New versions for Apple TV and iOS

After a rather troublesome revision process we’ve released the new versions for Apple TV and iOS, available now. This new new version makes some deep internal changes to allow future improvements in upcoming months:

  • Cloud service to allow the syncing of playback position, TV show tracking and Watch Later/Favorites list state.
  • New local data persistence system.
  • First version to support Plex Media Server in local networks.
  • New settings.

Right now it might not look like a big deal for everyday use, but in the near future it’ll help deploy frequent and important updates.

The most relevant feature is perhaps the addition of Plex support announced in previous posts. This is the first version that supports Plex Media Server locally and, even if we have been testing Squire for months, it’s not until now that the app faces thousands of Plex libraries installed in multiple devices, each one with its own peculiarities. We’ll need your help and greatly appreciate all reports sent to support@squireapp.com. We hope there are no major problems. Thanks for your patience.

Alive and kicking

The pace of updates to Squire these past months has been pretty steady. With a new version out every few weeks the product has been growing healthy. During this last month, however, updates have taken a break and we’d like to explain why.

As you may know, in order to use Squire today you need a Mac computer running Squire Helper.

 Current flow

Current flow

Many Windows and Linux users have expressed to us their desire to become users too. It’s kinda sad not to be able to offer this possibility and we’ve been working hard to support Plex Media Server as an answer. Do you have a Plex Library in your Windows or Linux computer or even running on a NAS? You’ll be soon able to access and manage that within Squire. Do you have a library in Squire Helper and another running in Plex Media Server? Don’t worry, Squire will merge both magically under a single interface without any hassles on your side.

 Add support to Plex Media Server

Add support to Plex Media Server

Now, you could ask yourself, if I can use Squire without Helper running, what will happen to all my data? Where will my Watch Later lists go, or the TV shows I’m currently following? When I return to that episode I was watching yesterday, how will Squire know the point to resume? Until now all this data was stored in Helper but now that it’s not essential we’ve been compelled to change that paradigm.

 If you turn off Squire Helper, you will have the Plex Media Server library. However, how do you store the library data?

If you turn off Squire Helper, you will have the Plex Media Server library. However, how do you store the library data?

Squire Helper will not be the data source for your library. We have instead created a cloud service that will slowly grow to sync all your data, no matter if you use either Plex Media Server or Squire Helper, be located in your home network or a friend’s… All without having to have a Mac available at all times!

 New flow. Manage all your library data everytime and everywhere.

New flow. Manage all your library data everytime and everywhere.

More information is coming soon in following posts :)

Settings in AppleTV version

We keep on improving the app week after week. This update brings many small improvements that’ll make you feel more comfortable using Squire.

We also bring an all-new Settings view where we’ll be adding features so you can customize Squire to your like. For starters, you’ll be able to configure your subtitles appearance and activate/deactivate soundtracks music from movies.

 

 Setup subtitles

In detail:

- Configure size, font, color and subtitle background to adapt it to your TV screen, customize them to your like (see image above).
- Interface visual improvements.
- The gesture used to open and close the upper menu in the video player behaves more consistently with the standard system gesture.
- Fixes a small bug when marking episodes as watched.
- Fixes small bugs regarding environment sound management.
- Now the app behaves more consistently when entering and coming out of background usage.
- Fixes other minor bugs.