The Contemporary Volumio User Interface is Out!

It is important to keep updated with everything that's going on, right? Here at Volumio we believe refresh is always good, this is why we are thrilled to announce the new Volumio’s User Interface update. We are always working to keep Volumio updated, fresh and of course, with a good-looking design where you can easily know your way around. The principles we follow for the new version of Volumio is to maintain the concept and attributes that defines Volumio and adding the features we believe can be of great use from existing music players, in order to improve our core and give the user more flexibility. 

This updated Volumio version, or what we like to call it, the Contemporary Volumio UI is released with an elegant design, both for the desktop and mobile version, that will give the users a more clean and organized layout. We've been working these past few month to improve the main concept of Volumio in this new version, giving the user an easy-to-use software. Many thanks to Christopher, Bence, Agnes, John and Jackie for the awesome contribution, this UI is the result of their joint effort.

Let see how the Contemporary Volumio User Interface looks like: 

Volumio desktop version

The bottom bar is the main feature of the new version, while browsing through every page on your Volumio, you can see the current audio playing and control it from there without having to go to the main page.

 

Setting menu volumio
The new design is simple and clean, giving your Volumio a more organized design while browsing through the menu.

 

Volumio desktop version

The left menu can display the integrations or plug-ins you use, becoming an easier way to access it.

 

setting menu

In the playback zone column bar, you can easily change and control the devices in just one click.

 

main page volumio

Keeping the existing structure of the classic Volumio version but adding a few features to keep it an easy-to-use and intuitive design.  

 

And now let's take a look at the mobile version...

mobile version volumio

Bottom bar available while browsing in your music library

 

mobile version volumio

Clean look while going through the menu

 

mobile version volumio

Elegant design on the playback page

 

mobile version volumio

And the playback zones view...

 

How do you like it so far?

This new version is available to ALL Volumio users. It's free for all, just update it and you'll get it right away.

To enable the Contemporary version of Volumio It's super easy, just update to the latest version (Volumio 2.712) and by default the contemporary design will be applied on the UI.

Take a look around and see all the new perks of using the Contemporary Volumio UI, and if for whatever reason it does not work for you, do not worry because you can change back to the Classic version, just go on settings, appearance, and on the bottom of the page you can change the User Interface Layout Design.

Your opinion matter to us! Give us a feedback about it, we want to know what works for you, what doesn't and needs to be improved. Just let us know here in the comments!

And last but not least, be on the lookout for more news, we are currently working on new features and improvement so prepare for more surprises, this new update is just a glimpse of all the things coming out soon!

Enjoy!


A summer (UI) Refresh for Volumio

It's hot outside, so we need some refreshments.

We at Volumio think that an User Interface refresh is the way! So please welcome: the new Volumio3 User Interface Beta!

We've been working hard in those months to improve usability and look of our beloved user interface, following all the great feedbacks from our Community and OEM partners.
The priciples we followed are:

  • Re-use existing (and common) User Experience logics from mainstream music players. So, let's not reinvent the wheel and let's take what's good in other music players out there. So you'll notice that the structure might look familiar... We've taken pieces of UI from our favourite Music Players and combined them together to offer an easy and intuitive environment, without loosing the uniqueness of Volumio's distinctive look.
  • Allow for more expansion in the future: the new Ui is the first milestone in a bigger overhaul project (codenamed Volumio3). We want to allow advanced navigation capabilities (interlinking and semantic browsing) and providing credits, lyrics and additional informations in an easy and convenient way. This will take place by the end of this year, and we designed the user interface to be ready to adopt those new changes.
  • Great focus on mobile: Mobile use is where we focused the most, with adaptive and dynamic menus.

Let's see some screenshots:

 

Notice the left bar and bottom bar? Needless to say: this layout works...

 

An easier placement for settings...

Queue, for those who can't live without...

 

And a great news... We are seriously preparing for multiroom...

 

 

The mobile playback view, in all its glory...

 

Browsing on mobile...

 

Album view on Mobile...

 

Multiroom view on mobile...

 

HOW TO ENABLE THE VOLUMIO3 UI BETA

Super easy:

  • Update to latest version (the new UI is available starting from version 2.598)
  • Head to Settings, Appearance and scroll to the bottom
  • Enable The experimental Volumio3 UI
  • Click save, and restart Volumio
  • Once restarted, refresh your browser page
  • Enjoy!

Since this is a major overhaul, we are keen to receive your feedbacks. So make sure that you let us know what you think, what does not work, what you would like to be improved in the dedicated forum thread.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

As you might have understood, the contribution of MyVolumio are providing us with a great boost, which we are re-investing heavily in both the Free and Premium side of Volumio. And yes, we have many many new features and updates coming:

  • Multiroom synced playback
  • Advanced Browsing Capabilities
  • Hiresaudio.com integration
  • Deezer Integration
  • Bluetooth integration
  • Credits and Lyrics
  • Analog Input playback

Those great improvements are to be gradually released from here to the end of the year. So, if you needed one more reason to try MyVolumio, now you have it: this will help us bring to you those functionalities as soon as possible!

Enjoy and have a great summer!