I just installed PMS beta v1.40.0.b2 for Windows, upgrading from v1.20.412, and immediately reverted to v1.20.412.
My primary issue is that now all my mp4 files are being transcoded, even though they are quite well supported by my PS3. I don't know what version caused this shift, so I'm sticking with 1.20.412 for now. Transcoding not only wastes cycles on my desktop, which is serving the files while I use it, but causes all the sound to be significantly out of sync. There doesn't appear to be an option to disable this beyond simply changing the engine re-encoding the data. I mean, seriously, who thought this was a good idea? h264 has excellent support on the PS3 and also allows me to use an http/html5 based media server with the same files. This transcoding is completely unnecessary and wasteful.
Second, I posted issue 959 some time ago, which was accepted as an enhancement and has not yet been implemented. Use of Netflix or many other services causes the PMS to stop being recognized by the PS3, forcing me to quit the application and reload it. Enabling the Restart HTTP Server button whenever the user wants rather than simply when we meet whatever arbitrary options change you've decided qualifies us to restart would vastly improve the usability and eliminate the need to restart the application. Perhaps I hadn't used the new beta long enough for the button to un-disable itself, but it was certainly still grayed out while I had v1.40.0.b2 running.
What's up? Is there something else going on here that I'm not understanding?