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6.0
11 April 2013

Video RSS feed downloader/player.

Libertyforall1776
22 October 2010

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Still not 64-bit, yet 10.6.x has been out for over a year...
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Version 3.5

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pettifogger0712
26 April 2014
New links for are available for version 3.0.3 (ftp://ftp.osuosl.org//.2/pculture.org/democracy/osx/Miro-3.0.3.dmg) and 4.0.6 (ftp://ftp.osuosl.org//.2/pculture.org/democracy/osx/Miro-4.0.6.dmg)
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Version 6.0
anonymous-dingo-653
18 October 2013
Six more months down the road, and 6.0 is still a "release candidate" and hasn't grown up to a full version as yet. If it's just music support that you need, peek at Clementine. If you need something for all media, and can spend a little time doing step, VLC Media Player can fulfill all of your needs except major syncing and streaming. If you are primarily interest in the networking and streaming, get Plex. Anyone of these will not do all that Miro claims it will (one day) do right. And that's the catch... it doesn't do any of its many things right.
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Version 6.0
I keep following Miro and (unfortunately) keep getting disappointed. I just tried 6.0 and overall, it choke, crashes, and or bogs down on a system with 8g memory, a dual core processor and loads cache space on a 3/4g drive. So what gives? I really do not know and do not have the time find out. I even went as far as disabling all resident memory modules that I could and the improvement was barely noticeable. In addition, the Miro team has been claiming there is Android app on the way... for over two years. Also... album/season recognition of connected files in music/video is the same as far back as the pre-5.0 releases. It would still take hours (days) to fix all fo the miscatalogued files scanned and searched. It does not even recognized main information available in international standards for file naming used by many other multimedia managers. Sigh. Two years of hope are now over for Miro.
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Version 6.0
JT40
14 October 2012
HI there, I'm a novice at this so I hope someone can help me out. I have been using Miro on my Macbook for the past year now. I only started experiencing problem a month or so. First, the movies I downloaded just disappear on me. I've search my entire computer for that particular file and can not locate it so I needed to downloaded again. That's no biggie. Just time consuming. Next, I made a mistake in designated my miro ext. drive as my time machine back up drive also. Ever since, I could not open miro to change the download folder. Miro comes up saying that it does not have permission to write to that drive and gave an option to either cancel and manually change it or "change folder" button. When I clicked on the "change folder", Miro sits on the background and nothing happens. First few times I thought the system just needs more time so I left it for entire day. Nothing changed when I returned. I even gone as far as to delete every files associated with miro on my Macbook and download it again and reinstalled it. No different. I have put in multiple tickets to Miro tech support but as you may know, it's usually takes them awhile to response back. It's been 3 weeks now and I'm still waiting for their reply. If anyone knows of any solution for this problem, please help. I simply can't go on without having a working Miro. Thank you.
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Version 5.0.1
Aargl
02 August 2012
First of all, there is no other software to compete with Miro, a multimedia player dedicated to your local media (XBMC and Plex have nothing to do here, as they are intended for networking media centers — to use in your sofa with an Apple Remote). I've mainly used it to collect and watch internet videos to avoid glitches due to low bandwidth, and it excels in that. I've tried playing music and it certainly isn't an iTunes replacement. I don't use all the other functions for the moment, and I partially agree with JCH2: I haven't seen many changes through the updates and it probably should concentrate on what it does best and leave the rest aside. Features that I would like to have: - the ability to classify your media in virtual folders, without a distinction between your local media and Internet subscriptions. - downloaded files having the name they have in Miro, and not a cryptic one, and keeping the trace of the original URL somewhere (they lose it if you move the Miro folder or if you rename the file...). - the ability to move your Miro folder to another disk without losing the names of the downloaded files So yes it's perfectible, but I still recommend it for fluently playing stuttering Internet videos
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Version 5.0.1
Aargl
28 July 2012
There is a bad bad thing in Miro, to me, it's when you move your Miro folder to another disk: you lose the names of the files, they all become something like videoplayback-fallback_host=tc.v5.cache5.c.youtube.959E816DACF39B38E589A98802FFF4D6772395E7_upn=tvYI Why don't they name it in the finder as they appear in Miro? It would be so simple? Otherwise, they could put an index file in that folder, so anyway you move it, you don't lose the names!!! I've also tried creating a symbolic link to that folder, on the same disk, then putting it in place of the folder, but it loses names all the same... :-(
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Version 5.0.1
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Aargl
Aargl
28 July 2012
Actually, I've found a "solution": every time you download something, rename the file manually and reput it manually in Miro, it so stupid boring and time consuming, but if the app doesn't do it... :-( And for the lost names, no way: Once they're gone, they can never come back... Now you're out of the blue and into the black! ;-)
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anonymous-dingo-653
17 February 2012
Overall, Miro is still a wannabe. Much as I hate iTunes bloat and invasive nature, Miro doesn't cut it. There's no way to really sync the content with anything except maybe plugged in Apple product, and even in that it falls way behind. During import of iTunes data, it does not read embedded tv shows and I end up spending hours correcting it. The flat listing or epsiodes or songs in an album means I have multi select or create playlists for everything in order play anything in an organized one shot launch. I keep hoping Miro will catch up, but it's another case of the development not listening to what is really needed by the users... just like with DoubleTwist ... though DT actually does have a few ways to sync with many devices. I'll keep watching, but I'm not hoping much since it's four major versions now without the developer getting what's really needed in this day and age. Focus on how to get the files into devices, for yet another music player/converter is not enough, especially since it has some critical weaknesses that need to be address. Diversity of features doesn't hold up in the long run if the features are weaker than in other applications that individual do the needed task better.
