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Zoom Player is the most Powerful, Flexible and Customizable DVD and Media Player for the Windows PC platform. Using our powerful Smart Play technology, more image, audio and video media formats play with less hassle, increased stability and better performance. Pro/MAX versions costs from $40, see feature comparison.

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14.5 / 15 RC2 (July 17, 2019)



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Complete Version history / Release notes / Changelog


"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix

--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.5:

* Extended video streaming support for the following web sites:
Facebook (facebook.com)Vimeo (vimeo.com)Dailymotion (dailymotion.com)VK (vk.com)LiveLeak (liveleak.com)Break.com (break.com)Veoh (veoh.com)eBaum's World (ebaumsworld.com)VKMag.com (vkmag.com)Team Four Star (teamfourstar.com)GodTube (godtube.com)StreetFire.net (streetfire.net)Daily HaHa (dailyhaha.com)TCMag.com (tcmag.com)Bofunk (bofunk.com)
Some sites (e.g. facebook) may require you to enable the extended analysismode for the 3DYD filter through the Zoom Player Install Center.

* Automatic fullscreen navigation skin switching based on the display'saspect ratio.For example, by specifying a 16:10 and selected a Zoom Player navigationskin designed for 16:10 displays.(e.g. https://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/nav/default1610.shtml)Note:Skin switching is currently only triggered when opening a navigationinterface.

* TheMovieDB.org media library scraping plugin has been enhanced and cannow return non-english meta-data (texts and images).

* The playlist editor (when using the default Onyx skin or the bundledAlba skin) now draws alternating line highlights making the playlisteasier to track visually.

* The playlist editor's right-click menu now features Colorize actionsthat let you easily color-code track(s) text and background colors.The color information is automatically saved and restored when usingZoom Player's default ZPL format playlists.

* New "PlayListData/Background2" skin script parameter that specifiesthe alternating playlist editor line highlight color.

* New "Thumb rendering threads" setting (Adv. Options / Interface /Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to specify the number of CPU threadsused to render the thumbview display.Previously, this setting was hard-coded to use 2 threads, but now youcan specify any value from "Auto" to "16".Auto mode uses either 2 or 3 threads depending on your PC, butperformance can be improved further with additional threads on systemscontaining many cores or high bandwidth RAM.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) that automatically tries to usethe YouTube IFRAME player if DirectShow playback of a YouTube streamfails.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls):"Next / Previous Track" plays the next/prev media in the same folder ifplaylist contains 1 file.This function behind this setting was previously always enabled.This setting remains enabled by default, but from now you can disablethis behavior from the advanced options dialog.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) to mute the audio whenenabling Slow Motion or Fast Play.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) toforce the navigation list or thumb view to maximum width.Unlike the "full width" setting, this setting will make the navigationlist area take the display device's maximum resolution, which can causesome cosmetic issues (like the thumbnail highlight getting cropped).

* New "Support folders as playlist entries" Setting (Adv. Options /Interface / Playlist). This setting was previously hardcoded andis still enabled by default to support advanced playlist functionality.However, supporting folders as playlist entries triggers a spun-down HDDdrive to spin back up when a playlist is loaded. With this new settingdisabled, you can now prevent drives from accidentally spinning up.

* The advanced playlist control (accessible through the playlist editoror by pressing "J") now shows the number of items remaining in theplaylist as the search filters the playlist.

* New "Refresh" option (Media Library Category Editor / Configure Category)for YouTube channels and RSS Streams that refreshes the channel's Name & Thumbnail.

* New "exVidMoveHorz" and "exVidMoveVert" extended functions that movethe video area (fullscreen) or player window (when not in fullscreen)horizontally and vertically.Command line usage example:zplayer.exe /exfunc:exvidmovehorz,-200 /exfunc:exvidmovevert,-100

* New "fnToggleOverlayCover" function to toggle the "Video covers entiredisplay area" setting on and off.

+ Optimized the Media Library's thumbnail drawing code, increasing updatespeed and smoothness.

+ The Maximum number of scraping threads used by the media library hasincreased from 8 to 16.

+ The advanced playlist control's filter search was searching theentire playlist on each letter pressed, this caused a sluggishuser experience when dealing with very larger playlists (over30,000 entries).To enhance the user experience, the search action is now onlyperformed 350-400ms after the last key-stroke, ensuring thatthe user interface does not stall while typing.

+ When a media library scraped movie did not contain a backdrop image,the default background image is now used instead of a black screen.

+ Zoom Player now does a better job at extracting album art images frommedia files if the JPEG image contains junk in front of the actual image.

+ The Install Center now includes two configuration profiles for the3DYD YouTube Source filter that enable HD/4K streaming.

+ Visualization are now supported when the 3DYD YouTube Source filter isset to "audio only" output.

+ The Command & Control API now notifies when subtitles are enabled/disabled when using the "fnToggleSub" and "fnDisableDVDsub" functions.

+ Updated the PNG and zLib libraries to newer versions.

- TheAudioDB.com scraper plugin is now functional again after the API usedby the site moved to encrypted communication (https), breaking backwardcompatibility.

- TheAudioDB.com media library scraper can now better handle artist namescontaining the "-" character, for example "Alt-J - This Is All Yours"will now properly scrape.

- Starting Zoom Player with the "Do not check if a file exists when addingto the playlist" setting enabled no longer triggers spun-down HDD drivesto spin-up.

- The GuardDog feature tried to restart Zoom Player if Zoom Player'sload time was taking too long (due to HDD drive spin-ups or a networkdrive reconnection), from now the guard dog feature will only startfunctioning once Zoom Player has finished loading.

- When viewing the media library's TV/Movie in JukeBox mode, the backdropimages was not scaled and cropped properly on non-16:9 displays(e.g. 1920x1200 monitor) leaving black bars instead of filling withthe backdrop.

- Kinetic scrolling in the media library did not work well using a mousecursor, stopping when attempting to scroll multiple times while thekinetic movement was still in mid process.

- Fixed a possible TheMovieDB.org scraper freeze (could have causedslow-downs on exit or more rarely, a player freeze) when used incombination with the "Scrape using media derived title (insteadof file name)" category setting.

- The Media Library's Jukebox mode would not enable if the only file inthe folder was a playlist.

- Fixed a case where a media library scraped movie not containing abackdrop image showed a backdrop from another movie.

- When the "Scrape using media derived title (instead of file name)" categorysetting was enabled, under some conditions, the media's thumbnail would notdisplay after closing and reopening the media library.

- Playing media that contained certain special characters in the media'stitle caused multiple unplayable entries to appear in the play history.

- If a media title contained a 'line feed' or 'return' characters, it wouldcorrupt the play history.

- With the "Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size - Auto-Size UserInterface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio (when resizing)" setting enabled,playing audio files with folder/album art could cause Zoom Player's mainwindow to display partially off-screen.

- The latest version of mediainfo DLL changed how it extracts cover artfor audio files, breaking Zoom Player support for displaying the albumart with some audio formats (mainly M4A).

- Better album art image extraction from audio files with ID3v2 TAGs whenthe image header included some junk data.

- When opening a media file by double-clicking from explorer (or otherfile managers), the currently playing track wouldn't highlight correctlyand show the playing position in the playlist editor.

- Using the "Stop" function while a JPEG/PNG image was loading, combinedwith a setting that closes the playing media when using the "Stop"function, caused the image to remain on screen under some conditions.

- Double-clicking an entry on the skin selection dialog could sometimestrigger an access violation error.

- When opening the playlist editor, under some conditions the bottomentries would not show up until the playlist screen was refreshedby a click or scroll.

- The "&" character wasn't showing up in the playlist editor.

- Pressing under the last item in the playlist editor did notvisually select the last item in the list. Then if you pressedthe "Enter" key, it would start playing the last item in theplaylist which was a bit confusing without the visual cue ofa selected entry.

- Fixed a crash when trying to play a video file with too manyexternal audio tracks. External audio tracks are now limitedto a maximum of 10 tracks.

- When the "Force the navigation list or thumb view display to full width"setting was enabled in combination with the "Use dynamically visiblescroll bar" setting, the thumbnail would not highlight correctly.

- Zoom Player will no longer try running MediaInfo.dll when playing a URL,removing the 'unknown error' message from the play information dialogs.

- Using the "^" character in a file name to force the media libraryscraper to ignore any text after this character did not work properlyin some cases.

- The "Mute audio during forward and backward seeks" setting was mutingaudio when attempting to seek forward/backward in a live stream evenin cases where seeking was not possible.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.5 beta 6:
New :
* Extended video streaming support for the following web sites:
Facebook (facebook.com) Vimeo (vimeo.com) Dailymotion (dailymotion.com) VK (vk.com) LiveLeak (liveleak.com) Break.com (break.com) Veoh (veoh.com) eBaum's World (ebaumsworld.com) VKMag.com (vkmag.com) Team Four Star (teamfourstar.com) GodTube (godtube.com) StreetFire.net (streetfire.net) Daily HaHa (dailyhaha.com) TCMag.com (tcmag.com) Bofunk (bofunk.com)
Some sites (e.g. facebook) may require you to enable the extended analysis mode for the 3DYD filter through the Zoom Player Install Center.
* Automatic fullscreen navigation skin switching based on the display's aspect ratio. For example, by specifying a 16:10 and selected a Zoom Player navigation skin designed for 16:10 displays. (e.g. https://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/nav/default1610.shtml) Note: Skin switching is currently only triggered when opening a navigation interface.
* New "Refresh" option (Media Library Category Editor / Configure Category) for YouTube channels and RSS Streams that refreshes the channel's Name & Thumbnail.

Change :
+ Entering a media library TV JukeBox folder that contains no media files will no longer switch to thumbnail view for the empty folder, instead remaining in file list mode.

Fixes :
- When viewing the media library's TV/Movie in JukeBox mode, the backdrop images was not scaled and cropped properly on non-16:9 displays (e.g. 1920x1200 monitor) leaving black bars instead of filling with the backdrop.
- Zoom Player will no longer try running MediaInfo.dll when playing a URL, removing the 'unknown error' message from the play information dialogs.
- Using the "^" character in a file name to cause the media library scraper to ignore any text after this character did not work in some cases.
- The "Mute audio during forward and backward seeks" setting was muting audio when attempting to seek forward/backward in a live stream even in cases seeking was not possible.
--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.5 beta 5:
New :
* New "Thumb rendering threads" setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to specify the number of CPU threads used to render the thumbview display. Previously, this setting was hard-coded to use 2 threads, but now you can specify any value from "Auto" to "16". Auto mode uses either 2 or 3 threads depending on your PC, but performance can be improved further with additional threads on systems containing many cores or high bandwidth RAM.
* New "Support folders as playlist entries" Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist). This setting was previously hardcoded and is still enabled by default to support advanced playlist functionality. However, supporting folders as playlist entries triggers a spun-down HDD drive to spin back up when a playlist is loaded. With this new setting disabled, you can now prevent drives from accidentally spinning up.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) to mute the audio when enabling Slow Motion or Fast Play.
* New "fnToggleOverlayCover" function to toggle the "Video covers entire display area" setting on and off.

Change :
+ Optimized the Media Library's thumbnail drawing code, increasing update speed and smoothness.
+ The Maximum number of scraping threads used by the media library has increased from 8 to 16.
+ When a media library scraped movie did not contain a backdrop image, the default background image is now used instead of a black screen.
+ Updated the PNG and zLib libraries to newer versions.

Fixes :
- Starting Zoom Player with the "Do not check if a file exists when adding to the playlist" setting enabled no longer triggers spun-down HDD drives to spin-up.
- The GuardDog feature would try to restart Zoom Player if Zoom Player's load time was taking too long (due to HDD drive spin-ups or a network drive reconnection).
- The Media Library's Jukebox mode would not enable if the only file in the folder was a playlist.
- Fixed a case where a media library scraped movie not containing a backdrop image showed a backdrop from another movie.
--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.5 beta 4:
Fixes :
- When the "Force the navigation list or thumb view display to full width" setting was enabled in combination with the "Use dynamically visible scroll bar" setting, the thumbnail would not highlight correctly.
- TheAudioDB.com media library scraper can now better handle artist names containing the "-" character, for example "Alt-J - This Is All Yours" will now properly scrape.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.5 beta 3:
New :
* TheMovieDB.org media library scraping plugin has been enhanced and can now return non-english meta-data (texts and images).

Change :
+ The Install Center now includes two configuration profiles for the 3DYD YouTube Source filter that enable HD/4K streaming.
+ Visualization are now enabled when the 3DYD YouTube Source filter is set to "audio only" output.

Fixes :
- TheAudioDB.com scraper plugin is now functional after the API used by the site moved to encrypted communication (https), breaking backward compatibility.
- If a media title contained a 'line feed' or 'return' characters, it would corrupt the play history.
- Fixed a possible TheMovieDB.org scraper freeze (could have caused slow-downs on exit or more rarely, a player freeze) when used in combination with the "Scrape using media derived title (instead of file name)" category setting.
- When the "Scrape using media derived title (instead of file name)" category setting was enabled, under some conditions, the media's thumbnail would not display after closing and reopening the media library.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.5 beta 2:
New :
* The playlist editor (when using the default Onyx skin or the bundled Alba skin) now draws alternating line highlights making the playlist easier to track visually.
* The playlist editor's right-click menu now features Colorize actions that let you easily color-code track(s) text and background colors. The color information is automatically saved and restored when using Zoom Player's default ZPL format playlists.
* New "PlayListData/Background2" skin script parameter that specifies the alternating playlist editor line highlight color.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) that automatically tries to use the YouTube IFRAME player if DirectShow playback of a YouTube stream fails.
* The advanced playlist control (accessible through the playlist editor or by pressing "J") now show the number of items remaining in the playlist as the search filters down the list.

Change :
+ The advanced playlist control's filter search was searching the entire playlist on each letter pressed, this caused a sluggish user experience when dealing with very larger playlists (over 30,000 entries). To enhance the user experience, the search action is now only performed 350-400ms after the last key-stroke, ensuring that the user interface does not stall while typing.

Fixes :
- Using the "Stop" function while a media was loading combined with a non-default setting that closes the playing media when using the "Stop" function and when display a JPEG/PNG image could cause the image to remain on screen.
- Double-clicking an entry on the skin selection dialog could sometimes trigger an access violation error.
- When opening the playlist editor, under some conditions the bottom entries would not show up until the playlist screen was refreshed by a click or scroll.
- The "&" character wasn't showing up in the playlist editor.
- Pressing under the last item in the playlist editor did not visually select the last item in the list. Then if you pressed the "Enter" key, it would start playing the last item in the playlist which was a bit confusing without the visual cue of a selected entry.
- Fixed a crash when trying to play a video file with too many external audio tracks. External audio tracks are now limited to a maxiumum of 10 tracks.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.5 beta 1:
New :
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls): "Next / Previous Track" plays the next/prev media in the same folder if playlist contains 1 file. This function behind this setting was previously always enabled. This setting remains enabled by default, but from now you can disable this behavior from the advanced options dialog.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Fullscreen Navigation) to force the navigation list or thumb view to maximum width. Unlike the "full width" setting, this setting will make the navigation list area take the display device's maximum resolution, which can cause some cosmetic issues (like the thumbnail highlight getting cropped).


Change :
+ Zoom Player now does a better job at extracting album art images from media files if the JPEG image contains junk in front of the actual image.
+ The Command & Control API now notifies when subtitles are enabled/ disabled when using the "fnToggleSub" and "fnDisableDVDsub" functions.

Fixes :
- Kinetic scrolling in the media library did not work well using a mouse cursor, stopping when attempting to scroll multiple times while the kinetic movement was still in mid process.
- Playing media that contained certain special characters in the media's title caused multiple unplayable entries to appear in the play history.
- With the "Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size - Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio (when resizing)" setting enabled, playing audio files with folder/album art could cause Zoom Player's main window to display partially off-screen.
- The latest version of mediainfo DLL changed how it extracts cover art for audio files, breaking Zoom Player support for displaying the album art with some audio formats (mainly M4A).
- Better album art image extraction from audio files with ID3v2 TAGs when the image header included some junk data.
- When opening a media file by double-clicking from explorer (or other file managers), the currently playing track wouldn't highlight correctly and show the playing position in the playlist editor.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.4:

* Initial support for the AV1 video compression format: AOMedia Video 1 (AV1), is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AV1
The AV1 codec should eventually provide a 20% superior image quality/bitrate compared to HEVC (H.265).

* New "Run Application" media library plugin that lets you run applications and scripts directly from a media library category thumbnail.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface), Station manager should stay on top of other application when switching to fullscreen mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback), Load .URL files as streaming media (otherwise load as web page).

* New (Adv. Options / Playback) "On play complete" option to execute an application or script as soon as the playlist completes playing.

+ Media library meta-data scraping had issues with long file paths and URLs (over 200 characaters, depending on Zoom Player's installation path) due to an early design decision to make the cached entries easy to identify using their file names and URL addresses. However, to this day, windows does not support paths longer than 255 characters correctly. As a work-around, if a long file name or url is processed, the cache mechanism now uses a short hash instead of the full file name or url.

+ Enhanced support for RSS feed thumbnails. More thumbnails should show up when adding RSS feeds as media library categories (including more category thumbnail for feeds that support them).

+ If an RSS Feed has multiple entries with the same publish date, the entries will now be second-level sorted by URL.

+ The number of RSS entries cached by the media library plugin has been raised from 2000 to 5000.

+ Two Sonique visualization resolution settings have changed from an aspect ratio of 4:3 to 16:9 : 320x240 -> 320x180 640x480 -> 640x360
This change may not be reflected in the drop-down list if you are not using an updated language pack, but this is just cosmetic, the new resolutions are set according to the numbers above.

+ Enhanced the SHOUTcast station sorting.

+ When downloading playlists, Zoom Player now uses the windows temp folder instead of the 'my documents'.

+ When playing archive files (zip/rar), the archive is now extracted to the windows temp folder instead of 'my documents'.

+ Meta-data returned when playing streaming audio is now trimmed to remove superfluous spaces before/after the returned text.

- A race condition caused the scrape manager thread not to signal it is terminating correctly, causing Zoom Player to freeze on exit.

- The media library playlist plugin now supports playlist URLs longer than 255 characters long.

- RSS feeds containing a special unicode line-break character in the description would trigger a freeze when opening the RSS media library category a second time.

- Enabling the "Share Play History at a custom path" setting and not specifying a trailing "" in the folder name would cause the play history to be saved incorrectly.

- The "Continue to the next Playlist item when an invalid file is played" setting would skip tracks if the unplayable media was the last playlist entry.
- Opening a playlist from the file-open dialog would not always preserve the active playlist entry as specified in the playlist file.

- Some unicode characters did not show up correctly in the playlist editor and music OSD if the selected font did not support the characters. Now a different windows text-rendering function is used, one that takes unsupported character from a system-default font.

- When including an executable entry in the playlist, playback did not progress to the next track correctly and would cause the wrong title to appear in the playlist editor.

- Playing an audio file with visualization could cause the right click menu to show multiple "close navigator" entries when right-clicking on a fullscreen navigation interface.

- The SHOUTcast station browser would show duplicate entries after opening the dialog multiple times on different days.

- When playing SHOUTcast/ICEcast streams, playing the next track would cause the previously playing title to overwrite the new track's title in the playlist editor.

- Opening a streaming URL from clipboard (Alt+Ctrl+"U") failed to work if the URL was a playlist.

- Pressing the "Play (add to playlist)" button while a navigation interface was visible and the "Stop closes the navigation interfaces" setting was enabled prevented playback of the station from starting.

- Parsing ".CUE" files failed when the an entry contained the word "TRACK" in either the performer or title tags.


What's new in Zoom Player v14.3:

* You can now perform sorting (by Listeners, Name, BitRate & Format) in the SHOUTcast station browser dialog.

+ When the up/down arrow keys are assigned to next/previous chapter or track, the up/down keys were not set logically, now pressing down will go to the next track/chapter and pressing up will go to the previous track/chapter.

+ Opening a YouTube channel with no internet connection now shows a refresh option instead of a message that the category is empty.

+ Using the 'Open subtitle file' to add a subtitle to the currently playing media now initializes the file selection dialog to open in the playing media's folder.

+ The stream selection fullscreen navigation interface will no longer automatically close when switching between tracks.

+ You can now open the stream selection fullscreen navigation interface even if no media is currently playing.

- Due to a language file that was not updated in version 14.2, the titles on navigation interfaces showed the wrong title.

- Pressing the "Load More" button in media library categories with a plugin capable of showing multiple pages (e.g. YouTube) would cause the "refresh" option to disappear if there were no more media to list.

- The RSS feed media library plugin was not showing the correct publishing dates for some RSS feed (e.g. YouTube RSS).

- Trying to load a playlist through the Open URL (Shift+"U") dialog failed with an error message.

- The media library playlist plugin did not function properly under some conditions, reporting an empty category.

- The media library playlist plugin did not use a clean category name when a playlist URL was used instead of an actual file.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.2:

* New "Favorites" fullscreen navigation interface. Any media can be added to the favorites list through the media library or file browsing navigational interfaces. Please note that this change required resetting the "Navigation interfaces on main navigator" feature to it's default value (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation).

* When using the "Open URL" function, a new "Clear playlist" checkbox is now available (previously the playlist was always cleared).

* With LAV Filters v0.71, a D3D11 hardware decoding mode has been added. You can instruct LAV to use this mode automatically by setting the option under "Adv. Options / Playback / Video".

+ The "Play History database may be corrupted" message will no longer appear unless the play history file is actually corrupted.

+ You can now set the "Retain Media Playback History for" value to 99999 days (~2738 years), up from the original 9999 days (~27 years), just in case one of you finds immortality and wished to use Zoom Player forever.

+ The torrents plugin should now shutdown a little faster if Zoom Player closes while the plugin was fetching an updated file list.

- Fixed a bug that prevented the previously active audio track from being restored when re-playing a video with multiple audio tracks.

- Opening a playlist from navigation interfaces loaded the playlist but did not automatically start playing it.

- The fullscreen navigation's text Anti-Aliasing setting was being reset after restarting the player.

- Bug Fixes.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v14.1:

* Automatic support for native Windows 7-10 media library folder structure (previously only the more basic Windows XP-Vista library structure was supported).

* New setting (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions" to instruct Zoom Player to process ".m3u8" playlists. This setting is disabled by default as it can cause conflicts with services that require DirectShow filters to process this type of playlist format.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker) to specify the download tracking plugins refresh rate.
This value only affects the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces, the download tracking navigation interface refreshes at a higher rate automatically. Please note that using a low number (under 10 seconds) may impact performance when tracking large file lists (over 10,000 entries).

* New setting on the Torrents download & tracking plugin to prevent it from passing file entries to Zoom Player that do not actually exist on the disk drive. This setting is off by default but can increase performance when dealing with a large number of torrents that were only partially downloaded.

* New setting on the Torrents download & tracking plugin to prevent it from passing file entries to Zoom Player that are marked as "do not download". This setting is off by default. Enabling this setting can reduce some computations and speed up the listing process but at the same time it prevents you from later changing the download priority on these files.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) to enable Zoom Player's DSP filter only for visualizations.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) to set an initial audio re-synchronization value for visualizations (Zoom Player's DSP filter is required for this setting to function).

* The last play position is now drawn over the thumbnail in TV Jukebox mode.

+ Windows 10 creators edition changed how fonts are rendered by enabling clear-type rendering at higher resolutions. Clear-type is a lot slower to draw and at resolutions above 1080p causes severe performance degradation in Zoom Player's fullscreen navigation interfaces. Previously, to solve this issue, you could set Zoom Player to override windows' font rendering. From this version, the setting is enabled by default (you can still change it manually under "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization").

+ Zoom Player's default window size for the onyx skin was changed to present a default video size of 960x540 (up from the previous 604x340) and for the alba skin, the default video size was changed to 1280x720.

+ You can now press the escape key to cancel a 'play all files in folder' feature mid-action. Accidentally playing an entire drive could have caused Zoom Player to appear unresponsive.

+ You can now press any navigation key to cancel a 'play all files in folder' feature mid-action.

+ The download plugins synchronization has been completely rewritten, and should no longer cause any user interface slow-downs.

+ The torrents plugin has been greatly optimized, working much faster with large file lists.

+ The download fullscreen navigation interface should scroll much smoothly when dealing with a large number of files.

+ The YouTube (Channel/Search/Trending), Playlist and RSS Feed media library plugins have been optimized for greater performance.

+ Optimized core string handling routines, improving script parsing (e.g. Skin parsing) and other areas.

+ Media Library plugin result entries now display the media's title instead of the file name or URL in list mode (previously the title only showed in thumbnail mode).

+ A 'processing, please hold ...' message now appear when it takes Zoom Player longer to close due to background tasks (media scraping, download plugin sync) still being active.

+ Switching between fullscreen and windowed mode while the media library is opened should be cleaner and faster (less visual junk in the transition).

- Opening the media library, especially on 4K displays showed a low resolution image of the media library for a split second before displaying the full resolution version.
The double-draw event caused both the described visual glitch as well as a performance penality.

- Resizing the Zoom Player window while the media library was visible in thumbnail mode could cause the thumbnails to display in the wrong size.

- Selecting a custom Audio Renderer for audio visualizations did not work well (the wrong audio renderer was used at times).

- Loading a text file would not display the file name in the title area.

- Using the Stop function to close the playing media did not work if the playing media was a text file.

- Fixed a scraping bug where the ".nfo" file detection algorithm would fail with files/folders names containing unicode characters.

- Fixed a possible crash that would trigger sometimes on an initial run after a fresh install.

- Fixed a crash when playing a live video stream using MadVR as the video renderer and trying to use the pause button on the control bar.

- Opening the file browsing and download manager fullscreen navigation interfaces will no longer freeze for two seconds if the Torrents download plugin is enabled and qBittorrent isn't running.

- Opening the file browsing and download manager fullscreen navigation interfaces will no longer freeze for long periods if qBittorrent is seeding many torrents.

- The media library should no longer freeze for a few seconds when retrieving large file lists from qBittorrent using the Torrents plugin.

- The information dialog ("I" keyboard macro) did not show up when playing in fullscreen on a secondary monitor.

- The torrents download plugin was not recognizing a file's download priority correctly after the latest qBittorrent release.

- The torrents download plugin was listing files returned by qBittorrent but no longer existing on the disk drive in the root folder instead of their (no longer existing) path.

- The currently selected playlist editor entries would lose their selection if a playlist update was triggered after the listed media's duration has been scraped.

- Trying to play a streaming media URL that contained trailing spaces would fail. Trailing spaces are now trimmed (you can still use encoded space characters in the URL).

- The Lock-UI (user interface) feature used to prevent accidental clicks did not block some click and double-click actions.

- The Dolby Digital Plus audio format was not being displayed with an icon on the TV and Movie jukebox screens.

- The play position tool-tip was sometimes displayed in the wrong screen position on multi-monitor displays.

- MIDI audio playback should be more reliable.

- The media library's playlist plugin no longer shows an invalid duration value if the playlist entry has no duration.



--- What's new in Zoom Player v14:

* New Download & Tracking plugin API has been developed. The API specifies which file extensions or URL sub-string matches to pass to the Download & Tracking API instead of trying to play.
This information is specified under: Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions : Download The API can be used create a plugin that integrate with 3rd party download software or directly download the content itself.
The tracking portion of the API shows the currently download state and whether there's a good chance the download is currently playable. This information is displayed in the media library, file browsing and download tracking fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* The download tracking navigation interface has been enhanced with the ability to predict when you can begin playing a media file while it is still downloading.
When using the new Torrents plugin, the prediction is based on the number of torrent pieces that have successfully downloaded from the beginning and end of the media file.
By default this is 2% from the beginning of the file and 1% from the end. The Torrents plugin requires qBittorrent version 4 or newer to work. qBittorrent is now available to download through the Install Center. A quick slideshow demonstrating how to use the Torrents plugin: https://www.facebook.com/zoomplayer/videos/1475689062513061/
We are building a library and possibly a seed-box to show case public- domain and creative commons videos. If you would like to expose your video to Zoom Player's user base, please contact us at: https://inmatrix.com/email/business.shtml

* Download tracking plugins can be enabled, disabled and configured through a new interface under "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker".

* New Playlist media library source plugin that lets you assign any playlist as a media library category.

* The media library fullscreen interface's settings page can now be used to select the Audio Rendering device (audio output), making it easy to switch between different output modes (switching audio between rooms, speaker setups, headphone output, etc).

* The media library fullscreen interface's settings page can now be used to select the Video Rendering device, making it easy to test out different rendering qualities or in cases where a particular video may not play correctly in your preferred video renderer.

* New "Facebook" smart play profile for playing facebook video URLs using the 3DYD directshow filter.

* New "Vimeo" smart play profile for playing viemo video URLs using the 3DYD directshow filter.

* New "Daily Motion" smart play profile for playing Daily Motion video URLs using the 3DYD directshow filter.

* New "Streaming Services" smart play profile supporting streaming videos from:
- bofunk.com - break.com - ebaumsworld.com - godtube.com - liveleak.com - tcmag.com - teamfourstar.com - veoh.com - vk.com - vkmag.com - yourepeat.com

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / History) to prevent files or URLs from being saved to the play history. All you need to do is specify a partial string, for example "some folder name" or "someurl.org".

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / History) to hide files or URLs from being displayed in the play history dialogs while still remember the last playback position, volume, subtitle track, etc. All you need to do is specify a partial string, for example "some folder name" or "someurl.org".

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) to disable seeking controls when playing files or URLs containing a specified path or text.

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) to override the audio renderer when playing with visualization. This allows you to use the "DC-Crossfading Audio Renderer" to support a volume fading effect on Start/End/Play/Stop/Seek only when playing with visualizations. This is similar to how WinAmp fades audio between tracks.
Download the DC-Crossfading Audio Renderer here: (http://www.dsp-worx.de/?n=14)

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) to display all navigation interfaces on a secondary monitor.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that controls whether Zoom Player switches to the next/previous track when using next/previous chapter function on a media that does not contain chapters. This setting is enabled by default.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) that can force playback to delay for a specified number of milliseconds after finishing to play a track with audio visualizations.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) that specifies the visualization rendering frame rate, by default 30fps.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) that reloads a live stream if the stream disconnects unexpectedly.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to automatically play the next media in the playlist after deleting the currently playing media. This setting is disabled by default.

* New "Scrape using media derived title (instead of file name)" media library category setting used to scrape online for content based on the media's title (instead of the file name).

* New "Do not display the media's position/duration on top of thumbnails" media library category setting to prevent the current play position and the media's duration from appearing on top of thumbnails.
* New "Do not display a media format (audio/video/picture) icon on top of thumbnails" media library category setting to prevent the drawing of a media format indicator icon from appearing on top of thumbnails.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / On Screen Display) that controls the OSD clock position.

* You can now create and save chapter points (bookmarks) for streaming URLs.

* When taking screenshots of the playing video (Alt+F keyboard macro), the current play position is now saved as part of the file name.

* The fullscreen information navigation interface now includes media format information extracted using the MediaInfo.dll plugin.

* New (optional) control bar button to open/hide the fullscreen stream selection navigation interface.

* New "exSetAudTrack" extended function that sets the current audio track.

* New "exSetSubTrack" extended function that sets the current subtitle track.

+ The media library "TheMovieDB" plugin's Movie/TV detection accuracy has increased by cropping out more undesired key-words from file/folder names, using a fuzzy search algorithm to better detect non-exact movie names matches and preferring a release year with a partial name match to an exact name match with a mismatched release date.

+ The internal image decoder (JPEG/GIF/PNG/BMP) is now capable of downloading and displaying images directly from web servers (e.g. a playlist full of image URLs).

+ Using the "open streaming link" or "open streaming link from keyboard" functions will now relay downloadable URLs to any matching download plugin (for example .torrent/magnet links) without affecting the current playback.

+ The media library 'RSS Feed' plugin now caps the maximum cached entries to 2000 and the description length to 3500 characters. Otherwise, over time the RSS plugin data would become too large and would stop displaying.

+ The playlist fullscreen navigation interface now draws a playing icon next to the currently playing track.

+ The YouTube Search and Trending media library plugins will now use a search/trending thumbnail when creating new categories. This change does not apply to previously created categories. The new images can be manually assigned using the category configuration dialog. By default the new images are located here using Windows 64bit: "c:Program Files (x86)Zoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Search.jpg" "c:Program Files (x86)Zoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Trending.jpg"
And here using Windows 32bit: "c:Program FilesZoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Search.jpg" "c:Program FilesZoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Trending.jpg"

+ The new version update notification will now include a condensed highlight list of what changed in the latest version (will only appear in the next version released after this one).

+ The "Scrape folder thumbnails by using the name of the first video file within the folder instead of the folder name" media library category setting now works better in TV Jukebox mode by scraping only for the show name, no longer scraping season/episode numbers from the file name.

+ Pruning the play history (using the button) no longer erases URL entries, only local files that were erased from the disk drive.

+ The thumbnail and meta-data cache folder is now cleared once a week instead of on every exit, improving the time it takes Zoom Player to close.

+ Many of the main navigation icons were polished to give the default navigation theme a more consistent look.

+ The "unknown" icon has been updated to better suit the UX design.

+ The media library plugin API can now accept local-file thumbnails when creating new categories.

- Fixed a major issue with random play that would cause it to stop working after the entire playlist has been finished playing one time.

- Installing an audio device or a custom audio renderer filter would change the selected audio renderer for DVDs and WMP ActiveX playback.

- Fixed a crash when trying to open a URL from the clipboard when the clipboard contained junk text.

- Using local settings files while running multiple Zoom Player instances from different folders prevented changed settings from being saved.

- Zoom Player didn't look for subtitles in the XySubFilter's paths definition, causing subtitles not to load when they were not in the same folder as the video.

- Playing a media from the windows explorer (or other 3rd party software) would show an "are you sure?" prompt by accident.

- Fixed a crash when trying to load a malformed play history cache file.

- The Zoom Player Install Center and Zoom Player itself were out of sync, triggering a new components update notification to appear within 2 weeks after running the Instal Center.

- Registry entries were not being saved/loaded properly when running Zoom Player in Windows Vista compatibility mode (and possibly other compatibility modes). This of course lead to instability.

- When enabling the "Seek to key-frames when using LAV Video decoder (faster, less accurate seeking)" setting, some file handles were not properly closed, preventing the playing media from being erased until Zoom Player was closed.

- The key-mapping editor's search feature did not work.

- Fixed a freeze triggered by the media library's 'RSS Feed' plugin on certain RSS feeds that used an ASCII #13 as a line break.

- When playing a SHOUTcast stream, the playlist editor cleared the selected entry every second.

- Smart Play's "Configure File Source" dialog did not set a default value for the "Use with" field when a non-english language pack was used.

- The "stay on top" setting would stop functioning when exiting fullscreen mode with the playlist editor visible.

- The Windows Picture Library and Music Library (system folders) may not have displayed with the correct thumbnail layout in the media library.

- The controlbar's volume pop-up slider did not appear in the correct position under some circumstances.

- Fixed a glitch where TAG display for a local file playback would show "???" instead of international characters.

- Fixed an issue where audio visualization wouldn't render in the correct resolution when changing the visualization display size.

- Wrong duration displayed in the playlist when using Windows Media Player's ActiveX control to play streaming media.

- Double-clicking a station list entry to begin playback while the media library was opened could trigger a playback of whatever was highlighted in the media library instead of the station list entry.

- Hiding the "Media Scanner" and "Remove Category Folder(s)" from the media library's category listing would break keyboard quick search from working on the last category listed.

- In some cases, when using the "Media Close Delay" feature, the delay would be twice as long as the specified value.

- Playback of ASX playlists did not work.

- With some language packs, the text for the station manager's left column would cut-off.

- Debug logs related to kinetic scrolling were being saved by the non-debug version.

- The Double-Click function did not work when clicking audio visualizations.

- The default value for the new "Navigation on Monitor" setting was accidentally set to as fullscreen on a the first monitor instead of the current monitor (within the window or fullscreen).

- Fixed a crash when trying to close the media library just as it was being opened.

- Fixed a bug in the smart play source filter "new profile" dialog which caused the "use with the following URLs" entries to be lost when pressing smart play's auto-configure button.

