Version 1.5.0 comes with the biggest set of new features for Mimir to date! Launching alongside the new iOS app, the macOS app has been updated with new features that have been in the works for many months. This includes a brand new audio processing engine that greatly improves silence skip, better audio quality at faster or slower playback speeds, voice boost enhancements, and a new sleep timer. iCloud sync has also been added to the app to keep your desktop in sync with all your iOS devices logged into the same account.
Also included is the often requested mini player that can be opened from the macOS menu bar and is configurable to always stay on top of other windows for quick access to the playback controls. I've also been able to fit in improvements such as being able to favorite or archive episodes, UI additions for more easily downloading episodes, and a slew of other improves and bug fixes.
Thank you for your suggestions and help improving the app!
Custom Audio Engine
iCloud & Preferences Sync
New Mini Player
Favorite & Archive Episodes
New Custom Library File
mimirlibraryfiletype has been added to store your podcast library.
mimirlibrarythat can be used to restore the library in case of data loss.
Added support to import libraries from Apple Podcasts
Added animation to fade in images when they are loaded
Added context menu actions to move podcasts or groups to the top level when in a parent group
Added new error alerts that display when the application encounters problems
Added new option to disable window blur effects that can improve overall window performance
Added new keyboard shortcuts to show different application windows
Added Silence Skip sound slider to control sound volume in the Effects Preferences tab
Added Silence Skip Sound selection option in the Effects Preferences tab
Added Voice Boost switch and volume slider in the Effects Preferences tab
Added new slider options for playback speeds in the Effects Preferences tab. Now you can crank it all the way up to 2.5x!
Added option to keep the video view on top of other windows in General Preferences tab
Added custom User Agent for HTTP requests for podcast publishers to better track app usage
Added functionality to automatically switch playback to a local file when it finishes downloading. Playback will still start immediately using HTTP streaming.
Added tooltips for home and playlist cells
Added dock context menu to quickly open different application windows
Added functionality to always open the main app window when clicking the dock menu icon
Added context menu options to the podcast detail to favorite and archive episodes
Added a download button to episodes in the Now Playing sidebar
Added a close button for the upgrade banner in the library sidebar
Added a "audio effects disabled" button that displays when the app uses the standard legacy player for video or audio formats not supported by the custom audio player. The buttons for the disabled effects will be hidden when this is displayed. Clicking the button will display an alert explaining why the custom audio engine is not used
Added a new button to remove the current playing item
Added a new button to the up next list to clear queued items
Added a new menu item and key command to clear up next queue
Added icons to show iCloud sync activity in the library row in the left sidebar
Improved performance of the podcast detail view when resizing the window
Improved error alerts when handling network errors
Updated Onboarding and application menu items to include importing from Apple Podcasts
Updated episodes to be marked as played when initially adding a new podcast to the library. Episodes added to the feed after the inital library import will be marked as new.
Updated UI for player controls
Updated icons and layout for the Preferences window
Updated the video controls to now immediately fade out when the mouse leaves the window
Updated the window close button behavior to either close the app or just close the main window. Can be changed in preferences after intially prompted to choose the desired behavior.
Updated the CoreData model to be simplified and work with the new library file structure
Updated video playback to no longer use silence skip detection or audio effects. These are now performed only for audio files using the new custom audio processing engine.
Updated the import action to support new library filetype
Updated the app store primary category to "News" and secondary category to "Entertainment"
Fixed the animation of the preferences window when changing tabs
Fixed an issue caching images between app launches
Fixed where cached images were not being set correctly, causing an extra network load
Fixed issue with small podcast images not sizing correctly
Fixed an issue seeking the player to the correct starting position on startup
Fixed a crash that occurred when changing Bluetooth devices
Fixed visual issues when scroll bars are always visible that would make the highlight outlines render incorrectly in the Now Playing sidebar
Fixed issues with sandbox permissions when saving podcasts to custom directories
Fixed issues updating Control Center with episode information
Fixes missing icon issues on older macOS versions
Fixed an issue where the playing episode cell could be scrolled
Fixed button highlight states getting "stuck" when switching to another app window
Fixed issue where download progress would not properly update the progress indicator
Fixed an issue where deleting the last episode in a podcast directory would not remove the empty directory from disk
Fixed issues showing the incorrect state for the player play button
Fixed a crash that could occur in Continuous Playback when an episode's playback status has not yet been created
Fixed issue with Continuous Playback list not showing enough episodes to fill the set limit when podcast episode limits are applied
Fixed an issue where the download icon for podcast episodes would enter an error state when cancelling a download
Fixed an issue where an error alert would display when cancelling a download
Fixed the recommendations view from refreshing too often and performing a flash when reloading content
Fixed an issue with the recommendations view resetting the scroll position to the top when entering and leaving the view
Fixed an issue where the highlight border stops appearing in the recommendations view
Fixed issue where selecting many episodes and right clicking for a context menu could lockup the UI
Fixed an issue where the Continuous Playback logic for hours could incorrectly use a podcast's episode limit instead of correctly calculating by duration
Fixed issue with episodes not being marked played when listening to over 50% of the episode. An episode's played state is now updated when it is no longer in the episode playlist.