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Plex Media Server 0.9.8 ~ A giant step towards 1.0

, , | 04 Jun 2013 | by 292 Comments

It’s been a long road to v1.0 for the Plex Media Server, and the fact that we’re not there yet shows all the big plans we have for it. To all of you who have been here from the start, thanks for sticking with us; to all the recent arrivals, welcome!

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(Of course, one could also argue that when engineering is allowed to pick version numbers, they asymptotically approach 1.0, and when marketing gets to pick, you hit v20.0 in no time).

As you may know, one of the things available to PlexPass members is a forum in which people vote on their favorite feature requests. It’s a great way for us to see what the community wants, and – let’s face it – it’s especially valuable data coming from those who support us financially.

That data, combined with our own roadmap, drives what we work on. In general, the priorities of our community are very well aligned with our own, and nothing better shows than the fact that this new release includes the top two requested features. Without further ado, let’s jump in and explore.

Multiuser Support

Since the inception of the media server, we’ve actually had the concept of multiple users internally, it’s just never been fleshed out or exposed. With this release, we’re changing that. As you know, we already have flexible sharing policies via myPlex (entire library, single section), but those shared users have never gotten their own view state (which drives On Deck, Unwatched, Recently Viewed, etc.) or the ability to select audio stream and subtitles. In this new release, every user gets their very own view state. This applies to people inside the home too, of course. You can create a myPlex account for your kids, and only give them access to certain sections, which is a first baby step towards our vision of rich parental controls.

Client-side changes to enable multiuser mode have been silently made in recent updates, so multiuser works today with Plex/Web, iOS, Android and Roku apps. Updates for our other apps will be coming soon.

This feature is only enabled for servers run by PlexPass holders. Also, because of legacy apps, the permissions for a local client which isn’t signed in or hasn’t been multiuser enabled yet (e.g. Plex Home Theater) are currently “everything”. As the 0.9.8 series progresses, we’ll finish locking things down!

Lastly, if you decide to move back to an earlier release without multiuser support, that works fine, but all users other than the user owning the server will lose their view state.

Now Playing

The other feature that is requested more than any other is the ability to see who is playing what from a server. This is especially important when multiple users are accessing the server. We’ve added rich functionality to allow monitoring your server, which is available in Plex/Web (or of course via API). When your server starts streaming, you’ll immediately see a notification in your Plex/Web dashboard which tells you what’s playing, and if it’s from a shared user, who’s playing it.

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If you dive into the Now Playing screen, you can see even more details. And with a click of the play button, you can start playing the media locally, starting exactly where the other person is.

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This feature is also only available to PlexPass members.

Media Index Files

Here’s a feature we’ve been meaning to add for a while, but have only now gotten around to. When we add files to your library, we do sophisticated media analysis, in order to optimize transcoding and other such things. In this new release, we optionally index the entire video file, creating an index file which contains little frame grabs across the entire video. Why on earth would we want to do that? Well, for starters, on the Roku, it now means that seeking now allows “trick mode”, which displays a graphical preview as you seek. Super cool.

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Also, if you have created index files for media, the Now Playing feature in Plex/Web comes to life, and actually shows you a graphical representation of where the playback is, with time-appropriate thumbnails cross-fading.

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This index file support is PlexPass only, and considered somewhat experimental. It takes a long time to create an index file, so by default they’re disabled. You can generate them on the command line (using the new –index action), or else go into Library advanced settings and enable it there.

HTTPS support

We’ve taken the first step here, the media server now also listens on port 32443 for HTTPS connections. We’ll be allowing publishing the HTTPS connection to myPlex as soon as we update the clients, and then all communication between client and server will be encrypted.

Full set of changes:

New:

  • Multiuser mode.
  • Now Playing.
  • Media index files.
  • Use new write ahead log in database, speeds up lots of things.
  • Tear out Bonjour.
  • Tear out the old Cocoa UI.

Fixes:

  • Don’t let past timeline updates override future ones. Helps Plex/Sync.
  • Improved notifications for sync, makes Plex/Web activity view faster.
  • Fix titles in Plex/Web showing “item xxx” during a scan.
  • Improved granularity of transactions in database access.
The new release can be downloaded in the usual place. Password can be found in this post. And that’s all folks, except for a wet Barkley!

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292 Comments so far

  1. Dan June 6th, 2013 2:58 pm

    You guys never cease to impress! Keep up the great work. You guys rock.

  2. Corey June 6th, 2013 2:59 pm

    Why are there SO many updates that are still PlexPass only? :/

  3. elan June 6th, 2013 3:00 pm

    Corey: because our family and pets eat SO MUCH FOOD.

  4. Thethreemagi June 6th, 2013 3:05 pm

    How will multiuser mode work with plexsync? Will they be able to sync as if it is a local server not remote? And will each account require a plexpass membership? Love the direction, but just curious overall.

  5. Eduardo June 6th, 2013 3:06 pm

    Congratulations guys! I’ll test everything!

  6. RSava June 6th, 2013 3:09 pm

    I posted this in the forum – I haven’t had time to install 0.9.7.28 yet!
    SLOW DOWN! It’s getting tough to keep up with you guys…..
    Seriously, great job.

  7. Charles June 6th, 2013 3:11 pm

    Super excited about this bit link still points to 0.9.7xxxx

  8. Jubei June 6th, 2013 3:16 pm

    YES YES YES!!!! Corey, buy the frigging PlexPass already! Support these devs!

    Elan, thank you so much.

  9. Thomas Wood June 6th, 2013 3:16 pm

    Best update yet!
    Now prepare yourselves for the entitled PlexPass haters…

  10. elan June 6th, 2013 3:17 pm

    @Charles: click the link in the forum post with the version.

  11. monsieurlatt June 6th, 2013 3:18 pm

    Just a curiousity question Elan but does this version work with the plexconnect app for atv3? Does 5.1 work with it?

  12. Ivan June 6th, 2013 3:18 pm

    Is this the release that transcodes DTS audio to 5.1 AAC for Apple TV as well as streams 5.1 audio to PlexConnect?

  13. JPer June 6th, 2013 3:19 pm

    Amazing!! Thank you!

  14. jkristoph June 6th, 2013 3:23 pm

    Great update and much appreciated by a long time plexpass user. Multiuser / Access Control is not where it should be, but I guess this is a great first step!

  15. Raygan June 6th, 2013 3:26 pm

    Awesome new stuff. I already felt good about being a PlexPass subscriber, but this makes me feel extra good.

  16. moonshine June 6th, 2013 3:26 pm

    just curious… since you took out the Cocoa UI, how can we change the section artwork ?

  17. elstreif June 6th, 2013 3:31 pm

    “Tear out the old Cocoa UI.” Boo. I’m very sad to see this go.

    “Tear out Bonjour.” Hmm. What was Bonjour used for before?

  18. Jim Nordbø June 6th, 2013 3:31 pm

    is it supposed to be no name showing up when you play vid through dlna? would be cool if it showed the tv name or something :)

  19. Steven Davis June 6th, 2013 3:33 pm

    Thank you. Multiuser support has been something I have been requesting for a long time. Serving content to multiple devices that are owned by multiple people caused so many issues. I’m glad that we’re finally seeing steps towards remedying those problems. One question, how will this work with DLNA devices (and as an aside, is there a way to temporarily turn off DLNA access)?

    I’m sad to see the Cocoa interface go. And it’s not that I don’t like Plex/Web, it’s just for one particular thing the Cocoa app was more reliable. Trash status indicators. The Cocoa app showed these changes immediately, the Web app requires browser refreshes (and even that sometimes dosen’t work). Plus, there’s no global section indicator on Plex/Web, to quickly see if something is actually in the trash. But the Trash issue is part of a larger problem for me. I wish there was a way to see a list of what is in there at a glance, like on a desktop OS. When you have a large library and something goes wonky, a file is moved accidentally or deleted it would be nice to not have to scan the entire section for that icon… and if it doesn’t show up reliably like it did on the Cocoa version, it becomes an even bigger problem.

    Before today I had three major issues with Plex. One of them has been taken care of, and that is fantastic. I outlined the second above. The third is the Mac client, and I’m becoming more patient on that front because of PlexHT. I’ve been critical of Plex over the last year, but I have to give them credit for the steps they’ve been taking over the last few months.

    Looking forward to all the future progress!

  20. Patryk June 6th, 2013 3:35 pm

    Awesome work! How big are the index files?

  21. Leo June 6th, 2013 3:35 pm

    Hey, it’s been a while…how do I find the password (I’m a plexpass subber.)

  22. PowerTowerPro June 6th, 2013 3:37 pm

    Thanks Elan…better late then never right?
    Joking aside, I can’t wait to test this out. Thanks for listening to the community.

  23. Chad H. June 6th, 2013 3:39 pm

    HTTPS support — super cool!!! cant wait!

  24. Lylesback2 June 6th, 2013 3:40 pm

    This media index thing looks really cool! Just enabled it and I can’t wait to test it on my roku!!

  25. RSava June 6th, 2013 3:43 pm

    @Leo – A link to the password is in the Forum post announcing the release.

  26. George Machen June 6th, 2013 3:45 pm

    Just make sure, please, that the Roku Plex client maintains compatibility with PMS 0.9.5.3, in which I’m stuck, because I’m stuck in Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, and that’s the highest PMS supported.

