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MediaFan reviewed on 17 Jan 2014
My first impression: the interface is far away from cool, but with a good contrast.

Direct access to folders and volumes is a good idea, and DVDs and EyeTV movies are displayed as movies (and not as folders). But if I select a EyeTV movies, then EyeTV is started and it gets bumpy. Same for iTunes (AppStore) movies, but I guess this is the only way.

What I really dislike is the metadata display: for DVDs I only see a cover (after some time) and no description.

Finally: it is a suitable substitute for Front Row, even if I miss its interface.
[Version 1.4]


MediaFan reviewed on 13 Jan 2014
Unfortunately it is not possible to give less stars! But I guess that that they stopped to develop this application anyway.
[Version 2.8.7]


MediaFan reviewed on 13 Jan 2014
Even if I would like to agree, that this free media center is not so bad, I "have to" give low stars.

I do not know if everybody else here just have video files (like "mov", "avi" or "mkv"), but most of my (cinema) movies are DVDs and EyeTV files. And I really dislike to open subfolders to start these kind of movies. (And please do not advice me to convert my DVDs to mkv or something similar.)

Another point is the cool interface: nothing against it, but it is reducing the important informations. May be I should buy a larger display (having an iMac 27''), but in my opinion is does not comply to the "10-foot user interface".

If this application would start to
1.) handle these kind of movies correctly (aka family friendly),
2.) come to the fore the important informations (like the titles and description),
3.) give me direct access to folders (pictures and movies) and volumes as alternative, so I am not forced to use its library (and metadata retrieval),
then I will give it more stars.
[Version 12.3]


MediaFan reviewed on 08 Jan 2014
5 stars for the fight between Jazzyguy and OSX-FTW. As Pixeltrance said: who needs to watch TV when you have this to read? Reaching for the Popcorn, too...

But less stars for the features - even if it is free of charge:
1.) As Mcjf said: DVDs (and EyeTV movies) are displayed as folder and not as one movie file. I do not want to open folders for these kind of movies and select a file - this does not make any sense.
And if the usual advice is, that I should extract & convert the movies to mkv, then it is less than acceptable.
2.) The idea of a library to store informations might be good (or necessary) and it might fit for many people, but it is complicating my life because I have already an organization / structure for my media. To keep this structure I have to add these folders by selecting "add…" multiple times (about 30 to 50 times). Front Row did allow it to select iTunes library media AND the movie folder, not just the library.
3.) All file names are send over the internet to one server to get metadata. There might be a setting to stop this, but I do not like the default idea to inform "the world" about all the media which I have. Do not get this wrong - I guess they are not saving these informations. But there might be someone else?
4.) If the metadata is wrong, then my media titles are renamed. I was impressed about movies I have never seen and do not have. There might be a setting to stop this… and may be I should rename my file names to get better hits…
5.) The interface is very cool, but I have problems to read the important informations. The contrast could be better… and there could be less gimmicks (aka cool layout) and more space for the informations I need. Just take a look at the second screenshot here: 1/3 of the screen is used for gimmicks and the description on the left side is very small.
[Version 1.0.7]

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