One of the most confusing parts about XBMC can be when you accidentally enter the "View" menu while scrolling through your movies or TV shows (the one that's hidden behind the right edge of the screen). Once you've got everything set up the way you want, you can turn on "kiosk mode" to lock your chosen views and get rid of this hidden menu. That way, when someone's browsing through your videos, they don't accidentally stumble on this menu or change your view mode by accident. In Transparency, you'll find kiosk mode under Settings > Skin Settings > General > Enable Kiosk mode. Check your skin's documentation for more info on whether it has kiosk mode and where to find it. … [Read more...] about How to Make XBMC Easier to Use (Especially for Non-Geeks)
XBMC is by far our favorite media software, letting you create a kickass, customizable, play-everything media center right on your TV. One of its coolest features is the ability to completely overhaul the interface with different skins, and while there are more skins and layouts than we could possibly show in one gallery, we're showing off four of our favorites today. Check out the gallery above to see a few screenshots of each skin. And, remember that each skin is customizable in its own right—which means that the media layouts in the gallery are only one of many. If you like the way a skin looks even a little bit, install it to XBMC and play around with it to see everything it can do. … [Read more...] about Four Beautiful XBMC Skins That Make Your Media Center Look Awesome
Who OpenELEC is best for: OpenELEC takes a little more effort to get working than Raspbmc and you'll need some basic technical skills to do so. That said, once it's set up, OpenELEC is a bit faster than Raspbmc. If you don't need a lot of crazy settings or drivers, and just want a simple media center, OpenELEC is likely the build of XBMC you want. However, OpenELEC can't be used as an operating system or for anything else. Once that SD card has OpenELEC installed, that's the only thing it can run. … [Read more...] about Raspberry Pi XBMC Solutions Compared: Raspbmc vs OpenELEC vs XBian
Plex takes about five minutes to set up. XBMC can take five minutes, too, but can also take a lot longer if you want to configure additional features and customize your setup. If you're looking for a simple process, you'll probably prefer Plex. All you do is install the server software, tell it where to find your media, and create a Plex account that you can use to log in from the server and any client devices. When running Plex on a client computer, mobile device, television, or set top box, it'll automatically detect any servers connected to your account. From there, you can just start using Plex whether you're home or thousands of miles away. … [Read more...] about Should I Use Plex or XBMC for My Home Theater PC?
These are just a few of our favorite add-ons we've found after playing with the new version of XBMC. There are quite a few more out there, so head over to the XBMC add-ons manager, and hunt around on sites like the official site, XBMC.org, and the popular (but unofficial) XBMChub.com. You're bound to find something pretty awesome. … [Read more...] about Power Up Your XBMC Installation with These Awesome Add-Ons