Usher
Usher
4520

3.1

Usher free download for Mac

Usher4520

09 March 2020

Manage and watch your collection of videos (Beta).

Overview

Note: After many long conversations, we have decided to retire Usher, our media management app: Effective March 1st, 2017, Usher will no longer be available for purchase. We will update it to fix issues that arise, but no further development will occur. If you’ve always wanted to own Usher, you’ve got about two weeks left to make the purchase. (It’s not being abandoned, we’re just retiring it from active development, so you will be supported. However, please read the Q&A before you decide to purchase Usher.) So what does this mean for you as an Usher user? We figure you might have questions, so we’re going to do our best to answer them here. Anything we don’t address, please feel free to bring it up in the comments, or by emailing us directly.

Usher (was yFlicks) is the ultimate tool for managing and watching your collection of videos. View your library in four view modes; watch movies in three ways. You can even use your Apple hardware remote to control playback and choose movies.

Tags and properties let you add metadata, and you can even download cast, director, etc. directly from Amazon.

What's new in Usher

Version 2.0 Beta (4520):

Note: Staying on Usher 1.1.17, or any version older than that, is only an option if you don't plan on upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina. Those older Ushers are 32-bit apps, and they will not run on macOS 10.15 Catalina.

  • Fixed a bug where smart playlist subdivisions could show duplicate files under rare conditions.
  • Fixed a thumbnail drawing glitch.
  • Added some blurry eye candy, some of which also happens to improve legibility.

