updated 08:25 pm EDT, Tue October 27, 2009
Application turns Macs into media centers
The Mac OS X media software Plex has been updated with several Snow Leopard optimizations and bug fixes. Version 0.8.3 now works with 5.1-channel audio, a feature that had proven problematic with Apple's latest operating system. The developers have also addressed an issue with low volume when listening to downmixed 5.1-channel audio. Custom settings now allow for three different levels of dynamic range compression for AC3 and DTS audio.
The shutdown options are now organized into a dedicated UI that allows users to quit, sleep or power off after a specified period of time. Support for Apple Remote, full screen menus, and plug-in installation has also been improved.
Plex is still considered a beta program, although the latest versions provide a variety of tools for accessing and managing online video, photo, iTunes content, local media, and more. The interface also offers iTunes visualizers and Sparkle updates.
Plex 0.8.3 is now available for free, although the development team accepts donations.