Mac only: Plex, the XBMC-based media centre app for Macs that just looks brilliant, has updated in a big way, even if actual new features are few. That’s because Plex is rebuilding itself and making room for implementations like its new iOS app.
That’s not to say that there isn’t some good stuff in Plex/Nine. For starters, the GPU-based hardware acceleration that Plex enthusiasts have been side-loading through add-ons is now officially in place, so your Mac’s CPU can breathe a little easier. There’s also been a total rewrite of how Plex handles your media library and imports metadata from internet sources, so cataloguing of movies, TV and music should go a bit smoother.
Newest of all, though, is the Plex iOS app, which streams media from your Mac Plex setup directly to your portable Apple device. It looks really slick and handy and deserving of far more visual and in-depth coverage — which we aim to provide here very soon.
Plex/Nine is a free download for Mac systems only. The iOS app is $5.99 and available through the App Store.