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Version 1.0.4 released

As promised, version 1.0.4 is fresh out of the press. This release is a strongly recommended update, as it fixes some annoying stability issues.

Version 1.0.4 approaching

… and I believe this will be the last point release before version 1.1. There’s been a lot of bugs to kill, and with the help of enthusiastic users I’m confident this release will be the most stable version yet. Tubulator is turning into a rather complicated beast, and improvement is only possible with the help of you guys sending error reports and suggestions.

Two of the nicest features in the coming release is the possibility of setting the order of the search result tabs by dragging them, so for example YouTube results will always appear first. Another one is notifications when the download queue is done. Brad Smith suggested both of these – thanks, Brad! If you have suggestions, don’t hesitate using the Contact tab at the Support page, or use the in-app Feedback menu.

I’ve set up an alternative to PayPal on the Purchase page for those of you who are not that fond of PayPal. The choice fell on Kagi, who has been handling payments for shareware software since forever.

Tubulator 2 1.0.3 released; plugins download problem solved

I am happy to announce that version 1.0.3 was released a couple of days ago. This release adds support for downloading media from soundcloud.com, and adds a lot of fixes and improvements. Most notably this release adds stability improvements, a fix for download slowdown introduced by the App Nap “feature” in Mac OS Mavericks and heavily increased download speed. A YouTube plugin fix was also added – it seems that YouTube now redirects to HTTPS by default. This redirect was not handled by Tubulator, causing downloads to fail.

In the last couple of days it seems that users have not been able to download the initial plugins (necessary for the application to start at all). This problem has now been fixed. It was caused by a performance setting on the web host, effectively messing up the plugins.

SoundCloud plugin

I’m getting ready for the 1.0.3 release, which apart from some bug fixes adds support for audio only services. I’m currently testing the new SoundCloud plugin, which adds support for downloading music from soundcloud.com:

Download music from SoundCloud
Downloading from SoundCloud

The SoundCloud plugin will be available with the 1.0.3 release. Also, the coming release will most likely have support for Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) – the current version does not play well with it. I am currently testing the newest Qt version, which should fix the problems.

Version 1.0.1 released

Tubulator 2 v. 1.0.1 is out! The new version adds mostly bug fixes and improvements, including support for encrypted YouTube signatures and the new separated audio/video DASH format. This should fix the occasional errors some of you have been getting when trying to download.
A significant behind the scenes improvement is that the application now checks for new or updated service plugins in the background at launch, only showing a dialog with the updates if there are any. The update usually takes a couple of seconds, and no restart is required.

Along with a couple of new service plugins, media playback within the application has high priority. I suspect that will be the primary goal for version 1.1.

What do YOU want? Have you found a bug or do you have an idea for an improvement? If yes, feel free to contact me via the “Feedback” menu within the application, or use the contact form on the support page.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if there is any documentation for Tubulator 2, and sadly, the answer is no – for now. While I do think the application is very straightforward to use, I am getting the feeling that many new users don’t “get” the finer nuances of the application right away. This is of course completely natural, and I realise that everything has a learning curve, no matter how gentle. While I will continuously strive to deliver the best possible user experience out there (specifically compared to other media downloaders), I know I must supply a guided tour of the application in terms of a manual in order to fill in the gaps and not so obvious features.

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