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My Build
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  Openmeta
Posted by: Gerald - 03-15-2020, 03:39 PM - Forum: Add-Ons - No Replies

If you like the Openmeta add-on like I do, you should know that the add-on isn't being supported. It still works but the developer hasn't issued any new updates and it is believed the add-on has been abandon.
I still use it and it seems to still be working for now. However it could fail at some point and will definitely die when we move to Kodi 19 as it will not be compatible with the source code.

Fortunately, we have "TheMovieDB Helper" add-on. This add-on does the same thing as Openmeta and is being supported/updated.
The add-on is in the Kodi Add-on Repository but the version is old and doesn't do the job. To get it you need to download the zip file from the developer's Github location: https://github.com/jurialmunkey/plugin.v...helper.git

The Extended Info Mod from Openinfo isn't being supported either and I haven't found anything new that replaces it, yet.

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  Future Build
Posted by: Gerald - 03-05-2020, 06:51 PM - Forum: New Build - No Replies

Currently playing around with a new build based on the Aeon Nox Silvo skin.
The Xonfluence Skin I used for my Midas build may not be updated to be compatible with the new Kodi 19 Matrix currently in development. The Aeon Nox Silvo skin is getting updates and has a similar look, so I have started a new project with it.
Once it is complete and if I like it, I will add it to the G-Man Wizard for Kodi 18 Leia. This will make the update to a Kodi 19 version a bit easier. I don't expect to see Kodi 19 until early 2021.
I am also working on an updated version of my Wizard as that will need to be compatible with Kodi 19 as well.

As for the Add-ons in my build, I will stick with the ones I have for the Kodi 18 version of the new build, but some may not work with Kodi 19 as not all of the creators of those add-ons are active.

So far I like the extra functionality I get from Aeon Nox Silvo for design, it's just a lot of work and time to modify it to my own personal tastes.

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  YouTube Fix
Posted by: Gerald - 02-24-2020, 04:31 PM - Forum: The Midas Build - No Replies

YouTube made some changes which affected the YouTube add-on.
I have created a quick fix download which you can do using the G-Man Wizard.
See the instruction video on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/1lm7Q0we8KI

Just use the G-Man Wizard, go to Builds, click on on the YouTube Fix and do a STANDARD Install. Do NOT do a Fresh Install for this patch as a Fresh Install will delete your build. We only want to patch the YouTube Add-on using the Standard Install.
The fix is simply installing a set of API keys. If you already know about API keys, you are welcome to use your own and ignore this fix.

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  Kodi 19 "Matrix"
Posted by: Gerald - 02-04-2020, 03:43 PM - Forum: Kodi System - No Replies

I took a look at the new Kodi 19, just out of curiosity.
Currently, Kodi 19 is in "Alpha" state. That just means you can install it and run it, but it's not a finished product. When it gets to "Beta" the construction of the program will be complete and it's just a matter of catching as many bugs as possible.
After Beta, the program will be an RC (Release Candidate) which means it's released for public use as a finished product. That could still take a few months so don't look for Kodi 19 any time soon. Kodi 18.6 will be released first.

Overall, it looks the same. It's basically "the same car with a different engine".
Primarily, the biggest change is a complete rewrite of the Python code. Instead of the antiquated Python 2, it now uses Python 3.
I loaded my Midas Build to see what it would do and it did load the skin, but almost every add-on failed. The skin primarily uses XML files which still work, but anything with Python coding will need updating. My current Wizard failed to load as well, although I do have an updated version waiting to be completed when I have the time.
I can't test it enough to pass judgement, but hopefully it will run quicker than current Kodi.
The only issue that bothers me is losing some great add-ons that are no longer supported. Hopefully, some of the awesome developers out there take them on and fork them over to a new compatible coding for Kodi 19.
As for the currently supported add-ons, I am sure new compatible versions will be ready before Kodi 19 reaches it's RC status.

