A Plex/Web Update

11.16.12 91 Comments

About 10 weeks ago, we did something a little different: We released a new Plex web app into the hands of our PlexPass members. The app wasn’t finished by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a giant step towards replacing the aging and slow Plex web manager (and the aging and slow Cocoa manager on OS X), and a giant leap into the future, where you could access, organize, and play all of your media from anywhere in the world with just a web browser.

Releasing as early as we did to a group so passionate about Plex was an unqualified success. Over this period, we made about 10 releases of the app into PlexPass, adding features, implementing your suggestions, and fixing the bugs you reported. We want to thank you all – from the bottom of our hearts – for your help and feedback. Because of you, we have a much better app to show as a result.

To those who are not yet PlexPass members, we are shortly going to be releasing into your hands something that we’re very proud of. We’re confident that because of this PlexPass “gauntlet” it had to pass through, you’re getting a better app than you otherwise would have, and mostly likely sooner than you would have otherwise gotten it. Those guys really held our feet to the fire :-) And if you would like to help shape Plex, and get early access to cool stuff, you can sign up here!

During the same period, we also made three pre-releases of the next Plex Media Server to PlexPass members, with added API functionality for Plex/Web and a few other really cool things we wanted to preview. One of those is a new transcoder which goes idle when it gets ahead, instead of simply taking up the entire CPU. It also supports subtitles on the PS3. We’ll release it publicly at the same time as Plex/Web.

At around the same time as we launch Plex/Web and the new media server, we’ll be introducing a brand new preview for our PlexPass members, of a premium feature. We can’t say anything more about it except that if you have a mobile device, we think you’ll really, really like it.

Without further ado, let’s take a quick tour through some of the coolest things we’ve added to Plex/Web in this period. First up, something that’s been requested for literally years, multi-selection. Type in “star wars” in the quick filter, select all the movies, and add them to a new collection. Or delete the ones with Jar Jar.

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We’ve also added support for universal search. Quickly search for movies, artist, albums, shows, episodes, and online videos from a single place. I do love my zombie movies, apparently.

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Sometimes it’s late at night, we’re all hanging out in the Plex chat room, and someone says “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” That’s how remote playback got added; that’s right, you can now fling media from any web browser to Plex apps which support remote control.

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We’ve also added support for audio stream and subtitle selection, as well as actually displaying subtitles in the player.

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One of the things that was really important to us was feedback during a scan. Our resident Javascript wizard Eric even made the posters flip like they used to in the old Cocoa manager (on browsers that support it):

We’ve also added support for browsing audio and photo channels (and improved support for video channels).

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The On Deck feature is super popular, so we added an easy one-click way to access it inside sections.

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One of our foremost goals with Plex/Web was to greatly improve the “first run” experience for new users. Historically, on OS X we had a wizard, but it was out of date; on Linux and Windows, we didn’t have anything at all. We’re now thrilled that Plex/Web has an extensive setup wizard which integrates myPlex setup, lets you drag the bookmarklet right from the wizard, and lots of other stuff.

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Last, but not least, the media server keeps a rich universe of information about your media, and we’re trying to do more to expose it. To this end, we added a nice “media info” dialog which shows lots of details. Media nerds will love it, and it’ll definitely help for diagnostic purposes.

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In summary, Plex/Web kicks some galactic-level derrière. Coming soon, to a browser near you…

(And if you’re dying to check it out right now, get yourself a backstage PlexPass…)

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  • Thanks, all is back to normal.

  • My plex server will no longer find the new shows as I update the folders. I can manipulate them by moving the file folder to a new place and refresh, but this is quite a large inconvenience. I am running the plex on a Mac. Any one else having this problem?

  • @elan That worked. Thank you for the quick reply.

  • Problems with latest versions:

    – Photos: no indication (at least not obvious) the full name of the picture. Half my photos don’t show and I don’t know if it is as simple as “we don’t support gif” or something else.

    – Crashes, crashes and more crashes. 9.4.2 was rock solid. 9.4.3 doesn’t run before the scanner crashes followed thereafter by the server. usually crashes after running about an hour or so (may be triggered by the scanner dying).

    I have reverted back to 9.4.2 for now because Plex is the center piece of my home media setup and I can’t rely on 9.4.3 right now.

    System is a win7 Ultimate 64 bit for the server, quad core CPU, 8 gig of memory. Videos sit on an 9TB media server (WHS 1.0) via a mounted share to the plex server.

  • @Randy Murphy Same here, shows don’t update when new episodes are added. Forced refresh is no longer possible in this web interface… Serious problem!

    • @Michiel: Wrench icon gives you all the refreshes/scans possible.

  • Awesome work guys!!!!!!

  • Can you please,please add a option to open the classic plex server without pressing alt.

  • The web app is great. Im really enjoying watching my movies, shows at work on our restricted network. Is there any way to get netflix to work on this protected network. Currently non of the channels work. I know its a local network restriction but any means would be appreciated.

    ONE MAJOR feature request is a shuffle option in the MUSIC library for the android app and the webapp please.

    I’m really enjoying the use of plex to watch my movies and shows remotely off my home computer.


  • ^^^^^ SHUFFLE ALL OPTION ^^^^^
    for the library and also for filtered queries

  • Or Shuffle option for whatever current queries in the current state.

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