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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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