- The OSD clock is now closed when the options dialog is open as it caused other windowed opened through the options dialog to hide behind the options dialog window.

- Fixed a few small memory leaks.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v14 beta 1:

New :

* New Download & Tracking plugin API has been developed.
The API specifies which file extensions or url sub-string matches to
pass to the Download & Tracking API instead of trying to play.

This information is specified under:
Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions : Download

The API can be used create a plugin that integrate with 3rd party
download software or directly download the content itself.

The tracking portion of the API shows the currently download state
and whether there's a good chance the download is currently playbable.
This information is displayed in the media library, file browsing and
download tracking fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New Torrent download plugin.
The torrent download plugin uses the Download & Tracking API to
pass torrent URLs and magnetic links directly to the open-source
qBitTorrent project:
https://www.qbittorrent.org/

Once a torrent is added to qBitTorrent, you can track the download
state of each file in the torrent using the download tracking fullscreen
navigation interface

* New Playlist media library source plugin that lets you assign
any playlist as a media library category.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that controls
whether Zoom Player switches to the next/previous track when using
next/previous chapter function on a media that does not contain chapters.
This setting is enabled by default.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) that can
force playback to delay for a specified number of milliseconds after
finishing to play a track with audio visualizations.

* New "Scrape using media derived title (instead of file name)"
media library category setting used to scrape online for content
based on the media's title (instead of the file name).

* New "Do not display the media's position/duration on top of thumbnails"
media library category setting to prevent the current play position and
the media's duration from appearing on top of thumbnails.

* New "Do not display a media format (audio/video/picture) icon on top of
thumbnails" media library category setting to prevent the drawing of a
media format indicator icon from appearing on top of thumbnails.



Changes :

+ The media library 'RSS Feed' plugin now caps the maximum cached entries
to 2000 and the description length to 3500 characters. Otherwise, over
time the RSS plugin data would become too large and would stop displaying.



Fixes :

- Zoom Player didn't look for subtitles in the XySubFilter's
paths definition, causing subtitles not to load when they
were not in the same folder as the video.

- The Zoom Player Install Center and Zoom Player itself were out of
synch, triggering a new components update notification to appear
within 2 weeks after runing the Instal Center.

- When enabling the "Seek to key-frames when using LAV Video decoder
(faster, less accurate seeking)" setting, some file handles were not
properly closed, preventing the playing media from being erased
until Zoom Player was closed.

- The key-mapping editor's search feature did not work.

- Fixed a freeze triggered by the media library's 'RSS Feed' plugin on
certain RSS feeds that used an ascii #13 as a line break.

- When playing a SHOUTcast stream, the playlist editor cleared the
selected entry every second.

- Smart Play's "Configure File Source" dialog did not set a default
value for the "Use with" field when a non-english language pack was
used.

- The Windows Picture Library and Music Library (system folders) may not
have displayed with the correct thumbnail layout in the media library.

- Double-clicking a station list entry to begin playback while the
media library was opened could trigger a playback of whatever was
highlighted in the media library instead of the station list entry.

- In some cases, when using the "Media Close Delay" feature, the delay
would be twice as long as the specified value.

- Debug logs related to kinetic scrolling were being saved by the
non-debug version.



--- What's new in Zoom Player v14 beta 2:


New :

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / History) to prevent files or
URLs from being saved to the play history. All you need to do is
specify a partial string, for example "some folder name" or
"someurl.org".

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / History) to hide files or
URLs from being displayed in the play history dialogs while
still remember the last playback position, volume, subtitle track,
etc. All you need to do is specify a partial string, for example
"some folder name" or "someurl.org".

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) to disable seeking
controls when playing files or URLs containing a specified path or text.

* New feature (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) to
override the audio renderer when playing with visualization.

This allows you to use the "DC-Crossfading Audio Renderer" to support a
volume fading effect on Start/End/Play/Stop/Seek only when playing with
visualizations. This is similar to how WinAmp fades audio between tracks.

Download the DC-Crossfading Audio Renderer here:
(http://www.dsp-worx.de/?n=14)

* You can now create and save chapter points (bookmarks) for streaming URLs.

* The fullscreen information navigation interface now includes media format
information extracted using the MediaInfo.dll plugin.

* New "exSetAudTrack" extended function that sets the current audio track.

* New "exSetSubTrack" extended function that sets the current subtitle track.



Changes :

+ The internal image decoder (JPEG/GIF/PNG/BMP) is now capable of
downloading and displaying images directly from web servers
(e.g. a playlist full of image URLs).

+ The playlist fullscreen navigation interface now draws a playing icon
next to the currently playing track.

+ The YouTube Search and Trending media library plugins will now use a
search/trending thumbnail when creating new categories.

This change does not apply to previously created categories.
The new images can be manually assigned using the category configuration
dialog.

By default the new images are located here using Windows 64bit:
"c:Program Files (x86)Zoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Search.jpg"
"c:Program Files (x86)Zoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Trending.jpg"

And here using Windows 32bit:
"c:Program FilesZoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Search.jpg"
"c:Program FilesZoom PlayerMediaNavPluginsYouTube_Trending.jpg"

+ The media library plugin API can now accept local-file thumbnails
when creating new categories.



Fixes :

- Fixed a crash when trying to load a malformed play history cache file.

- With some language packs, the text for the station manager's left
column would cut-off.

- Playing a media from the windows explorer (or other 3rd party software)
would show an "are you sure?" prompt by accident.

- Playback of ASX playlists did not work.



--- What's new in Zoom Player v14 beta 3:


New :

* The Torrents plugin and the fullscreen download tracking navigation
interface have been enhanced with the ability to predict when you can
begin playing a media file while it is still downloading.

The prediction is based on the number of torrent pieces that have
successfully downloaded from the beginning and end of the media file.

By default this is 2% from the beginning of the file and 1% from the end.

Please note that the torrent playback readiness prediction requires
a custom qBitTorrent EXE that supports an enhanced API that Zoom Player
uses to understand which part of the file have finished downloading.
Until these enhancement are part of an official release, you can test
the new feature by downloading qBitTorrent 3.4 beta 2 64bit here.

And then replacing "qbittorrent.exe" with this update:
http://zoomplayer.com/t/qbittorrent_enhanced.zip

Without the updated qBitTorrent EXE you will see a "?" next to the file
names in the download tracker instead of the playback readiness icons and
new torrents will not download automatically in sequential order.

A quick slideshow demonstrating how the Torrents plugin looks and works:
https://www.facebook.com/zoomplayer/videos/1475689062513061/

We are building a library and possibly a seed-box to show case public-
domain and creative commons videos. If you would like to expose your video
to Zoom Player's user base, please contact us at:
https://inmatrix.com/email/business.shtml

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to automatically play
the next media in the playlist after deleting the currently playing
media. This setting is disabled by default.

* When taking screenshots of the playing video (Alt+F keyboard macro),
the current play position is now saved as part of the file name.



Changes :

+ Pruning the play history (using the button) no longer erases URL entries,
only local files that were erased from the disk drive.

+ Using the "open streaming link" or "open streaming link from keyboard"
functions will now relay downloadable URLs to any matching download plugin
(for example .torrent/magnet links) without affecting the current playback.

+ The thumbnail and meta-data cache folder is now cleared once
a week instead of on every exit, improving the time it takes
Zoom Player to close.

+ The "unknown" icon has been updated to better suit the UX design.



Fixes :

- [Introduced in v14 b2] The TAG display when playing audio files did not
display at all or would display a lot of low-level information on the
playing file that should have only displayed in information dialogs.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v14 beta 4:


New :

* The media library fullscreen interface's settings page can now be used
to select the Audio Rendering device (audio output), making it easy to
switch between different output modes (switching audio between rooms,
speaker setups, headphone output, etc).

* The media library fullscreen interface's settings page can now be used
to select the Video Rendering device, making it easy to test out
different rendering qualities or in cases where a particular video
may not play correctly in your preferred video renderer.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / On Screen Display) that controls the OSD
clock position.

* New (optional) control bar button to open/hide the fullscreen stream
selection navigation interface.


Fixes :

- Installing an audio device or a custom audio renderer filter would
change the selected audio renderer for DVDs and WMP ActiveX playback.

- The controlbar's volume pop-up slider did not appear in the correct
position under some circumstances.

- Fixed a glitch where TAG display for a local file playback would show
"???" instead of international characters.

- Fixed an issue where audio visualization wouldn't render in the correct
resolution when changing the visualization display size.

- The Torrents download tracking plugin did not handle character decoding
correctly for non-english characters.

- Wrong duration displayed in the playlist when using Windows Media Player's
ActiveX control to play streaming media.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v13.7.1:

+ Adding chapters using the chapter editor will now instantly show the chapter's position in the timeline (if timeline display is enabled).

- Fixed a bug in countries with a comma decimal symbol where the media library thumbnails text height and spacing got truncated. For example: A thumbnail's Text Height of "1.95%" resulted in an actual text height of "1%".

- Loading ".PLS/.XSPF" playlists where the first item in the playlist did not play (e.g. "server down") would trigger an infinite loop and Zoom Player froze.

- The inactive navigation txt-lines background was not being drawn.

- The "I" key will again close the information dialog if it is visible.

- The media library category sorting order and last folder position could get reset under some conditions due to insufficient registry memory allocation.

- Setting the control bar to appear with a fixed width while in fullscreen did not show the control bar in the right position (or at all) on secondary monitors.

- Setting the control bar to appear at the top or bottom of the screen did not show the control bar in the right position (or at all) on secondary monitors.

- The media library category editor did not show the currently enabled scraping mode, thumbnail aspect ratio and thumbnail columns when a language pack was installed.

- The playlist editor line-spacing did not work well with every font.

- Slight adjustment to the media library's thumbnail text drawing to better account for fonts with less-uniform character heights.

- It was possible for a new components/filters notification to trigger without new components being available. It was triggered due to a new version of Zoom Player being available on the install center. Since player updates has its own notification, this message is redundant.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v14 beta 5:

New :

* The download progress display in the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces is now using the download tracking plugin system, let me know if there are any issues or performance degredration.

* A custom build of qBittorrent 3.4b2 is now available in both 32bit and 64bit versions. This custom build is required for the new Torrents plugin to start torrents in sequential download, set torrent speeds and determine if a media file has enough pieces downloaded that playback can begin. Download 32bit/64bit: http://inmatrix.com/download/qbittorrent_3.4.0_setup-32bit_custom-build.exe http://inmatrix.com/download/qbittorrent_3.4.0_setup-64bit_custom-build.exe
Note: This custom functionality is already integrated into qBittorrent's code base and should be available in the next official release.

* Download tracking plugins can be enabled, disabled and configured through a new interface under "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker".

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) to display all navigation interfaces on a secondary monitor.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) that reloads a live stream if the stream disconnects unexpectedly.


Changes :

+ The new version update notification will now include a condensed highlight list of what changed in the latest version (will only appear in the next version released after this one).



Fixes :

- Fixed a major issue with random play that would cause it to stop working after the entire playlist has been finished playing one time.

- Hiding the "Media Scanner" and "Remove Category Folder(s)" from the media library's category listing would break keyboard quick search from working on the last category listed.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v14 release candidate 1:


New :

* New "Facebook" smart play profile for playing facebook video URLs
using the 3DYD directshow filter.

* New "Vimeo" smart play profile for playing viemo video URLs using
the 3DYD directshow filter.

* New "Daily Motion" smart play profile for playing Daily Motion
video URLs using the 3DYD directshow filter.

* New "Streaming Services" smart play profile supporting streaming
videos from:

- bofunk.com
- break.com
- ebaumsworld.com
- godtube.com
- liveleak.com
- tcmag.com
- teamfourstar.com
- veoh.com
- vk.com
- vkmag.com
- yourepeat.com

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations) that
specifies the visualization rendering frame rate, by default 30fps.


Changes :

+ The media library's "TheMovieDB" plugin detection accuracy has
increased by cropping out more undesired key-words from file/folder
names.

+ The "Scrape folder thumbnails by using the name of the first video
file within the folder instead of the folder name" media library
category setting now works better in TV Jukebox mode by scraping
only for the show name, no longer scraping season/episode numbers
from the file name.

+ Many of the main navigation icons were polished to give the default
navigation theme a more consistent look.



Fixes :

- The Double-Click function did not work when clicking audio
visualizations.

- The default value for the new "Navigation on Monitor" setting was
accidentally set to as fullscreen on a the first monitor instead of
the current monitor (within the window or fullscreen).

- Fixed a crash when trying to close the media library just as it was
being opened.

- Fixed a bug in the smart play source filter "new profile" dialog which
caused the "use with the following URLs" entries to be lost when pressing
smart play's auto-configure button.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v14 release candidate 2:


Changes :

+ The media library scraping plugin now uses a fuzzy search algorithm
to better detect non-exact movie names matches.

+ The media library scraping plugin now prefers a release year to
an exact name match, reducing false-positive matches.



Fixes :

- Registry entries were not being saved/loaded properly when running
Zoom Player in Windows Vista compatibility mode (and possibly other
compatibility modes). This of course lead to instability.

- The "stay on top" setting would stop functioning when exiting fullscreen
mode with the playlist editor visible.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v13.7:

* The Media Library's settings page has been expanded to configure the layout of each category and the category list itself without ever exiting the fullscreen navigation interface. The following customization options are now available, Per-Category: 1. Aspect Ratio 2. Text-Box lines 3. Text height 4. Horizontal spacing 5. Vertical spacing Globally: 1. Categories columns 2. Categories Text-Box lines 3. Categories Text height 4. Text margins

* The default fullscreen navigation skin has been tweaked a bit and now includes a new variant with larger fonts for the visually impaired and small displays.

* Support for automatically scaling of un-skinned dialogs based on the monitor's DPI setting. This should help greatly on 4K or higher resolution screens (disabled by default, see "override scaling of un-skinned dialogs" below).
For 4K/8K skinned interfaces, there are several options at the Inmatrix.com shop.

* Support for high DPI scaling of Windows standard dialogs (Open/Save file, folder browser, font selector, color selector, etc).

* YouTube subtitles are now supported when playing using DirectShow.

* The YouTube plugin has been tweaked to include the channel name in a more prominent position.

* The bottom-meta data for regular media now includes a field for the format (file extension, e.g. MP4/MP3/etc).

* The equalizer full screen navigation interface has been polished to include translucent equalizer bars.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) that specifies the number of columns drawn for the media library's category list thumbnails.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) that specifies the text height used for drawing the media library's category list thumbnail text.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) that specifies the number of text lines drawn for the media library's category list thumbnails.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) that specifies the margin area around the media library's thumbnail text.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System) to override scaling of un-skinned dialogs by using a custom value (Automatic/100%/125%/150%/200%/300%/400%). This manual control further enhances usability for the visually impaired, regardless of screen resolution.

* Support for qBitTorrent v3.3.13 new security enhancements. For older versions of Zoom Player, you must use qBitTorrent v3.3.12 to continue tracking your downloads.

* Media Titles are now properly extracted and displayed with M4V/MP4 files.

* Audio Visualization will now work for streaming audio stations if they are defined as "Radio" stations through the station manager.

* New Smart Play setting to control which DirectShow filter is used to stream SHOUTcast and ICEcast streams.

* New Smart Play profile setting that determines if Zoom Player should use a profile if the input is a file name, URL or both.
* New Smart Play "MP3 (streaming)" profile used to specify which filter should be used with streaming MP3 files (by default LAV Source).

* When playing live SHOUTcast/ICEcast streams, the on screen display now updates with the currently playing track name.

* The internal screen saver now displays the playing media's current play position.

* New "fnTitleToClipboard" function to copy the currently playing media's title to the clipboard.

* New "fnToggleSub" function to toggle subtitles on and off.

* New "fnMediaSrcToClipboard" function that copies the playing media file or URL directly from the playing DirectShow source filter to the Windows clipboard.

* New "fnWMPActiveX" function to enable/disable Windows media content streaming using Windows Media Player's ActiveX control.

* New "exWMPActiveX" extended function to directly set whether Windows media content streaming will use Windows Media Player's ActiveX control. 0 = Disabled 1 = Enabled

+ A cooperation with TheAudioDB.com resulted in an improved album-name identification algorithm (used for scraping Album meta-data and cover art within the Media Library).

+ The media library's thumbnail font size configuration was calculated in a poorly conceived manner that made it difficult to change a thumbnail's font size and line numbers while maintaining consistency across different thumbnail aspect ratios. This has led to a complete rewrite of the text rendering code and new defaults being applied which may affect your previous thumbnail layout settings.

+ Switching between categories should update the thumbnails a bit quicker (~300ms) if they were previously memory cached.

+ Adding a station to the station manager now automatically highlights the newly created station.

+ LAV Source is now used by default for SHOUTcast type streams.

+ When using LAV Source to stream SHOUTcast/ICEcast content, the playing track's now is now properly displayed in the title and timeline areas.

+ Opening a ".PLS" playlist containing URLs is now assumed to contain SHOUTcast streaming audio stations.

+ The Options dialog search window still appeared too small on very high resolution screens, will now show more result lines.

+ Slightly tweaked the SHOUTcast station browser dialog to increase space for translated texts.

- Fixed a crash when listing some RSS streams in the media library.

- Fixed a list index out of bounds error when starting in HTPC mode.

- The Windows media library categories are now properly presented with Zoom Player's default Audio/Video/Picture layouts.

- Fixed a "category is empty" message when trying to list RSS streams with very long descriptions.

- Playing ICEcast ".xspf" streams did not work with some servers.

- Deleting a media library category using the media library "remove category" feature left some cache files behind when clicking the trash can icon (pressing enter or double-clicking did not trigger this issue).

- An "new components update on the install center" notification was accidentally triggered by Install Center update entries for Zoom Player itself (which has a separate update notification), resulting in a double notification.

- The Mouse Wheel, Navigation Style, Information, Main, Stream Selection, Media Scanner and Play History were showing the wrong number of text lines which caused the list to appear slightly off-center.

- Pressing the "Auto-Scan System" button on the Audio Visualization Adv. Options dialog page would trigger a crash with some Sonique plugins preventing the scan from functioning. Now the crashing plugin is skipped.

- Adding too many audio visualization plugins would cause the plugin list to reset once Zoom Player was restarted.

- Disabling Smart Play by specifying a file extension to ignore would also break Smart Play for URLs or files that did not contain a file extension.

- Adding a station using either the Station Manager's SHOUTcast station browser or using the fullscreen station navigation interface did not work if a non-english language pack was in use.

- In the Station list fullscreen navigation interface, the "Previous Folder" function worked on the root level even though there was no folder above it, resulting in an empty screen display.

- In the Station list fullscreen navigation interface, navigating left from the functions page would go up a folder instead of returning to the station list.

- When setting the thumbnail text to appear above the thumbnail, the media library's category thumbnail display would improperly position the thumbnail under the text.

- The media library category cache did not function properly, leading to a slight performance hit when initially opening the media library.

- The Graph Information dialog did not display unicode text correctly.

- Fixed a cosmetic issue with the background of the media library's category thumbnails which would appear with some skins or thumbnail configurations.

- Using the Windows Media Player ActiveX control to play an audio stream could have resulted in some UI functions not working correctly.

- Fixed a few crashes when zpresampler.dll was not found.

- Cosmetic fixes to various dialogs.



--- What's new in Zoom Player v13.5:


* The default fullscreen navigation interface has been replaced with a clean new style that looks better and extends the available thumbnail area to squeeze in more pixels.

* The media library category thumbnail view will now darken the area behind the thumbnail's text or media icon depending on the skin's script and advanced options customization settings.

* Zoom Player support for streaming radio station is now fully integrated with the SHOUTcast Directory API, providing easy access to thousands of streaming radio stations.
Unlike previous versions where Zoom Player used a static database which over time included more and more dead stations, the SHOUTcast directory is now downloaded in real time, ensuring that every station should be operational.

* Zoom Player now supports 3DYD YouTube Source filter's DASH streams, enabling DirectShow YouTube streaming at resolutions of 1080p/4K/8K.

* A major performance issue was triggered by the Windows 10 Creators Edition update. In the update, Microsoft forced ClearType font anti-aliasing at larger font sizes. This lead to a massive navigation performance slow-downs on QHD (2560x1440) and 4K (3840x2160) screens. More information: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/43895435/exttextoutw-x50-performance-drop-on-qhd-4k-screens-after-windows-creators-editio
As a work-around, Zoom Player introduced a new setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) that lets controls the font anti-aliasing mode used to render the fullscreen navigation text.

* The Media Library's RSS feed plugin now caches previous entries that may no longer reside on the RSS feed and shows you cached entries even if the RSS feed server is temporarily down.

* New "fnPLEraseFiles" function assigned to the Shift+"Delete" keyboard macro. Wgeb used it erases all selected files in the playlist to the window's Recycle Bin (with confirmation prompt).

* New "fnOpenStreamInBrowser" function that opens the currently playing stream in a web browser (might be helpful for YouTube links).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) to force LAV Splitter to seek to key frames (faster seeking, less accurate) instead of the accurate seek position (slower seeking, perfectly accurate).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) to select the YouTube IFRAME Player's preferred streaming resolution, allowing you to stream 1080p/4K/8K content using the IFRAME player.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) that allows interactivity when playing YouTube content using the IFRAME player.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Display) to show the playing file's extension in the window title (default off).

* The Media Library plugin API has been extended with per-category storage path (e.g. RSS feed caching) and a new function which is called when a category using the plugin is deleted (for cleanup purposes).

* New function to activate the internal screen saver. This means that you can now hook user interface actions (like a hot-corner click) with activating the screen saver.

* New function to copy the currently playing media's Path/URL to the windows clipboard.

* You can now define web pages as "stations" in the station editor to have the web page opened inside Zoom Player's integrated web browser.

* New skin script parameters to control the text line count on each fullscreen navigation interface.

+ The integrated keyboard mapping editor has been rewritten to better support high-DPI displays. As a bonus, the dialog is now resizable as well.

+ The integrated keyboard mapping editor now shows a 'code' column which signifies a keyboard scan-code or other code used to identify an interface index.

+ Optimized fullscreen navigation lists line-drawing code by about 10% in cases where the skin didn't specify a background for unselected/empty lines.

+ The thumbnail duration display position should now be easier to read. The text's background is now using a different effect which should make the text stand out more against bright noisy thumbnails.

+ The Hot Mouse Tracking on the main fullscreen navigation interface has been disabled as it was inconsistent with the other interfaces' user experience.

+ The main fullscreen navigation interface's click logic has been changed to make it behave the same as the media library's thumb-click logic.

+ The "Open Streaming Link from clipboard" keyboard macro has changed from Alt+Shift+"U" to Alt+Ctrl+"U" to prevent conflicts with the DirectShow YouTube source filter which detects the held "Shift" key and pops a video streaming quality options dialog.

+ Error dialog are now limited in size to 94% of the Zoom Player interface width.

+ The Zoom Player news feed that's accessible through the options dialog has been simplified and will hopefully eliminate the javascript error some users have been experiencing when trying to view the news feed.

- The optimizations in v13 broke the play history dialog's unicode support.

- A missing DLL prevented the Pixel Shaders from being compiled and used to post-process a video image.

- When loading .ZPL playlist files, playback did not resume from the the last file played in the playlist under some conditions.

- The kinetic scrolling feature did not work in the media library's category list.

- The file browsing fullscreen navigation interface was not updating the screen when scrolling by holding the down/up keys for a long period.

- If the monitor's DPI setting was set to a really high value (when used in 4K monitors), it would cause the options dialog's search window to appear really small, hiding the search result area.

- Fixed a possible conflict between Zoom Player's internal DSP filter and bit-streaming DTS-HD and possibly other multi-channel audio formats.

- The play history dialog's "Show All" button did not refresh the screen.

- The scroll wheel did not function correctly in some of the advanced options dialog's scroll boxes.

- Playing a new track from the fullscreen playlist navigation interface no longer pops the playlist editor to the top.

- Fixed a bug in the Media Library plugin API that prevented unicode (non-english) language searches from working using the YouTube search plugin.

- The Media Library's function menu was missing the "Go to Top" entry.

- The Media Library's "Safe Mode" feature was semi-broken allowing access the a category's setting from the media library's function menu.

- Opening the media library through the main navigation interface would take longer than normal due to the highlighted category's content being read before actually entering the category.

- Under some conditions, the media libary's scrollbar widget did not appear on the categories page.

- Navigating the fullscreen file browsing interface's subtitle search result page with the keyboard did not scroll the results when reaching the bottom of the screen.

- The playlist fullscreen navigation interface used the wrong icon for URLs.

- Opening a ".URL" file and then opening a media file resulted in the web page remaining on screen while the media played in the background.

- The "Please Wait" window was trying to write debug information to "C:Log" and silently failing each time.

- Aggressively hiding the mouse cursor has been disabled when HTML/YouTube/Flash interactivity modes are enabled as it prevented the mouse cursor from being restored on motion.

- Quick Search using the keyboard in the media library did not scroll down to the searched category thumbnail.

- Quick Search using the keyboard in the media library did not work at all unless you previously entered a category.

- Using higher level scan-code keys (like Volume keys on certain keyboards) in fullscreen navigation interfaces that support quick search using the keyboard would trigger a quick-search lock that caused the interfaces to not respond properly.

- The RSS media library plugin was showing links containing ".MOV" as audio.

- The RSS Feed media library plugin would show duplicate entries on some RSS feeds.

- Fixed a small cosmetical glitch that caused the scrollbar background area in the media library category to be drawn twice in slightly different vertical positions.

- Fixed a small memory leak when using the options dialog.



--- What's new in Zoom Player v13:

* New media library plugin system allowing 3rd party developers to create media library categories based on content meta-data provided by the plugin.
* To demonstrate the capabilities of the new media library plugin system, an open-source project has been created to implement a 'YouTube channel', 'YouTube Search' and 'YouTube Trends' media library category plugins. - YouTube Channels: After specifying a YouTube channel's URL, the plugin automatically downloads the channel's category image, retrieves the channel's name and sets up the default category settings and layout best suited to display a YouTube channel. - YouTube Searches: Simply specify a search term and the plugin will return results based on relevance (as determined by YouTube).
- YouTube Trends: Select a country and the plugin displays the available trending categories as determined by YouTube for that country. Choose from the trending category list or simply select 'everything'.
- Using the plugins: The new plugins are accessible through the Media Library category editor (Shift+"M") as entries on a new drop-down list that is located right next to the "Create Category" button.
The source code for the YouTube media library category plugins can be found on GitHub: https://github.com/bLightZP/Delphi-YouTube-Channel-parsing-plugin-for-Zoom-Player Please contribute!

* To demonstrate the capabilities of the new media library plugin system, an open-source project has been created to implement a 'RSS Feed' category plugin. Any media specified in the RSS feed URL will be listed in the media library category.
The source code for the 'RSS Feed' media library category plugin can be found on GitHub: https://github.com/bLightZP/Delphi-RSS-feed-parsing-plugin-for-Zoom-Player

* New subtitle download plugin system allowing 3rd party developers to create plugins that download subtitles for your media library collection.

* To demonstrate the capabilities of the new subtitle download plugin system, an open-source project has been created to implement an 'OpenSubtitles.org' subtitle download plugin. The new plugin is accessible on the newly re-designed Advanced Options dialog's "Subtitle" page (Playback / Video / Subtitles).
Note: OpenSubtitles.org limits anonymous downloads by IP, use the configuration dialog to specify a user name and password to bypass any anonymous login limits (registration is free and passwords are saved as MD5 hashes not as clear text).
The code for the 'OpenSubtitles.org' subtitle download plugin can be found on GitHub: https://github.com/bLightZP/Delphi-OpenSubtitles.org-API-support-for-Zoom-Player

* New YouTube IFRAME (web based) player support, providing official YouTube playback. All YouTube URLs automatically use the new IFRAME player interface. You can disable the IFRAME player support in the options to force Zoom Player to use DirectShow for playback (Adv. Options / Playback > Use YouTube IFRAME video player to play YouTube content).

* New media library scraper that uses TheAudioDB.com's API to download album art and meta-data for audio files.
If you previously created music categories, you will need to use the category editor to configure the category to use the scraper and then re-scrape the category.
New categories will automatically use TheAudioDB scraper.
The source code for the TheAudioDB.com scraper can be found on GitHub: https://github.com/bLightZP/Delphi-theaudiodb.com-Zoom-Player-media-scraping-plug-in

* The Zoom Player Install Center has been enhanced to support installation of new versions of Zoom Player without having to use the downloader tool (this will only apply for updates post v13 release).

* The internal audio scraper now uses MediaInfo extract ID3/TAG information and display it in the media library's bottom information area. You will need to re-scrape your audio files for the new content to appear.

* New Alt+"/" keyboard macro to search for subtitles based on the currently playing video. You can access this function using the right-click context menu under the new "Download" sub-menu.

* New function to download subtitle file(s) for any selected video file. The new function is accessible using the right-click context menu under the new "Download" sub-menu.

* You can now assign extended functions and execute external programs using the Hot Corner feature. Sadly, this enhancement forced the reset of the previously assigned Hot Corner functions.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play) that allows you to select the default filter used when streaming "http/https" URLs not covered by a Smart Play profile. The default option is now "LAV Splitter Source", but you can also choose "File Source (URL)" or "Let DirectShow decide".

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) that switches the media library's thumbnail view category list aspect ratio between Album Art (1:1) or Widescreen (16:9).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that can disable the new "Please Wait" / "Loading" pop-up window that appears for long lasting operations (e.g. opening a network stream for playback).

* New Media Library option for the "Start Player in" setting. (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size).

* New Setting (Media Library category editor / Configure Category) that specifies if scraper errors should appear in the meta-data overview display. The debug information was always enabled in previous versions and will now be disabled by default.

* New "Loop Current Track" setting on the playlist fullscreen navigation interface's function menu.

* New "On Playback Complete" setting on the playlist fullscreen navigation interface's function menu.

* New smart play profile for media files encoded with the DNxHD codec.

* New "Please Wait" / "Loading" window that pops-up when there are operations that are taking a long time (like fetching a YouTube channel's video list).

* New Alt+Shift+"U" keyboard macro to play a streaming URL directly from the clipboard. For example, right-click and "copy link location" on a youtube video and then press Alt+Shift+"U" in Zoom Player to start playing the video. This open streaming link function is also available in Zoom Player's right-click context menu under the 'Open' sub-menu.

* Media titles are now used instead of the File name/URL on the system tray hint and on the windows taskbar button.

* The play history now saves media titles, making play history clearer, especially with network streams and media library plugins.

* New skin script code to control the media library's bottom meta-data's font and font style of each meta-data element.

* Placing a "zplayer_skipfolder.txt" file in a folder will prevent this folder and any folders within it from being listed in the media scanner.

+ The fullscreen navigation icons are now loaded on demand instead of all in advanced, reducing memory usage and cutting down the initial startup time by approximately 33%.

+ The default navigation interface has been reduced in size by 15%, improving Zoom Player's initial fullscreen navigation interfaces start time on PCs with slower HDD/Flash drives.

+ TheMovieDB's scraper initialization code has been cleaned up so Zoom Player should start quicker, especially if there are network connection issues.

+ The play history search feature is now a bit more flexible by ignoring certain spacing characters (".","-" and "_"). For example, In previous versions searching for "a series" would fail to make a match if the file name was "a.series.of.unfortunate.events".

+ The playlist fullscreen navigation interface's function menu entries have been re-ordered.

+ The Alba's skin timeline design has been visually enhanced.

+ Pressing the "Open Media Library" button on the media library category editor now opens the media library with the current edited category selected.

+ The play history dialog will now display the recently played items first in the list.

+ The play history dialog should now open significantly faster (nearly instantly), especially with a play history database of over 10,000 entries.

+ You can now use the HOME/END/PGUP/PGDN keys in the Media Library's thumbnail mini-menu to quickly access one of the four mini-menu actions.

+ The DVD Bookmark editor generates more descriptive bookmark names and includes the text specified next to the "Add Chapter" button.

+ The DVD Bookmark fullscreen navigation interface will now let you seek to a DVD Chapter. A new icon is displayed next to each entry to signify if it's a DVD Chapter or a Saved bookmark.

+ The time display on thumbnails used to show videos with a duration of under 10 minutes as "09:30", this have now changed to show "9:30", saving a bit more of the thumbnail area.

+ When opening the media library, the last played position for the currently playing media is now updated straight away (previously it would update when the playing media was closed).

+ The station list dialog now remembers and restores the scroll offset within the station list, restoring the dialog to it's last display position each time.

+ As an extra security measure, the "DefaultSettings.exe" tool that helps you reset Zoom Player to its default setting now asks for confirmation before starting.

+ To prevent accidental clicks, the eject disc drive keyboard macro has been changed from "/" to Ctrl+"/".

+ The media library category editor dialog doesn't reset the category type each time the dialog is closed.

+ The Quick Search function on the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces now tries to use media titles instead of file names/urls when titles exist.

+ Searching the media library using the keyboard will now search the media title instead of the file name (if a media title exists).

+ To prevent the media library opening in a confusing category, after editing the media library category list, opening the media library will always open in the category list (instead of cases where it previously opened in the media list).

+ Updated MediaInfo to the latest version at release time.

- Fixed a case where multi-threaded DLL flag wasn't enabled which triggered random crashes and cause ZP to freeze on exist at times.

- The Movie Database (TheMovieDB.org) scraper stopped downloading thumbnails due to a change in API handling of user agents.

- Renaming a media library category will no longer forget the category's last position and sort mode in the media library.

- If two media library categories of different type (e.g. Audio vs Video) shared the same category name, it could trigger unexpected media library behavior.

- Certain characters in a media library's category name could have triggered parsing errors which would result in a category's settings being set to unwanted values.

- Re-ordering the playlist by selecting and dragging entries with the mouse cursor didn't work properly if the same file appeared more than once in the playlist (all same file name entries were accidentally selected and moved).

- When Zooming to 4:3 on a 16:9 video, using the function, exiting Zoom Player did not restore the previous non-zoomed position, which could cause incorrect zoom value if trying to use the function again.

- Pressing the "Windows" keyboard key would trigger a quick search action and block certain key/mouse inputs from working.

- Shifting/Zooming the video screen position while in fullscreen would break the Hot Corners feature.

- Duration for audio files was not being displayed on their thumbnail.

- Fixed a very rare case where opening a media file could trigger a freeze if the background thread that grabs the media's duration was active.

- The trial-ended message in Zoom Player MAX could trigger an eventual crash if left open for a long period.

- Play history should now restore position for URL streams.

- Fixed an issue where playing a SHOUTcast/ICEcast streaming station and then restarting Zoom Player would not allow you to resume playing the previous station from the playlist.

- The media library's category list would use the wrong aspect ratio thumbnail in some cases where the active category was password protected.

- Switching the Media Library's category filter mode would reload the active category's content. Now the content is only read when entering the category, speeding up the category filter switch.

- Fixed an issue where the media library's path would not show any text at all.

- Accessing the media library's category screen could at times trigger an unnecessary reload of the category's content.

- Fixed a stack-overflow crash when trying to open a playlist that contained the playlist's file name as an entry (creating a loop).
I would like to thank Sultan Albalawi for the report: https://www.exploit-db.com/author/?a=8741

- Using the "Open Webpage" function did not work for secure HTTP (links starting with "https://").

- Switching the Zoom Player language pack to a non-english language could have caused the favorite station list to be wiped.

- The word "PreAmp" was hard coded into Zoom Player instead of using the translated text when using a non-english language pack.

- Open the equalizer without ever opening the playlist editor could trigger a weird state where the equalizer always initially show up docked under the main window.

- Using the backspace key after using the media library's movie jukebox mode's file view now returns to jukebox movie view instead of thumbnail view.

- Adding media entries to the playlist using the media library's function menu did not add the media's title (only the file name/URL).

- The playlist editor's "Add streaming URL" button did not use the newer open URL dialog.

- Opening the fullscreen chapter/bookmark navigation interface did not pause playback when the setting to do so was enabled.

- Ejecting a drive/device while playing a stream would cause the stream playback to stop.

- When the media library is opened and the previously opened folder no longer exists, the media library will try to go up the folder tree to the first parent folder that exists.

- Trying to take a screenshot from a live stream or a media file with a very long file name did not work.

