library access and more.  Use the gallery below to see what the mobile web app has to offer.  Also, I resized my browser to give it more of a mobile device feel.  I realize I failed a bit, but hopefully you get the idea.

As always, you can purchase meta<browser /> 2.0 from the official site.

2 thoughts on “A look at the meta<browser /> 2.0 Web Apps.

  1. Redshirt

    This looks really neat. I set it up a little while ago and tried without success to have the library viewable from my phone or a different PC. But from how it looked on my desktop, it’s a welcome addition

    1. Jon Post author

      Yeh, I had been waiting quite a while for him to get the interface done as the arguments to retrieve title information was all that was available. I just lost track because I know it’s been around for some time now. I don’t have a practical use for it myself, but it’s still very nice.


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