Mira
Mira 1.4.9
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Control any app with the Apple Remote (beta).   Shareware ($15.99)
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Mira is designed exclusively for the Apple Remote, taking it beyond Front Row with personal control for any application, on any Mac. Shipping with built-in support for over 80 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 (Twisted Melon's Manta TR1 & MCE/eHome Receivers)

Mira automatically detects which application is running and matches it with the
What's New
Version 1.4.9:

New

  • Toggle between app-specific & Global actions with check-mark per app
  • Support for Spotify music player
  • Support for Rdio music player
  • Support for iBooks e-book reader
  • Support for Plex Home Theater media player/server
  • Support for Mac Blu-ray Player video player
  • Support for Prezi presentation web/software
  • Support for Movavi Media Player
  • Support for iTunes control from login window
  • Auto-start at login for all users with limited crash recovery
Changed
  • iTunes control now default for Global profile (any app without its own actions)
  • Updated default & DuoPress actions for VLC
  • Installer shuts down Mira before installing
  • Updated actions for Quicktime Player X
  • Plex profile updated with additional commands
  • Better authentication prompts with automatic time-out
  • Automatically hide app profiles for apps you don't have
  • Installer checks for possible software conflicts
Fixed
  • 10.9 Mavericks Authentication failures
  • 10.9 Mavericks System Volume actions get "stuck"
  • Plex keymap for Mira may not always get installed
  • PlexHelper interfering with Mira - now disabled during installation
  • Workaround for iTunes 11 shuffle bug
  • Possible MiraRCD crash installing licenses or importing profiles
  • Remove old Mira login item for current user account

Version 1.4.9:

New

  • Toggle between app-specific & Global actions with check-mark per app
  • Support for Spotify music player
  • Support for Rdio music player
  • Support for iBooks e-book reader
  • Support for Plex Home Theater media player/server
  • Support for Mac Blu-ray Player video player
  • Support for Prezi more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • Mac with USB
  • Apple Remote
  • Supported IR Receiver (Apple Built-in, Manta TR1, Keyspan or eHome/MCE)





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Mira User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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JamesB6168 reviewed on 12 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 1.4.9b8]


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DM82 reviewed on 20 May 2013
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!
[Version 1.4.8]

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Twisted Melon, Inc. (developer) replied on 07 Dec 2013
Thanks for the positive comments, they're much appreciated.

Mira 1.4.9 (beta6 up for download at the moment, final release very shortly) has support built-in for the release version of Plex Home Theater 1.0 and a number of other new apps and enhancements.

It also addresses some installation issues in OSX 10.9 Mavericks, so anyone updating to the new OS should download it immediately. And give it a high rating. ;)
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William-Lisowski reviewed on 28 Apr 2013
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.
[Version 1.4.8]


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Xand8r reviewed on 23 Apr 2013
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!
[Version 1.4.8]


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derwood reviewed on 03 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 1.4.8]

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Twisted Melon, Inc. (developer) replied on 07 Dec 2013
You're welcome to give it another try and contact me by email as anyone having any kind of issue should always do. I try to reply within 24 hours, but if you don't write, I'll never be able to reply.

Mira has supported Netflix in FULLSCREEN Safari and Firefox since December 2011. In Chrome since October 2012. This works now and has always worked 100%

For WINDOWED browser control you will need to change the buttons for the respective browser you're using inside Mira's system preference, because they come set by default to control general browsing. All the Netflx-specific commands are labeled with the tag "Netflix" inside the DuoPress sub-menu.

If your computer doesn't have an IR receiver built-in, you'll need a USB receiver like our Manta TR1 of course.
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+6

BillHicks reviewed on 20 Oct 2012
Does not work in Mountain Lion.
[Version 1.4.8]

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Twisted Melon, Inc. (developer) replied on 30 Oct 2012
All versions of Mira back to 1.4.5 should be working in Mountain Lion, with 1.4.7 and 1.4.8 including specific attention to Mountain Lion requirements, such as permissions, certificate signing and login items auto-starting.

Please let me know via email (contact form on the web site) what issues you may be having and I'll look into them immediately.

It doesn't matter whether you're a registered customer or not, I always respond to all email and will help anyone get the most out of the software on their systems.
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Harristype commented on 13 Jul 2012
"Taking it beyond Front Row"... wow, now there's some modern technology! Does this also work on the Newton?
[Version 1.4.7b4]

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Twisted Melon, Inc. (developer) replied on 30 Oct 2012
It was a tag line which has since been updated. Mira continues to support all the latest Apple hardware and software such as Retina Display Macs, as well as older machines running OS releases as old as 10.4 with PPC processors. And while some people may still use Front Row on older OS installations, Mira fully supports Plex and XBMC which are about as current as you can get. :)
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Wcoates reviewed on 25 Dec 2011
Why would i pay 16 bucks for this when it is in beta? I paid once before and it did not work consistently. Be careful what you pay for.
[Version 1.4.6]

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Twisted Melon, Inc. (developer) replied on 30 Oct 2012
You pay for a license to the full application and you're free to run any version you wish. The 1.4.7 version was labeled "beta" for an extended period of time awaiting feedback from a number of customers, but it was just as stable and functional as any other full release.
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Miocinq reviewed on 24 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 1.4.6]


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Cottser reviewed on 17 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 1.4.5BETA]


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Moog Modular had trouble on 18 Feb 2010
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.
[Version 1.3.4]

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Twistymelon replied on 26 Feb 2010
Moog, why don't you contact us directly via email so we can remedy your situation and find out what's going on?

Also, you may want to try the beta of 1.3.5 which has some changes to its installer script. There's a slim chance your previous installation didn't get overwritten by the new one, but I've never personally seen that and it hasn't been reported on any recent versions.

Nonetheless, if there's something about your installation that causes this to happen, I want to find out what it is and make sure we can cure it.
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Moog Modular replied on 28 Feb 2010
I just tried installing the beta version.
No go. Mine is still at 1.25.
I'd trash all the prefs and start out fresh, but fear I'll lose my licensing.
I guess I'll write you folks.
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Moog Modular commented on 02 Mar 2010
Update-
Uninstalling it via the pref pane wouldn't work either, but I was able to trash every Mira file I could find.
This got me to 1.34, but as an unregistered user.
I replaced the prefs files with my old ones and now all is well and I'm running 1.34 registered.
So that's my happy ending. :)

ChristopherGray8976 rated on 21 Sep 2013

[Version 1.4.8]



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msager rated on 24 Dec 2011

[Version 1.4.6]


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Date:13 Mar 2014
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Mira is designed exclusively for the Apple Remote, taking it beyond Front Row with personal control for any application, on any Mac. Shipping with built-in support for over 80 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 (Twisted Melon's Manta TR1 & MCE/eHome Receivers)

Mira 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 mouse and keyboard, you can make them work with the Apple Remote.

Additional 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."


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