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Release: Plex/Seven 0.7.3: Ho ho ho…

| 23 Dec 2008 | by 34 Comments

[I've released 0.7.3 to fix a small bug with audio in 0.7.2]

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since the last release. I apologize for leaving you guys in the lurch with the CoreAudio hang issue for so long, but hopefully this release is chock full enough of goodies to make up for it.

This is a busy time of year, and many of you are likely traveling to visit family, or simply enjoying the time off at home. We’d like to wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season!

  • NEW: Pundy and Frank teamed up to add full support for Logitech’s Harmony remote series. They even worked with Logitech to get the profile included in the Logitech software, so it would work without ANY manual programming. Not only that, but since it uses the codes for multiple Apple Remote devices, every single command will be both instant and not prone to misinterpretation. Brilliant stuff, guys! There is documentation for this feature here, thanks to Pundy!
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  • NEW: Ryan added volume normalization, to solve the problem of mixed-down audio being too quiet. You can enable it under System > Audio as “Normalize Film Volume”.
  • NEW: We now ship with MediaStream v1.0, congratulations to those guys getting it done! I have always believed that it takes a lot of courage and commitment to release a version one-point-oh of anything.
  • NEW: The OS X audio output device now tracks with Plex’s setting, so that DRM iTunes tracks and GUI sounds always play to the correct place.
  • NEW: Enrique added a feature where the Plex background music fades down a bit when Plex is in Windowed mode and the window is not in focus.
  • NEW: Enrique (who’s been extremely busy!) added a new menu toggle called “Float on Top” to make the Plex window hover above all others. The shortcut is ?-T.
  • NEW: When playing music, we immediately jump to the visualizer. This should make it easier for people to skip tracks right away. Don’t like the new behavior? Set “visualizeronplay” to false in your advanced settings files. Also, when queuing audio files, we now jump to the visualizer after 10 seconds. Don’t like that value? Set “secondstovisualizer” in your advanced settings file.
  • FIX: The evil CoreAudio hang.
  • FIX: Enrique fixed some bugs in the Plex energy saver.
  • FIX: Faster startup for online video streams.
  • FIX: The H.264 speed boost settings wasn’t being displayed correctly, leading people to think it was off when it was actually on.
  • FIX: The A/Z key skipping not always working in directories coming from the Plex Media Server.
  • FIX: Enrique improved the proxy support quite a bit for those people stuck behind proxy servers.
  • PULL: Some video player fixes by elupus.
  • PULL: Seeking in audio files by spiff.
  • PULL: Latest scrapers, including a Amazon scrapers thanks to jelockwood.
  • PULL: Latest UPnP code from c0diq.
  • PULL: New Shift+letter jump browsing by jmarshall.

This release also includes a new version of the Plex Media Server, with the following changes:

  • NEW: Support for iTunes and custom genre thumbnails. Place your custom JPG thumbnails in the ~/Library/Application Support/Plex/Thumbnails/Genre directory (e.g. ambient.jpg). Thanks to padexx for the idea and spaceman for the useful information.

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  • NEW: There is now a “Most Played” section (by artist, album, and track.
  • NEW: Support for the “album artist” tag.

The release can be downloaded from here, or via Sparkle (source is here).

Poor Barkley has spent the last month recovering from a knee injury. We ended up opting for conservative management of the injury instead of surgery, and purchased him a brace from Wound Wear. He’s in good spirits, although he misses being able to go to the beach.

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34 Comments so far

  1. fall-line December 23rd, 2008 1:11 pm

    I haven’t even read the whole list of new features yet. Full harmony remote support without programming and possibility of misinterpretation ?! AWESOME!

  2. JayBird December 23rd, 2008 1:18 pm

    Absolutely brilliant. Especially the harmony remote stuff. Gonna test it out now! Thanks everyone

  3. grey December 23rd, 2008 1:26 pm

    sweet! Will seed the torrent.

  4. Jon Maddox December 23rd, 2008 1:32 pm

    Awesome work guys.

    Hope Barkley gets better!

  5. opet December 23rd, 2008 1:40 pm

    And merry christmas to you too! This is easily the best christmas present this year (apart from that dishwasher…)!

    Brilliant work guys!

  6. Lars December 23rd, 2008 1:47 pm

    Great news! I’m already in bed (reading this from my iPhone) so this is a ‘first thing tomorrow’ assignment. Hope I can sleep from the anticipation ;) Thanks for the great work, guys!

  7. muzo178 December 23rd, 2008 1:54 pm

    fantastic work elan.. hope barkley gets better and never needs surgery.

  8. Don December 23rd, 2008 2:14 pm

    Marvelous! Been looking forward to this, particularly as an owner of a Harmony One. Give poor Barkley a pat on the head from me. Hope he heals quickly.

  9. elan December 23rd, 2008 2:27 pm

    Whoops, forgot to put it in the original post, but Pundy wrote up great documentation for the Harmony feature here: http://wiki.plexapp.com/index.php/Harmony_Support

  10. gregd December 23rd, 2008 2:58 pm

    Thanks for your continued hard work on Plex.

    Unfortunately it seems with this release I can no longer get AC3/DTS audio on my receiver on auto detect.. only stereo. Force digital just gives me static. :(
    Is it just me?

