Democracy Has A New Name – Miro

Jul 18th, 2007 | By | Category: Digital Video Downloads, Internet TV, iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players, Podcasting Software, Streaming Video, Video, Video Podcasts, Vlogs

MiroThe Participatory Culture Foundation has announced a new version of their free and open source Internet media application, Miro, which was formerly known as Democracy.

Here are the details:

We have a new name (Miro) and a new logo designed by Jon Hicks (who did the Firefox logo). Our new website has been updated throughout with better, more focused, and more up to date info. Our forums are totally new and way better. The channel guide has move to and has a whole new look (it’s still designed to be used primarily inside the app).

And most importantly, this version of Miro is much improved.

New features in Public Preview 1 (0.9.8)

  • Keyboard shortcuts on all platforms. This should allow remote controls to be configured to control Miro.
  • Improved system tray functionality on Windows, including a context menu.
  • Added a new ‚Äòreport a bug‚Äô menu item.
  • Adds as a search engine.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed behavior when maximizing on Windows (won‚Äôt cover up the taskbar).
  • Smarter importing and folder watching to avoid adding audio files.
  • Removed Yahoo as a search engine, since most results did not link to enclosures.
  • Fixed a memory leak.
  • Fixed several unicode errors.
  • Fixed miscounting of new and unwatched items in folders.
  • Minor UI fixes, including name changes to sidebar items and new Miro Guide logo.
  • Many other small fixes.

It’s an interesting project, one that could develop into the Firefox of Internet media.

Unfortunately, Miro doesn’t support 5G iPods, the iPhone or Apple TV, which limits its use for people interested in portable media. If you use Internet media primarily on your computer, though, Miro has a lot to offer.

Last 100 has a review of Miro.

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