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26 October 2010, 12:01

Open source Plex media centre updated

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Plex Logo The Plex developers have released version of their Plex media centre application for Mac OS X, which is simply referred to as Plex / Nine. The open source Plex media centre is a skinable fork of the XBMC Media Center for Mac OS X systems that includes several customised additions to support a wide range of audio, video and image formats.

According to the developers, the latest version of Plex is "much more stable, it’s faster, has more features, and it’s also much shinier than the last release". The current version gives users the option to choose between specific types of media (HD, SD) should multiple options be available, includes the "By Albums" iTunes plug-in and restores cast information to the movie information dialogue. An new Transcoding option has been added to offer higher bit rates over 3G streaming and, under preferences, users can now easily optimise their database. Other changes include support for volume control under the new remote control protocol, an "Unwatched" section for TV Shows and Movies and more than 30 fixes for bugs found in the previous version.

More details about the release, including a full list of changes and new features, can be found in a post on the Plex blog. At the time of this writing, the Plex wiki had yet to be updated with the latest release. Plex v0.9.1.1 is available to download (direct download) for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later and a Getting Started guide is provided. Alternatively, existing users can upgrade using the built-in auto-update function.

Plex source code is hosted on GitHub and is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2), apart from the Plex Media Server which is currently closed source and connects to the GPL licensed client over the network.

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