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Usher 1.1.15 requires OS X 10.7 or newer. Please see the museum if you are running an older version of OS X.

Usher is presently available in English only.

Usher will work for two weeks without limitation. After that, you won't be able to see more than five items at a time, edit playlists, download web videos, or convert/export your movies until you purchase a license.

Usher includes a 60-day money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with your purchase, simply email us for a refund.

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Usher News

Three minor updates have escaped into the wild…

Usher 1.1.14 released

The new Many Tricks’ end user license agreement

Announcing our new in-app help system

The Many Tricks holiday sale event and charity drive

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Release Notes

Usher 1.1.15 - Dec 22 2016

Note: We've changed how Usher calculates some date values. This behind-the-scenes change means that if you downgrade to 1.1.14 in the future, you'll lose some date-related metadata. As always, you should back up your files before updating Usher (or any app).

New Features

  • Metadata searches now include names of external movie players, as defined in the Info dialog.
  • Search terms can now be excluded by prefixing them with a minus sign, i.e. Bert -Ernie would exlcude Ernie.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Compatible with Photos 2.0 in macOS Sierra.
  • Improved memory usage and speed of the movie crawler.
  • New in-app icons and other visual improvements.

Usher 1.1.14 - May 3 2016

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Updated help manager with improved search and navigation, plus more info on using Usher.
  • Drag and drop now works properly when trying to organize video files from search results.
  • Fixed some bugs related to working with the Photos database.
  • Fixed a bug related to closing the Properties window with an active edit field.
  • Growl support has been removed.

Usher 1.1.13 - Jan 31 2016

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • General interface improvements for OS X 10.10 and newer.
  • Improved support for Photos.
  • Updated the Sparkle in-app update mechanism to use a secure connection (HTTPS).
  • Fixed "Next Movie" keyboard shortcut issue.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause Usher to scroll back to the top of the window after playing a video.

Note

Help is out of date with this release; we'll update it to match the changes in this update shortly.

Usher 1.1.12 - Oct 1 2015

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed a problem that prevented Usher from properly working for users who keep its main library file on an external volume.

Usher 1.1.11 - Sep 28 2015

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed an issue with OS X 10.11 El Capitan's Gatekeeper.

Usher 1.1.10 - Jan 13 2015

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed a search field drawing glitch in Yosemite.

Usher 1.1.9 - Aug 6 2014

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Prepared for upcoming Gatekeeper changes.

Usher 1.1.8 - Jan 23 2014

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed an issue with excessive CPU consumption in expired trial mode.
  • No longer treat AVHCHD bundles as bundles by default.
  • YouTube and Vimeo URLs cannot be put into the Download URLs box (they didn't work anyway).

Usher 1.1.7 - Dec 2 2013

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • For now, at least, Usher is available only directly from us—the App Store version is no longer for sale. Here's why.
  • YouTube and Vimeo downloading have been removed. Here's why.
  • In Mavericks, clicking at a position on the playhead now jumps to that position, as it did pre-Mavericks.
  • Changed the "Show File" menu item to "Reveal in Finder," to make its purpose more clear.
  • Animated GIFs now work as expected. (Hat tip to Arndt L. for finding this one.)
  • Fixed a problem that occurred when rotating full-screen videos. (Hat tip to Jan for finding this one.)
  • We now prevent iTunes podcasts from automatically downloading into Usher.
  • Fixed a fuzzy date description issue.
  • Fixed a broken Growl framework reference.

Usher 1.1.6 - Sep 17 2012

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Restores YouTube download capability. (Hat tip to Tim L. for reporting this one.)
  • Resolved issues related to working with videos in external libraries (iPhoto, iTunes, Aperture). (Hat tip to Mike L. for reporting this one.)
  • The "Remove from Library" menu item now reads "Add to Blacklist" when looking at external libraries, to more accurately reflect its functionality.

