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CNET Editors' review
A nice and well-organized media center can be the right solution for your messy files. An easy-to-comprehend program with a large support of media formats and a clean and well-organized interface, XBMC for Mac helps you organize in libraries all your imported video, audio, and image files with ease.
Available as freeware, the installation of the program is easy and quick. However, XBMC for Mac doesn't seem to be very stable -- at least on our iMac -- as it crashed a couple of times when we tried closing it. However, once it's installed you'll notice a neat, good-looking, and user-friendly interface, which you can fully customize to your preference; you can even change its looks with one of the available skins for download. XBMC automatically finds all your media files, and importing them is very easy and quick. The program supports numerous formats and continually adds more. We really liked the option in the movie library to set the language in which you want the movie to be played. Another nice touch is the fact that you can select the images you want to show in a presentation with an audio track as background.
XBMC for Mac offers a lot of features in a futuristic interface. It can help any user looking for a comprehensive media center to organize and playback all their media files. Although the stability must be improved, this app offers a good deal for no price.
From Team XBMC:
XBMC is an award winning media center application for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and XBox. The ultimate hub for all your media, XBMC is easy to use, looks slick, and has a large helpful community. XBMC supports viewing and playing a vast library of audio, video and image formats. XBMC has a sophisticated library management system that allows you to organize all your media to give you quick and immediate access. XBMC provides a user friendly interface that's intuitive, very flexible, and easy to use. The interface is completely customizable through user-created or downloadable skins.
What's new in this version:
- Android Hardware Decoding
- Raspberry Pi and Android speed improvements
- Stereoscopic 3D Rendering
- Improved Touchscreen Support
- Improved UPnP capabilities
- Dramatic Audio Engine Improvements
- Settings Improvements
- Making Subtitle Search Better
- Update to FFMPEG v1.2 which we use for audio/video playback
- Stereo audio can now be upmixed to 5.1 and sent through optical/SPDIF devices
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"Awesome Media Center"
Version: XBMC 12.0
- better than Plex and any other media center I know
- highly customizable (e.g. select themoviedb.org as scraper or other scraping options)
- also runs on iOS which allows to stream audio and video to your iPad / iPhone if UPnP is setup
- minor issues
- has a learning curve (just don't give up to easily)
"Just like Plex, only without the bugs!"
Version: XBMC 10.1
Very stable, very smooth. This is the cure for folks experiencing the "can't determine input format" and stuttering playback errors of the latest versions of Plex. I'm very happy to have found this program.
Just like Plex and Boxee, the handling of music is baffling with XBMC. Why can't the iTunes playlists I started crafting before any of these programs existed be played? Why don't the remote buttons function and respond just like during movies/videos?
An excellent media manager, if you don't count music and pictures as media. This application is an excellent way to start the subscription TV funeral march though!
"The Prettiest Media Player"
Version: XBMC 9.11
The interface on this player is excellent, by far the nicest I have seen and I've tried a lot of media players. It plays video, music, shows photos and even has the weather. I like this player and it's now my default media player.
It required a fair bit of tweaking of my Music folder to get the library looking the way I wanted also I'm unsure at this time how well it's supplied with video codecs though I've had no problems playing anything up to now.
A great media player for those who want something a bit different, I urge anyone to give this seemingly unknown player a try.
Version: XBMC 9.04
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
XBMC provides such a shoddy experience. I often wonder if there is any truth to the notion that most apps touched by Win users or developers are doomed to exhibit at least some semblance of the same M$ stink. maybe it's that same stink shared by nearly every piece of cross-platform software. Be it coincidence or not, this one's for the birds.
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