Orb, the popular free placeshifting software for remote access of media, has been updated. Version 2.00.1084 makes several bug fixes and improvements. The update fixes several connection issues with Windows Vista, including key updates to support Vista Service Pack 1.
Most notable however, is the addition of MMSH 1.1 support. This enables streaming media players to remotely control Orb without the need of a web browser. For example, using free media players VLC or Winamp, you can now change tracks, view music info, play, and pause music… as if the music was stored on your hard drive. This allows you to have your music on one computer in your home, and play it from any computer in your house, or anywhere else in the world.
Read more for the official change list from Orb. To update your existing installation of Orb, log in to mycast.orb.com and click Update Now on the widget that appears in the right-hand corner. Orb must be running and connected to update properly.
If you have issues updating, simply re-download and install Orb from Orb.com.
â€¢ New streaming scheme: no transcoding within LAN when player supports original file format; and when streaming outside of LAN if available upstream bandwidth is higher than encoded file bit rate (all audios, some videos)
â€¢ Improved caching of thumbnails for much faster display
â€¢ Implemented support for MMSH 1.1 to enable seek, pause and resume functions in Winamp player
â€¢ Fixed broken retrieval of Gmail contacts for Orb sharing
â€¢ Fixed Wake-On-LAN on Windows Vista
â€¢ US only – TV guide now performs daily updates of programs listings for the next following 5 days
â€¢ Fixed various Orb startup/shutdown errors, and stream lockups