Push notifications

Everything was easier years ago. Less channels, less shows, less episodes to follow. Nowadays the offer is infinitely broader and it would drive you insane if you had to remember every upcoming episode from each of the shows you follow.

Squire already helps you to know about upcoming episodes. In the episode list you can see how many days left for the next episode airing. But we think this is not enough and we’ve worked to improve things.

From now on you’ll be able to receive specific messages about upcoming episodes for the shows you’re following and other kinds of information we know will be relevant to you. Don’t be afraid, we’ll be respectful. We know you don’t want a stream of notifications at any time that bother you for no reason.

If your notifications are not showing up you may have them disabled in your iPhone. To activate them just tap into Preferences/Notifications/Squire and enable notifications.

 Cool! New episode :)

Cool! New episode :)

New video player

Most of the time spent in Squire is done on video player. It’s a small undervalued element but also a tremendously important piece that should always work. The Squire player supports most popular formats nowadays. In the latest update we keep improving it so that its operation is more agile and efficient.

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We have always opted to use the same interface as in the system player. The user does not have to learn anything new. The new iPhone X and the new iOS 11 system came with a totally new interface for the video player. And this complete redesign has already been adopted by Squire.

Not only we have worked on the interface but we have also updated the player core, with fixes that solve iOS11 bugs.

Redesigning Squire for iPad

Our new update for iOS is focused on iPad features. Until now we were dissatisfied with what we offered. Honestly, the iPad version did not keep a consistent line with what's available for iPhone. While both were Squire they looked like different apps.

 Portrait mode

Portrait mode

If you mainly use squire for iPhone you'll feel right at home with the new iPad version. It works as intuitively, it feels familiar and it takes advantage of the bigger screen real state provided by iPad.

 Show Details

Show Details

If iPad is you main device for using Squire get ready because this update is a huge step forward. Now you’ll be a bee to rotate your iPad and use Squire in either orientation. Navigation will be more straightforward, adds support for iOS 10 etc.

 Movie details

Movie details

We’re aware there are still things to improve. We’ll keep on sweating the details you’ll be able to enjoy in further updates.

 Actor bio and filmography

Actor bio and filmography

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 :)

New iOS Update

Starting today you can find a new update to Squire for iOS. The new features added some weeks ago to the AppleTV version can now be enjoyed on your iPhone too. You can browse the cast from your favorite movies and TV shows, look for similar content and many other visual improvements.

 

We have also improved video rendering and made some visual and stability enhancements. We take care of each version with great attention to detail, so the iPad version is not yet ready with these new features but rest assured we are working hard to get them in your hands as soon as possible.