While listening to Android Buffet Episode 38 Jere Jones, the man behind Dragon Global, creator of ShowAnalyzer, mentioned that he has been working very hard over the last couple of months on ShowAnalyzer version 2.0. ShowAnalyzer was the first commercial skipping solution to natively support Windows 7 Media Center’s WTV recorded TV file format. I believe it is actually still the only product that supports WTV files without the need to convert them to DVR-MS first. If you’re not using ShowAnalyzer to automatically detect commercials in your television files then check out our article on how to configure it in Windows 7 Media Center.
It’s been quite a while since the last release of ShowAnalyzer, and many customers are still hoping to see the return of the School House application. School House was an application that could be used with versions of ShowAnlyzer prior to v1.0 that assisted in tweaking the commercial detection for the shows that you watch. It appears as though Dragon Global is considering switching the development platform of ShowAnalyzer also as Jere Jones posted two threads in the site’s forums asking users what versions of the .NET Framework they have installed, and what operating systems they use. The operating systems offered in the poll were Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, and Windows Home Server. The two questions seem to indicate that he is not considering making ShowAnalyzer cross-platform with Mac OSX or Linux.
Jere Jones has been on Entertainment 2.0 episodes 25, 50, 75, and 100, and we’re nearing episode 125. Perhaps we’ll have to continue the tradition and see what information about ShowAnalyzer v2.0 we can dig out of him.