  27. Bill Taroli June 6th, 2013 3:51 pm

    AWESOME! And to those who whine about 0.9.8 being (initially) PlexPass only… two things: First, it’s considered early release. and (2) WE PAY. So kindly be quiet and wait your turn.

  28. RSava June 6th, 2013 3:56 pm

    Hmm, my previous comment is “awaiting moderation”.
    Wonder why?

  29. Armdan June 6th, 2013 3:56 pm

    cant login I do have plexpass
    what username and password should i use

  30. Will June 6th, 2013 4:00 pm

    It’s things like this that make me wonder why I ever debated getting PlexPass…

  31. Russ June 6th, 2013 4:00 pm

    I don’t get how to create a second account, or how to hide a section? I tried signing out of myPlex, and creating a second account, but it won’t let me with the same email address. I’ve read what Multi-User support is, but I was assuming I could run my media server, with a local account (so on my home network everything shows up) but have a remote account also that does not let certain sections show up…or at the very least have the ability to hide sections per client, so my little brother can’t watch inappropriate content, or am I thinking too hard about this? I got really excited when I saw “Parental Controls” but for the life of me I can’t figure it out!

  32. Maaniac June 6th, 2013 4:10 pm

    After upgrading my OnDeck no longer works for my TV shows. It works perfectly fine if I revert back. Any ideas? I’ve started a forum post on it.

  33. MichaelW June 6th, 2013 4:11 pm

    For anyone that isn’t a PlexPass Member, does this release fix anything or should we just stick with the last non-plex-pass-specific version of the server?

  34. Drew June 6th, 2013 4:14 pm
  35. Frank June 6th, 2013 4:21 pm

    LIke the idea of Multi User Support. Do I have to create a New MyPlex account and then share the sections that I want to this new account. It would be better (IMO) to be able to create a user in my current MyPlex account, as a sub user, especially when I am creating an account for my young kids to use on their IP Pads, and only want to limit them to certain content.

  36. Steve P June 6th, 2013 4:29 pm

    Would LOVE to get this update. I’m a plexpass member. Authentication is not working. Can log into forums and myplex without a problem.

  37. Aaron June 6th, 2013 4:30 pm

    How does one download this update? I assume it requires a plexpass (which I have) but I don’t have the un/pw to access the download.

  38. Steve P June 6th, 2013 4:33 pm

    Disregard

  39. tungsten2k June 6th, 2013 4:41 pm

    Why post about a release to the public when the version is only available to PlexPass subscribers (who are always allowed the PlexPass versions) ?

    I’m not complaining at all about not having access to PlexPass version (I in fact somewhat appreciate that others have ironed-out the bumps) but was just a bit confused. The blog post makes it appear that PlexPass-only features will not be available (which is as it should be). However, it seems a moot point when the entire download is not even available (effectively making every feature PlexPass-only).

    DId I miss something ?

    If this is just a way of trying to drum up additional PlexPass members by showing them what they are missing, that’s fine, but alluding that this download is available in a feature-limited fashion for non PlexPass members is odd to say the least.

  40. ross June 6th, 2013 4:42 pm

    Why is it asking me for login info? Why can’t I download it?

  41. Scott June 6th, 2013 4:46 pm

    I’m boggled that people actually complain about new features being PlexPass only. These guys are doing awesome work, and they’re asking *amazingly little* for a PlexPass membership. Stop whining and support them.

  42. Melanie1001 June 6th, 2013 4:47 pm

    please give a hug to Barkley for me. Thanks!

  43. Will June 6th, 2013 4:50 pm

    AWESOME guys! Thank you for all the work!

  44. ColonelRed June 6th, 2013 5:20 pm

    My username and password is not working. My account is tied to the email address used on this post, can you check it out?

    Thanks.

  45. Thomas June 6th, 2013 5:25 pm

    Elan, how does multiuser function in relation to users that don’t have plexpass but I as the server owner do. Will my fellow household member be as to use these features since the main account is a plexpass lifetime member? Or do I need plexpass for each account? Awesome work btw!!

  46. Adam June 6th, 2013 5:40 pm

    Hmm, ditto on finding the password. I’m a lifetime member but my email address and username don’t seem to work at that download link. :(

  47. GenerlAce June 6th, 2013 6:04 pm

    How can i download it? asks for user name and password, but mine does not work. thanks in advance

  48. Bay Area John June 6th, 2013 6:07 pm

    When you do more HTTPS, please don’t make “S” required for the IP control protocol! It’s impossible with most home control systems.

  49. Rory1 June 6th, 2013 6:23 pm

    This is great and all.

    But all I want is a fix for the audio sync issue that is over a year and a half old.

    I know… Buy Plexpass get HT yada yada yada.

    But the thing is I bought plex when it first came out for iOS and I never use it. All I want is a client that will play my media. Not 99% of all these web features.

    A fix was brought to our attention almost 6 months ago and I’m not trying to be a jerk. I just want something I used for many years to work again.

    Rory

  50. James June 6th, 2013 6:43 pm

    I’m a new plexpass subscriber and I too would like to know the log in details to download the update

  51. kriebe June 6th, 2013 6:48 pm

    So by getting rid of the Cocoa interface, you mean that we can only use the Plex/Web server? Ugghhh. I’ve been meaning to ask how I can make the regular PMS the default instead of having to hold down “alt” whenever I need to see it. Plex/Web is just way too slow to go through 2500 movies. Not to mention its not nearly as simple of an interface. Showing new people how to use Plex/Web instead of the “old” interface sucks.

  52. Chris R June 6th, 2013 6:49 pm

    I know my PlexPass password, but it’s not sufficing to let me download this file.

  53. Dustin Brewer June 6th, 2013 6:52 pm

    Yay! Multi-user! Now if only users of shared libraries could utilize PlexSync (assuming, of course, the respective PMS is signed into a PlexPass account).

  54. dar420 June 6th, 2013 7:01 pm

    I’m also curious about the size of the index files and performance of it. From the description it sounds like the actual thumbs are saved to the index file or are they just place markers and then are generated on the fly kind of like calling ffmpegthumbnailer or something?

    Have really been impressed with the last few plexpass releases and the overall plex experience. Especially glad there is finally something for Linux that actually works great on just about every media device out there – have tried just about everything over the years too.

    Anyways keep up the great work!!!

  55. iRaz June 6th, 2013 7:10 pm
  56. iRaz June 6th, 2013 7:11 pm

    Thank you guys for a wonderful development of this superb service called PLEX.
    I just love it :)

  57. Piet June 6th, 2013 7:21 pm

    Still no proper Unicode support? :(

  58. Andy June 6th, 2013 7:40 pm

    Can’t seem to be able to donwload. Site asks for login. Even though I can log in to the plex website and confirm my plexpass subscription, I can’t login to download the latest version.
    Is there a problem, or is it just overloaded right now?

  59. MTII June 6th, 2013 7:43 pm

    Really really REALLY great! Thanks :D

  60. Iveldie June 6th, 2013 7:47 pm

    I m using an old version of plex, every new version is worst, slower and unusable for me so I downgraded to a two years ago version and all work perfect for me. DTS sound dosent work a lot of version ago and you never solved it.

  61. Kamus June 6th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Great work guys. I’m very excited about it, and a tad down at the same time. This is obviously the “big” release that has been on development for a while and i was hoping it would include the “cloudsync” feature.

    Great work though, i love the new now playing feature. Now if only there was a way to ID individual roku boxes if they are using a PIN… XD

  62. TimmyT June 6th, 2013 8:14 pm

    How, great job guys! Thanks a lot for this feature-loaded upgrade! Keep up the good work!

  63. wn June 6th, 2013 8:27 pm

    i have a Plexpass but my password is not accepted in the pop-up box that follows clicking the download link…

  64. Pierre Paour June 6th, 2013 8:44 pm

    @elan, the first link in your post (intended to link to the PlexPass promo page) is incorrect (probably missing “http://”).

    As a non-subscriber to PlexPass (but not a hater, I’m glad you’ve found a viable business model) I would appreciate a mention somewhere that the release you’re describing is a PlexPass exclusive…

  65. elan June 6th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Sorry for the confusion ~ if you want to download a PlexPass-only release, you’ll need to use the credentials mentioned in this forum post ~ http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/64569-download-instructions/

    This release will be available very shortly to the general public, once it goes through the PlexPass testing process. The new features, however, will still be locked to PlexPass.

  66. xain09 June 6th, 2013 8:50 pm

    Impressive. Very impressive as always. Installing!

  67. RckStr June 6th, 2013 8:54 pm

    Love the multiuser support.

    You should add a “now playing” tab in the portable devices though. Site admin sees everything here. Site users can see what their clients are watching.

    Also, you should allow site admins to set user restrictions.
    ie:
    User A have unlimited simultanious logins and can login from anywhere
    User B has 1 simultanious login and can login from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

  68. Noben June 6th, 2013 9:00 pm

    Awesome work!
    How about extended Growl support for Now Playing?

  69. Ruud June 6th, 2013 9:02 pm

    Hi Elan,

    Could you please activate plexsync for multiple users? That is the only reason why I now have one single account for plexsync.

    Thanks!

  70. fred June 6th, 2013 9:06 pm

    awesome as always. have been looking into how to restrict content for my kids.

    encryption is an sweet and underappreciated feature

    keep up the good work.