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Version 4.0.6
Aargl
22 October 2011
About the "not so easy" way to participate in localization ;-), I found that the browser Sunrise is a real model of simplicity for that! May be you can get some inspiration out of it? http://www.sunrisebrowser.com/ (the Development tab indicates the procedure, which is integrated in a menu of the browser)
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Version 4.0.3
Aargl
02 September 2011
So powerful and easy to use. I recommend it to all my friends. Especially useful when you don't have a high bandwidth.
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Version 4.0.3
iTruth
17 August 2011
I've always liked Miro from day one but it was in serious need of polishing which is exactly what has finally happened with this release! Miro has become my default player for all movie files and my default bit torrent app. Miro has a very smooth and polished feel to it. It is simply awesome.
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Version 4.0.3
Aeschylus
16 August 2011
Quicktime 7 is built into Lion? I thought it was Quicktime X. I'd better tell Apple.
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Version 4.0.3
isilver
20 July 2011
Miro doesn't like me - refuses to play more than 5% of my media library ... hard to get support for that problem, (latest OS and Miro). Now I just noticed the cover-art folder Miro creates within user/library/app support/miro/cover-art has got 12.89GB of cover art (yes 12.89 gigabytes!). There is 58,727 images in that cover-art folder, most of them are repeated many, many times - I saw 5 or 6 cover art items in this folder repeated 62 times (then i stopped looking). Pity, the feature set was appealing ...
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Version 4.0.2
Aargl
10 July 2011
There's a bug in version 4.0.2 for French localization: it's actually in Spanish! I succeeded in working it around by copying the French "locale" folder inside version 4.0.1 into the 4.0.2 package. ;-)
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Version 4.0.2
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Aargl
Aargl
02 September 2011
partly fixed in 4.0.3 but some item in the "Fichier" menu remained in spanish... :-( I wanted to give a hand on translation but you seem to enter soviet bureaucracy when you go on the translation page!!! Couldn't it be more simple to participate?
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Jeremyan
17 June 2011
If you want to sync with android devices, the syncing capability is years behind iTunes. It is very unintuitive, and takes a lot of efforts to sync.
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Version 4.0.1
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anonymous-dingo-653
anonymous-dingo-653
17 February 2012
In part you can blame Google for that if you are using Android 3+. Google took out anything USB related except MTP protocol support (antiquated, and originall developed for moving data off the first digial cameras). OS X as of Snow Leopard does not have native MTP, so it's also any MIRO MTP driver, but MTP was never designed to move the types and sizes of files now involved. This is the ongoing device war heating up between Apple, Google, and Microsoft... and has only gotten worse since your original post.
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orhon
25 May 2011
Works nicely and syncing with Android is definitely cool. Although I believe it can be improved feature-wise. A little cosmetic update would also be good.
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Version 4.0
alas!
23 May 2011
Oh Jesus, It's still not in 64 bit; I can't handle it.....think I'll blow my brains out. heh heh, not really.....don't give a rat's ass; truly I don't. But Miro, for me, works beautifully, even in 32 bit!
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Version 4.0
Libertyforall1776
22 October 2010
Still not 64-bit, yet 10.6.x has been out for over a year...
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Version 3.5
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Penguirl
Penguirl
22 October 2010
Developers beware, the 64 bit police are on the case!
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Version 3.5
DevTools-Inc-
DevTools-Inc-
26 October 2010
@PENGUIRL: *lol* Best comment of the century. @LIBERTYFORALL1776: Go, f u c k yourself!
