Plex

Plex 0.9.11.7.803

Turn your Mac into a home theater

Plex, (based on the cross-platform XBMC), is a free and open source (GPL) home theater entertainment hub and media-player, designed to cater for all your viewing needs. View full description

PROS

  • Looks great
  • Quick navigation
  • Use it to view photos, videos, music and more

CONS

  • May be unstable at times
  • Controls via keyboard or Mac remote only

Very good
8

Plex, (based on the cross-platform XBMC), is a free and open source (GPL) home theater entertainment hub and media-player, designed to cater for all your viewing needs.

Plex can truly play or display just about anything from videos to slideshows and even weather forecasts. There is also a host of third-party plugins which can expand the functionality of Plex even further. Plex is an impressive application but it should be noted from the start that it is quite overwhelming. You'll have to spend quite a while just reading through the help guide to understand how to use it.

Plex adds many more features that were found in XBMC including the Plex Media Server, online video (including Hulu, TED, CNET, Revision3), full iTunes Music support, iTunes DRM Playback, iTunes Visualizers, and Sparkle Updates. Controlling Plex is a pain though. Due to its intended use on big screens, you can only control it via the keyboard or the Mac remote. You have to load in all of your music, videos and other media because it doesn't perform any kind of scan and it won't play all audio formats. On the plus side, Plex looks great - it looks like Front Row on steroids.

Plex is a great looking home theater app, with impressive video capabilities. It is let down somewhat by difficult setup and controls, as well as poor music library support.

Changes

  • Update RTMP to 2.4
  • Fix for connectivity issues when PMS isn't running locally (thanks to elwertk).
  • Playback of interlaced H.264 content (MBAFF) was broken (thanks to elwertk).
  • Use the same user agent as earlier in Plex/Nine.
  • Add the Plex language and version headers.
  • When forced transcode was enabled, playback could fail for local files.
  • Support for chained indirects in channels
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Plex 0.9.11.7.803