Usher 1.1.5 - Jul 25 2012

New Features

  • Auto-detect .dvdmedia files added to Usher's library folders.
  • Automatically play .dvdmedia files in DVD Player.
  • Hover controls are now only shown when the mouse moves on the screen containing the video.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed some display glitches in Mountain Lion.
  • Hover controls no longer show when Usher is in full-screen playback in the background.
  • Fixed a rare bug that would cause the Movies folder not to show in certain situations. (Hat tip to Jan for finding this one.)
  • Movie trailers on Apple's new movie trailers site are once again downloadable. (These trailers are downloadable on the web site, but the new page design broke Usher's download abilities.)

Note

This update is for direct customers only; the latest Mac App Store version is still 1.1.3. Here's why.

Usher 1.1.4 - Nov 23 2011

New Features

  • Added a new Batch Rename entry to the Usher menu, for use when renaming multiple videos.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Converting videos that reside on read-only media now works properly. (Hat tip to Kevin H. for reporting this one.)
  • Batch processing now works properly in Lion when Usher is in the background. (Hat tip to Kevin H. for reporting this one.)
  • Usher can now delete videos that reside on networked volumes.
  • Fixed higher-resolution YouTube downloads. (Hat tip to Garrison B. for reporting this one.)
  • Fixed media key support.
  • Fixed an issue where subdividing Smart Playlists could cause Usher to crash under certain conditions.

Note

This update is for direct customers only; the latest Mac App Store version is still 1.1.3. Here's why.

Usher 1.1.3 - Apr 19 2011

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed a problem that would cause false 'no nested library folders allowed' error messages. (Hat tip to Thomas for reporting this one.)
  • Usher no longer allows users to Move/Merge movies that aren't directly in its own library (i.e. iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture movies).
  • Usher now behaves properly if it's launched with its main library on an external unmounted drive.

Usher 1.1.2 - Jan 20 2011

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Entries in the Notes field are no longer lost when doing certain operations on multiple movies.
  • Changes in the Tags field are now recorded as soon as each change is made, instead of when exiting the Tags field.

Usher 1.1.1 - Jan 11 2011

New Features

  • Usher can manage Elgato recordings—playback will be handled by Elgato's EyeTV player, as QuickTime can't handle these recordings.
  • You can now save a selected group of movies in native format (no conversion) to a location you specify; see the Save To contextual menu item. (Hat tip to Webb P. for the suggestion.)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Further reductions in memory usage during various Usher operations.
  • Fixed a keyboard shortcut conflict between Set Selection End and No Rating on certain (including US) keyboard layouts.

Usher 1.1 - Dec 30 2010

New Features

  • A new free-form Notes field allows entry of ridiculous amounts of text; it will auto-size and add scroll bars as needed, so Notes can be as lengthy as you like.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Reduced memory usage during movie 'crawling' (when Usher is scanning newly-imported movies).
  • Renamed Tags and Properties to Metadata throughout the app, to reflect the change in status of the Notes field to a third "information type."
  • Made changes to improve slow response of the Library and Help menus.
  • Fixed a problem related to auto-imports and restricted file types. (Hat tip to Kristian for reporting this one.)
  • Fixed an issue where the movie size menu was grayed out if a movie was playing with the main window closed. (Hat tip to Daniel B. for reporting this one.)
  • iTunes movies that have a custom preview image now have a small lock icon, instead of the large overlaying lock icon.
  • Added a hidden preference to disable the fade-to-black animation when entering full screen mode. In Terminal (Usher not running), paste this command: defaults write com.manytricks.Usher "Disable Presentation Fading" -bool YES — note that you may see some visual oddities during the transition to full screen mode if the fade is disabled. (Hat tip to John T. for the suggestion.)
  • Fixed a small naming error in the license panel. (Hat tip to Eric P. for reporting this one.)

Usher 1.0.4 - Nov 2 2010

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Usher's movie processor no longer pauses when the Info window is displayed.
  • Users with serial numbers (instead of license files) will no longer have upgrade-related licensing issues.
  • Downloading YouTube videos with embedded advertisements now works as expected. (Hat tip to Jonathan C. for reporting this one.)
  • Item counts won't overlap a source item's name any more; this could happen on rare occasions.