  71. Philipp June 6th, 2013 9:15 pm

    Perfect!!
    You finally got me to do, what I should have done way earlier. I’ll now subscribe to a Plex Pass!

  72. DrZeuss June 6th, 2013 9:27 pm

    Wow. Many thanks Elan. You and the Plex Dev Team rock. I have been waiting (patiently) for the multi-user and now playing activity. Many many thanks again.

    One thing: Is there a way of viewing historical access to the PMS?

  73. ColonelRed June 6th, 2013 9:31 pm

    What am I missing here? The link to get to the new version does not show version 0.9.8 — it is Version 0.9.7.27.16.

    Are you rounding up? Is this the right version or is the download link wrong?

    http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/64569-download-instructions/

    Perhaps I’m being an idiot, either way this is very frustrating.

  74. psycik June 6th, 2013 9:37 pm

    Does this multiuser and now playing support mean there’s an API that might be usable for the trakt.tv plugin? Rather than log scraping?

  75. Ciaranh June 6th, 2013 9:59 pm

    You guys do some brilliant work, love Plex but can you put back the ability to view preferences in the old GUI, I used this to constantly monitor myPlex network connectivity as I was able to place it in the corner of my iMac. Or have some indicator on the plex menu bar icon..Cheers

  76. osplo June 6th, 2013 10:09 pm

    Great work team.

    About the cocoa tear off, could the old good “Show in Finder” option be added to Plex/Web?

    I know you show the path at the Media info panel but it is a bit buried and still I don’t see a way to quickly go to the file folder.

    Please… is the only thing I would miss from the Cocoa UI.

    Thanks and congrats again!

  77. Jesper June 6th, 2013 10:15 pm

    Great stuff!!! One more happy user is now applying for lifetime plexpass membership. Keep it up guys, you rule!!

  78. MTII June 6th, 2013 10:19 pm

    I second the questions regarding PlexSync – do we still need a PlexPass for all users who want to use PlexSync or is it now enough that the server is published by a PlexPass account? If it is the former that is still true, maybe you could change it so that PlexSync is freely available on the LAN (not remotely) provided that the server is published by a PlexPass account…

  79. Vince June 6th, 2013 10:25 pm

    I still cannot get AC# 5.1, AAC 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio to work in PlexConnect. Can anybody advise? It is set in Server preferences. DD is on in ATV. Anything I’ve missed?

  80. Sebastian June 6th, 2013 10:38 pm

    The port for HTTPS is actually 32443, which makes more sense.

  81. DT June 6th, 2013 10:51 pm

    Great work guys. Question: wow does the HTTPS implementation work: simply port forward to 32433, make the server listen to 32433 and then any HTTPS enabled client will automatically encrypt the datastream whatever goes over that port or does it require both server and client side setting to encryption? Also: which clients currently support Myplex encryption over HTTPS (none I presume from the post)?

  82. il France June 6th, 2013 11:32 pm

    i’ve enabled the indexing of media files, how do i know if it’s actually working?

  83. sim June 6th, 2013 11:56 pm

    Still no QNAP NAS build yet??? :(

  84. pppx June 7th, 2013 1:22 am

    All welcome features. Good that I am not a plex pass member, I’ll wait for the plex pass members to debug this version before it is released to the wider community.

  85. Barb June 7th, 2013 1:54 am

    I would pay for plexpass in a heartbeat, if I could run the newer versions, without them freezing and skipping. I’m all for feeding families and pets!

  86. treeshaker99 June 7th, 2013 2:11 am

    The QNAP NAS package isn’t available. Is it coming later with the general release? Keep up the great work!

  87. Olly S June 7th, 2013 2:30 am

    This is great! Can we now please get a per-user client-side Trakt.tv scrobbler?

  88. phunkysai June 7th, 2013 2:35 am

    @elan: I echo someone else above – do we non-PlexPass folks even need to download this update when it goes public? It appears to only have PlexPass stuff in it…

    Not being snarky, just curious….

  89. Gordy June 7th, 2013 3:07 am

    Installed and is working great. I enabled the indexing in the settings but how do I get Plex to go back and index all of the files that are already in the library. The way I understand it is that it will only index new files added. Is this correct or can I index all of the files that are already in Plex? Thanks

  90. Brett June 7th, 2013 3:24 am

    I’m so glad I’m a PlexPass Member for 2 reasons. 1: I like getting the releases before they are available to the public. 2: I love that I can help contribute monetarily to the Plex team. Everyone that contributes to the code… THANK YOU. Plex is THE BEST media package available, anywhere, for any price. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to what you’ll have to show us in the future.

  91. Ciaranh June 7th, 2013 3:42 am

    FYI – rolled back to 9.7 as PMS does not work with Plex 9.31 and Plex 9.5+ just keeps crashes and doesnt work well with Night Skin.
    Thats my 2 cents worth…keep up the great work..Dunno what I would do without Plex

    PlexPass Yearly Member

  92. Barry Whitelaw June 7th, 2013 4:06 am

    So gone down the PlexPass route now based on this release. Both this and the AppleTV Plex Connect this week, definitely worth it. Cheers guys.

  93. M18 June 7th, 2013 4:48 am

    elan, thx for this great new version. Is the QNAP version following up? because i’m still missing it ;-)

  94. justme1968 June 7th, 2013 5:04 am

    unfortunaltely it is not possible to create more than one myplex account for one e-mail address. that means i can not create an account for my little daugther who is 3 and definitely to small for an e-mail adress but not to small to view some things in plex…

  95. Chad June 7th, 2013 5:38 am

    Awesome job guys. Definitely a great update. Can we get a little TLC for the music section? It would be great if it could be more customizable. Also in the apps, playing music is a little flakey…..Keep doing what you are doing though!!!

  96. justme1968 June 7th, 2013 5:39 am

    i’d realy like to create local accounts on my server without the family having to use myplex.

  97. The DBP June 7th, 2013 6:14 am

    I am *so* happy right now. Great update, guys. Can’t wait to get it up and running this evening!

  98. The DBP June 7th, 2013 6:15 am

    One thing though – it mentions “tear[ing] out Bonjour” – does this mean no local auto-discovery?

  99. jer June 7th, 2013 7:07 am

    Does every logged-in user see the “Now Playing” list?

    There seems to be a conflict between creating separate silos of media – in part for parental control reasons – while still showing your kids’ account what “unsafe” media you are currently watching.

  100. elan June 7th, 2013 7:29 am

    @jer ~ only the admin user.

  101. elan June 7th, 2013 7:29 am

    @The DBP ~ we have our own (GDM) which is less invasive.

  102. elan June 7th, 2013 7:30 am

    @juatme1968 ~ we’ll be addressing that concern as we flesh out parental controls.

  103. Rob June 7th, 2013 8:15 am

    Elan, this is amazing! I have been hoping for multi-user support. The watched status works great.

    * two things seem not to be working

    1) I am however not seeing an option to select autio/subtitle steams (through a shared library). I verified I can select audio/subtitle on the video when it’s local/not shared.

    2) The on deck, recently viewed, unwatched, etc.. are not showing up on the main page. Is this supposed to show up in roku/plex web app when someone ONLY has a shared library connected.

    Thanks again! Great update

  104. Marlon Beltz June 7th, 2013 8:15 am

    Yeah, I just can’t figure out multi-user, can you put me on the right track?

  105. tungsten2k June 7th, 2013 8:17 am

    “Philipp June 6th, 2013 9:15 pm

    Perfect!!
    You finally got me to do, what I should have done way earlier. I’ll now subscribe to a Plex Pass!”

    elan: I suspect you will get much more conversion like Phillip’s if you call out that a release is available to PlexPass-users-only, until testing is complete (actually, you usually do this, which is why I think many people where confused by this one where you didn’t mention it. Sounds like it just slipped your mind to mention it this time.)

    Thanks for clarifying.

  106. gsnerf June 7th, 2013 8:20 am

    @elan: while I understand and support the decision to keep new things for financially supporting customers I’m also concerned about the number of PlexPass only releases. Creating new features and having them tested by PlexPass members is all good and well but there are a lot of fixes in there that also affect non PlexPass users. You should at least concider releasing bug fixes for everyone, not only PlexPass members.

    Having said that: the new features really look nice. Keep up the good work.

  107. elan June 7th, 2013 8:31 am

    @Gordy ~ you’d analyze the section or item manually, and sit back, it takes a very long time, figure 10 minutes / movie.

  108. elan June 7th, 2013 8:31 am

    @ phunkysai ~ there are bugs fixes and speed improvements that will benefit everyone!

  109. elan June 7th, 2013 8:34 am

    @gsnerf ~ PlexPass only *releases* are a temporary thing (for testing, feedback). Every PlexPass only release will be public after some time (sometimes less, sometimes more). The 0.9.7 releases took a while because we wanted to stabilize, and should be released to the public in a few days.

  110. elan June 7th, 2013 8:37 am

    @pppx ~ just to be perfectly clear, multi-user and now playing will remain PlexPass features even when the release is made to the public (a la PlexSync).

  111. nypher June 7th, 2013 9:02 am

    This update and the PlexConnect fot aTV news on the same week, this is awesome !!!

    Thanks for all the fish ;-)

  112. Maaniac June 7th, 2013 9:06 am

    @Elan please take a look at the forum i’ve started pertaining to missine On Deck. Everything I do and nothing works. http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/70417-on-deck-not-showing-up-on-098/page-4

  113. elan June 7th, 2013 9:29 am

    @Ciaranh ~ I’ll add the request!

