Infuse macOS public alpha 10 - updated 2/19/21

Today we’re happy to present the tenth public alpha version of Infuse for macOS! :raised_hands:

This build represents a work in progress, and is still very rough around the edges - but we think it’s usable in many ways and wanted to give you all something to start playing with.

We are planning to have new updates every week (or so), so things will to improve until the official release of 7.0 in Q1/Q2 2021.

Changes in alpha 10 (3465) 2/19

  • Updated Add Files layout (work in progress)
  • Improved flow for adding shares
  • Library renamed to Home
  • Browse renamed to Library
  • Files moved to the third slot
  • Drag-n-drop playback of .dvdmedia files
  • Fixes for crashes with multichannel Opus audio

Changes in alpha 9 (3459) 2/16

  • Fixed disappearing sound after seeking
  • Improved Dolby playback in certain configurations

Changes in alpha 8 (3452) 2/12

  • Revamped audio processing for improved clarity and detail
  • Drag-n-drop playback for ISO videos
  • Resolved issues with delayed audio

Changes in alpha 7 (3446) 2/5

  • Adjusted live preview position during playback
  • Fixed pausing in PiP mode
  • Fixed opening settings after leaving PiP
  • Fixed disappearing close/minimize buttons

Changes in alpha 6 (3440) 1/29

  • Utilize discrete GPUs for playback, if available
  • Live preview on mouse hover during playback
  • Improved HDR rendering with discrete GPUs
  • Save playback progress after switching spaces
  • Faster playback start via drag-and-drop or double-click
  • ESC closes modal windows and context menus
  • Display downloading progress at the top bar
  • Improved presentation of long descriptions

Changes in alpha 5 (3434) 1/22

  • Fix for broken thumbnails and live previews (clear metadata to generate new cached thumbnails)
  • Support for subtitles imported via Drag’n’Drop
  • Select language when downloading from OpenSubtitles
  • Delete subtitles downloaded from OpenSubtitles
  • Adjust timing offset for subtitles
  • Full screen button on the player
  • Press ESC key to exit full screen
  • Press ESC to close playback settings
  • Precise tuning of playback speed
  • Improved playback settings legibility
  • Fixed seek button transparency
  • Fixed crash on macOS 11.2
  • Improved UI of expanded movie descriptions
  • Improved indexing of Plex collections
  • Filter br tags from Emby descriptions

Changes in alpha 4 (3423) 1/15

  • OpenSubtitles support
  • Use default browser for Trakt logins
  • Added app-specific volume control
  • Improved playback performance in some cases
  • Improved playback with multiple displays connected
  • Added automatic daily update checks with download prompt
  • Display Play button in Up Next on mouse hover only
  • Updated Pause and Stop PiP icons
  • Updated Back button icon

Changes in alpha 3 (3410) 12/29

  • iCloud: Library settings and favorites sync between macOS devices
  • Playback: Support for moving around the playback controls
  • UI: Crisp buttons on Library screen
  • UI: Back button highlighting

Changes in alpha 2 (3408) 12/25

  • Added volume control slider
  • Double-click to enter/exit fullscreen
  • Avoid screensaver/dimming during playback
  • Improved playback with a secondary displays
  • Background playback when switching spaces
  • Improved video rendering performance
  • Updated device identifiers for Plex/Emby/Jellyfin
  • Option to expand long descriptions
  • Removed ‘Cellular Download’ and ‘Disable Files app’ options from Settings
  • Updated Back button clickable area
  • Set minimum OS version to 11.0

Known issues

  • Settings page design is unfinished
  • List view design is unfinished
  • Reworked layout of Library/Browse pages
  • Some issues when using HomePods
  • Dolby Vision videos play with incorrect colors
  • Probably many other things :upside_down_face:

How you can help

  1. The best way to help is to simply start using Infuse for macOS as you normally would. Let us know what’s working, what’s broken, and any weirdness you may see.
  2. Share feedback publicly in this thread to facilitate discussion with others who may be seeing a similar issue.
  3. If you find something that is broken, it may be helpful to submit a diagnostic report. To do this, simply tap the ‘Email Us’ option found in Settings, copy the 5 digit code, and post it in this thread with a description of the issue. Sending an email from the app is not required.

Compatibility

Any Mac (both Intel and M1) running macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) or later

Download the latest build (available to registered testers only)

How to become a macOS tester

  1. Create a forum account (if you don’t already have one)
  2. Join the macOS testing group
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Awesome! Great to see the team keeping up the pace.
And great to see that thanks to iCloud sync, the library starts loading (I was a bit impatient at first and assumed this was not the case).

As I dev I wonder how much you benefited from Catalyst? This is looking really good, I love the settings window in the player for example.

I will edit this post to add my initial remarks:

Personally the most critical issue for me:

  • There seems to be some mild stuttering for me, at least with 4K HEVC content, especially in full screen mode (MBP 15" i9 2018 + LG 4K display). Plays fine in VLC. I’m guessing it is related to the relatively high CPU usage: 40% vs VLC 12% playing the same file. GPU both around 10%.

Bugs/inconsistencies:

  • There is no separate Preferences window and the keyboard shortcut does not work
  • It would feel natural to also have some options like aspect ratio etc. available in the menu bar, though I love that you can just double click the player and it switches between original/fill. This is better than VLC (not the best example of Mac-like UI of course)
  • Side scrolling with mouse/trackpad in swim lanes does not work, but I guess this is WIP
  • Trakt sync should open in the default browser, because in the web view the password manager/keychain is not available

Features:

  • I think app-specific volume control is needed on Mac
  • Resizeable covers in the library view would feel very natural: by using the pinch gesture
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4 posts were split to a new topic: Crop/scaling issues on secondary screens

alpha is only for Catalina and later? or we can have a version for High Sierra in few days?
Thanks

Looking pretty great so far!

Some amusing text on the settings screen:

(It’s backwards!)

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It’s been mentioned that the Mac version will ONLY support Big Sur and onwards (due to features not present in earlier versions)

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Big Sur is required

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This is a temporary requirement for the alpha builds.

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bummer :frowning: I cant upgrade my work laptop to Big Sur just yet… I’ll have to wait

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Good catch.

The whole Settings menu area is getting a redesign, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that just yet. :slight_smile:

Oops! That page doesn’t exist or is private. I can’t download it and I received the link by email

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I’m also happy for alpha version. Thank you very much for it! But I’m still on Catalina (because of bricking Mid 2014 MBP) :frowning: I’ll try to update soon and give Infuse a try.

have the same problem im registered since a while now and I can’t download it , got an error

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For those that registered, you should have received an automated email with info on how to gain macOS tester status on the forum.

If you already have a forum account, you can simply join the group here.

https://community.firecore.com/g/testers_macos

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Thx bud , its working now

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Oh, wow. This is awesome. Saw the email a few minutes ago, I have already downloaded, my Trakt auto synced, all the metadata has pretty much finished indexing… Already love it.

Just skipping through some 4K files that I have stored on a NAS - working perfectly. Guess my MacBook Pro has a bit more processing power than my ATV4K but it feels so much faster. Well done guys - you must be thrilled. It’s excellent.

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I have the same thing happening to me.

A post was split to a new topic: Missing scroll bars while browsing

A post was split to a new topic: Cannot view long descriptions

I wasn’t able to go back to the settings panel after clicking on the Sync > Trakt option.
The back button is visible but it wasn’t working.

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