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A massive bookmarklet upgrade

, | 18 Oct 2013 | by 63 Comments

Unless you’ve been living under a Plex-shaped rock, you know about our awesome bookmarklet that you can use to queue up videos all over the web. Once queued, you can view them on any of our Plex apps. Your myPlex account even gives you a custom email address you can use to send a link to a page with a video. It’s that easy.

We’ve spent some time enhancing the bookmarklet, and we’re finally ready to share the work with you. For starters, we’ve given it a well-deserved makeover with a cleaner, more modern look.

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Next, we’ve added the ability for you to recommend a video right inside the bookmarklet. Instead of having to queue the video, and then recommend it from a Plex app, you can now quickly send the recommendation to friends with just a few clicks.

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Finally, and this is really cool, you can also “fling” a video over to any Plex app on your network. Sitting on the couch with a laptop? A couple of clicks and you can send the video on the page you’re browsing over to the Roku connected to your TV. Or even to your iPhone or Android device. (Note that your server has to be registered with myPlex for this feature to work.)

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In summary, this new bookmarklet makes it incredibly easy for you to save, recommend, and fling web videos to Plex apps!

One of the other things we’ve been working on behind the scenes is speeding up myPlex. You may have noticed in the last week or two that your queue and recommendations appear much faster inside Plex apps. We’ve made changes which make your queue and recommendations load anywhere from 5 to 10 times faster.

We’re hard at work on lots of other really cool stuff, and we’ll be back soon to share more with you.

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63 Comments so far

  1. Dave October 22nd, 2013 9:32 am

    Fling it! Nice.

  2. Chuck October 22nd, 2013 9:37 am

    Do we need to update the bookmarklet in any way or does this new one simply replace the existing one?

  3. cryptochrome (@cryptochrome) October 22nd, 2013 9:47 am

    Very nice. Will the Chrome extension get the same treatment?

  4. Dean Mayers October 22nd, 2013 9:54 am

    Still too slow! Compare this to the Instapaper bookmarklet.

  5. losangeles October 22nd, 2013 9:58 am

    in the meantime https://my.plexapp.com/ returns:

    Oops; a 500 error…

    That’s “Internal Server Error” in geeky language.

    We’ve been notified about this issue and will take a look at it shortly.
    Let us take you to the main page and we can start all over again, shall we?

  6. elan October 22nd, 2013 9:58 am

    Chuck: It replaces it.

  7. SlackR84 October 22nd, 2013 10:01 am

    Any support for trailers on IMDB etc?

    The bookmarklet never used to find any video on the page

  8. Scott ralph October 22nd, 2013 10:13 am

    still does not work on anything on this website. http://livewellnetwork.com/Knock-It-Off/episodes/Attic-Space-Turns-into-DIY-Masterpiece/9187582

    example of the vidoe, I do not know how you can make a clam that it will work with any plex device when it will not work with that video.

  9. allen October 22nd, 2013 10:35 am

    is there a way to change the favicon to a plex one or is that not possible in chrome or firefox? http://www.tapper-ware.net/blog/?p=267

    thanks! this works great!

  10. elan October 22nd, 2013 11:54 am

    @losangles: is fixed now :)

  11. elan October 22nd, 2013 11:55 am

    @Scott: you sort of answered your own question. It works with any Plex device, not any website on the Internet :)

  12. elan October 22nd, 2013 11:56 am

    @Dean: what part exactly is too slow? It took a couple of seconds to queue a Vimeo video for me.

  13. Scott October 22nd, 2013 3:06 pm

    That same site works on any iOS device and Mac computer but does not work on windows

  14. PYB October 22nd, 2013 4:21 pm

    Awesome! Works great, thanks Elan!

  15. olavjunior October 22nd, 2013 10:58 pm

    well, it doesn’t work AT ALL for me. Using chrome on Windows

  16. olavjunior October 22nd, 2013 11:06 pm

    in internet explorer it adds to my que, but exactly HOW is the fling thing supposed to work??

  17. elan October 23rd, 2013 12:28 am

    @olavjunior: make sure your server is published to myPlex. have a player on the network (e.g. Roku, iOS, Android), and fling the media to it.

  18. AshTemple October 23rd, 2013 12:40 am

    Sounds very cool, although every video I test from Youtube gets a: Sorry, but if there’s a video, we can’t find it.

    Although it does add it to my queue…

  19. Zak October 23rd, 2013 2:38 am

    Where’s Barkley?

  20. Dean Mayers October 23rd, 2013 4:26 am

    @elan The whole process is too slow. The Instapaper bookmarklet is in and out in seconds. The Plex one takes way longer to add videos, then I need to manually dismiss it!

    Don’t get me wrong, this is impressive in that you can send videos to other Plex players but all I’d prefer is a bookmarklet that adds a video and gets out of the way.

