Mira
Mira
1.5.1

3.7

Mira free download for Mac
23 January 2017

Control any app with the Apple Remote.

Overview

With Mira, you can free yourself from the keyboard to streamline your activities. Take control of yor music from across the room, flip through a presentation in front of an audience, or sit back and relax with a movie. Uses for the Apple Remote are limited only by your imagination.

Mira includes built-in support for over 100 applications, new ones can be given their own specific actions in a few seconds with virtually no learning curve and no additional software or plugins to download or install. The Apple Remote can be used on any Mac using Mira and a supported IR receiver like Twisted Melon's Manta Mini. It automatically detects which application is running and matches it with the correct personal settings. If you know how to use your favorite applications with a keyboard, you can make them work with the Apple Remote.

Features
  • A versatile (and giant) Launch Menu, that you can see across the room, lets you decide what appears inside it and what it should look like.
  • DuoPress Actions supporting short and long press of every button on the Apple Remote for two times the control possibilities. It also supports different actions depending on application state (e.g., DVD Player menu vs. playback)
  • Keystroke sending to foreground or any specific application, transparent AppleScript launching, special system commands including volume control and more actions to give you truly "Personal Control."

What's new in Mira

Version 1.5.1:
New
  • Support for Plex Media Player from Plex
  • Support for Photos from Apple
Changed
  • Added Plex Media Player to default Launch Menu list (on new installs)
  • Revised DuoPress actions for Movist, mpv, MPlayer, MPlayer OSX, MPlayer X
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35 Reviews of Mira

