Review: EyeTV adds iTune-ish features, Leopard qualities in version 3
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Review: EyeTV adds iTune-ish features, Leopard qualities in version 3

If you're not familiar with EyeTV it's a PVR (personal video recorder) that lets you watch and record TV programs on your Mac. What's more, you can timeshift (pause and replay live TV), record to your hard drive, archive directly to DVD, schedule the recording of programs, export to iPhones and iPods, and use the EyeTV to connect and interface with video devices such as VCRs, DVD players and camcorders.

EyeTV 3 was announced at January's 2008 Macworld Conference & Expo. The update tweaks the interface and offers an extended program guide featuring intelligent searching and recording functionality. There are also new network features. Plus, sharing, editing and exporting programs on your LAN, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Sony PSP and to DVD is even easier.

The redesigned user interface offers a new programs window in a Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") look and feel that's very welcome. It has an iTune-ish feel that will make it comfortable to iTunes users who may have never used EyeTV.

The sidebar on the left presents all functions and elements in hierarchical order that's great for organizing recorded content. New options in the hierarchical sidebar includes “Playlist" with the default playlists Exporting, Reporting Now and Past Week. Recordings can be viewed in list view or in the Cover Flow mode made popular by iTunes. Clicking the right icon above “View” switches from the traditional navigational style view to a Cover Flow view. If you like that view in iTunes and Leopard, you'll like it in EyeTV 3.

The semi-transparent On-Screen Menu, an overlay menu, has been redesigned entirely, inspired, according to the folks at Elgato, by user interfaces from modern set-top boxes. This allows you to effortless control EyeTV via a remote control or keyboard and mouse. EyeTV 3 also has excellent integration with the Apple Remote. And the enhanced overlay lets you access all control settings from the couch, the bed, a recliner. etc.

When it comes to Smart Guides, a new, intelligent search function lets EyeTV 3 users combine multiple search criteria for refined EPG searches. Searches can be saved as Smart Guides that show up in the programs window sidebar and update on-the-fly, like a Saved Search in Mac OS X 10.5. A tab reveals if any TV series, movies, actors, etc. you enjoy are available.

The search feature in the Program Guide now works in realtime and shows results as you type. Type in, say, an "S" and you'll get Smallville, Supernatural, etc., in an instant.

Optionally, search results can be recorded automatically. You can also specify how many recordings you want to keep in your EyeTV Archives, similar to Podcast subscriptions in iTunes.

EyeTV 3 network features have also been improved and extended. EyeTV Archives can now be shared with other users in your local network just like iTunes and iPhoto libraries. Wi-Fi Access, which enables watching recorded TV shows via wireless network on an iPhone or iPod touch, now supports additional smart-phones from several vendors. It also offers the option of lower resolution for lower-bandwidth video connections. Password protection has been added too.

Another nifty addition to EyeTV 3's feature set is Smart Playlists, which group recorded TV shows using flexible search criteria. Smart Playlists also appear the sidebar. The video editor has been integrated into the player window as an overlay, no longer requiring users to exit the player window to cut and crop recordings. The results of channel scans can now be saved and
restored.

Finally, EyeTV 3's support for AppleScript has been improved, adding an integrated script menu and more robust script support.

With all the features Elgato has packed into version 3 of EyeTV, it will be interesting to see what they can come up with for version 4. But I'm sure they'll think of something.

A full version of EyeTV 3 is available for US$79.95, owners of EyeTV 2 can obtain the upgrade at a reduced price of $39.95.

Users of EyeTV 2 who obtained their software license separately or in combination with a hardware product on or after Dec. 1, 2007, are eligible for a free update. Users of EyeTV 2 who obtained their license before this time can upgrade to EyeTV 3 at the reduced price of $39.95.

EyeTV 3 is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and Mac OS X 10.5.1 ("Leopard") is recommended.

