Introducing: Squire

First of all, we would like to thank all of you all who took the time to send us your feedback, suggestions and good vibes. We’d also like to thank our wonderful group of alpha testers for spending their valuable time helping us.

As you may have noticed, we’re just a few people doing all the work: Jonatan Castro (the designer) and Fernando García Torcelly (the developer). We’re grateful to have Fernando García Ramos on board as well, helping us build our database and web application. We’re working hard to create something different: a simple application that provides an engaging experience; one that anyone can use and enjoy. Yes yes, your grandma too! Trust us when we say: this is different.

What’s Squire?

Squire is an elegant, easy, simple yet powerful way to consume media. It’s developed in Cocoa—Apple’s language.
On its first launch it will scan your internal and external hard drives, as well as any shared drives in your local network, finding any media files. With the help of our proprietary database, Squire DB, it will gather all the metadata it needs to automatically recognize and sort your media in a stunning interface.

I’m sure you’re eager to see how it looks or how it works, so feel free to take a look at our screenshots and videos.

How I can get my hands on it?

This is alpha software, which means it is not yet ready for public use. We send a batches of invites everyday so, if you’re interested, please sign up at Squire’s website and we will make sure to get you on the list. Please be aware that invitations are not sent instantly, so you’ll probably need to wait a few days—sorry.

When will it go public?

We can’t commit to a date yet. As we’ve said before, we’re just a small startup with (very!) limited resources so any unexpected problems can potentially significantly change any schedule. However, we would really like to launch a public alpha (or beta) before Summer.

How much will I have to pay for it?

0$, 0€ (zero). No, it’s not a typo. Our application will be free to download and use. We could consider some premium services for paid users but it’s way too soon to talk about that.

On a side note, we wanted to use all the great technologies available on Apple’s newest Mac OS X so, at least for now, you’ll need Snow Leopard (10.6+). Also in the subject of requirements, you’ll need a 64-bit processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or higher) but we’ll try to make a 32-bit version and assess it’s performance and usability at a later stage.

One more thing…

So, do you want to know what’s coming on the next alpha version 0.3? From a UI standpoint, not a big change, but this is amazing improvement: we’re happy to announce the introduction of our own database, SquireDB. After more than six months in the works we now have a dedicated server, running an incredible powerful MySQL database and web application. This flexibility makes the possibilities truly limitless.

Of course this could’ve not been possible without the amazing work of our database architect: F.G. Ramos. He tapped into his many years of experience in database design and architecture to create something truly remarkable, efficient and scalable.

For now, only the “Movies” module is SquireDB-enabled and, as you can imagine, it’s all still at a very early stage. We’d really appreciate your help in helping us improve its search effectiveness. To do so, please send us the following information:

  1. Exact file name: The Italian Job.avi.
  2. File size: 4.5GB.
  3. IMDB code of the movie. Learn more about this.
  4. Was your movie successfully recognized? If not, please give us the IMDB code of the (badly) recognized movie.

Also, don’t forget to send us your crash reports. You can do so by copying & pasting the report text onto an RTF file (you can use TextEdit, for example). We will continue our hard work on SquireDB so that we can get the “TV Shows” module working with it as well as soon as possible. Folks… this is just the beginning.

With love,
The Sylion Team.


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