Cleversimon
05 January 2008
Version: 1.2.9

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Works erratically, if at all, under Leopard. Workaround for long-standing "double-action" bug only available on developer's forum and requires deleting system files (out of CoreServices!). No bugfix release-or any other-in sight: it hasn't been updated in months. Remote Buddy has more features, and a developer who apparently gives a damn about his software and its users. Adios, mira.
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rmjrg8yahoo-com8464
10 July 2015
Version: 1.4.12
Cannot get the Mira program to control Adobe Flash Player video clips within Google Chrome browser. Play/Pause is all that works, no Rewind or Fast-Forward. Any others like me?
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5
JamesB6168
12 February 2014
Version: 1.4.9b8
Mica, Mantra, and Twisted Melon make a great combination. I teach music and needed my Apple Remote to work with my new Macbook Air which doesn't have an IR eye or software. The hardware is simple and very sturdy. The eye is huge and makes remote control much easier than on my old Macbook Pro. The software is simple, even for a non-teckie like myself. Twisted Melon's customer service was superior, respectful, and very prompt (I messed up the settings, not being very good at this sort of thing). Thank you Twisted Melon. I wish you much success.
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4.5
DM82
20 May 2013
Version: 1.4.8
This is some great software and along with Twisted Melon's Manta, completely solved the lack of IR receiver problem in the 2012 iMacs. I use this for Plex and with the default profiles that come with Mira, setup was plug and play. Fully supports long and short press functionality with the Apple Remote (or in my case Harmony 650). The installation includes a Keymap.xml file that you can use to completely customize the button mapping to your liking in the various sections of Plex. The best part is the superb support from the developer. I recently subscribed to PlexPass and downloaded Plex Home Theater. One email to Bruno and he sent me the files to upgrade Mira to fully support Plex HT. He's going to update the software for everyone soon. All in all, I could't be happier with Mira and I recommend it to everyone!
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4.5
lisowski8o@pobox.com
28 April 2013
Version: 1.4.8
Does exactly what I wanted. I can use the Apple Remote to control DVD Player on my Mac mini. A little tweaking, I got it set so I can eject the DVD usung the remote, either from within DVD Player or from the Finder. Since I don't keep the wireless keyboard and trackpad powered on, this provides the capabilities I need in the absence of Front Row.
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4.5
Xand8r
23 April 2013
Version: 1.4.8
I have to say right away support is the best! Any problems I had were resolved literally in minutes of my sending an e-mail. It took a couple of e-mails for me to get things right mostly on my end and now the system is working great on my new iMac 21" OS10.8.3. Any negative reviews I would have to say are from people who never bothered to ask for help. Bruno, my support helper, could not have been more helpful or gracious. I am so glad I did not listen to some of the reviews posted here. It was Twisted Melons replies that made me go for it and glad I am. I now have a remote for my iMac. Lesson here-anyone! Ask for directions instead of driving in circles and staying lost! I gave it a "5" but for some reason it is coming up a 4.5..oh well!
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derwood
03 November 2012
Version: 1.4.8
downloaded this software for the simple use of using the Mac IR remote to control netflix, it doesnt do that. as far as i am concerned, this software is a total waste of time.
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0.5
BillHicks
20 October 2012
Version: 1.4.8
Does not work in Mountain Lion.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
13 July 2012
Version: 1.4.7b4
"Taking it beyond Front Row"... wow, now there's some modern technology! Does this also work on the Newton?
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5
Miocinq
24 December 2011
Version: 1.4.6
Mira works as advertised on my Macs, running 10.4.11, 10.5.8 and 10.6.8. No hassles no probs. The Mantra is a great addon to some good old PPCMacs. Thanks for your effort and enthusiasm. J.R.
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4.5
Cottser
17 December 2011
Version: 1.4.5BETA
I'm a Plex user. On Snow Leopard I've been launching Plex from Front Row, but of course Lion doesn't have Front Row. I wanted something *way* more straightforward than Remote Buddy for launching and interacting with Plex (and perhaps other applications) via my Apple remote. Enter Mira. Much simpler, something perhaps my Mother could use. I was able to launch Plex via the remote without any issues. However, a new version of Plex had just come out (0.9.5) and Plex changed their keymappings in a way that no longer worked with Mira. So I couldn't really use Mira with the new version of Plex. Time to email the developer. Long story short, the developer went above and beyond to create a solution that enabled full functionality with the new version of Plex, and corresponded with the Plex developers as well to attempt a more native solution. Where that will go is still to be determined, but as a user I no longer need to know any of this, Mira just works with Plex! Now I can upgrade to Lion without fear of missing Front Row.
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0.5
msager
28 November 2011
Version: 1.4.5BETA
Once great app, no longer works with Leopard and support is dismal. I miss its simplicity but it hasn't worked in quite a long time and there are other apps out there, which get the job done and offer support. What's more troubling is that I originally wrote this review months ago and MacUpdate apparently yanked it, I'd like to think that MU doesn't practice censorship.
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Marco-Marty
17 November 2011
Version: 1.4.5BETA
Good Morning, Yesterday i have buy your software Mira. Mira work fine for just 5 minutes.After 5 minutes apple remote not work. OS.VERSION: OSX LION 10.7.2 MIRA VERSION: 1.4.0R3 OR YOUR ULTIMATE BETA RECOGNIZED IR: EHOME INFRARED REMOTE: APPLE REMOTE MAC: MacBook air 2011 All work ( License,applications,recognized of remote,remote)is full working but just for 5 minutes.After 5 minutes the remote non function more whit any application… After this I try to repeat the installation whit your ultimate beta and Mira work again.But unfortunately after 5 minutes again the problem.I try more times but always the problem. P.S. The macbook air not in standby not stop hard disk not standby monitor. What is the solution? Thank you very much Marco