Macsimum rating: 10 out of 10

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

VueScan 9.7.66 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
ffWorks 2.5.2 - Convert multimedia files...
ffWorks, focused on simplicity, brings a fresh approach to the use of FFmpeg, allowing you to create ultra-high-quality movies without the need to write a single line of code on the command-line.... Read more
Evernote 10.22.3 - Create searchable not...
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from... Read more
SketchUp 21.1.331 - Create 3D design con...
SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions,... Read more
ClamXAV 3.3 - Virus checker based on Cla...
ClamXAV is a popular virus checker for OS X. Time to take control ClamXAV keeps threats at bay and puts you firmly in charge of your Mac’s security. Scan a specific file or your entire hard drive.... Read more
Quicken 6.4.0 - Complete personal financ...
Quicken makes managing your money easier than ever. Whether paying bills, upgrading from Windows, enjoying more reliable downloads, or getting expert product help, Quicken's new and improved features... Read more
Dash 6.0.8 - Instant search and offline...
Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full... Read more
Butler 4.4.4 - Hot key, menu, and keywor...
Butler makes it easier for you to perform a wide variety of potentially recurring tasks. Just arrange these tasks in Butler's fully customizable configuration and assign one or more triggers to a... Read more
Opera 79.0.4143.50 - High-performance We...
Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content... Read more
Day One 6.9.2 - Maintain a daily journal...
Day One is an easy, great-looking way to use a journal / diary / text-logging application. Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more through quick Menu Bar entry,... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Metallic Child’...
Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for September 28th, 2021. Today ended up being a busier day of releases than expected. Indeed, there is a surprisingly large amount of good games hitting the eShop today. We’ve got... | Read more »
Pokémon UNITE - Tips and tricks for new...
We were pretty high on Pokémon UNITE when we finally got a chance to play it last week, and that didn't change over the weekend. In that time, we've been able to pick up on a lot of the nuances of this Pokémon-themed MOBA and share it with everyone... | Read more »
‘Pascal’s Wager’ Just Got Updated with S...
Pascal’s Wager ($6.99) from Tipsworks Studio and Giant Games has been getting updated a lot since it initially released. | Read more »
‘Smash Legends’ Adds ‘Octavia’ as the Ga...
Ever since it launched a while ago, LINE Games and 5minlab’s multiplayer PvP action game Smash Legends (Free) has gotten new Legends, seasons, and more content on all platforms. The cross platform game adds a new Legend today alongside the start of... | Read more »
‘Rob Riches’ is a New Puzzler Heading to...
Developer Megapop Games, who you might be familiar with by way of their Trolls vs Vikings series of tower defense games or perhaps their hacker-themed deck builder Haxity on PC, is getting ready to launch a new puzzler on PC and mobile and you’ll... | Read more »
SwitchArcade Round-Up: Reviews Featuring...
Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for September 27th, 2021. In today’s article, we’ve got a couple of decent-sized reviews of some recent releases. Cruis’n Blast zooms past the finish line, and Rift Adventure is here for... | Read more »
COD Mobile Season 8: Best guns in every...
With Season 8, COD Mobile has introduced some new maps, weapons, and modes in the game. Perhaps, the highlight of the new season was the new Blackout map. However, the new M13 Assault Rifle and R90 Shotgun have stolen some of the limelight. [Read... | Read more »
Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Dead Cells’,...
Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. I have once again defied the fates and left out the obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update this week. Not... | Read more »
‘Horizon Chase’ Senna Forever Expansion...
Last month, Aquiris teased a new expansion for the superb Horizon Chase (Free). We’ve been enjoying and covering Horizon Chase for years now across its jump from mobile to consoles and PC. | Read more »
‘Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A He...
Earlier this month, Square Enix announced the global release date for Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds (). | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Red Pocket Mobile offers iPhone 11 models sta...
With the introduction of the iPhone 13, Red Pocket Mobile has dropped prices on Apple iPhone 11 models, in some cases by $100 more than other carriers, and is now offering the iPhone 11 starting at... Read more
Save $360-$420 on a 16″ MacBook Pro at Apple...
Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished 16″ 6-Core & 8-Core MacBook Pros available for up to $420 off the cost of new models, starting at $2039. Each model features a new outer case,... Read more
Apple restocks 6th generation iPads, Certifie...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished 6th-generation 2018 9.7″ iPads with models available starting at $229. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each iPad, and shipping is free: – 2018 9.... Read more
Apple’s new 8.3-inch 256GB iPad mini is on sa...
Amazon has Apple’s new 8.3″ 256GB WiFi iPad mini, in Space Gray, on sale for $599 shipped. Their price is $50 off Apple’s MSRP, and it’s the lowest price currently available for a 256GB iPad mini.... Read more
Today is the final day of Apple’s 2021 Back t...
Apple’s Back to School promotion for 2021 ends on September 27, 2021, making today the final day to take advantage of these offers. As part of this promotion, Apple will include one free pair AirPods... Read more
Boost Mobile drops prices on iPhone 12 mini,...
Boost Mobile has dropped prices on last-year’s iPhone 12 mini and is now offering models for up to $170 off Apple’s MSRP: – 64GB iPhone 12 mini: $429.99 $170 off MSRP – 128GB iPhone 12 mini: $549.99... Read more
Deal Alert! Get one of Apple’s 10.9″ iPad Air...
Amazon has Apple 10.9″ iPad Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP, each including free shipping. Sale price can vary by color, as indicated below. Amazon’s prices are the lowest available for iPad Airs from... Read more
13″ MacBook Pros with Intel-based CPUs on sal...
Amazon has 2020 13″ MacBook Pros with 10th generation Intel CPUs on sale for $300-$400 off Apple’s MSRP today. Shipping is free. Be sure to purchase the MacBook Pro from Amazon, rather than a third-... Read more
Amazon is offering a $150 discount on every A...
Amazon has Apple’s entire M1 MacBook lineup on sale today for $150 off MSRP, with models available starting at only $849. Shipping is free. These are the same MacBook Pros sold by Apple in their... Read more
Sams Club to offer $30-$40 discounts on Apple...
Sams Club will be offering a $30 discount on the new 9th-generation 64GB WiFi iPad and 8.3-inch 64GB WiFi 8.3″ iPad mini starting on September 24th. Sale price for online orders only, in-store prices... Read more

Jobs Board

Omnichannel Associate - *Apple* Blossom Mal...
Omnichannel Associate - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
Cashier - *Apple* Blossom Mall - JCPenney (...
Cashier - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Blossom Mall Read more
Operations Associate - *Apple* Blossom Mall...
Operations Associate - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
Sephora Beauty Advisor - *Apple* Blossom Ma...
Sephora Beauty Advisor - Apple Blossom Mall Location:Winchester, VA, United States (https://jobs.jcp.com/jobs/location/191170/winchester-va-united-states) - Apple Read more
Teller - 30 Hours - *Apple* Valley Main - W...
…time + Ability to work weekends and holidays as needed or scheduled **Street Address** **CA- Apple Valley:** 12121 Apple Valley Rd - Apple Valley, CA Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.