FoxTube – YouTube Cache 1.1 for iOS: Advanced YouTube Caching and Player

27 Feb

Seoul, South Korea – mix1009 today is pleased to announce FoxTube – YouTube Cache 1.1 for iOS, an update to their Music app that provides superior YouTube playback as well as an advanced video player. The app allows users to easily create playlists that, with intelligent caching, can be viewed without interruption, despite less than ideal WiFi or 3G reception. The player component includes high-speed search, variable-speed playback from 1 fps to 2x normal, 29 user-definable gestures for player control, background operation, and 11 hideable, onscreen control icons.

Whether casual viewers or YouTube aficionados, those seeking the ultimate in performance and control can find it in FoxTube – YouTube Cache, the new top-of-the-line app from mix1009, which combines technologies from their previous A/V apps and adds some remarkable new features. The app includes two integrated components: intelligent caching and advanced search and playback.

Caching, filling memory with video in advance of playback, helps ensure smooth video and is a standard feature of most YouTube players. What distinguishes the intelligent caching in FoxTube is that it is tightly integrated with the playlist, so even before the video is played the app can pre-cache the video in the playlist. FoxTube also provides options to change the caching algorithm and detailed information about what is cached. First, users can set different caching rules for 3G vs. WiFi connections. Second, each type of connection can be set to cache the current track, both the current and next track, or all tracks on the playlist. Third, viewers can turn on or off Background Caching when the app is operating in the background. Fourth, a Cache Manager, accessible from user options, allows the user to see exactly how much video is being stored in cache memory, how much of it is from the current playlist, and the amount of available flash memory remaining on the iDevice. All, unused, or individual cache files can be deleted independently. Users can play their favorite video directly from cache when network conditions are poor or even when offline.

FoxTube features:
* Easy search (auto-completion, search history)
* Manage playlists (rename, merge, move, copy, delete)
* Supports background play (multitasking)
* Supports remote controls
* Display media info in lock screen (iOS 5 only)
* Pre-cache videos before playing (3 pre-cache algorithms can be selected for 3G/WiFi)
* Supports YouTube HQ videos

Video player features:
* Play speed: Play at 0.5X speed to 2.0X speed
* TV-out support for iPhone4 & iPhone4S
* AirPlay & AirPlay mirroring (on 4S)
* Pan gestures in list view to switch between views
* Customizable gestures in player
* Supports multi-stroke gestures (you can assign lots of functions with just one finger)
* A-B repeat
* Bookmarks within video
* Scene browser: find moment in video by thumbnails
* Previous frame / next frame
* Extreme slow motion play without audio (1FPS – 0.5X)
* Repeat mode: repeat all/one/none
* Built-in tutorial

The player component in FoxTube – YouTube Cache has been optimized to work in cooperation with the intelligent caching component to provide seamless playback of long playlists. In addition to the standard, hideable transport controls the player also offers 11 hideable, onscreen icon controls: Rotation Lock, Show Video Info, Mirror Mode, Enable Pinch Zoom, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Scene Browser, Show Bookmark, Add Bookmark, Previous Bookmark, and Next Bookmark. Video screen size is adjustable and may be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientation. The iPhone/iPod version provides a mini player so users can search while playing, while the iPad version is separately designed to take advantage of more screen estate.

The playback speed control lets movie fans analyze their favorite scenes in detail by slowing the video down to 1 fps or use the next/previous frame feature. Audio pitch is preserved when playing 0.5x – 2.0x speed. Users can enjoy instant picture start as they move up or down their playlist, and the search list includes details on caching and videos encoded in HQ. Search results can be viewed by Relevance, Release Date, View Count, or Users’ Rating. And Search results can be easily edited with buttons for: Select All, Move, Copy, and Delete. A convenient scene browser displays a filmstrip view with 60/30/15/5/1-second intervals, permitting 1-touch non-linear access. Finally, user options allows the viewer to assign one of 29 different gestures (1-finger tap, 2-finger tap, 3-finger tap, swipe up/down/left/right, diagonal swipes, 90-degree swipes, etc.) to instantly control all playback parameters (set speed, increase speed, back one track, seek forward, scene browser, etc.).

“FoxTube – YouTube Cache is the integrated YouTube viewing system you’ve been waiting for,” commented Chun-Koo Park of mix1009. “Set up and move around playlists easily, watch playlists without breaks, and gain complete control over all aspects of playback.”

Language Support:
* U.S. English and Korean

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone 3GS/4/4S; iPod touch (3rd/4th generation); iPad (1/2)
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 2.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
FoxTube – YouTube Cache 1.1 for iPhone/iPod touch is $2.99 (USD), and FoxTube HD – YouTube Cache 1.1 for iPad is $4.99, and both are available exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Review copies are available on request.

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Based in Seoul, South Korea, Indie developer Edward Park develops media apps for iOS & Android platforms. His company, mix1009, was launched in 2011. Copyright (C) 2012 mix1009. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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