- Fixed an issue when OSD messages would not appear if the "Use Exclusive Fullscreen with VMR9 Renderless mode (use with care)" setting was enabled in some cases.
This same bug caused screen-refresh issues with some of the fullscreen navigation pages under some conditions.

- Setting "On Play Complete" to "Auto-Rewind" did not work with non- DirectShow playback (playback would loop instead of pausing on the first frame).

- Using the quote (") character in a media library category name would cause the category name to get cropped.

- Media Library categories containg the "&" character in their name did not list correctly in the category editor, showing up as "_" instead of "&".

- Fixed a category rename bug that allowed you to merge categories by renaming to an existing category name.

- Fixed a category create bug that allowed you to merge categories by creating a category with an existing category name.

- When the media library's dynamic scrollbar was disabled, it still triggered unnecessary screen updates.

- When the media library updated the clock, it would not clear the background behind the path area, causing small cosmetic glitches.

- Can now stream from URLs containing space characters as part of the URL.

- Opening a ".url" pointing to a web page ignored the "HTML Interactivity" setting.

- Pressing "update" on the "Audio Device Filter Manager" dialog with nothing selected/entered would trigger a crash.

- Wrote a work-around for M3U UTF8 encoded playlists that were not properly marked as UTF8 using a BOM.

- Fixed a cosmetic glitch where file names on the playlist fullscreen navigation interface's function menu could overlay the action icon.

- Fixed a few small memory leaks.


What's new in Zoom Player v12.7:

* New Zoom Player settings Export/Import feature that saves all of Zoom Player's settings, profiles and configuration files to a single ZIP archive and can later on restore Zoom Player's settings from within Zoom Player itself (making it compatible with the Windows Store version of Zoom Player). Both settings are accessible through Zoom Player's advanced options dialog by pressing the "Help / Export" button.
The following settings are supported by the export feature: 1. Activation Key file. 2. Options dialog settings. 3. Smart Play profiles. 5. Skin color tinting profiles. 6. Equalizer presets. 7. Media library categories. 8. Play history cache. 9. Playback scheduler schedule. 10. Streaming station manager entries. 11. Custom right-click context menu script file. 12. Custom Media/DVD background images. 13. Custom Media/DVD keyboard mapping files.

* The smart play source filter configuration dialog now allows you to specify a partial URL instead (or in combination) with file extensions, allowing you to setup custom filters based on the site's URL. This allows using such filters as the "3DYD YouTube Source" to stream youtube content directly (https://ys.3dyd.com/).

* Two new category types have been introduced "TV Shows" and "Movies". Zoom Player tries to automatically assign previous categories to these new types based on the 'scrape content mode' previously assigned to the category.

* The media library filter icons that appear under the category list are now accessible using the keyboard by pressing the up or down arrow keys on the first/last category entry. Once activated, you can use the left/right arrow keys to switch between the filtering modes.

* The playlist editor and the playlist fullscreen navigation interface now show the current play position next to the actively playing track.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) to switch the category layout between list and thumbnail view modes.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) that controls how the thumbnail memory cache encodes the images. The default value is to store as JPEG images which uses the least amount of RAM. But for higher performance, especially on lower end CPUs, switching to RAW 24bit or 32bit will improve performance.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to control whether the Media Library's fullscreen navigation 'Media Scanner' is displayed.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to control whether the Media Library's fullscreen navigation 'Remove category folder(s)' is displayed.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to prevent Zoom Player from trying to parse ".PLS" files and instead lets directshow choose a filter to parse the files. This improves SHOUTcast streaming reliability. If you use .PLS files as SHOUTcast stations outside the station manager, you will need to enable this setting.

* New "/MediaFilter:[Number]" command line parameter to set the media library's filter mode.
Valid values are: 0 = ALL 1 = Movies 2 = TV Shows 3 = Videos 4 = Audio 5 = Pictures 6 = Executables

* The media library's filter mode is now saved/restored when re-opening Zoom Player.

* With the "Continue to the next Playlist item when an invalid file is played (otherwise show error)" setting enabled, you can now press the Stop button to stop from continuing to the next Playlist item.

* The station manager has been enhanced with an integrated search box.

* New "fnPlayingToClipboard" function that copies the currently playing media file/URL to the clipboard.

+ Zoom Player should start between 10%-300% faster, especially if there are many items in the play history.

+ Optimized the default fullscreen navigation skin to require less resize operations improving load/open time and taking up to 20% less RAM.

+ Optimized the file name hashing algorithm which should improve performance in several areas.

+ When fullscreen navigation 'Safe Mode' is enabled, the media library's 'Media Scanner' and 'Remove category folder(s)' are no longer displayed.

+ Disabling the "Show media content specific to the media library's category type" setting now shows all media files in a category (previously it would show the content based on the category filter).

+ The selected entry on the station manager is now restored when re-opening the interface.

+ The station manager now lets you specify a "SHOUTcast" station type. Any station set as SHOUTcast are now opened as SHOUTcast streams even if the "Assume audio streaming (SHOUTcast, ICEcast) if no file ext. is specified in the URL (link)" setting is disabled.

+ SHOUTcast stations added from station browser or the fullscreen navigation station list are now automatically marked as SHOUTcast.

+ The Station Browser dialog entries no longer resets each time the dialog is closed and reopened.

+ The Add station dialog (station manager) remembers the last station mode (TV/Radio/SHOUTcast) used.

+ The default media library folder scraping blacklist has been cleaned up.

+ The "Assume audio streaming (SHOUTcast, ICEcast) if no file ext. is specified in the URL (link)" advanced options setting is now disabled by default and reset to default on initial run. This setting may be removed entirely in future versions as it conflicts with streaming video and is no longer necessary when playing shoutcast streams through the station manager or fullscreen navigation interface.

+ The playing track on the fullscreen playlist navigation interface has changed from green to blue.

- Removing every entry from the "Scrapers folder name blacklist" or "Scrapers file name blacklist" would crash and freeze Zoom Player.

- Resizing the media library window could trigger a crash or show an improperly-sized thumbnail.

- Fixed several memory leaks.

- Fixed a freeze when trying to open the media library before the scraping DLL finished initializing.

- Fixed several cases of "List index out of bounds" errors when trying to use the media library with no thumbnail selected.

- Switching media library filter mode would reset several values changed since opening the media library (e.g. sorting).

- Opening a new media file while the media information dialog was visible did not update to the new media's date and file size.

- Fixed a small memory leak when re-scraping modified media library folders.

- The mouse scroll wheel did not work within the media information window while in fullscreen mode.

- The integrated keyboard-mapping editor did not show the correct key-value for multimedia keys (play/stop/etc), which prevented assigning new functions to multimedia keys.

- Using the station manager's "Play (Add to Playlist)" button would not actually start playing the new station.

- In Windows 10 with the "Blank non-Playing Monitors while in Fullscreen / Zoom mode" enabled and Zoom Player set to start in fullscreen mode, Zoom Player appeared as a blank black box.

- The timeline thumbnail preview appeared in the wrong position on some multi-monitor setups.

- The windows task bar icon was not correctly updated with the specified task list after restarting Zoom Player.

- Fixed a crash when trying to close Zoom Player while Zoom Player was in the process of opening a media file or URL.

- Fixed a crash when trying to play over a 1000 non-existant files or non-responding URLs.

- Trying to switch stations through the station manager while the previous station did not complete loading could have triggered unforeseen issues.

- Trying to close Zoom Player while a track was loading could have caused instability in certain cases.

- When using the media library category filter and then loading a media file that's currently in a filtered-out category, Zoom Player will now switch the category filter to match the playing file and then show the file highlighted when opening the media library.

- If you enabled the video resolution display on the timeline, it should now display even when playing live streams.

- Error messages should no longer appear partially offscreen if the message's content is wider than the resolution of the screen.

- The play history no longer lists duplicate entries for URL streams.

- Zoom Player failed to identify "https://" and "rtmp://" URLs with no duration as live streams, which could trigger a freeze when trying to seek.

- Panning a Zoomed video with the mouse would trigger the mouse's click-event (by default play/pause) after letting go of the mouse button.

- The station manager dialog was showing character tags instead of the actual characters (e.g. "&" instead of "&").

- The station manager wasn't updating the station list display after editing a station.

- With "Show OSD filename when opening a new file" enabled, failing to play would show a blank OSD message.

- The error dialog wouldn't show "&" characters correctly.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v12.6:

* New Advanced Options page that controls Zoom Player's behavior when a monitor is attached or detached, when Windows 10's tablet mode is enabled or disabled and when a 2 in 1 laptop's screen is docked or undocked. Each of these mode changes can be assigned a different set of actions and custom functions, even if the mode changed while Zoom Player was not running (optional).

* New "Switch to TV JukeBox list view without having the parent folder scraped first" media library category setting. This setting is enabled by default on new categories and I recommend manually enabling this setting on your pre-existing TV JukeBox categories.

* The last play position is now displayed on media library thumbnails for audio and video files next to the media's duration (only works with newly played media).

* New "/CBar" command line parameter to automatically show the control bar when starting Zoom Player.

* The playing media's Title (if one exists) is now displayed in Zoom Player's playing item text and in the timeline area if showing file names in the timeline is enabled.

* The skin installation process has become simpler with the addition of a new "Install Skin" button on the skin selection dialog.

* Zoom Player can now extract Album art and meta-data from ".M4A" and possibly other audio formats.

* The open URL dialog now remembers the last visited URL and keeps a history of the last 10 URLs.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to specify the number of threads to use while scraping. If your operating system drive ("C:") is mechanical, it may require lowering the thread count to "1" to prevent the user interface from being overly affected by the disk writes.

* New "Darken thumbnail background" setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to override's a skin-script parameter that decide if to draw a dark rectangle behind a thumbnail.

* New "Darken thumbnail text background" setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to override's a skin-script parameter that decide if to draw a dark rectangle behind a thumbnail's text.

* The ".pls" playlist format is now supported for non-shoutcast streams and files with additional support for displaying file/stream titles.

* New right-click "Copy" menu that copies the options search dialog's selected entry into the windows clipboard.

* New "Scrape folder thumbnails by using the name of the first video file within the folder instead of the folder name" media library category setting.

* You can now instruct the media library TheMovieDB.org's scraper to ignore part of a file or folder name by using the "^" character, for example "Moonrise Kingdom^(1.85)" would ignore the "(1.85)" portion of the file/folder name, allowing you to add special tags to the file/folder name without breaking scraping.

* New "ThumbActiveHighlightMode" skin script variable that controls whether the media library's thumbnail highlight is drawn with the aspect ratio of the thumbnail or as a fixed-size frame around the thumbnail as well as new modes to draw a tiled highlight overlay.

+ TheMovieDB.org's scraper plug-in has been enhanced with ".nfo" hinting for TV content and improved naming convention detection.

+ The media library's "Scrape for parent folder name when file name scraping using metadata scrapers fails" category setting is now automatically disabled when JukeBox mode is active.

+ The entry for opening the Media Library on the right-click context menu has moved out of the 'navigate' sub-menu and toward the top of the menu.

+ The "deinterlace" toggle has been removed from the right-click context menu. It is still accessible by keyboard macro (Ctrl+Shift+D).

+ The "Stream Windows Media content using Windows Media Player ActiveX control" setting is now disabled by default. If you previously relied on this setting, you will need to re-enable it in the advanced options dialog.

+ The media library's category configuration "Darken thumbnail background" setting has been depreciated in favor of the new options dialog setting.

- Closing Zoom Player using the Alt+F4 key would trigger a crash under some circumstances.

- Fixed a possible freeze when using MadVR and switching in and out of fullscreen while a timeline preview thumbnail/position hint was visible.

- The media library's thumbnail memory cache was cleared when switching between categories if new category used a different thumbnail resolution.

- Double clicking a media library unselected and partially visible thumbnail would not trigger the play/mini-menu action.

- Fixed a visual glitch in the media library's bottom meta-data area when scrolling and the active thumbnail scrolls off screen.

- Switching video renderer should no longer affect restoring the last play position (only works with newly played media).

- The "Auto-Play next file in the playlist" setting did not work as intended and at times did play the next file even when disabled.

- Random play would not include randomly playing newly added playlist tracks until at least half the original playlist tracks were played.

- Some JPEG images with either embedded as Album art or with a mislabeled file extension were not properly recognized as valid JPEG images and were not used/shown.

- Depending on the function assigned to the left mouse button, clicking a hot-corner may activate both the hot-corner functionality and the functionality assigned to the left mouse button (instead of only triggering the hot corner action).

- Closing Zoom Player while the playlist was retrieving the duration of media files prevented Zoom Player from closing properly.

- Pressing on the "disabled" subtitle entry when it was already selected incorrectly displayed an "Unknown error" message.

- TheMovieDB.org's scraper plug-in has did not properly detect movies and tv shows containing the "-" character as part of their name.

- The Time/Date display area in the fullscreen navigation virtual keyboard would re-draw over and over instead of just once when showing and when the time/date changed.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v12.5:

* The media library's TV JukeBox mode is now fully functional.
With jukebox mode enabled in a TV video category, a new list view mode is used to display meta-data (overview, rating, duration, etc) and a thumbnail ("still image" from an online database or a screenshot extracted from the video itself) on the right side of the screen when entering a folder containing media files.
For best performance, use the proper TV JukeBox mode folder structure: Show NameSeason [Number]MediaFiles For example: Game of ThronesSeason 1Game.of.Thrones.S01E01.mp4 Game of ThronesSeason 1Game.of.Thrones.S01E02.mp4 etc...

* New Media Icons display in the media library information area at the bottom of the screen and in the Movie Jukebox presentation mode.
Media icons display the Format (AVI/Matroska/etc...), Video Codec (H.264/HECV/etc...), Video Resolution (1080p/UHD 4K/etc...), Audio Codec (DTS/AAC/etc...), Audio Channels (2.0/5.1/7.1/etc...).
Media icons are detected during the scraping process, to display the icons you must re-scrape the content of your media library. This is done the Media Library Category Editor (Shift+"M") or through the media library's function page's 'scraping' menu.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to display Media Icons in the media library information area and in movie jukebox presentation mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) that specifies whether thumbnail display should used a dynamically visible scroll bar (suitable for tablets and touch devices) or a fixed scroll bar (suitable for PC and Mouse input).

* The "Navigation Scrollbar Size" setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) has four new possible values: 1. Dynamic Smallest 2. Dynamic Small 3. Dynamic Large 4. Dynamic Max

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) to force the navigation list or thumb view display to full width.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) to override the skin-script's font effect (used in lists) that now include a "drop shadow" option (replacing the previous setting that only let you force an "outline" effect).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to override the skin-script's font effect (used in thumbnails) that now include a "drop shadow" option (replacing the previous setting that only let you force an "outline" effect).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Keyboard) allowing you to assign keyboard functionality to the "Insert" key when fullscreen navigation is not in use.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area) to show thumbnail previews even if the playing media does not report key-frame. Note that allowing media with no key frame reporting to display thumbnails over the timeline can take much longer.

* New Setting (Media Library Category Editor / Configure) to re-scrape a folder's thumbnail if the folder's "modified" time-stamp changes.

* The advanced playlist control has become more powerful with integrated sorting that does not affect the main playlist until items are moved.

* The playing media information dialog ("I" keyboard shortcut) has been restructured and expanded to include the media's file size and date as well as full information on the file from MediaInfoLib (MediaInfo DLL).

* Zoom Player is now listed as a Windows "AutoPlay" option for Music, Videos and Pictures.

* The Mini color control fullscreen navigation interface will now display the name (brightness/saturation/etc...) and not only an icon.

* Scraped poster/backdrop/still images are now downloaded concurrently using multiple threads to speed up the online scraping process.

* The mouse's "back" and "forward" buttons now act as "back" and "enter" when used in the fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New function and keyboard macro (Alt+Ctrl+"T") to toggle the TAG display when playing audio files.

* New "Copy to Clipboard" button on the playing media information dialog that copies the content of the "format" box into the clipboard.

* New skin-script parameter used to enable a drop-shadow effect on the fullscreen navigation list font.

* New skin-script parameter used to enable a drop-shadow effect on the fullscreen navigation thumbnail font.

+ For additional security, password protected media library categories no longer show path information on the category list screen.

+ The media library scrape icon and count now reflect the scrape queue and processing threads and not only the queue, giving a more accurate picture of the background scraping process.

+ The default keyboard mapping for the numbers pad has changed to make the same button functions trigger regardless of the num-lock state.
This means the configured functionality for the arrows and insert keys will function even if the num-lock key is enabled.

+ The advanced options dialog's 'Keyboard' page has been restructured for enhanced clarity and the addition of more features.

+ Optimized media library disk access by improving meta-data caching.

+ Changed the default text background color in audio playback (when a folder image is not used) to a much darker gray.

+ The fullscreen navigation clock text is no longer affected by the text effect/outline setting.

- The virtual keyboard did not accept physical keyboard input if the "Use keyboard input to quickly search and enter data through navigation interfaces" setting was disabled.

- It was impossible to use the GoTo fullscreen navigation interface without a mouse. Now a new "Apply" button makes the interface usable again.

- Media files or folder flagged never to be scraped were scraped again under some circumstances.

- Fixed a bug that caused the media duration to disappear from a media library thumbnail.

- Selecting several files and choosing to flag them for re-scraping would not clear the selected file count at the top-right section of the media library interface.

- The fullscreen navigation scroll acceleration (when holding or fast clicking the up/down buttons) now resets itself as the list loops, preventing a crazy level of acceleration that may make the list appear to freeze.

- The thumbnail view's "drag to scroll" was triggered after 1 pixel of movement, making selecting a thumbnail with a single click fail if the mouse cursor moved a bit during the click.

- Clicking a media or folder in the media library's thumb view mode and then trying to click the close or back buttons would not work on the first click (requiring a second click).

- The text labels on the virtual keyboard keys is now more uniform in size.

- Clicking a media library thumbnail and then trying to click the "back" or "close" icons would fail on the first click (and work on the second).

- In the FREE version, the screen saver would over-tax the CPU (the streamers were always used and it was impossible to turn off).

- The Advanced playlist control, Chapter editor, Scheduler, Scene-Cut, Skin selector and Play history dialogs would not save their last window size and position if you closed the player without first closing the dialog.

- Clear the search box text of the advanced playlist control using the "DEL" key would also remove any selected entries from the playlist.

- The "Hide all control bar buttons" setting stopped saving in v12.1.

- Switching directly to the Play History fullscreen navigation interface using a keyboard or other macro from another fullscreen navigation interface would not update the title area.

- The internal screen saver would still activate even after calling functions when using the TCP/IP command & control API.

- Folders marked not to be scraped were still being scraped if no online database scrapers were specified for the media library category.

- Setting the left mouse button to open the context menu didn't work.

- ".CUE" chapter files indexing a single audio file longer than 99.9 minutes would have failed to load.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v12.1:

* Kinetic scrolling has been rewritten from scratch, it should now be a lot more responsive and accurate, especially when used on lower-end PCs and Tablets.
The kinetic acceleration/deceleration speed settings have also been tweaked and are now more reasonable.

* Zoom Player FREE now provides a trial period for using most of Zoom Player MAX's features (e.g. fullscreen navigation interfaces, play history, audio visualizations, playback scheduler and more!).

* You can now assign custom functions to XInput (e.g. XBOX controller) left and right thumb stick clicks. By default the left and right thumb clicks do nothing.

* The two left media library mini-menu entries are now fully customizable.

* Three new functions added to the media library mini-menu: 1. Add to playlist 2. Open the function menu 3. Play / Enter

* Changing some of the setting on the media library category editor's "Category Configuration" dialog now prompts you to flag the content of the category for re-scraping.

* New media library category setting to completely disable the category from scraping for metadata.

* The "Re-scraping" media library function page has been renamed "Scraping" and contains a new setting to flag selected files and folders not to be scraped.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System), allowing you to choose the Zoom Player task bar icon (either current, version 11 or old school icon).
Note: This setting will have no effect if the windows taskbar is set to combine buttons.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to automatically show the playlist editor when exiting fullscreen mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Control Bar) to disable seeking when using the mouse wheel over the control bar (and use the default mouse-wheel functionality instead).

* Three new extended functions: exSeekAheadPercent : Seek Ahead (percent of duration) exSeekBackPercent : Seek Back (percent of duration) exSeekToPercent : Seek To (percent of duration)

* The fullscreen navigation scrollbar source image can now be any resolution, adding skinning support for sharp 4K resolution scroll bars.

* The control bar's fixed position close and volume slider buttons have received mouse-hover visual cues.

+ The notification to upgrade an old license is no longer shown every time Zoom Player is launched. It will show up every few days instead.

+ When notified of a new version release, a special message will now show up to notify you that your current license may be too old to use with the new version.

+ Clicking/Touching an unselected thumbnail in the media library now selects the thumbnail and displays any related meta-data instead of automatically starting playback.

+ You can now use the mouse wheel to scroll through the entirety of the media library's fullscreen navigation mini-menu.

+ Mouse wheel scrolling in the media library now scrolls the list instead of scrolling by changing the active thumbnail.

+ The playlist editor and equalizer dialogs now restore automatically after exiting fullscreen exclusive mode when MadVR is used as the video renderer.

+ The media scraping error list is now auto-saved more often to prevent system failures from losing information.

+ Content images used in Zoom Player FREE now come in full 1080p HD resolution (Zoom Player MAX already included the higher resolution images).

+ Some sections of the options dialog now more clearly turn to a "disabled" state when a parent setting that enables the functionality is turned off.

+ The XInput advanced options dialog section has been restructured.

- Pressing Smart Play's "Auto Configure" button on the basic options dialog would trigger a crash under some conditions.

- Fixed a "Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window" error when pressing enter on an entry in the playlist fullscreen navigation interface.

- Fixed a "List index out of bounds" error that triggered by bad audio visualization configuration.
- Clicking the media library's thumb area did not always play the clicked thumbnail (it would play the media in the thumbnail above it).

- Under some conditions, opening the media library would use a thumbnail aspect ratio from a different category.

- Dragging to scroll the media library's thumbnail area did not work in the entire thumbnail area.

- Clicking the left mouse button on a media library thumbnail and holding for a few seconds to activate the mini-menu caused the next mouse click to be ignored in some areas of the screen (like going back to the category menu).

- Fixed a small cosmetic issue with the ring tone generator dialog.
- People who have purchased the Zoom Player lifetime license were accidentally shown an upgrade notice in some cases.

- The media library bottom category-type filtering icons were accessible using the mouse even when they were not visible.

- Fixed a possible rare freeze in cases where the media library navigation dialog was opened at the exact same time one of the file tracker threads (emule/utorrent/qbittorrent) was trying to synchronize.

- Using the mouse wheel in combination with kinetic scrolling in the media library fullscreen interface would result in chaos.

- When the media library's thumb view left/right bump actions were disabled, thus allowing you to use the left/right keys to scroll through thumb rows, the scroll bar did not appear when the active thumb jumped up/down a row.

- Zoom Player should close much faster now.

- Opening the media library's function menu would wipe clean the meta-data display area.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v12.0:

New :

* The media library has a new metadata-scraping capability that
automatically downloads movie and TV show posters, backdrops,
still images and displays them in a JukeBox mode.

This is a major feature, Here is a full guide explaining the best methods
to ensure your media library collection is scraped correctly:
http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/mediascraping.shtml

* The default fullscreen navigation interface has been cleaned up and
polished. If you have previously used a non-default navigation skin,
you will need to re-apply the skin through the skin selection dialog.

* Within the Media Library fullscreen navigation interface, the area
below the file list/thumbnail view that previously showed the filter
category icons is now replaced with metadata and file information.

The category filter icon are still accessible on the category
selection page.

* New Zoom Player icon on the taskbar and desktop.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) to specify whether Zoom Player
should use the enhanced (Windows Vista+) open file dialog.
This setting is enabled by default.

The older open dialog has issues with high DPI monitor setting, causing
some of the icon to appear extremely small.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings)
to add Extended Controls (Delete Media and Functions Menu) to the path
area of the media library, playlist and file browsing fullscreen
navigation interfaces.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings)
that prevents the "Previous Folder" entry from being added to the
media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) to use a video
frame from the media file as thumbnail if the meta data scrapers fail.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that controls
whether the thumbnail's background is darkened or not.
The default value for this setting is determined by the category type.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that controls
the number of text lines to display under each thumbnail.
Depending on the media file's name length, the file name will be
word-wrapped across multiple lines.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that enables
JukeBox mode, where the movie poster, backdrop images and metadata
are scraped from an online database (TheMovieDB.org) and then displayed
as a full-screen presentation when opening a folder.

For more information, see:
http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/mediascraping.shtml

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that controls
whether folders with thumbnails should display the folder icon in
the background or only the thumbnail.

* New Setting (Media Library Editor / Configure Category) that determines
whether the metadata derived title or file name is drawn on thumbnails.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / BluRay) to let DirectShow
filters handle BluRay parsing. This setting is enabled by default
and allows 3rd party filters (such as LAV filters) to parse the
BluRay structure and decide on the best title selection.

* New media library scraping indicator to make the scraping process
clearer by displaying the number of media files waiting to be scraped.

* New folder scraping blacklist, enabling you to prevent scraping of
folders. The main use of this new feature is to prevent "sample" and
"subs" folder from being scraped, especially when downloading movie
posters from TheMovieDB.org or other online databases.

* New media library fullscreen navigation thumbnail view mode's folder icon
designed to better display poster aspect ratio (1:1.5) thumbnails.

* When creating a new media library video category, a new dialog prompts
for the type of video category, either "Videos", "TV shows" or "Movies".
The category type is then use to control the category initial
configuration and layout.

* On a fresh install, the Play History dialog's column width are now
automatically spaced to better cover the grid's width.

* New skin script variables that control the position and height of the
thumbnail drawing area (previously it was set to the file-list height),
allowing the thumbnail grid to better utilize the available screen space.

* The media library category editor now remembers the last selected tab
and category mode when re-opening the dialog.



Changes :

+ The media library category editor (use Shift+"M" or access using the
right click menu) has been redesigned for enhanced simplicity and user
experience.

+ The thumbnail layout setup (Media Library Editor / Configure Category)
has been rewritten. Instead of manually specifying the thumbnail
with and height or using the built-in calculator to do so, you can now
directly select the thumbnail's aspect ratio and number of columns to
display along with a new horizontal spacing layout option.

When changing the thumbnail's aspect ratio, you are now given the option
to reset the category settings to a new default based on the selected
aspect ratio.

+ The clear media cache button has moved from the options dialog to the
media library category editor dialog (Shift+"M").

+ The "Scrape for parent folder name when file name scraping using
metadata scrapers fails" setting has been moved to the category editor's
"Configure Category" page. This makes the setting now per-category
instead of global for all categories.

+ The "Create folder thumbnails from first media file within the folder
(if scraping is disabled or fails)" setting has been moved to the category
editor's "Configure Category" page. This makes the setting now per-category
instead of global for all categories.

+ The thumbnail view's thumbnail memory cache now syncs cached thumbnails
directly with the main thread without waiting for other scraping threads,
ensuring memory cached thumbnails show up faster while scraping for new
content.

+ The subtitle overlay icon, displayed over a thumbnail in the media library
has been enhanced for extra clarity (the sub-bits are now highlighted
in yellow).

+ The media library fullscreen navigation thumbnail view mode's folder icon
has been enhanced to give extra space to the thumbnail image.

+ The media library category editor's "Category Configuration" dialog's
layout calculator has been enhanced with improved better defaults for
font-size consistency.

+ When the 'Treat the "Play" function as "Open Media" or "Enter"' setting
is enabled, using the "Play" function on a folder within the file browsing
or media library fullscreen navigation interfaces will now play the
content of the entire folder instead of just entering the folder.

+ Setting thumbnail mode's left/right bump action to 'do nothing' will
now move the selected entry up/down a row instead of doing nothing.

+ Installing a new skin now prompts you to apply the skin to all skin
modes (Media/DVD/Audio/Navigation) supported by the newly installed
skin. Previously, you were only prompted to open the skin selection
dialog.

+ Opening a new file through file association (for example, opening a media
file through explorer) now closes the media library and file browsing
fullscreen navigation interfaces before playback starts.

+ Input boxes and error/warning/confirmation/information dialogs are no
longer skinned when triggered from a non-skinned dialog for both
consistency and to prevent issues with monitor DPI values not matching
the current skin's resolution.

+ Zoom Player now tries to automatically reduce the font size in the options
dialog to ensure certain elements fit inside the dialog regardless of
windows font or DPI settings.

Fixes :

- Fixed several high DPI layout issues, especially evident when using
a high DPI value (300%) used by 4K monitors/TV sets.
Thank you Adam Howarth for the in-depth 4K testing.

- The "LAV Hardware Acceleration" setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video)
was not applied correctly, forcing the LAV Video Decoder filter to drop
back to software decoding.

- Trying to create a new folder through the media library while in thumbnail
view mode could trigger a "list index out of bounds" crash.

- Extended functions that can use a negative value parameter (like
"exFastForward") did not work when a negative value was used.

- The background image no longer flashes when opening media files through
explorer (or other applications) while Zoom Player was already playing.

- The "Chapter editor/Seek to" dialog did not scale properly with monitor
DPI adjustments.

- Entering and leaving a media library folder in thumbnail view mode
extremely quickly could result in a crash or thumbnails not appearing.

- When two or more media library categories shared the same folder paths
and the same thumbnail width but with a different thumbnail height, it
would have prevented the thumbnails from drawing in some of the
categories.

- When using the media library in thumb view mode with the media names
sorted by date, erasing a file within a folder and then going up
a folder would no longer show the highlighted folder (the folder itself
changed position as the folder date changes when files inside are
modified).

- When "Automatically restore last media position on replay" was
disabled, the "Retain Media Playback History for [x] days" setting
became inaccessible.

- The audio device list would re-list the same device multiple times
under some circumstances, possibly causing audio issues.

- Setting a high column number using the media library category
configuration dialog's thumbnail layout calculator would result
in an additional column displayed and possibly no spacing between
the columns.

- Using the media library category editor's 'Configure Category'
dialog to edit a category's settings would reset the category's
password protection.

- Switching to some video renderers in the options dialog when
running under Windows 10 would incorrectly notify you that your
version of Direct-X is too old.

- The title area in the bundled fullscreen navigation skins did not properly
account for the width of Time display when using 12H AM/PM format.

- The "Multi-Part file loader" automatic match mode did not always
load multi-part GoPro sequences into the playlist correctly.

- Smart Play's "Auto-Configure" option could improperly set a partially
unregistered profile comprising of multiple filters if the unregistered
filter was sandwiched between two registered filters.

- Zoom Player should now terminate properly even if there are scraper
threads busy or stalled.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v11.1:

* New Direct3D Pixel Shader image processing script support when using MadVR as the Video Renderer (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Pixel Shaders).
Pixel shaders are script text files with the ".HLSL" file extension that can be compiled in real-time by the GPU (display card) to perform various image processing effects. The options page allows you to specify pixel shader presets, the first 8 of which can be activated directly by using a keyboard/remote control macro (by default Alt+Shift+"F1..F8"). The current pre-image resize pixel shader scripts can be toggled by pressing Alt+Shift+"F9".
The current post-image resize pixel shader scripts can be toggled by pressing Alt+Shift+"F10".
Both Pre and Post-image resize pixel shader scripts can be toggled at once by pressing Alt+Shift+"F11".

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to treat the "Play" function as if it was "Open Media" or a click on Enter when a fullscreen navigation interface is visible (bypassing the mini-menu in the media library's thumbview mode). Enabled by default.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to use the "Stop" function to close any currently visible fullscreen navigation interface. Enabled by default.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that controls whether folders are marked as seen if they contain a previously played media file. By default, this setting is disabled.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Thumb View) to create additional thumbnail scraping threads when current threads time out while parsing a video. This can happen with partially downloaded media files.
The upside is that scraping will not pause when problematic files are encountered.
The downside is that by creating additional threads, CPU usage may rise during the scraping operation and slow down screen updates, making the user interface a bit more sluggish.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Paths & Files) to disable the multi-part file loader when opening or adding multiple files. This setting is enabled by default.

* New "Previous Navigation" option for the "Start player in:" setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) that opens Zoom Player fullscreen and directly in the previously used navigation interface.

* New "/LASTNAV" command line parameter to open Zoom Player fullscreen and directly in the previously used navigation interface.

* The WTV format is now associable with Zoom Player. You may need to click the "Default" button in the advanced options dialog under "File Format Association / File Extensions -> Video. Once clicked, WTV format files will start listing within the media library and other video-format specific features.

* You can now use the "Time" seek box in the chapter editor ("g" keyboard macro) to seek to a percentage of the video, for example, specifying a value of "8%" seeks to 8 percent from the start of the video.

* Added support for WMV files with the GoToMeeting codec.

+ The video rotate feature (Shift+"R") now uses a new MadVR feature that no longer crops part of the image while rotating. The latest version of MadVR is now required to perform video rotation.

+ Optimized Zoom Player's load time by about 10-30%.

+ The fullscreen navigation interface's on-screen clock should now respect the 24h/12h AM/PM system setting.

+ Some of the options dialog elements have been spread out to enhance clarity of use.

+ The configuration wizard allowing you to select between PC, HTPC and Tablet modes now sets Zoom Player to open in the previously used fullscreen navigation interface instead of the main navigation interface.

+ You can now set a value of "0" to OSD Visibility (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Actions).

+ Code optimization should improve skin loading time and other code elements.

+ You can now dismiss the internal screen saver by clicking with the mouse "left/right/X" buttons or using the mouse wheel.

+ The "/LastNAV", "/MainNAV" command line parameters and the "Start Player in" setting when set to "Previous Navigation" or "Main Navigation" no longer open the last navigation interface when a file name is passed in the command line, instead only switching to fullscreen mode.


- Scrolling with the mouse wheel no longer generates a double action when used in Windows 10 or earlier versions of windows with a custom mouse utility that sends scroll events to inactive windows.

- When a language pack is in use, the media library category editor's 'configure category' button would cause an access violation.

- Disabling the "Show File Extensions (playlist, file and media library navigators)" setting would corrupt the play history when opening the play history fullscreen navigation interface.

- When a language pack is in use, the media library category editor would not automatically show the 'video' category by default.

- Pressing enter on the playlist editor to play the selected file maintains the keyboard focus on the playlist (previously, the keyboard focus would move to the main window, preventing using the keyboard again to play the next file).

- When using MadVR as the video renderer with the "Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio (when resizing)" setting enabled caused the player window to resize and screen-center when opening certain media formats (MOV, WebP and other formats may have been affected). This fix requires the latest version of MadVR, otherwise support for black-bar crop detection by MadVR will cease working.

- The Media Library fullscreen navigation interface did not respect the "Show File Extensions" setting in thumbnail view mode.

- The "Remove folder(s) from categories" section of the media library fullscreen navigation interface was not clearing the background between screen updates, causing the path area to become unreadable and the current scroll position to become unclear.

- The "Remove folder(s) from categories" section of the media library fullscreen navigation interface did not use the current font size.

- Folders containing previously viewed media were highlighted even if the "Highlight previously viewed files" setting was disabled.

- The options dialog's search feature did not find searches for radio group listed elements (lists with bullet-point selection).

- Pressing the TAG display script's "Default" button when using a language pack could show a corrupt script (??? characters appearing instead of the script text).

- The "Center user interface on initial load" setting did not work as intended when opening the player by double clicking on a media file in an external program (e.g. explorer) while the "Auto-Size User Interface to fit Source Video Resolution (on load)" setting enabled.

- The "DVD Settings" advanced options dialog page was not searchable through the options dialog's search feature.

- Using Alt+PgDn and Alt+PgUp to move items in the playlist up or down the list did not work if the keyboard focus was on the playlist window.

- The internal screen saver would still display even when moving the mouse cursor over the timeline or control bar areas.

- The multi-part file loader did not detect the last file in a series if the file names were comprised completely of numbers, for example: 01.mp3 02.mp3 03.mp3 04.mp3 <- would not add automatically.

- The qBittorrent file tracker did not show the download progress of some torrents with nested folders.

- Pressing Alt+"V" to fetch the playlist media entries duration would not work the first time (had to press twice).

- Re-ordering playlist entries in the playlist editor using the Alt+"PgUp/PgDn" keyboard macros or by dragging using the mouse cursor caused the moved entry to auto-select when playback started.

