Earlier this year I had posted about Media Browser 3 and some big changes that were coming. Well, just a short while ago a public beta was made available for both Media Browser Classic and Media Browser Server. Here is the developer’s recent post:
I just posted links on our download page for public beta versions of both MB Server and MB Classic (the Windows Media Center client).
It has been the better part of a year since Luke first approached me with this hair-brained idea to completely re-build Media Browser for the future. I have to say I was skeptical to put it mildly because the task he put before us seemed monumental and beyond the capabilities of a couple of guys in their spare time. Well, here we are at a public beta launch for a couple of the core components of the new system.
In truth, it was a monumental task and we aren’t done yet — not even close. But, we wouldn’t be even this far if not for the help of a relatively small group of folks who have given selflessly of their time and skills to get us this far. I’m not going to try and mention them but they know who they are. They are a group of amazing testers and thinkers and tinkerers and developers whom Luke and I will never be able to adequately repay and, without whom, Media Browser 3 would not exist.
So “Thanks” guys. It’s been a fun ride so far and I think will only get better.
The public betas can be downloaded from here. I would expect this new structure where you have a “server” and a “client” should feel similar to how My Movies and Plex handle, and should be much more user friendly for those households where multiple players are used.
If anyone gets a chance to try out definitely leave your initial thoughts in the comments section below. I am not sure yet when I will start testing. My new WS2012E server has been up and running smoothly (knock on wood) but I am not quite ready to start installing additional software on it (you can install the MB Server software on a PC but for me the appeal is to have running on my server)