Democracy Player 0.9 is a major update. We’ve added big new features while simplifying and improving the existing user flow. We’ve also polished the interface design in a few very nice ways.
Download it now: Democracy Player 0.9
See it in action: ScreenCastsOnline has made a nice video walkthrough of this new version– Watch it Here. Even better, subscribe to ScreenCastsOnline in Democracy Player.
Playlists You can now create playlists to organize your favorite videos. I have a playlist called ‘Keepers’ that I’ve been using to keep track of videos that I like to show people as we’re sitting down to watch a movie at my house, kind of like previews, but better.
Folders To organize your channels and your new playlists, you can now create folders.
Flash Video Tons of video online is now in Flash format. The Windows and Linux versions of Democracy Player can now play Flash videos from most flash hosting sites. In addition, Google Video and Youtube have been added to the search choices. (The Mac version can’t play flash in the main window, but we’ve made it easy to launch it in a separate window.)
Drag and Drop Previous versions of Democracy Player didn’t let you select individual videos or drag anything around. But you can’t get videos into playlists or channels into channel folders without drag and drop. So we made drag and drop. This makes getting organized much easier and lets you move or delete big batches of stuff.
Menu Overhaul Menu options in Democracy Player have been a little neglected. They were inconsistent on different platforms and some of the options weren’t even connected to any functionality. We’ve organized, updated, and connected all the menus, which should make for a much better experience. We’ve also added some helpful right-click menu functionality on videos, channels, folders, and playlists.
Multiple Languages This is the first version of Democracy to support non-English languages on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Democracy is at least partially translated in over 30 languages. Check out the current language list and help translate.
Polish There’s a few other UI polishes, that look nice and improve usability. First, we have better, more useful error messages when a download fails for some reason. Second, we show available disk space in the downloads tab. Third, we made the orange, blue, and green circles in the sidebar prettier. We also mellowed out the top bar on individual channels (we got complaints that it was blindingly bright) and we made the divider bars silvery, to avoid a total blue overload that was happening when we introduced the new blue select state. Lastly, we’ve made lots of other small changes throughout the app that will make your experience smoother and more intuitive.
So go try it out. And don’t forget to check the Sheeps Week page tomorrow for more new stuff…