  114. elan June 7th, 2013 9:32 am

    @MTII ~ we will be addressing this issue, sorry it’s taking a while!

  115. elan June 7th, 2013 9:33 am

    @DT ~ no clients support HTTPS yet. Soon :)

  116. mark June 7th, 2013 9:57 am

    Congratulations to the team on a simply amazing release (and for keeping it so quiet prior to release day!)

  117. MTII June 7th, 2013 10:19 am

    Great, thanks again :-)

  118. plexuser June 7th, 2013 11:34 am

    We Cocoa UI back! Please Elan. U_U

  119. majortom June 7th, 2013 11:58 am

    No bonjour seems no wake on lan for PMS from ipad :(

  120. a7medo778 June 7th, 2013 1:28 pm

    please proper photo support

  121. Dpen00 June 7th, 2013 5:44 pm

    Great update! When will Plex Media Center get some attention?

  122. elan June 7th, 2013 6:31 pm

    @Dpen00: Beyond the all new Plex Home Theater?

  123. moonshine June 7th, 2013 7:30 pm

    @elan: since you took out the Cocoa UI, how can we change the section artwork ?

  124. M June 8th, 2013 8:09 am

    elan:
    yes please, when will pmc get some updates, or pht be released? the osx bugs are so annoying.

  125. elan June 8th, 2013 9:35 am

    @moonshine ~ that was always a bit of a hack. We’ll bring it back official-like in Plex/Web.

  126. wally007 June 8th, 2013 9:44 am

    Please allow ‘nesting’ multiple myPLex account under one PlexPass myPLex account or allow local accounts to be created (preferable)
    It’s absurd that I have to create gmail email addresses for both of my 3 year olds just to sign up for myPlex.
    Also what happens if my internet goes down ( or myPlex servers ) and kid with his myPLex account on iPad tries to connect locally (ie via LAN) to our Plex server ? Is authorization local or via myPLex ?

  127. elan June 8th, 2013 10:15 am

    @wally ~ what you’re saying makes sense, this is the first step, not the last :)

  128. Ryan June 8th, 2013 3:01 pm

    Just wondering is there more I do in the multi user addition? Do I need to set my wife and son a new plex accout? Will they both need to be a separate plexpass subscription? Thanks

  129. Ryan June 8th, 2013 3:01 pm

    Just wondering is there more Info on the multi user addition? Do I need to set my wife and son a new plex accout? Will they both need to be a separate plexpass subscription? Thanks

  130. wayd June 8th, 2013 4:47 pm

    9.8 shot fire off for the plex dev crew. i know i cant stop using your app and some how you guys remind me of apple developing towards perfection.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB ELAN AND CREW

    thanks

  131. WN1188 June 8th, 2013 4:58 pm

    I am loving the Plex Home Theater & new media server so far! Strong new features, and everything feels a bit faster.

    Given that my entire family relies on Plex for home media, buying a lifetime PlexPass is totally worth it. Thank the whole development team for these major additions to an already rock solid platform.

    One issue that continues to frustrate the household is the loss of ability to sync Plex application volume to system volume under OS X. You hint at this feature having been restored here:

    https://plexapp.lighthouseapp.com/projects/14382/tickets/1204-merging-plex-volume-with-system-voice#ticket-1204-12

    I’m hoping I’m simply overlooking the location of the restored volume sync option within the application preferences. Can you please point out specifically where it be found?

    Thanks a bunch! And please pass along congratulations to the rest of the Plex dev team!

  132. Cory June 9th, 2013 12:40 am

    The new “Now Watching” is wonderful, thank you very much for adding this.

    It seems to work perfectly for web/browser playing, the Android app, as well as Google TV. However it does not seem to work for the Plex Home Theater.

  133. Hatchy June 9th, 2013 1:42 am

    Breaks my plex for samsung – unable to play anything just says pms unavailable (which it clearly isn’t as i’ve just browsed through on the samsung)
    back to 0.9.7

  134. Anthony June 9th, 2013 4:57 am

    Tried to download following the link, but got the 0.9.7.27

    Normal ?

  135. Dfwilliamsjr June 9th, 2013 7:03 am

    Maybe I am just stupid but I have tried every download link for this update and it re-directs me to a “conduit” search engine. I have been a plexpass member for some time now and am frustrated by the inability to download new updates. Can someone please help me?

  136. m33x June 9th, 2013 9:19 am

    There is a misstake, it is 32443 not as written 32433.

    https://YOUR_PMS_IP:32443/web/index.html

    ist correct.

  137. oncleben31 June 9th, 2013 12:23 pm

    What a long trip since the beginning of the adventure ! Your news about multi-user support give me some emotion. I think this is my first message on the forum four years ago, asking for a way to support multi user or a way to add a control parental feature.

    You rock Plex team !

  138. Patrick June 9th, 2013 4:31 pm

    This is all and good and you guys are working hard on new products, but what happened to Plex Media Center? Is this last on the list for bug fixes?

  139. Jim H June 10th, 2013 10:29 am

    Adding my name to the list of people who can’t download 0.9.8. The only links I get are 0.9.7.27.16.

    Does anyone have an explanation for what we’re all doing wrong?

  140. Nix June 10th, 2013 11:35 am

    Just a heads-up: I’ve no idea why, but when I choose to upgrade from within plex itself (tray icon or Plex asks to upgrade) it downloads the Korean language version for some reason. Tried it twice, got Korean twice, and I’m obviously speaking English (and I’m in the USA).

    Direct download from the site worked fine, but Plex itself wants to download Korean.

  141. Dfwilliamsjr June 10th, 2013 12:52 pm

    Can someone please address my issue? 4 posts earlier. Elan where are you? HELP!!!!

  142. Tyson June 10th, 2013 1:27 pm

    I started a couple of years back with the free Plex Server and the PC Plex Media Center. I then moved to the Android Plex Media Center and the Plex Media Center build for Samsung (Laika and Samsung App Store versions, although still prefer Laika). I have just recently purchased the lifetime PlexPass and have never felt better about spending the money. Plex is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Thank you for all the hard work and time spent on a keyboard instead of spending time with your families and/or friends. You are truly appreciated!

  143. elan June 10th, 2013 3:51 pm

    @Dfwilliamsjr ~ on vacation for a week, sorry!

  144. Kosta June 10th, 2013 10:05 pm

    @Dfwilliamsjr , sounds like you may have the “conduit search engine” virus/malware.

    If you do a google on it there is a number if hits.

  145. Nicklas Raab June 10th, 2013 10:27 pm

    I’m getting the 0.9.7.25caca server installed when running the Plex-Media-Server-0.9.800.36-8895eb2-en-US.exe file. Strange, any thoughts? Related to similar posts in this thread perhaps?

    Looking forward to the 0.9.8 though =)

    Best regards

  146. Bjarte June 11th, 2013 2:10 am

    Ahh, the love! <3

  147. olavjunior June 11th, 2013 3:48 am

    I cant get trick mode to work on the latest Android, the changelog says its supposed to..

  148. Kyle June 11th, 2013 5:04 am

    Still waiting on that lovely GoogleTV update :) You guys could really knock it out of the park with GTV owners once that hits the play store. Please please please please release it soon???

  149. elan June 11th, 2013 8:25 am

    @olavjunior ~ you’ll only get trick play if you’ve enabled media indexing and indexed your files.

  150. elan June 11th, 2013 8:26 am

    @Kyle ~ we’re working on it, just making the app more friendly on a 10′ screen :)

  151. Preston June 11th, 2013 10:37 am

    Great work and thanks.

  152. Nicklas Raab June 12th, 2013 2:29 am

    I get Plex Media Server Setup Wizard ended prematurley. Never gotten an error like this before. Any thought of what might be the problem?

  153. Andy June 12th, 2013 3:07 am

    @Dfwilliamsjr – it’s malware…

    http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-conduit-search-malware/ – no idea if this works… I don’t know because I have a Mac :)

  154. Jacob June 12th, 2013 7:56 am

    I can’t see 0.9.8 either. It’s only showing 0.9.7.27??

    Can you fix?

    Thanks!

  155. Kyle June 12th, 2013 8:07 am

    Great to hear Elan! In the meantime, I’ll be working on acquiring a 10′ screen :)

  156. Dfwilliamsjr June 12th, 2013 1:55 pm

    I got it. Thanks for the help folks. PLEX rocks.

  157. mike June 13th, 2013 2:14 am

    FIX THE NAME SCANNER !!!!!

    Indexing series within plex is HORRIBLE. Half of my collection is indexed completely wrong… (and I mean, not a ‘few’ errors, BUT COMPLETELY WRONG). So, instead of adding new features, please go back to the basics and fix them.

  158. Manuel June 13th, 2013 3:22 am

    Just bought PlexPass lifetime and see there QNAP preview releases are not provided (checked the last 2 preview releases and no QNAP version was available). Will this change? QNAP seems to me like well supported, it works fine for me, so why no preview release? Any reason?

  159. dbreiny June 13th, 2013 7:18 am

    0.9.8 on ReadyNAS 4.x is great. I have had no issues with it and the Now Playing feature is amazing. I tried the “Trick Mode” indexing on one movie and the how playing screen updates as it is supposed to. I have not found anything wrong with this version. Nice job!!!

