Plex for Windows and Windows Phone

release-announcements
windows-store-app

#1

1.0.2.1

NEW: Library and Channel groups are aggregated from all known servers, instead of just the active server
NEW: Filter buttons and dialogs can be used with a remote control
NEW: Audio and subtitle stream selection dropdowns can be used with a remote control
NEW: The DEL key acts as a key accelerator for deleting media
NEW: Music transcoding uses new Plex Media Server transcoder
NEW: Ability to Direct Play mpeg/mpeg2video/ac3 video
NEW: Servers Page allows editing and deleting any type of server
NEW: Channel Store icon looks more like a store icon

 

FIX: Crash pressing stop from remote control or media keys (worked around Player Framework bug)
FIX: Crash when selecting different audio or subtitle streams very quickly
FIX: Crash refreshing Channel Store page
FIX: Library section page progress bars could run indefinitely after refreshing or selecting filters
FIX: Music player progress bar could run indefinitely when double-clicking on track
FIX: Dialogs with text boxes should focus on first text box even if app is in remote control mode
FIX: Reduced OnDeck elements to 6 instead of 8 at 1080p
FIX: OnDeck elements without art should display some image
FIX: Both ChPg Up and Down now do the same thing: toggle the app bar
FIX: F5 now works as expected in Servers page
FIX: Channel Store subpages refresh as expected, have a standard app bar, and display progress bars
FIX: Media Info dialog always displays detailed metadata even if pre-play page hasn't finished loading
FIX: Popup dialogs should close when a page is refreshed
FIX: Stop stealing keypresses when flyouts are open
FIX: Music player no longer displays longer duration when reaching end of track
FIX: Video player should hide the pause button when media fails

 

Known Issues:
[HTTP Live Streaming] AC-3 and MP3 are not supported
[Video] Video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
[Video] Selecting subtitles always triggers a transcode [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
[PlayTo] Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
[Remote Control] Most navigation commands don't work yet [WinRT issue]
[Remote Control] Remote control won't work if the client's active server is on the same machine as the Plex app [Microsoft sandboxing issue]

 

1.0.2.0
NEW: Support playing multi-part media
NEW: Support playback-related remote control actions from other Plex clients (off by default)
NEW: Faster seeking with HTTP Live Streaming
NEW: Support Direct Play of E-AC-3 audio streams
NEW: Preference to enable Direct Play of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 content (requires Windows Media Center Pack)
NEW: Separate preferences for max local resolution when Direct Playing / Streaming and when transcoding
NEW: Preference to make all Home Page groups optional
NEW: Preference to disable conservative network behavior when on metered or roaming network
NEW: Improved Media Info popup with: remux guesses, transcode reasons, network location, XML text, multi-part fixes, etc.
NEW: Scroll position in grid views is now preserved when going back to a page
NEW: Home page channels group is now sorted by last access
NEW: The active server can now be set inactive on the Servers page
NEW: Hidden option to force video Direct Play (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P from pre-play page)
NEW: Deprecated preferences for transcode protocol, alternate video player seek method
NEW: Update Microsoft Player Framework to v1.1
NEW: Plex Media Server 0.9.7.14 is strongly recommended (0.9.7.12 is required)

 

FIX: Paused transcode sessions no longer time out
FIX: First few frames no longer play again when stopping video playback
FIX: Various HTTP Live Streaming hangs and crashes
FIX: Playback of channel video requiring an internal web proxy (Comedy Central, Apple Movie Trailers)
FIX: Seeking with Comedy Central channel video content
FIX: Automatic audio stream selection now prefers multi-channel AC-3 over stereo AAC
FIX: Mouse cursor in middle of video screen no longer prevents media controls from disappearing
FIX: Entire UI now updates correctly when video is played, marked watched/unwatched, deleted, etc.
FIX: Video heads-up display now shows duration for various channels
FIX: Music player button glitches in snapped mode
FIX: Music player position resets to zero when loading new content
FIX: Music player wasn't progressing to next track under certain conditions
FIX: Music player play/pause button could be incorrect when music was paused outside the player
FIX: Music player had some unhealthy interactions with TV show theme music
FIX: Channel store pages are now fully accessible using a remote control
FIX: Keyboard shortcuts didn't always work when playing video
FIX: Back mouse button now closes appbar when open, instead of going back directly
FIX: Crash when cancelling a channel search dialog box
FIX: Rare crash starting up when active server is unavailable
FIX: Rare crash when paging channel content
FIX: Inaccessible media is now detected correctly when a video is launched from On Deck
FIX: Display correct media flags in video pre-play pages
FIX: Resuming a video pre-play page no longer loses artwork
FIX: Resuming paged library collections now works correctly
FIX: Incremental loading could display out of order items for a short period of time
FIX: Error messages from pages where the user already navigated away
FIX: Flash/Silverlight content in Queue is now detected reliably
FIX: Correctly detect servers that can't transcode
FIX: Use the active server's transcoder when playing remote content from a server that can't transcode
FIX: Rare error messages when attempting a transcode against a capable local server
FIX: Timeline reports will no longer go out to remote servers not owned by the user
FIX: Video heads-up display no longer changes if preferences change during video playback
FIX: Many other small fixes and improvements