  21. Hassan October 23rd, 2013 6:42 am

    All these little salad pieces are all well and good, but where’s the meat? Any news on when Plex Media Centre is going to updated for the Mac?

  22. olavjunior October 23rd, 2013 7:27 am

    Ok, the bookmarklet works on Firefox Ubuntu (but not Chrome Windows), so I get the fling thing as well. Let’s hope that AppleTV with PlexConnect will get supported as a player to fling to in the future :)

  23. losnageles October 23rd, 2013 8:12 am

    By the way it has been since August 12th that we’ve read one of your eagerly awaited blog posts (don’t count “back to school”). I -or better we- hope to read one of those again soon! Thanks for all the hard work.

  24. elan October 23rd, 2013 9:41 am

    @Hassan: it’s been updated about 11 times ~ http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/56516-plex-home-theater/

  25. elan October 23rd, 2013 9:45 am

    @Dean ~ it’s doing a lot more work than instapaper, so I would expect the adding videos to be a bit slower. We’re adding a shorter dismiss timer (it was lengthened to allow people to see the other features) and adding a way for you to close it with a single click.

  26. A huge plex fan October 23rd, 2013 11:25 pm

    Watching queued items in plex no longer removes them from the Queue? (at least for me with the Mac client)

  27. elan October 24th, 2013 12:55 am

    @A huge plex fan ~ that sounds unrelated, which version of the client are you using?

  28. timster5150 October 24th, 2013 7:06 am

    I’m with @olavjunior, I can get it to work with Firefox (on Win7 64-bit for me), but not Chrome or IE. It used to work perfectly on Chrome.

  29. Hassan October 24th, 2013 8:53 am

    @elan

    The link you sent says “You do not have permission to view this forum.”

    So I take it that link is for the Plex Pass beta testers. Any news when it’s likely to come out for the general public?

  30. A huge plex fan October 24th, 2013 10:27 pm

    @elan it’s 0.9.10.2

  31. Dev October 25th, 2013 12:46 am

    So elan, it’s been a year without Mac media center update. I remember you said you use pled media center on your Mac so it will be always updated and developed. Now it seems you just make people buy plexpass by rubbing that link with 11 updates in their faces. So it’s either give us money or no more updates, right?…….. Can you tell us exactly , will there be an update soon for the media center?

  32. Olly October 25th, 2013 6:14 am

    Great stuff. Any chance you can get the new one working with TED talks like this one: http://www.ted.com/talks/david_christian_big_history.html

    It says no videos are on the page.

  33. Olly October 25th, 2013 6:41 am

    On closer inspection, this does not seem to be working for any sites right now: YouTube.com and Youku.com are both saying no vides found. Anyone else experiencing this?

  34. elan October 25th, 2013 9:34 am

    @Olly ~ what browser/OS version?

  35. elan October 25th, 2013 12:35 pm

    @Dev ~ I let people know we’re working hard on the next generation media center app, because some people might think we’ve abandoned it. It will be released when it’s stable, which we all had hoped would be a long time ago. It will a free update to a free app. Beyond that, I’m not sure what else I can tell you.

  36. marklight October 26th, 2013 12:54 pm

    Hi Elan,
    Will the send to player feature be supported by Plex Home Theater?
    At the moment I can’t send videos to PHT using the new bookmarklet

  37. elan October 27th, 2013 8:56 am

    @marklight: yes, absolutely. we’ve got some protocol upgrades in the works.

  38. dev October 28th, 2013 3:54 am

    @ elan
    thanks a lot for the answer. i didn’t know that. i’m grateful for what you do, don’t get me wrong. it’s just that 79 bucks for plexpass seems a lot. considering there only 1 cool feature, which is plexsync. other than that it seems like an apple developer program. pay a hundred bucks and download our betas, which isn’t cool. could you at least give a though about packing different packages? plexsync doesn’t seem like a feature that should be payed monthly. make it 20 bucks premium feature, 1 payment and you’re cool. other stuff should be separate, in my opinion. just give it a though.

  39. elan October 28th, 2013 7:14 am

    @dev ~ just to clarify, you get Plex Sync, multiuser support (which is huge for people), and Now Playing, which gives you a real-time view into who’s streaming and what from your server. You also get the Android app for free. As well as the other stuff.

  40. Erasmus October 29th, 2013 2:03 pm

    Does not work at all for me. Also using Chrome on Windows 7. Do not get the new icon. It still transfers the old look icon????

  41. Trademarc9 October 29th, 2013 3:23 pm

    Hey elan,

    My server is published to myPlex, my Roku is using that server, and yet the Fling option still gives me a “Sorry, but there are no available Plex players.” message…any help would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. I’m using Version 0.9.7.28-f80a4a2.

  42. toby October 29th, 2013 7:09 pm

    Does this rip/save the content from a website (for offline viewing), or does it just add a shortcut into the queue and plays the content via the original website?

