Plex for iOS 2.4 released

06.16.12 62 Comments

We’re happy to announce the next release of the iOS application with some great new stuff.

  • NEW: Social features! You can now add friends to your myPlex account, recommend media to each other, and post directly to your Facebook timeline. Tap account settings and go to the friends tab to send out friend invites. Hold down a media item to recommend it or share to your timeline.
Let’s take a quick walkthrough of this, because there’s a lot of new stuff here. First, let’s invite a new friend. Go into the myPlex account settings, and tap on the new Friends tab.
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From this page you can tap the Edit button to manage your friends list or invite new friends. (We’ll be streamlining this process, as well as adding new ways to find friends in the near future.)

So once you have a friend, you can recommend media to them, much like you would queue media for yourself. In the iOS and Plex for Mac/Windows players you’ll see recommended media show up alongside your queue.

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In addition, you can now link your myPlex account to Facebook (see the social media section on your account page):

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Once linked, you can easily post to your wall by choosing the Share action:

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We’ll be adding these social features to other clients in upcoming releases.

There’s lots of other stuff as well in this release:

  • NEW: Ability to clear cached images.
  • NEW: The app can be launched via the plexapp:// URL scheme.
  • NEW: Media can be deleted from the app (must be enabled on the server, requires PMS 0.9.6.1 or newer).
  • NEW: Automatic video quality adjustment has been restored, allowing the app to select the most appropriate video quality for the current available bandwidth, up to a user-defined maximum. 
  • NEW: Attempt to automatically select audio & subtitle streams for all parts when playing stacked media.
  • NEW: Networked logging option (in advanced settings). Sends iOS and PMS logs to a centralized server in the cloud when enabled, to aid with support.
  • NEW: A new look for settings.
And many creepy crawly bugs fixed:
  • FIX: Channels section was invisible when no channels are installed on the server. 
  • FIX: TV season posters were low resolution on iPad.
  • FIX: Remote control requests include the correct authentication tokens allowing the feature to work via myPlex connections.
  • FIX: Marking progress when not signed in to myPlex was broken. 
  • FIX: More reliable reloading of home screen data.
  • FIX: Images flickered while loading. 
  • FIX: Certain remote buttons weren’t working properly after rotating the device. 
  • FIX: Wide flag images could get cropped on iPhone. 
  • FIX: The movie player sometimes switched to portrait orientation when starting a video.
  • FIX: myPlex scrobbling was broken. 
  • FIX: Search wasn’t working when not connected to a server. 
  • FIX: The on-hold menu wasn’t working when the default playback action was set to “Always Ask”. 
  • FIX: A couple of crashes on iPhone 3G.
  • UPDATE: Translations for Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

The new version should be live in the store shortly, we hope you all enjoy it!

 

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62 Comments

  • Dear Plex,
    I have a weird problem with the latest iOS update.
    When i start to play a movie when my iPad is in Landscape mode, the movie is 90 degrees turned on my TV. When i play the movie and held my iPad in Portrait mode, the movie is shown in the right way.

    setup:
    I use the latest iOS Plex app on a first generation iPad with iOS 5.1
    I use an external video out (Camera Connection Kit not made by Apple) by the dock connector of my iPad.

    With the former Plex app i did not have this issue.

    Thanks in advance.
    René

  • I’m seeing an issue with this release where iOS Plex is connecting to myplex but is not showing the queue, if I have an inaccessible server linked to the account. If I remove the server from myplex, and refresh the iOS app, the queue shows up.
    The desktop version is working fine though

  • Hmm. Ignore my previous comment- the problem seems to be that I’m on a shoddy ‘net connection…

    • @A huge plex fan: I’m so happy when problems fix themselves :)

  • I’m relatively new to Plex but the idea of using the app to launch plex is very intriguing to me. How do I use the Plex URL scheme to lunch plex? Can anyone please explain this to me?

  • Okay, now I even deleted the app and re-installed it again and still no trash icon/delete option anywhere…! :(

    • @MILE: we’re very confused, and have noted it for looking into for the next release. Sorry for the trouble!

  • Awesome app! Is it possible to hide the channels category on the home page? I don’t use channels at all so it’s just cluttering things up for me… Cheers!

    • @rezsound: it will be in the next release.

  • Nice update!

    For the next one can you please add support for scrobbling to Trakt.tv! I have recently switched to XBMC to get this feature but would gladly switch back to Plex if trakt was supported!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Funny, I was just saying today, “You know what would be great? Facebook in my media server software! I just can’t get enough of the darn thing.”

    IMHO this is just more code cruft to support, and a distraction from the real featureset. I get it — you want the Plex brand plastered all over Facebook status updates. But it seems like a bad direction for the software to take.

    • @brett: I totally understand how you feel that way, and we’ve been very careful about the social features ~ we don’t shove them down your throat, and if you don’t care about them you’ll never notice them :) But just watching the logs in the last few days, there are definitely a number of people who are enjoying the feature. It’s sort of like the personal content/channel split, about 50% of people care primary about local content, and the other 50% care about online content. You can’t make everyone happy all the time, but you can at least try to avoid pissing off the other half.

  • why you can recomend only in the queue folder but not in the movie folder?
    Is way to recomend movies you have in the movies folder to friends?

  • Wow… lot’s of positive feedback here… makes me think that I was obviously doing something wrong for the past hour and a half trying to get this working… Too slow, too clunky, uninstalled and went back to Nero…

  • @elan and @MILE, I had the same problem, but found that delete option was available on one of my media servers. The only difference between the two, was that the working one, was logged in to my plex account. When I logged my other server in to my plex account , the delete option also appeared for that server as well.
    Don’t know why that was needed….?

    • @David: thanks, I’ll confirm to see if that’s the issue!

  • Plex server for Synology NAS is too heavy…

    I have Synology NAS -ds3611xs.. It has 2G ram ..

    I installed plex server to NAS

    But, when I run Plex client app in IOS and play movie, Plex server has too heavy memory… to 90%..

    please help me.. sorry my english..

  • @MILE: Are you signed in to myPlex on the server too? As David pointed out above, this is required to use the delete function if you’re signed in to myPlex on the client.

    @David: It’s needed so we can be sure that only the owner of a server can delete content from it. If neither the client nor the server are signed in, it’s a free-for-all, but if you’ve linked your client or server to myPlex we require that both are connected to the same account before we allow you to use the delete function.

  • When will the Media Center finally get some love too?

    Apple Remote still doesn’t work with iTunes for going on a year now?

  • Plex is just great, on all platforms i’ve tested (Mac, IOS, Win and Andriod). One important thing is still missing in the clients though, the possibility to download movies for offline use. If I had a vote for what to implement next, it would be this, especially for IOS.

  • can i open my server on my mac at home on my iphone using my data service?

  • +1 for this

    Plex is just great, on all platforms i’ve tested (Mac, IOS, Win and Andriod). One important thing is still missing in the clients though, the possibility to download movies for offline use. If I had a vote for what to implement next, it would be this, especially for IOS.

  • Do I need to purchase a separate plex app for each of my IOS devices.

    • @Clifton ~ No, the app works across iPad and iPhone and you only need to buy it once, like other iOS apps.

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