 

 1.0.1.9
 FIX: Aspect ratio was incorrect when resuming an HLS transcode
 FIX: Don't transcode music when video preference disables Direct Play
 FIX: Playing a second music playlist didn't work
 FIX: Don't display skip back/ahead buttons when loading video
 FIX: App could crash if user alt-tabs at precise moment a message dialog is being displayed

 

1.0.1.8
NEW: Use HTTP Live Streaming as default transcode format
NEW: App bar and popup dialogs can now be navigated with cursor keys and remote controls
NEW: Preference for Direct Play vs a higher-resolution transcodes
NEW: Advanced preference to display selection caret by default, instead of on first keypress
NEW: Display information about current transcode in application bar during video playback
NEW: Media information popup in video pre-play pages
NEW: Subtitle combo box now displays subtitle format, in addition to language
NEW: Added buttons and keyboard accelerators for video skip/replay
NEW: Plex Media Server version 0.9.7.12 is now required
NEW: Subtitle burning is now much more reliable

 

FIX: Play the selected audio stream when Direct Playing
FIX: Selecting None as the subtitle option didn't always work
FIX: Mouse cursor now disappears when playing video
FIX: Go back to previous page when video playback ends
FIX: On Deck items now display resume button icon when appropriate
FIX: Music player progress bar now advances  when page is revisited
FIX: Initial server test dialog now re-discovers local servers if necessary
FIX: Initial server test dialog now reconnects to myPlex if necessary
FIX: Pick up server friendly name changes when testing a server
FIX: RTMP videos in queue now play correctly
FIX: Skipping with high bitrate video when Direct Playing
FIX: Media flags now display correctly for content from myPlex
FIX: Season page crash when refreshed
FIX: Disable seeking when playing content that requires Flash/Silverlight
FIX: Updated Microsoft Smooth Streaming Client SDK to 1.0.130111

 

1.0.1.5
NEW: support Direct Play for non-streaming video files (AVI, unoptimized MP4)
NEW: support Direct Play for Apple Movie Trailers
NEW: skip/seek/resume now works much, much better with Direct Play content
NEW: support for PlayTo contract (works great with WMP, not so great with Xbox 360)
NEW: support Windows Media Center remote controls
NEW: support TV show theme music
NEW: preferences are now broken into nice sub-sections
NEW: preference for online video resolution and quality
NEW: preference for subtitle size
NEW: preference for audio boost
NEW: ability to enqueue channel videos
NEW: ability to mark library videos watched or unwatched
NEW: ability to rate library videos
NEW: ability to delete library videos
NEW: support auto-paging for channels that page
NEW: F5 refreshes all pages, F12 returns to main page

 

FIX: only pull content from active server (makes main page a bit more deterministic)
FIX: iTunes music will now Direct Play instead of transcoding
FIX: detect and warn about obsolete channel media
FIX: open the appbar automatically when a video ends
FIX: changing search category now scrolls results back to beginning
FIX: search results now show source server
FIX: search items now correctly display images when connected to inactive server
FIX: main page now displays a sad face when no content is available

 

1.0.1.0
NEW: search function
NEW: channel store
NEW: MPEG-2 TS transcode format, supporting remuxing for most h264 video (experimental)
NEW: audio and subtitle stream selection for video (subtitles only work when transcoding)
NEW: improved keyboard accessibility, with shortcuts for most important functionality
NEW: release requires Plex Media Server 0.9.7.8 or higher

 