- The internal screen saver would not always appear on secondary monitors.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v11:

* New thumbnail based view mode for the Media Library fullscreen navigation interface with kinetic scrolling!
You can specify which media library category should display in thumb view mode using the Media Library category editor or through the "functions / settings" page in the fullscreen media library navigation interface.
Thumb view mode automatically uses background threads to scrape for information (thumbnails and other meta-data) from media files within the media library.
Bumping on the left/right sides using a keyboard or remote control brings up custom functionality such as "Go to first entry", "Go up a folder" or "Switch sorting mode".
Bumping the first or last thumb rows using a keyboard or remote control shows a momentary glow effect to signify navigation has reached the start or end of the thumbnail display. Pressing up or down once again using the keyboard or remote control scrolls to the other end of the thumbnail display.
Holding down on a thumbnail (with the mouse button or by touch) or Pressing Enter with a keyboard or remote control brings up a mini-menu with options to "play the media file", "erase the media file", "open the full function menu" and "go back to the category list". The mini-menu automatically times out after 3 seconds or you can close it manually by pressing left on the left side. The two functions on the right side of the mini-menu ("erase media file" and "go back to the category list") are customizable through the advanced options dialog.
To return to the category list using a keyboard or remote control, you can press "Left" on the first entry. By default, bumping left will go to the first entry, so a few left clicks will quickly show the category list.

* New thumb view section in the advanced options dialog featuring all the settings available to control Zoom Player's thumb view user experience.

* The media library category editor has gained a new category configuration dialog used to enable thumbnail view mode, control the thumbnail layout for the category and lock the category with a password.

* The media library fullscreen navigation interface's "Settings" page can now be used to switch between list view and thumbnail view as well as control whether thumbs are scaled or cropped to fit within the thumbnail area.

* The default Onyx skin and the bundled AlbaHD skins have been enhanced with clean mouse-hover animation effects for all buttons on the main user interface, the playlist editor and the equalizer window.

* The 'Navigation Style' fullscreen navigation interface can now be used to switch between background patterns on skins that allow you to set a custom background pattern.

* You can now password protect a media library category to prevent children from accessing prohibited content directly from the media library fullscreen navigation interface.

* Features that highlight a portion of the timeline (AB-Repeat, creating ring tones, etc) now show position markers for the start and end points as well as the duration of the highlighted range.

* New 4K resolution version of the Alba skin control bar, now accessible through the skin selection dialog (press "N" or access through the right-click menu).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that controls whether the media library lists content that matches a category type or shows the content based on the media library filter.
The new default is to only show content based on the media library category type. To restore the previous default, uncheck this setting.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to Automatically select the last viewed file/folder when entering a folder.
This setting requires play history's "save last play time" setting enabled to function.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area) that determine if timeline markers are shown with features that highlight a portion of the timeline

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) to force the Playlist editor to remain on-top when switching to fullscreen mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) to force the Equalizer to remain on-top when switching to fullscreen mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) to invert the text view's colors. The new text file viewing default is Black background with white text.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Tags) to use the folder/embedded image as a stretched and darkened background for the image itself. Enabled by default.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that enables using the navigation "Enter" key action on a media library category list to open the category at the root folder. This was the previous default behavior, which have now been disabled. Pressing enter with this setting disabled, opens the category in its previous position.

* Volume widgets now show the volume percentage as a hint when hovering over with the mouse cursor.

* Zoom Player now supports MadVR's automatic black-bar video detection and window size changes when the "Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio (when resizing)" setting is enabled.

* The Multi-Part file loader's "Automatic Match" setting can now detect and add into the playlist GoPro series of media files. Thanks Dimitar Pankov.

* The "Options / About" page will now specify if your copy of Zoom Player is a life time (free upgrades for life) license.

* The internal image decoder now supports GIF decoding (only still images, does not support animating GIF files).

* New "fnThumbViewMiniMenu" function that Shows/Hides the media library's ThumbView mode's Mini-Menu.

* New "unchecked" icon used throughout several fullscreen navigation interfaces to clarify usage experience.

+ All media library categories have been automatically converted to thumbnail view mode. You can restore each category to list view mode using the media library category editor (Shift+"M") or through the settings page on the media library fullscreen navigation interface. Dependant on the content type (Audio/Video/Picture/Executable), a default thumbnail aspect ratio and column count is applied.

+ Modified how Zoom Player loads, shaving about 900ms off the load time, which on the development system accounts for a 36% faster load time.

+ Zoom Player file tracker is now compatible with qBitTorrent v3.2.

+ The backspace key can now be used with all fullscreen navigation interfaces to quickly go up to a previous folder or all the way back to the main fullscreen navigation interface.

+ The backspace key no longer clears the playlist on the playlist fullscreen navigation interface.

+ The "Media Scanner" and "Remove folder(s) from categories" entries in the fullscreen media library's category list, now display a message indicating these interfaces are not available when navigation "safe mode" is enabled.

+ The media library fullscreen navigation interface's "Filter List" page has been renamed to a now more expanded "Settings" page.

+ The checkboxes on the Media Library's fullscreen navigation "Sort" and "Settings" pages are now clickable with the mouse or touch input.

+ The checkboxes on the File Browsers's fullscreen navigation "Sort" and "Filter List" pages are now clickable with the mouse or touch input.

+ Zoom Player used the term 'Directory' and 'Folder' interchangeably, to prevent confusion, all references should now appear as 'Folder'.

- When viewing the main fullscreen navigation interface in grid mode, the description could appear as "???" when using a non-english language pack.

- The media library fullscreen navigation interface did not highlight previously seen image files when the setting to 'Highlight previously viewed files' was enabled.

- Navigation scroll acceleration (when holding down or quickly tapping a keyboard or remote control button) didn't reset the acceleration when using a different navigation key. For example, pressing the down arrow quickly would scroll real fast down a list, but then pressing the UP key would scroll back up by more than one item.

- The keyboard macro list and right-click context menu file were not updated to the latest version in the original v10.0.0 release.
- Maximizing and then Minimizing the main player window lost the maximized window state and non-maximized window size.

- Playing a new video with MadVR set as the video renderer while the player window was in a maximized state lost the maximized window state and non-maximized window size.

- Using functions that shows a file open/save dialog and keeping the dialog window open until the internal screen saver started, caused the user interface to become unresponsive.

- Fixed a few small memory leaks.

- With the "Nav-Left goes up a directory before entering the Drive/Category list" setting enabled, clicking the "<" icon in the media library triggered a "folder up" action instead of returning to the category list.

- Fixed a crash when trying to close the player with certain fullscreen navigation interfaces open and uTorrent/qBittorrent/eMule file tracking was enabled.

- The "Screen-Center Playlist when switching to Fullscreen / Zoom mode" setting did not actually screen-center the playlist editor.

- Trying to set file association with UAC enabled under Windows 7 would erroneously show a 'this feature is not supported by the FREE/PRO version' dialog.

- Pressing the "5" key on the keypad with num-lock disabled would interfere with fullscreen navigation's 'quick search' functionality and regular keyboard navigation until ESC was pressed.

- Fixed a few possible crashes when closing Zoom Player.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v10:

* New pre-configuration wizard! The wizard opens automatically on a fresh installation or can be manually triggered by using the Alt+Shift+F12 keyboard macro. The wizard lets you automatically configure Zoom Player based on the playback PC device profile: 1. PC This is the default configuration used in previous versions of Zoom Player.
2. HTPC (Home Theater PC) When choosing the HTPC profile, the following settings are adjusted: A. Buttons added to the Control Bar: * Subtitle Cycling. * Open the Media Library fullscreen navigation interface. * Maximize video to fullscreen. B. Buttons removed from the Control Bar: * Fullscreen on/off toggle. C. The mouse left button-click is assigned to 'Mouse Gestures'. D. The open file function is assigned to open the file browsing fullscreen navigation interface, affecting the control bar button and the 'Open file' right-click menu entry. E. Zoom Player automatically starts in fullscreen mode with the main fullscreen navigation interface open. 3. Tablet When choosing the Tablet profile, the following settings are adjusted: A. Buttons added to the Control Bar: * Seeking controls * Lock user interface function * Maximize video to fullscreen. B. Buttons removed from the Control Bar: * Fullscreen on/off toggle. * Open File C. The mouse left button-click is assigned to 'Mouse Gestures' with the static mouse click set to toggle the Control Bar on/off. D. The open file function is assigned to open the file browsing fullscreen navigation interface, affecting the control bar button and the 'Open file' right-click menu entry. E. Zoom Player automatically starts in fullscreen mode with the main fullscreen navigation interface open. F. Zoom Player prompts for the tablet screen's physical size. Zoom Player uses the screen size information to adjust the following settings to ensure they work well with touch input: * Fullscreen navigation scroll bar size. * Control Bar size. * Hot-Corner click-region size. * Color Control UI size. G. The control bar auto-hides after 15 seconds instead of 3. H. The number of lines displayed in the fullscreen navigation interfaces is reduced, making line selection easier. I. Do not show timeline position when hovering with the mouse over the timeline since tablets do not use mouse as input device by default. J. Disable quick searching using the keyboard. K. Set LAV Video hardware acceleration to DXVA2 Native L. Hide button hints (no mouse to hover with).

* New "Media Scanner" fullscreen navigation interface (Ctrl+Shift+"M"). The Media Scanner scans the PC's drives, searching for media content (audio/video/images) and presenting a clear list featuring the content of each folder identified to contain media. Each media folder can be browsed, added to existing media library categories or used as a base for a new media library category. With the new Media Scanner, you no longer have to leave the fullscreen navigation interface to setup the media library.

* New "Stream Selection" fullscreen navigation interface (Shift+"E"). The stream selection navigation interface allows you to easy select which of the playing media's Audio and Subtitle streams to enable.

* New "Mini Color Control" fullscreen navigation interface that by default replaces the old color control fullscreen navigation interface. The new minified version uses as little screen-space as possible to ensure color changes are clearly seen as they are being applied.

* New "Control Bar" button on the skin selection dialog, introducing a new class of skinning specifically for the control bar, allowing you to pick custom control bar designs, regardless of the currently used skin. By default, Zoom Player ships with 5 custom control bars: 1. Onyx Very Small 2. Onyx Small 3. Onyx Medium 4. Onyx Large 5. Onyx Very Large

* Zoom Player is now "Large Address Aware". This means that Zoom Player and filters in use by Zoom Player can now allocate more than 2GB of RAM. Large Address Aware is required when playing 4K video content through MadVR using a very large frame buffer.

* New "Media Scanner" entry on the media library fullscreen navigation category list giving easy access the new media scanner fullscreen navigation interface.

* New "Remove folder(s) from categories" function on the media library fullscreen navigation category list enabling easy removal of folders from existing media library categories.

* New "Hot Corner" feature (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) that triggers customizable functions when the mouse (or finger with touch input devices) clicks on one of the screen's corners while in fullscreen mode. By default the functions are: Top-Left corner : Main fullscreen navigation interface Top-Right corner : Playlist fullscreen navigation interface Bottom-Left corner : File browsing fullscreen navigation interface Bottom-Right corner : Media library fullscreen navigation interface

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) to limit "Hot Corner" feature to fullscreen mode (enabled by default).

* New settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse) to set which function is triggered when using the 4th (Forward) and 5th (Backward) buttons on the mouse. By default the forward and backward buttons are set to perform a medium distance seek, but any Zoom Player function can be assigned to the buttons using the 'Custom' option.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) to control LAV Video Decoder's hardware acceleration. By default, Zoom Player now sets the hardware acceleration to DXVA2 Copyback (which falls back to software mode if it is not supported by the hardware/drivers) in tablet mode and "Use LAV's setting" on PCs and HTPCs.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that controls whether clicking the right/left screen edges navigates to the left/right. This behavior was previously enabled and hard coded, it is now optional and disabled by default.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) that switches between the old color control navigation style and the new mini-color control navigation style. The current navigation skin must support the mini-color control navigation mode for the setting to have an affect.

* A few great looking background patterns for the customizable dark/light fullscreen navigation interfaces are now included with the installer. The browse button next to the "Override navigation background image" setting now opens the new patterns folder by default.

* The advanced playlist control can now be searched with either an "OR" or an "AND" type Boolean search when using multiple words.

* New "Lock user interface" control bar button. When enabled, the mouse and keyboard interfaces are disabled until the top-left corner of the screen is quickly clicked 3 times or the space bar is quickly pressed 3 times.

* New "/MainNav" command line parameter that starts the player with the main navigation interface visible and fullscreen.

* New "Main Navigator" setting for the "Start Player in" feature (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size).

* New Text Viewer font size settings for both ASCII and ANSI (used to display art in NFO files) under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display".

* New "exLAVHWAccel" extended function that specifies the type of video hardware acceleration used by the LAV Video Decoder filter. Values: 0 = Use LAV's setting 1 = None (software decoding) 2 = NVIDIA CUVID 3 = Intel½ QuickSync 4 = DXVA2 (copy-back) 5 = DXVA2 (native)
Extended functions can be mapped to keyboard events to make switching between different hardware acceleration modes more accessible.
* New smart play profile to support decoding of Apple's ProRes format.

* Media can now be played directly from the fullscreen download manager navigation interface.

* New API message #1935 to add a file to the playlist and automatically start playing it.

+ Zoom Player should load faster, especially on a fresh install or when upgrading to a new version.

+ Rewrote the entire fullscreen navigation mouse click/touch code to prevent clicking and double clicking outside list boundaries selecting the first/last list entry.

+ The Image Adjust, Image Blanking, Equalizer and Color Control navigation interfaces are now much more reactive when quickly clicking the mouse or touch input devices.

+ The GoTo Time fullscreen navigation interface is now much more touch-intuitive with +/- icons under the Hours/Minutes/Seconds fields to quickly change the values without having to use the more cumbersome directional arrows interface.

+ The file browsing fullscreen navigation interface no longer displays the volume label of network drives as it caused massive slow downs if the network drive was disconnected.

+ The fullscreen navigation interfaces' close button now only reacts when the mouse button is released or when the finger is moved off the touch surface. The change makes the interface more intuitive when used with touch interfaces.

+ Double clicking on the fullscreen media library category or file browsing drive list now opens the last position instead of the first item in the list.

+ When hovering with the mouse over the main fullscreen navigation interface's grid, the active entry is now set to the item selected instead of just highlighted, making use of a keyboard+mouse setup more intuitive.

+ The order of the navigation interfaces has been changed along with the default navigation interfaces listed in the main navigation interface. You can still choose which navigation interfaces to list through the advanced options dialog.

+ The on-screen clock is now hidden when a fullscreen navigation interface is visible.

+ The default value for "Navigation Scroll Mode" is now set to "Middle Centered".

+ The icon in the path area was removed from several fullscreen navigation interfaces.

+ The path text was changed to be more subtle in several fullscreen navigation interfaces.

+ Played items in the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces are made easier to spot by changing played media's icon to 25% transparency (compared to 50% in previous versions).

+ Several actions, (for example trying to open a category in the media library that contained no files) would not show any visual cue to indicate why no action took place.
These action will now Pop-up an OSD message to indicate the cause.

+ When opening the options dialog for the very first time, it will now open centered within the active monitor (previously it would open centered on the main UI window).

- Due to a bug, the scheduler interface became impossible to enable even when using the MAX version.

- The "Check for updates" setting was broken and may have notified of new components on the install center even though they may have not been any.

- Closing a fullscreen navigation interface by clicking/touching the "X" area located at the top-right corner of the screen could accidentally trigger a "right" navigation function, which by default is to seek forward 20 seconds.

- Long-presses on buttons now work when used with a touch screen (instead of the default windows behavior of a long-press being used to right-click).

- Double-click action will not trigger accidentally when trying to quickly select/unselect entries in the Playlist, Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

- The selected file(s) attribute in the Media Library, Playlist and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces would not clear after performing several actions (Cut, Paste, Add to Playlist, Remove from Playlist and Clear Playlist).

- Fixed a memory leak when using the main navigation interface in grid mode.

- Certain mouse actions and features did not perform well when the text viewer was used.

- When playing a file using the file browsing fullscreen navigation interface, opening the interface will now mark the file as seen without requiring you to exit and re-enter the folder.

- Scrolling quickly through the "image adjust" and "image blanking" fullscreen navigation interfaces could cause values to change using a multiplier instead of accurately one at a time.

- In the FREE and PRO versions, the chapter points on the timeline could not be disabled.

- Pressing Backspace before typing anything else in a fullscreen navigation interface that had QuickSearch enabled could cause the dialog to appear frozen until other characters were entered.

- Using the "End" key to go to the end of the line when using the fullscreen keyboard navigation interface would go one character after the line's end.

- If the "Auto-Show the Control Bar on Mouse Movement" setting was enabled and the "Limit Control Bar Auto-Show to Fullscreen / Zoom mode" was disabled, it took two clicks to close the control bar.

- Using the CommAPI #1930 message to add files to the playlist now automatically translates "/" characters to "" if the path is local, fixing cosmetic issues in the playlist.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v9.5.0:

* The main fullscreen navigation interface index is now drawn using an icon grid array instead of a list, making it much more touch/mouse friendly.

* There is now a dedicated close button for all fullscreen navigation interfaces, making them more suitable for usage with touch devices.

* New text-file viewer, opening any of the following text extensions uses the new viewer: csv, css, ini, json, log, nfo, txt, xml, yaml.
Files with the 'nfo' extension will open using the Terminal font at a fixed size of "9" to preserve the ASCII art.
While the text-file viewer is in use, the UP/DOWN navigation keys and the mouse scroll wheel are used to scroll through the file instead of their usually assigned function.

* You can now rename files directly from the playlist fullscreen navigation interface's function menu.

* The GoTo time fullscreen navigation interface is now more usable with a mouse or touch input : 1. You can now click to select the Hour/Minute/Seconds fields. 2. Clicking the current position pastes the current position to the Hour/Minute/Seconds entry fields 3. The arrow controls are larger and more accessible.

* A clickable "Trash" icon is now displayed next to the erase entry on fullscreen navigation interfaces' function menu.

* New setting "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) to override a skin's icon grid array viewing mode for the main fullscreen navigation interface index.

* New setting "Adv. Options / Interface" that overrides the mouse scroll wheel and UP/DOWN navigation keys functions when the HTML or Text file viewers are in use. Instead of the assigned functions the mouse wheel and UP/DOWN keys are used to scroll through the HTML/Text content.

* New setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Subtitles" that determines whether the XySubFilter high resolution subtitle renderer is used (MadVR set as the video renderer is also a requirement for XySubFilter to work).

* New setting "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings" that determines if text files are listed in the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.
This setting can also be accessed through the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces' function menu.

* New setting "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization" specifying that the selected custom background image should be treated as a pattern and tiled instead of stretched.

* New setting "Adv. Options / Playback" that determines whether text files are added to the playlist when opening an entire drive or folder.

* You can now select "Text & HTML" from the open dialog's drop-down format list.

* New control bar buttons that opens the 'Main' and 'Media Library' fullscreen navigation interface.

* New button on the Install Center's options dialog to open the cache folder in explorer.

* You can now click an arrow icon on the media library, file browsing and playlist fullscreen navigation interfaces' quick search function to reach the selected entry with one click.

* New skin-script code to better position the 'GoTo Time' fullscreen navigation interface's "current" and "seek-to" position texts.

* New Smart Play profile for opening local ".NSV" media files. Improved NSV streaming should appear in a future version.

+ The default configuration has been improved to better account for new and updated features.

+ The 'Navigation Scrollbar Size' setting can now be set to "Dynamic Mode" which changes the scrollbar's size dynamically based on the interface's width, restoring the previous default scrollbar behavior.

+ "Dynamic mode" is the new default 'Navigation Scrollbar Size', restoring the scrollbar size to v9.3 values.

+ When the HTML viewer is in use, the UP/DOWN navigation keys and the mouse scroll wheel are now used to scroll through the web page instead of their usually assigned function.

+ The icon next to the 'Play all files in this Directory' and 'Randomly Play all files in this Directory' has been changed from a checkbox to a play icon.

+ The notification about bad sub-types in a smart play profile will no longer appear by default. These messages will now only appear if the 'Show Smart Play graph creation errors' setting is enabled.

+ The default panning rate when using an XInput (XBOX 360/ONE) controller has been slowed a bit.

+ A few of the fullscreen navigation icons were tweaked for clarity and enhanced visuals.

+ Some of the icons on the bundled Customizable Background fullscreen navigation skin have been made semi-translucent in sections to better integrate with the background image.

+ The GoTo time fullscreen navigation dialog now always opens on the "Seconds" field (previously it would on the "Hours" field).

+ Improved keyboard time to seek input when using the GoTo time fullscreen navigation interface.

+ Added more space between some buttons in fullscreen navigation interfaces (Equalizer, Image Adjust, Color Control, Image Blanking).

+ The Image Adjust fullscreen navigation interface layout has been optimized for additional clarity.

+ The Mouse wheel function fullscreen navigation interface has been optimized for additional clarity and enhanced touch input.

- Disabled the "Press & Hold" windows touch-input feature on the fullscreen navigation interfaces. The "Press & Hold" feature adds a delayed response to touch events, which interfered with smooth operation on tablet devices.

- Enabling a file tracker feature while the download manager fullscreen navigation interface was already visible could cause a crash.

- Trying to play streaming audio without the DC-Bass component installed would trigger a crash.

- Trying to play a station listed under the favorites section would trigger a crash.

- Adding a station to the favorite station list would not save the new favorite item after restarting the player.

- Long Path text in the media library and file browsing fullscreen interfaces would cause the text to overlay the selected item count and icon.

- Renaming a file in the media library or file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces would cause the some of the playlist navigation interface icons to appear in the wrong size.

- Renaming a file using one of the fullscreen navigation interfaces would not rename the playlist entry for that file.

- Clicking in an empty space under or above a file entry's icon in the playlist, media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces no longer selects the last entry in the list.

- Clicking in an empty space under or above an entry in all fullscreen navigation interface would wrongly interpret the click as if it was on the first or last entry in the list, leading to accidental actions.

- Switching to fullscreen with the Zoom Player window in a maximized state would lose the window's maximized state upon exiting fullscreen mode.

- Hovering with the mouse cursor over a timeline area containing a chapter/bookmark would cause the hint window containing the bookmark name and position to flicker if the hint window would appear on the edge of the active screen.

- Setting the mouse's middle-click (mouse wheel click) to reset DirectShow Zooming, instead of resetting, the maximum zoom value was applied.

- Opening a folder through several means (drag & drop for example) would not always respect the "Opening a drive or directory includes opening image files" setting.

- Rotating the screen/tablet now hides the date & time display from the navigation interfaces (previously they would overlap due to the lack of space).

- Category names would overlap the right-side icons in the fullscreen media library navigation interface.

- Clicking the left/right edges of a fullscreen navigation interface to navigate left/right now works again.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v9.4.1:

* Clicking the selected item count checkbox in the playlist, file browsing and media library fullscreen navigation interfaces now acts as a shortcut to the extended file selection page.

* New scenecut editor "Pause Playback" entry type.

* Introduced stricter sub-type format checking to prevent errors.

+ Auto-Showing the control bar when the mouse cursor is moved to the top or bottom of the screen (selectable in the options) now triggers when the mouse cursor is up to 4 pixels away from the top/bottom instead of the just the top/bottom pixel.

- Trying to play all files in a directory did not ignore unknown file extensions, adding them to the playlist instead.

- With the "Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio" setting enabled, triggering an action OSD (like "Pause") would cause the window to auto-resize.

- A bad sub-type in the H.264 video decoder smart play profile could have caused issues under certain conditions.

- Selecting "all matching multi-part files" from fullscreen navigation interfaces could select non-file entries such as "Previous Directory" and others.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v9.4:

* New feature to load DirectShow filters directly from a DLL even if the filter is not registered/installed on the system (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play / Info & DLL Paths).
The external DLL paths are searched when Zoom Player tries to create a filter that is not registered with the operating system. Note: + All paths are relative to Zoom Player's EXE's folder. + Some filters may require registry entries to work.

* New "<" icon next to a fullscreen navigation interface's icon/title to provide a clear visual indicator that clicking the location navigates to the previous navigation page.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) to set the scrollbar's width.

* New clickable icons for "Play all files in this directory" and "Randomly Play all files in this directory".

* New "Play" icon next to playable entries in multiple fullscreen navigation interfaces (media library, file browser, etc).

* You can now select MadVR as the Windows Media DRM playback video renderer.

+ Large playlist load time has been optimized by up to 200%.

+ You can now single-click previous directory icon to go to the previous directory.

+ New "Unknown" icon now used with unknown file types in file listing fullscreen navigation interfaces (media library, file browser, etc).

+ When loading a playlist comprised of multiple playlists, each with a sort method specified in the playlist, the playlists will now be individually sorted and appended instead of the final playlist being sorted.

+ The fullscreen navigation scrollbar width is no longer dependant on the width of the dialog as that didn't make sense rotating displays (such as tablets). The scroll bar width is now fixed size.

+ The icon used to access the fullscreen navigation interface's functions page has been modified to more clearly indicate the action taken by clicking the icon.

+ On the fullscreen navigation function pages of the media library and file browsing interfaces, on the "Add to Playlist" entry, the icon has been changed from a right arrow to a playlist icon to better indicate that clicking the icon opens the playlist navigation interface.

+ The playlist icon has been replaced with a new, polished design.

- The "Create Contact Sheet" feature got completely broken in v9.3.

- The fullscreen navigation interfaces did not resize when rotating the screen orientation.

- When playing a media with external audio track files, the used filters may not have been released properly from memory, causing all sorts of possible issues (for example, MadVR would not release it's overlay, covering the video area when playing audio files afterwards).

- The fullscreen playlist navigation interface's font did not adjust in size to match the "Navigation Line Count" setting and was not perfectly centered within each line.

- The Alt+"S" keyboard macro that opens the subtitle configuration page did not work if the "XySubFilter" subtitle renderer filter was used.

- When using a detached control bar on the primary screen to display preview thumbnails from a video playing on a secondary screen, the thumbnails would always appear below the timeline, even when there was space above it.

- When using a detached control bar on the primary screen to display preview thumbnails from a video playing on a secondary screen, the thumbnails would initially appear on the secondary until the mouse was moved at least 1 pixel over the timeline.

- The previous fullscreen navigation customization settings were not restored if the options dialog was closed using the "Cancel" button.

- Resizing the fullscreen station navigation interface width could cause the station name to overlap the station format and bitrate text fields.

- The Install Center would list an update as available even if a newer version was already installed if the update's build number was higher than the currently installed version's build number, for example: v9.3.0.102 would appear newer than v9.4.0.3

- The "DefaultSettings.exe" file did not reset the Steam Edition's settings.


What's new in Zoom Player v9.3.0:

* Support for registering the GXF, MXF media exchange formats file extensions.

* New Smart Play profiles for GFX, MXF, Motion JPEG2000 and DVCPro formats.

* Clicking on the fullscreen navigation interfaces title area now navigates to the previous interface (like using the navigate "left" function).

* The current navigation icon is now drawn next to the fullscreen navigation interface's title.

* Clicking the "Main" fullscreen navigation interface now toggles back and forth between the function page and the navigation interface selection index.

* The playlist, file browsing and media library fullscreen navigation interfaces display item and selected item counts on the right-side of the path section.

* New "Main" entry on the main fullscreen navigation interface functions page that returns to the main navigation interface selection index.

* The fullscreen virtual-keyboard navigation interface's text box can now be clicked to move the text-caret to the clicked position in the text.

* The fullscreen navigation skinning code has been enhanced to control whether navigation arrows are displayed on each navigator interface.

* The fullscreen navigation skinning code has been enhanced to allow specifying a specific file for each navigation icon. Navigation icon sizes are no longer fixed at 160x160 pixels (source resolution).

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) to pre-load navigation graphics, improving load time at the cost of additional memory usage.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) to prevent the navigation icon from being displayed next to the title text.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) to prevent the navigation title from being displayed.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker) that tracks and displays download progress in the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces when using the qBittorrent BitTorrent download client: http://www.qbittorrent.org/

* New skin-script code specifying the fullscreen navigation interfaces' icon position and scale next to the title text.

+ Several fullscreen navigation customization features have been moved from other pages to the new customization page on the advanced options dialog.

+ Several fullscreen navigation widget have been polished to better fit the navigation style.

+ Multiple fullscreen navigation skin files can now reside in the same folder, allowing graphical element re-use for a smaller distribution.

+ All settings on the fullscreen navigation customization options dialog page are now updated in real time, making it much simpler to customize the fullscreen navigation interfaces.

+ Using the fullscreen navigation's navigation skin selection interface now updates the navigation skin as soon as you highlight a skin entry.

+ Detaching the control bar now overrides all other control bar positional settings.

+ Adding files/folders to the playlist using the media library or file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces now reports the number of files actually added to the playlist.

+ The Advanced playlist control now works 200% faster by pre-allocating some RAM (10mb ram for a playlist with 40,000 entries).

- Image rotation was completely broken (did nothing) in v9.2.

- Fixed a vulnerability when loading specially crafted ".BMP" files.

- The information dialog ("I" keyboard macro) will no longer appear partially off-screen when the playback window is positioned at a screen corner.

- When applying file extension association, the confirmation dialog appeared in the wrong screen position.

- Adding a streaming URL using the playlist editor would clear the entire playlist instead of appending the URL to the end of the playlist.

- Hardened the language-pack parsing code to better handle several types of translation errors.

- The "DefaultSettings.exe" application that resets Zoom Player's settings to their default values did not work with the Steam Edition of Zoom Player.

- Fixed several issues related to conflicts between assigned double-click and single-click mouse functions, like the inability to exit fullscreen mode when double-click is set to switch to "Fullscreen on/off" and single click set to "Move Video / Window".

- The "ESC" key no longer closes the keyboard editor's key mapping dialog, allowing the "ESC" key to be mapped.

- Loading playlists with embedded media-duration information skips the media-duration scanner's background operation from trying to get the media's duration from the media file itself.

- The advanced playlist control dialog would take twice as long to open if the 'Search' was set to "Starting with...". Only noticable on massive playlists.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v9.2.0:

* XBOX controller sticks can now be used to Pan & Scan directshow zoomed video.

* New "Speed" parameter assignable to XBOX controller stick and trigger functions specifies the number of operations per second to perform, customizing motion accuracy for each function.

* The mouse left-click button can now be assigned to Pan & Scan directshow zoomed video.

* When the mouse left-click button is set to "Mouse Gestures", a new function can be assigned to a static click, by default the function is Play/Pause.

* The DirectShow Zooming & Panning features now apply to the internal image viewer (JPEG/PNG/BMP) as well.

* The internal image viewer (JPEG/PNG/BMP) now supports image rotation by 90 degree increments using the Shift+"R" keyboard macro.

* Video streaming over http is now supported when using the "Open->Streaming link" feature from the right-click context menu.

* New virtual meta-data editing accessible through the playlist editor's right-click context menu or for the currently playing media using the Ctrl+Shift+"T" keyboard macro. The virtual editor saves the meta-data in Zoom Player's ZPL playlist format without modifying the meta-data within media files themselves.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play / Settings) that specifies whether http media streaming builds a video or audio graph when the specified URL does not contain a file extension (for example "http://my.ip.com").

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to auto-sort playlists on load (excluding the default playlist used when restarting the player).

* The right-arrow appearing on multiple fullscreen navigation interfaces is now clickable and equivalent of using the right arrow key keyboard macro.

* New button and right-click context menu entry on the playlist editor to add streaming URLs (e.g. "http://www.somesite.org/folder/channel1.ts").

+ The chapter-points graphical elements in the bundled Onyx and Alba skins is now better color-coded to make it easier to see behind text.

+ The auto-part loader now ignores space characters when trying to decide if the next file in the directory should be automatically inserted into the playlist.

+ Added a warning to reload the playing media when enabling "Show time seek position over Timeline" setting with "Show position preview thumbnail" previously enabled.

+ Added a warning to reload the playing media when enabling the "Display OSD through MadVR's OSD API (preserves fullscreen exclusive mode)" setting.

+ The options dialog is now slightly wider to better account for the width required to display the entire settings tree.

+ When playing a live stream, pausing now stops the graph instead of being completely disabled.

+ The multi-part file loader will no longer try to find multiple parts when the file loaded is a playlist.

+ The play history fullscreen navigation interface now has a small arrow on the active line signifying access to additional functionality.

- The ZPL playlist parsing code ignored meta-data such as the title if the playlist entry was a URL (link).

- Fixed multiple issues with M3U playlist parsing, including parsing of UTF8 encoding and meta-data parsing of titles for streaming links.

- Mouse gestures could conflict with the mouse left-click combined with holding the Alt or Ctrl key functions.

- With the "Auto-Save Media Chapter files (".ZPCHP" files)" setting enabled, chapter files were not being saved automatically under some circumstances.

- A few JPEG orientation modes were not displaying in the correct orientation.

- Setting the "Screen-Align the Control Bar to" setting to "Top" or "Bottom" caused MadVR to drop out of fullscreen exclusive mode every time the control bar was shown.

- With the "Screen-Align the Control Bar to" setting set to "Top" or "Bottom", the control bar would align within the video in fullscreen mode instead of the top/bottom positions.

- With EVR set as the video renderer, the first time a media was loaded caused a momentary glitch in the skin (black box appearing behind the skin's button).

- The PreAmp equalizer slider would get reset when the audio was muted if the "Link volume up/down functions to PreAmp volume..." setting was enabled.

- Adding a web page to the playlist and then saving and loading the playlist or just restarting the player would cause the playlist entry to be played as a media file (and failing) instead of opening as a web page.

- The extended fullscreen navigation interface would show "???" instead of displaying unicode language-specific texts.

- Fixed a typo in one of the function descriptions.


June 26, 2014.
Changelog (v9.1):

"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix

--- What's new in Zoom Player v9.1.0:

* The left mouse click can now be set to "Mouse Gestures".

* You can now assign 4 mouse gestures (up/down/left/right) when gesturing with the mouse cursor while holding down the left mouse button or by swiping a finger on touch displays a forth of the way across the screen. By default the assigned functions are: Left : Medium seek backward Right : Medium seek forward Up : Previous Track Down : Next Track All gestures can be assigned a custom function in the MAX version.
* xySubFilter support for full resolution subtitle rendering when playing lower resolution video content. MadVR must be used as the video renderer for xySubFilter to function. Please note that the current version of xySubFilter may break ffdshow subtitle rendering if the xySubFilter filter is registered.

* The XInput (XBOX360 and compatible controllers) interface can now assign Zoom-in and Zoom-out functions to the left and right Trigger buttons.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area) that displays chapter points on the timeline. When the mouse hovers over a chapter point, a pop-up shows the chapter name. This feature requires a skin that includes additional chapter-point graphical elements. The Onyx and Alba skins include this support.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System / Screen Saver) to always disable the windows screen saver and monitor powerdown while Zoom Player is running.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse) that enables the Mouse's middle click (wheel click) to reset DirectShow Zooming.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse) that enable the Mouse's left click combined with holding either the Alt or Ctrl keys to pan the DirectShow Zoomed video (panning is currently limited to the EVR video renderer).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse Wheel) that allows the DirectShow Zoom In/Out functions to be assigned to the mouse wheel.

* New extended "exDirectShowZoom" function used to specify a zoom-in factor when using a DirectShow video renderer. Unlike standard Zoom-in, DirectShow based zooming works even in windowed mode.

* New "fnDSZoomIn" and "fnDSZoomOut" functions that Zoom into and out of the video area when using a DirectShow video renderer. Unlike standard Zoom-in, DirectShow based zooming works even in windowed mode.

* New Comm API message #1705 notifying of a subtitle stream change.

* New Comm API message #1605 notifying of an audio stream change.

* New "TimelineChapters" and "TimelineCBarChapters" skin scripting functions used to specify coordinates for the timeline chapter marks.

+ Optimized skin parsing code.

+ Comm API message #1702 (get subtitle stream names), only worked in DVD mode. It now works for media mode subtitle steams as well.

+ The 'Current Position' is now horizontally centered in the chapter editor.

+ The font size used when creating contact sheets was too small, making the text unreadable when creating lower resolution contract sheet images.

+ Restored subtitle compatibility with the latest version of ffdshow. Using the ffdshow subtitle rendering option should now work.