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45 Reviews of Usher

0.5
GeogProf
24 January 2014
Version: 1.1.8

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Switched to OS 10.7 minimum requirements but doesn’t take the time to offer a download link for the last 10.6.8-capable version either here or on their own freakin’ website. Lame, developer. Is my license worth nothing to you? Fine, then I’ll trash your product every chance I get in every forum I can think of.
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0.5
GeogProf
24 January 2014
Version: 1.1.8
Switched to OS 10.7 minimum requirements but doesn’t take the time to offer a download link for the last 10.6.8-capable version either here or on their own freakin’ website. Lame, developer. Is my license worth nothing to you? Fine, then I’ll trash your product every chance I get in every forum I can think of.
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1.5
DanH1826
05 December 2013
Version: 1.1.7
Seems extremely slow with a large library! I have around 3000 movies on my NAS, and Usher is so slow it's almost unresponsive! Am waiting to hear some feedback from the developer.
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Helmo-Hass
09 May 2013
Version: 1.1.6
Unfortunately even if it seems a very nice and useful application alike all the others similar, it does't have any support for mkv which in my case makes this (and the others too, obviously) useless
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snickers2k
12 November 2012
Version: 1.1.6
my movie collection is on a NAS and for me usher is not working well. it keeps crashing most of the time
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GeogProf
06 November 2012
Version: 1.1.6
Nice, but I can’t find a preference to always open movies in fullscreen — a glaring omission and deal breaker.
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3
glengarry
05 October 2012
Version: 1.1.6
Good app but doesn't appear to watch the folders it imports videos from. Moving a video into a folder in Finder also needs that same video manually adding to Usher. At least I couldn't find a refresh option to automate the process.
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4.5
rramito
20 April 2012
Version: 1.1.4
I am a teacher & use this to organize many short clips I show in class. Works great, highly recommended!
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claveman
17 July 2011
Version: 1.1.3
New Usher User 1.1.3 from Apple App Store. I was hoping Usher would help me do batch updating to a large directory of video files on a hard drive (NAS) not controlled with iTunes. Usher's work flow seems to be Example.. I have two copies of the movie Faster. The filenames are "Faster (Apple TV)" and "Faster (iPhone)" to note the resolution during Handbrake ripping. 1. Click on a single movie in the Library pane 2. Right click -> Edit Metadata 3. Select Auto-Properties. (Dialog appears with Could not find "Faster (Apple TV)"... 4. Manually remove " (Apple TV)". Hit search. 5. Click on a match (now finds movie since its title is "Faster". Am I asking for a miracle here? Is there a faster/easier way to get metadata?
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4
Arjuna
21 May 2011
Version: 1.1.3
Very good app. The solution to organizing all vids. However still to be worked on. Needs a feature to set up different player (such as Movist or VLC) to groups of files, since its own player doesn't work with many files (due to QuickTime engine problems). And hopefully it gets to work with FFMpeg installed – this would solve all problems with unsupported vids.
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5
glinner
10 May 2011
Version: 1.1.3
The remote control from my really old, first gen MacBook Pro works to start and stop my (downloaded) TV content. This is ace. If any of you download a lot of TV content, as I do, Usher is just an awesome tool/media hub. It remembers the exact playback position in a tv programme, just like TiVo
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glinner
10 May 2011
Version: 1.1.3
I see that it's possible to convert 'Web downloads' so they can be played back on the iPhone. Is it Adobe Flash to MOV?
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5
glinner
10 May 2011
Version: 1.1.3
I love Usher. I got the Mac AppStore version. It's ability to rip YouTube videos is a great little bonus. Are there any restrictions? Sometimes I get a message saying the YouTube download failed. I wondered if it might be due to music Copyright, but it seems to work at other times. I like the way it created a recently added playlist/smart folder thing for each playlist. I note that some of my videos have become black and white (in the grid preview mode). Is that because I have deleted them, or because they have been watched or are x-weeks old? I would love the ability to be able to have a hot key to remove all visual distractions, when watching a tv program. I want all other windows to be hidden. I note that ⌘-U invokes Usher-control-window. It would be neat if I could press ⌘-U again to make it disappear. (So it's like a _toggle_ , rather than an 'on' switch)
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5
Takn
01 March 2011
Version: 1.1.2
Overall I am quite impressed. Improving the organization of my ever growing movie library has been long overdue. Usher has finally allowed me to seize control and efficiently organize my collection. This is a clear winner in my eyes. I should have done this a long time ago. P.S. Peter/Rob have been very responsive to my questions.
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5
Thethinslice
05 February 2011
Version: 1.1.2