  160. elan June 13th, 2013 8:44 am
  161. Nevil June 13th, 2013 9:34 am

    I LOVE YOU!!! :)

  162. Peamov June 13th, 2013 10:15 am

    Great job ;)
    Just a little issue with my big movies list, i need to choose à filter before the list appear.

  163. Paul June 13th, 2013 2:17 pm

    Best Media Server out there, and you do listen to us as I can now edit the genre under artist in my music section in the media manager GREAT(It’s not all about films and TV)

    Just noticed that when viewing compilation albums in the plex media center (in Windows) you do not see the individual artist names for each track. what you see is the Album Artist named data only. Is there anyway I can change this so I can see each tracks artist name and if not can you add it to your long line of requests so maybe you can veiw the artist for each individual track when browsing the albums and tracks so its easier to choose what to play and also so these details show when playing the track in the now playing screen.

    I did notice that the itunes channel does show the individual artist names for each track but not while browsing the albums and tracks but only when the now playing screen is visible. this also shows whats next the plex music section when playing dose not.

    I know I’m being a pain but if you don’t ask.

    Keep up the good work and Love to you all

  164. erk248 June 13th, 2013 6:16 pm

    Great Update. I do second that the On Deck isn’t working in the browser. While it does appear, there is about a min. to minute and a half delay for it to appear within the main page.

    Other than for that, the ability to PlexPass Sync On Deck is all I ask! Hope that comes soon.

    Keep up the awesomeness.

  165. Cam June 13th, 2013 8:51 pm

    I was just wondering about this again a few weeks back. Awesome to hear it is coming sooner than I had expected! :D

  166. marc0nline June 14th, 2013 4:37 am

    Love it!!! Love it!!! Love it!!!

    … @mike… Listen to @elan. I had a friend that was constantly complaining until I got a look at his files. The scanners can’t figure out what it doesn’t understand. And the bad thing about it is there are multiple ways of getting it to work. So, do a little reading and a lot less complaining!

  167. Tai June 14th, 2013 5:31 am

    How do I configure my own SSL certificate, to avoid security warnings when using the web client?

  168. Peamov June 14th, 2013 9:25 am
  169. falconexe June 14th, 2013 1:14 pm

    Elan,

    Thanks for the ability show who is streaming what from the media server! The “Now Playing” display works great.

    However, I am not always using Plex/Web. As a result, it appears that I may miss what people are streaming if I don’t see it in real time.

    Is there a way to LOG what users are streaming so that I can start trending things like I/O/Bandwidth/etc. on the back end? It would be great to have a historical record.

  170. alan June 15th, 2013 1:18 am

    What am I missing here? The link to get to the new version does not show version 0.9.8 — it is Version 0.9.7.27.16.

    Are you rounding up? Is this the right version or is the download link wrong?

    http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/64569-download-instructions/

    I cant workout what I am doing wrong here

  171. chapindad June 15th, 2013 9:38 am

    Same issue here… Not showing 9.8, did it get pulled?

  172. Krishna June 15th, 2013 11:53 am

    Just wondering if any one noticed? As many of you know the samsung tv new plex app update allows myplex shared server. I was testing the NOW PLAYING function in my server and samsung tvs are not shown even though my friend was watching a video from my server. I can see if some one is watching on roku from my server. Do any one have any sugessions? I there a way to enable for samsung tvs.

  173. Manuel June 15th, 2013 3:08 pm

    QNAP version? No answer at all? No one cares?

  174. Jerle June 15th, 2013 5:25 pm

    Hrmm… atv2 client doesn’t work with this new 0.9.8 version of PMS. Always get “An error occurred loading this content”… For everything.

  175. Dave June 15th, 2013 11:43 pm

    ALAN, It appears they posted the wrong link. Here it is:

    http://plexapp.com/plexpass/plex-media-server.php?version=0.9.8.0.36

  176. andyp June 16th, 2013 2:18 am

    @alan – same here – cannot see 0.9.8 just the previous version – any ideas?

  177. Adam June 16th, 2013 8:30 pm

    Yessss encryption!!! I spent most of the weekend trying to set up a site-to-site VPN to my parents for this exact purpose… unsuccessfully. Can’t wait. Thanks so much!

  178. Jvlm June 17th, 2013 4:23 am

    @alan: you need to use the link in this post, not the one in the forum. Check the difference in the URL: http://plexapp.com/plexpass/plex-media-server.php?version=0.9.8.0.36.

  179. Jvlm June 17th, 2013 4:27 am

    Just as majortom earlier said, the WoL feature within the application isn’t working anymore (although not with Plex Media Server on Mac OS X 10.8). Is there a way to enable Bonjour again or another way to get this to work, apart from a dedicated WoL client. I’d like my server to wake whenever a Plex client (HT, Roku, Plex/Web, …) tries to connect to the server.

  180. Exhu June 17th, 2013 11:22 pm

    Plex/Web 1.2 seems to have broken multiuser mode (select audiostream/subtitles not working anymore).
    Now Playing tab not working either.

  181. Andrew June 18th, 2013 12:50 am

    You guys rock almost as much as Barkley does! Thanks for the great work.

  182. Hedegaard June 18th, 2013 9:45 am

    Can it be true that if i want to use the new multi user function for my kids, i need to buy a plexpass for each kid?

  183. elan June 18th, 2013 10:34 am

    @Hedegaard ~ no.

  184. Manuel June 18th, 2013 2:10 pm

    Why is it so difficult to answer the questions about QNAP? I am a paying customer and this happens to be my device, I would like to know what was my fate when I decided to go PlexPass-ed

  185. elan June 18th, 2013 2:31 pm

    @Manuel ~ nobody’s trying to dodge the question, I promise. We moved to all-new build machines, and we’re having trouble getting QNAP build back online, due mostly to their rather interesting way of packaging. It’ll be fixed when we can.

  186. Peter June 18th, 2013 3:02 pm

    I upgraded to v0.9.8 a couple of days ago, and since then the media listing on the iPad has been very slow.

    I do have a large (in my opinion!) library, but even showing cover art is very slow at around 1-2 seconds per image!

    Plex/Web is fine – normal speeds. Streaming/transcoding works fine to the iPad. It’s just the film/series/episode browsing that is slow.

    Any ideas?

  187. exhu June 18th, 2013 8:45 pm

    @Elan, lot of people are now complaining on the forums about Plex/Web 1.2, server 0.9.8 => the main features of this release are now totally broken:
    Multiuser => KO
    Now Playing => KO

    None official answer on the forum about this, could you start looking at it please ?

    You pay for this feature, I think we should have some quality of service or at least hear that you are aware of the issue and are working on it..

  188. NO more QNAP June 19th, 2013 3:22 am

    @manual why dont you bother checking out the Forums like we all do ? (am a qnap user too) and BAD news : QNAP is releasing worse and wore firmware to the end no other developer can even build anything decent on it anymore. QNAP company has decided to use years and years old libraries with totally corrupt security settings without ever applying any security fix. in top of it the run everything as pseudo root.

  189. sadqnap June 19th, 2013 3:24 am

    @manuel : we all check the forums why don’t you do that also / it has allot of good info. especially about everything that QNAP broke. (i use qnap too and the plex people try to do their best providing us with versions).

  190. elan June 19th, 2013 12:00 pm

    @exhu ~ we’re looking into it!

  191. elan June 19th, 2013 12:01 pm

    @Peter: you can try optimizing the database, sometimes this can help.

  192. Manuel June 19th, 2013 1:06 pm

    @elan thanks for the answer, then i should wait, no problem.

    as for the rest: this here is the exact right place to ask for the version that is being advertised in this exact place, as for yourself, go to the forums and blame there please, i am a costumer, i need an answer yes or not, so simple it is, blaming qnap is no answer and of no help to me

  193. tbowe2 June 19th, 2013 2:21 pm

    “@Everyone who doesn’t have the username and password to download the new PMS” …READ THE ARTICLE. Very bottom, links to Download, and a link to see the username and password For the download.

    You MUST be a Plexpass subscriber to see the username and password to Download the new PMS. This is because these guys need our support, they are AWESOME developers. Please support them and subscribe! it’s VERY inexpensive for what these guys do and the product is amazing!

  194. rjr162 June 19th, 2013 4:05 pm

    I can’t seem to figure out the now playing.

    I played a movie on both my Dish Hopper as well as on my android phone, and no where in the web interface is there a “now playing” nor does anything pop up when I start the movie on the android device (using the newest version on the android available with the plexpass)

    This is running on a server using Lubuntu 64-bit (Ubuntu with the LXDE desktop manager)

  195. Gary June 20th, 2013 1:06 am

    Every release that passes with no playlist support makes me shed a single tear. Once I fill up a bucket I’m going to go dump it on an innocent cat. Don’t make me dump a bucket of tears on an innocent cat. My bucket is now half full, comply or the cat gets it.

  196. plexuser June 20th, 2013 1:44 am

    ..all of this for paid subscribers, and yet, no playlist functionality as with XBMC or other software solutions, despite being a highly requested item.

    Playlist functionality. My cd player from the 90′s has playlist functionality!

    Unbelievable.

  197. elan June 20th, 2013 10:00 am

    @Gary ~ we love cats!

