In Part 1, I talked about improvements to speed and memory use that will be in the next version. Today I have some details of features and bug fixes that we’re working on.
1. The most exciting ‘feature’ that we’re adding to this release is Search Channels. Whenever you do a video search (Google or YouTube) or whenever you search a channel for a keyword, you’ll be able to save that search as it’s own channel.
Let’s say I want to automatically download Google Video videos that are about ‘Worcester’, my home town. I just do a search for ‘Worcetser’, click ‘save this search as a channel’, and set it that channel to auto-download. Or, perhaps I have a feed like the ‘recent videos’ feed at Blip.tv that has lots of different stuff flowing through all the time. I can easily make a Search Channel that will download any video about ‘rainbows’ that shows up on the feed, without downloading everything else on the feed. In fact, I don’t even need to stay subscribed to the full ‘recent videos’ feed– the Search Channel can live on its own.
2. On Mac, version 0.9 already allows you to import video files when you first run Democracy. That way you can quickly get all the videos on your computer listed in ‘My Collection’, your new homebase for watching what you’ve got. In 0.9.1, the Windows and Linux versions will have this feature also.
3. Lots of bug fixes are happening. We’re working to improve the reliability of external torrent downloads– there are bugs that can cause downloads to interrupt and that can prevent Democracy Player from recovering correctly from torrent errors. We should be fixing most, if not all, of those problems. There are a few rare crashes that have been reported, and those will be fixed as well, in addition to some other small problems.
I said I would write about some significant UI changes that we’re making and I will… in part 3! Hopefully, I’ll have a screenshot or two to show off by then.