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Ron-Hamelin
04 March 2010
Version: 1.3.4
I loved this app, but it no longer works under Snow Leopard.
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Moog-Modular
18 February 2010
Version: 1.3.4
I'm a registered (paid) user of Mira and have version 1.25 installed. I tried installing version 1.3.4 and it goes through the installation process fine, but when I go to the Mira preference pane, it still says version 1.25. Any ideas what's up? I'm running OS X version 10.5.8 on an Intel Imac.
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Maurer-c
15 September 2009
Version: 1.3.3
This does not work under Snow Leopard.
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Jeff-H-
11 June 2009
Version: 1.3.3
Everything runs great. No complaints except that I cannot get remotes paired. It keeps saying "command not received from remote" when it is.
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Mrkane
29 May 2009
Version: 1.3.3
Unfortunately the latest version of Mira (version 1.3.3) running on the latest version of Leopard (10.5.7) still suffers from the double action bug (two actions attempt to run at the same time - such as showing the launch menu + running front row). This product is currently unusable, so I wouldn't spend the time installing + downloading it until this fix is made.
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Evolve75
15 February 2009
Version: 1.3.3
Tried the demo for 1.3.3r2 today. The preference pane install has a major bug - after installing, the search option in System Preferences STOPPED working. Tried to like the software, but cannot accept interference with normal and core OS behavior. I guess I will be back to Sofa Control or Remote Buddy.
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Six50joe
24 November 2008
Version: 1.3.2
BEWARE! Installing Mira versions 1.3.1 or 1.3.2 on Leopard may render your Mac UNUSABLE. I had been one of the registered users waiting for Mira to work properly in Leopard. When 1.3.1 came out in September I eagerly installed it, only to find that it immediately stopped ALL MOUSE INPUT from working, even after rebooting my mac and trying different mice in different USB ports. The only way I was able to remedy the problem was by borrowing a friend's MacBook (lucky I was able to do this) and logging into mine via shared desktop, where I was able to control the mouse cursor. After uninstalling Mira, mouse control returned. When version 1.3.2 came out in October, I thought this problem would have been addressed, but it is not. I posted a warning on the Twisted Melon forum about this serious problem in early October. The following day the forum was no longer available, according to a message on their website that a 'database corruption' occurred and that the forum would be restored very soon. To this day, this hasn't been done, so my only option is to warn other users here.
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Xanthippe
07 October 2008
Version: 1.3.2
Ah, finally, works under Leopard, no more double-action (ie. both the Mira defined action and the default Apple defined action are executed) Can finally recommend this product again. Perfect if you want to do more with your Apple Remote Control than just use Front Row & Co.
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Jonedwards
20 February 2008
Version: 1.2.9
unfortunately, i have to agree with the last review. when i purchased mira a year or so ago it was a great, simple but full-featured alternative to other remote programs. now it's essentially worthless to all but the most patient redundant button pusher or system tinkerer. even then it's just easier to go up and grab the mouse or keyboard. a shame. going back to remote buddy...
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Cleversimon
05 January 2008
Version: 1.2.9
Works erratically, if at all, under Leopard. Workaround for long-standing "double-action" bug only available on developer's forum and requires deleting system files (out of CoreServices!). No bugfix release-or any other-in sight: it hasn't been updated in months. Remote Buddy has more features, and a developer who apparently gives a damn about his software and its users. Adios, mira.
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MrZarniwoop
08 October 2007
Version: 1.2.9
Amazing little application "that just works." I imagine it'll get a bit more popular with Front Row in Leopard OS X 10.5. I recently got a Mac Pro, and followed some Googled instructions on enabling Front Row. I hooked up an old KeySpan IR Receiver (and uninstalled the KeySpan software per Mira instructions), and with an Apple Remote I can happily control both Front Row and EyeTV as if I had an iMac with integrated IR. No issues here, and surprisingly the free unregistered evaluation version is generously full functional! There are some limits without registering it, 10 application profiles (mappings of applications to remote buttons) and 6 launch menu items (simple launch of applications from the remote). But that's more than enough for Front Row and EyeTV.
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Twistedmelon
21 March 2007
Version: 1.2.8r2
Join the Twisted Melon forum at http://in.mypocket.com A much better EyeTV setup is available there and an even better one will be included in the next Mira update. It will support all EyeTV modes automatically, including full screen.
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Jonedwards
20 February 2007
Version: 1.2.8
This is a near-perfect remote application. It does lack some of the power of Remote Buddy, but most users will appreciate the greater simplicity. My one gripe -- the one thing that keeps me from switching away from Remote Buddy -- is the insufficient EyeTV support. You can do some very basic navigation, but you can't operate between contexts the way you can with Remote Buddy. If mira had better support for EyeTV's full screen menu, it'd be a shoe-in for best remote application out there!
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4.75
/usr/bin/paul
20 September 2006
Version: 1.2
Awesome update! It seems much more snappier. I still prefer this over the others, however it would seem that the others (Remote Buddy and Sofa Control) are providing more substantial updates, more often. I hope we can see some of the same features implemented soon. All in all, mira is still the best application out there for what it does (in my honest opinion).
