Val Killmore wrote:I am unknowledgable of iPads and anything Mac, because I wouldn't piss on their warehouse if the shipping/receiving bay was on fire, and I refuse to give that bullshit company another dime of my money.
Had a good giggle over this line, thanks Val!
For the record: as one with enough dimes invested in all things Mac, I can add that PMS will work with just about all Cupertino-based devices (give or take a bit of version pain).
Don't get me wrong, they make great gear from devices to computers to the core of the operating system. But I think the whole company is a bunch or uppity, holier than thou, tattle-tale weenies. Let's sue everyone over any stupid thing we can patent. They would probably patent the squeak at the end of a fart if they could. I would be sued into bankruptcy for patent violations.
If I could get my Androids to work with PMS, then it would be the final hurdle I would have to overcome as far as what I can accomplish with them. The very diverse systems and hardware of the Android market that allow infinite customization, is the very, proverbial "shot in the foot" when it comes to consistent network streaming.......IE one program that works for ALL Androids is pretty much impossible to find. I just use other ways to stream network videos to them other than PMS (ES File Explorer combined w/MXVideo Player) with some success, and from them
to my PS3 and 360 with iMediaShare (VERY cool app) ( it allows webstreaming from most popular sites including Revision HD, Vimeo, Discovery Channel, YouTube HD videos and tonnes more, and network streaming of videos that are on your Android phones and tablets to the PS3 or 360).
And another thing to check out with Androids....an app called OverSkreen
. It breaks Android out of the "full screen" browsing era, and ushers in a whole new world of multi-window browsing with floating 'windows'. It costs about $2 but well worth it if you own an Android tablet.
pawnslinger wrote:my machine is a Vista box that my son put together for me (I picked the parts, he assembled them). I like it a lot, Vista is not as bad as its rep.
This is where I jump in and say............no.........it's worse.
Personally, I can't stand Vista and my laptop now upgraded to Windows7 is a completely new, and infinitely better machine. The comparison........well there is none, really. But for some people it just works.....and works well. No point fixing what is not broken.
pawnslinger wrote:My wife has a Kindle Fire, an Android tablet, I have no idea if this media server will work with it at all...
That's what's funny. You will never know, with Android's, until you try it. Not like hooking up a PS3, and you know, possibly with minor tweaks it generally will work for you, or as Raptor stated even with Mac devices. Androids, not so much. As far as your situation, you most likely will fair pretty well, as you have most of your media in friendly format. In my situation, I am lucky if PMS successfully plays back more than 20% of my collection to my Androids. Most of my movies are multi-channel, and most of those have DTS for audio tracks. The only folder that plays back 100% via PMS, on my Androids, is my TV Shows folder in AVI format. Movies are very hit or miss, with the focus more on the latter.
Again, and not to be a dick, this is why I say good luck. I think you can get most working (iPads/iPhones, PS3 and possibly BluRay player) but don't be surprised if you pull out a few hairs with your Android devices. I will bow in admiration if you come back with all Android devices working well with PMS. And if you manage to write up a .conf file that works well for Android, please post it. I think alot of Android users are in the same boat as myself.