Democracy was recently featured on the Mac Observer audio podcast. Take a listen: Mac Geek Gab #70: Favorite New Apps of Two Mac Geeks.
Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for September, 2006
We are hard at work on the next update to Democracy Player, version 0.9.1. There are several important changes on the way.
The first one worth mentioning is speed and responsiveness. I think Democracy Player is a rather quick application already, especially considering all the different functions it brings together, but there’s definitely places I would like to see it improve.
Democracy 0.9.1 will be dramatically speeding up the time it takes to switch between your channels, which is one of the most common functions people do. With these changes, switching between channels will be almost instantaneous on most systems. I’ve tried some of the developer versions that are in progress and they are very snappy.
A second area where we’re making improvements is memory usage. Recent versions of Democracy definitely scoop up a big chunk of RAM. We’ve been holding off on tackling that issue until now because we wanted to wait until we had a more complete feature set built. With the release of 0.9, we’re ready to start the shrinking. Chris has already checked in a change that should reduce usage substantially (no hard numbers yet). He and Nassar have plans for further reductions. These might not all happen in 0.9.1, but you should see steady progress as we move towards 1.0.
Generally, we aim to put out new versions every 4-6 weeks, and we seem to be on track for this release (we’re about 2 weeks into our cycle right now). I’ll have another update soon about user interface improvements that we’re making in this version.
Yesterday, we posted an update to Democracy Player that fixes a couple rare bugs people had reported. We are now at version 0.9.0.1 (yes, we know that number looks dumb). If you’re having problems, get the updated version. Otherwise, chill. We aren’t planning to turn on the auto-update notifier, because there’s no need to hassle most people to get these bug fixes.
We’ve been getting a steady stream of previews submitted to The Channel Channel and we’ve started posting them. There’s one from CineKids and Dragon*ConTV, both are very entertaining introductions to these channels. We’ll be posting another one later today and hopefully they’ll keep coming in regularly from here on out (to infinity). Watch them here.