Multiplex
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Media manager for physical media DVDs and ripped DVDs.   Demo ($35.00)
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Multiplex... Simple DVD management for your Mac!

Multiplex is a media manager for physical media DVDs and ripped DVDs on your system or external hard drive(s). Multiplex automatically detects all of your DVD media on the system, and provides metadata retrieval and cataloging features for your movies.

Beautifully designed to take advantage of Leopard's Core Animation libraries makes for a wonderful user experience.

Experimental Toast support (v9.x or better) built in.
What's New
Version 1.1:

Features:

  • All Core Animation issues have been fixed.
  • Multiplex will attempt to auto-fix permissions issues caused by upgrading to Snow Leopard.
  • New drawing code to alleviate problems with Snow Leopard.

Known Issues:

  • The "Hover" information view is missing. This is due to a bug in Snow Leopard, so it has been disabled until we can fix it across the board.

Version 1.1:

Features:

  • All Core Animation issues have been fixed.
  • Multiplex will attempt to auto-fix permissions issues caused by upgrading to Snow Leopard.
  • New drawing code to alleviate problems with Snow Leopard.

Known Issues:

  • The "Hover" information view is missing. This is due to a bug in Snow Leopard, so it has been disabled until more...
Requirements
Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, Intel only.



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Multiplex User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Sw_tester reviewed on 25 Oct 2010
Pointless software.

Not a library software. Not a media center software.
No updates in over a year. Abandonware?
[Version 1.1]

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Tubo commented on 04 Nov 2010
It's dead - their forum is spammed all over 2010.
No other activities, apparently.
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Cmarkn replied on 10 Dec 2012
And now their site is completely gone.
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Ztwist reviewed on 31 Aug 2010
This is exactly what I have been looking for. It does a nice job of allowing me to see my DVDs backed up by Rip It. It still has a few quirks and needs for improvement but it does what I'm looking for better than Plex, Boxee, or anything else.

I am using on two different computers with Snow Leopard and everything is working fine.

The main problem though is that this appears to have been abandoned by the developers. It's almost one year since an update has been released, and the forum on their website has been overrun by spammers. It appears no one is tending to the store any longer. However, I like the app and will keep using it, even with its shortcomings until something better comes out.
[Version 1.1]

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Ztwist replied on 14 Jun 2012
Actually. This is now completely abandonware. the developers have abandoned it, and it no longer works properly.
I am much happier now with DVDPedia.
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D. Chris Haley commented on 28 Nov 2009
This program worked great with 10.5 but since 10.6 Snow Leopard it has not, so you might what to look elsewhere.
[Version 1.1]


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eggshell reviewed on 21 Jul 2009
This app was exactly what I was searching for - a simple manager ( browser ) that unites all the movies that i have on my several HDs and uses the default system player when launching a film . The interface is minimalistic and pleasant to the eye but it needs much more polishing to make it really usable
- the 3D view is difficult to use with many films ( even in 1920x1080 full screen )
- title display in 3D view is plain ugly
- info on hover should at least be with reduced opacity
- the row view needs some kind of scroll / mouse control ( mouse buttons , mouse wheel , automatic scroll when cursor is over the edges or left/right from the center ... , there are many options )
- automatic hd scan by title - that should be a priority
- smaller memory usage - with 101 movies in my collection it takes 240mb ram ( way too much for a browser )
- sometimes on launch I get the loading spinning wheel not wanting to disappear , relaunch usually solves that

Developper should take a look at Plex for gui solutions and aesthetics
[Version 1.0.3]


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nbuet reviewed on 08 Jun 2009
I have been looking for an easy & light solution to know what movies I have backed up where. This means I need to identify a movie, and know on which disk/hard drive it is. None of these are actually on my laptop HD. Looks like a good match with Multiplex, right?

Unfortunately not... let me tell you what doesn't work for me:
1) Presentation - part 1: Images seems to be the most important thing in the world for this app. Fair enough, but what if this is not the case for me? Then I get a black rectangle, with the file name (no extension). Somehow, I also managed to have the black rectangle, without the filename. Then you basically have an invisible movie. Next step, ading an image. Don't do it wrong, because you can't remove it. You can probably change it, but NOT remove it.

2) Presentation - part 2: I don't like the default view (which is similar the the most visited sites in safari 4). The other view is an horizontal scroll, where the scroll bar is not displayed (why??). And going left or right is possible ONLY with mouse keys. And in any case, it doesn't work with the gesture on the trackpad. Last but not least, you will see very few of your movies with this setup...

3) Once you have added the movie to your collection, you remove the media. There is no way to know from which hard drive or disc you have taken this movie from. In my case, it says "disk1", while the volume name is Lacie, and the disk identifier is disk4s1 . I am also pretty sure that Multiplex will not warn me if I try to import the same movie a second time (TBC)

So let's be clear: Multiplex is exactly what I need. It is just lacking a few details, that make it a poor solution for me at the moment.
[Version 1.0.3]


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randoma commented on 07 Jun 2009
Multiplex seems to be a good, if not quite yet done, product.. Some sort of manual, or instruction page (even) would probably be very helpful. Although I notice that, in this regard, Multiplex is the norm, not the exception.

