Infuse 4.2 adds Library view on tvOS, trakt ratings sync, Spotlight search on iOS and more

By , May 19, 2016

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The versatile Infuse media player for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV by aTV Flash Black developer FireCore today got bumped to version 4.2, bringing dozens of new features, enhancements and refinements to both the iOS and tvOS edition of the software.

Infuse 4.2 now surfaces your content in Spotlight search, lets you sync ratings for rate content on trakt.tv and has new Continuous Playback options.

On the fourth-generation Apple TV, Infuse gained a new Library mode and Smart Filters, an artwork picker for your Favorites and lots of other improvements. Plus, audiophiles will be pleased to learn that Infuse for Apple TV is now capable of reproducing 7.1 content.

Library view in Infuse for Apple TV

Infuse’s new Library view on the Apple TV, seen top of post, is awesome.

For starters, it does make finding videos to watch easier than before. After the app searches deep within your connected folders and devices to catalog every media file it can find, it’ll group them all together in a slick new menu.

The Library view gets more powerful when you consider Smart Filters, another new feature permitting you to browse the library by genre, rating, release date, age rating and watched/unwatched. In fact, Smart Filters make it simple to create custom Favorites that auto-update on Infuse’s home screen.

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For example, you could create a Favorite of just kids movies, another one for unwatched TV shows etc.. I’m also happy that adding custom artwork to Favorites is now possible within the Apple TV app.

Trakt ratings sync, Spotlight search integration

Infuse has long supported trakt.tv sync for playback progress and watched history.

Starting with Infuse 4.2, your trakt ratings sync between all your devices while rated items are designated with all-new orange stars that get updated from trakt automatically.

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Videos in Infuse are now searchable via iOS’s Spotlight feature on your Home screen.

“Videos selected from within Spotlight will instantly start playing, and Infuse will pick up right where you left off if you happened to already start that video on another device,” explains developer James Abeler.

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The full list of changes, fixes and refinements in Infuse 4.2 follows below.

What’s new in Infuse 4.2 for iPhone and iPad

  • Spotlight search
  • Personalized trakt ratings for rated content
  • Auto-select first unwatched TV episode
  • Additional Continuous Playback options
  • Group recently used languages near top of subtitles download menu
  • Updated Dolby Audio library
  • Tap outside ticket to close (iPad only)
  • Local files can now be deleted with File Management disabled
  • Resolved playback issue affecting some Dolby ATMOS videos
  • Many, many other minor improvements and fixes

What’s new in Infuse 4.2 for Apple TV

  • All-new Library View with Smart Filters
  • New artwork picker for folder and library favorites
  • Personalized trakt ratings for rated content
  • Auto-select first unwatched TV episode
  • Episodes now grouped by season in Recently Watched
  • Streamlined sign in process for trakt
  • Recently used subtitle languages are now grouped together
  • Mark folders to use embedded metadata only
  • Resume prompt now displays resume time
  • Additional Continuous Playback options
  • Better support for 60+ fps videos
  • Apple TV ‘Dolby Digital’ option now works with 7.1 content
  • Improved universal remote scrolling
  • Improved indexing behavior
  • Improved lower shelf navigation
  • Improved double-tap browsing controls
  • Improved display of DTS-HD MA track names
  • Improved trakt rating prompt
  • Many, many other minor improvements and fixes

Infuse for Apple TV was refreshed back in January with custom Favorites graphics, new zooming and sorting options and other improvements.

Then, in April 2016, the Apple TV app gained some more goodies, such as a very cool dark mode from the iOS version, which you can see below, in addition to ‘watched’ icons in the interface, support for high-quality 24-bit HD audio and other perks.

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Pricing and availability

Infuse requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later, or the fourth-generation Apple TV with tvOS 9.0 or higher. The freemium app locks advanced features behind a Pro upgrade, available through the In-App Purchase mechanism.

The iOS app is localized in English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.

Grab Infuse for iOS on the App Store.

To get the Apple TV edition, search for “Infuse” in the tvOS App Store on the fourth-generation Apple TV, or download it through the ‘Not on This Apple TV’ section.

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  • Yazdan Khazeni

    Can I stream MKV files and lock my ipad or iphone then watch it on apple tv?

    • Yep! No problem streaming MKVs over AirPlay while your device is locked (or using other apps).

      • DOOManiac

        Hi James. Just wanted to say thanks for the excellent from you and the rest of the Infuse team!

      • You’re very welcome! So happy to hear you’re enjoying the latest goodies. 🙂

      • Yazdan Khazeni

        Great! Thanks.

  • Dario Langella

    What I really hate about this app is that has no support for Picture-in-Picture and SplitView on iPad… There’s no sense to use it on an iPad Pro and be blocked for doing other things…