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24 July 2009, 08:37

Miro 2.5 released

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MiroGuide in Miro 2.5 on Mac OS X.
Zoom MiroGuide in Miro 2.5 on Mac OS X.
Five months or so after version 2.0 was released, the Miro developers have announced the release of version 2.5 of their cross-platform open source HD Internet TV / podcast downloader and player. Miro 2.5 is major update that includes several new features, performance improvements and bug fixes.

According to the Miro developers, the latest release launches two to four times faster, especially for users with large amounts of feeds and videos. A new audio podcast section has been added to the Miro Guide and the audio playback interface has also been improved. The library interface has been updated to include ‘Video’, ‘Audio’, and ‘Other’ sections and keyboard short cuts are now available for virtually all functions. A button has now been added to let users download directly from YouTube and the handling of BitTorrent files has been improved.

The database layer has been rewritten and now uses a simplified SQLite schema for "easier hacking" and developer documentation is provided. The developers also note that users with large databases could experience a long delay as the database is updated on the first restart after the 2.5 upgrade.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes. Miro 2.5 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Miro source code is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) and is sponsored by the Participatory Culture Foundation, a non-profit organisation.


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