Archives November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

11.27.08 8 Comments

I’ve got my brother and his wife in town for the next week, so I’m afraid that I won’t have much time for Plex, but I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here on the Plex team (for those of you who celebrate it). We appreciate all your kind words and support, and we hope you’re spending some quality time with your families and eating lots of good food! (If…


Release: Plex/Seven 0.7.1 – Onwards and upwards

11.25.08 38 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! What’s better than a free-range organic turkey? A new Plex/Seven release! We really appreciate all the feedback on the first in the Plex/Seven series. We have new features in the works, new ideas, and a great deal of enthusiasm and energy for this new series. So much so, in fact, that we’ve postponed the Plex/Six stable series release briefly to bring new a new installment in the Plex/Seven series. The good news is…


Release: Plex/Seven 0.7.0

11.16.08 59 Comments

I feel like I cheated you all, because we promised a release today and it’s taken us until now to fix some last minute issues and package everything up. Technically, it’s still Nov 16th, but I do realize that it will be Nov 17th for almost everyone else on the planet! My sincere apologies. Without further ado, then, we’d like to present to you the first release of the Plex/Seven series. You know what’s in it, come take it for…


Plex/Seven: One More Thing

11.16.08 23 Comments

You know that Programs section, that doesn’t really do anything except display that photo of the Windows laptop which sends understandable chills down your spine? Well, James has fixed that: See, isn’t that much better? While he was in there, he decided to actually make it do something useful too. Let’s see if this next screenshot doesn’t sum it up nicely: Like, oh my god. Support for launching external applications from Plex? Check! Full-size icon rendering? Check! Exiting Plex while…


Plex/Seven: Introducing the all-new Plex Media Server

11.15.08 60 Comments

We’ve been talking about providing integration for a while now with iTunes and iPhoto, and with the feature I’m describing today, your wait is officially over. The Plex Media Server is a standalone program that runs alongside Plex (or alone on any machine, it’s a Universal Binary). It serves up media from your iLife applications (iTunes and iPhoto today, Aperture and Lightroom shortly). Plex communicates with the Plex Media Server on the local machine, on your local network, or even…


Plex/Seven: iTunes Visualizers

11.14.08 15 Comments

This feature has actually been a pet project of mine for quite a few months. You know, the kind of thing you work on when you have spare time left over from your spare time (which is to say, very rarely). When I started the project I wasn’t even sure if it would be possible to get Plex to host iTunes visualizers. Getting the FFT code (spectrum analyzer) to match up more closely with iTunes’ was one of the more…


Plex/Seven: Background Music and TV Themes

11.14.08 32 Comments

These new features, cleverly conjured up by James, add some welcome pizzazz to the Plex experience. The first allows you to put some tracks into ~/Library/Application Support/Plex/Background Music/Main/ which are played while you are browsing around Plex. It’s a great way to personalize the media center to your taste. Personally, I think I’ll put some Zero 7 in there, or maybe some School of Seven Bells (great album, by the way). You can use MP3 files, or even DRM iTunes…


Plex/Seven: iTunes DRM audio playback

11.12.08 18 Comments

I’ll keep this one short and sweet: That DRM music you got from the iTunes store, those 10,000 tracks you own, those 30,000 bottles of Pepsi you purchased in order to win them, those dentist bills for repairing the damage to your teeth from drinking the Pepsi, not in vain. No, my friends, you will be able to play them in Plex/Seven, and thanks to James for making it happen! (And how, you might ask, would be the best way…


Plex/Seven: New CoreAudio output module

11.11.08 25 Comments

Back when I was first getting audio output to work with the media center on OS X, I decided to use the PortAudio library. It’s portable, powerful, and I was already familiar with it, having used it on a previous job. The downside to PortAudio turned out to be its lack of support for doing passthrough of encoded digital audio streams like AC3 and DTS. I always figured that a digital audio stream was just bits, and if the stream…


Plex/Seven: Integrated Sparkle and Battery Monitoring

11.10.08 17 Comments

First of all, thanks to everyone yesterday who took the time to comment on our first feature exposé for Plex/Seven! We really appreciate the feedback and kind words. Since the very first time I used XBMC on my old XBox, I longed for the ability for it to auto-update itself. Now Plex has had Sparkle update capabilities for a while, but let’s face it, it wasn’t perfect. It would pop up a Cocoa window, and you’d have to change to…