Media Explorer is a media center originally target for MeeGo, but also is the first real native GNOME 3 multimedia box powered by Clutter and Mx.
It started as an internal project inside the Intel’s Open Source Technology Center and released open in April 21, 2011.
This App will blow your mind with its slick design and the smooth transitions and is basically a show off, a real demonstration of what Clutter Toolkit is capable to do.
Although Media Explorer (mex) is not well known inside the GNOME community -and there is a reason for it- many people, including me, were really excited with the release announcement about a year ago.
Well a year later things aren’t so nice. Mex is totally unusable and even if it jumped on version 0.4 before two months, I didn’t notice major improvements. First thing I did was to check on their web-page for a changelog. Surprisingly on their page refer 0.3.6.1 as latest version. I run a Fedora 17 and I had installed mex-0.4. Well Fedora ships the very latest packages but that would be ridiculous :) Then I checked on their Git.
Bad News. The project doesn’t seem quite active. I don’t know the reasons but is a real pity because mex was one of the most promising open projects ..MeeGo was also…
Media explorer’s features include:
- Browse, search and play media on local (inc. USB) and UPnP filesystems.
- Smooth, fast, animated user interface (based on Clutter + Mx).
- User experience designed to be usable with standard TV remote controls.
- Media player (using GStreamer for playback) controllable over DBus.
- Plugin system for adding new types of content and user interface extensions.
- Uses standard metadata (Tracker) and media (Grilo) libraries for Linux.
- Library of reusable classes plus Model-View-Controller framework
- for media playback and presentation (written in C/GObject).