- Playing media files with both embedded and external subtitle tracks with the embedded subtitle tracks set as both not-default and not-forced, the next subtitle track function would require several tries to properly show the correct subtitle track and at times, the OSD pop-up may have shown the wrong active subtitle track name.

- Adding a chapter point to a media file would list the new chapter in the wrong order within the chapter editor.

- Removing chapters using the chapter editor did not prompt to erase the chapter files when all chapters were removed, causing the chapters to re-appear after re-loading the media.

- Using the next/previous chapter buttons would pop an action OSD containing character encoding instead of the actual character. For example "&comma" instead of ",".

- The 'Show OSD filename when opening a new file' setting stopped working.
- Detaching the Control Bar when using MadVR as the video renderer would cause the control bar to appear twice under certain circumstances.

- Setting the control bar to appear at the top/bottom of the screen instead of the video area would not work when using MadVR as the video renderer.

- Disabling the "Auto Play" setting broke the "Automatically restore the last media position on replay" feature.

- With "Auto-Size User Interface to fit Source Video Resolution (on load)" and "Limit Auto-Size to User Interface Height" settings enabled, playing a video while fullscreen and then exiting fullscreen would have resulted in a window the same size as the source video's full resolution instead of only adjusting the height to compensate for the aspect ratio.

- Searching for some buttons using the options dialog's search feature would prevent the searched buttons from being clicked until the search dialog was closed first.

- Enabling the 'Always start with media subtitles hidden' setting would cause a 'Play' OSD to pop-up when playing a media file containing subtitles.

- The current time and date did not appear on any fullscreen navigation interface based on the virtual keyboard (Rename, New Folder, etc).


Zoom Player v9.0.2

+ Pressing Alt+"A" to open the Audio decoder configuration page when no media is loaded, now tries to show the LAV Audio decoder instead of ffdshow's audio decoder. If LAV Filters are not installed the ffdshow audio decoder will open instead.

- Fixed a small cosmetic glitch when maximizing the audio skin.


Zoom Player v9.0.1 :

Change log:
* When maximizing the Video or Playlist windows, the curved window corners are now transformed into a solid frame, preventing accidental clicks on background applications. This applies to both the Onyx (default) and AlbaHD skins.
* New Skin API command block "ifmaximized" and "endmaximized" used to draw an additional skinning layer when the playlist or video windows are maximized.
+ The keyboard macro list (F1 to show) is now cleaner and easier to read.
Downl


--- What's new in Zoom Player v9:

New :

* Support for XInput (XBOX360 and compatible) controllers: 1. Each button can be assigned a Zoom Player functions. 2. The DPAD can be used for fullscreen navigation. 3. The thumb sticks are assigned special functions that change in strength based on the pressure applied to the stick.
This feature is limited to the Steam Edition of Zoom Player.

* New thumbnail preview when hovering over the timeline (MAX only). Thumbnail preview currently works only on media formats that report key frame position. Enable under: Adv. Options / Control Bar / Timeline Area

* Extensive changes to the Smart Play profiles, enabling newer, better codecs for many profiles. Please report any issues playing a format that previously used to play.

* New "Automatically restore the previously active subtitle track on replay" Play History setting.

* New "Automatically restore the previously active audio track on replay" Play History setting.

* The slate navigation interface has been tweaked and now displays the current time & date.

* A 'New Folder' function has been added to the Media Library and file Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New rename function accessible either through the playlist's right-click menu or using the Alt+Shift+"M" to rename the currently playing file.

* The fullscreen navigation interface now display an integrated clock (date, time and day).

* New Smart Play profiles for H.265 (HEVC) and VP9.

* The Microsoft Windows TV '.WTV' file extension is now supported by Smart Play using the 'MPEG2 Program' Smart Play profile.

* New "GIF" smart play profile to better support animated GIF playback.

* New Alt+Shift+"O" keyboard macro used to enable/disable MadVR's 'Smooth Motion' feature.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Video" that controls whether MadVR's smooth motion feature is enabled, disabled or MadVR default.

* New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) that controls mouse cursor visibility for all dialogs in both fullscreen and windowed mode (useful when only using a remote control or keyboard).

* New video rotation function (fnVideoRotate), assigned to the Shift+"R" keyboard macro that uses MadVR along with Pixel Shader scripts to rotate the video image. Each use turns the video 90 degrees clockwise. This feature requires using MadVR as the video renderer and using a display card capable of at least Pixel Shader model 2 (supported by most display hardware purchased in recent years).

* New Function "fnMadVRSmootMo" that enables/disables MadVR's smooth motion feature.

* New Extended Function "exStayOnTop" used to set StayOnTop mode.

* New "exSlideshow" extended function used to specify the slideshow delay (wait period) between two images.

* New "exFastFoward" and "exRewind" extended functions, used to set a custom fast forward or rewind rate on the fly by assigning the new functions to a button or interface hardware (keyboard/remote/etc).

* New "exSlowMotion" extended function, used to set a slow motion rate on the fly by assigning the new functions to a button or interface hardware (keyboard/remote/etc).

* The playlist editor's sort menu can now sort by ascending or descending order.

* The contact sheet settings are now saved.

* New "/FMax" command line parameter that starts with the Player set to fullscreen across all connected monitors.

* New skin script code used to display the time & date within fullscreen navigation interfaces, for more information see: http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/navskin.shtml

* New Comm API message #0110, returning the current system time in multiple time formats.

* New Comm API message #0120, used to request the monitor layout.

* New Comm API message #0130, used to request available audio devices.

* New Comm API message #0132, used to set the active audio device.

* New Comm API message #0134, used to request the active audio device.

* New Comm API message #0142, used to set the active video renderer.

* New Comm API message #0144, used to request the active video renderer.

* New Comm API message #0150, used to enable or disable mouse cursor visibility for all dialogs in both fullscreen and windowed mode.

* New Comm API message #6040, returning the current playlist with path relative to the share path specified using the /SharePath command line parameter.

* New Comm API message #6105, used to enable/disable the scheduler.

* New Comm API message #2310, used to adjust the audio volume level.

Changes :

+ The file association for Windows 8 now opens the Windows file association interface as Microsoft completely locked down any external changes to file association starting with Windows 8.

+ In previous versions, trying to play a DVD would initially open a dialog to choose the audio/video decoders to use for DVD playback. Now, If installed, LAV Filters are used as the default audio/video decoders.
So now, on a fresh install, you only need to switch to DVD mode and hit play.

+ The Shift+"R" keyboard macro has been changed from "reverse aspect ratio" cycle to "video rotation".

+ The play next media file in the same directory feature no longer tries to open playlist files which could be abused and cause the feature to play media files outside the original playing folder.

+ Incomplete AVI files can now be played using LAV Filters as the source filter, making the 'Gabest AVI Splitter' filter obsolete (and no longer available for download through the install center).

+ The Shift+"A" and Alt+"A" keyboard macros for opening the audio decoding filter configuration dialog have been merged into the Alt+"A" macro.

+ The active/inactive buttons on skinned dialogs are now clearer.

+ The "Still Image" smart play profile is no longer used for GIF images.

+ The "Open Item Directory" entry on the playlist editor's right click menu now opens an explorer window with the file highlighted. Previously, only the directory would open.

+ The load-playlist button on the playlist editor will now open in the "default media open path" folder if one is specified.

+ Updated the HuffYUV Smart Play profile to support HuffYUV files created using ffmpeg/ffdshow encoder.

+ Comm API message #6010 now returns the number of files verified to exist on the system.

Fixes :

- Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI is now supported, the Zoom Player user interface will maintain its correct size and sharpness regardless of the monitor's DPI setting.

- Disabling the windows screen saver and monitor powerdown now only works while in fullscreen as intended (previously, the powerdown was completely disabled while Zoom Player was running).

- Trying to shutdown windows while Zoom Player is playing a media file could cause Zoom Player to close improperly.

- Fixed glitch that caused the FPU accuracy to drop, causing sorting issues with files having a time difference of less than a minute.

- Opening a DVD Menu using LAV filters may cause the menu not to refresh properly.

- Under some condition, DVD Fast Forward and Rewind could cause the displayed subtitle to remain fixed on-screen.

- Some settings on the 'Adv. Options / Playback / Video' were accidentally showing a dialog stating a different version of Zoom Player was required.

- Some Play History settings were not being grayed out in the options dialog when they should have been.

- When the multi part file loader feature is set to 'Automatic Match', playing a file with a name comprised only of numbers that converts to a very high value, triggered a crash.

- Trying to use the "Random play a file with the same extension from the playing directory" or "Random play a media file from the playing directory" functions would result in an instant access violation error.

- Using Zoom Player's playlist format to specify the "SR=6" (sort Randomly) tag would result in a corrupted playlist.

- Delayed DVD seeking was always active when seeking backwards, even when the "Delayed DVD seeking" setting was disabled.

- After the operating system has been up for more than 25 days, the mouse double-click functions in the fullscreen navigation interface would cease working.

- Double-clicking the 'previous directory' icon in the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces could automatically select a file or folder in the parent directory.

- The "SPACE" button on the virtual keyboard did not work when the text carrot was at the end of the line.

- Trying to seek in a DVD that was authored to disable seeking in certain title will now show an OSD pop-up message informing that this is the case.

- Clicking too quickly on the virtual keyboard keys would type in the same character twice.

- The Smart Play profile for OPUS audio is now using the LAV Audio Decoder by default as the DC-Bass decoder did not properly support all OPUS files.

- DVD that contain disc titles with invalid file name characters now properly save any disc-specific information (such as resume from last position).

- Going up a folder from the fullscreen station navigation function interface would not work correctly and could lead to a crash.

- Opening a web page will now cover the entire display area, ignoring aspect ratio settings.

- Worked around a uTorrent bug that prevented download percentage from appearing in media navigation fullscreen interfaces for certain file names.

- When the "Save Position" checkbox is unticked in the Skins Selection window, while using the "F6" skin mode, clicking the "Switch to Standard User Interface" button did not retain the user interface when switching.
- In F6 mode, clicking the "Switch to Standard User Interface" button doesn't retain the size of the interface when switching has been fixed.

- A minor visual glitch in the Audio skin's bottom right buttons down state has been corrected.

- Fixed a crash when closing the player with the 'Show time seek position over timeline' setting enabled.
- The volume skin widget did not support unicode (non-english) characters.

- Fixed two vulnerabilities identified by researcher 'Kaveh Ghaemmaghami' and brought to our attention by 'Secunia Research' related to malformed BMP files.

- Using the playlist editor to sort by file size would not work when the "Don't check if a file exists when adding a file to the Playlist (faster loading)" setting was enabled. Trying to sort by file size will now notify you of this issue.

- A single frame shift would occur when pausing video with the EVR/VMR video renderers.

---

* The Complete Change list history can be found on-line at: http://www.inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_whatsnew_archive.shtml

--- End.


From the last public Beta, which was v8.70 Beta 28:

Quote
* New "Automatically restore the previously active subtitle track on replay" Play History setting.

* New "Automatically restore the previously active audio track on replay" Play History setting.

* A 'New Folder' function has been added to the Media Library and File browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New Smart Play profiles for H.265 and VP9.

* The Microsoft Windows TV '.WTV' file extension is now supported by Smart Play using the 'MPEG2 Program' Smart Play profile.

* New Comm API message #0120, used to request the monitor layout.

* New Comm API message #0130, used to request available audio devices.

* New Comm API message #0132, used to set the active audio device.

* New Comm API message #0134, used to request the active audio device.

* New Comm API message #0142, used to set the active video renderer.

* New Comm API message #0144, used to request the active video renderer.

+ Incomplete AVI files can now be played using LAV Filters as the source filter, making the 'Gabest AVI Splitter' filter obsolete (and no longer available for download through the install center).

+ The Shift+"A" and Alt+"A" keyboard macros for opening the audio decoding filter configuration dialog have been merged into the Alt+"A" macro.

- Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI is now supported, the Zoom Player user interface will maintain its correct size and sharpness regardless of the monitor's DPI setting.

- When the multi part file loader feature is set to 'Automatic Match', playing a file with a name comprised only of numbers that converts to a very high value, triggered a crash.

- After the operating system has been up for more than 25 days, the mouse double-click functions in the fullscreen navigation interface would cease working.

- Double-clicking the 'previous directory' icon in the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces could automatically select a file or folder in the parent directory.

- The "SPACE" button on the virtual keyboard did not work when the text carrot was at the end of the line.

- Clicking too quickly on the virtual keyboard keys would type in the same character twice.

- The Smart Play profile for OPUS audio is now using the LAV Audio Decoder by default as the DC-Bass decoder did not properly support all OPUS files.

- DVD that contain disc titles with invalid file name characters now properly save any disc-specific information (such as resume from last position).

- Going up a folder from the fullscreen station navigation function interface would not work correctly and could lead to a crash.

- Opening a web page will now cover the entire display area, ignoring aspect ratio settings.


Zoom Player v8.70 Beta 28 has been released in installer version, for Free, Pro and MAX.

There are some big changes in this version, so I will briefly address the main ones.

1. Introduction of a timeline preview for Zoom Player MAX (aka 'thumbnails over the timeline'). I've mentioned this a bit in the latest beta thread, but briefly, when you enable the feature and mouse over the timeline, a thumbnail appears, showing you a preview of the video at that time. It currently works for formats that have keyframes. Formats that do not have keyframes are currently unsupported (there are some performance issues that bLight has to work out first before enabling the feature for such formats). The main format most people will notice that is affected is probably WMV. madVR users: If you intend to use thumbnails in fullscreen mode, be aware that displaying Zoom's OSD through madVR's API will add about 500ms to each frame update. That's a potentially significant performance hit - there is nothing that can be done about this however, except to disable "Display OSD through MadVR's OSD API (preserves fullscreen exclusive mode)" in Zoom's options (of course, madVR will then kick out of FSE mode when you display the Zoom control bar).

2. There have been quite a lot of changes to the Smart Play profiles. This won't affect most people, but for people who heavily customise the default Smart Play profiles, I would suggest obtaining a copy of the new profiles and starting from scratch. Most of the changes are to the default component used for that profile - but there was one change that wasn't. GIF files have been split from the Still Image profile, into a new GIF profile (only really of interest to people who use Zoom for viewing image files).

3. Associated with the changes to the Smart Play profiles, there have been two changes to Install Center. Firstly and most importantly, the components available from Install Center have been pruned. There are now only 12 components available in Install Center. In the same order as listed in Install Center: ffdshow, DCoder's Bass, LAV Filters, madVR, Haali's Media Splitter, DirectVobSub, AC3Filter, DScaler MPEG2/AC3/DTS/DVD, Gabest AVI Splitter, FFMPEG Core Files, 7-Zip, DCoder Image Source. Secondly, not all Install Center components are ticked by default when you first run it. That is, some components are now listed, but not ticked by default when you run Install Center. These are: Haali's, AC3Filter, Gabest AVI and FFMPEG. Note that there may be some more components removed from Install Center in the future (possibly candidates are AC3Filter, Gabest AVI, DScaler MPEG2). If you currently have everything from Install Center installed, though you will see that the list of components is smaller when you next run Install Center, you will not see the change to what components are and are not ticked by default. If you really want to see this change and not have to reinstall Windows to do it, simply uninstall everything from Install Center, and when you run it again, you will see the new list of components, including which ones are ticked by default.

4. Zoom Player and Install Center no longer have external .manifest files. These are now built-in to the executables themselves. Note that DefaultSettings.exe still has an external .manifest file.

5. If you have been following the Beta's, there have been no changes to Default.key or English.menu, so for those of us up to date with the Beta's, there should be no need to re-generate our custom key files, or custom context menus. If you haven't been following the Beta's, then I would suggest checking if your custom files are up to date just in case.

6. Beta 28 includes the security fix from Beta 11 (http://forum.inmatri...showtopic=14073). If you are using a version prior to 8.70 Beta 11, I strongly urge you to consider updating.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v8.7:

New :

* The slate navigation interface has been tweaked and now displays the current time & date.

* New rename function accessible either through the playlist's right-click menu or using the Alt+Shift+"M" to rename the currently playing file.

* The fullscreen navigation interface now display an integrated clock (date, time and day).

* New skin-script parameters that specify the new integrated clock position and size.
Review the new parameters here : http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/navskin.shtml

* New Alt+Shift+"O" keyboard macro used to enable/disable MadVR's 'Smooth Motion' feature.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Video" that controls whether MadVR's smooth motion feature is enabled or disabled.

* New Function "fnMadVRSmootMo" that enables/disables MadVR's smooth motion feature.

* New Extended Function "exStayOnTop" used to set StayOnTop mode.

* The playlist editor's sort menu can now sort by ascending or descending order.

* New skin script code used to display the time & date within fullscreen navigation interfaces, for more information see: http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/navskin.shtml

* New Comm API message #110, returning the current system time in multiple time formats.

Changes :

+ The "Open Item Directory" entry on the playlist editor's right click menu now opens an explorer window with the file highlighted. Previously, only the directory would open.

+ The load-playlist button on the playlist editor will now open in the "default media open path" folder if one is specified.

+ Comm API message #6010 now returns the number of files verified to exist on the system.

Fixes :

- Fixed two vulnerabilities identified by researcher 'Kaveh Ghaemmaghami' and brought to our attention by 'Secunia Research' related to malformed BMP files.

- A single frame shift would occur when pausing video with the EVR/VMR video renderers.

---

* The Complete Change list history can be found on-line at: http://www.inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_whatsnew_archive.shtml

--- End.


--- What's new in Zoom Player v8.6.1:

- Some of the language packs had a glitch that caused Zoom Player to start with an access violation and then appear as an empty black box.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v8.6:

New :

* The default fullscreen navigation style has been replaced with the new "Slate" design. A lot of work was invested in making the new design much more visually polished than the previous "Drapes" design.

* New Slate style background images for the DVD and Media modes.

* Support for MadVR Color Controls.

* The color control, adjust image and the image blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces now uses the more intuitive input mode previously demonstrated in the Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface.

* Clicking on media file icons within the file browsing, media library and playlist fullscreen navigation interfaces now selects and unselects the clicked entry.

* New Media Scheduler interface, accessible through the right-click context menu or by clicking Alt+Ctrl+"S". The scheduler lets you set times & dates for specific media or entire playlists to begin and stop playing automatically.

* The internal JPEG decoder is now based on GDI+ requiring "gdiplus.dll" installed on your system. The "gdiplus.dll" file comes pre-installed with Windows XP onwards and is available for download for Windows 98/ME systems. As a bonus, Zoom Player can now display JPEG image files encoded with the CYMK color-space (used in printing).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to select the navigation scrolling mode when using the keyboard or remote devices. Always Centered: This is the default from v8.5 and earlier. When scrolling, the selected item always remains in the screen-center. Middle Centered: When scrolling, the selected item remains in the screen-center except for the top and bottom of the list. Windows Default: When scrolling, the selected item can reach the bottom or top of the screen before any scrolling is performed.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Display) that controls whether the right-click context menu is skinned or if Windows should draw the context menu.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / History) that controls the number of seconds to seek back when restoring media position on replay. For example, when playing a media file to position "1:10:12", setting the seek back value to "2" seconds, replaying the same media file resumes playback at position "1:10:10".

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio) that specifies the Audio re-synchronization step accuracy in ms. Previously, the value was hard coded to 25ms.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio) that specifies the Initial Audio re-synchronization offset value. This means that every media with decoded audio will start playing with the specified audio re-synchronization offset value.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that determines whether clicking the next/previous track buttons (or functions) while in Fast Forward or Rewind mode performs a forward/backward seek action instead of next/previous track.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that controls whether using the "Stop" function causes Zoom Player close the graph (the new default) or just stop the graph (previous default).

* When using a custom right-click menu script, you can now pass the currently playing file name and path to an external application, for example "MediaInfo".

* New "exScheduler" function, allowing you to enable or disable the scheduler.

* New "exPlaylistMode" function used to specify the
'On Playlist Complete' mode.

* New "exPartLoader" function used to specify the
'Multi-Part file loader' mode.

* Two new functions (Alt+Shift+"T" and Alt+Shift+"R") for increasing and decreasing the Derived aspect ratio width.

* The keyboard arrows can now be assigned two new functions: 1. Zoom In/Out (previous Zoom option was only based on Axis) 2. Long Seek forward/backward.
The default values for the arrow functions have been reset, If you have previously set a non-default value to the arrow keys, make sure to re-apply your settings.

* New Smart Play profile for the FRAPS raw video capture format.

* New "Select Audio", "Select Video" and "Uncheck Selected" buttons on the basic options dialog's file association page.

* New Skin Script variables that specifies the GoTo fullscreen navigation interface's text size and position.

* It is now possible to create a non-square scroll widget for the fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "HoverColor" navigation skin script parameter that specifies the font color used for the currently highlighted line in the fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "WindowWidth" and "WindowHeight" fullscreen navigation skin parameters that specify the relative width and height of the adjust image and image blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* The ".TSP" file extension was missing under the 'video' section in file browsing interfaces. You need to press the "Default" button in the options dialog (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions) to enable it.

* The fullscreen background color (set under "Interface / Display") is now used to fill the black-bar area in video renderers that support it: 1. Standard Overlay 2. Overlay Mixer 3. Haali Video Renderer 4. MadVR

* New Zoom Player API Command (#6020) that saves a remotely created playlist to a local file. All paths are relative to the 'Share Path' parameter specified using the "/SharePath" command line.

* New Zoom Player API Command (#6030) that sends a specified local playlist file.
All paths are relative to the 'Share Path' parameter specified using the "/SharePath" command line.

* Two new Zoom Player API Events (#6100 and #6101) that trigger when a scheduled entry is about to begin playing and when the entry ends playback.

* New Zoom Player API Command (#6110) that returns an event with same number indicating the current Scheduler state (Disabled/Inactive/Active).

* New Zoom Player API Command (#6120) that returns an event with same number listing the current schedule list. The format is identical to the local "zplayer.schedule" file, except using the "|" character to separate schedule entries.

* New Zoom Player API Command (#6130) that specifies a new schedule list. The new list overwrites the currently active schedule. This command returns an event with same number, listing the number of schedule entries received.

Changes :

+ The 'Adjust Image' and 'Image Blanking' fullscreen navigation interfaces are now placed in a better default on-screen position. You can restore the previous position by modifying the 'Screen Position' and 'Navigation Side Margins' values under: Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation

+ The Internet Radio Station database has been cleaned up and the fullscreen station navigation interface has been enhanced to highlight the audio format and bitrate of each station.
A small side-effect of the station database clean-up is stations you may have previously set as favorites may no longer exist.

+ The 'Multi-Part file loader' Automatic mode now supports image formats and requires less character matches to identify parts. In addition, file names comprised of only numbers are now auto-loaded with no requirement of a minimum number of characters to make a match. For example, opening "1.mp3" would automatically open "2.mp3", "3.mp3" and so forth. Multi-Digit numbered file names such as "0001.mp3" and "0002.mp3" are supported as well.

+ The Create Contact Sheet feature is now much faster and more reliable.

+ The code used to get a media's duration and properties has been enhanced.

+ Smart Play now strips ".part" and ".!ut" file extension when evaluating which source filter to use. This change should improve playback stability of incomplete downloading media files (eMule, Firefox and others may use the ".part" file extension, ".!ut" is used by uTorrent).

+ The keyboard fullscreen navigation interface used in such features as the "rename" function now uses a clearer distinction between the actively selected button and the "shift" states.

+ When overriding the playlist colors, the entry number is now colored using the 'Playlist font color' value instead of remaining in a fixed color.

+ The "Auto-Hide the Control Bar while paused" setting has changed to "Auto-Hide the Control Bar while stopped or paused".

+ The Source filter name now appears under the 'Filter Properties' sub-menu.

+ You can now move error dialogs using the mouse cursor. And the error dialogs can not appear partially offscreen anymore.

+ Several options dialog entries have been updated to reflect third party technology changes, for example MadVR now supports color control.

+ The options page's information dialogs now appear in list format with a scroll-bar instead of trying to fit all the text into one big dialog.

+ API message #6010 will now return a code once processing has finished.


Fixes :

- The FREE version was not supposed to support Audio Visualizations, but a bug allowed you to enable support which resulted in a 'list index out of bounds' error.

- An exploit that could cause arbitrary code execution when loading a specially crafted JPEG file has been fixed.
We would like to thank security researcher 'Debasish Mandal' for notifying us of the exploit.

- The fullscreen navigation skin loading code now falls back to the default navigation style if the previously selected navigation skin file no longer exists.

- The "Player should stay on top of other applications when switching to Audio Mode" setting caused a crash when exiting Zoom Player in Audio mode and then launching Zoom Player with an audio file. Another glitch with this setting caused the Equalizer and Playlist editor dialogs to appear corrupted on initial load.

- Looping videos in EVR no longer blink black between loops.

- Fixed a crash when Zooming to a resolution over 8192x8192. 8192x8192 is now the maximum zoom-in resolution.

- Fixed a crash when using an invalid parameter value in a custom context menu file.
- Fixed a potential crash when closing Zoom Player under certain circumstances.

- Fixed an bug that could wipe the play history cache under certain rare circumstances.

- The subtitle selection dialog would erroneously show the currently visible subtitle as "Disabled" even though subtitles were showing under certain circumstances.

- The uTorrent file tracking feature that lets you see the download progress of torrent files in the file browser and media library fullscreen navigation interfaces did not display the download progress if uTorrent appended the '.!ut' file extension while downloading.

- Under some circumstances, saving a playlist would have caused the path prompt window to appear behind the main Zoom Player window, making it appear as if Zoom Player is frozen.

- The skinned context-menu would show sub-menus off-screen under certain spacing conditions.

- Fixed a 'Focus' error dialog that would trigger when opening a skinned right-click context menu and then the window that was hidden. For example, opening the Control Bar's context menu and then having the control bar automatically disappear while the context menu remained visible, followed by pressing escape to close the context menu.

- In some cases, streaming radio stations would incorrectly open using the Windows Media Player's ActiveX component instead of using DirectShow, leading to bad performance and at times GUI corruption.

- Fixed issues playing Icecast URLs from the Xiph database.

- Saving playlists with relative or no path now saves the active playlist entry with a relative or no path (previously the entire path was saved for the active playlist entry).

- Using the options dialog's search function with a non-English language pack would display some of the section names as garbled text.

- When using the function selection dialog's search function, pressing ENTER would not loop to the top of the list when repeating the search.

- Pressing "ALT" while using the skinned right-click context menu now closes the menu (similar to standard windows context menus).

- The "Remember Window State on Exit (fullscreen / width / height)" setting did not save/restore the window's Maximized state and position.

- The "Center user interface when exiting Fullscreen / Zoom mode" did not take affect when using the F2 keyboard macro to exit fullscreen mode directly into audio mode.

- When using MadVR as the video renderer and overriding the pop-up action OSD to disable skinning and enabling the transparent background option, the pop-up action OSD's background did not become transparent.

- When using MadVR to render OSD elements and having the action OSD set to "Don't Skin the OSD Background" and "Transparent Background" and if the background color was set to black, the pop-up OSD would not appear (MadVR doesn't allow 'black' to be used as a background color).

- When using MadVR with automatic subtitle stream selection enabled, in some cases, playback would pause at the beginning of the media instead of playing the media straight away.

- Chapter content embedded in media files would appear truncated if the chapter's title contained a quote character.

- Audio files with ID3v2.4 tags encoded as UTF8 did not display TAG info.

- The Audio Visualization feature did not work correctly with some Sonique visualization plugins.

- The "DefaultSettings.exe" application was not able reset Zoom Player to it's default settings under some circumstances.
- Running "DefaultSettings.exe" would wipe the registry key that provides the Zoom Player uninstaller with the location of the data directory, preventing a clean uninstall.
This issue is now resolved by re-creating the registry key on the next Zoom Player run (previously the key was only created during the installation process).

- If the "Override the active skin's Action OSD display" was unchecked and the "Transparent Background" setting was checked, the Skinned OSD actions would lose transparency.

- When the "Override the active skin's Action OSD display", "Don't Skin the OSD Background" and "Transparent Background" settings were enabled while the "Outline Font" setting was disabled, the pop-up OSD messages would appear with a font outline using the background color if Anti-Aliased windows fonts (cleartype) were enabled.

- While in fullscreen, Zooming out to the point where the video area becomes very small truncated the pop-up OSD actions.
- With the "Save Position" checkbox enabled on the skin selection dialog, the maximized window state did not properly save the original window size and position after exiting Zoom Player.

- The scroll bar did not work on the Main fullscreen navigation interface's "Function" page.
- The Playlist fullscreen navigation interface's "Search" page was not accepting any mouse input.

- The scroll bar did not work on the "Adjust Image" fullscreen navigation interface's "Aspect Ratio" page.

- The Command & Control API message #5130 used to execute navigation functions did not work as planned when an anti-repeat rate was enabled and possibly in other circumstances.

- Using Zoom Player on a monitor with a negative virtual position value caused some dialogs not to center properly.

- Uninstall now removes the 'zpshlext.dll' file from the installation directory when running under a 32bit version of windows.


Changes from v8.5.0:
* New Smart Play profile for the FRAPS raw video capture format.

* The ".TSP" file extension was missing under the 'video' section in file browsing interfaces. You need to press the "Default" button in the options dialog (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions).

- An exploit that could cause arbitrary code execution when loading a specially crafted JPEG file has been fixed.
We would like to thank security researcher 'Debasish Mandal' for notifying us of the exploit.

- The FREE version was not supposed to support Audio Visualizations, but a bug allowed you to enable support which resulted in a 'list index out of bounds' error.

- Audio files with ID3v2.4 tags encoded as UTF8 did not display TAG info.

- The Audio Visualization feature did not work correctly with some Sonique visualization plugins.

- The "DefaultSettings.exe" application was not able reset Zoom Player to it's default settings under some circumstances.


Changes from v8.5 final:
New :
* The default fullscreen navigation style has been replaced with the new "Slate" design. A lot of work was invested in making the new design much more visually polished than the previous "Drapes" design.

* New Slate style background images for the DVD and Media modes.

* Support for MadVR Color Controls.

* The color control, adjust image and the image blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces now uses the more intuitive input mode previously demonstrated in the Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface.

* Clicking on media file icons within the file browsing, media library and playlist fullscreen navigation interfaces now selects and unselects the clicked entry.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to select the navigation scrolling mode when using the keyboard or remote devices.
Always Centered: This is the default from v8.5 and earlier. When scrolling, the selected item always remains in the screen-center.
Middle Centered: When scrolling, the selected item remains in the screen-center except for the top and bottom of the list.
Windows Default: When scrolling, the selected item can reach the bottom or top of the screen before any scrolling is performed.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Display) that controls whether the right-click context menu is skinned or if Windows should draw the context menu.

* New Smart Play profile for the FRAPS raw video capture format.

* New "Select Audio", "Select Video" and "Uncheck Selected" buttons on the basic options dialog's file association page.

* New "HoverColor" navigation skin script parameter that specifies the font color used for the currently highlighted line in the fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "WindowWidth" and "WindowHeight" fullscreen navigation skin parameters that specify the relative width and height of the adjust image and image blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* The ".TSP" file extension was missing under the 'video' section in file browsing interfaces. You need to press the "Default" button in the options dialog (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions).

Changes :

+ The 'Adjust Image' and 'Image Blanking' fullscreen navigation interfaces are now placed in a better default on-screen position. You can restore the previous position by modifying the 'Screen Position' and 'Navigation Side Margins' values under: Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation

+ The Create Contact Sheet feature is now much faster and more reliable.

+ The code used to get a media's duration and properties has been enhanced.

+ Smart Play now strips the '.part' file extension when evaluating which source filter to use. This change should improve playback stability of incomplete downloading media files (eMule, Firefox and others may use the '.part' file extension).

+ The keyboard fullscreen navigation interface used in such features as the "rename" function now uses a clearer distinction between the actively selected button and the "shift" states.

Fixes :

- The FREE version was not supposed to support Audio Visualizations, but a bug allowed you to enable support which resulted in a 'list index out of bounds' error.

- The uTorrent file tracking feature that lets you see the download progress of torrent files in the file browser and media library fullscreen navigation interfaces did not display the download progress if uTorrent appended the '.!ut' file extension while downloading.

- The skinned context-menu would show sub-menus off-screen under certain spacing conditions.

- Pressing "ALT" while using the skinned right-click context menu now closes the menu (similar to standard windows context menus).

- The "Remember Window State on Exit (fullscreen / width / height)" setting did not save/restore the window's Maximized state and position.

- The "Center user interface when exiting Fullscreen / Zoom mode" did not take affect when using the F2 keyboard macro to exit fullscreen mode directly into audio mode.

- When using MadVR as the video renderer and overriding the pop-up action OSD to disable skinning and enabling the transparent background option, the pop-up action OSD's background did not become transparent.

- Audio files with ID3v2.4 tags encoded as UTF8 did not display TAG info.

- The Audio Visualization feature did not work correctly with some Sonique visualization plugins.

- The "DefaultSettings.exe" application was not able reset Zoom Player to it's default settings under some circumstances.

- If the "Override the active skin's Action OSD display" was unchecked and the "Transparent Background" setting was checked, the Skinned OSD actions would lose transparency.

- The scroll bar did not work on the Main fullscreen navigation interface's "Function" page.

- The Playlist fullscreen navigation interface's "Search" page was not accepting any mouse input.

- The scroll bar did not work on the "Adjust Image" fullscreen navigation interface's "Aspect Ratio" page.


What changed since v8.5 RC1:
* The LAV Video decoder can now be selected as a DVD video decoder. LAV's DVD support is still experimental.

* The PowerDVD 12 video decoder is now supported for DVD decoding.

* The OPUS Audio format is now fully supported. Existing users may want to click on the 'Default' button next to the audio file extensions under: Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions

* Zoom Player now supports the Open-Source DVD Navigation filter: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dslibdvdnav/

* New fullscreen navigation skin-scripting parameter to set the playlist's active playing track color, when it is the selected entry.

* An LAV Video decoder option has been added to the Theora Video Smart Play profile.

* A new Theora Video sub-type has been added to the Smart Play profile.

* A new warning dialog now pops-up when trying to enable certain conflicting settings in the options dialog.

* When selecting items in the fullscreen navigation interface, for additional clarity, an icon is now used to mark the selected entry.

+ The uTorrent and eMule download percentage in the fullscreen navigation interfaces has been changed to a more suitable color and is now aligned to the left of the file name.

+ The mouse wheel's Increase/Decrease play rate function now works in 10% increments.

+ The function list dialog's search function has been enhanced for clarity.

+ Smart Play now strips the '.!ut' file extension when evaluating which source filter to use. This change should improve playback stability of incomplete media files downloaded with uTorrent.

+ More Smart Play profiles now provide an 'LAV' option to use as the decoder/splitter.

- Fixed several memory leaks, especially when loading skins or expanding/contracting skin elements.

- Several bug-fixes to the FFDShow and VobSub's Subtitle rendering filter's subtitle track cycling.

- Multiple bugs fixed in the subtitle track selection dialog, including: Active subtitle track was not always detected. A 'disabled' subtitle track entry was not always present.

- When using MadVR as the video renderer, Zoom Player now exits fullscreen exclusive at the end of each track, increasing MadVR stability (no more fullscreen freezes between tracks on some systems).

- Changing the fullscreen navigation's 'navigation line count' value no longer distorts the 'Path' icon size in the following fullscreen navigation interfaces: 1. Media Library. 2. File Browser. 3. Station Browser. 4. Download Manager.

- When setting the fullscreen navigation's 'navigation line count' value to a high figure, the Equalizer and Color Control navigation interface's display became too small to read.

- When using 'automatic subtitle stream selection' with multiple 'text match' values, the last matching text was used instead of the first matching.

- The current media's Scene-Cut list would get wiped clear when switching skins or expanding/contracting skin elements.


Change list from v8.1.6:
Legend :

"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix

New :

* The Onyx (default) skin has undergone a modernization process, making the icons clearer, sharper and everything a little more intuitive.

* Introducing the 'Alba HD' skin. A clean elegant white design for higher resolution screens, Alba HD is 25% higher resolution than Default while retaining all the functionality.
Alba HD replaces the Fusion skin, still available for download through the Zoom Player Skin Gallery: http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/skins/

* Confirmation dialogs are now skinned by default with new skin script parameters that control their appearance.