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Version 3.5
PorkPieHat
PorkPieHat
14 February 2011
So what if Libertyforall1776 is a bit obsessive-compulsive about wanting developers to move their apps to 64-bit architecture? Does it injure you in some way, Penguirl? Even if his MacUpdate.com profile paints him as a Tea Party simpleton who loves muscle cars and “liberty” and thinks the Colbert Nation is real, do you think his anti-32-bit commentary in this thread (and the many, many others in which you maliciously attack him) are directed at you, Anonsupport? Jeez, some people are just too stupid (or insecure) to live.
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Penguirl
Penguirl
14 February 2011
@Porkpiehat The endless 64 bit whines are so prevalent that they've become annoying. Do you really think some developer is going to make their app 64 bit because someone complained about it in the MacUpdate comments? And I suggest you get to know me before calling me stupid or insecure, you know not what you speak of.
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Ponti
24 May 2010
While Miro is great, I've found that my MacBook Pro's CPUs often go up to 100% while running Miro, causing my MBP to run at hotter temps and fans to spin at high rpm.
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Version 3.0.2
RogerKatz
27 March 2010
I just downloaded and tried version Miro version 3.0. It is the first time I have used this application - and I am thoroughly impressed with its terrific user interface and functionality. The developer has also recently released a Miro Video Converter 1.4 - and I am, likewise, thoroughly impressed with it terrific user interface and functionality. I highly recommend BOTH these applications!
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Version 3.0
Wolfo
24 July 2009
I tried different Miro versions from time to time since when it was still called Democracy Player. I always loved the idea, but the application itself was always bloated, slow and produced a lot of errors and crashes. I just downloaded version 2.5, which is advertised, as being much faster. The Miro Guide* had some smaller rendering bugs, but nevermind. I downloaded 5 videos from different feeds, everytime an error message popped up. I then deleted the old preference file and started Miro again. Still the same errors as before, except now it won't even show me the Miro Guide. I'm running this on Mac OS X 10.5.7 on a PowerPC G4. Seriously, this is a huge disappointment. Fix this! *mistranslated as 'Benutzerhandbuch' in the German localization.
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Version 2.5
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Ilgaz
Ilgaz
26 March 2010
Miro is really, purely open source, down to their site (and guide). I really think you should report bugs you notice to them.
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Version 3.0
Vince-
21 February 2009
So many postive things have been said about Miro so far on which i mostly agree. so i just want to add one thing that i dislike about it: It runs very slow on my machine and needs alot of CPU Time. My fans always crank up when i open Miro. the developer should check out if there are possibilities to make the software more lightweight. esspecially the main window (where the different channel feeds are shown, download etc) runs very slow, and reacts to clicks with some delay. Tested on: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6, PowerMac G4 2x1.25Ghz, 2GB RAM, ATI 9000 Pro 64 MB VRAM
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Version 2.0
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Macnerd1984
Macnerd1984
13 April 2010
With respect, it''s a bit unfair to blame Mylo for being sluggish on such an "old" Mac. Dual G4s and 64MB of VRAM with 2GB of RAM is considered pretty low horsepower, sadly, these days.
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Version 3.0.1
Vince-
Vince-
13 April 2010
Hello there Mr. Macnerd 1984. As you can see my comment is over a year old, so things have changed till now. Miro runs faster today (after some updates), than it did then. And as you mention the horsepowers of the PPC: I don't really see why a Mac that is still able to render movies in Final Cut Pro, still able to run every task a modern mac can run (except SL), should not be able to run a comparable "simple" program like miro in a endurable way. Seeing Miro (or any other program) beeing very slow and "uncatchy" on a PPC often means that the program itself is not optimized for the ppc-platform (which it should be, because miro is not intel-only but universal) or it's just not programmed that well. Like I already wrote above, Miro is now indeed faster - even on PPC. So that means for me, that there were still improvements that could be made by the developer. I did NOT want to blame him, it was just a hint. A comment. That's what macupdate is for, right?
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Version 3.0.1
Dhess01
11 February 2009
Miro 2.0 wiped my channel folders and almost all feeds. Before upgrading, export feed list! Install and open Miro 2.0, wait while it updates the database, delete or save as a seperate export anything left in the sidebar. Import your old old feeds and channel folders. Good as old but faster and more stable!
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Version 2.0
M-Rick
12 July 2008
Terrjack I would add : Support for subtitles ! Support for multi-audio tracks videos !
