Tag Archives: N9

Helium 0.6.0

Helium 0.6.0 is available. It mostly contains back-end changes, but  several user-visible changes as well:

Improved seeking

The handling of seeking in the player view has been improved. The area that reacts to the
seeking has been enlarged and the the flicking doesn’t steal the events anymore. A tool-tip will show the current seek position.


It is now possible to filter the list of media files. To activate the filter input, just drag down and pull the list at the top as in every other program on the device. By default the filtering will only work on the titles. This can be changed in settings to match against most of the other meta-data as well.


It’s now possible to log the UPnP traffic to help debugging of interoperability issues. By default, the log file is written to MyDocs to enable easy transfer of the log files via mass storage mode.


PushUp 0.3.0

Installing this version will REBOOT your device!

Also, if you have installed the previous version from OVI store, you need to uninstall it first before installing this version.

I have release a new version of PushUp. Most notable changes, aside those from syncing with upstream korva, are:

  • Compatibility with devices that need file extensions on the HTTP URLs
  • The possibility to share files which are unknown to Tracker
  • Drop the libffi dependency which caused install issues for some people
  • Next try on using a nice icon in the share dialog
  • Default icons for remote devices
  • An option to cancel transfers using Transfer UI
Please note that due to the slight issues with the N9′s sharing ui, the device has to reboot after installing PushUp. This will happen automatically.
As usual, it’s available here, at apps.formeego.com or in OVI store.


N9 media pushing


Ever since the announcement of the N9′s DLNA support people were looking for a feature called DLNA +PU+ which allows you to send media files to e.g. DLNA-capable TVs without enabling content sharing on your device, giving you a really fine-grained control about what and where to share to.

PushUp is a small utility that hooks into the N9′s sharing framework and allows to you push an image or a video to your TV just like you would with Bluetooth or NFC. Get it on this site (or later through the Nokia Store).

It is an offspring of my Korva project, a D-Bus specification and its implementation for media pushing. While still work-in-progress, it’s already fully functional.

Edit: I had to update the package because the icon was missing and cancelling the device selector was broken.
Edit2: Updated again since it was broken on PR < 1.2.

Helium 0.4.0 beta

TL;DR: First release of Helium! Please try it out and reports issues at https://github.com/phako/Helium/issues or as a comment if you don’t want to register with github,

The first installable version of Helium is out. Grab the debian package for your N9 here. As usual it’s signed with my public key 6BA1DF74.

This version is not submitted to the store (yet) since I felt it needs a bit more testing, especially on the interaction with media renderers. I’ve only two renderers that are not Rygel-based and one of them is severely broken when it comes to UPnP.

So please, try it out and report any issue you find either via its issue tracker at github or as a comment here.

Basic usage instructions are available on this site.

Call for translation

Currently TweakUp only speaks English. I’ve modified the source and setup a Transifex instance to change that in a future release. Since the only two languages I can express myself in without sounding too stupid are English and German, my translation skills are a bit limited. So if anyone is interested in contributing a translation, feel free.


TweakUp your media sharing experience

As I mentioned on several places already, due to the aim of getting the N9 DLNA-certified we had to introduce some restrictions. One of the most annoying limitation from an end user point of view is that you can’t share arbitrary videos or music which you may have put on your device. Another, though minor, issue is that it’s not possible to change the name shown in UPnP or DLNA clients on the network.

While it is possible to change all this by editing the configuration file, it is somewhat inconvenient to do this on the device. That’s why I’ve written a small application called TweakUp which allows all these settings (and a few more, see the screenshot) to be changed more comfortably. It is available in the Nokia Store and on this website. It has been signed with my public key 6BA1DF74.

Its source code is available at https://gitorious.org/helium/tweakup