updated 09:55 am EDT, Tue May 29, 2007
Lava Software's Kenbushi 7
Lava Software is now shipping Kenbushi v7.0, an update to its media entertainment center with built-in file sharing and data backup. The software allows users to connect a PC or Mac to a TV and sound system, and Kenbushi will provide a "gorgeous, fast and powerful way to browse, search and play all your movies, music, TV shows and other media." The new version includes full-screen media control with powerful media search and play; easy browsing of movies and albums by DVD and CD cover artwork; automated download of DVD and CD media information from Amazon.com; extraction of extensive TV show meta-information from download file names; a key press during TV show playback captures cover artwork for an episode; and fully integrated support for QuickTime and the VLC media player.
It also offers fast database-driven searching of local and remote media libraries, easy local and remote playlist creation and management, local control of media playback via wireless (or wired) keyboard or PDA, remote control of media playback over LAN or Internet, and playback of virtually all movie and music formats including avi, divx, mpeg4, flash, mov, mp3, mp4 and music purchased from the iTunes store.
In addition, a new full-screen media control system provides a fast and powerful way to browse and search your media library for movies, music, TV shows, music videos, audio books and podcasts, according to the company.
The free Lite Edition can play music and full-length full-screen movies without restriction, but has limits on file transfer size, data backup, and some media functions after 30 days. Versions are available for Windows 2000/XP and MacOS X (PPC and Intel), while a Linux version is coming soon. Prices for the Standard and Professional Editions start at $15 per computer, with discounts for larger pack sizes. Integration of Kenbushi is available to Internet storage service providers, ISPs and ISVs.