FIX: corrected video buffering when transcoding using Smooth Streaming
FIX: inability to connect to server on same machine as client
FIX: improved reliability of server discovery
FIX: simplified video resolution and quality preferences
FIX: video resolution and quality preferences default to more conservative values
FIX: highest resolution is now chosen when transcoding video with multiple resolutions
FIX: don't attempt to direct-play file types that don't stream correctly (e.g. avi, mp4 sans early moov atom)
FIX: display warning in video pre-play page when file is unavailable
FIX: buttons now have tooltips (displaying keyboard shortcuts, resume times, etc.)
FIX: crashes if client couldn't talk to server during filter application
FIX: music player repeat button glitches
FIX: music player text wrapping
FIX: main page will refresh itself more reliably when the active server changes
FIX: main page will display server name subtitles for library/channel items when connected to remote server
FIX: touch issues on servers page
FIX: added clarifying text to empty servers page when no servers found
FIX: manually added connections can now be deleted
FIX: overwrite discovered connections whose IP addresses change (e.g. due to DHCP)
FIX: display underlying network error when new connection cannot be established
FIX: many small UI bugs and other issues

 

1.0.0.0
First official release


#2

LOVE the Windows  client! Thanks for all the work :)


#3

I've just disovered the 'Follow Topic' feature. Can you please maintain one windows 8 release thread :D ?

Thanks


#4

Yeah, good suggestion.


#5

Thanks :D


#6

1.0.3.0


NEW:
  - Remote Control other Plex clients
  - (Social) Manage myPlex friends
  - (Social) Send media recommendations to friends
  - (Social) Share media on social networks
  - (Social) Support for push notifications for friend requests and recommendations
  - (Playback) Support Direct Play of PCM audio streams
  - (Playback) Added lower quality settings (320p and 240p)
  - (Playback) Separate preferences for max resolution when Direct Playing / Streaming and when transcoding for remote and online content
  - (Interface) Queued and Recommended content can be marked watched and unwatched
  - (Interface) Added All/Unwatched/Watched filters on Queue and Recommended pages
  - (Interface) Preference allowing direct navigation through library sections when intermediate pages contain a single item
  - (Interface) Preference allowing play and play/pause buttons to cause media items to play when selected via remote control
  - (Interface) Preference to auto-disappear the mouse cursor
  - (Interface) Added a dialog asking users to rate the application after a certain period of time
  - (Interface) Added button to trigger library section rescan
  - (Interface) Pressing space bar now pauses video
  - (Interface) New orange icon
  - (Media Info) Detect MKV header compression as transcode reason
  - (Media Info) Display MKV header compression method in Media Info dialog
  - At least PMS version 0.9.7.17 is now required

FIX:
 - (Focus) Focused control no longer changes after dialog opens and closes
 - (Focus) Focus caret wasn't always present in remote control mode when pages incrementally load data (e.g. library sections)
 - (Focus) Group header focus wasn't preserved when going back
 - (Focus) Moving to the topmost group item via remote control would move to the group header above it
 - (Focus) Filter dialogs no longer close when enter or remote control 'ok' is pressed
 - (Focus) Filter dialogs didn't always have a focus caret on the first item
 - (Servers) Server capabilities weren't being preserved across app restarts when server was unavailable
 - (Servers) Duplicate local connections when discovered server is also published to myPlex
 - (Interface) Go back to page with content when last media item is deleted from a library section
 - (Interface) Media Info dialog rows are now only visible when they have content
 - (Search) Starting app from search interface meant you couldn't go back to the home page
 - Crash refreshing Season page
 - Crash after deleting active server
 - Crash on app startup with many PMS servers on the network
 - Crash leaving photo gallery
 - Rare crashes selecting audio or subtitle streams

KNOWN ISSUES:

  - (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
  - (HTTP Live Streaming) AC-3 and MP3 are not supported
  - (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (Video) Selecting subtitles always triggers a transcode [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
  - (Remote Control) Most navigation commands don't work yet [WinRT issue]
  - (Remote Control) Remote control won't work if the client's active server is on the same machine as the Plex app [Microsoft sandboxing issue]


#7

1.0.3.1

FIX:
 - (Playback) User-specified volume is now saved and restored across video playback sessions
 - (Playback) Video heads-up display now appears with video playback controls, instead of as a top appbar
 - (Playback) Fall back to transcoding if Direct Play fails (fixes some channels that misreport video metadata)
 - (Music) Progress bar wouldn't progress  every second time a track was explicitly selected from the list
 - (Remote Control) Broadcast 'Plex player' status to network every thirty seconds
 - (Remote Control) Fix crash when remote controller requested playback of transcoded content from a server not on local servers list
 - (Remote Control) Requested media item didn't always play when an iOS client was acting as remote controller
 - (Remote Control) Use a dialog to request text to send remotely (fixes always popping a keyboard on tablets)
 - (Servers) Prefer an available WAN connection to a server over an untested LAN connection
 - (Interface) Updated icon to more conservative orange color

