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soitjes 06-10-2011 02:21 PM

Free HTPC software - Digital Home Server

Multimedia and home automation are hobbies of mine, and for two years I've been working on my own application called the Digital Home Server. The software is freely available on [URL=""][/URL] and I stress the fact that it contains no spyware, ads, nag screens or whatever.

It used to be a graphical interface for my 7" USB monitor, but the first version which I released about a year ago was not very well written (I can admit that now [IMG][/IMG] ). I gave that version away for free as well, and I knew a few people who were using it, but I was no longer satisfied with it.

So I thought a bit before coding on where this application should go to, and it should become a mix between Home Automation and multimedia. Until now, a lot of focus has been on the multimedia part, but I'm getting more and more into home automation. I like to think that DHS has some unique features, notably that it's fully multi-monitor, and it can handle any size (from 7" up to whatever). Screens are specially designed for touchscreens.


The application itself uses Widgets (small apps you can drag and resize) and modules (full screen applications). This is what I currently have released :

- BE and NL railway delay (special app for specific audience)
- weather forecast
- rain radar (shows where rain is falling)
- MP3 remote control
- Digital clock
- Analog clock

- MP3 player
- Internet radio player (with radio station database)
- Photo slideshow (you can choose any monitor to send the slideshow to)
- Podcast player
- Shoppinglist (and use your iPhone to consult the list when shopping)
- Timer
- Video player (play anything for which a codec is installed, including HD and subtitles)
- Calendar (uses Google Calendar as backend)

In a few weeks I will release the DVD player (I worked almost a year on that DVD player, very hard piece of software I can assure you). Next will be an eBay watchlist widget. And a Yahoo stock watch widget is also in an early draft version. I actively develop new function for DHS, so I'll post the updates here as well (if nobody minds).

I have bought some Zwave devices, because I absolutely would like to have this mix between multimedia and home automation. But still a lot of work here [IMG][/IMG]

Still in "idea" phase
- too much to write down here, but I do have a long list...

Hope you like it. I'll be highly interested in your feedback and ideas !!


soitjes 08-28-2011 12:28 PM

I just released version New is the DVD Player. It can play DVDs from the optical reader, but also DVDR which are copied on the hard disk.


Just like the video player, the DVD supports multiple monitors. So you can control the DVD which is displayed on one monitor from another monitor.


soitjes 10-06-2011 07:22 PM

Version is now released. New is the Scribble Pad, a small drawing program, mainly to be used to leave messages behind for the other family members.


And a lot of work behind the scenes, but the result of that will only be visible in the next releases !


soitjes 11-14-2011 08:51 PM

Version is now released. A new module : the wakeup module. I tried to imitate a flipclock, and a few minutes before you have to get up music can be played.


A few other small updates have been implemented :

- the calendar now shows the number of meetings per day
- radio info is scaled and scrolls over the screen

Next module will probably be a slideshow module for Picasa albums (still discussing with myself), and I work very hard on xPL integration (worth a Google if you don't know what it is).


soitjes 01-15-2012 07:31 PM

Just released version New is the Picasa slideshow module, which allows to make a photo slideshow with your Picasa Web albums.


The module is very simple, because all content management is done in Google Picasa. You only need to enter your Google account and you're ready to watch the slideshows.

As usual, multi-monitor is supported and you send the slideshow to any monitor connected to your system.

The next modules will be "paperless home" (scan and archive documents, track unpaid invoices) and "Notify My Android" (send messages from the Digital Home Server to your Android smartphone).


soitjes 02-20-2012 07:40 PM

Release is now available. New is the "Notify My Android" module, which allows you to send free notifications to your Android smartphone.


You can set up multiple accounts or share accounts between smartphones (so that all smartphones get the same message), and sent messages are saved so it's easy to resend them quickly.

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