* Under Windows 7 (or newer), the Taskbar thumbnail, which appears when hovering with the mouse cursor over the Zoom Player task bar button now features 4 functions: 1. Mute 2. Previous Chapter/Track 3. Play / Pause 4. Next Chapter/Track

* The Install center can now install language packs.

* The Install Center now remembers the 'Silent Installer' and 'Automatic Configuration' checkbox values after restarting.

* The Play History cache (used to store last media position and display the play history) has been rewritten from scratch, performance has been greatly improved.

* New Short,Medium,Long seeking buttons option on the Control Bar when using the default skin.

* New Settings "Adv. Options / Playback / Audio / Visualizations" that control whether visualization displays when playing audio or video media.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / History" used to override the Play History cache file save path.
By specifying a shared network path, media can be pause on one computer and playback resumed on a second computer.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / History" to automatically save the play history cache on pause.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Paths & Files" that controls whether archive files are automatically extracted and played when opening an entire drive or folder.
In previous versions, opening and playing of archive files was always on and could cause stability or accidentally unforseen consequences (long extraction times).

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings" that when enabled, add a 'Randomly Play all files in this directory' entry to the Media Library and File Browsing navigation interfaces.
When used, the function adds all the files in the current directory to the play list and then sorts the playlist randomly before beginning playback, making it very useful when playing music.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings" that overrides the "Open File" dialog, accessible through the main user interface, the right-click context menu and by pressing the "O" key with the fullscreen file navigation interface.

* New "Very Long Seek" Backward and Forward functions using the Ctrl+Shift+"," and Ctrl+Shift+"." keyboard macros.
By default the seek action is 10 minutes. This value is adjustable through the Advanced Options dialog under the [Playback / Controls] sub-menu.

* New Function "fnMainContextMenu" that opens the right-click context menu used by the main user interface.

* New Function "fnPLContextMenu" that opens the right-click context menu used by the playlist editor user interface.

* New Function "fnResetBalance" that resets the Audio Left/Right balance to the center.

* New function "fnResetPlayRate" that resets the Play Rate to normal speed.

* The Playlist editor's scroll bar background is now skinnable. For more information, visit the skinning tutorial: http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/skintutorial.shtml

* The Playlist editor's search-box font and background are now skinnable. For more information, visit the skinning tutorial: http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/skintutorial.shtml

* The Playlist editor's scroll bar widget is now skinnable with an Alpha (translucency) bitmap, as used by the modernized default onyx skin.

* The Skin Script 'CreateExButton' function has been enhanced to support a disabled button state image.

* The Skin Script 'CreateExButton' function has a new parameter that adds finer button animation smoothness control.

* The Skin Script 'CreateExButton' function has a new parameter that adds auto-repeat capabilities with a custom repeat rate value.

* When running "Zoom Player FREE" with a Zoom Player PRO or MAX activation key installed, a notification dialog asking you to install the version matching the key now appears.


Changes :

+ The Playlist editor's scroll widget now moves smoothly.

+ The Auto-Update feature no longer notifies you of new components on the Install Center if the new components are not automatically enabled. In the previous version, an update to a language pack would display a 'new component' notification window.

+ If you previously used a Zoom Player trial version and the evaluation period ended, Installation the latest version lets you re-evaluate Zoom Player for another 30 days.

+ The Extended menu fullscreen navigation interface has been cleaned, removing functionality that exists in other navigation interfaces and adding better structuring to the stream selection options.

+ The 'Opening a drive or directory includes opening image files' setting is now disabled by default (applies to old and new installations). You can re-enable the feature in the options dialog.

+ The Equalizer preset editor has been redesigned.

+ The Red error message dialogs are now skinned with an improved layout.

+ Auto-Update notification now issues a notification that a new final version has been released if you are currently running a beta version.

+ The Playlist editor's search box now uses the Advanced Playlist Control's search method ('starting with' or 'containing' text). Previously, all searches were based on 'starting with' text.

+ The default change value for the volume up/down functions is now "4%", replacing the previous "5%" default.

+ Changing the play rate using the play rate bar now pops an OSD listing the play speed.

+ Smoother Audio Track folder image updates when using the 'PgUp/PgDn' keyboard macros to play the 'previous/next' audio track in a directory.

+ Right-clicking the fixed clock display now hides it.

+ Version display is now more consistent with web (8.1.x vs. 8.1x). API version structure remains the same for backward compatibility.

+ The keyboard editor no longer shows scan code character value for MultiMedia keys (since multimedia keys are not mapped to characters).

+ A few optimizations to the skin parsing code.

+ With the new Play History caching optimizations, the Advanced Options [Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings - Highlight previously viewed files] is now fast enough to work with large (1000's of files) directories on modern hardware.



Fixes :

- When using Windows 7 with a non-default Font DPI value (125%/150%), Windows incorrectly scaled the user interfaces, causing the interfaces to appear blurred and preventing Zoom Player from covering the windows task bar in fullscreen mode.

- The Random Play feature wasn't as random as it should have been. Zoom Player now tries not to repeat the same track until at least 50% the number of items in the playlist have played.

- The playlist editor's items were not vertically centered inside their box, this was especially evident when using large playlist fonts.

- The wrong folder image was used when playing audio media. The first image in the folder was used instead of the 'Background image search mask' value specified in the adv. options.

- The 'Open Drive' and 'Add Directory' functions would accidentally add non-media files if their file extension was a sub-set of a proper media file extension.

- Fixed a bug introduced in v8.1.5 that listed all file sizes as "0 bytes" in the play history.

- The 'Open Drive' dialog did not allow you to select the first drive in the list.

- Opening a folder from the playlist editor ignored the setting that controlled whether image files are loaded and always included images.

- The Scene Cut 'Mute Audio' feature is now more accurate, especially when seeking into an area marked as muted.

- Fixed a skin color-tinting bug in skins that did not contain fully skinned dialogs (Playlist, Equalizer, etc).

- Fixed several crashes that occurred when playing an audio file while in fullscreen and then resizing the folder image down to a postage stamp size.

- Fixed a crash in the Chapter editor when playing a media file with embedded chapters containing a negative time frame.

- The Play History databases will no longer corrupt if you see a message saying 'Zoom Player has failed integrity check'.

- When the "Pause playback when minimizing the player window while playing video content" was enabled, playback didn't pause if the Zoom Player task-bar button was hidden.

- Certain ripped DVDs with a modified VIDEO_TS.IFO file would play and stop in an infinite loop.

- Fixed a small crash that caused a 'ding' sound to be heard just as Zoom Player was closing when 'On Playlist Complete' was set to 'Close Player'.

- The user interface maximized window state was lost when minimizing with Zoom Player only showing in the System Tray.

- Pressing Alt+Enter after clicking an item in the playlist editor caused that item to play instead of going fullscreen.

- The Smart Play profile for the 'VP7' video format accidentally included an ffdshow entry (ffdshow doesn't decode VP7 video).

- When a text formatting error occurs due to a translation error in a language pack, it is now caught instead of displaying an unclear message and a possible crash.

- Trying to use the '/config', '/datapath', '/multinst' and '/winname' command line parameters in Zoom Player FREE or PRO would crash the player instead of showing a notification screen that these command lines require Zoom Player MAX.

- When opening a media file from a network path, hovering with the mouse cursor over the task bar button or system tray icon would show the file name with full network path when only the file name should have displayed.

- A few text elements in the Open Directory and Open Drive dialogs were not translatable.

- Setting a custom mouse/keyboard function that opened the Volume Bar would crash with an 'out of system resources' error.

- The 'Disabled' subtitle track was not initially selected when no subtitles were visible by default.

- When maximizing the player window and then minimizing the player window to the taskbar, the maximized window state and the previous window size were lost.

- The "Fix window movement glitches" setting that was used to work-around a window glitch that caused the player window to jump when trying to move the player window by clicking on the video area is now disabled by default (even for users who previously had this feature enabled).
An alternative fix is now in place that should hopefully resolve the jumping window issue without having to enable this setting.

- The Options dialog search function results prevented certain buttons from being accessible while the search results were visible.

- The Options dialog search function now supports unicode text.

- The options dialog's Help button's context menu now supports unicode text.

- A Zoom Player tab would briefly appear on the desktop when running Zoom Player with a windows shell other than 'explorer.exe'.

- The #1601 API message returning the number of audio tracks for the playing media returned the wrong number at times.

- Under certain conditions, the 'filter properties' sub-menu would list filters with a '#2' suffix even though there was only one instance of the filter in the graph.


v8.1.6 is out, it fixes an erroneous 'your trial period is over' message in the free version


--- What's new in v8.1.5:

Legend :

"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix


New :

* New installer option to "Associate with Media Formats", disabled by default. When enabled, Zoom Player automatically associates itself with every media file extension on the "Options / File Format Association" page. Once associated, opening/clicking the file extension (".AVI" for example) in explorer and other shell programs prompts Zoom Player to execute and play the selected media file.

* The install center can now list optional items without automatically selecting the item for installation.

* The default Onyx skin's title area has been refined.
* You can now directly configure the LAV Audio, Video and Splitter filters through the "Adv. Options / System / Filter Management" dialog.

* The Tray icon right-click menu has been added two functions: 1. Next Chapter/Track. 2. Previous Chapter/Track.

* New "ZPEXEIcon" icon library you can apply through the "File Format Association" page under "Adv. Options". The icon library applies the Zoom Player executable icon to all file extensions (replacing the labeled format extensions badges).



Changes :

+ The player window's video area no longer blanks black when playing multiple JPEG images in succession even when the file are not part of the playlist (playing the next directory file for example).

+ Smart Play's 'Source Filter' configuration dialog makes it clearer that selecting a profile that works as both a source and a splitter, overrides smart play's 'Splitter' profile for the media file extension. You can only split a media format once ...

+ Smart Play profiles tweaked to increase stability.

+ The custom key file settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Keyboard) now accept relative file paths.

+ The play history cache file verification system was overly sensitive, causing it to notify you the file may be corrupted even when it wasn't.

+ If "Adv. Option / Interface - 'On Media / DVD Play'" was set to 'Zoom mode' or 'Fullscreen mode' and the player window was minimized, the player window was restored and set to fullscreen each time a new media was loaded. Now this action only takes place if the player window is not minimized.



Fixes :

- Fixed switching to fullscreen on a secondary monitor with Windows XP, which stopped working in version 8.

- Fixed several small bugs related to how Zoom Player is minimized and restored.
- JPEG images with EXIF rotation mode "6" were not rotated correctly.

- The '"Derived" mode Automatically Adjusts Aspect Ratio for badly encoded content' setting did not adjust for dynamically changing aspect ratios. This was especially bad with MadVR which throws a Aspect Ratio change event every time.

- ID3 v2.2 tags with embedded images were not parsed correctly, causing the embedded image not to display.

- Using the "zplayer.regpath" file did not apply the new data path. More information @ http://inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/multicopy.shtml

- Pop-up OSD messages would not appear if MadVR OSD services was used with a fullscreen navigation interface visible.

- MadVR now show the first frame in the video when pressing stop.

- The Pop-Up OSD (Play/Pause/etc) would stick on-screen when using MadVR as the video renderer and tabbing away from Zoom Player.

- If 'On Playlist Complete' is set to 'Do Nothing' and MadVR is used as the video renderer, the fullscreen OSD interface would stop updating when the video finished playing.

- Playing MP3 files with embedded album art created by Samsung Kies could crash the player (Kies is creating invalid ID3v2 tags).

- The default "MPEG2 Program" video decoder Smart Play profile has been changed from DScaler to LAV as DScaler did not support dynamic aspect ratio changes with the EVR (Enhanced Video Renderer).

- DirectShow filters with stored filter data bigger than 4096 bytes would not appear in the 'Registered Filter Manager' dialog (LAV Video for example).

- When deleting a station from the station manager, the station name would not appear in the delete confirmation dialog.
- Due to conflict with Real Player, the RealMedia decoder pack is no longer included in the Install Center and the RealMedia Smart Play profiles have been modified to use LAV in its place.
- Fixed a cosmetical glitch in the options dialog search results.


--- What's new in v8.1.1:

Legend :

"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix


New :

* The Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface usage framework has changed. The new design is simpler and easier than ever: Simply scroll up/down to reach a setting you would like to modify. Notice the Plus/Minus icons on the right hand side. The active icon is opaque and the inactive icon is transparent. Moving right/left switches the active state between addition and subtraction whilst Enter performs the action.
New reset and enabled/disabled icons are displayed next to their corresponding action for additional clarity.

* The fusion skin's control bar now supports brightness, contrast and saturation adjustments.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Interface" that controls whether the player's user interface is restored when loading new content while the player is minimized.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Interface" that controls whether the player interface is brought on top of all other windows when switching to fullscreen. In previous versions, this feature was always enabled, but since it can cause conflicts with MadVR and there's no real benefit keeping this feature enabled for everyone. It is now disabled by default.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play" that when enabled, all graph creation error messages are saved to a log file.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Control" that specifies that the Frame Advance code uses an alternative method of seeking. The default method is using DirectShow's "IVideoFrameStep" interface, The alternative method is by guesstimating the frame and performing a direct seek (the same method always used by the previous frame function).

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Video" that controls whether The Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) should permit dyanmic aspect ratio changes (usually triggered by clips captures from live TV where the content can switch from 4:3 to 16:9 dynamically). In v8.0, the default value was disabled (Dynmaic AR changes disabled). In v8.1, the default value was enabled (Dynmaic AR changes enabled).

* The last play position is now saved automatically when the internal screen saver becomes active.


Changes :

+ The navigation icons are now scaled "on-demand" and the result is cached to improve performance. Some of the fullscreen navigation interfaces may open a bit faster thanks to this enhancement.

+ The right-click "Stream Selection sub-menu now lists audio tracks even if there is only one track available.

+ The information dialog's ("I" keyboard macro) format section now clearly labels the source, splitter, audio and video decoders used.

+ Scene-cut files saved for read-only media now use both the file name and date in order to distinguish between two media files of the same name, an increasing issue when playing blu-ray disc images.


Fixes :

- The update message notifying you of a new Zoom Player version or new updates on the install center could appear behind the user interface if the user interface was set to 'Stay On Top'.

- Saving scene-cut files for read-only media other than DVDs was broken.

- External subtitle files with unicode file names were not listed with their proper name (either an empty line would be listed or '????' would appear instead of the actual subtitle file name.

- When using FFDShow as the subtitle renderer and playing a media file with external audio track, the external audio tracks would get listed as subtitle track by ffdshow, breaking the 'cycle subtitle track' feature.

- Closing the navigation interfaces automatically after a specified number of seconds would cause the navigation interfaces to close even if remote control commands were received.

- When the "Playing new content moves the player window to the top" setting was enabled with MadVR as the video renderer, pressing play/pause caused MadVR to lose exclusive mode for a split second.

- Switching to Audio Mode now hides the clock display.

- Changing the volume level through the Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface did not always update the skin volume widget.

- Changing the volume level through the player user interface while the Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface was visible did not update the equalizer navigation volume values.
- Drag & Scroll was broken in the Equalizer preset list.

- Fixed a crash when trying to close Zoom Player if the clock display and screen saver were active at the same time.

- The information dialog's ("I" keyboard macro) format section did not include the splitter used for the playing media.
- Running the Install Center with no internet connection would show three error messages instead of one.
- Message dialogs could appear with the mouse cursor hidden, making it more difficult to dismiss them.
- When using a language file, the default LIRC function type wasn't selected.
- Cosmetical glitches in the options dialog search function.


Here are the fixes, enhancements and new features introduced since version 8.1 :

* The Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface usage framework has changed. The new design is simpler and easier than ever: Simply scroll up/down to reach a setting you would like to modify. Notice the Plus/Minus icons on the right hand side. The active icon is opaque and the inactive icon is transparent. Moving right/left switches the active state between addition and subtraction whilst Enter performs the action.
New reset and enabled/disabled icons are displayed next to their corresponding action for additional clarity.

* The fusion skin's control bar now supports brightness, contrast and saturation adjustments.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Interface" that controls whether the player's user interface is restored when loading new content while the player is minimized.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Interface" that controls whether the player interface is brought on top of all other windows when switching to fullscreen. In previous versions, this feature was always enabled, but since it can cause conflicts with MadVR and there's no real benefit keeping this feature enabled for everyone. It is now disabled by default.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play" that when enabled, all graph creation error messages are saved to a log file.

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Control" that specifies that the Frame Advance code uses an alternative method of seeking. The default method is using DirectShow's "IVideoFrameStep" interface, The alternative method is by guesstimating the frame and performing a direct seek (the same method always used by the previous frame function).

* New Setting "Adv. Options / Playback / Video" that controls whether The Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) should permit dyanmic aspect ratio changes (usually triggered by clips captures from live TV where the content can switch from 4:3 to 16:9 dynamically). In v8.0, the default value was disabled (Dynmaic AR changes disabled). In v8.1, the default value was enabled (Dynmaic AR changes enabled).

* The last play position is now saved automatically when the internal screen saver becomes active.

+ The navigation icons are now scaled "on-demand" and the result is cached to improve performance. Some of the fullscreen navigation interfaces may open a bit faster thanks to this enhancement.

+ The right-click "Stream Selection sub-menu now lists audio tracks even if there is only one track available.

+ The information dialog's ("I" keyboard macro) format section now clearly labels the source, splitter, audio and video decoders used.

+ Scene-cut files saved for read-only media now use both the file name and date in order to distinguish between two media files of the same name, an increasing issue when playing blu-ray disc images.

- The update message notifying you of a new Zoom Player version or new updates on the install center could appear behind the user interface if the user interface was set to 'Stay On Top'.

- Saving scene-cut files for read-only media other than DVDs was broken.

- External subtitle files with unicode file names were not listed with their proper name (either an empty line would be listed or '????' would appear instead of the actual subtitle file name.

- When using FFDShow as the subtitle renderer and playing a media file with external audio track, the external audio tracks would get listed as subtitle track by ffdshow, breaking the 'cycle subtitle track' feature.

- Closing the navigation interfaces automatically after a specified number of seconds would cause the navigation interfaces to close even if remote control commands were received.

- When the "Playing new content moves the player window to the top" setting was enabled with MadVR as the video renderer, pressing play/pause caused MadVR to lose exclusive mode for a split second.

- Switching to Audio Mode now hides the clock display.

- Changing the volume level through the Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface did not always update the skin volume widget.

- Changing the volume level through the player user interface while the Equalizer fullscreen navigation interface was visible did not update the equalizer navigation volume values.
- Drag & Scroll was broken in the Equalizer preset list.

- Fixed a crash when trying to close Zoom Player if the clock display and screen saver were active at the same time.

- The information dialog's ("I" keyboard macro) format section did not include the splitter used for the playing media.
- Running the Install Center with no internet connection would show three error messages instead of one.
- Message dialogs could appear with the mouse cursor hidden, making it more difficult to dismiss them.
- When using a language file, the default LIRC function type wasn't selected.
- Cosmetical glitches in the options dialog search function.


Highlights from v8.1:

The default Onyx skin has been refreshed with new widgets and power features.
A much more powerful audio track and subtitle stream selection interface.
LIRC Remote Control support.
Enhanced TCP/IP remote control.
More powerful skinning engine logistics.

Here's what's new in v8.1 :

New :

* The default Onyx skin has been enhanced: 1. Contrast, Brightness and Saturation are now adjustable through the expandable toolbar. 2. The expandable toolbar is now accessible through a button on the user interface instead of pressing F5 or F9 using the keyboard. 3. The volume, balance, play rate and equalizer bars have been redesigned. 4. Less framing around buttons.

* The F4-F9 skin modes used by the Default Onyx skin have changed, the new modes are: F4 : Default mode. F5 : Smaller user interface. F6 : Minimal user interface. F7 : No user interface. F8 : Show/Hide Top Bar. F9 : Show/Hide Bottom Bar.

* The Audio and Subtitle stream selection interface has been rewritten. The new 'Stream Selection' right-click sub-menu groups all streams into clearly labeled 'Audio' and 'Subtitle' groups.

* The back-end for the Audio track cycle function (Ctrl+"A") used to switch between multiple audio tracks has been rewritten. Audio tracks from internal and external sources are now switched seamlessly.

* The back-end for the Subtitle stream cycle function (Ctrl+"B") used to switch between multiple subtitle steams has been rewritten. Subtitle streams from embedded and external sources are now switched seamlessly.

* Zoom Player now has integrated LIRC support. LIRC transmits and receives remote control signals. This allows computer control using almost any remote control.
See: http://winlirc.sf.net for the Windows port by Jim Paris & Ian Curtis. http://www.lirc.org for the original project.
Using the LIRC section of the options dialog, you can directly assign remote control buttons to Zoom Player Standard, Extended and Navigation functions.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface), that controls how to display the right-click "Stream Selection" sub-menu. With "Show all filters in Stream Selection sub-menu" enabled, all filters exposing a stream select interface are displayed in a sub-menu, cleaning up the dialog. With this setting disabled, only detected Subtitle, Audio and Video streams from known sources are listed.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar), that prevents the Control Bar and Timeline context menu from opening. Useful if you have kids and you don't want a control bar setting changed by accident.

* Two new "On Playlist Complete" modes (Adv. Options / Playback) : 1. Random play a media file from the playing directory. 2. Random play a file with the same extension from the playing directory.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Subtitles), that resets the Subtitle Renderer's filter subtitle synchronization value, ensuring that the default value is restored when opening a new media after manually adjusting subtitle synchronization. Enabled by default.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Subtitles), that forces automatic stream selection to work only with external subtitle files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Subtitles), that specifies whether to enable the first embedded or external subtitle stream if no automatic stream selection match is found (or if the auto stream selection is disabled).

* New "/CONNECTTCP:[address or IP]:[port]" command line parameter.
By default, The TCP/IP interface works as a server by waiting for 3rd party applications to connect to Zoom Player.
With the "/CONNECTTCP" parameter, Zoom Player initiates the connection itself with a local or remote server right as it launches. A server must be listening on the specified address and port for a connection from Zoom Player.
Example: "c:program fileszplayerzplayer.exe" /CONNECTTCP:127.0.0.1:4770

* New extended function "exSkinMode", which activates the F4-F9 skin modes.

* Five new functions "fnResetBright", "fnResetContrast", "fnResetGamma", "fnResetHue" and "fnResetSatur" that reset the Brightness, Contrast, Gamma Hue and Saturation to their default values.

* The skin script code has been extended with "StartAndGroup" and "EndAndGroup" blocks that allow skin script authors to limit sections of the script to specific combination of active groups.

* When connecting to the TCP/IP control interface, Zoom Player automatically issues a "3000" notification message if an error dialog was visible prior to establishing the TCP/IP connection.

* Zoom Player now notifies you of known buggy filters when running a new version of Zoom Player for the first time.

* New Smart Play profile for embedded Apple Lossless Audio (ALAC).

* New Comm API message #1090, used to get the current timeline text, including the current position and any other value specified in the options dialog under "Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area".



Changes :

+ The F4-F9 keys no longer modify skin groups, but rather activate Skin modes which are programmable directly from the skin script, providing greater flexibility and control to skin designers.

+ When using the default onyx skin in F6 or F7 mode, a smaller control bar is now used.

+ The Zoom Player Install Center now notifies to close any active media playback software.



Fixes :

- Dynamic aspect ratio changes are now supported when using EVR as the video renderer.

- Running on Windows 7 with the windows shell set to an application other than "explorer.exe" would cause Zoom Player to crash.

- With "Aggressively Hide Mouse Cursor" (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) enabled, the mouse cursor no longer re-appears when opening a fullscreen navigation interface.

- The "/SKINDVD" command line parameter used to set the DVD skin actually set the audio mode skin by accident.

- The Video icon was being shown for Blu-Ray movie index files instead of the Blu-Ray icon.

- ID3v2 unicode tags are now supported automatically without specifying a country code.

- Fixed ID3v2 URL tags that are marked as Unicode but in actuality are ASCII.

- Auto-Save media chapters (".ZPCHP" files) was automatically creating chapter files when playing media files with embedded chapters (such as matroska ".MKV" files). Now, the chapter files are created only if you edit the chapters.

- The option to disable natural language sorting is fixed.

- Maintaining fast-play between playlist items is fixed.

- Fixed a few small cosmetic glitches.

- Pop-up OSD messages are now truncated to fit the video display area.

- Pressing F11 to reset color control values while the color control fullscreen navigation interface was visible, did not update the color control navigation interface.

- Selecting the Microsoft image source no longer notifies you that the filter is unregistered. Note that the microsoft image source filter is limited to 2000x2000 resolution, so it's not recommended for anything other than animated GIF files.


What's new in v8.00:

With version 8, we worked diligently to:
Build further upon Zoom Player's extensive customization features
Support playback of more media formats with Smart Play profiles (WebM/WebA/VP8/TrueHD/more)
Support the most powerful and flexible media engine with LAV Filters and FFDShow
Support the highest video quality with EVR and MadVR video rendering technology
Enhance many user interface elements while simplifying the overall workflow

Legend :

"*"= New
"+"= Change
"-"= Fix

New :

* Support for Windows 7 (or newer) task bar progress button.Using the new Taskbar settings interface (Adv. Options / Interface / Task Bar), you can enable a progress bar that shows either the current media play position or your position within the playlist.

* Support for Windows 7 (or newer) Task lists.Using the new Taskbar tasks interface (Adv. Options / Interface / Task Bar), you can assign any standard Zoom Player function to the Task Bar button.

* Support for Windows Vista (or newer) mouse wheel left/right Tilt (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Mouse Wheel).You can choose between using the mouse wheel tilt for left/right navigation in menus or assign a Zoom Player function to the right and left tilt motions.

* Support for Windows Vista (or newer) AutoPlay handlers, allowing you to select Zoom Player from the Windows Control Panel AutoPlay configuration dialog. Supported auto play handlers include CD, VCD, SVCD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs.

* The default media center navigation skin has been refreshed with a more eye-pleasing colorset.You can download the old skin here: http://skins.inmatrix.com

* New virtual-keyboard navigation interface.Used for renaming files through the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces.The virtual-keyboard layout is fully scripted and supports native (unicode) language input.

* New Out of Process Automation interface API that allows you to control Zoom Player through the COM inter-process interface. A sample application will be posted on the web site and forum.

* You can now search the Options dialog to quickly bring up settings you need changed.

* The fullscreen Station navigation interface has been redesigned. All previous stations have been moved into a "Favorites" category. Beyond your favorites, you can now browse through radio genres and play stations directly.

* The Station List Media Center interface now has a "Go To top of list" function.

* You can now search the Station Browser dialog.

* Zoom Player can now load ".xspf" IceCast streaming radio playlists. You can now tune-in directly by clicking on an icecast station entry.IceCast Station Directory: http://dir.xiph.org/index.php

* You can now associate the ".xspf" IceCast streaming radio file extension.

* The ".BDMV" BluRay Movie extension can now be associated with Zoom Player.

* The BINK media format used by many games is now supported by Smart Play and the ".BIK" extension can be associated with Zoom Player.

* Updated Smart Play profiles and file association option for the"3gp2, 3gpp, m2t, mp2v, mp4v, mpe, mpv2 and tts" video file extensions.

* Updated Smart Play profiles and file association option for the"adt, adts, aif, aifc, aiff, au, midi, mid, rmi, mp2 and snd" audio file extensions.

* The "Filter List" section of the Media Library and File Browsingfullscreen navigation interface now includes an option to show "All Files".

* The Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interface's sort function now displays a checkbox to clearly indicate the active sorting mode.

* The Fullscreen Playlist navigation interface now draws the media duration when available.

* The Media Library Category editor has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity and is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The Skin selection dialog has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity and is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.
* The GoTo time/Chapter editor dialog is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The play history dialog is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The play history dialog has been slightly tweaked for clarity.
* The Chapter editor dialog has been redesigned for clarity and ease of use.

* The Scene-Cut Editor dialog has been redesigned for clarity and ease of use.

* The Scene-Cut Editor dialog is now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Station Editor dialog is now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Station Browser dialog is now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Smart Play configuration dialogs were redesigned for clarity and are now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Playing Information dialog (Keyboard Macro "I") has been cleaned up and the formats section text can now be copied to the clipboard.
* With uTorrent v3 installed, you can now track download progress in the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces for torrents downloaded into a non-default directory.

* The LAV Splitter is now supported for AVI, MOV, MP4, FLV, OGG, OGM and MPEG2 Transport Streams.Please take note that if the LAV Splitter is installed.

* EXTINF (Duration/Title) data in M3U playlists is now supported.

* Zoom Player can now extract chapter information when using LAV Splitter. While mainly used by Matroska (MKV) files, all format is supported as long as LAV Splitter exposes the chapter interface.

* You can now use the Ctrl+"A" macro to cycle through the available audio channels when using the LAV Splitter.

* PowerDVD 10 profile and DVD Navigator added to "Adv. Options / Playback / DVD".

* New "VP8" profile added to the Smart Play options dialog. VP8 is used by the WebM format and can be decoded using FFDShow and the MPC Video Decoder (FFDShow may need configuration to enable VP8 support).

* New "TSFileSource" MPEG2 Transport Stream Smart Play profile. Please note that the "TSFileSource" filter is not compatible with Zoom Player's default MPEG2 Transport splitter.To ensure compatibility, switch the MPEG2 Transport splitter to the microsoft profile.

* New "TWOS Audio" profile added to the Smart Play options dialog. Requires LAV Audio Decoder.

* New "Dolby TrueHD" profile Smart Play profile.

* New ADPCM audio decoder Smart Play profile.

* New Nellymoser audio decoder Smart Play profile.

* New "E-AC3" Smart Play profile.
* FRAPS (FPS1) videos can now be played.You may need to enable FRAPS/FPS1 support in FFDShow's codec configuration dialog to enable decoding.

* New MadVR H.264, VC1 and MPEG2 decoding smart play profiles. Requires MadVR 0.69 or newer with the decoding options enabled.
* You can now select FFDShow DXVA (hardware assisted) decoding for H.264 and VC1.
There are a lot of restrictions when using DXVA.Not all video renderers are supported, subtitles wont display, etc...The minimum hardware requirement is NVIDIA 8xxx series cards or ATI 4xxx series cards. For more information, visit the ffdshow development thread over at the doom9 forums : http://forum.doom9.org

* MediaPortal's TS File Reader filter is now supported by Smart Play.

* A new sub-type used by the AAC format is now supported by Smart Play.

* The installer now includes an icon library for the most popular file formats supported by Zoom Player.On initial install, the new icons are applied automatically.

* The RingTone creation dialog has been improved: 1. You can manually modify the Start/Stop positions. 2. You can seek to the start/stop positions. 3. You can seek in the player and use the current media positionas the start/stop positions.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that controls whether Zoom Player uses Natural or Alphabetical sorting.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to password protect the options dialog.For additional security, the password is kept in an encrypted form.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that prevents the Zoom Player user interface from opening on a disabled (turned-off) monitor.Enabled by default, the main user interface is moved to the primary monitor when running Zoom Player on a disabled monitor.
* New settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Keyboard) allowing you to set a keyboard/remote anti-repeat rate separately for navigation functions (up/down/left/right/etc) and general functions (play/pause/etc).
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) forcing a more aggressive Mouse Cursor hiding code. The mouse cursor should no longer pop-up even when background applications steal focus from the player.This setting is enabled by default. If it causes problems with your mouse cursor hiding too much, it can be disabled.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display) controlling how the clock function displays the time & date.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Actions) that extends the visibility of OSD Action Pop-ups (Play/Pause/etc) by 38ms per character.This allows the OSD to remain visible when longer text is displayed (e.g. when renaming files).
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Tags / Paths & Script) allowing you to enable/disable the aspect ratio for the default folder image.This is useful when the default folder image is an abstract picture (as the included default image is).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to override a navigation skin's font outline setting. Disabling the navigation interfaces font-outline can speed up interactivity on lower end systems.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that controls whether the system 'Pictures, Music and Video' library folders are listed in the media library navigation interface (enabled by default).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) controlling whether the line background for empty text lines is drawn. This setting is enabled by default.If you would like to return to the previous look, you can uncheck this setting.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to prevent access to the main navigation interface from all other navigation interfaces.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to completely prevent access to the navigation interfaces function sub-menus.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that controls whether the playlist editor displays item numbers next to each entry in the playlist.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that controls whether the playlist editor displays the media duration (length).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) allowing to prevent exiting Fullscreen / Zoom mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) that determines whether the 'Keyboard Video Window Move' function works by percentage of the screen size or in pixels.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) that Auto-Rotate JPEG images according to embedded EXIF data when using the internal image decoder.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play / Settings) that determines whether Zoom Player auto-configures the Smart Play profiles when it first detects a new version of Zoom Player is installed.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play / Settings) allowing you to choose whether Zoom Player or Windows selects the Audio/Video renderers when a file extension is selected for Smart Play exclusion.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Blu-Ray) allowing you to add secondary Blu-Ray movie tracks (based on their duration) to the playlist automatically (by default, 21minutes or longer). Newly added tracks are sorted by duration, longest track listed first.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / DVD / DVD Settings) allowing you to control the way the player seeks in DVD mode.Since DVD seeking can be slow, by default Delayed seeking is used so the actual seek is performed only after 1-2 seconds, allowing you to drag the timeline without actually seeking until you let go of the mouse cursor.However, if you would like the seeking to be instantaneous, you can now disable the delayed seek.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that determines whether Zoom Player resume function (pressing Stop twice) should resume playback or only restore the previous media position and remain paused.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) allowing you to specify the maximum play rate (used with the "fnIncRateEx" and "fnDecRateEx" functions) and the play rate step value (default 10%).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that mutes the audio for two seconds when using the seek forward and seek backward functions (to prevent garbled audio as the video is seeked frequently).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that instructs Zoom Player to close itself if the stop button/function is called.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) which enables a fix when moving the player window from video area causing the window to jump to an unexpected position.
Affects only Windows VISTA (or newer) when the video renderer is set to 'Haali Video Renderer', 'MadVR', 'VMR7' or 'VMR9'.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) that controls whether Zoom Player should use MadVR's API to display the Control bar, pop-up OSD (play/pause/etc), Screen Blanking and Clock.By enabling this setting, Fullscreen Exclusive mode is preserved when displaying these OSD elements.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) allowing you to enable MadVR's seek-bar.By default the MadVR seekbar is disabled as its functionality duplicates Zoom Player's Control Bar.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / History) allowing you to auto-save the play history after playing each media file.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions) allowing you to only show or use the first part in a Multi-Part RAR archive.For example "myarchive.part1.rar" will display while "myarchive.part2.rar" and "myarchive.part999.rar" wont display.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System) allowing you to change the windows font used in most Zoom Player dialogs.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System / Goard Dog) enabling the Guard Dog feature to re-use the command line parameters Zoom Player was launched with.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System / Screen Saver) allowing you to optionally set thenumber of second the player should remain in screen saver mode before automatically exiting the player.

* The "Background image base name" value (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags / Paths & Script" now accepts masks.For example,you can use a value of "folder*" which will have Zoom Player search for JPG/PNG/BMP folder images that start with "folder", i.e. "folder_view.jpg".

* The Zoom Player news feed page is now accessible through the options dialog, presenting you with the latest Zoom Player news and updates.

* Blu-Ray subtitles are now supported when using FFDShow or the latest version of DirectVobSub as the subtitle renderer.

* The activate chapter is now auto-highlighted when opening the chapter/bookmark fullscreen navigation interface.

* New function "fnZoomInLevel" which cycles through 4 Zoom-in levels (16.6%, 33.3%, 50% and 100%).The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+'Z'.

* New function "fnIncRateEx" which increases the play rate by a user specified value (10% by default).The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+'.'.

* New function "fnDecRateEx" which decreases the play rate by a user specified value (10% by default).The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+','.

* New function "fnResetWindows" which resets the user interface windows to their default location.This function is accessible by right-clicking the Zoom Player task-bar button.

* New function "fnSkinSelectNav" which opens the Fullscreen navigation skin selection navigation interface (switch fullscreen navigation skin style).

* You can now play and associate Blu-Ray decrypted ".mpls" Playlist files. This means that multi-part Blu-Ray movies (a Blu-Ray movie composed of several ".M2TS" media files) can now be played as one seamless media.

