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Kodi for Mac is an all-in-one media center for OS X that allows you to manage all of your multimedia from a single interface. The software offers a streamlined interface up front with a number of powerful backend tools, designed to provide enhanced access to things like Live TV, recordings, and more.
Stable, easy-to-use interface: Previous versions of Kodi had stability issues that could lead to crashes during use. With recent updates, running on OS X 10.10, we experienced no crashes at all. The slick interface ran smoothly without any hiccups or slowdowns, and finding media took only seconds from each of the menus. For all basic features, finding our media was pain free as well.
Numerous power features within arm's reach: Kodi allows you to dig into a number of options, including more than a dozen PVR controllers and dozens of add-ons that include a range of powerful features, such as screen capture, audio controllers, and more. Some of these add-ons and controllers are in beta or various forms of testing by third parties, but Kodi does a good job of making them all easily accessible.
Looks like it belongs on another platform: Kodi runs very smoothly on OS X 10.10, providing a separate interface for all of your media viewing. But when the screen switches, it looks a lot like software for Windows and not OS X. From the color scheme to the menu layout and animations, it's not the clean, flat look we've come to expect on Mac. This is not a major fault of the software so much as an aesthetic quibble, but it is something to keep in mind.
Despite a dated look, Kodi runs very smoothly, allowing you to easily manage all of your multimedia from a single interface on a Mac. You can gather and create playlists for music, videos, and images, and with so many plug-ins and controllers, the range of options only continues to grow.
Kodi 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. Kodi supports viewing and playing a vast library of audio, video and image formats. Kodi has a sophisticated library management system that allows you to organize all your media to give you quick and immediate access. Kodi 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.
- 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)
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 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.
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.