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  My picks for Add-ons
Posted by: Gerald - 01-30-2020, 04:29 PM - Forum: Add-Ons - No Replies

These are Add-ons I like, and use in my build. Of course there are many others and other people have their own top list of favourites. 
Some of them are "forks" of other add-ons, meaning a developer took the concept of another add-on and rebuilt it as their own version. The Exodus add-on is the most forked add-on for Kodi.

Openmeta
This add-on takes over from, and is a fork of, the old Metalliq add-on.
I like it because I can launch a video from Openmeta and choose which Video add-on I want to play it with. The advantage of this of course is the ability to find a working provider of that video quickly and easily. Movies aren't as difficult to find, but TV shows can be really difficult to play, especially the older episodes. This way I can go down a list instead of going in and out of multiple add-ons.
Openmeta doesn't contain it's own players so you must have at least one other video add-on to use Openmeta.
Note: It is believed that the developer of this add-on has retired. 

Openload aka the "Extended Info Mod" or EIM
This add-on gives you a Netflix like interface to find videos. It gives you details on what the video is about, who stars in it, any related videos and any trailors that may exist. You can also search and add to the Kodi Library for later viewing.
Openload requires Openmeta to work.

The Crew
I like this one for several reasons. It has a large menu within the add-on covering a wide range of subjects. It works well in finding sources of videos and is always getting updates. You can tell the developers of this add-on are working hard to make this the best add-on for Kodi. They also have a Wizard with a large assortment of Builds.

Fen
This add-on is a bit different from other add-ons. It generates good results in finding sources of videos.
When other add-ons stopped working due to a coding change in the TV DataBase (TVDB), Fen was one of the few that worked.
Another big reason I have this add-on is the way it uses the Openmeta/Openload created Library. It's my backup when Openmeta fails to work. That doesn't happen often, but long term Kodi users know all video add-ons can fail at any time for many reasons.

Exodus Redux
I like this one simply because it seems to find a lot of video sources when I want to watch one of my TV Shows.
The only issue with this one is it doesn't seem to be maintained any more. It's last update was Mar 13 2019 and Exodus has been taken over so many times it's hard to keep track of it's status. However, it still works will with what it has, so I still use it.

Numbers
This isn't just another cookie cutter add-on. The developer of this add-on have set up a really nice menu of categories.

Scrubs v2
Another good add-on with a large list of categories.

Venom
This one doesn't impress me as much with what it offers, however I am impressed with the effort the developer puts into maintaining this add-on. It's constant updates make me feel confident in having it included in my build.

IT
Lots to explore in this add-on and I like the way TV show and Movies are sorted into decades.

GOTO
Movies, TV Shows, Anime, Cartoons, Sports, and Music makes this a hidden gem. It doesn't have the popularity of other add-ons but has a lot to offer. It reminds me of the old but very popular Deceit add-on (which no longer exists) and could be a fork.

Magic Dragon
A good variety of TV, Movies, Kids, Sports and Music categories. You could spend a lot of time browsing all this one has to offer.

7of9
Not only does she look good in a cat suit, this add-on is jam-packed with more categories than I can list. With 7of9 you also get Alpha Quadrant and Beta Quadrant, which in themselves have a lot to choose from. Take a day and explore this one.

Kiddo
If you have kids, this add-on is packed with links to keep them in front of the TV and out of trouble.

WatchNixToons2
TONS of animated stuff in this for kids and adults. If you are looking for a good provider of Anime, this is your best add-on.

MP3 Streams
If you are a music lover, this is the add-on to get. You can build your own Library of music with this one from old to new.

VevoTube
This is a nice little add-on to access Vevo music videos.

YouTube
I'm sure everyone has this add-on giving you access to YouTube videos and channels.

I often check out different add-ons to see what benefit they are to have in my build for me and for others. One that I am currently playing with is "Laplaza" by Cy4Root. It has a good variety of stuff and lets you choose from 3 different scrapers instead of just one normally found in add-ons. I like what Cy4Root creates, which includes other add-ons like "Mirror" and "Chucky".
I may just include Cy4Root's Repository in my next update.
Add-ons come and go because developers aren't making money off of them. Their only motivation is the fun of it and sometimes you have to give up what is fun to deal with more important things in life.

