Back in February we talked about the new add-in for Windows Home Server called Add-In Central, well now it is available to anyone, not just those select few on the closed beta.
Here is what the guys over at HomeServerLand have to say about Add-in Central:
The add-in software and service designed to help you discover and track useful add-ins right from within the Windows Home Server Console. Enhance your Windows Home Server experience by browsing for add-ins by category, keyword, or even by community rated popularity. Useful summaries, screenshots, and documentation links are provided to help guide your search. Once you’ve located an add-in that looks interesting, Add-in Central can automatically download it to your home server and help you along with a hassle-free installation process.
INSTALLING ADD-IN CENTRAL
Once you have downloaded Add-in Central you just install it like any other add-in for Windows Home Server.
USING ADD-IN CENTRAL
Once you have installed in, and restarted the console, you will notice a new tab called Add-in Central.
The add-in will show you if there are any new updates to the catalogue.
You can also see a list of popular add-ins and choose from them.
You can search for add-ins by category.
Or by author…..
Or just see them all.
You can see what add-ins you have installed and if there are any updates available to download.
In my case there are a few and so the add-in gives me the option to download them – which I did.
All I needed to do was tell the add-in where my Add-ins directory was (and it had already found it anyway).
You can then watch the progress of the download.
And you are given instructions what to do next – in my case, uninstall the old add-in and install the new one.
ADD-IN CENTRAL SETTINGS
There are three pages of settings that can be accessed and changed.
I love this add-in, it’s simply one of the best add-ins available for Windows Home Server. It is great to be able to have a single place to go to look for updates to my current add-ins or search for new add-ins. The add-in was very easy to use, and it pointed out to me that I was several versions behind on some of my add-ins, plus it was nice to see what other people are downloading.
All I can say is a big well done to the guys over at HomeServerLand and please keep up the good work!
You can download the beta from here: http://www.homeserverland.com/downloads/m/whsaddins/7825.aspx
Have you used it? What do you think of it? Leave us a comment….