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Plex for Mac

Editors' Review

by   / April 25, 2014

Plex Home Theater for Mac supports a wide range of audio and video formats, providing a complete playback experience, but suffers from a perplexing interface and other quirks. This review is for the free version, which lacks the synchronization, automatic uploading, and cloud storage services of the subscriber's edition.

Pros

Great online content handling: Plex Home Theater for Mac does a great job of playing and organizing online content in a variety of formats except FHD videos in Matroska containers. It helps you maintain a large video library without any hassle.

Content sharing: This player allows you to share and exchange photos and videos online -- not through social media, but by sharing your libraries with other Plex users.

Cons

Perplexing interface: While the interface appears neatly arranged, finding the right buttons for the controls can be perplexing. For instance, we found it impossible to access channels without consulting the online support pages. The utter lack of tooltips only makes matters worse.

Be ready for some heavy reading: To use this program you have to read the help file as well as the support information and frequently asked questions available online. This application is anything but intuitive.

Relatively heavy on the system: During installation, you're compelled to install a "media server" that runs every time you turn your Mac on. What's more, the player, itself, uses a lot of resources, which occasionally results in non-responsiveness and instances of "failure to quit."

Bottom Line

Plex Home Theater lacks polish. Though its online streaming features are appealing, its inaccessible interface and many kinks will disappoint you. That said, this app remains a promising media player with plenty of features. Let's just hope it will get better with future releases.

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Editors' Review

by   / April 25, 2014

Plex Home Theater for Mac supports a wide range of audio and video formats, providing a complete playback experience, but suffers from a perplexing interface and other quirks. This review is for the free version, which lacks the synchronization, automatic uploading, and cloud storage services of the subscriber's edition.

Pros

Great online content handling: Plex Home Theater for Mac does a great job of playing and organizing online content in a variety of formats except FHD videos in Matroska containers. It helps you maintain a large video library without any hassle.

Content sharing: This player allows you to share and exchange photos and videos online -- not through social media, but by sharing your libraries with other Plex users.

Cons

Perplexing interface: While the interface appears neatly arranged, finding the right buttons for the controls can be perplexing. For instance, we found it impossible to access channels without consulting the online support pages. The utter lack of tooltips only makes matters worse.

Be ready for some heavy reading: To use this program you have to read the help file as well as the support information and frequently asked questions available online. This application is anything but intuitive.

Relatively heavy on the system: During installation, you're compelled to install a "media server" that runs every time you turn your Mac on. What's more, the player, itself, uses a lot of resources, which occasionally results in non-responsiveness and instances of "failure to quit."

Bottom Line

Plex Home Theater lacks polish. Though its online streaming features are appealing, its inaccessible interface and many kinks will disappoint you. That said, this app remains a promising media player with plenty of features. Let's just hope it will get better with future releases.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Plexapp
Publisher web site http://www.plexapp.tv/
Release Date February 10, 2020
Date Added February 10, 2020
Version 1.6.3.1009

Category

Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite

Download Information

File Size 97.44MB
File Name Plex-1.6.3.1009-57cf57c8-x86_64.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 21,552
Downloads Last Week 7

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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