Plex for Mac

Plex for Mac

Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 21 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.3.4
  • Total Downloads:
    14,530
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 27, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    51.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    75
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #10 in Media Players

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3 stars

"Not As Easy As It Looks..."

May 11, 2012  |  By darkguardian

 |  Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

Pros

Easy to pin Internet videos from any site to watch later

Cons

Never able to watch videos from hard drive but I can see them in My Plex account
Could only watch videos I pinned on internet with my computer on

Summary

I seen 5-Star ratings on Roku for streaming like Air Play.
I have used these types of apps before for iPad to view content from my computer hard drive as long as both share the same router. Those apps were easy compared to Plex. I installed the apps on my computer and Roku and set up an account on Plex website and created a bookmark to tag videos in my browser. Everything works except the viewing video from my computer hard drive part. I see the videos on the website but Roku doesn't see them even when manually setting ports and entering it's address. I could view the web videos that work very good. I trusted them but allowing Plex to scan my hard drive and yet I couldn't do what I set out to do and watch videos from the computer. The web videos were only available with the computer on and I had lost the link twice and had to generate a pin, go to the web site enter it to reconnect. This is a good idea but it's not ready for prime time with the headaches users have to go through to view videos. I'm back to saving videos on the USB drive and plugging them into Roku. Safe and secure.

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1 stars

"complete solution = sign your life away"

January 28, 2012  |  By cottchen

 |  Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

Pros

seems to promise a richer movie experience?

Cons

difficult to understand and get support.
complicated and heavy.

Summary

I was attracted to this by the idea of watching netflix on my laptop with a better experience than firefox. But I could not figure out if I needed the server, the client or both. DEspite several hours research, I couldn't find the info on their 'wiki' and their instructions to add plug-ins did not work with whichever app it was i downloaded (not labeled on the app, just says 'plex'). after attempts web research, wiki research, forum research, chat-room (unanswered), and forum posts (standard response, watch the videos), I am giving up. From what little I can tell, the netflix plugin (I gues there is only one available but i could not even get this straight!) doesn't work well anyway. I was not interested to stream to a TV, ipad or iphone, so these aspects do not count in my review.

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2 stars

"Takes Over and Slows Down"

October 28, 2011  |  By marcharmondesign

 |  Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

Pros

Great idea

Cons

Launches itself, and doesn't fully shut off even when you Quit. Causes Safari to hang because it's hogging bandwidth waiting in the background. GUI wants you to use keyboard, but you have to use mouse to hit icons on toolbar and it can be difficult to get the pointer back onscreen. I tried for a week and gave up.

Summary

I keep reading great reviews, but I think this bites

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3 stars

"Too much stuff, hard to uninstall"

August 15, 2011  |  By elksm

 |  Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

Pros

Looks nice, has lots of features. Probably great if you have a computer dedicated to TV/media.

Cons

Tries to take over your life by installing things that start up on their own. And hard to uninstall.

Summary

Nice interface/graphics, and has tons of features but it was too much stuff for me. And for some reason it installs a "media server" that launches by default whenever you start your Mac. That irritated me enough that I decided to uninstall the whole thing, but instructions to do so aren't included and requires a bit of searching to find out how.

Also I was hoping Netflix would work better than it does in a web browser (Silverlight seems to make my computer overheat and drain the battery) but Plex offers no improvement. Boxee for mac uses less of your CPU power for Netflix but has problems of its own when it comes to browsing for movies.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9.3.4
  • FIX: When refreshing a library section because changes to folders were detected, we wait until the changes stop before kicking off the scan, so that we don’t scan partial/locked files.
  • FIX: Custom artwork with spaces in path was not displaying properly.
  • FIX: This is an amusing one because it’s been there for a long time and nobody noticed. When doing a new scan, every 16th movie wasn’t displayed in the media manager (it was scanned, it just didn’t show up until you switched sections). Thanks to louisd for noticing it!
  • FIX: Our friend diamondsw helped us debug an issue where certain MKV files were failing to play on mobile devices.
  • FIX: Boots has been reporting this one for a while, there was an occasional hang in the media manager when scrolling quickly.
  • FIX: The was an issue scanning if your username had an apostrophe in it.
  • FIX: A (rather rare) crash in refreshing/timed updates.
  • FIX: [Windows] Sign all Python extensions. Apparently some of the AV products are coming up with some false positives on the media server, and the hope is that this might improve things.
  • FIX: [Windows] When exiting, don’t hang waiting for system bundle.
  • FIX: [Windows] When OpenSSL DLLs were installed into system, PMS system bundles wouldn’t start. This would cause the “no agents” issue.
  • FIX: [Linux] You can now use the environment variable PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR to specify where all of the media server’s user files go (library, plug-ins, logs, etc.)
  • FIX: [WIN32/Linux]: If multiple copies of a piece of media are found, load metadata for all copies.
General
Publisher Plexapp
Publisher web site http://www.plexapp.com/
Release Date July 27, 2011
Date Added July 27, 2011
Version 0.9.3.4
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 51.99MB
File Name PlexHomeTheater-1.0.4.144-e40f343d-macosx-i386.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 14,530
Downloads Last Week 75
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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