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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mimo Header Control Bar and User Interface updated – Beta v0.2.4 for Diamond members

Golden Frog has released Mimo Beta v0.2.4 for Diamond Members. Please read the Golden Frog blog post about Mimo Beta v0.2.4 improvements and changes below:
Golden Frog is proud to announce more improvements to the Mimo Usenet Browser user interface. The user interface was updated to create a more intuitive Usenet browsing experience. This update is the latest of our iterative releases to improve the user interface.

Download the free update now.

Some highlights of the Mimo v0.2.4 update include a new Header Control Bar design that allows for a more flexible header selection and more detailed information about headers.

The new Header Control bar features include:
  • Dynamic header date range selection over the full Giganews retention
  • Article IDs shown with the header date range
  • Total available Newsgroup headers displayed
  • Header download percentage and time estimate
We also improved the display of newsgroup information in several areas, namely displaying cross posted newsgroups and better organization of images in multi-image posts.

The complete details about the Mimo Beta v0.2.4 release are available in our Change Log. Please download the free update now.

Golden Frog Dev Team

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Mimo User Interface Improvements - Beta v0.2.3 for Diamond Members

Golden Frog has released Mimo Beta v0.2.3 for Diamond Members. Please read the Golden Frog blog post about Mimo Beta v0.2.3 improvements and changes below:
We are pleased once again to announce the latest beta release of the Mimo Usenet browser. Download the free update now. This release continues the "look and feel" user interface updates along with select bug fixes and new feature improvements.

The new Mimo User Interface becomes more visible with this release. In particular, version 0.2.3 introduces the Action Bar, a more consistent place to access common commands. The Action Bar adapts to the content on the current tab in Mimo, variously presenting controls to open newsgroups in new tabs, download selected articles, Reply to or Forward an existing post, manage downloading message headers in newsgroups, and control your download queue.

We also updated the Search and Filter bars, refined the styles and colors, and included a more consistent appearance for tabs and other interactive elements.

Mimo is starting to feel like a new application, but we are far from finished with the user interface overhaul. The Golden Frog development team is continuing to implement more of planned user interface improvements to make Mimo even easier to use. In upcoming releases, look for updates to how Mimo presents images and thumbnails, additional filtering, and more details on active downloads.

Complete details are available in our Change Log. Download the free update now.

Golden Frog Dev Team

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Golden Frog releases Mimo Beta v0.2.2 for Diamond Members

Golden Frog has released Mimo Beta v0.2.2 for Diamond Members. Please read the Golden Frog blog post about Mimo Beta v0.2.2 improvements and changes below:
What's New in v0.2.2
We are pleased to announce the next beta release of the Mimo Usenet Browser. Download the free update now. The primary changes in this release focused on two key areas:

  1. Bug fixes and performance improvements: This new release specifically targeted some the performance of the newly overhauled internal engine of the last couple releases. You can now download large amounts of newsgroup information without running Mimo out of memory.

  2. First glimpse of the new User Interface (UI): Our new sidebar for downloads and group bookmarks is debuting in this release of Mimo. We’re excited to start coding the newly designed UI.

Full details are available in our Change Log.

Mimo’s New UI
Last year we asked our UI designers to focus on making Mimo even easier to use. And now that we have Mimo’s internal engine optimized, a team of our developers are switching their focus to the UI. But don’t worry, our core team will still be working on implementing new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.

Due to our iterative development process, we are able to release updates more frequently. We do this so our users can take advantage of our latest development efforts and provide us with faster feedback. The UI work will follow this iterative method as we release new bits of the new UI as we finish them.

It’s important to note this frequent release schedule will often cause parts of the UI to be in a “functional” state, but not necessarily a “final” state. Mimo is still beta, and we are walking around here with hard hats on.

Thanks for joining us on our journey with Mimo!

Download the free update now.

Golden Frog Dev Team

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Golden Frog releases Mimo Beta v0.2.1 for Diamond Members

Golden Frog has released Mimo Beta v0.2.1 for Diamond Members. The Golden Frog blog post about Mimo Beta v0.2.1 improvements and changes is below:
Golden Frog is excited to release Mimo Beta v0.2.1 for Giganews Diamond members.  The Golden Frog Dev team has fixed many known and reported bugs in the new download engine resulting in increased stability and speed.

The biggest change in v0.2.1 Beta is how Mimo processes and stores Usenet headers for newsgroups. Below are some the major improvements:
  • Increased header download speed resulting in improved speed with browsing newsgroups
  • Initial group population is four times faster
  • Fixed several  hangs and download errors
  • Improved image handling and header retrieval
  • Fixed several connectivity and startup issues

To give you easy access to what’s changed with each release we added a Mimo Usenet Browser Changelog. For a detailed list of latest improvements, please visit the Mimo Usenet Browser Changelog.