I do not typically take the time to review software. It's an extra "to do" I don't have time for. However, I have been an Usher user for a while and when I saw some of the comments on this page, I had to say I have had nothing but an exceedingly positive experience both with Usher and with the support team. I have tried all of the video clip managers out there, and for many reasons Usher is the best. It's library management cannot be matched, and it is -- of course -- the sexiest. My only problem is with large libraries, it can be slower. However, there are ways around that. Most importantly, the support team is unmatched. I have emailed for support and they have given it promptly, professionally, and with enthusiasm. Likewise, I have suggested features that will likely be incorporated. Great software, great company.
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1.5
Alessandro82
03 December 2010
Version: 1.0.4
i m disappointed usher is very slow ,specialli the player when maximizing /unmaximazing windows it uses a lot of cpu and it stalls,it seems like it doesn use the gpu,also i emailed for support never get a reply … be aware!
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Macnerd1984
06 November 2010
Version: 1.0.4
Anyone know if Usher can read VIDEO_TS folders too? Blurb on the site doesn't seem that detailed.
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Starless
02 November 2010
Version: 1.0.4
[Fix] Users with serial numbers (instead of license files) will no longer have upgrade-related licensing issues. Thanks, that was exactly my problem and it has been promptly solved. So far so good, nice to see this program and this company back in action!
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Many-Tricks
02 November 2010
Version: 1.0.4
Thanks for the taking another look, and please let me know if you have any qeustions! regards, -rob.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
17 October 2010
Version: 1.0.1
I too feel burned by yFlicks. yFlicks languished to the point of it just quitting all the time, so I moved to iVideo. Now, to have yFlicks/Usher work again, I have to pay $15 for this convenience. No thanks.
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5
LeMerlot
17 October 2010
Version: 1.0.1
To be honest I've been skeptical after my experiences with yFlicks, which I bought some years ago - but the new version of yFlicks, now Usher, impresses me. All of the old issues seem to be solved. And an additional question I had to the Usher team has been answered in only one (!) hour on a Sunday. Perfect support !!
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StrictlyBagel
14 October 2010
Version: 1.0
No support for yFlicks for so many years. No answers to emails, no updates to fix bugs and compatibility issues. Many Tricks treated paying customers of yFlicks really badly. Theres only one trick with this company: Take users' money and run! I‘ve switched to iVideo. Great support, regular updates, and a very responsive developer who cares about the customer/user base.
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Neal
14 October 2010
Version: 1.0
Neat if they are back… have to give this refreshed app a spin as yFlicks was the best.
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Bonobo
26 March 2010
Version: 3.3.2
Yes, it's a sad truth that Many Tricks had quite a hiatus in the past, say, two years, together with an almost non-existent communication. But NOW I'M HAPPY to witness that Many Tricks is back online, with the great communicator Rob Griffiths (of MacOSXHints fame) joining the company. There have been RECENT UPDATES, they have an ACTIVE BLOG now, and I definitely know they ARE ACTIVELY WORKING on cool new stuff as well as on more updates to their existing software. See http://www.manytricks.com and http://www.manytricks.com/blog for more information. And no, I'm not married to Peter or Rob or Alex, and I'm not affiliated with Many Tricks, I'm just a happy user of some of their stuff, and I'm in contact w/ them over their blog.
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Sum-Yung-Guy
14 March 2010
Version: 3.3.2
This is the best of software, this is the worst of software... I use yFlicks because I've tried many, and this is the best software available on the Mac for organizing my video collection. It lets you tag, search, sort, create thumbnails, and play your videos in very flexible and useful ways. There was a problem with the first version of Snow Leopard, but I'm now using it successfuly on Snow Leopard 10.6.2, with about 3000 videos cataloged. Having said that... The software is terrible! It's frustrating, inconsistent, full of bugs, and slow as molasses . . . And unless you figure out many tricks (pun intended) for yourself, to get around the bugs, you may not even be able to get it to work for you at all. Basically, the software was never really finished. Worst of all, it's abandonware. For the past several years, the developer, Peter Maurer, will happily take your money, but he gives no support or updates and ignores all e-mail sent to him. Even the user forums on the website have been boarded up. I guess he got bored with it and moved on to other projects. But that is no way to treat your customers. It's really a shame, because yFlicks has so much potential. I just can't understand why someone would spend so much time and effort creating and marketing a product, only to just give up, stop fixing the remaining bugs and issues, and ignore all his customers. I'd say it's 80% of the way to being a really excellent piece of software. But that missing 20% means the user experience, frankly, s*cks. I use a Mac because "Mac users swear by their computers, while windows users swear at their computers". But this is one app that I swear at constantly. Unfortunately, there's no better alternative out there. I recommend the developer google "the clue train manifesto", and learn what is important about "customer service". I know a lot of people have a habit of not finishing what they start... but that's no way to run a business, and in business, your reputation and the trust you build with customers is the most valuable asset you have.
