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Miro 2.0 Release Candidate

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The new Miro is almost ready— we’ve just posted a Release Candidate for Miro 2.0. That means it’s close to what we think will be the final version but we want some help making sure we haven’t missed any serious bugs.

Download Miro 2.0 RC1 — Download for Windows — Download for Mac — Download Source

There’s lots of new features and a brand new interface— try it out and let us know if you see anything wrong.

As Dean mentioned last week, we need more volunteers to help with translating and testing. Here’s how you can get involved:

Translating Miro: As many of you know, Miro and the Miro Guide are 100% volunteer translated. If you know any non-English languages, then we’d love to have you translate and/or refine the existing translations. Instructions for helping translate >>

Testing Miro: Using the latest pre-release version of Miro is really fun — and if you’ve got some time to help us run a few tests, we’d be really happy. Testing Steps:

  1. Download the pre-release version of Miro 2.0 (Windows, Mac, Linux).
  2. (optional) Back up your Miro database… better safe than sorry.
  3. Install your pre-release.
  4. Help us run Litmus tests. Janet has an easy to follow guide for testing with Litmus.

Thanks!

Note: there is an issue with YouTube downloads on every version of Miro. It should be fixed for RC2.


Miro 2.0 Pre-Launch Testing & Translating: Join Us!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Our developers have been hard at work, and the results are pretty spectacular. The new Miro is faster, looks beautiful, and has lots of new tricks up its sleeve (one of my favorites is downloading HD from YouTube).

Before we launch we need some help with testing and translation — the more eyeballs we have, the faster we can push Miro 2.0 out the door. Salivate over this screenshot for a sec, and then try it out yourself.

Download links, translating how-to, and testing instructions are below.

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Translating Miro: As many of you know, Miro and the Miro Guide are 100% volunteer translated. If you know any non-English languages, then we’d love to have you translate and/or refine the existing translations. Instructions for helping translate >>

Testing Miro: Using the latest pre-release version of Miro is really fun — and if you’ve got some time to help us run a few tests, we’d be really happy. Testing Steps:

  1. Download a pre-release version of Miro 2.0 (in this case the RC).
  2. (optional) Back up your Miro database… better safe than sorry.
  3. Install your pre-release.
  4. Help us run Litmus tests. Janet has an easy to follow guide for testing with Litmus.

Thanks! We really can’t say enough good stuff about the thousands of people who help: test, report bugs, translate, submit patches, moderate, and answer questions on GetSatisfaction. Thank you all!!!


Our personal YouTube favorites

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Last week, I talked about the most popular channels on YouTube, but that’s only part of the story. As I said then, an unfortunate consequence of YouTube’s overwhelming market dominance is that content producers can feel compelled to publish there first, and sometimes use it as their only means of distribution. It’s fortunate, then, that YouTube has RSS feeds built in for each of their channels AND that Miro can download YouTube vids direct to disk, because there is some really great content up there.

This week, we’ve picked our favorite channels that use YouTube as their only distribution channel, and added them to the Miro Guide. These range from hilarious original series, like Drunk History or You Suck at Photoshop, to extremely talented, if not quite “mainstream” musicians like Ronald Jenkees, to simply bizarre and fascinating spectacles like the musical animatronic performances of the Rock-afire Explosion (with props to Christopher W for suggesting that one!) If these kinds of things sound interesting to you, there’s plenty more where that came from.

So, if you want to see some really great stuff that until now has been largely confined to streaming on YouTube, you can subscribe to all our favorites here:

Miro Video Player

If we missed any of your favorite YouTube channels, let us know in the comments!


Top YouTube channels now on Miro

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The jury’s still out on YouTube. A lot of things are imperfect: no simple means of downloading videos, the comments on videos are usually absolutely ridiculous, and the audio/video quality, in spite of recent improvements, is still not great. In some circles, they’re synonymous with internet video, making them the first—and sometimes last—destination for many video producers and viewers alike.

As a result of their massive size, there is a lot of tremendously popular content that is only available on YouTube; a strong network effect perpetuates a lock-in cycle between producers and viewers. Reducing that network effect, by combating centralization, is important for a healthy internet video environment. While regular YouTube embeds give the illusion of decentralization, they are still subject to being censored or removed at the source (YouTube). Miro channels (of YouTube content) on the other hand, can decentralize the video in a real way.

The majority of the most popular YouTube shows of all time haven’t been available in the Miro Guide—until now (we’ve added fourteen of them). Subscribe to all of them with this 1-click subscribe button:

Miro Video Player

Not all of these are for everybody, but they’re certainly all popular. Subscribe and see what so many people are looking at on YouTube!

PS: We’ll be adding all our personal favorite YouTube shows to the Miro Guide next. Got any favorites? Please share them in the comments!




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