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Version 1.2.4
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Vitalis
Vitalis
27 November 2008
Subtitles are already supported, just drop a .srt file with the same name as the video file in the same folder and play it with Miro
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Version 1.2.8
Terrjack
09 July 2008
First the pluses I like about Miro: 1. It still runs nicely under Tiger 2. It still runs nicely under older PPC hardware 3. It has a decent RSS and Torrent side to it. But, for all of that, Miro is plagued by even the most simplest of things that most users pull their hair out and say, "WTF?" "it CAN'T DO THAT?!?" Here is a list of top ten things that Miro needs to make it a 5 star app: 10. Drag and Drop files directly into a Playlist. I'm sorry, but iTunes has spoiled us, and the fact that you have to insanely drag and drop onto the Miro icon ( no where else) and the videos then have to be "add to Library" link checked to add, is ridiculous!! HEllo! I want to add videos that's why I d&D'd them in the fist place! 9. Organize Playlist by AlphaNumeric. Drag six videos all correctly named and numbered into a playlist from the library, and watch Miro freak out and put them in random order. again, c'mon....! 8. Be able to select the Playlist and just initiate playback. Again iTunes lets you select a list, hit play, you get the list playing in order. Paying attention yet....? 7. Be able to have the videos play one after another without remembering to set a preference flag. 6. Ability to Syncronize Playlist Folders to content. Add some content to a watched folder in Miro, make Miro add that content to the matching Playlist. 5. Play all files from the start of the file, or at least give us the option. Miro plays where you left off in a file you last played, or if the file is a stitch together QT refrence movie, made up of say three smaller files pasted one after the other, it picks the last stitch in the QT file and plays from there. Hello! treat it as a new file, and play from the beginning. 4. Turn off BitTorrent and make it so we have to turn it on at first launch of the app. It is on by default, and nothing like putting Miro on an older PPC box and watching it choke because it's too busy trying to torrent, when you just want to set up playlists of your own content. 3. Give us Google search instead of YouTube Search. Miro's youtube search sucks @$$...it can't find the same file within 10 mins of searching. Trash it, and just enable Google search within Miro. Just like Safari, a little Google search bar that we can use to find our content on Youtube faster and easier. 2. When You create a new Playlist, have the Playlist organize in Alpha-Numeric Order! nothing like having a playlist called "Zebra Fun" and then create a new playlist called "Bat-Thing Playhouse" and the "B" playlist just jumps in behind the "Z" playlist. again, iTunes spoiled us on this.....You create a new Playlist, iTunes alpha-numeric organizes the Playlists. Even an option click to just "Sort Playlist by Name" would be sufficient!!! and the #1 thing: Make Miro play Video_TS folders on the Hard Drive! Even if you have to incorporate VLC!!!!!!!
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Version 1.2.4
Drsfg
19 May 2008
FYI: The latest version of Firefox 3.0 disables Miro: says it is not compatible.
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Version 1.2.3
iTruth
21 March 2008
It's incredible to see all of the great Mac channels you get with Miro. You'll be watching Mac television everyday with Miro! It's stable, intuitive interface and just plain good.
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Version 1.2
Chris-Fam
28 January 2008
Big bug that will cause your incomplete Torrent downloaded data to re-download over again the next time you open Miro 1.1. Not always but about 40% of time it happens
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Version 1.1
Orion-Mk-V
05 November 2007
Definitely my favorite all-in-one movie, vpodcast and streamed video tool now. Runs great, save for the startup guide page, and so far runs flawlessly in 10.4.10 on my Intel iMac.
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Version 0.9.9.9
8oo8
05 June 2007
No problems using it, here, on my 17" Powerbook 1 GHz with 1.5GB RAM. OS 10.4.9. Upon launch of Democracy Player, CPU was at 100% for the first minute 'till everything loaded, but my Powerbook maintained total composure, with nary a hiccup, belch or fart. Downloads played just fine. Searching YouTube and Google video via Democracy Player for certain videos that I know are there yielded zilch for some reason. However this app seems to work just fine, overall. I think I'll keep it. It DOES look most interesting.
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Version 0.9.5.6
Rattus
27 February 2007
Seems like a really interesting app. Unfortunately it seems to require a fast broadband connection - I'm on an Australian 1.5M/256K connection and it was not pleasant to use :(
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Version 0.9.5.1
Listohan
25 February 2007
After installing .9.5.1, it indexed my movies, then crashed. I haven't been able to get that far again - it crashes before getting that far. This is a real pity because the program concept seems brilliant.
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Version 0.9.5.1
Mibrilane
23 November 2006
Excellent for what it does. Lovely interface. One slight "bug": video thumbnails don't refresh when new searches are done - they remain the same as the original search. This can make visually identifying the content of newly searched videos difficult if not impossible without downloading the video. Otherwise, good job!
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Version 0.9.1
D-Point-org
25 July 2006
wow, excellent work ! has the same nice and well designed HID like iTunes, even easyer to work with. iTunes for audio - and - Democracy Player for webTV !
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Version 0.8.5