KNOWN ISSUES:
  - (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
  - (HTTP Live Streaming) AC-3 and MP3 are not supported
  - (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (Video) Selecting subtitles always triggers a transcode [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
  - (Remote Control) Most navigation commands don't work yet [WinRT issue]
  - (Remote Control) Remote control won't work if the client's active server is on the same machine as the Plex app [Microsoft sandboxing
issue] 


#8

1.0.3.2

NEW:
- myPlex credentials now roam between devices belonging to same Microsoft account
- Preference to enable a simple application log file

FIX:
- (Video) Orientation changes could cause video playback failures
- (Video) Flash/Silverlight video now uses the same interface as regular video
- (Channels) Fixed several issues blocking Pandora channel from working
- (Channels) Display error messages sent by channels instead of a generic error message
- (Interface) Most dialogs now soft-dismiss instead of using a cancel button
- (Interface) Ignore unresponsive servers when aggregating content into Main Page
- (Interface) Move Channel Store button from channels page to appbar
- (Interface) Truncated appbar button text on lower resolution screens
- (Interface) Better error message when user plays video on non-existent active player
- (Interface) Cellular quality preferences no longer display without the presence of a cellular network adapter
- Crash playing video in the pinned state
- Crash starting up when playlist index was saved and playlist data wasn't.
- Crash when searching channels fails

KNOWN ISSUES:
  - (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
  - (HTTP Live Streaming) AC-3 and MP3 are not supported
  - (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (Video) On some systems, returning from video playback hangs the interface until user input is provided.
  - (Video) Selecting subtitles always triggers a transcode [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
  - (Remote Control) Most navigation commands don't work yet [WinRT issue]
  - (Remote Control) Remote control won't work if the client's active server is on the same machine as the Plex app [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
 


#9

1.0.3.3

NEW:
- Support for multi-user Plex Media Servers
- Support for mobile servers
- Support for CloudSync sections
- Raised price to $4.99

FIX:
- (Connectivity) Spurious connection errors at startup when the active server is remote
- (Video) Some high bitrate H264 rips (e.g. from Blu-Ray) were failing to DirectStream
- (Video) Unavailable media elements were causing available elements to not play
- (Interface) Server availability changes cause main page and sub-pages to refresh
- (Interface) Server availability is now tested periodically and when main page refreshes

KNOWN ISSUES:
  - (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
  - (HTTP Live Streaming) AC-3 and MP3 are not supported
  - (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (Video) On some systems, returning from video playback hangs the interface until user input is provided.
  - (Video) Selecting subtitles always triggers a transcode [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
  - (Remote Control) Most navigation commands don't work yet [WinRT issue]
  - (Remote Control) Remote control won't work if the client's active server is on the same machine as the Plex app [Microsoft sandboxing issue]


#10

1.0.3.4


FIX:
- (Video) Videos end at the 48:10 mark
- (Music) Crash playing transcoded WMA lossless stream
- (Interface) Shared sections could on rare occasions show up in the main page's Library group

KNOWN ISSUES:
  - (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
  - (HTTP Live Streaming) AC-3 and MP3 are not supported
  - (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (Video) On some systems, returning from video playback hangs the interface until user input is provided.
  - (Video) Selecting subtitles always triggers a transcode [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
  - (Remote Control) Most navigation commands don't work yet [WinRT issue]
  - (Remote Control) Remote control won't work if the client's active server is on the same machine as the Plex app [Microsoft sandboxing issue]


#11

1.0.3.5

FIX:
- (Interface) Faster interface thanks to resized images
- (Video) Crash playing back AMT streams
- (Video) Twit.TV streams now play correctly

KNOWN ISSUES:
- (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
- (HTTP Live Streaming) AC-3 and MP3 are not supported
- (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
- (Video) On some systems, returning from video playback hangs the interface until user input is provided.
- (Video) Selecting subtitles always triggers a transcode [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
- (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
- (Remote Control) Most navigation commands don't work yet [WinRT issue]
- (Remote Control) Remote control won't work if the client's active server is on the same machine as the Plex app [Microsoft sandboxing issue]


