Hands on with Plex, an alternative to Apple?s Front Row
Posted 29 June 2009 - 03:12 PM
Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:34 PM
does apple force or pay programers to only write for the latest and newest os? since the new os only run on intel macs, that means old mac with g5 is no longer supported and force you to buy new mac.
Posted 30 June 2009 - 03:54 AM
Posted 30 June 2009 - 07:32 PM
If you must use Tiger, you can always try its sibling, XBMC. They have a port for Tiger.
Posted 01 July 2009 - 12:03 PM
Also, the way "scrapers" are handled is unbelievably and needlessly complicated. The end results, like so many in Plex, are awesome. However, all the obscure (to most people) choices for where you want to get the information from every single time you add something is ridiculous. Give me the opportunity to set a default once and never ask me again.
Also, and this is something that may have been fixed since I finally gave up on it, Plex seemed to get indigestion whenever I tried to use it with anything iTunes or iPhoto had touched. Podcast playback/updating failures, photo playback crashes, refusal to allow the iTunes Movies folder to be recognized as a Plex media location, refusal to use album art that the cheap third party iPod video dock in my car can easily get right, etc..
I'm only cracking on Plex because it has SO MUCH potential and it is being promoted as the most amazing media center app to ever come along for Mac users. While it is amazing, I can only imagine thousands of Mac users staring at their HDTVs and scratching their heads in a state of absolute confusion. This app needs to get a lot less geeky and a lot more Maclike before I'd recommend it to the average, casual Mac user. And since this application is obviously designed to be used with a television and not a laboratory, a recording studio or a film editing suite, I think simplicity is imperative here.
Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:15 AM
Although this is true, I'd recently started noticing that Plex dropped a lot of frames while playing back 1080p 'MKV' files. I'd initially pegged the blame on my MacBook, assuming that it simply didn't have the required horsepower to playback such high quality media.
It turns out, however, that there is an easy fix for this problem. Launch Plex and navigate to 'Preferences > System > Cache' and increase the setting for "Video/Audio/DVD Cache - Harddisk" from 4096 kb to 7168 kb (which is the maximum Plex allows).
I just did that and even my 25GB rips are now working like a charm. Good luck.