Too good for 2.5… Mesmotronic Multiuser Server 3 is coming!

Mesmotronic Multiuser Server 2
Mesmotronic Multiuser Server 2.5 was supposed to be a stepping stone to 3, but as development progressed it became clear that all the cool new stuff being added would go far beyond a simple point-release.

So, we’ve taken the decision to cancel 2.5 and continue development towards a new multi-platform release: Mesmotronic Multiuser Server 3.

More information coming soon…

BBC iPlayer plug-in for DivX Connected

BBC iPlayer
Our unofficial BBC iPlayer plug-in is now available to download from the DivX Connected plug-in library!

The plug-in allows you to select and watch programmes from a wide range of feeds, including content from all major BBC television channels.

Programmes play fullscreen, but due to the way the BBC’s big screen playback page is offset from the left, you will need to manually centre the picture using the right arrow button on your remote control.

It is not currently possible to view items which require age verification.

Existing users will upgraded automatically as new versions become available.

Download BBC iPlayer plug-in from the DivX Connected plug-in library
Take a look at the DivX Connected set-top box

Get ready for Mesmotronic Multiuser Server 2.5

Mesmotronic Multiuser Server 2
The next major release of Mesmotronic’s real-time server solution has entered the final stages of development and has been handed to our crack team of testers to put it through its paces.

Mesmotronic Multiuser Server 2.5 makes it even easier to add push data and real-time interactivity to you Flash, Flex and AIR applications by enabling ActionScript developers to build client and server functionality using nothing more than their existing knowledge and an easy-to-use ActionScript 3 API.

Watch this space for further announcements.

Essential Eclipse plug-ins for Flash Builder 4 and Burrito

With the recent relase of Adobe Flash Builder 4, we thought we’d flag up the update URLs for a few of our favourite Eclipse plug-ins to save you having to hunt around for them.

To install plug-ins:

  1. Copy the appropriate URL to your clipboard
  2. In Flash Builder, select Install New Software… from the Help menu
  3. Click Add, paste URL in the Location field and click OK
  4. Select the plug-ins to install and click Finish

If you’ve spotted anything we’ve missed, add a comment orĀ  tweet it to @mesmotronic.

This URL contains links to most of the plug-ins hosted on, allowing you to add functionality like ANT, JDT (Java Development Tools) and PDT (PHP Development Tools). You’ll also need to add this URL to Flash Builder to enable you to install other plug-ins, like soapUI:

Subclipse (SVN)

If you’re a regular user of version control, and you should be, the subclipse plug-in is essential:


For anyone who uses Web Services, soapUI offers a great way to view and test your services:

Android SDK

Now that you can develop application using AIR for Android, it could be argued that ADT (Android Developer Tools) isn’t necessarily essential, but if you’re looking to develop mobile apps for anything other than the latest handsets it’s definitely worth a look:


For anyone who makes regular use of the Tasks panel in FlashDevelop or Eclipse’s Java profile, this is a must.

You can download the plug-in here (requires manual installation).


Creating a simple HTTP proxy using PHP

Cross domain policy files, or rather a lack of them, are the bane of Flash and Flex developers’ lives. Whether it’s the Twitter API, data from Yahoo! Finance or one of any number of other data sources, the moment your SWF makes it to the web you’re faced with the same problem: Security Error!

The solution is to create a simple proxy on your server that can load the data for you and pass it to your application. If you’re using PHP, then this is about as simple as it gets:

// Too simple! (see comment below)
$url = $_REQUEST['url'];
if (preg_match('/\b(https?|ftp):\/\/*/', $url) !== 1) die;
echo (file_get_contents($url));

The preg_match ensures that the requested URL is valid and offers basic protection against anyone trying to maliciously access files on your server.

That’s it. Just paste that into a text file, save it as proxy.php and upload it to your server. You can then access any data you like simply by passing it a URL. Best of all, it works with both GET and POST, for example:

Happy proxy-ing!

ConnectedVNC adds audio!

ConnectedVNC in use

The ConnectedVNC plug-in for DivX Connected now includes ConCast, so you can hear your PC too!

By installing a SHOUTcast or Icecast server alongside DivX Connected, you can now listen to your PC while using it remotely on your TV, enabling you to enjoy applications like Spotify and iTunes from the comfort of your sofa!

Existing users will need to download the latest plug-in to upgrade.

For more information about streaming audio from your PC to your set-top box, please refer to the the ConCast plug-in page.

Please note: audio is optional and some users may experience a 1-2 second audio lag.

Download ConnectedVNC from DivX Connected plug-in library
Take a look at the DivX Connected set-top box

ConCast plug-in for DivX Connected

What is it?

ConCast is a SHOUTcast, Icecast and Podcast player for DivX Connected, capable of playing most AAC and MP3 streams.

Originally an experiment in adding audio to ConnectedVNC, the ConCast plug-in is primarily designed to enable users to stream sound from their PC to their set-top box using one of the many free SHOUTcast/Icecast servers, for example if you want to listen to Spotify or iTunes on your TV.

To stream audio from your PC

One of the easiest ways to listen to audio from your PC using ConCast is to set your default recording device to Stereo Mix, which you’ll need to enable if you’re using Windows 7 or Vista, and install edcast (to encode the sound) and Icecast2 (to broadcast it).

There are plenty of online tutorials showing how to setup edcast and Icecast2, and more ConCast specific information will be posted here soon.

Download & find out more

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