Usher 1.0.3 - Oct 26 2010

New Features

  • Added a new "Mark as watched/unwatched" entry to the contextual menu, to easily mark groups of movies as watched or unwatched. (Hat tip to 'glebd' for the suggestion.)
  • Added File > Add to Library menu item to allow users to add folders or movie(s) directly to the library. By default, the File > Open menu item stores things in temporary (not permanent) storage, and this was confusing some users. (Hat tip to Keene H. for the suggestion.)
  • Added Date Created as a new column in List View. (Hat tip to Brett K. for the suggestion.)
  • Added Date Added to the Info panel.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Better logging tools are available for us to use when debugging users' problem reports.
  • Fixed incorrect links in Help Files' sidebar entries. (Hat tip to Edgard K. for spotting this one.)
  • Fixed a problem related to Usher and caching certain Aperture libraries. (Hat tip to 'glebd' for finding this one.)
  • Fixed a UI glitch related to the license window and demo users. (Hat tip to Don P. for reporting this one.)

Usher 1.0.2 - Oct 21 2010

New Features

  • Usher now works with videos saved in Aperture, much like it does for videos in iTunes and iPhoto. (The only limitation is that we're unable to import Aperture's keywords, as we can do for iPhoto videos.)
  • Many Usher file dialogs now have New Folder buttons, at least where it makes sense (e.g. when moving your library). (Hat tip to Kirk M. for asking for this feature.)
  • Added new section to in-app help to cover supplementary folders, an Usher feature that allows you to spread your collection across many volumes, yet treat it as one large virtual folder.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Referenced (i.e. aliased) movies in iPhoto now work as expected. This fix also improves alias handling in general. (Hat tip to Keen H. for reporting this one.)
  • The selected highlight used for selected movies now wraps around the entire preview image, making it much easier to see.
  • Improved the algorithm used to locate the iTunes library file.
  • When pausing playback of a still-downloading movie, the progress indicator no longer stops. (Hat tip to Kirk M. for reporting this one.)
  • Fixed a bug that would cause Auto-Properties to fail when it encountered apostrophes. (Hat tip to 'burgerga' for reporting this one.)

Usher 1.0.1 - Oct 17 2010

New Features

  • Usher will now recognize .dvdmedia files (and other video distributed as Mac OS X package files). You'll need to manually set the Open With value for such movies (using the contextual menu).

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Usher couldn't find the iTunes library for certain users in certain situations; this has been resolved.
  • The Usher browser integration bookmarklet will open in the default browser, even for users who have set .html files to open in a text editor.
  • Importing non-native QuickTime movies, such as those in the mkv format, should now be faster and more reliable.

Usher 1.0 - Oct 14 2010

Takeoff

Usher 1.0 is essentially a brand-new program (though based on its predecessor, yFlicks). It contains a slew of new and/or greatly improved features; here are some of the more interesting newly-added features:

  • New Tags and Properties editor makes it super easy to add metadata to your video and movie collection.
  • Integrated iPhoto movies access, similar to existing iTunes movie support.
  • Integrated YouTube/Vimeo search and download tool.
  • Dedicated iTunes U sub-category in Library/iTunes.
  • Play movies in a separate window (enabled by default).
  • When hovering playback controls over the movie, the separate player windows hides its window controls whenever those are not needed.
  • Basic editing (copy, cut, paste, revert to original, save later) for videos.
  • Non-smart playlists, as in iTunes.
  • Rearrange previews/covers via drag-and-drop.
  • Rearrange Smart Playlist contents (if sorted by index).
  • Context-aware "Last Watched" sub-menu in File menu.
  • Contextual menu "Other contexts" browser.
  • Contextual menu "Similar movies" browser.
  • Drag-and-tag: Drag movies to a sub-divided Smart Playlist's sub-groups (those with the grayscale folder icons) to set Tags and Properties according to the sub-group's properties. (This works for Property value sub-division only, and should be considered experimental.)
  • Whitelist and blacklist allow fine-grained control over what Usher sees and does not see.
  • Automatic app updates via Sparkle.