Review: Stream media across devices with Orb Caster for Mac

Inconsistent performance and a confusing interface mar this promising app.

Orb Caster for Mac lets users view content from their computer using their smartphone or other device. It's not the most intuitive program we've ever seen, and even after extensive experimentation, we're still not sure we have the hang of it. We can at least say that we had some success in viewing content stored on our MacBook Pro using our iPhone 5 with Orb Caster.

Orb Caster started with a setup wizard that walked us through the configuration process, though we had to figure some of the process out on our own: namely downloading the Orb Controller app to our iPhone. Once that was done, we were indeed able to view media that was stored on our computer using our iPhone -- or at least some of it. We have thousands of photos stored in iPhoto, but Orb Caster allowed us to view only 90 of them, and it was a bizarre mix of very recent and very old images. The same was true of our music; most, but not all of our iTunes content was accessible, and there didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to what was included. We also had access to only a portion of our videos. It is true that we didn't test the full extent of Orb Caster's capabilities; its online documentation states that it also works on the Xbox360, Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, and DNLA devices, as well as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and we only tried it out on our iPhone. But the not entirely intuitive interface and somewhat inconsistent performance told us all we need to know. Orb Caster is a great idea, but its execution leaves something to be desired. It's worth a try if you want to stream your media across various devices, but there are probably other options out there that are less of a hassle.

Orb Caster for Mac installs and uninstalls without issues.

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