  11. elan December 23rd, 2008 3:06 pm

    @gregd: Haven’t heard anything about this (and it works for me on the mini), but please head to the forums and we’ll get you sorted out.

  12. elan December 23rd, 2008 3:15 pm

    @greg: Just figured the problem out. You can workaround by editing ~/Library/Application Support/Plex/guisettings,xml and make sure the < audiodevice> element is not “Default” but rather the name of the device (e.g. Built-in Output) on a Mac mini. The other thing you can do is simply cycle through your devices (if you have more than one).

    I’ll release an update shortly that should deal with this issue.

  13. Lewe December 23rd, 2008 3:16 pm

    I’m also having the problem where since this update I only get stereo on my receiver…

  14. gregd December 23rd, 2008 3:17 pm

    Cheers elan… ive posted a new topic on the bugs section. Tried a reboot and fresh install but no joy it seems.

  15. Lewe December 23rd, 2008 3:23 pm

    Ah, thanks elan. Worked like a charm :-).

    This christmas will be a merry one after all :-D.

  16. Mickey December 23rd, 2008 3:27 pm

    Cool!! Thanks for this, everyone!

  17. gregd December 23rd, 2008 3:32 pm

    Thanks for your speedy response.. all good now.

  18. meimei December 23rd, 2008 4:47 pm

    Good stuff, but still feels a pre-plex5 rather then a post-plex5. Still missing Plex5 features like auto-resume playback, lanczos, etc. Hopefully it’ll put it back in instead of sliming it down further.

  19. pletopia December 23rd, 2008 4:55 pm

    thx for the update :)

    i saw that you guys took care of the energy saver bug i posted about .. i’ll play around with it in a few hours and report back .. for now i posted on lighthouse a bug i found with setting the slideshow folder dir for slideshow screensaver

    anyway .. thx guys and hope Barkley gets well soon love his action shots ;)

  20. pletopia December 23rd, 2008 5:48 pm

    @meimei: auto-resume playback ? you mean you stop a movie your watching and then you can go back to that same spot in it ? if so that works in 7-Series

  21. TofuTodd December 23rd, 2008 7:28 pm

    i still don’t see the plex media server app?! Am I just totally obtuse? I can’t find it anywhere!

  22. goldragon December 23rd, 2008 8:32 pm

    Full support for the Harmony remote? SOLD!!!

  23. Jackie December 23rd, 2008 9:13 pm

    Great dtuff guys. Merry Xmas to all… Plex will be the focus of my families’ Xmas special viewing. With 3 kids under 3 that goes a LONG way. Thanks again for your great efforts!

  24. Jackie December 23rd, 2008 9:18 pm

    Thx for fixing the DRM ITunes to optical out issue. Considering over 50% of my library is iTunes DRM (college KILLED my music collection) it really hits home for me. The core audio guy did an awesome job!

  25. Mickey December 23rd, 2008 9:54 pm

    And big hugs to Barkley, poor dog :(

  26. mikebeecham December 23rd, 2008 11:21 pm

    Hey guys…have a very Merry Christmas, and a well earned break (I know you wont take one though!!!), this release is awesome and really reflects just how much work has gone into this.

    As always, kudos to the main players on the releases, and keep doing what you do best.

    I’m raising a festive glass from the UK to all ma boys on the plex team!

    Happy Christmas y’all, and Elan….hope Barkely gets better man!!

  27. Great December 24th, 2008 12:24 am

    Great Release:

    Feature Request:
    Transcoding on-the-fly, when you are Using Plex as Upnp-Server.

    e.g. I use a lot af Apple Lossless but the PS3 is not able to play ALAC.

  28. riquedafreak December 24th, 2008 2:30 am

    @TofuTodd PlexMediaServer is a background application, it doesn’t have an interface so you won’t be able to find it. You can launch it from the settings menu. See http://wiki.plexapp.com/index.php/Getting_Started#Plex_Media_Server for a little bit more information.

  29. Magnus December 24th, 2008 4:04 am

    Hi all!
    Love plex! Have you been thinkin of spotify-support? That would have been neat!

    anyways, merry christmas to all of you plex-users out there!

  30. Bibouse December 24th, 2008 4:24 am

    Really Great Job !!!
    Thank you … a french user

  31. DendeNYC December 26th, 2008 8:48 pm

    Well that worked like a charm. Harmony (One) support in the hizz-house, works good. Loving the blue/red/green buttons that directly jump to Weather/Movies/Videos nice touch.

    Happy Holidays, Bigups to poor Barkley, I can only imagine doggy.

  32. Charles December 29th, 2008 2:41 pm

    Sorry to hear about Barkley’s knee. My dog ripped his “knee” in half about a year ago. I had his knee replaced with a surgery ($1300+) and it was well worth it. A year later and you can’t tell he every had any problems.

  33. engessa February 8th, 2009 5:56 am

    Might be a litte late but the Harmony remote support is awesome!

  34. Andreas February 22nd, 2009 3:02 am

    Awesome update! Would it be possible to integrate BBC’s live streaming using Plex App Store? I’m not capable of doing anything like that myself, but it would be great the framework would allow someone with the skill to do it!

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