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SanjayMehta
31 December 2009
Version: 3.3.2
I've used this for a while and probably bought it as an MUpromo or similar. It was reliable when it worked, but needed freqent updates to keep up with youtube etc when they changed things. A few weeks/months ago, it stopped working reliably and updates no longer show up. The company's website (manytricks.com) no longer resolves. Google's cache shows the last page from early December 2009. Looks like they have infact gone under or are on extended vacation.
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Neal
14 October 2009
Version: 3.3.2
This company seems to have gone to the wall. YFlicks is incompatible with Snow Leopard and the company reps do not reply to support e-mails. Avoid buying any of the software they sell! Check out their website if you don't believe me. It has not been updated in over a year. None of their software appears to have been updated for over a year.
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M-Rick
03 September 2008
Version: 3.3.2
problem to synchronise well the subtitles, impossible to select the language if several subtitles files and impossible to enable/disable subtitles on the fly in a video.
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2
StrictlyBagel
17 August 2008
Version: 3.3.2
Very unstable, constant crashed with the latest version 3.3.2.
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4
Neal
20 June 2008
Version: 3.3.2
I don't know what MacMelo's problem is; I have over 300 movies (flicks) in my library and yFlicks is blisteringly fast at opening and previewing them (mousing over the movie picture). I used to experience the "hanging yflickscrawler process" problem, but that is all. This update supposedly fixes it...so here's hoping. I haven't found another Mac movie catalogue/library viewing app which is quite so obvious (user-friendly) in its objectives.
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Katuzero
20 June 2008
Version: 3.3.2
I get a 'Segmentation fault' and 'Exited abnormally' when trying to run it. Why?
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TSMelo
18 May 2008
Version: 3.3.1
Forgot to rate it, so here it is...
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TSMelo
18 May 2008
Version: 3.3.1
I was really hoping this could be a good app... However, I have already tried to use it about ten times over the last couple of years, but I give up... On the surface it has the looks of a Mac application, but it has several annoying (or non-standard/confusing behaviors) and it's slower than hell... Slow to a point that it gets impossible to use, even with just a few movies in the library... I would really love to have a great looking yet fully functional alternative...
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5
Steeple
21 March 2008
Version: 3.3
My experience with yflicks has been pretty good, i needed an iphoto for movies, and this is by far the nicest, and most mac-like i've found. I espesially like the way you can CHOOSE the thumbnail for each movie, rather than have a randomly chosen frame, that's something i was really after. I signed up to macupdate just so i could recommend it :-)
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M-Rick
07 February 2008
Version: 3.2
I tried to use the software, but it doesn't work, it is unbelievably buggy, impossible to play a movie it will never show any window, only the prefences ... Also it doesn't seem to be able to read subtitle file s what is desperatly missing in QuickTime. If I pya a software it's for feature that are missing in others, paying just to catalog my movies and see a nice front .... well I don't care. So why should I pay, vlc is working pretty well, of course cosmetics in less, but it works and ofers more features and and can read subtitles.
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Dtruett1
21 November 2007
Version: 3.0
I ordered this at 8 this morning, paid, and received my receipt. 13 hours later, I haven't received a license from the developer. I can't load their site, either through mud or directly. Hmmm?
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4
Tdp
20 November 2007
Version: 3.0
I"ve posted this on the comments and will reiterate it here: this provides a features i've dreamed of: categorizing my movies for Front Row. The Usher Me to the Front Row feature sets up the Movies Folder with groupings based on tags. Actors, Directors, Genre and more. Then in Front Row, instead of searching through a huge list of movies, you can pick and choose based on pretty much anything. I'm still exploring but this is really one hell of a useful feature for somebody with a growing library of movie downloads.
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Burlow44
10 November 2007
Version: 2.0.1
very buggy in leopard... won't download clips from youtube via browser bookmark, and upon quitting the app and relaunching, no window appears. dragging a video to the dock icon will play the video, but there is no library sidebar.
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Darylf2
12 October 2007
Version: 2.0.1
I am seeing issues similar to PORTKINS. Movie thumbnails go blank and movies don't play properly, either as thumbnails or full-size versions. My movies are large home movies; 1-3GB H.264 MP4 files converted from DVD using Visual Hub. These movies play perfectly in QuickTime Player. I like the user interface and layout of yFlicks, but it seems too buggy, at least with my movies, to purchase at this time.