  43. MarBelle October 30th, 2013 1:29 am

    @elan, liking the way fling works with YouTube & Vimeo embeds on other sites but can’t get it to work on Vimeo.com videos if you’re logged into the site? Is this something that’s going to be fixed in the future?

  44. sava October 30th, 2013 4:54 am

    While the Plexit add to queue on Safari works for the Roku, I was really hoping the “fling” it feature works, which it does not. I receive the “unable to play video” Furthermore, the email link feature as well does not seem to be functioning.

  45. xxxredeye October 30th, 2013 9:06 am

    I’ve been trying to play episodes (Southparkstudios.com, thedailyshow.com, colbertnation.com, etc.) to my Revue using the “Plex It!” feature, but it only plays through to the first commercial. Any idea on this? Am I missing a plugin?

  46. Lance October 30th, 2013 12:56 pm

    @Scott ralph

    Ive been noticing an odd behavior lately after clicking the PlexIt icon. I get a message saying “You need to sign in first” before I can save a video to my plex
    queue. Problem is that I’m already signed in.

    That never happened before. I then realized to make it
    work properly again, I had to change my browser’s setting
    to allow it to “accept third-party cookies”. After that,
    I was able to save the DIY video that you mentioned above.

    I don’t like always acceptiong third-party cookies, so
    I just change the setting when I want to plex a video to my queue.

  47. myBuddyonMaui October 30th, 2013 7:52 pm

    Fling-It! Sounds like something that needs to be copyrighted right away.

    I’ve been sooo waiting for this exact thing!

  48. Gareth Lewis-Pitt November 1st, 2013 8:11 am

    Great work! Doesn’t appear to work on the huffingtonpost site though, for example: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/jon-stewart-go-fuck-yourselves_n_4190278.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

  49. Sander November 4th, 2013 4:49 pm

    @xxxredeye Plex for Android does not support multipart videos, unfortunately :(

  50. Sander November 4th, 2013 4:52 pm

    @Gareth Lewis-Pitt Since the bookmarklet requires some logic in the background (finding metadata like title, description, thumbnail and finding the video source) the bookmarklet cannot work on *any* website. Every website is unique and every website requires its own piece of logic (code) to make it work. A list of sites currently supported can be found here: https://github.com/plexinc-plugins/Services.bundle/tree/master/Contents/Service%20Sets

  51. Ann Jones November 11th, 2013 5:49 am

    Hello. Does anyone know where I can get the Netflix bundle to add to my plugins on Plex please? I would like to access my Netflix account via Plex and I am currently unable to do so :( Thank you.

  52. Gary November 17th, 2013 4:37 am

    Elan,

    Do you have a time frame for implementing playlist support? This is the only feature that I really want for Christmas. I want to be able to sync my music from my iPhone to my iPhone and not have to stream from iTunes. Is anyone working on implementing playlist support? Is it possible to implement playlist support as a user by making a channel? Even if Plex only allowed us to play all sync’ed music shuffled instead of having to go into each and every album to play a song I would be happy for the time being.

    Thanks,
    Gary

  53. elan November 18th, 2013 10:19 am

    @Gary: It’s a very important feature to us :)

  54. Gary November 18th, 2013 4:34 pm

    @elan

    I would just like to say, I am grateful for Plex. Thank you for your handwork and dedication to this project. As a 70s gangster would say: “It’s is a beautiful thing.”

  55. sondra November 23rd, 2013 1:31 pm

    I have tried several websites and nothing is queued, it says no video. But I’m watching the video as I Plex it! What could the problem be?

  56. A huge plex fan November 23rd, 2013 11:03 pm

    Best release so far, loving the new skin! Great work.

  57. Alex November 29th, 2013 7:44 am

    Oops; a 500 error…
    That’s “Internal Server Error” in geeky language.
    We’ve been notified about this issue and will take a look at it shortly.
    Let us take you to the main page and we can start all over again, shall we?

    Anyone else having same issue?

  58. Brian December 5th, 2013 2:55 am

    Not working on youtube.com :(

  59. sondra December 5th, 2013 2:20 pm

    Does not work anywhere. I used it for Youtube previously, now it doesn’t even work there!!! Can we please have the old one back? This is beyond annoying now.

  60. Eric H January 6th, 2014 5:06 am

    No longer working on YouTube for me. If I work at grabbing the actual link to the YouTube video, then use my Plex Queue email address, it works but the “Plex It” link is supposed to save me from having to do that. Please fix. Thank you!

  61. Jay February 8th, 2014 11:24 am
  62. Tim February 27th, 2014 5:19 pm

    @Eric
    I just tried this with youtube and although the information in the sidebar indicates it cannot find a video, the youtube video does show up in my queue.

    I tried on chrome and firefox on ubuntu and both seem to have the same experience.

  63. Vivian February 27th, 2014 8:54 pm

    I’m here to say thank you very much.I love Plex

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