In closing, we would like to thank everyone who reported bugs. Your feedback, good or bad, impacts the Mimo development in many ways. Thank you!

Golden Frog Dev Team

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lock-in $29.99 Diamond price before March 31st

Diamond membership is increasing from $29.99 to $34.99 after March 31st, but only for new Diamond accounts. That means if you come back, upgrade or create a new Diamond account on or before March 31st, you will lock-in the $29.99 price!

Please note that for current Diamond customers, your price will NOT increase. Whether you have been a customer for 10 years or one month, if you are a Diamond customer on or before March 31st, 2011 your Diamond price will remain $29.99.

The Giganews Diamond account is the most feature-rich Usenet account in the world. Not only does it come with unlimited downloads, unlimited speed, the highest completion rates and longest retention in the world, it also includes the Mimo Usenet Browser + Search and VyprVPN at no additional cost.

Due to overwhelming response to the $29.99 lock in price, we postponed the price increase for three additional months on January 1st, 2011, but we just can’t extend it any further. During the past three months, we were hard at work making the world’s best Usenet plan even better:
We are very excited about these improvements and hope everyone takes advantage of the special $29.99 lock-in price before March 31st, 2011, by signing up or logging into the control panel to upgrade now.

Again, current Diamond customers' price will NOT increase. Your price will remain $29.99 if you are a Diamond customer on or before March 31st, 2011.

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

We've extended the Diamond lock-in pricing until March 31st, 2011

Due to overwhelming response, we're pleased to announce that we are extending the special $29.99 lock-in price for Diamond accounts until March 31st, 2011! After March 31st, the price of the Diamond account will increase to $34.99.

For existing Diamond customers, your price will NOT be raised. Whether you have been a customer for 10 years or one month, if you are a Diamond customer on or before March 31st, 2010 your Diamond price will remain $29.99.

Every Diamond account bundles the Mimo Usenet Browser + Search at no additional cost. By extending the Diamond lock-in pricing, we wanted to allow people time to experience some major improvements to Mimo over the next four months. The Golden Frog Dev team has planned the following updates to Mimo:
  • Significant functional and stability improvements to Mimo's engine
  • Major User Interface upgrades – a complete overhaul is planned for 2011
  • Advanced download queue prioritization and management
  • Much, much more
We are very excited about these improvements and hope everyone takes advantage of the special $29.99 lock-in price before March 31st, 2011, by signing up or logging into the control panel to upgrade now.

Again, current Diamond customers' price will NOT be raised if you are a Diamond customer on or before March 31st, 2010.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Mimo + Search now free with Diamond Account!

Back in July, we partnered with Golden Frog to deliver a new Usenet experience. We invited our most loyal Diamond members to an early access tech preview of Mimo Usenet Browser and Golden Frog Usenet Search. It was a simple choice to invite enthusiastic Giganews members to help develop the best Usenet browser and search platform.

Now, after 4 months in an exclusive tech preview, Mimo and Golden Frog Usenet Search are in beta and available for all Diamond Giganews members. With this release, Mimo comes with:
  • faster speeds
  • integrated thumbnail viewing
  • a search engine that dynamically indexes Giganews' growing retention
  • auto unRAR and PAR handling
  • text, binary, and image filters
Participants reported bugs and requested features to improve Mimo and Golden Frog Usenet Search. From initial development to the technology preview and into beta, Golden Frog has added or fixed nearly 450 different features in response to member feedback.

One of the most requested features has been bandwidth throttling. Today, the new Mimo version has the option to control how much of your Internet connection is used by the browser. Member input also helped improve Mimo’s multi-language support, which currently covers six languages.

Golden Frog created Mimo and its integrated Usenet search to accommodate Giganews’ full and increasing retention. This is the world’s only cross-platform Usenet browser with integrated search indexing all 800+ days of Giganews’ retention. As Giganews’ retention continues growing, Mimo and Golden Frog Usenet Search are designed to dynamically keep up.

Mimo and Golden Frog Usenet search are in continuous active development. You can request features or report bugs by e-mailing Giganews Support or posting in giganews.mimo. We work closely with the Golden Frog development team to incorporate all member feedback. Expect continued improvements to Mimo’s resiliency, performance and ease of use.

Mimo and Golden Frog Usenet Search are free with all Giganews Diamond memberships today. Join the ongoing development. Download Mimo or become a Diamond member now.

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