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5
Upanddown
29 July 2006
Version: 1.1.5a
This software deserves my 5 star rating.
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Upanddown
29 July 2006
Version: 1.1.5a
Yeah baby!!! now this is what adds life to my apple remote. Works great with keynote, iTunes, and VLC player. A very smart remote. Used the remote to review my presetation, listen to itunes, and when I was tired and didn't want to get up to put my computer to sleep, I configured one of my mira remote button to put the computer to sleep. I finally found a good use of my apple remote. Feel so happyyyyyyyyy
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Twistedmelon
28 July 2006
Version: 1.1.5a
The version available now (Morning of Jul 28 2006) is rebuilt and good to go.
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Twistedmelon
28 July 2006
Version: 1.1.5
Just wanted to put up a note letting people know that the first copy of 1.1.5 that I put online had some corrupt files in the installer apparently. This caused the Multi Actions not to show up in the UI (Multis are files within the program). I'm terribly sorry and will rebuild the package in the morning and have a new fresh copy up as soon as possible.
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4.5
/usr/bin/paul
26 July 2006
Version: 1.1
I have extensively used mira, Sofa Control, Remote Buddy and I must say that mira is one of the most intelligently crafted of them all. I like mira the most over the others because: 1) Simple and Elegant design. Everything from novice users to power users will love how easy to use this application is. 2) Power and Flexibility. mira has just the right blend of features that gives you almost all the functionality anyone could want. Here's what I DO NOT like OR wish to have in mira: 1) mira is automatically disabled when the mira preference pane is open, which makes it difficult for testing your remote. You have to close and re-open as your testing. But not too bad, once everything is configured the way you want. 2) Both Remote Buddy and Sofa Control have built-in file browsers for navigating your home directory and opening files/documents along with file info and previewing. 3) Remote Buddy has a great feature that I would like to see in mira. When your controlling an application with your remote, you can pull up a menu reminding your what each button on the remote does for the current application. This is helpful because every application behaves differently and this way you won't have remember what the buttons do while your in a certain application. This would be an awesome addition to mira's feature set. 4) I would like to be able to create my own customized multi-fuction buttons, in addition to the pre-determined ones already built-into mira. Other than that I would recommend all these wonderful apps: Sofa Control, Remote Buddy and mira. But... I would HIGHLY recommend mira and prefer it over the others (for now at least). mira is my choice!
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Twistedmelon
25 July 2006
Version: 1.1
If anyone has any issues with installation or uninstallation, please contact the Twisted Melon support email address. We're here to help you with mira and try to offer very timely replies. In case it wasn't clear from the info on the site, the main mira interface is in the form of a standard Mac OS System Preference Pane - so mira is always available right in System Preferences.
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4.75
Naschan
24 July 2006
Version: 1.1
Finally a nice, easy to configure and use program of this type. I've played with sofacontrol and remotebuddy and found each had its own issues. Remote Buddy is pretty good and has a couple of additional features but I like the launcher and general setup much better with mira. Aside from general functionality, the other thing that is nice is that developers put a good amount of effort in the built-in help. Very thorough and complete. I'm not a big fan of reading manuals, but it's comforting to know that if I run into a problem, the answer is close at hand. I read the other reviews but didn't encounter any of those issues. Seems to work pretty flawlessly for me. My only complaint is that the trial version is limited to 3 items. It would be nice to try out more items before deciding to purchase. $16 is a bit more than the competition, but I find it to be a better product that the others, so I think it's worth it.
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Poweruser
24 July 2006
Version: 1.1
In short: 1) it does not work. If I press the menu button, nothing happens. 2) the configuration dialog is a usability nightmare. the user interface looks polished in the screenshots but is a hell to use. 3) it rendered my apple remote unusable until I manually ended its background process mirarcd with activity monitor. 4) I got to work it once and could only select front row - which then did not work. 5) although advertised on the website, i see no way to use applescript anywhere. 6) it needs an installer and is hard to uninstall - why?! 7) finally, it's the most expensive piece of software for the apple remote I've seen so far. And the only one that does NOT WORK AT ALL. Also, I'm bombed with "register now" reminders. The limitation to three menu entries leads to that it can't really be tried out. VERY frustrating .. Alternatives that work: If you want a working solution for your apple remote control try Remote buddy (most powerful, www.iospirit.com) or sofa control (applescript only, but works most of the time, www.caseapps.com).
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Themacbookman
23 July 2006
Version: 1.1
nice app/utility. now i have a use for my apple remote. although, i have found some encounted some problems. i find that when i press menu, to get into the launch menu items. mira thinks i have pressed menu twice, so it almost comes up, but then doesnt. i realised this when i was in the systems prefs, and i was looking at the remote shown. it shows what buttons you are pressing, and when i press menu, it shows that i have pressed it twice. also, i can no longer get into my sound prefs, system prefs stop responding. im now going to restart, and see if it fixes any problems. the app is a great idea though, and i think with a few minor problems corrected it will be flawless, and definately worth buying.
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$19.99

3.7

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

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