I realize that writing documentation takes time, and is not nearly as interesting a writing code, or planning the next great feature, and I realize that after you spend months, or years with your head inside a program, everything looks obvious, so why on earth would you need documentation anyway! But judging by the comments here, and in the Multiplex forum, a little tiny read me file would go a long way.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Bs0d reviewed on 05 Jun 2009
It froze the first 4 or 5 times I launched it, no idea why. I was ready to uninstall it because it was really, really annoying. I ended up leaving it on my computer, and i dont use it much now. Let's hope the last update fixes all the crashes.

It's missing a feature to automatically find the information about your movies / TV shows and stuff. Doing it manually when you have 1,000 movies is a real pain, let me tell you.
Also, it would be nice to have the option to add movies to your collection that you dont have on your computer to make the database complete.

Otherwise it's a pretty cool little application, although not that essential to have on your Mac. It's basically a movie database, except it adds the "wall presentation".
[Version 1.0.3]


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macmies commented on 02 Jun 2009
Nice looking program, but it's useless to me since it's Intel only.

The need for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard does not exclude PowerPC architecture and I'm very, very disappointed with this Intel-only trend. The is no technical reason why this app should not run on PowerPC.
[Version 1.0.2]

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Indyhall Labs (developer) replied on 02 Jun 2009
Unfortunately, Apple has chosen to not keep their Core Animation libraries up to date for PPC architecture. The entire "Stadium" interface of Multiplex is drawn using Core Animation, and as such, excludes PPC users.

Given that Apple has decided to stop supporting PPC for it's next OS release, it was our decision to continue thinking forward and focus on maintaining currently supported systems.

We're sorry that you haven't upgraded yet, but we believe you'll find that you're going to be excluded from more and more new software as developers take advantage of Apple's new frameworks that they do not maintain for older systems.
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sjk replied on 02 Jun 2009
> Given that Apple has decided to stop supporting PPC for it's next OS release

Has Apple publicly announced that?
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Indyhall Labs (developer) replied on 02 Jun 2009
SJK:

To be fair, Apple has not officially announced that they will be dropping PPC support, but the developer previews have been Intel Only and, as I mentioned, the PPC versions of Core Animation are out of date. If there's any chance of supporting PPC without sacrificing user experience, we'd love to do so.

We'll be finding out the details while we're at WWDC and if it looks like there's any chance that PPC will continue being supported in parallel to the growth of their Intel platform, and based on our findings we'll incorporate that into planning.
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sjk replied on 02 Jun 2009
After recently getting an Intel Mac mini that'll run 10.6 I'm less bothered about it not being supported on my older PPC systems, which I've always suspected would happen. Hopefully we'll get the definitive word at WWDC. A lot more developers will consider releasing Intel-only products moving forward if indeed Apple drops PPC in 10.6.
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Daniel Neesley commented on 01 Jun 2009
I have never been able to get this program to work. I just got the most recent version via the MacUpdate bundle, and got suckered again.

At least this version has an option to manually add movies. With my old version, one needed to depend SOLEY on the ability of Multiplex to find movies, which it did very poorly, hardly ever finding external drives.

Now I can add movies at will to a blank page which is headed by the title "Multiplex - Now Showing 7 Movies."

A BLANK PAGE!!!

The menu option to "Toggle Info Drawer" does absolutely nothing.

I got suckered again...
[Version 1.0.2]

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Anonymous commented on 01 Jun 2009
Hi! We're sorry to hear that you're having some issues. If you email customer support, someone will work with you promptly to help figure out any issues you might be having.
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hemantcvts reviewed on 30 May 2009
Multiplex does not work, It fails on very first feature so called 'Automagic' ,it does not detect movies on my internal hard drive even,Even more frustrating is ,if you want to add movies on your hard drive , Multiplex fails again the message is you do not have write and read permission ,what is not the case.
It make other applications crash . VLC media player stopped working since Multiplex installation,this application should not be even a beta application , the author needs to sort out problems before putting up for sale.
[Version 1.0.2]

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Indyhall Labs (developer) replied on 31 May 2009
What sorts of movies are you trying to organize with Multiplex? Our "Automagic" movie detection works with .dvdmedia bundle files, which are really just a renamed VIDEO_TS folder generated by DVD Ripping software. We modeled this after RipIt rips, but any non-compressed video rip can be converted easily. There's instructions here:

http://forum.multiplexapp.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=3&page=1#Item_0

We're not auto-magically finding your compressed movies because there aren't any elegant ways at this point for us to fingerprint them to get metadata for you, so finding those files with spotlight won't give you much of a headstart ahead of dragging the same movies onto Multiplex's main screen and searching for the box art and title info from Amazon, which you can still do for non-DVD videos.

