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Plex v0.9.2.3 – #velociraptorblood

03.17.11 89 Comments

You’ve been patient, and now it’s finally here! We’re not enabling auto-update quite yet for it, so consider this a pre-release. It might even have a bug or two (gasp!). Play with it, and please let us know how you like it. Mac and Windows downloads are available on the home page.

The iOS app is just getting wrapped up and getting ready for submission.

(Also, we know that some people are having issues with A/V sync and other playback issues. Please realize that we’re aware of this, and have plans for addressing it. Really.)

Also, bear in mind that skins need updating for the universal search functionality. Maverick214 and Reddragon220 are hard at work at this, as is se.bastian, who just released his amazing RetroPlex skin, and updated it already to support search. You can get RetroPlex and other skins via the via the most excellent Preen Skin Manager.


  • NEW: Universal Search.
  • NEW: Direct Play and Direct Streaming for clients.
  • NEW: Subtitle support in agents, and streaming subtitles from server to clients (SRT/SMI/SSA).
  • NEW: Support for secure access via Web Media Manager.
  • NEW: Turbo Scanning (option-click to do regular “deep” scan).
  • NEW: Soft Deletion.
  • NEW: Added the By Folder second level menu.
  • NEW: Support for our Bonjour replacement, known as G’Day Mate (GDM). Easy discovery!
  • NEW: [Win] Support for storing application support files anywhere.
  • FIX: The “Add Application” button was broken.
  • FIX: Don’t refresh metadata every two weeks.
  • FIX: In rare cases a Python process would take 100% CPU.
  • FIX: “Unwatched” section second title was incorrect.
  • FIX: Browsing for subtitles on Plex for Mac client.
  • FIX: Flash 10.1/10.2 works now.
  • FIX: With newer Flash installed, PMS is not restarted after 5.1 audio (as Flash but was fixed).
  • FIX: Refresh works with local media agent even if media isn’t matched (for subs, posters).
  • FIX: [Win] Various crashes (shutdown, during scans)
  • FIX: [Win] Issue with dialogs popping up asking you to insert drive.
  • FIX: [Win] Updated to latest transcoder, fixing lots of issues.
  • FIX: [Win] Make sure we don’t conflict with installed Pythons.
  • FIX: [Win] Lack of season/episode posters.
  • FIX: Movies with ratings of 10 don’t show up under “5 stars”
  • FIX: Any “phantom” media in the database is whacked after a scan.
  • FIX: Don’t let the machine sleep while transcoding.
  • FIX: Empty machine name crash.
  • FIX: Support for audio playback from Android with security enabled.
  • FIX: Add countries and producers tags to metadata models.
  • FIX: Media is downloaded on metadata refresh, and always kept around.

And gobs of other fixes…

This release, as always, is brought to you by Barkley, who is bummed that lilikoi season is over.

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Coming Attractions (the last one)

03.15.11 41 Comments

First of all, the winner of the pet monkey from the last post is Dean M, who was the first to name the movie. Very nicely done, sir.

So there is this tab on the iOS application that has been blacked out (or “red-ed out” to be more precise about it) in previous posts.

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Unfortunately, in a true comedy of errors, I did a horrible job of keeping it a secret. In the first post, I left some images on the server that didn’t have the button blocked out, and one clever person found it by typing in URLs. He was kind enough to send me an email about it to let me know, and I removed the images (thanks, Charles!).

Last night I was so tired when writing the blog post that I left the button completely unobscured in not one but TWO separate images. Twenty two comments poured in mentioning this fact (which I left unapproved, of course).

So just in case there’s anybody out there who doesn’t yet know, the feature which we’ve been trying to keep secret is this:

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Yep, that’s it. Search. It’s a really boring feature, actually, we have been trying to replace it with something much cooler over the last few days, but we ran out of time.

Or did we?

This is not your grandmother’s search. This is an ass-kicking, search-as-you-type, tri-winning sort of a search. Forget tiger blood, this is pure 100% velociraptor blood.

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So where are these results coming from? Well, it searches the Plex Media Server you’re connected to, obviously. But we went a step further, and made it search all Plex Media Servers in your house. And really, why stop there? We also made it return results from online sites as well. Through the magic of our friends at VideoSurf, it returns results from YouTube and Vimeo.

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The search functionality is extremely pluggable, so you’ll see new providers come online very shortly, as well as the ability to add your own custom providers, should you so choose.

But really, why stop at the mobile apps? Why not extend the feature to the desktop client as well? Excellent question.

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So there you have it. Plex now has a rich (and fun!) universal search feature, which searches all the local media in your house, and online media, in one unified interface. You can search from either your mobile device, or the comfort of your couch.

Pretty cool, right?