Miro Interface

The Miro user interface consists of 4 basic parts. Before walking through the functionality you should understand the terms used to describe each piece. This will make the rest of the manual easier to understand.

When you first start Miro, it looks something like this:

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The labeled areas are these:

  1. This is the menu.
  2. This is the sidebar. It allows you to navigate to the Miro Guide, video search, different views of your media library, websites, feeds, and playlists. Clicking on an item in the sidebar will bring up that item’s display in the main view.
  3. This is the main view. This screenshot is showing the browser display.
  4. This is the playback bar. This bar has controls for playback, fullscreen, details of the item being played, the timeline, and the volume control.

The menu

The menu is pretty straight-forward. It works like menus for other applications.

The sidebar

The sidebar manages things. Each item in the sidebar is called a tab. Clicking on a particular tab will display it’s content in the main view.

At the top of the side bar is the Miro Guide tab. Clicking on this tab brings up the Miro guide in the main view.

Next is the Video Search tab. Clicking on this tab brings up the video search view. This is covered more in Searching video websites.

Next is the Library section which is organized into four sub-tabs. It contains all the items that are cataloged by Miro, sorted by type. The Video tab holds video items, the Audio tab holds audio items, and the Other tab is a catch-all for everything else—for example, PDF files or images. The Downloading tab shows you everything that is currently downloading or seeding.

Next is the Websites section which holds websites. A website is any website you want bookmarked to view inside of Miro. Websites are covered in Websites.

After that is the Video feeds section which holds video podcast feeds and the Audio feeds section which holds audio podcast feeds. Feeds are covered in Feeds.

Following that is the Playlists section which holds playlists. Playlists are covered in Playlists.

The main view

There are several different kinds of main views depending on what’s selected in the sidebar.

The browser view

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Miro has a built-in web-browser. There are browser controls along the top of the browser allowing you to go forward and backward in the history, reload the page, go back to “home” and open the current page in a browser outside of Miro.

On Windows, the browser is XULRunner-based like Firefox.

On GNU/Linux and OSX, the browser is Webkit-based like Safari.

The item view

The item view has a header and a list of items in the view. In the header you’ll find the name of the view you’re looking at and buttons for executing tasks related to that view and changing view settings.

This is a screenshot of a feed showing in the item view.

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Miro can show the item list as a simple list or as larger blurbs with titles, descriptions and thumbnails. You can toggle between these views using the toggle in the upper left hand corner of the item view:

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The left button causes items to look like this:

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Items can be sorted by clicking on the Name, Date, Size and Time headings. Clicking on the heading twice will reverse the sort.

Here’s the same feed showing as a list:

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Items can be sorted by clicking on the column headings. Clicking twice will reverse the sort.

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