I'm not 100% clear on the issues you're having with manually adding videos. How are you adding them? Are you getting an error? Can you screenshot the error, or provide us with any logs, we'd like to get to the bottom of the problem you're having but they sound unique to any issues we've had reported while we were in beta.

There's not any specific reason why Multiplex would cause VLC to crash, either. The current version of Multiplex doesn't interfere with any existing player defaults, it simply launches the video file in it's default player (in some cases, that will be VLC). Again, any crash logs or screenshots you can provide will help us fix your issues.

We really hope we can clear up your issues with Multiplex!
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hemantcvts replied on 02 Jun 2009
Thanks for the reply,
All my movies are video_ts folders ,ripped by mactheripper .
These are not compressed files, If I have to convert these video_ts folders into some other format , this should be included in the basic information provided ,as most of the people have video_ts folders from mactheripper .
I have taken screen shots ,but how to attach them on this forum ?
I am not worried about the money i spent on this application , but without ability to use video_ts folder , this awesome application is a waste.Not many people would be ready to change video_ts to other format , because movie would not played on other platforms.
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Indyhall Labs (developer) replied on 02 Jun 2009
You can send us screenshots and any other error reporting to support@multiplexapp.com and we'll be happy to work with you to get issues resolved. We appreciate your feedback, it helps us make the app stronger!

As for VIDEO_TS support, there are some issues with how Spotlight (which we use to find your movies) keeps track of files that makes it a lot harder than you'd think to simply track down VIDEO_TS folders. We can do it, but the obvious way is god-awful slow and we really don't want to kill the user experience.

The whole Multiplex team is attending WWDC next week in San Francisco, and this issue is one of our priorities: we plan to sit down with some of the folks from Apple who can unwravel some inner-workings of Spotlight that should let us track down the VIDEO_TS files you've already created without killing the performance of the app.

Again, we appreciate your feedback, and hope that we can incorporate it into future releases of Multiplex, which is still in VERY active development.
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Tim27 had trouble on 08 Dec 2009
Will not even launch under Snow Leopard on a Mac Pro
[Version 1.1]


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randoma had trouble on 07 Jun 2009
One other additional comment - it would be nice if there was someway to email the developers directly. I really don't want to have to register for yet another web forum just to report a bug.

The bug in question is that the Premiere Date and Release date do not seem to get filled in with either "Find Information by UPC" or "Find Information by Title". Maybe they're not supposed to be, but since there's zero documentation, I have no idea....

Also, why does Multiplex connect to www.google-analytics.com on startup?
[Version 1.0.3]

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randoma replied on 07 Jun 2009
I take it back! There is a way to email the developers directly - in the 'Help' feature you can go to 'Suggest Features' and then click on 'Report a Bug'. You can't however, simply go to to the MultiplexApp website and click on a 'Contact Us' or 'Report a Bug' link there.
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Anonymous commented on 12 Jun 2009
Hi! You can email us directly at support [at] multiplexapp.com. We do use Google Analytics to track site usage. Also, if you click the feedback button in the app and click on "Report a bug" you CAN report a bug from right within Multiplex. Thanks!
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Daniel Neesley had trouble on 01 Jun 2009
Just got an email from the developer solving my problem.

"This odd, and relatively rare issue is caused by an old beta versions that corrupted preferences files when you start running the release version of Multiplex. It's relatively easy to fix.

Please either run the following command in the Terminal window:

cd ~/Library/Preferences/com.multiplexapp."

Kudos to developer for quick fix.
[Version 1.0.2]



Polyvector rated on 06 Oct 2012

[Version 1.1]



Physhbourne rated on 13 Sep 2012

[Version 1.1]



Scooter714 rated on 08 Jul 2012

[Version 1.1]



Sweethg23 rated on 29 Jun 2012

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((macuser)) rated on 14 Apr 2012

[Version 1.1]



Peter67 rated on 14 Apr 2012

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Jancakv rated on 27 Jan 2012

[Version 1.1]



Sq84 rated on 01 Jan 2012

[Version 1.1]



Walker Chuck rated on 13 Dec 2011

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Shawnmack rated on 08 Dec 2011

[Version 1.1]


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Version Downloads:9,430
Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Demo
Date:08 Sep 2009
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $35.00
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Multiplex... Simple DVD management for your Mac!

Multiplex is a media manager for physical media DVDs and ripped DVDs on your system or external hard drive(s). Multiplex automatically detects all of your DVD media on the system, and provides metadata retrieval and cataloging features for your movies.

Beautifully designed to take advantage of Leopard's Core Animation libraries makes for a wonderful user experience.

Experimental Toast support (v9.x or better) built in.


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