If you have a Blu-ray player and don't want to or can't use a native Mac media player app, Mac Blu-ray Player can be used to view Blu-rays in addition to DVDs, but some may find the price tag for the full version too high.
The installation and setup of a free trial version of Mac Blu-ray Player for Mac went smoothly. The initial menus are intuitive and well-designed. The trial version will only function a limited number of times, however, before the user must buy the full version at $59.95. Technical support is available, and the developer's Web site is user-friendly. After we inserted a disc, the program recognized and started playing it quickly and cleanly. Menus for controlling the movie playback are easy to locate and use. In addition to DVDs and Blu-rays, the player can handle several other video file formats and those for audio. The program purports to allow users to include their own subtitles, though we didn't test this.
While Mac Blu-ray Player is well-designed and functional, those looking for a simple disc player app may find its high price off-putting. However, if you have an external Blu-ray player and your Mac does not have native software to accomodate it, this program may be an attractive option.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Mac Blu-ray Player for Mac 2.7.6.
Mac Blu-ray Player is a universal media player for Mac. It can also play Blu-ray on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch through its exclusive technical innovation - AirX. It can not only play HD Blu-ray movies, but also support any formats of movie, video, audio, music and photo you have ever seen. Adding DTS5.1 makes its outputting quality even better. Particularly, you are able to add subtitles to movie or video, and share the movie's information with your best friends. Furthermore, it has very easy and convenient interface and layout as well as the hardware acceleration technique that can reduce power consumption effectively.
What's new in this version:
1. Japanese translation updated
2. Fixed the crash of some discs' playback