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  My Build
Posted by: Gerald - 01-09-2020, 04:43 PM - Forum: The Midas Build - Replies (2)

You can install the Midas Build by using the Wizard inside the G-Man Repo which you can install from the Kodi File Manager using the URL: http://streamingave.com/gman
Full detailed instructions are available here: https://www.streamingave.com/gman.html

The first publicly released version of Midas is Build version 1.01 which was created for Kodi 18.x Leia.
You can get it as the standard Family Build or the Adult XXX Build.
The only difference between the two is that an "Adult XXX" section replaces the "Kids Stuff" section on the main menu. Having a Kids section and an Adult section just seemed wrong on so many levels.
The Adult version is presented in a Red Theme, however that is only to differentiate the two. You can revert the Theme back to Gold, as both Builds feature a Color Changer for themes in Gold, Green, Blue, Grey, Red and Red-Ribbon.

If you have any issues I will try my best to help you out. Just understand that the build is a collection of add-ons from other Developers. I have only made modifications to the Skin. However, I have been using Kodi since 2017 and learned a lot pulling my build together. My knowledge is limited to what I personally have used so I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination.

I highly suggest YouTube for anyone using Kodi.

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  The Xonfluence Skin
Posted by: Gerald - 11-30-2019, 02:17 PM - Forum: Skins for your Kodi - No Replies

All Xonfluence Builds start with the Xonfuluence Skin by Helly. https://github.com/Helly1206/skin.xonfluence
The Xonfluence skin is an eXtended MOD of Confluence skin, originally by Jezz_X (which was the default skin of Kodi versions 9.11 - 16.x and has been offered as an alternative skin from versions 17.x and on) and CCM by Mudislander.
Build Developers then take the Xonfluence Skin and make their own modifications to customize the look before plugging in the best and most current Add-ons.
It may look like superficial changes by Build Developers but there are a lot of code changes and custom graphics that go into these builds.
My Midas Build was created using this skin.

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  Xenon
Posted by: Gerald - 10-21-2019, 12:19 PM - Forum: Builds Builds Builds - Replies (1)

One of the best builds out there IMO, is Xenon by Chef Diggz. I have used it from 2017 until October 2019 when I switched to my own build.
You get a great interface built on the Xonfluence skin, which is a mod of the Confluence skin, and a truck load of add-ons.
Diggz updates his build at least once a month and is very diligent in using current, working add-ons.
The build is also well maintained, updated and installed with the Diggz Wizard from the Diggz Repo Zip file, which you can install thru Kodi's File Manager by adding the source zip file link: http://diggzrepo.ddns.net

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  Gotta love YouTube
Posted by: Gerald - 02-07-2019, 01:58 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Next to email, YouTube has to be the greatest thing about the internet.
Any time I have a question, I go to YouTube.
So far it has helped me;
Change the headlight in my truck.
Cook in my Instant Pot.
Learn PHP and CSS coding for website development.
Learn how to use Kodi.
Take apart my PS3 and PS3 controller.
See PS3 games in action before buying them.
Learn the best way to do edging when painting a room.
Learn the best way to drywall a hole in my wall.
Scare me with quotes from Donald Trump.
Keep me laughing.
And much more!

Of course there is a lot of "BS" on YouTube but I have common sense so I'm not going to believe Aliens program my brain while I'm sleeping.  Crazy
However, that would explain some things.......

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  Don't ask me
Posted by: Gerald - 02-07-2019, 01:05 PM - Forum: Apple Products - No Replies

I have no experience with Apple products, nor do I ever intend to.
I've been a PC guy since 1985 so I stick to Windows based computers.
I also use an Android phone and an Android streaming box.
My only exposure to Apple is a bag of Empire's in my fridge. They taste very good. Big Grin

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