* You can now associate the ".WebM" and ".WebA" HTML5 video extensions.

* The Fullscreen Playlist navigation interface now highlights the currently playing media files.

* New navigation skin scripts variable "ActiveColor", used to highlight the currently playing media file.

* The Skin Script "CreateExButton" function can now execute external files and open URLs in your browser.
* New Skin Script "InstallFont" command which allows you to use font files in your skin without having to register them with Windows first.
* New navigation skin script variables controlling the virtual keyboard text colors: KeyActive = Active state of the virtual keyboard interface KeyInactive = Inactive state of the virtual keyboard interface KeyEditActive = Active state of the virtual keyboard edit box KeyEditInactive = Inactive state of the virtual keyboard edit box KeyKeyActive= Active key virtual keyboard interfaceFor more information, see the default "Drapes.nav" script file in the Zoom Player 'skin' folder.

* New navigation skin scripts variable "KeyEditOutline" controlling whether the virtual keyboard text edit is outlined.

* New navigation skin scripts variables controling the layout of the virtual keyboard interface: KeyXOfs= Key-List X-Offset (Percent of Interface Width) KeyYOfs= Key-List Y-Offset (Percent of Interface Height) KeyHeight= Key-List Height (Percent of Interface Height) KeyWidth = Key-List Width (Percent of Interface Width) KeyPHeight = Height of path/filename area KeyPWidth= Path Width (Percent of Interface Width) KeyPXOfs = Path X-Offset (Percent of Interface Width) KeyPYOfs = Path Y-Offset (Percent of Interface Height)

* New navigation skin scripts variables "ProgressActive", "SizeColor", "SizeActive" used to specify the color states when displaying file sizes and progress states.

* New navigation skin scripts variables "CursorActive" and "CursorInactive" used to specify the brightness adjustment value for the fullscreen virtual keyboard navigator cursor.

* The WebServer Remote API now accepts a new "&play=[filename]" command, allowing you to open files (and URLs) directly from the web browser.

* Media duration for "M2TS,MKA,MKV,MOV,MP4" files is now detected automatically, to enable, click on the "Default" button at: Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions / Auto-Get Duration

* The screen saver date/time display and currently playing media display layouts have been redesigned for better clarity.These changes also fix the issue where the currently playing media display would alter the font size depending on the length of the playing media name.

* Three new internal screen saver modes "Sinus Plasma", a Power Saving version of "Sinus Plasma" (lower brightness) and a Power Saving version of "Plasma Cloud".

* New "Open Subtitle File" option accessible through the right-click context menu under the "Open" sub-menu.

* New "/SkinMedia", "/SkinAudio" and "/SkinDVD" command line parameters that let you specify which skin should load directly from the command line.Please note that this parameter must be called first (before "/Media", "/DVD" or "/AudBar").

* New "/SharePath:[Path]" command line parameter. This Parameter sets the initial media sharing path. The share path value allows external applications to instruct Zoom Player to list and play media from the shared path folder from a remote location, using Zoom Player's TCP/IP API.

* Pressing the Ctrl+"A" keyboard macro with the playlist editor in focus will now select all items in the list.
* Single-clicking an item in the playlist editor with items previously selected will now clear the current selection and re-select only the clicked item.
* Holding the "Shift" key in combination with the UP/DOWN arrow keys in the playlist editor will now select the items above/below the current selection without clearing the previously selected item(s).

* Holding the "Shift" key in combination with the PGUP/PGDN/Home/End keys in the playlist editor will now select the items above/below the current selection without clearing the previously selected item(s).

* The minimalistic skin modes (F6/F7 keyboard macros) for default Onyx skin now switch the playlist layout to a minimalistic design.

* New "Filter Properties" button on the Smart Play Source and Splitter configuration dialogs, allowing you to configure the selected filter (if the filter allows it).

* The "Automatically check for player updates" setting now checks the Install Center for codec/filter updates and notifies you if new/updated components have been found.

* New Comm API message #6000, used to browse the shareddirectories specified using the "/SharePath" command line parameter.
* New Comm API message #6010, used to add shared media files to the playlist.

* New Comm API message #1920, used to notify that the playlist has been cleared.

* New Comm API message #2670, used to set the monitor used in fullscreen mode.

* New Comm API message #0100, used to Ping the player to check that it's still responsive.

* New Comm API message #1852 which instructs the currently playing media to close.
* New Comm API message #2650 which enables you to position the player window.

* Embedded Windows Bitmap (.BMP) format album art TAG is now supported.

* The configuration path (registry or file based) and the current data directory are now listed on the Options Dialog's 'About' page.



Changes :

+ We are no longer using an EXE compressor, which means that the Zoom Player EXE files will be larger, but you wont get any false-positive virus warnings.

+ The Install Center has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity.

+ When running Window XP (or newer), Zoom Player now uses a Natural Sorting algorithm rather than the default ASCII Sorting.For example, using ASCII sorting, files would be listed as: 1.avi 10.avi 2.avi 3.aviWith Natural sorting, the same files would be listed as: 1.avi 2.avi 3.avi 10.avi

+ The default navigation skin no longer uses font-outline. The design doesn't really require it and the performance benefits merit the change. You now have the option to override the navigation interface's font-outline in case you're not satisfied with the change.

+ The Local setting file saving procedure has been hardened to make it more resilient to system crashes.

+ The Play History saving procedure has been hardened to make it more resilient to system crashes.

+ You will now be prompted to restore the Play History database from a backup if Zoom Player detects that the database may be corrupted (due to a system crash).

+ The Action Pop-up OSD auto-hide is now more accurate (250ms vs the previous 1000ms).

+ The Fusion skin's control bar now contains a close button and a few other minor changes.

+ Matroska (MKV) chapters read using the MPC Matroska splitter are now automatically converted to ZP chapters.Enabling chapter tracking and chapter edit to an external chapter file (override internal chapters).
+ The "Show Date and Time" (Alt+Ctrl+"D") clock function has been modified so that it displays or hides the clock instead of just popping the clock through the standard OSD messages for a few seconds.The clock display is transparent, allowing you to see behind the text and in Windows Vista and newer, the text is slightly translucent.

+ When the "Auto-Play media file when opened" is disabled, the first video frame is now displayed.

+ The "Clear History" (Adv. Options / Playback / History) now erases the play history file.

+ Tuning in to a radio station directly from the SHOUTcast.com web site is now possible.All you need to do is select the "TUNE IN" option. You may be promoted to play through the browser or through the player, make sure to select the player. Your browser may prompt you for the application to open the playlist, make sure to select Zoom Player.

+ Improved Blu-Ray main movie detection with some titles.

+ Added a new H.264 sub-type for CoreAVC 2.5.1 compatibility.

+ MadVR support for non-fullscreen images while in fullscreen exclusive mode (zoom in/out, panning, etc).

+ Selecting MadVR as the video renderer automatically enables the "Overlay covers entire video area" setting.

+ You can now right-click play history entries to copy them into the system clipboard.

+ When opening an MMS stream, the buffering percentage value is now displayed.

+ When the 4:3/16:9 Zoom compensation or one of the Zoom-in levels are enabled, playing new media content displays an OSD notification letting you know that Zoom mode is enabled (this notification will not show if you specifically set a viewing region that is not fullscreen).

+ If the "Pause playback when opening file browsing interfaces with a video playing" setting is enabled, opening the play history navigation interface now pauses the video.

+ The "View" section of the media library and file browser navigation interfaces has been renamed to "Filter List".

+ The default process priority given to Zoom Player is now set to "Above Normal" by default when running under Windows 2000 or newer. Previous users of Zoom Player should note that their previous value for this setting has been reset to the new default.

+ When clicking on an extension's icon in the Options Dialog's file association section or clicking the "Apply Icon to Selected Extensions" button, now applies an extension-specific icon taken from the default icon library that ships with Zoom Player.

+ The Re-Synch Audio Ahead/Back now works in 25ms increments rather than the 10ms used previously.

+ The default volume control change value is now 5%, up from the previous 3%.
+ The default Zoom In/Out value is now 10%, up from the previous 1%.

+ The default 'Keyboard Video Window Move' value has changed to 5%, up from the previous 4 pixels.
+ The "fnVidLeft", "fnVidRight", "fnVidUp", "fnVidDown" functions now use the 'Keyboard Video Window Move' value while in fullscreen. Previously, these functions only moved by 1 pixel.

+ On first showing, the Playlist Editor dialog and the Equalizer dialog appear in a docked position rather than in the top left corner of the screen.

+ The "Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist - Use Media Title if available" setting will now display the media title (if available) in the fullscreen playlist navigation interface.

+ The default values for the internal screen saver have been changed and the screen saver is now enabled by default after 30 minutes of idle activity.

+ Updated Media Center navigation icons.

+ The Internal screen saver mode setting has been reset.

+ The default visible buttons on the control bar have been changed.
+ The default values for the Arrow keys have been changed: Te LEFT/RIGHT keys are used to seek 20 seconds backward/forward. The UP key opens the Media Library navigation interface. The DOWN key opens the Playlist navigation interface.
The previous defaults can be restored through the Advanced Options dialog.

+ The default fullscreen navigation interfaces appearing in the main (root) navigation interface have been changed.

+ The Equalizer Magnetize state is now enabled by default.

+ The Equalizer Magnetize state now positions the equalizer interface centered to the bottom or top of the main user interface (depending on space).Previously, the equalizer interface was aligned to the left edge of the main user interface.
+ The "Pause playback when opening file browsing interfaces with a video playing" setting is now enabled by default.
+ The "Use Media Title if Available" Playlist setting is now enabled by default.

+ The Station Browser dialog can now be translated to other languages.

+ Now that the "Goto Time" dialog and the "Chapter/Bookmark editor" were combined into one interface.Using the GoTo time function opens the dialog with the keyboard focus on the Time entry box and the Chapter editor function opens the dialog with the keyboard focus on the Chapter Name entry box.

+ The "Context Menu" fullscreen navigation interface has been renamed "Extended Menu".
+ The Extended Menu fullscreen navigation interface has been brought in line with the rest of the navigation interfaces and now displays icons instead of ASCII characters to represent folders/active state.

+ The Next/Previous chapter functions will now update the fullscreen chapter navigation interface if it's currently visible.

+ The guard-dog function now forces Zoom Player to close if it detects a freeze during shutdown.

+ The Zoom-In/Zoom-Out (+/- keypad keys) functions when used in windowed mode now snaps the player window back into the monitor's work area if the zoom function partially moves the player window off-screen.

+ Zoom Player no longer lists the ".DAT" extension for file association. This extension was used by VCD discs, which are no longer popular. Combined with the fact that the ".DAT" extension is somewhat generic and used by other applications for DATA storage, it was decided that removing this extension would increase stability.
+ You can delete the Install Center cache by clicking on the Install Center "Options" button.

+ Pressing "D" to open the Video Decoder configuration dialog now opens FFDShow's Video Decoder configuration dialog if no media is playing.

+ Pressing Alt+"A" to open the Audio Decoder configuration dialog now opens FFDShow's Audio Decoder configuration dialog if no media is playing.

+ The Advanced Option's "Show fullscreen Color Controls when values are changed through the keyboard macros" setting has been moved to "Playback / Video / Colors".

+ The Advanced Option's "Audio Tags (ID3)" has been renamed to "Audio Images & Tags".

+ The Advanced Option's "Enlarge folder image to fit Video Area, otherwise Center and Shrink only" setting has been moved to "Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags".

+ The Advanced Option's "Load folder image file" setting has been renamed to "Load external folder image file" and moved to "Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags".

+ The "Guard Dog" settings were moved to the "Adv. Options / System / Guard Dog & Events" section.
+ The "Draw Folder (Background) Image under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags" setting has been renamed to "Draw embedded background image".In addition, a fix was made so that disabling this setting, no longer disables folder images from loading.

+ The Zoom In/Out functions will now display the video display resolution in a pop-up window.

+ All references to "Skip, Jump, Seek" functions have been replaced with "Short Seek, Medium Seek, Long Seek".
+ Some of the options dialog entries have been rephrased for clarity.

+ The default window size is now slightly bigger to account for the overall increase in resolution of entry level monitors sold today.

+ Automatically restoring media volume levels from history is now disabled by default.You can re-enable these settings through the advanced options dialog.

+ Comm API change to message #1100.Instead of listing whatever the timeline display is showing, it now always shows [Position / Duration]. For example: 00:00:12 / 01:02:35
You can request an #1100 message output by sending an #1100 message with a parameter value of "2".

+ Comm API change to message #3000.Each line of the returned value is now separated by the "|" character rather than a new line (CRLF) which would complicate parsing.

+ The "exInterface" extended function can now discretely enable/disable the pop-up OSD messages.

+ The color-tinting skin values have been reduced to a more reasonable -160..160 range.

+ The PlayListData's skinning function "FontSpace" variable is now calculated automatically.Any value supplied by the skin is ignored.

+ The Smart Play configuration dialogs now prompt you to update a modified profile when clicking on a different profile in the list or clicking the OK button to close the configuration dialog.

+ The "Show Smart Play graph creation errors" will now include the smart play profile name as part of the error message.

+ Blanking is now disabled when closing the playing media.

+ Blanking is now hidden and restored when opening and closing fullscreennavigation interfaces.

+ Pressing ESC now closes any open navigation interfaces prior to restoring blanked secondary monitors when pressing the ESC key multiple times.

+ The "Show currently playing title on the Task Bar button and the Tray Icon", "Blank non-Playing Monitors while in Fullscreen / Zoom mode" and "Show "Places" in Open / Save Dialogs" settings have moved from "Adv. Options / System" to "Adv. Options / Interface".

+ The "Show Time Seek Position Over Timeline" setting has moved from "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Actions" to "Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area".

+ The "File Browser 'Network / Disk' mapping" interface has moved under "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Paths"

+ The "Start Player in" setting has moved from "Adv. Options / Interface" to "Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size".

+ The "System Overview" and "Missing Formats" options dialog sections have been removed as the Install Center provides more accurate information.

Fixes :

- The installer used administrator privileges to write the profile files (Smart Play, Equalizer, Skin tint), preventing the player from modifying the profiles when running with UAC enabled (user privileges). The new installer fixes this issue on existing systems.
You can to erase the old "virtualstore" files under: "C:UsersAppDataLocalVirtualStoreProgramDataZoom Player"

- Depending on your version of windows and if UAC is enabled, the file association options dialog would show incorrect information (wrong icon, or indicate that Zoom Player was associated with the extension even if it wasn't).

- Exporting Zoom Player's setting from the options dialog, would fail if UAC is enabled.

- The Zoom Player Install Center auto-configuration did not work on systems with UAC enabled or limited account access.

- The Install Center now identifies 3rd party 64bit installations (e.g. 7-zip). Thanks Gleb Egorych, Midiboy.

- CD Audio Playback was broken when used in Windows 7.

- There was a problem with Windows 7 hiding the Zoom Player tray icon even when setting the icon to always show.This was caused by the tool-tip for the icon containing the playing file name, which differs greatly between multiple files. To fix this issue, 'Zoom Player' is now displayed before the playing file name.

- Opening files from the command line would cause the file path to be modified to uppercase, breaking playback from Linux based NAS devices.

- Fixed compatibility with uTorrent v3.

- Fixed the following visual glitches when a high DPI system font is used:1. The options dialog "File Association" icons did not display correctly.2. The "Add Filter" dialog's legend section did not draw correctly.3. Some text was truncated in the options dialog.4. The station manager station list items were partially cropped.5. The skin selector skin list items were partially cropped.6. The Install Center items were partially cropped.7. The Smart Play Source, Splitter and Decoder configuration dialogs cropped some of the displayed entries.8. The Smart Play filter blacklist cropped some of the displayed entries.9. The Options dialog archive playback extension list cropped some of the displayed entries. 10. The registered filter manager dialog was improperly sized to the point where buttons could overlap.

- When setting a large font for the playlist editor or setting a higher Font DPI value for windows as whole, the playlist fonts would become truncated at the bottom.

- The "Switch resolution on Fullscreen" setting did not perform as expected.

- Trying to open a ".lnk" ShortCut file that pointed to a folder would show an error message instead of opening the folder's content.

- When using MadVR fullscreen exclusive mode in combination with auto-changing monitor resolution on fullscreen, exiting fullscreen did not restore the original monitor's resolution.Thanks Hawke.

- Dragging the player window by clicking "Ctrl + Left mouse button" (or other configured setting) within the video area was broken in Windows Vista and Windows 7 when certain video renderer were used (VMR7/VMR9/ Haali/MadVR).Now there's a workaround in place that ensures the window is dragged to the correct location (with minor flickering at times).
- The "Adv. Options / Interface / Display - Enlarge folder image to fit video area" setting now performs as expected.

- The ID3/TAG display used the character set (used to convert ANSI to Unicode) defined by the Navigation font instead of the ID3/TAG font.

- When the "Auto-Size User Interface to fit Source Video Resolution" setting is enabled, opening a media file with an image resolution larger than the current screen, now limits the image resolution to the screen's resolution. If the new resolution causes the player window to resize itself beyond the screen's resolution, the player window will be pulled back into the screen automatically.

- The "/OpenDrive" command line parameter did not detect Blu-Ray drives properly.
- The "Prefer HD content as the main movie if the track duration is longer than (minutes)" Blu-Ray setting didn't compare the track time correctly.
- The fullscreen monitor (Adv. Options / System) value would get reset if the selected monitor was no longer available (the monitor was off). The value is now preserved and if the monitor is not available, the player will go fullscreen on the primary monitor.

- When playing DVR-MS files, the "Stop" function didn't seek to the beginning of the media file.

- Pressing "R" to cycle through the aspect ratio modes no longer resizes the player window if "Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio" is enabled.If you try to move or resize the window after setting the Aspect Ratio, it will snap into shape.

- The right-click Open URL feature is now better adapted to opening SHOUTcast radio stations using the following format: http://yp.shoutcast.com/sbin/tunein-station.pls?id=[number]

- If Smart Play was disabled, Zoom Player would not use the selected Audio Renderer if the "MPC Audio Renderer" was installed and not chosen.

- When using the "Disable Smart Play for files with the following extensions" feature, the selected Audio and Video renderers weren't used, but rather windows (DirectShow) selected its own renderers.Now, you can select if you want Zoom Player or Windows to select the renderers (see above).

- Trying to play a DVD's "VIDEO_TS.IFO" file in media mode would not remove the background image before starting to play the DVD.

- You can now seek, pause and play streaming MMS content.

- The "CUE" chapter parsing code has been rewritten. It now parses unicode/ascii charsets correctly and loads meta-data information (Perfomer/Genre/etc).Thanks Orf.

- The Open-URL dialog was limited to 255 characters.

- The Play History stored the played files in lower case instead of their original case.

- The Stop/Resume function didn't work if stop was pressed in the first 3 seconds of playback.

- The next/previous chapter and track functions can now continue to the next file in the directory when a file fails to load.

- When a custom video renderer does not support the "IBasicVideo2" interface, the Derived aspect ratio value is taken from the source video aspect ratio.

- The "xvid" profile is no longer used to verify that SmartPlay is properly configured.

- When using FFDShow as the Subtitle renderer, subtitles are nowordered alphabetically.

- Fixed a crash when using the FFDShow Subtitle renderer.

- Fixed a crash when trying to play MP3/FLAC/APE audio files with an embedded "BMP" album art image.

- Unchecking the "Enable TAG display" setting would hide the entire display, including the background image rather than just the TAG display.

- When disabling "Draw Text Background" for Audio TAG display, the bottom line (usually the "YEAR" field) would get cropped out.

- Fixed a complete freeze when playing audio files containing corrupt ID3 tags.

- Folder image base names did not recognize the use of paths.Thanks Orf.

- Unchecking "Save last play time and date" from "Adv. Options / Playback / History" would cause Zoom Player to forget any new items played the next time Zoom Player was restarted.

- Clicking the "Switch to Basic Mode" or "Switch to Advanced Mode" Options dialog buttons lost any modified settings.

- The "Automatically restore volume level on replay with video files" setting was not remembered after a Zoom Player restart.

- Choosing to hide the Zoom Player task bar icon would fail (the icon would reappear) under certain circumstances.

- The GuardDog feature no longer restart Zoom Player if the internal screen saver is active.

- Fixed a memory leak when trying to open corrupted JPEG/PNG images or JPEG images in the CYMK print format (which is not supported).

- Fixed a list index out of bounds crash when Random Play was enabled and the "On Playlist Complete" setting was not set to "Auto Replay".

- Fixed an "Out of Resources" crash when trying to set the Zoom resolution to a extremely high value (over 16384x16384, which is now the limit).

- Fixed a very old bug where opening a media file through non-media library interfaces would prevent the fullscreen media library navigation interface from automatically displaying the currently playing media (if the media's path resides within a media library category).

- When using the Media Library or File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces, using the "Add to Playlist" function no longer adds media files that are not selected if the "Auto-Part Loader" function is enabled.

- When playing audio media, the player now uses folder or embedded images as the pseudo video resolution for functions that require it (such as auto-sizing the user interface to fit the source video resolution).

- Auto-Correction of video aspect ratio is no longer applied when viewing stand alone, folder and embedded images.
- Switching between audio and media modes after playing an audio file would show remnants of the TAG display in the GUI window if the audio file was closed.

- An LPCM sub-type was accidently listed under the AC3 audio decoder profile.

- The Smart Play configuration dialogs now selects the first profile from the list when erasing a profile so the previously erased profile's filters do not remain active.

- Switching Stay On Top on/off followed by pressing the "Enter" key would reload the currently playing media instead of the action assigned to the "Enter" key.

- You can now play URLs from the Play History dialog.

- You can now play URLs from the command line if Zoom Player is currently running.

- There is no longer a limit of 255 character when trying to open a URL or file from the command line while Zoom Player is currently running.

- When first loading, the keyboard focus is now set to the main player user interface rather than secondary interfaces (Playlist editor, Equalizer).

- When the "On Playlist Complete" setting is set to close Zoom Player or shutdown the computer, the action is no longer performed if the options dialog is open.
- When the "Auto-Play next file in the playlist" setting was disabled, pressing Play when reaching the end of a media file would not perform the "On Playlist Complete" event.

- When the "Move the Playlist Editor display to follow the currently playing media file" setting was enabled, the playlist tried to change position and follow a new item even if the new item was already visible.
- When setting the screen saver mode to "Image SlideShow", re-opening the options dialog would disable the Image Directory browse button.
- When switching between different screen saver modes, the mode switch would not work well if you didn't restart the player.
- When a language or custom context menu script used unicode characters for sub-menus, the root menu name was not properly identified and sub-menu items did not show up.
- When using a language pack, some translated window titles using unicode characters would appear as "????"

- Using the "Del" keyboard macro to delete the currently playing media now removes the entry from the file browsing navigation interface cache.
- Deleting the default "Drapes" navigation skin, will now allow you to select other navigation skins when listed as the first entry in the skin selection dialog.

- Loading image files with the internal image decoder, depending on the image's apsect ratio, could display in the wrong aspect ratio if the "Auto-Fix Aspect Ratio for badly encoded content" setting was enabled.

- The A-B Repeat and RingTone creation timeline highlights were not updated properly on the Control Bar's timeline.

- Ejecting certain drive types would cause Zoom Player to stop the currently playing media even if the media was not on the ejected drive.

- The "Open the Options Dialog on the active monitor" setting wasn't being applied to the Basic Options dialog.
- When using FFDShow as the Subtitle renderer while using a video decoder other than FFDShow, combining this setup with Haali Video Renderer, would result in a pin connection error.

- The 'forcibly hide the windows taskbar in fullscreen mode' setting will now hide the Start Orb (button) in Windows VISTA and Windows 7.

- Skins with no hint value for the Volume/Balance/Play Rate bars showed unrelated hint text.

- Skins with no playlist skinned would show the default onyx skin for the playlist interface with broken button transparency (red borders).
- Selecting a skin or applying a skin tint from the skin selection dialog no longer causes the player window to pop over and obscure the skin selection dialog.

- Installing a Skin file would ask you to open the Skin selection dialog even if it was already open.

- Fixed the "FolderImage" skin script code function that got broken in v7.
- When sorting by Size in the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces, the "Play all files in this Directory" entry was listed before the"Previous Directory" entry.

- With "Stay on Top" enabled along with "Screen-Align the Control Bar to" set to either Top or Bottom of the screen, the control bar would lose it's on-top status and would disappear if you clicked the video area or if a new media loaded.

- Performing a legacy install (where all installed files are placed in a single folder) no longer warns you of a problematic installation if UAC (User Account Control) is enabled and you installed under a directory other than the "Program Files" directory.As well as the above, the warning dialog now contains an additional checkbox to dismiss it from showing on future runs.

- The 'forcibly hide the windows taskbar in fullscreen mode' setting will now hide the Start Orb (button) in Windows VISTA and Windows 7.

- The Adjust Image (formally "image resize") and Image Blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces were incorrectly affected by the "Navigation Line Count" setting.

- The "Click here to search list" text in the playlist editor could overlap the scroll widget if the playlist editor font was large enough.

- Fixed a rare 'List index out of bounds' error when deleting items from the playlist.

- The main application window should now appear in Flip3D under Windows Vista and Windows 7.

- Deleting a media library category, would erase other categories if their name was very similar (example "movies" and "movies2").

- The "Custom Mouse Wheel Down" function was not being saved.
- The Screen Saver and clock function accidentally labeled 'October' as 'Saturday'.

- With "Adv. Options / On Screen Display / Actions - Show Time Position Over Timeline" enabled, pressing Alt+F4 would close the position window rather than the player window.

- Opening a display pattern (Shift+"P"), no longer stops the playing video before closing it. This ensures the previous play position is saved correctly.

- Fixed crashes related to corrupt language files.

- Using the Station Edit button would not display the edited station type correctly (would always show 'Radio').

- The "Null" filter no longer appears as Unregistered.

- TCP/IP API Message #1810 (Request Play List), did not implement a separator character between each media entry, making it harder to parse. Now each entry is separated by the ">" character.

- TCP/IP API Message #1811 (Playlist items changed) was not being triggered on every playlist change.

- Changing the navigation keyboard layout could cause a crash when closing the skin selection dialog through the keyboard.Thanks Gleb Egorych.

- When Smart Play is disabled, the Zoom Player DSP filter is no longer part of the graph if no audio streams are detected.

- The red error dialog messages were limited to 255 characters.

- Loading external icon definition files did not apply the icons to all file extensions in some cases.

- Cleaned up some of the ffdshow profile/filter names.

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* The Complete Change list history can be found on-line at: http://www.inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_whatsnew_archive.shtml

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List of changes from v8 Release Candidate 2:

* The default media center navigation skin has been refreshed with a more eye-pleasing colorset. You can download the old skin here: http://skins.inmatrix.com

* You can now search the Options dialog to quickly bring up settings you need changed.

* Zoom Player can now load ".xspf" IceCast streaming radio playlists. You can now tune-in directly by clicking on an icecast station entry. IceCast Station Directory: http://dir.xiph.org/index.php

* You can now associate the ".xspf" IceCast streaming radio file extension.

* New "/SharePath:[Path]" command line parameter. This Parameter sets the initial media sharing path. The share path value allows external applications to instruct Zoom Player to list and play media from the shared path folder from a remote location, using Zoom Player's TCP/IP API.

* New settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Keyboard) allowing you to set a keyboard/remote anti-repeat rate separately for navigation functions (up/down/left/right/etc) and general functions (play/pause/etc).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / OSD / Actions) that extends the visibility of OSD Action Pop-ups (Play/Pause/etc) by 38ms per character. This allows the OSD to remain visible when longer text is displayed (e.g. when renaming files).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to override a navigation skin's font outline setting. Disabling the navigation interfaces font-outline can speed up interactivity on lower end systems.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) that Auto-Rotate JPEG images according to embedded EXIF data when using the internal image decoder.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) that controls whether Zoom Player should use MadVR's API to display the Control bar, pop-up OSD (play/pause/etc) and Clock. By enabling this setting, Fullscreen Exclusive mode is preserved when displaying OSD elements.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System) enabling the Guard Dog feature to re-use the command line parameters Zoom Player was launched with.

* The "Background image base name" value (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags / Paths & Script" now accepts masks. For example, you can use a value of "folder*" which will have Zoom Player search for JPG/PNG/BMP folder images that start with "folder", i.e. "folder_view.jpg".

* The activate chapter is now auto-highlighted when opening the chapter/bookmark fullscreen navigation interface.

* With uTorrent v3 installed, you can now track download progress in the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces for torrents downloaded into a non-default directory.

* Zoom Player can now extract chapter information when using LAV Splitter. While mainly used by Matroska (MKV) files, all format is supported as long as LAV Splitter exposes the chapter interface.

* The Chapter editor dialog has been redesigned for clarity and ease of use.

* The play history dialog has been slightly tweaked for clarity.

* The Scene-Cut Editor dialog has been redesigned for clarity and ease of use.

* The Scene-Cut Editor dialog is now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Station Editor dialog is now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Station Browser dialog is now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Smart Play configuration dialogs are now fully keyboard accessible.

* The Playing Information dialog (Keyboard Macro "I") has been cleaned up and the formats section text can now be copied to the clipboard.

* EXTINF (Duration/Title) data in M3U playlists is now supported.
* New TCP/IP API outbound message #6000, used to browse the shared directories specified using the "/SharePath" command line parameter.
* New TCP/IP API outbound message #6010, used to add shared media files to the playlist.

* New TCP/IP API outbound message #1920, used to notify that the playlist has been cleared.

* New TCP/IP API message #2670, used to set the monitor used in fullscreen mode.

* New TCP/IP API message #0100, used to Ping the player to check that it's still responsive.

* New navigation skin scripts variables "ProgressActive", "SizeColor", "SizeActive" used to specify the color states when displaying file sizes and progress states.

* New navigation skin scripts variable "KeyEditOutline" controlling whether the virtual keyboard text edit is outlined.
* New navigation skin scripts variables controling the layout of the virtual keyboard interface: KeyXOfs = Key-List X-Offset (Percent of Interface Width) KeyYOfs = Key-List Y-Offset (Percent of Interface Height) KeyHeight = Key-List Height (Percent of Interface Height) KeyWidth = Key-List Width (Percent of Interface Width) KeyPHeight = Height of path/filename area KeyPWidth = Path Width (Percent of Interface Width) KeyPXOfs = Path X-Offset (Percent of Interface Width) KeyPYOfs = Path Y-Offset (Percent of Interface Height)

* FRAPS (FPS1) videos can now be played. You may need to enable FRAPS/FPS1 support in FFDShow's codec configuration dialog to enable decoding.

* New MadVR H.264, VC1 and MPEG2 decoding smart play profiles. Requires MadVR 0.69 or newer with the decoding options enabled.

* New ADPCM audio decoder Smart Play profile.

* New Nellymoser audio decoder Smart Play profile.

* You can now search the Station Browser dialog.

* The configuration path (registry or file based) and the current data directory are now listed on the Options Dialog's 'About' page.

+ When running Window XP (or newer), Zoom Player now uses a Natural Sorting algorithm rather than the default ASCII Sorting. For example, using ASCII sorting, files would be listed as: 1.avi 10.avi 2.avi 3.avi With Natural sorting, the same files would be listed as: 1.avi 2.avi 3.avi 10.avi

+ The default navigation skin no longer uses font-outline. The design doesn't really require it and the performance benefits merit the change. You now have the option to override the navigation interface's font-outline in case you're not satisfied with the change.

+ You will now be prompted to restore the Play History database from a backup if Zoom Player detects that the database may be corrupted (due to a system crash).

+ The Action Pop-up OSD auto-hide is now more accurate (250ms vs the previous 1000ms).

+ The Fusion skin's control bar now contains a close button and a few other minor changes.

+ Matroska (MKV) chapters read using the MPC Matroska splitter are now automatically converted to ZP chapters. Enabling chapter tracking and chapter edit to an external chapter file (override internal chapters).

+ The Station Browser dialog can now be translated to other languages.

+ Now that the "Goto Time" dialog and the "Chapter/Bookmark editor" were combined into one interface. Using the GoTo time function opens the dialog with the keyboard focus on the Time entry box and the Chapter editor function opens the dialog with the keyboard focus on the Chapter Name entry box.

+ The "Context Menu" fullscreen navigation interface has been renamed "Extended Menu".
+ The Extended Menu fullscreen navigation interface has been brought in line with the rest of the navigation interfaces and now displays icons instead of ASCII characters to represent folders/active state.

+ The Next/Previous chapter functions will now update the fullscreen chapter navigation interface if it's currently visible.

+ Cleaned up a few more streaming radio stations.

+ The Zoom-In/Zoom-Out (+/- keypad keys) functions when used in windowed mode now snaps the player window back into the monitor's work area if the zoom function partially moves the player window off-screen.

+ Zoom Player no longer lists the ".DAT" extension for file association. This extension was used by VCD discs, which are no longer popular. Combined with the fact that the ".DAT" extension is somewhat generic and used by other applications for DATA storage, it was decided that removing this extension would increase stability.

+ You can delete the Install Center cache by clicking on the Install Center "Options" button.

+ TCP/IP API change to message #1100. Instead of listing whatever the timeline display is showing, it now always shows [Position / Duration]. For example: 00:00:12 / 01:02:35
You can request an #1100 message output by sending an #1100 message with a parameter value of "2".

+ TCP/IP API change to message #3000. Each line of the returned value is now separated by the "|" character rather than a new line (CRLF) which would complicate parsing.

+ The "exInterface" extended function can now discretely enable/disable the pop-up OSD messages.

+ The color-tinting skin values have been reduced to a more reasonable -160..160 range.

+ The PlayListData's skinning function "FontSpace" variable is now calculated automatically. Any value supplied by the skin is ignored.

+ The "Show Smart Play graph creation errors" will now include the smart play profile name as part of the error message.
+ The "Show currently playing title on the Task Bar button and the Tray Icon", "Blank non-Playing Monitors while in Fullscreen / Zoom mode" and "Show "Places" in Open / Save Dialogs" settings have moved from "Adv. Options / System" to "Adv. Options / Interface".

+ The "Show Time Seek Position Over Timeline" setting has moved from "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Actions" to "Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area".

+ The "File Browser 'Network / Disk' mapping" interface has moved under "Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Paths"

- Fixed compatibility with uTorrent v3.

- Fixed the following visual glitches when a high DPI system font is used: 1. The options dialog "File Association" icons did not display correctly. 2. The "Add Filter" dialog's legend section did not draw correctly. 3. Some text was truncated in the options dialog. 4. The station manager station list items were partially cropped. 5. The skin selector skin list items were partially cropped. 6. The Install Center items were partially cropped. 7. The Smart Play Source, Splitter and Decoder configuration dialogs cropped some of the displayed entries. 8. The Smart Play filter blacklist cropped some of the displayed entries. 9. The Options dialog archive playback extension list cropped some of the displayed entries. 10. The registered filter manager dialog was improperly sized to the point where buttons could overlap.

- Exporting Zoom Player's setting from the options dialog, would fail if UAC is enabled.

- The ID3/TAG display used the character set (used to convert ANSI to Unicode) defined by the Navigation font instead of the ID3/TAG font.

- Opening files from the command line would cause the file path to be modified to uppercase, breaking playback from Linux based NAS devices.

- The Zoom Player Install Center auto-configuration did not work on systems with UAC enabled or limited account access.

- When the "Auto-Size User Interface to fit Source Video Resolution" setting is enabled, opening a media file with an image resolution larger than the current screen, now limits the image resolution to the screen's resolution. If the new resolution causes the player window to resize itself beyond the screen's resolution, the player window will be pulled back into the screen automatically.

- When setting a large font for the playlist editor or setting a higher Font DPI value for windows as whole, the playlist fonts would become truncated at the bottom.

- When using the Media Library or File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces, using the "Add to Playlist" function no longer adds media files that are not selected if the "Auto-Part Loader" function is enabled.

- Fixed a rare 'List index out of bounds' error when deleting items from the playlist.

- The Adjust Image (formally "image resize") and Image Blanking fullscreen navigation interfaces were incorrectly affected by the "Navigation Line Count" setting.
- The "Click here to search list" text in the playlist editor could overlap the scroll widget if the playlist editor font was large enough.

