.enable 1080p playback, choose the HDMI audio output format, connect to a network (Wi-Fi or cable) and upgrade the firmware/GUI from a USB device. Experience with previous Playon!HD devices tells us that these upgrades will be quick and simple with beta versions available on the AC Ryan. Tags: Playon!HD, Playon!HD mini, AC Ryan. The firmware updates, along with a complete list of changes, are available now for the Playon!HD and Playon!HD mini directly from A.C. Ryan's website.
Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 2010 – Playon! GUI2.0 is a Graphical User Interface designed in house by the AC Ryan team, aimed at improving overall user and operational experience on your Playon! device.
The release of GUI2.0 is timed to coincide with the latest AC Ryan Playon!HD Essential model this month in November 2010, and is a built-in feature in all Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini 2 media players, slated for February 2011.
We’ve also made the Playon! GUI2.0 available for our original Playon!HD, Playon!HD Mini and Playon!DVRHD models, as part of our commitment to the best possible user experience our customers deserve.
Playon! – Engage Your Senses
We were suitably impressed by A.C. Ryan's Playon!HD and Playon!HD mini media players, particularly their ability to playback almost any media format ever conceived.
Unfortunately, the interface, while functional, certainly lacked a little polish. In fact, we said that a firmware update couldn't come soon enough.
Well, it looks as though our prayers have been answered just 48 hours later as the manufacturer has today released a new update that refreshes the user interface and introduces a few new features.
The new firmware replaces the main menu and tweaks the general user interface. Even the bland loading screens have been changed.
On top of the visual updates, several new features have been added, including support for the HFS+ file system and Dolby TrueHD passthrough, as well as improved support for SHOUTcast internet radio. As promised, integration with Yet Another Movie Jukebox has also been included to help manage those unwieldy movie collections.
The firmware updates, along with a complete list of changes, are available now for the Playon!HD and Playon!HD mini directly from A.C. Ryan's website. We've yet to try the official release for ourselves - and A.C. Ryan's own forum users appear to be seeing early teething problems - but for those eager to make the jump, the major changes are outlined as follows:
Ac Ryan Playon Hd Software Update
- New main menu GUI (Graphical User Interface)
- Improved loading animation
- Improved SHOUTcast API2.0 (Internet Radio)
- Added function to display rich content movie cover art image and plays the video instantly
- Added Movie Jukebox function (YAMJ - Yet Another Movie Jukebox)
- Added support for HFS+ file system
- Dolby TrueHD downmix and Passthrough (Licensed for C+ board)
- Dolby Digital Plus downmix (Licensed for C+ board)
- Added loading of screen saver at home menu level
- Added HTTP and FTP server function
- BT/SAMBA are now individual selections