  198. Andy June 20th, 2013 10:34 am

    I must admit… I have wanted this for awhile as well… one of the few things keeping me on Subsonic…. Gary… what is your address? I’d like to ship you my tear collection, maybe we can soak that cat sooner. ;)

  199. mahjohn June 20th, 2013 4:08 pm

    The internet has made us all a bunch of cheap bastards that expect to get everything for free. Personally…i love plex. I have the PlexPass, not because I needed it, but because I think it’s the right thing to do…and why is this? because it has saved me hours of bitching from my wife on how to play this movie or that show….geez. Now, i have 3 Roku…simple remote (wife loves a simple remote), Plex on the Android phones…kids love watching a show at a restaurant…PlexPass helped very nicely syncing the file so they can watch offline.

    Other than that…i have very few issues, sure, i’d like to have parental control so i can have my porn in one folder and the kids movies in another…ok, i’m lying….totally have zero porn, but i do get the Parental feature, and I have a friend waiting on it before he jumps in…

    Anyway, just want to say thanks to the Plex team, keep kickin’ XBMC’s ass

  200. leeching_ur_blood June 20th, 2013 7:47 pm

    @mahjogn: why you need porn if you have a good looking wife? =P

    @QNAP-OWNERs: yes, qnap is to blame. There firmware doesn’t meet even the most lax of standards. You dont like it? Install another OS or use a different device. Debian / Ubuntu does a better job anyways.

  201. Charles Anderson June 21st, 2013 4:04 pm

    Now Playing isn’t working for me. Google TV playing a movie right now, shows an active transcoding session in the Mac toolbar, but does not show the name of the movie in “Now Playing” when I open Media Manager. Version 0.9.8.0.36-8895eb2 on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4.

  202. elan June 21st, 2013 4:32 pm

    @Charles Anderson ~ which Google TV application are you using? Only the “Kepler” version would support Now Playing.

  203. Charles Anderson June 21st, 2013 5:23 pm

    Ah, that explains it. Not the “Kepler” build; wife complained so I switched it back. I do still have it installed, but it seems very much optimized for touch and doesn’t appear to work simply via the navigation buttons on the Sony Internet TV remote. I tested it and noticed the track pad side had to be used for certain nag functions.

  204. flaccid June 21st, 2013 8:03 pm

    Please make sure all downloads are provided with MD5SUMS. I have no idea if what I downloaded is the same file and from the correct host.

    It would not be hard to add this to http://plexapp.com/plexpass/plex-media-server.php and the main downloads page.

  205. hilario June 21st, 2013 10:54 pm

    Sorry as this can be a dumb question, but I stll don’t understand completely what this feature (multi user) really means.Does it means that I can share my plex library with someone else ?? Can someone please be more specific ??

  206. Mike June 23rd, 2013 3:35 am

    When I try to download 0.9.8 (for Plexpass users only), I’m asked for server credentials. Wouldn’t that just be my Plexpass user ID and password? That doesn’t work.

  207. hyrcan June 23rd, 2013 9:15 am

    Multi-user only available to people with myplex accounts? So if I have other family members I want to give their own access, they *have* to signup with for a myPlex account. Wish I realized that before dropping money on a plexpass. Don’t like relying on a third party for authentication or the idea of them tracking when my family members sign in to watch something. -_-

  208. Gary June 23rd, 2013 5:43 pm

    @Andy: I can sync your tears digitally via myPlex, which is freaking awesome, but alas, I can only watch them fall into the bucket by the day of the year. (Stretched metaphor)

    @elan: dog people and cat people… we must coexist but let’s not pretend shall we ;)

    Truly though, If you can get me some syncable playlist you would be the cat’s ass. My problem is that I want to be able to play my synced music on my iPod while not on the Internet. I can’t do this now. I don’t even need playlist support really, I just need to be able to view all the songs in a catergory. Then I could make the Kid’s Music section (which has all the kids music and could be shuffled) and my Work Music and the Punk Rock Boots and Fists in the air section and my Boogey Down with the Funky White Boy Music Section… Or enabling me to sync playlist stuff through the itunes app in plex for offline use would be good too.

  209. elan June 24th, 2013 9:55 am

    @hyrcan ~ we’re not tracking what you or your family members watch.

  210. James June 24th, 2013 3:43 pm

    PLease please please, can someone please tell me in simple computer speak how to set up a server on my router (thompson TG782T) ??

    Tried nearly everything but no luck. I know I am doing something wrong hence the simple speak/instructions required.

    Otherwise, LOVE the product! its the best thing I have on my computer… (except sometimes, the server seems to drop out) but other than that. it has given me an option of just going somewhere and chillaxing to a movie or music away from the noise.

  211. Battlestorm June 25th, 2013 4:05 am

    I’ve been using 9.8 quite well for few weeks now but since the installing the last update to the Windows 8 modern client it’s been unable to connect to my 0.9.8 server (using the my plex detection, not at home so not sure if it will connect locally), if there any work around?

  212. GFord June 26th, 2013 7:30 pm

    @hyrcan

    I subscribe to plex pass but my father does not. I share my server with him. He however cannot share with me.

  213. elan June 26th, 2013 7:31 pm

    @GFord ~ you don’t need a PlexPass to share servers.

  214. plexuser June 27th, 2013 3:45 am

    @mahjohn, kicking XBMC’s ass? XBMC has had playlist functionality for, oh I dunno, forever! I can control it via any networked device locally or abroad, phone, tablet, computer, etc. Full GUI portable interface, you can see what’s playing live on your device, you can add-to/remove/modify/save/update the playlists at the touch of a button, and with some tweaking you can stream to devices.

    And the best part, it doesn’t require “fishy” permissions, and you don’t need a man in the middle server like with Plex. Despite the fact they say they don’t keep track of what you’re doing (and I believe it), it’s extra steps not needed. XBMC cuts all of that out.

    In XBMC streaming isn’t nearly as fluid or “professional” as with Plex, but aside from that 1 feature, Plex is not really kicking its ass. It *is* a great alternative if you need streaming, however.

    For example, the only reason I use Plex, is to allow any networked device on my networks, easy ability to read raw DVD data from our digital media server. This way whether it’s through a browser, phone or digital screen, anyone can watch the library. Plex’s strength is amazing streaming, and I will hail to that. It handles the hundreds of DVDs without issue, it’s like Netflix but with a nicer looking interface, and much quicker.

    Once XBMC ports their own streaming service, I believe the gloves will be off for both projects. Each has strengths and weaknsesses. I just don’t see Plex going down the right path at the moment, but that can change.

    Plex’s attitude reminds me of Apple/iOS, whereas XBMC reminds me of Android. Some tech folks will get that.

  215. Russ June 27th, 2013 3:17 pm

    Love “Now Playing” very simple and nice. Can’t wait for more Parental Controls (and Trailers) :) Hope this is planned for 1.0 (how exciting).

  216. Darius June 29th, 2013 1:24 am

    I bought the IOS App because I wanted to support the programmers, but after every update I have to worry that one feature I got used to doesn’t work any more, and again the video out function that for some reason started working was broken by the last update. I can’t keep explaining to my wife why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. If I have to start Plex an hour before I want to watch a movie to make sure everything is still working and end up sitting for an hour on the mac to reinstall backups then it’s not worth it. And you know if it ain’t wife friendly it goes. And I’m glad I didn’t fork out 75 bucks because that still wouldn’t fix my video out problem that comes and goes as it likes.

  217. Xrfr8 June 30th, 2013 11:24 pm

    +1 issues playing files after iOS update a few days ago…

    Please fix whatever you broke. Plex was awesome, but now it’s not wife friendly it is on the “to be axed” list…

  218. Sebastian July 1st, 2013 6:48 am

    great update again! please add in future release support for dual stack-lite ipv6! plex won’t work with german ISPs like Unitymedia… :,( IPV6 Support option in plexweb don’t work…

  219. wout July 1st, 2013 7:56 am

    just make sure you allow multiple users to sign in to the same client at the same time. Otherwise its gonna really complicate things when watching something together. Net everyone sits before the telly alone.

  220. chonkworld July 1st, 2013 4:28 pm

    So I got my PlexPass to try the “Now Playing” feature, and it doesn’t appear to be very accurate. It has not yet shown stuff that I’m playing on the local network, and it’s hit and miss as to what’s being transcoded from other users. Am I missing something?

  221. elan July 2nd, 2013 9:55 am

    @chonkworld ~ as mentioned, Now Playing works with clients that have updated to support the feature. If you’re not seeing playback reflected, it’s more than likely the user is playing the media with a client which doesn’t yet support the feature (e.g. Plex Media Center) or an older version of a client which does.

  222. morgan July 2nd, 2013 11:48 am

    jsyk this is the sort of thing i love and the reason why i just paid for a lifetime plex pass, keep it up… also ouya support makes me love you more

  223. chonkworld July 2nd, 2013 2:59 pm

    Thank you for your response. So the desktop client does not support this feature yet? Approximately when were the various mobile clients (iOS and Android) released with this functionality? Approximately when do you expect the desktop client to add support for this feature? As a nice feature add, would be the ability to see what has been played within the last 24/48 hours.

    So far, I’m really digging this new feature when it does display. Oh, it looks as though my logs are no longer in the same place under the new version of PMS, any hint as to where I can find them? I’m really hoping that they are a bit more human readable, and include some of the additional detail shown in the Web App, regarding users playing particular media.

