Plex Blog

July 31, 2012

Plex Media Server v0.9.6.6 / Plex v0.9.5.4 / Plex for iOS v2.5

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Plex! We have a couple releases for you, but first let me start with some general updates (and seriously, what is it with my addiction to bulleted lists?):

  • If you’ve experienced an issue with TV scans missing posters or other artwork, somewhat randomly, this has been fixed; we’ve been experiencing increasingly heavy traffic with all the new users, so we had to bulk up our infrastructure!
  • Movie matching should be more accurate and much faster; we now have a fully automated system which improves the agent matching over time based on the anonymous data sent back. Pretty cool, right?
  • We’ve pushed quite a few updates to the agents to fix non-ASCII poster/subtitle filename issues on Linux, metadata for personal show scanning, and a number of other issues.
  • We released a new version of Plex for Android, with fixes and a few new features. The update for Google TV is coming shortly!
We’re in the process of pushing a new release of Plex for iOS today to Apple, should be available in a week or so. Fixes and goodies abound, and to be nice, here’s a full list of changes you have to look forward to:
  • NEW: Home screen sections can be re-ordered or hidden. Yay!
  • NEW: Background art while browsing. Pretty!
  • NEW: Easier to read list view when browsing by folder. Useful!
  • FIX: High bitrate content will correctly transcode instead of attempting Direct Play (thanks, majortom!)
  • FIX: Media deletion & progress reporting works when using myPlex without publishing servers.
  • FIX: Network addresses are resolved earlier to make playing media on remote clients more reliable.
  • FIX: Easier method for adding friends.
  • FIX: Crash when attempting to set a user rating for an item with no community rating.
  • FIX: Crash marking a show (un)watched.
  • FIX: A few layout & graphical issues.

We also have a new Plex Media Server release for you, with a number of improvements, which can be downloaded from the usual place (and shortly from auto-update):

  • NEW: Added (advanced) preference for specifying location of Aperture/iPhone XML paths. The preference is ApertureLibraryXmlPath for Aperture and iPhotoLibraryXmlPath for iPhoto. Yes, we’re going to have an easy way to get at these advanced preferences soon.
  • NEW: (Linux) Allow syslog logging via environment variable PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USE_SYSLOG. This has been requested for ages.
  • NEW: (API) Massive performance improvement for players that ask for paged data (e.g. for Roku). If you have large library sections, you’ll notice a big change; with 1000 items, the page requests are 6 times faster.
  • NEW: (API) Added /library/sections/X/{sorts|filters} endpoints for advanced filtering.
  • FIX: Sidecar (e.g. SRT) subtitle files work again. Sorry, that was a bad regression.
  • FIX: (Windows) Upload speeds from the server were artificially slow in some cases. We’d gotten sporadic reports over the months that upload speeds seemed limited, and we finally managed to track down the issue. The upload speed will now max out your connection, and will take much less CPU as well.
  • FIX: A crash when scanning for plug-ins when permissions are wrong.
  • FIX: (Mac) Fix some Aperture photos not displaying properly.
  • FIX: Library timeline could generate blank items occasionally.
  • FIX: Web interface didn’t show added and deleted items properly when scanning.
  • FIX: Don’t pass back bogus blank content ratings.
  • FIX: (Linux) DLNA icon and server name were missing on some platforms.
  • FIX: When overwriting plug-ins, files that don’t exist anymore are deleted.
  • FIX: Handle 302 as well as 301 redirects in the image transcoder.
  • FIX: When scanning files that had already been scanned, they didn’t end up with thumbnails.
  • FIX: Certain image formats (TIFF, BMP, PCX) didn’t get thumb nailed.
  • FIX: Fixed sleep prevention, OS X (and possibly Linux) should sleep now.
  • FIX: (Windows) Fixed a crash on start.
  • FIX: (Synology) DLNA to PS3 wasn’t working.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Memory leak in DLNA server process.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Fixed PS3 audio dropouts by transcoding to stereo for now in the profile.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Fixed evaluation of limitations.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Fixed AAC audio not playing to PS3.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Build-in profile now supports Samsung SmartTVs (thanks, holzi!)
We also have some fixes in a new release of the Plex Laika desktop client:
  • FIX: Update RTMP to 2.4
  • FIX: Fix for connectivity issues when PMS isn’t running locally (thanks to elwertk).
  • FIX: Playback of interlaced H.264 content (MBAFF) was broken (thanks to elwertk).
  • FIX: Use the same user agent as earlier in Plex/Nine.
  • FIX: Add the Plex language and version headers.
  • FIX: When forced transcode was enabled, playback could fail for local files.
  • FIX: Support for chained indirects in channels.

And last, but certainly not least, Barkley sends his (slobbery) love!

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