XBMC open source media centre has new interface
Just before the Christmas holiday, the developers of XBMC published "Camelot", version 9.11 of their media centre software. The new version has a revised user interface, which includes a new skin, Confluence. Under Windows, XBMC 9.11 uses Microsoft‘s multimedia API DirectX by default (switching away from OpenGL), and the UPnP streaming server included is now reportedly compatible with the specifications of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).
The announcement also says that the settings menus and functions for video playback were revised and import modules (scrapers) and video codecs updated.Other added features include support for MPL2(Blu-ray) subtitles, VPlayer subtitles, SingStar and UltraStar Karaoke lyric support, improved handling of multiple monitors, performance enhancements to the SQLite database queries, and a range of new scrapers, used for obtaining metadata for content.
The detailed change log for the software, which runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and modified XBox game consoles, provides additional information about modifications and innovations. A live version of the system for booting and running from CDs and USB sticks can be downloaded from the project's website.