  224. bmccrorey July 2nd, 2013 5:38 pm

    oh. So, donating doesn’t get you access, only signing up for plexpass? That.. wasn’t really made clear.. I guess you get my $10 and I still get to wait for this release.

  225. pacrat July 2nd, 2013 8:11 pm

    Hi Plex Team,
    Just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your hard work.
    I can’t rate your product highly enough.
    Getting a new update/feature always puts a huge smile on my face and with this release you have outdone yourselves.
    Regards,
    Pacrat

  226. Philnick July 2nd, 2013 9:15 pm

    I last night returned to Plex after a sojourn with Orb because there’s no Plex client for old Windows Mobile (nee Pocket PC) phones; Orb sent out notice that it is going belly-up and I’ve recently moved to an Android phone, so I reinstalled Plex and bought the Android app.

    I discovered that my Win XP Pro SP3 system won’t install the most recent public version of PMS (0.9.728), complaining that I need to install a newer Windows installer. A trip to Windows Update did not cure the problem.

    Fortunately, the next older version (0.9.722) did install, but this is putting me off from buying a PlexPass, since I may be stranded in this old version regardless.

    Any suggestions?

  227. totalnexis July 3rd, 2013 2:16 am

    Philnick, do a google search for Windows installer 4.5, download from Microsoft and install. This is not an issue with Plex but rather with Windows XP. XP is still packaged with an older Windows installer version, and loads of software these days require a newer version.
    And if this works, get PlexPass. Trust me, it’s so worth it!

  228. stuart July 3rd, 2013 11:56 pm

    Ok I am a lifetime member and it won’t let me download why is this?

  229. Exivus July 4th, 2013 5:06 am

    Love you guys!

  230. elan July 4th, 2013 11:53 am

    @Stuart ~ follow the instructions (and use the creds) in the forum post ~ http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/64569-download-instructions/

  231. Cath July 4th, 2013 8:58 pm

    Hubs & I are non-techie creative types. Would love to be able to categorize our Plex-ed Movies & Shows, w/in the queue, but it isn’t working. Can you give me a link to how? We want to become paying subscribers—will that help? Hubs is the communications guru for a major hacker-maker convention, but it would be humiliating to have to ask our geek buds how to library sort our media.

  232. Eduard's Bro July 6th, 2013 11:07 pm

    OMG My brother is an idiot, sorry everyone.

    “Eduardo” – “Congratulations guys! I’ll test everything!”

    So as a PLEX Pass member you get early access to beta software which is un-stable, un-tested of which YOU PAID for over the free software everyone else waits for.

    Wow you’re paying to be a Beta tester, usually this goes around the other way.

    Eduardo this is backwards just like you have been most of our life.

    Regardless I spewed up the lifetime membership so I had a right to complain about problems when they come up on the actual released software.

  233. martyn July 9th, 2013 12:10 pm

    Any plans for DTS passthrough to be added (thinking specifically PS3 ala PS3MS)?

    Also, is it theoretically possible to add this for ROKU clients as they apparently don’t directly support DTS either?

    Thanks in advance

  234. elan July 9th, 2013 1:35 pm

    @martyn ~ The PS3 does not support DTS passthrough. Ditto for the Roku. Unfortunately it can’t be worked around in software.

  235. Gustavo July 9th, 2013 1:51 pm

    Just updated my plex server to 0.9.7.28. Just to notice that my custom DLNA profiles are not working anymore. Just needed to google once to read… know issue on my release. It was fixed on 0.9.8.

    That was nice. Honestly, I’m fine wait to get new functionalities since I’m not paying, but what about fixes? Does it make sense to wait for months to get a fix for something that was working before?

  236. nmgmarques July 11th, 2013 1:43 pm

    Will 0.9.8.0.36 fix the problem in Windows that is preventing PMS from downloading and streaming (downloaded or existing) srt subtitles? ‘Cause if so, I’ll sign up for a PlexPass today!

  237. ssnell July 18th, 2013 4:53 am

    I absolutely love this app! Just installed 0.9.8 over the previous version and lost all my agents. Relative newbee. Any suggestions?

  238. so1omon July 18th, 2013 8:34 am

    So, should other users see their own On Deck and Recently Added now? Mine do not.

  239. stew66 July 23rd, 2013 2:12 am

    Not sure if this is the place to leave this post.I saw that there’s a way that I can add the Navi-X plugin bundel In applications support Plex media plugins folder but I can’t find it on my Macmini or mac Pro there isn’t a Plex Media folder.Is there a way to enter it with terminal script. Would love the code thanks for your time.

  240. David C July 31st, 2013 1:51 pm

    I’m getting closer and closer to buying premium! I really like the multi-user feature.

    Will it come to the dlna client? I still have a pair of WDTV that I use with PMS.

    Any plan on bringin RTP support to PMS? It is available in XBMC so maybe we get it if you merge with their branch?

    Keep up the good work!

  241. Daniel August 2nd, 2013 10:20 am

    If you would just include the PVR support from XBMC I would be able to move over to Plex on every device. Every TV is hooked up to a computer and I stream TV from my satelite dish over the IP network using tversity. But since Plex don’t support that I have to use XBMC and if I don’t wan’t to set up a shared lib for XBMC (which should be streamlined… hehe) or keep one local version on every client I have to run PleXBMC plugin to access my Plex lib.

  242. Jamie August 3rd, 2013 5:13 pm

    Well, I tried this latest iteration and it failed miserably. I only want to access content on one TV with a mac mini and an external harddrive. I have a heap of movies and tv shows and music and photos that I like to access. Other than this I don’t really care about accessing it on multiple devices, watching anything on my iPhone or on the laptop in bed, whatever. It incorrectly picked up quite a few of the movies and for whatever reason wouldn’t play the TV shows at all. The music got all messed up as well. I couldn’t get it to work – way too technical with all the settings online and too annoying for me to spend my spare time trying to fix, so I went back to the previous version of software which has the media server and software installed in one and it is much easier to work. It instantly picked up everything correctly and appears to be working. Also the latest version could not get my Apple remote to work at all. I also don’t have all the references for the content going online either. This for me was a bit invasive, I don’t want anyone to know what I keep on my media centre. So I know I will now not update anything, also the operating system is at 10.6.8 because I don’t want to update that either. Mountain Lion turns off all the other features such as Apple’s attempt at a media centre – sometimes I use this also because I like to look at movie trailers. I have all the plugins to run sound, picture codecs, etc and it all works just fine. If someone can tell me the advantage of paying for a version which is much harder to configure and online.

  243. elan August 3rd, 2013 5:22 pm

    @Jamie ~ I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the new release. It sounds like you were coming from a *much* older release of the software, so it might just be a matter of configuring the new version correctly. I’d be happy to help you if you can post more specifics, perhaps in a forum thread?

  244. Xaph0d August 4th, 2013 8:21 am

    Hi Elan – has the database format changed? sqlite3 doesn’t like the database files…
    Thanks!

  245. elan August 4th, 2013 11:45 am

    We moved to using WAL, which requires a new(ish) version of SQLite.

  246. James August 6th, 2013 12:21 pm

    Roughly how much additional space do the index files take? I indexed one movie, and it looks like it works nicely, but I’m nervous to do it for my entire media collection (~1000 movies and over 100 TV shows) if they take up a significant amount of space.

    On another note, this version is awesome :). Thanks!

  247. elan August 6th, 2013 1:20 pm

    @James ~ check in the forums, people have posted about the disk consumption for their large libraries :)

  248. SwissKnife August 7th, 2013 12:41 pm

    Hi Elan, th link you provided about how to download and creds is not working anymore !

  249. SwissKnife August 7th, 2013 12:48 pm

    Forget it! I just needed to read :) I was not logged anymore after changing my email.

  250. Xaph August 9th, 2013 12:47 am

    Thanks Elan, looks like the cygwin sqlite3 doesn’t grok WAL. I got another sqlite3 which works fine.

  251. Kaidox August 11th, 2013 4:01 am

    I have a LG wifi bluray player, the player come with nero home, never keep connection and always disconnect from nero, so i installed PLEX, very fast, easy for setup . BUT now, i cant fast forward or rewind the movies on my player !! is this a feature on the gold plex programe ?

  252. Alex August 11th, 2013 10:11 pm

    Well done guys. Very happy to be a paying Plex member!

    A question, I’m running the media server on my Synology NASand although transcoding works it taxes the device, is there any work being done to optimise this?

  253. Jesse August 15th, 2013 6:10 pm

    What is the point in paying for the plex pass I haven’t noticed a single benefit? It’s been trouble with no solution from day one.

  254. Bailey August 22nd, 2013 4:54 am

    All I really have to say is Plex would be great if it didn’t fry the CPU on my laptop trying to transcode one video to my Roku..

  255. Roger August 22nd, 2013 9:51 pm

    Every few months plex keeps getting better and I love it. Keep up the good work!

  256. Char August 29th, 2013 8:47 am

    love the service…just wish it did not take me 4 hrs to watch a 2hr movie./…pausing is terrible.

  257. elan August 29th, 2013 9:44 am

    @Char – pausing is usually caused by 1) network overload or 2) CPU overload. The first can be alleviated by lowering the quality or using wired connection and the second can be alleviated by raising the quality so the video Direct Streams and doesn’t need to be converted.

  258. David August 29th, 2013 4:49 pm

    I’m missing something. I need to upgrade to Plex Media Server v0.9.8.4, however the link says I’m not authorized to view that page. I paid for your app. What’s next?

