Karelia Announces Version 1.2 of Its Free iMedia Browser

April 21, 2009 in Multimedia (E)

[prMac.com] Alameda, California - Karelia Software has released version 1.2 of the Karelia iMedia Browser, a free utility that adds the familiar "media browser" experience to just about any Mac application.

The Version 1.2 update includes a number of enhancements to audio browsing, allowing search by title, artist, album or genre, as well as the ability to play and pause tracks with the space bar. For photo browser, the update contains a number of "under the hood" improvements to speed up loading of photo libraries, plus the ability to open the edited or original versions of images by double-clicking on their thumbnails.

In addition, version 1.2 of iMedia fixes a number of issues as well. It is now possible to drag images into Microsoft Word; audio scrubbing has been improved, and several stability improvements were added.

"We continue to be astounded at the success of the iMedia Browser, both as a stand-alone application and as a framework that developers can integrate into their own applications," said Dan Wood, president of Karelia Software. "This utility has gotten better thanks to the contributions of many 'indie' Mac software companies. This has been a true community project."

A stand-alone utility, the Karelia iMedia Browser lets users quickly and easily browse and drag photos, music, movies, and bookmarks into most applications. The browser loads in the contents of one's Pictures, Music, and Movies folders and the libraries of applications including iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, iTunes, GarageBand, and Safari.

In addition to being used in Sandvox, Karelia's award-winning website development application, the iMedia framework is used by developers around the world in a number of third-party applications, including Photo to Movie, MarsEdit, FotoMagico, Skitch, and Posterino.

Version 1.2 can be downloaded from Karelia's website. It is a Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel architectures, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" or 10.5 "Leopard."

Karelia Software is the California-based company that originally brought you Watson, the ground-breaking Macintosh Web utility, winner of the MacWorld "Eddy" and the Apple Design Award for "Most Innovative Application." Karelia is headed by Dan Wood and Terrence Talbot. We joined forces to create Sandvox when we realized that even for the technically inclined, it was just too painful to get words and pictures on the Web.