Synology today took the wraps off its latest NAS operating system update. DSM 4.2 Beta has arrived with a swathe of media streaming enhancements, improvements to remote access, new apps and a whole lot more.
Here's the blow by blow, according to the company:
More for Video Playback
Whether you use a Windows and Mac, you can enjoy direct video playback while your DiskStation now does the transcoding! Most major video formats are supported, so you can enjoy your video collections on any web browser without any plugin.
Navigate in Your Own Way
Organize your video collections the way you like it, so you can indulge in the entertainment completely:
- Multilingual metadata: view movie detail in your own language
- Refined search option: locating a movie is fast and easy
- Organize your video library the way you like, with a personal collection list
Watch & Record at the Same Time
No more schedule conflict, now you can watch the annual tournament opening and record live concert broadcast simultaneously. Video Station supports multiple dongle streaming and HDHomeRun TV tuner box. With the new Video Station, everyone gets their own TV set.
AirPlay Streaming to TV
Video Station turns your living room into a real home theater. Stream epic action movies or episodes full of suspense from Video Station onto your widescreen TV, via Airplay. Control the playback single-handedly with your mobile device, leaving you with a free hand for popcorn and chips.
Optimized Upload Method, From Anywhere
A single right-click is all you need at home. A quick drag-n-drop finishes the job on your office PC. Photo Station Uploader and drag-n-drop make upload fast and intuitive, wherever you are.
Take Advantage of Smart Album & Tags
Collect photos of those that mean the most to you. With the tags you’ve created, Smart Album can automatically group them for you. Once the sorting rules are set up, photos that contain your puppy’s name tag or geographic tags of the small town you often visit are grouped in one collective Smart Album.
Windows Live Photo Gallery Integration
People tags that are created via Windows Live Photo Gallery can be synced directly onto Photo Station – no extra re-tagging required. So you are all set to organize and search your photos on Photo Station, easily and efficiently!
The New Interface Keeps it Simple
The refreshed interface of Audio Station simplifies the way you see your music. Bigger browsing panel and more albums to select from in one view, all beautifully at a glance. Check out song lyrics in the new playing queue panel and mini player. Enjoy your music like never before, with the new smooth look and feel.
The Cable-free Audio Tech
Extend your realm of music to more places with Bluetooth streaming. Through Bluetooth speakers and headphones, enjoy high quality audio streaming with full mobility. Audio Station supports Bluetooth A2DP technology so you can take advantage of the wireless music as long as it’s within the bluetooth range.
Instant Access to All that You Need, Without Port Forwarding
Enjoy new ways of video streaming, easy file sync, download management and instant photo upload, all at your fingertips. The on-the-go access just got easier. Synology’s QuickConnect service is the direct way to access your DiskStation over the internet- no network setup is required. QuickConnect now supports DS audio, DS photo+, DS file, and DS cloud.
Tap and Swipe, It’s Super Easy with DS video
A mobile movie theater, TV set, and home video library on-the-go. All videos are sorted neatly and can be played at any time. This enjoyable video streaming app is now available to all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users.
A TV Set for Everyone, Everywhere
With multiple TV streaming support, friends and family can watch the TV program of their choice on the go, too. It’s just like having a TV set for everyone, and you can take it everywhere.
DS video as Remote Control for AirPlay
Make the home theater experience everywhere with the movies and TV shows you love to watch. DS video lets you stream videos onto the big screen with AirPlay services. Whether you are comfortably at home or visiting a friend, full-screen visual entertainment is ready at your call.
More Applications, More Possibilities
With over 50 packages in Package Center, there are a whole lot of things you can do. You’ll find all that you need, and more. Everything is displayed neatly on the panel. Just click and install and you are done.
Find what you want
Understand the packages, what they are and what they do. Everything is straightforward with the new categories. You’ll be able to see what you have installed already, and what can be added to complete the category.
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