I'm in the processes of aquiring a HTPC and now i'm up to looking for a nice frontend, but I have absolutely no experience in this at all. I only want a few basic features. Wanted features +be able to launch external apps (I want to use MPC-HC for my HDD content and PowerDVD 9 for discs) +look nice +be easily usable with a MCE remote Suff I don't need -tv watching/recording The most important requirement is the ability to launch external apps to play the videos. I couldn't live without my MPC I use shaders to correct for the extended gamut on my plasma. Other features like downloading album/movie covers and info and the ability to remove unwanted features so I don't have to constantly scroll past "record tv" etc. would be nice too. So what i'm looking for is your suggestion and a short list of pros and cons.