#12
1.0.3.7
 
NEW:
- New icons
 
FIX:
- (Connectivity) Access denied errors when connecting to servers requiring LAN authentication
- (Connectivity) Access denied playing media from servers that require authentication
- (Remote) Changing "listen for remote control commands" preference no longer requires an app restart to take effect
- (Interface) Media info popup displays RTMP video information better
- (Interface) Improve startup error message on N and KN Windows SKUs
- (Video) Update HTTP Live Streaming stack
- (Video) Play multi-part media correctly when transcoding
- (Video) The Daily Show video skips correctly again
- (Video) Rare crash leaving video player
- (Video) Inert video player when suspending/resuming
 
KNOWN ISSUES:
  - (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
  - (Video) HTTP Live Streaming does not support Direct Streaming AC-3 audio (it will transcode to multi-channel AAC)
  - (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  - (Video) On some systems, returning from video playback hangs the interface until user input is provided [Likely a video driver issue]
  - (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
  - (Remote Control) Receiving navigation commands does not work [Microsoft WinRT issue]
  - (Remote Control) Remote control from the app to a player on the same physical machine does not work [Microsoft sandboxing issue]

#13

1.5.1.0

NEW:

  • Support new Plex second screen feature
  • Faster startup
  • New icons
  • Improved alignment with other Plex Clients around user interface and settings
  • Improved HLS playback
  • MP3 audio direct streaming over HLS
  • Dedicated volume control for music
  • Support network logging
  • Support crash reports sent directly to Plex Inc.

FIX:

  • Many bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements
KNOWN ISSUES:
  • (Connectivity) Connecting to a Plex Media Server on the local machine requires a loopback exemption [Microsoft sandboxing issue]
  • (Video) HTTP Live Streaming does not support Direct Streaming AC-3 audio (it will transcode to multi-channel AAC)
  • (Video) On some systems, video may glitch when alt-tabbing in and out of the app [Microsoft Media Foundation issue]
  • (Video) On some systems, returning from video playback hangs the interface until user input is provided [Likely a video driver issue]
  • (PlayTo) Using Xbox 360 as a PlayTo target can be very slow [Microsoft Xbox issue]
  • (Remote Control) Receiving navigation commands does not work [Microsoft WinRT issue]
  • (Remote Control) Remote control from the app to a player on the same physical machine does not work [Microsoft sandboxing issue]

#14

1.5.1.1

FIX:

  • A number of user-reported crashes
  • Images use 16:9 aspect ratio in a few video-related pages

#15

1.5.1.2

FIX:

  • Fix a number of customer-reported crashes
  • Fix play/pause commands from Media Center remote when watching video

#16

1.6.0.1

NEW:

  • Native Windows 8.1 support
  • Live Tile support
  • Share charm support
  • Large start screen tile support
  • Fluid layout support
  • Photo gallery transitions are now animated
  • Warning in Servers page when loopback exemption might be needed
 
FIX:
  • A number of user-submitted crashes
  • 16:9 aspect ratio for episode thumbnails

#17

1.6.0.2

FIX:
- Application bar buttons are usable with a remote control
- Main page updates renamed sections when refreshed
- Music volume can be controlled by a companion app
- Live tile now shows artist name instead of album name
- Fix a number of user-reported crashes

#18
1.6.0.3
 
NEW:
- NBC channel is now supported
 
FIX:
- Theme music stops when leaving TV-related pages
- Player dialog wouldn’t load if related server was down
- Library sections update when renamed
- Video playback page didn’t resume correctly
- A number of user-submitted crashes

#19

1.6.0.4 Beta - PlexPass only

Download from here.

NEW:

  • Share to Plex Queue from other 'modern' apps
  • Player selection dialogs are now remote-control friendly

FIX:

  • Ignore stale published server entries
  • Update play progress for queued and recommended content
  • OnDeck updates automatically when episodes are played
  • Ctrl+P works as expected in video pre-play pages
  • Hyperlinks to new website
  • A number of user-submitted crashes

#20

1.6.0.5

NEW:
  • Share to Plex Queue from other 'modern' apps
  • Player selection dialogs are now remote-control friendly
  • Improve discovery of local servers that failed to publish
  • Reference the new website
FIX:
  • Update play progress for queued and recommended content
  • OnDeck updates automatically when episodes are played
  • Ignore stale published server entries
  • Don't respond to GDM searches when listening for Plex Companion commands is disabled
  • Plex Companion compatibility issues with iOS client
  • Ctrl+P works as expected in video pre-play pages
  • A number of user-reported crashes