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Espresso: Apple TV 5.0+ custom plugin loader. What: The title pretty much says it all. Why: So you can load your own custom plugins Who: Brandon Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org) Where: http://brandon-holland.com Version: 0.2(turbo-manatee) More: Espresso searches and loads plugins called "Frappuccinos" from the AppleTV.app/Frappuccinos folder. You'll have to create this folder. Espresso is now able to load frappliances just like in the good old days and it will do the heavy lifting to get your legacy plugin into the new menu system. Frappuccinos are NSBundles with the frappuccino file extension. It contains a binary (containing the plugin code), an Info.plist, and resources. The principal class of a Frappuccino should be a subclass of BRController that you create. This will be the controller that gets displayed when your app button gets selected on the main menu. There are some custom keys that should be added to each Frappuccinos Info.plist. These keys are used to define the appearance of the app button in the main menu. The keys are: EPFrappuccino (dct) Dictionary containing all other keys + values EPFrappuccinoIdentifier (str) Unique identifier for plugin EPFrappuccinoTitle (str) Display title for icon on main menu EPFrappuccinoImageName (str) Image name (including extension) for icon within plugin bundle EPFrappuccinoPreferredOrder (num) Used to determine placement of your icon on the main menu Espresso is not meant as a replacement for DHowett's beigelist. Instead exists as a collection of ideas, research, and solutions in the form of an implementation. Hopefully the work here can be leveraged somehow. Use at your own risk.