Drifta client 1.3.1 released : Includes Mac OS X client?

Posted on June 6, 2011

DSTV Drifta client version 1.3.1 has now been released.  This time there is no associated firmware update. Compared to version 1.2.11 there is one interesting difference.

When opening up the .zip file downloaded, there are two folders

  • Decoder_1.3.1

Not having a Mac I wasn’t able to install this and see whether there is relief to those Mac users out there who have been begging DSTV to provide a Mac client without any luck. Someone want to give it a go and see if it works?

Update : After a bit of googling and playing with the zip file it seems that the .ZIP was created on a Mac, and OSX creates the _MACOSX as a internal (hidden Mac) file for storing attributes. Sadly doesn’t seem to actually contain the OS X installer. False alarm, damn. Bit of a stretch to assume that the developer is using a Mac and therefore a Mac version is soon to be delivered, but hey, we can hope.

Update 2 : I have seen and played with the OS X version. It is real, it is coming soon 🙂  Little more info here : http://j-j.co.za/2011/09/a-most-interesting-hour-with-the-dstv-mobile-team/

Other than the MacOSx folder, the Windows installer folder now has a .DS_Store file in it (haven’t yet worked out the purpose of this – another OS X hidden file it seems) and the windows decoder.exe has been updated (Dated 27/5/2011). There are no firmware or any other changes.

You can download the new version here : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/Decoder_1.3.1.zip

P.S. There is also a new version of the iOS client available on iTunes (V1.01.02). The FAQ section has been updated with a link to a patched version to allow it to work on Jailbreak devices.

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13 Responses

  1. Moosa:

    I would like to know if there is a patch available for the new drifta software for pc and ipad

    27.05.2012 18:20 Reply

  2. Chris:

    Hi Justin, just got a Drifta today to come across the whole jailbroken issue, can you possible give me a link to the patched software and further instruction to get it working?

    26.03.2012 20:32 Reply

  3. Jacobus:

    Sou reken DSTV wil baie graag die MAC gebruiker wou betrokke kry. Shame hul is mos kroon wild.

    16.11.2011 11:36 Reply

  4. Dene Pretorius:

    Any News on Drifta working on jailbroken ipad / iphone? Tried various patched softwares, i think my drifta is to new, so having no luck. Can get into the menu system but cant scan channels.

    05.10.2011 11:31 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Dene,
      I havent heard of people having problems with the patched versions, what is the version number of your Drifta firmware? (Check on your PC).

      05.10.2011 18:17 Reply

  5. Wetsi:

    Is it here yet?

    22.09.2011 21:00 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Wetsi, I assume u asking if a full screen patchj is available, sadly none yet.

      22.09.2011 21:49 Reply

  6. Hardus:

    Cannot wait…… When I read this now I thought I’ll be investing in one today…… This needs to happen soon!

    All we can do is wait it seems!

    01.09.2011 09:50 Reply

    • Justin:

      Start saving up and finding out where you closest reseller is. Maybe not this week or next, but shouldn’t be too far away.

      01.09.2011 14:26 Reply

      • Justin:

        Richard and Hardus,
        I spent an hour with the DStv mobile team yesterday afternoon. They have a Mac version of the Drifta client software well under development. It will be available soon from the DStv website. No promises on exactly when that will be (after being burned with previous released dates being missed), but if everything goes according to plan Mac users will be very happy sooner rather than later. The Mac version is slicker to use than the PC version and has an enhanced interface from the iPad version.

        01.09.2011 21:58 Reply

  7. Richard Niemand:

    I have just tried this file and not Mac compatible, all thats in there is an exe and a few other random files. The file extension that you are looking for when using OS X is .pkd or .dmg

    01.09.2011 06:57 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Richard
      Unfortunately that specualtive post was a little premature. As you found, the files and folders in there only proved that the release had been built on a Mac and there were not any Mac binaries in there. Where there is smoke though there is generally fire. Watch this space for good news soon (ish) maybe 🙂

      01.09.2011 07:43 Reply

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