The CenterStage Project has finally released a public alpha. It’s very early to consider using this for much unfortunately. I would not recommend using it unless you like to try things that are not ready for prime-time. Sorry if that’s harsh guys… You can see the direction things are headed and that is certainly exciting. I love the idea of a fullscreen UI for managing all my media, but whoa nelly!
The current version supports the video function only. No pictures, music, photos etc. I was able to get a full directory listing of my video, but it’s pretty overwhelming to see everything in one massive list without any categories or sub-groupings. The good news is that CenterStage clearly reads sub directories…
The interface for video is 3-paned, the list takes up the full left side, preview mode on the right top and a placeholder bottom right for description text. Quicktime and MPEG video worked pretty well, though no AVI or DIVX yet.
It’s a proof of concept at this time and I know a great deal of work has gone into the project so far, but I will be waiting until at least the beta to try again.
– Jonathan Greene