  259. elan August 29th, 2013 4:53 pm

    @David: what page? http://www.plexapp.com/getplex/ leads to victory!

  260. m_gol August 30th, 2013 8:09 am

    Separate state support is great but I still can’t sync shared content. :( Me and my friend who’s sharing are both PlexPass members and we both bought the iOS app…

  261. elan August 30th, 2013 8:16 am

    @m_gol ~ we’re working on making that possible.

  262. Nick September 4th, 2013 12:03 pm

    Please add music video support!

  263. donald September 4th, 2013 1:42 pm

    your download links “plexmediaserver_0.9.8.5.165-c301c50_amd64.deball” fail downloading @50% see bugs

  264. Wayne September 5th, 2013 10:29 am

    When will we be getting PlexSync for Win8 app, that’s what I’m waiting for, not multiuser or Roku updates, Win8 PlexSync.

  265. Ad September 6th, 2013 2:08 am

    Have you finally fixed the erratic behaviour when streaming over 3G connection? The long pauzes and crashes that occur even though there is plenty of bandwidth for streaming and processing power on the server?
    The Plex userinterface looks much better than AirVideo for remote connections…but Plex is really bad at streaming over 3G..hope you finally have this fixed in version 20 so I can say goodbye to AirVideo:-)

  266. Arelle September 6th, 2013 3:28 am

    I was thinking about purchasing the pass but not sure if it would be worth it unless it’s better than the version I run on my PS3. Sometimes I will have movies that pause and once that happens, I have to back out and restart. I can’t fast forward or rewind faster than 1.5 speed or it will get stuck. Sometimes I can stream a movie with no problem but there are those that don’t want to play all the way through. I have my computer set up to dual boot Windows 7 and Mac OS X. (Hackintosh)The processor is a I5 Quad core, the video is 1 gig Nvidia GTX 460 and my motherboard is maxed with 16 gigs of DDR3 ram so I don’t think it would be an issue of the computer. Oh, and I am wired through Ethernet to my router for the PC and ps3. So, if paying for the pass is a way to get it to work all the time, where do I sign up???

  267. matt_prowse September 10th, 2013 6:28 pm

    Brand new user here, amazing job guys. Completely destroys Apples own home sharing when used as a local media server. The main reason I used Plex is to stream media remotely whilst away from home, something apple have failed to allow. Configured it easily, works great. My issue is with the removal of Bonjour. I am assuming that it is this that prevents me from waking my mac when opening Plex on my iOS device. I want my remote mac to be asleep when I am away, then when opening Plex on my iOS device wake my remote mac and allow me to play content. My current workaround is to use another app to wake the mac and then plex streams great to my device. This is my only quarrel with your awesomeness. I will be signing up to be a plex member, as a developer myself I understand the time and effort you guys must’ve put in to the project.

  268. Chris September 11th, 2013 5:51 pm

    Hi, this release is useless for me, since you obviously removed bonjour support. Now the iOS App doesn’t wake up my iMac anymore (which runs the PMS).

    This version is not awesome but useless, at least for me. If I had known that before I wouldn’t have bought a one years plex pass membership about a week ago.

    Please bring back the bonjour support.

  269. Olivier September 14th, 2013 6:42 am

    Keep up the good work. Loving the Plex product!!!

  270. KJ Toh September 18th, 2013 11:16 pm

    Hi, congratulations on another step towards 1.0!

    The new features are great, but tearing our bonjour support seems…. unnecessary.

    Like some other users here, I do not want my PMS server to be on all the time, especially when I am out of the house. However I do regularly use plex/web to remotely wake and access content.

    Of course there are apps out there that can do it separately, but it was a nice integrated feature and I feel that it is an essential part of the user experience.

  271. elan September 20th, 2013 11:06 am

    @KJ Toh ~ we’ll be adding that part back in :)

  272. John September 26th, 2013 7:31 pm

    Any chance you guys are working on a Vizio smart TV app?

  273. Shawn September 30th, 2013 1:53 am

    I have to say that I have been using Plex for close to a year now. My kids have a Roku box in their area of the house, and I use Plex to stream kid-friendly movies to that unit. I’ve been using a different server program to stream the rest of our movies and shows to our Playstation 3 and our HDTV simply because I ran across it before I found Plex and have been too stubborn to really see what Plex can do.

    Well, in the last couple days, my youngest has requested a couple of old DVD movies, but we’ve long taken the DVD player out because it wasn’t being used. I copied the DVDs to the family media center and added them to the library through the Plex web client, and began to see exactly how amazing this program is, with all the organizational features that it has (I am a freak for organization when it comes to our media center).

    I’ve noticed people complaining a bit about the PlexPass features, and I can honestly say that I don’t mind some features being PlexPass only. I’m unemployed at the moment, and we don’t have the money to spend on something like that, but I can say that once we do, I will probably be signing up. At least it feels like you’re getting something in those additional features. To me, even the lifetime membership fee is nothing compared to the possibilities that this program offers, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

    P.S. I am in the process of switching over our entire media library to use Plex for all of our streaming!

  274. Matt October 9th, 2013 8:06 am

    You guys are the best kept secret I’ve come across. Truly incredible features, unmatched across the board.

  275. Tom L'Ecluse October 11th, 2013 11:19 am

    What I would love to see is the option to show some sort of mixed user content.

    For example.
    I, my wife and my kid have each our own seperate user.
    But at night we wanna see a movie that none of us has saw.
    So we load up plex select our 3 accounts and it combines the info as 1 so we can choose from movies that none of us has saw.

    Also after watching the movie the movie is put as watched on all 3 users.

  276. elan October 12th, 2013 9:06 am

    @Tom L’Ecluse ~ thanks for the cool suggestion!

  277. Hansa October 25th, 2013 1:50 am

    I still miss the stacked files (cd1 cd2) capability on Android clients.
    I think this should be some priority issue.

    Best regards and thank you for a GREAT work guys!

    // Hans Åström, Sweden.
    // Plex pass user, lifetime…..

  278. Dennis October 26th, 2013 5:02 am

    Really loving this software, but a question, I’m using LG with Media Link, spectacular, but I can only see my local server content, I can see my remote server content in the web based page, but not on the TV?
    Any ideas?

  279. elan October 26th, 2013 9:48 am

    @Dennis ~ unfortunately LG’s Plex app doesn’t support remote content.

  280. Bryant October 28th, 2013 7:04 pm

    Are we ever going to get wake-on-lan ability back with Bonjour? Or another option? I see all kinds of requests both here and in the forum but no response from the Plex team. I want to run 9.8 to use the Chrome extension which requires HTML5 but I either have to choose between that or WOL.

  281. elan October 28th, 2013 7:31 pm

    The latest release should advertise over bonjour again.

  282. Pageboy October 30th, 2013 2:26 pm

    I’m a new user, and really excited about Plex , is there a simple how to to get my Samsung bluray player to link with my pc media server

  283. Pageboy October 30th, 2013 2:32 pm

    I got the Plex app loaded and can see my media on my iPad , but still can’t get it to sync via my bluray player , it’s working on my pc too, any suggestions?

  284. Jaaxx October 31st, 2013 8:27 pm

    Elan, I searched through this string.I want to upgrade to plexpass but first want explicit info on how multiusers works. I sign up for plexpass and have a plex account. I want to share with family member who travels to another state. What do I need to do or what do they need to have?
    Thanks!

  285. Facial November 13th, 2013 8:29 am

    Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.

    Any recommendations?

  286. Giorgio November 26th, 2013 6:29 am

    I need to record from the TV in to the server (DVB-T).
    It would be very helpful to schedule recordings from client.

  287. Georgexp December 3rd, 2013 10:32 am

    Would be nice if you can define users as kids and they also get the sync feature if your a plexpass holder.

  288. elan December 3rd, 2013 10:57 am

    @Georgexp ~ something we’re working on.

  289. WiTa December 17th, 2013 9:43 am

    A suggestion for development: allow for independently but simultaneously streaming pictures (as a slideshow) and music eventually via Chromecast to the TV. This way the TV could function at the same time as an audio chain and as a digital photo frame.

  290. albert January 5th, 2014 3:23 am

    You guys are doing a terrific job!
    Please keep on moving forward! I hope you get support enough from subscribers.

  291. Martin February 8th, 2014 9:12 am

    Hey Guys

    Your software is amazing! im a plex pass subscriber, not because i need any of the features the pass allow for but just to support your work! i just started using plex for series, but the lack of a Queue makes i seam useless : / so i must say i am looking forward to the 1.0 queue feature :) since i startede using plex i made 7 other people use plex to and they all love it! :)

    any update on when the 1.0 might come out ? :)

  292. Jeremy February 23rd, 2014 7:00 am

    Hey Guys,

    First of all I echo what everyone else has said…You Guys ROCK!! Plex is an amazing service and I tell everyone about it. I am a PlexPass subscriber because I feel like you guys deserve something for all of the work you do. I would however really like some kind of Parental Controls. My 4 and 7 year old daughters know so much about how things work sometimes with out even knowing it they are browsing through all of the movies and just selecting one. (Yes I have them is separate folders) They inevitably always wind up picking something that is not suitable for them. (No I don’t have any porn!) I would love to see some way to stop this from happening.

    I am also excited to see what else you guys come up with. Keep up the good work!

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