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5
oldrh
29 August 2007
Version: 2.0.1
I used yFlicks (Version 2.0.1) for a couple weeks now and I think this is an amazing piece of software and the best movie player i now of for the mac. I dislike VLC and MPlayer for the sluggish and not mac-like interface and sometimes the lack of stability and speed. I really like the approach the autor took with the movie library concept. You can rate your movie and organise them in folders and smart folders. Overall the app is beautifully designed and lets you choose from 7 different window styles. There are a lot of options to choose from. You can customise most of the apperance, the behaviour in fullscreen and the organisation of the library. A reviewer mentioned the lack of stability of yFlicks. In my experience the current version of yFlicks (2.0.1) is very stable. I had 1 or 2 crashes, and I use yFlicks alot. Maybe the other reviewer hat a Codec issue? What I really like: - The presentation of the clips as thumbnails (size can be changed). There is also a list-view, and the "play on mouse-hover" feature can be turned of. - It uses the Quicktime Codecs. If Quicktime can play it, so can yFlicks. In combination with Perian (Codec Suite) almost all files can be played (If not, you can add codecs) - While playing a movie you can jump a 5 seconds (can be changed) with the Cmd + arrow key forward and backwards in the movie, I use this alot. There are some other noteable features which I rarely use: There is a good integration of the Apple remote, you can access your whole yFlicks library over the remote interface. You can also download movie from Youtube and integrate yFlicks with your browser, I haven't used this yet. yFlicks can also convert videos to the MP4 format. Wish-List: - It would be very nice to have "watch-folders", which would monitor user-defined folders for new movies and the add them (not copy) to the library. I have all my movies on an external drive - The speed in movie-thumbnail view while scrolling could be improved. If I have a lot of movies in one folder, yFlicks tends to slow down oder lock up for a couple seconds. You really should try out this application, it can be started 10 times in demo mode. It definitely does not deserve the current 2-star rating here on MacUpdate. So go try it and write a review here. :-)
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Portkins
24 August 2007
Version: 2.0.1
I purchased yFlicks a few months ago. I have several movies organized on the program. When I move the cursor over a still it starts playing as described. But then the movie freezes and the other movies go blank. I need to restart the program to see the movie I want. The biggest disappointment isthat I have E-mailed the developer several times and never hear back. Sorry, good idea lousy product. terrible support!
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Peter-Maurer
24 April 2007
Version: 1.1
There was a small typo in the original source code for yFlicks 1.1 that prevented you from deleting groups. Just download yFlicks 1.1 once more if you're experiencing this problem.
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Yil2201
03 April 2007
Version: 1.0.2
I have a suggestion. Wouldn't it be great if we could do a search in the library while playing a movie ... I was playing a movie and I did a search but the sound didn't continued to play or just pause it and then add a button in the bottom toolbar to go back to player mode. Also, what about a support of the Apple Remote ? You can find a lot of informations about how to do this here ( http://www.martinkahr.com/source-code/ ) at Apple Remote Controller Wrapper Class section.
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Yil2201
03 April 2007
Version: 1.0.2
Congratulations ! This application is amazing. It is built with a lot of original ideas such as video preview when the mouse enters in one of them. The user interface is also very easy-to-use and beautiful. I can just advice people to test it and then buy it !
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Mathias
31 January 2007
Version: 1.0.1
1. Launch Apple Script Editor 2. Enter this exactly as follows… tell application “QuickTime Player” present front movie scale screen end tell 3. Save the script as an application (I save it as “full screen” and just keep it on my desktop). 4. Open the movie you want to view in full screen in Quicktime and then double-click on the apple script application you created. 5. Enjoy
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Lak
25 January 2007
Version: 1.0
The new Video Player and Video Downloading/Converting/Management Tool yFlicks is really a great leap towards the perfect integration of the Web 2.0 Video Services which are Flash based into your mac at home. The management is very easy-to-use and also intuitive. Rating is also very helpful. The converting function does also help ver much, pointing out that with the help of Perian, you can convert all formats that Quicktime Pro does, and more, for a price that is lower than what Apple wants for QT pro. At first i thought i wouldn't really use such a tool, because i could find everything with the help of Google Video/Youtube Bookmarks in Safari, but after trying the software out i changed my mind. The Previewing and Organizing abilities of this little piece of software are really great. I would really recommend you to try it, even if you're not somebody who uses Video Services Daily like me.
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$25.00

3.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later

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