HTPC – Software

This page lists all the software installed on my mac mini, converting it from ‘just’ a computer to a HTPC! A few have reviews / findings and useful notes linked off the titles.

 

Boxee
Used as the primary interface for watching movies, listening to music and viewing pictures.

 

Remote Buddy
A must have bit of software for controlling the mac OS and applications via a remote control.
- worth it’s weight in gold.

 

EyeTV
For watching, scheduling and recording live tv via a mac

 

MacTheRipper
Used for extracting / ripping DVD’s and is free!

 

RipIt
A great DVD extractor / ripper for highly encrypted DVD’s that MacTheRipper just can’t handle.

 

Handbrake
For converting extracted / ripped DVD’s to self contained movies.

 

uTorrent
For downloading stuff that may or may not end up on a media center.

 

iTunes
The standard audio/video player for mac, and an essential application for syncing and updating iPods and iPads.

 

QuickTime Player
A simple, clean media player when in ‘pc’ mode

 

Perian Tools
An essential plugin which allows QuickTime to open just about any video format.

 

VLC Media Player
A good all round media player that opens just about anything. Not the nicest interface, but it serves as a great backup to QuickTime.

 

Serve to Me
Adds the ability to effortlessly stream media to wireless devices such as iPods and iPads.

 

Hazel
Used to create automatic actions and rules for moving files, which is an essential part of an automated media conversion workflow.

 

Growl
For notifying you when things are finished (dvd ripping, encoding and downloads). Great when using an automated system, but not that useful when your not.

 

Firefox
A fantastic web browser, which is well.. better than the rest.

 

Dropbox
For syncing files between computers over the internet.