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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 2:35 pm    Post subject: XBMC 9.11 Released Reply with quote

XBMC 9.11 Released
Friday, December 25, 2009
Posted by: Kenan

The XBMC team has announced the release of XBMC 9.11, a major update of their media center software for Mac and Apple TV users. This version of XBMC brings a new default skin called Confluence, a complete reorganization of the settings menus, automatic video information extraction, and smoother video playback. It also includes updated scrapers, support for new remotes out of the box, and updated codecs for more reliable playback. XBMC 9.11 weighs in at 58.8MB and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. More information on the support for Apple TV can be found here.



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news for those with G4 minis. They still have a PPC version available.

I tried the DVD player, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone else try it yet...

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
I tried the DVD player, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone else try it yet...

It seems to work okay and recognize DVDs for me. Am I missing something SC?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you play one? It recognized a disc fine, but it froze up on the menu, then after about a minute the menus worked and I started the movie. It stalled on playing the movie causing the fan speed to run up, and the mini became unresponsive. This required a forced restart as I was unable to get out of XBMC.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

X Box media Centre? A Micro$oft product? Mad
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Kirk wrote:
X Box media Centre? A Micro$oft product? Mad

I know what you are saying, but all of the major media center applications for the Mac are based off XBMC. That includes Boxee and Plex as well. So I guess you better deal. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

XMBP was an open source program designed to run on a microsoft product ie, the original XBox. It isn't a microsoft product itself it was more of a hack to add additional functionality to the original X-Box.

XMBC, Plex, Boxee etc are all continuations of the project.

I'm more than happy with Plex, its one of the most usefull apps I use on the Mac.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fazzy wrote:
James T Kirk wrote:
X Box media Centre? A Micro$oft product? Mad

I know what you are saying, but all of the major media center applications for the Mac are based off XBMC. That includes Boxee and Plex as well. So I guess you better deal. Wink


I'm sure there's at least one Linux spinn off! Laughing

Cypher wrote:
XMBP was an open source program designed to run on a microsoft product ie, the original XBox. It isn't a microsoft product itself it was more of a hack to add additional functionality to the original X-Box.

XMBC, Plex, Boxee etc are all continuations of the project.

I'm more than happy with Plex, its one of the most usefull apps I use on the Mac.


I don't even use Frontrow much...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this latest release plays videos way smoother than Plex using less CPU and memory. I don't notice the fan running as much either.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really use these applications much, but that guitar looks smoking! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't really use these applications much, but that guitar looks smoking! Cool


It's actually burning! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Kirk wrote:
It's actually burning! Laughing

Don't you know the old saying? Where there is smoke, there is fire. Smile

I did give the application a look-see. It's pretty tight! I'm looking forward to getting another Mac mini and moving this one into the man cave one of these days.
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I've installed it on both of my lads Toshiba laptops (Windows version) and set it to access the NAS drive containing all our media. Its working really well, but I don't think its as well designed as Plex and it has a few little quirks which don't seem to be handled as well as Plex.

From the main lists it doesn't show you whats watched or unwatched, it just lists how many episodes are available. Once you click into a Show it lists the seasons and again no mention or unwatched counts. Once in the season it does flagged the watched shows shows with a tick. I think in one of the view options possibly list mode you do get to see the watched/ unwatched counts but it should be available in all modes.

Also the artwork auto grabs banners even when the placeholder is a poster size. so you end up with odd looking images and I've had to manually go through and change them all.

I've also had a couple of TV episodes which XMBC refuses to use. I add them and they show up ok, I can even start to play them if I do it straight away. If I move out to the main menu and then navigate back though it says the media has been removed and wants to delete the entry from the library. If I let it remove them and rescan it immediately adds them back. again they will play if I play them straight away but not if I navigate away and come back. Its only doing this on a couple of episodes though the rest all seem to work ok.

The ESC key is the most annoying though, it takes you straight back to the Main Menu where as in Plex it steps you back out one level at a time which is much better for navigating around.

I hadn't noticed any difference in performance though and I've been happy with the way both have worked.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps the DVD player does work... Anytime I ask XBMC to do anything other than go through menus it crashes/locks up...

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