- Trying to open a ".lnk" ShortCut file that pointed to a folder would show an error message instead of opening the folder's content.

- Using the Station Edit button would not display the edited station type correctly (would always show 'Radio').

- TCP/IP API Message #1810 (Request Play List), did not implement a separator character between each media entry, making it harder to parse. Now each entry is separated by the ">" character.

- TCP/IP API Message #1811 (Playlist items changed) was not being triggered on every playlist change.

- An LPCM sub-type was accidently listed under the AC3 audio decoder profile.

- When disabling "Draw Text Background" for Audio TAG display, the bottom line (usually the "YEAR" field) would get cropped out.

- Fixed a memory leak when trying to open corrupted JPEG/PNG images or JPEG images in the CYMK print format (which is not supported).

- The "Switch resolution on Fullscreen" setting did not perform as expected.

- Fixed crashes related to corrupt language files.

- The "Null" filter no longer appears as Unregistered.

- When using ".CUE" files as chapter files, the chapter/track name did not import properly when the CUE file was ASCII encoded and using a non-default character set (i.e. Russian).

- The Play History stored the played files in lower case instead of their original case.

- The Stop/Resume function didn't work if stop was pressed in the first 3 seconds of playback.


--- What's new in v8.00 RC2:

Legend :

"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix

New :

* Support for Windows 7 (or newer) task bar progress button. Using the new Taskbar settings interface (Adv. Options / Interface / Task Bar), you can enable a progress bar that shows either the current media play position or your position within the playlist.

* Support for Windows 7 (or newer) Task lists. Using the new Taskbar tasks interface (Adv. Options / Interface / Task Bar), you can assign any standard Zoom Player function to the Task Bar button.

* Support for Windows Vista (or newer) mouse wheel left/right Tilt (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Mouse Wheel). You can choose between using the mouse wheel tilt for left/right navigation in menus or assign a Zoom Player function to the right and left tilt motions.

* Support for Windows Vista (or newer) AutoPlay handlers, allowing you to select Zoom Player from the Windows Control Panel AutoPlay configuration dialog. Supported auto play handlers include CD, VCD, SVCD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs.

* New virtual-keyboard navigation interface. Used for renaming files through the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces. The virtual-keyboard layout is fully scriptable and supports native (unicode) language input.

* New Out of Process Automation interface API that allows you to control Zoom Player through the COM inter-process interface. A sample application will be posted on the web site and forum.

* The fullscreen Station navigation interface has been redesigned. All previous stations have been moved into a "Favorites" category. Beyond your favorites, you can now browse through radio genres and play stations directly.

* The Station List Media Center interface now has a "Go To top of list" function.

* The "Filter List" section of the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interface now includes an option to show "All Files".

* The Media Library Category editor has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity and is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The Skin selection dialog has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity and is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.
* The GoTo time/Chapter editor dialog is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The play history dialog is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The LAV Splitter is now supported for AVI, MOV, MP4, FLV, OGG, OGM and MPEG2 Transport Streams. Please take note that if the LAV Splitter is installed, it disables other splitters from working properly. This means that you must set Smart Play's "AVI" Source filter to LAV Splitter or use the MPC (Gabest) AVI Splitter as the "AVI" Splitter filter (and the same may apply to MPEG2 and Matroska MKV files).

* You can now use the Ctrl+"A" macro to cycle through the available audio channels when using the LAV Splitter.

* New "VP8" profile added to the Smart Play options dialog. VP8 is used by the WebM format and can be decoded using FFDShow and the MPC Video Decoder (FFDShow may need configuration to enable VP8 support).

* New "TWOS Audio" profile added to the Smart Play options dialog. Requires LAV Audio Decoder.
* New "Dolby TrueHD" profile added to the Smart Play options dialog.

* New "E-AC3" profile added to the Smart Play options dialog.

* You can now select FFDShow DXVA (hardware assisted) decoding for H.264 and VC1.
There are a lot of restrictions when using DXVA. Not all video renderers are supported, subtitles wont display, etc... The minimum hardware requirement is NVIDIA 8xxx series cards or ATI 4xxx series cards. For more information, visit the ffdshow development thread over at the doom9 forums : http://forum.doom9.org

* The installer now includes an icon library for the most popular file formats supported by Zoom Player. On initial install, the new icons are applied automatically.

* The RingTone creation dialog has been improved: 1. You can manually modify the Start/Stop positions. 2. You can seek to the start/stop positions. 3. You can seek in the player and use the current media position as the start/stop positions.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to password protect the options dialog. For additional security, the password is kept in an encrypted form.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that prevents the Zoom Player user interface from opening on a disabled (turned-off) monitor. Enabled by default, the main user interface is moved to the primary monitor when running Zoom Player on a disabled monitor.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) forcing a more aggressive Mouse Cursor hiding code. The mouse cursor should no longer pop-up even when background applications steal focus from the player. This setting is enabled by default. If it causes problems with your mouse cursor hiding too much, it can be disabled.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Tags / Paths & Script) allowing you to enable/disable the aspect ratio for the default folder image. This is useful when the default folder image is an abstract picture (as the included default image is).
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that controls whether the system 'Pictures, Music and Video' library folders are listed in the media library navigation interface (enabled by default).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to prevent access to the main navigation interface from all other navigation interfaces.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to completely prevent access to the navigation interfaces function sub-menus.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) allowing to prevent exiting Fullscreen / Zoom mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) that determines whether the 'Keyboard Video Window Move' function works by percentage of the screen size or in pixels.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play) allowing you to choose whether Zoom Player or Windows selects the Audio/Video renderers when a file extension is selected for Smart Play exclusion.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Blu-Ray) allowing you to add secondary Blu-Ray movie tracks (based on their duration) to the playlist automatically (by default, 21minutes or longer). Newly added tracks are sorted by duration, longest track listed first.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / DVD / DVD Settings) allowing you to control the way the player seeks in DVD mode. Since DVD seeking can be slow, by default Delayed seeking is used so the actual seek is performed only after 1-2 seconds, allowing you to drag the timeline without actually seeking until you let go of the mouse cursor. However, if you would like the seeking to be instantaneous, you can now disable the delayed seek.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) allowing you to specify the maximum play rate (used with the "fnIncRateEx" and "fnDecRateEx" functions) and the play rate step value (default 10%).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that mutes the audio for two seconds when using the seek forward and seek backward functions (to prevent garbled audio as the video is seeked frequently).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that instructs Zoom Player to close itself if the stop button/function is called.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) which enables a fix when moving the player window from video area causing the window to jump to an unexpected position.
Affects only Windows VISTA (or newer) when the video renedrer is set to 'Haali Video Renderer', 'MadVR', 'VMR7' or 'VMR9'.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions) allowing you to only show or use the first part in a Multi-Part RAR archive. For example "myarchive.part1.rar" will display while "myarchive.part2.rar" and "myarchive.part999.rar" wont display.

* The Zoom Player facebook page is now accessible through the options dialog, allowing you to view the latest Zoom Player news and updates.

* Blu-Ray subtitles are now supported when using FFDShow as the subtitle renderer.

* New function "fnZoomInLevel" which cycles through 4 Zoom-in levels (16.6%, 33.3%, 50% and 100%). The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+'Z'.

* New function "fnIncRateEx" which increases the play rate by a user specified value (10% by default). The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+'.'.

* New function "fnDecRateEx" which decreases the play rate by a user specified value (10% by default). The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+','.

* New function "fnResetWindows" which resets the user interface windows to their default location. This function is accessible by right-clicking the Zoom Player task-bar button.

* You can now play and associate Blu-Ray decrypted ".mpls" Playlist files. This means that multi-part Blu-Ray movies (a Blu-Ray movie composed of several ".M2TS" media files) can now be played as one seamless media.

* You can now associate the ".WebM" and ".WebA" HTML5 video extensions.

* The Skin Script "CreateExButton" function can now execute external files and open URLs in your browser.
* New Skin Script "InstallFont" command which allows you to use font files in your skin without having to register them with Windows first.
* New navigation skin script variable "PathHeightKey" allowing you to set the height of the keyboard entry box in the virtual keyboard navigation interface.
* New navigation skin script variables controlling the virtual keyboard text colors: KeyActive = Active state of the virtual keyboard interface KeyInactive = Inactive state of the virtual keyboard interface KeyEditActive = Active state of the virtual keyboard edit box KeyEditInactive = Inactive state of the virtual keyboard edit box KeyKeyActive = Active key virtual keyboard interface For more information, see the default "Drapes.nav" script file in the Zoom Player 'skin' folder.

* The WebServer Remote API now accepts a new "&play=[filename]" command, allowing you to open files (and URLs) directly from the web browser.

* Media duration for "M2TS,MKA,MKV,MOV,MP4" files is now detected automatically, to enable, click on the "Default" button at: Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions / Auto-Get Duration

* The screen saver date/time display and currently playing media display layouts have been redesigned for better clarity. These changes also fix the issue where the currently playing media display would alter the font size depending on the length of the playing media name.

* Three new internal screen saver modes "Sinus Plasma", a Power Saving version of "Sinus Plasma" (lower brightness) and a Power Saving version of "Plasma Cloud".

* New "Open Subtitle File" option accessible through the right-click context menu under the "Open" sub-menu.

* New "/SkinMedia", "/SkinAudio" and "/SkinDVD" command line parameters that let you specify which skin should load directly from the command line. Please note that this parameter must be called first (before "/Media", "/DVD" or "/AudBar").

* Pressing the Ctrl+"A" keyboard macro with the playlist editor in focus will now select all items in the list.
* Single-clicking an item in the playlist editor with items previously selected will now clear the current selection and re-select only the clicked item.
* Holding the "Shift" key in combination with the UP/DOWN arrow keys in the playlist editor will now select the items above/below the current selection without clearing the previously selected item(s).

* Holding the "Shift" key in combination with the PGUP/PGDN/Home/End keys in the playlist editor will now select the items above/below the current selection without clearing the previously selected item(s).

* The minimalistic skin modes (F6/F7 keyboard macros) for default Onyx skin now switch the playlist layout to a minimalistic design.

* New "Filter Properties" button on the Smart Play Source and Splitter configuration dialogs, allowing you to configure the selected filter (if the filter allows it).

* The "Automatically check for player updates" setting now checks the Install Center for codec/filter updates and notifies you if new/updated components have been found.

* New Comm API message #1852 which instructs the currently playing media to close.
* New Comm API message #2650 which enables you to position the player window.

* Embedded Windows Bitmap (.BMP) format album art is now supported.

Changes :

+ We are no longer using an EXE compressor, which means that the Zoom Player EXE files will be larger, but you wont get any false-positive virus warnings.

+ The Install Center has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity.
+ The "Show Date and Time" (Alt+Ctrl+"D") clock function has been modified so that it displays or hides the clock instead of just popping the clock through the standard OSD messages for a few seconds. The clock display is transparent, allowing you to see behind the text and in Windows Vista and newer, the text is slightly translucent.

+ When the "Auto-Play media file when opened" is disabled, the first video frame is now displayed.

+ The "Clear History" (Adv. Options / Playback / History) now erases the play history file.

+ Tuning in to a radio station directly from the SHOUTcast.com web site is now possible. All you need to do is select the "TUNE IN" option. You may be promoted to play through the browser or through the player, make sure to select the player. Your browser may prompt you for the application to open the playlist, make sure to select Zoom Player.

+ Improved Blu-Ray main movie detection with some titles.

+ Added a new H.264 sub-type for CoreAVC 2.5.1 compatibility.

+ Selecting MadVR as the video renderer automatically enables the "Overlay covers entire video area" setting.

+ You can now right-click play history entries to copy them into the system clipboard.

+ When opening an MMS stream, the buffering percentage value is now displayed.

+ When the 4:3/16:9 Zoom compensation or one of the Zoom-in levels are enabled, playing new media content displays an OSD notification letting you know that Zoom mode is enabled (this notification will not show if you specifically set a viewing region that is not fullscreen).

+ If the "Pause playback when opening file browsing interfaces with a video playing" setting is enabled, opening the play history navigation interface now pauses the video.

+ The "View" section of the media library and file browser navigation interfaces has been renamed to "Filter List".
+ The default process priority given to Zoom Player is now set to "Above Normal" by default when running under Windows 2000 or newer. Previous users of Zoom Player should note that their previous value for this setting has been reset to the new default.

+ When clicking on an extension's icon in the Options Dialog's file association section or clicking the "Apply Icon to Selected Extensions" button, now applies an extension-specific icon taken from the default icon library that ships with Zoom Player.

+ The Re-Synch Audio Ahead/Back now works in 25ms increments rather than the 10ms used previously.

+ The default volume control change value is now 5%, up from the previous 3%.
+ The default Zoom In/Out value is now 10%, up from the previous 1%.

+ The default 'Keyboard Video Window Move' value has changed to 5%, up from the previous 4 pixels.
+ The "fnVidLeft", "fnVidRight", "fnVidUp", "fnVidDown" functions now use the 'Keyboard Video Window Move' value while in fullscreen. Previously, these functions only moved by 1 pixel.

+ On first showing, the Playlist Editor dialog and the Equalizer dialog appear in a docked position rather than in the top left corner of the screen.

+ The default values for the internal screen saver have been changed and the screen saver is now enabled by default after 30 minutes of idle activity.

+ Updated Media Center navigation icons.

+ The Internal screen saver mode setting has been reset.

+ The default visible buttons on the control bar have been changed.
+ The default values for the Arrow keys have been changed: Te LEFT/RIGHT keys are used to seek 20 seconds backward/forward. The UP key opens the Media Library navigation interface. The DOWN key opens the Playlist navigation interface.
The previous defaults can be restored through the Advanced Options dialog.

+ The default fullscreen navigation interfaces appearing in the main (root) navigation interface have been changed.

+ The Equalizer Magnetize state is now enabled by default.

+ The Equalizer Magnetize state now positions the equalizer interface centered to the bottom or top of the main user interface (depending on space). Previously, the equalizer interface was aligned to the left edge of the main user interface.
+ The "Pause playback when opening file browsing interfaces with a video playing" setting is now enabled by default.
+ The "Use Media Title if Available" Playlist setting is now enabled by default.
+ Pressing "D" to open the Video Decoder configuration dialog now opens FFDShow's Video Decoder configuration dialog if no media is playing.

+ Pressing Alt+"A" to open the Audio Decoder configuration dialog now opens FFDShow's Audio Decoder configuration dialog if no media is playing.

+ The Advanced Option's "Show fullscreen Color Controls when values are changed through the keyboard macros" setting has been moved to "Playback / Video / Colors".

+ The Advanced Option's "Audio Tags (ID3)" has been renamed to "Audio Images & Tags".

+ The Advanced Option's "Enlarge folder image to fit Video Area, otherwise Center and Shrink only" setting has been moved to "Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags".

+ The Advanced Option's "Load folder image file" setting has been renamed to "Load external folder image file" and moved to "Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags".
+ The "Draw Folder (Background) Image under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags" setting has been renamed to "Draw embedded background image". In addition, a fix was made so that disabling this setting, no longer disables folder images from loading.

+ The Zoom In/Out functions will now display the video display resolution in a pop-up window.

+ All references to "Skip, Jump, Seek" functions have been replaced with "Short Seek, Medium Seek, Long Seek".
+ Some of the options dialog entries have been rephrased for clarity.

+ The default window size is now slightly bigger to account for the overall increase in resolution of entry level monitors sold today.

+ Automatically restoring media volume levels from history is now disabled by default. You can re-enable these settings through the advanced options dialog.



Fixes :

- Depending on your version of windows and if UAC is enabled, the file association options dialog would show incorrect information (wrong icon, or indicate that Zoom Player was associated with the extension even if it wasn't).

- CD Audio Playback was broken when used in Windows 7.

- There was a problem with Windows 7 hiding the Zoom Player tray icon even when setting the icon to always show. This was caused by the tool-tip for the icon containing the playing file name, which differs greatly between multiple files. To fix this issue, 'Zoom Player' is now displayed before the playing file name.

- Dragging the player window by clicking "Ctrl + Left mouse button" (or other configured setting) within the video area was broken in Windows Vista and Windows 7 when certain video renderer were used (VMR7/VMR9/ Haali/MadVR). Now there's a workaround in place that ensures the window is dragged to the correct location (with minor flickering at times).
- The "Adv. Options / Interface / Display - Enlarge folder image to fit video area" setting now performs as expected.

- The "/OpenDrive" command line parameter did not detect Blu-Ray drives properly.
- The "Prefer HD content as the main movie if the track duration is longer than (minutes)" Blu-Ray setting didn't compare the track time correctly.
- The fullscreen monitor (Adv. Options / System) value would get reset if the selected monitor was no longer available (the monitor was off). The value is now preserved and if the monitor is not available, the player will go fullscreen on the primary monitor.

- When playing DVR-MS files, the "Stop" function didn't seek to the beginning of the media file.

- Pressing "R" to cycle through the aspect ratio modes no longer resizes the player window if "Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio" is enabled. If you try to move or resize the window after setting the Aspect Ratio, it will snap into shape.

- The right-click Open URL feature is now better adapted to opening SHOUTcast radio stations using the following format: http://yp.shoutcast.com/sbin/tunein-station.pls?id=[number]

- If Smart Play was disabled, Zoom Player would not use the selected Audio Renderer if the "MPC Audio Renderer" was installed and not chosen.

- When using the "Disable Smart Play for files with the following extensions" feature, the selected Audio and Video renderers weren't used, but rather windows (DirectShow) selected its own renderers. Now, you can select if you want Zoom Player or Windows to select the renderers (see above).

- Trying to play a DVD's "VIDEO_TS.IFO" file in media mode would not remove the background image before starting to play the DVD.

- You can now seek, pause and play streaming MMS content.

- The Open-URL dialog was limited to 255 characters.

- The next/previous chapter and track functions can now continue to the next file in the directory when a file fails to load.

- When a custom video renderer does not support the "IBasicVideo2" interface, the Derived aspect ratio value is taken from the source video aspect ratio.

- The "xvid" profile is no longer used to verify that SmartPlay is properly configured.

- When using FFDShow as the Subtitle renderer, subtitles are now ordered alphabetically.

- Fixed a crash when using the FFDShow Subtitle renderer.

- Fixed a crash when trying to play MP3/FLAC/APE audio files with an embedded "BMP" album art image.

- Fixed a list index out of bounds crash when Random Play was enabled and the "On Playlist Complete" setting was not set to "Auto Replay".

- Fixed an "Out of Resources" crash when trying to set the Zoom resolution to a extremely high value (over 16384x16384, which is now the limit).

- When playing audio media, the player now uses folder or embedded images as the pseudo video resolution for functions that require it (such as auto-sizing the user interface to fit the source video resolution).

- Auto-Correction of video aspect ratio is no longer applied when viewing stand alone, folder and embedded images.
- Switching between audio and media modes after playing an audio file would show remnants of the TAG display in the GUI window if the audio file was closed.

- Switching Stay On Top on/off followed by pressing the "Enter" key would reload the currently playing media instead of the action assigned to the "Enter" key.

- You can now play URLs from the Play History dialog.

- You can now play URLs from the command line if Zoom Player is currently running.

- There is no longer a limit of 255 character when trying to open a URL or file from the command line while Zoom Player is currently running.

- When first loading, the keyboard focus is now set to the main player user interface rather than secondary interfaces (Playlist editor, Equalizer).

- When the "On Playlist Complete" setting is set to close Zoom Player or shutdown the computer, the action is no longer performed if the options dialog is open.
- When the "Auto-Play next file in the playlist" setting was disabled, pressing Play when reaching the end of a media file would not perform the "On Playlist Complete" event.

- When the "Move the Playlist Editor display to follow the currently playing media file" setting was enabled, the playlist tried to change position and follow a new item even if the new item was already visible.
- When setting the screen saver mode to "Image SlideShow", re-opening the options dialog would disable the Image Directory browse button.
- When switching between different screen saver modes, the mode switch would not work well if you didn't restart the player.
- When a language or custom context menu script used unicode characters for sub-menus, the root menu name was not properly identified and sub-menu items did not show up.
- When using a language pack, some translated window titles using unicode characters would appear as "????"

- Using the "Del" keyboard macro to delete the currently playing media now removes the entry from the file browsing navigation interface cache.
- Deleting the default "Drapes" navigation skin, will now allow you to select other navigation skins when listed as the first entry in the skin selection dialog.

- Loading image files with the internal image decoder, depending on the image's apsect ratio, could display in the wrong aspect ratio if the "Auto-Fix Aspect Ratio for badly encoded content" setting was enabled.

- The A-B Repeat and RingTone creation timeline highlights were not updated properly on the Control Bar's timeline.

- Ejecting certain drive types would cause Zoom Player to stop the currently playing media even if the media was not on the ejected drive.

- The "Open the Options Dialog on the active monitor" setting wasn't being applied to the Basic Options dialog.
- When using FFDShow as the Subtitle renderer while using a video decoder other than FFDShow, combining this setup with Haali Video Renderer, would result in a pin connection error.

- The 'forcibly hide the windows taskbar in fullscreen mode' setting will now hide the Start Orb (button) in Windows VISTA and Windows 7.

- Skins with no hint value for the Volume/Balance/Play Rate bars showed unrelated hint text.

- Skins with no playlist skinned would show the default onyx skin for the playlist interface with broken button transparency (red borders).
- Selecting a skin or applying a skin tint from the skin selection dialog no longer causes the player window to pop over and obscure the skin selection dialog.

- Installing a Skin file would ask you to open the Skin selection dialog even if it was already open.

- Fixed the "FolderImage" skin script code function that got broken in v7.
- When sorting by Size in the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces, the "Play all files in this Directory" entry was listed before the "Previous Directory" entry.

- With "Stay on Top" enabled along with "Screen-Align the Control Bar to" set to either Top or Bottom of the screen, the control bar would lose it's on-top status and would disappear if you clicked the video area or if a new media loaded.

- Performing a legacy install (where all installed files are placed in a single folder) no longer warns you of a problematic installation if UAC (User Account Control) is enabled and you installed under a directory other than the "Program Files" directory. As well as the above, the warning dialog now contains an additional checkbox to dismiss it from showing on future runs.

- The 'forcibly hide the windows taskbar in fullscreen mode' setting will now hide the Start Orb (button) in Windows VISTA and Windows 7.

- The main application window should now appear in Flip3D under Windows Vista and Windows 7.

- Deleting a media library catgeory, would erase other categories if their name was very similar (example "movies" and "movies2").

- The "Custom Mouse Wheel Down" function was not being saved.
- With "Adv. Options / On Screen Display / Actions - Show Time Position Over Timeline" enabled, pressing Alt+F4 would close the position window rather than the player window.

- Opening a display pattern (Shift+"P"), no longer stops the playing video before closing it. This ensures the previous play position is saved correctly.


--- What's new in v8.00 RC1:

Legend :

"*" = New
"+" = Change
"-" = Fix

New :

* Support for Windows 7 (or newer) task bar progress button. Using the new Taskbar settings interface (Adv. Options / Interface / Task Bar), you can enable a progress bar that shows either the current media play position or your position within the playlist.

* Support for Windows 7 (or newer) Task lists. Using the new Taskbar tasks interface (Adv. Options / Interface / Task Bar), you can assign any standard Zoom Player function to the Task Bar button.

* Support for Windows Vista (or newer) mouse wheel left/right Tilt (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Mouse Wheel). You can choose between using the mouse wheel tilt for left/right navigation in menus or assign a Zoom Player function to the right and left tilt motions.

* Support for Windows Vista (or newer) AutoPlay handlers, allowing you to select Zoom Player from the Windows Control Panel AutoPlay configuration dialog. Supported auto play handlers include CD, VCD, SVCD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs.

* New virtual-keyboard navigation interface. Used for renaming files through the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces. The virtual-keyboard layout is fully scriptable and supports native (unicode) language input.

* New Out of Process Automation interface API that allows you to control Zoom Player through the COM inter-process interface. A sample application will be posted on the web site and forum.

* The fullscreen Station navigation interface has been redesigned. All previous stations have been moved into a "Favorites" category. Beyond your favorites, you can now browse through radio genres downloaded from the internet and play stations directly.

* The "Filter List" section of the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interface now includes an option to show "All Files".

* The Media Library Category editor has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity and is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The Skin selection dialog has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity and is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.
* The GoTo time/Chapter editor dialog is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* The play history dialog is now fully keyboard accessible, no longer requiring mouse access.

* You can now select FFDShow DXVA (hardware assisted) decoding for H.264 and VC1.
There are a lot of restrictions when using DXVA. Not all video renderers are supported, subtitles wont display, etc... The minimum hardware requirement is NVIDIA 8xxx series cards or ATI 4xxx series cards. For more information, visit the ffdshow development thread over at the doom9 forums : http://forum.doom9.org

* The installer now includes an icon library for the most popular file formats supported by Zoom Player. On initial install, the new icons are applied automatically.

* The RingTone creation dialog has been improved: 1. You can manually modify the Start/Stop positions. 2. You can seek to the start/stop positions. 3. You can seek in the player and use the current media position as the start/stop positions.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to password protect the options dialog. For additional security, the password is kept in an encrypted form.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that prevents the Zoom Player user interface from opening on a disabled (turned-off) monitor. Enabled by default, the main user interface is moved to the primary monitor when running Zoom Player on a disabled monitor.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) forcing a more aggressive Mouse Cursor hiding code. The mouse cursor should no longer pop-up even when background applications steal focus from the player. This setting is enabled by default. If it causes problems with your mouse cursor hiding too much, it can be disabled.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Tags / Paths & Script) allowing you to enable/disable the aspect ratio for the default folder image. This is useful when the default folder image is an abstract picture (as the included default image is).
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) that controls whether the system 'Pictures, Music and Video' library folders are listed in the media library navigation interface (enabled by default).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to prevent access to the main navigation interface from all other navigation interfaces.
* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to completely prevent access to the navigation interfaces function sub-menus.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) allowing to prevent exiting Fullscreen / Zoom mode.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play) allowing you to choose whether Zoom Player or Windows selects the Audio/Video renderers when a file extension is selected for Smart Play exclusion.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Blu-Ray) allowing you to add secondary Blu-Ray movie tracks (based on their duration) to the playlist automatically (by default, 21minutes or longer). Newly added tracks are sorted by duration, longest track listed first.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / DVD / DVD Settings) allowing you to control the way the player seeks in DVD mode. Since DVD seeking can be slow, by default Delayed seeking is used so the actual seek is performed only after 1-2 seconds, allowing you to drag the timeline without actually seeking until you let go of the mouse cursor. However, if you would like the seeking to be instantaneous, you can now disable the delayed seek.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) allowing you to specify the maximum play rate (used with the "fnIncRateEx" and "fnDecRateEx" functions) and the play rate step value (default 10%).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that mutes the audio for two seconds when using the seek forward and seek backward functions (to prevent garbled audio as the video is seeked frequently).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Controls) that instructs Zoom Player to close itself if the stop button/function is called.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions) allowing you to only show or use the first part in a Multi-Part RAR archive. For example "myarchive.part1.rar" will display while "myarchive.part2.rar" and "myarchive.part999.rar" wont display.

* The Zoom Player facebook page is now accessible through the options dialog, allowing you to view the latest Zoom Player news and updates.

* Blu-Ray subtitles are now supported when using FFDShow as the subtitle renderer.

* New function "fnZoomInLevel" which cycles through 4 Zoom-in levels (16.6%, 33.3%, 50% and 100%). The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+'Z'.

* New function "fnIncRateEx" which increases the play rate by a user specified value (10% by default). The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+'.'.

* New function "fnDecRateEx" which decreases the play rate by a user specified value (10% by default). The keyboard macro is Alt+Ctrl+','.

* New function "fnResetWindows" which resets the user interface windows to their default location. This function is accessible by right-clicking the Zoom Player task-bar button.

* You can now play and associate Blu-Ray decrypted ".mpls" Playlist files. This means that multi-part Blu-Ray movies (a Blu-Ray movie composed of several ".M2TS" media files) can now be played as one seamless media.

* The Skin Script "CreateExButton" function can now execute external files and open URLs in your browser.
* New Skin Script "InstallFont" command which allows you to use font files in your skin without having to register them with Windows first.
* New navigation skin script variable "PathHeightKey" allowing you to set the height of the keyboard entry box in the virtual keyboard navigation interface.
* New navigation skin script variables controlling the virtual keyboard text colors: KeyActive = Active state of the virtual keyboard interface KeyInactive = Inactive state of the virtual keyboard interface KeyEditActive = Active state of the virtual keyboard edit box KeyEditInactive = Inactive state of the virtual keyboard edit box KeyKeyActive = Active key virtual keyboard interface For more information, see the default "Drapes.nav" script file in the Zoom Player 'skin' folder.

* The WebServer Remote API now accepts a new "&play=[filename]" command, allowing you to open files (and URLs) directly from the web browser.

* Media duration for "M2TS,MKA,MKV,MOV,MP4" files is now detected automatically, to enable, click on the "Default" button at: Adv. Options / File Format Association / File Extensions / Auto-Get Duration

* The screen saver date/time display and currently playing media display layouts have been redesigned for better clarity. These changes also fix the issue where the currently playing media display would alter the font size depending on the length of the playing media name.

* Three new internal screen saver modes "Sinus Plasma", a Power Saving version of "Sinus Plasma" (lower brightness) and a Power Saving version of "Plasma Cloud".

* New "Open Subtitle File" option accessible through the right-click context menu under the "Open" sub-menu.

* New "/SkinMedia", "/SkinAudio" and "/SkinDVD" command line parameters that let you specify which skin should load directly from the command line. Please note that this parameter must be called first (before "/Media", "/DVD" or "/AudBar").

* Pressing the Ctrl+"A" keyboard macro with the playlist editor in focus will now select all items in the list.
* Single-clicking an item in the playlist editor with items previously selected will now clear the current selection and re-select only the clicked item.
* Holding the "Shift" key in combination with the UP/DOWN arrow keys in the playlist editor will now select the items above/below the current selection without clearing the previously selected item(s).

* Holding the "Shift" key in combination with the PGUP/PGDN/Home/End keys in the playlist editor will now select the items above/below the current selection without clearing the previously selected item(s).

* The minimalistic skin modes (F6/F7 keyboard macros) for default Onyx skin now switch the playlist layout to a minimalistic design.

* New "Filter Properties" button on the Smart Play Source and Splitter configuration dialogs, allowing you to configure the selected filter (if the filter allows it).

* The "Automatically check for player updates" setting now checks the Install Center for codec/filter updates and notifies you if new/updated components have been found.

* New Comm API message #1852 which instructs the currently playing media to close.
* New Comm API message #2650 which enables you to position the player window.

* Embedded Windows Bitmap (.BMP) format album art is now supported.

Changes :

+ We are no longer using an EXE compressor, which means that the Zoom Player EXE files will be larger, but you wont get any false-positive virus warnings.

+ The Install Center has been redesigned for greater simplicity and clarity.
+ The "Show Date and Time" (Alt+Ctrl+"D") clock function has been modified so that it displays or hides the clock instead of just popping the clock through the standard OSD messages for a few seconds. The clock display is transparent, allowing you to see behind the text and in Windows Vista and newer, the text is slightly translucent.

+ When the "Auto-Play media file when opened" is disabled, the first video frame is now displayed.

+ The "Clear History" (Adv. Options / Playback / History) now erases the play history file.

+ Browsing the SHOUTcast station directory has been disabled as AOL (Owner of the SHOUTcast directory) no longer allows free access to the directory and makes draconian demands for this access.

+ Tuning in to a radio station directly from the SHOUTcast.com web site is now possible. All you need to do is select the "TUNE IN" option. You may be promoted to play through the browser or through the player, make sure to select the player. Your browser may prompt you for the application to open the playlist, make sure to select Zoom Player.

+ Improved Blu-Ray main movie detection with some titles.

+ You can now right-click play history entries to copy them into the system clipboard.

+ When opening an MMS stream, the buffering percentage value is now displayed.

+ When the 4:3/16:9 Zoom compensation or one of the Zoom-in levels are enabled, playing new media content displays an OSD notification letting you know that Zoom mode is enabled (this notification will not show if you specifically set a viewing region that is not fullscreen).

+ If the "Pause playback when opening file browsing interfaces with a video playing" setting is enabled, opening the play history navigation interface now pauses the video.

+ The "View" section of the media library and file browser navigation interfaces has been renamed to "Filter List".
+ The default process priority given to Zoom Player is now set to "Above Normal" by default when running under Windows 2000 or newer. Previous users of Zoom Player should note that their previous value for this setting has been reset to the new default.

+ When clicking on an extension's icon in the Options Dialog's file association section or clicking the "Apply Icon to Selected Extensions" button, now applies an extension-specific icon taken from the default icon library that ships with Zoom Player.

+ On first showing, the Playlist Editor dialog and the Equalizer dialog appear in a docked position rather than in the top left corner of the screen.

+ The default values for the internal screen saver have been changed and the screen saver is now enabled by default after 30 minutes of idle activity.

+ The Internal screen saver mode setting has been reset.

+ The default visible buttons on the control bar have been changed.
+ The default values for the Arrow keys have been changed: Te LEFT/RIGHT keys are used to seek 20 seconds backward/forward. The UP key opens the Media Library navigation interface. The DOWN key opens the Playlist navigation interface.
The previous defaults can be restored through the Advanced Options dialog.

+ The default fullscreen navigation interfaces appearing in the main (root) navigation interface have been changed.

+ The Equalizer Magnetize state is now enabled by default.

+ The Equalizer Magnetize state now positions the equalizer interface centered to the bottom or top of the main user interface (depending on space). Previously, the equalizer interface was aligned to the left edge of the main user interface.
+ The "Pause playback when opening file browsing interfaces with a video playing" setting is now enabled by default.
+ The "Use Media Title if Available" Playlist setting is now enabled by default.
+ Pressing "D" to open the Video Decoder configuration dialog now opens FFDShow's Video Decoder configuration dialog if no media is playing.

+ Pressing Alt+"A" to open the Audio Decoder configuration dialog now opens FFDShow's Audio Decoder configuration dialog if no media is playing.

+ The Advanced Option's "Show fullscreen Color Controls when values are changed through the keyboard macros" setting has been moved to "Playback / Video / Colors".

+ The Advanced Option's "Audio Tags (ID3)" has been renamed to "Audio Images & Tags".

+ The Advanced Option's "Enlarge folder image to fit Video Area, otherwise Center and Shrink only" setting has been moved to "Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags".

+ The Advanced Option's "Load folder image file" setting has been renamed to "Load external folder image file" and moved to "Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags".
+ The "Draw Folder (Background) Image under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Images & Tags" setting has been renamed to "Draw embedded background image". In addition, a fix was made so that disabling this setting, no longer disables folder images from loading.

+ The Zoom In/Out functions will now display the video display resolution in a pop-up window.

+ All references to "Skip, Jump, Seek" functions have been replaced with "Short Seek, Medium Seek, Long Seek".
+ Some of the options dialog entries have been rephrased for clarity.

+ The default window size is now slightly bigger to account for the overall increase in resolution of entry level monitors sold today.

+ Automatically restoring media volume levels from history is now disabled by default. You can re-enable these settings through the advanced options dialog.

Fixes :

- Depending on your version of windows and if UAC is enabled, the file association options dialog would show incorrect information (wrong icon, or indicate that Zoom Player was associated with the extension even if it wasn't).

- CD Audio Playback was broken when used in Windows 7.

- There was a problem with Windows 7 hiding the Zoom Player tray icon even when setting the icon to always show. This was caused by the tool-tip for the icon containing the playing file name, which differs greatly between multiple files. To fix this issue, 'Zoom Player' is now displayed before the playing file name.

- Dragging the player window by clicking "Ctrl + Left mouse button" (or other configured setting) within the video area was broken in Windows Vista and Windows 7 when certain video renderer were used (VMR7/VMR9/ Haali/MadVR). Now there's a workaround in place that ensures the window is dragged to the correct location (with minor flickering at times).
- The "Adv. Options / Interface / Display - Enlarge folder image to fit video area" setting now performs as expected.

- The "/OpenDrive" command line parameter did not detect Blu-Ray drives properly.
- The "Prefer HD content as the main movie if the track duration is longer than (minutes)" Blu-Ray setting didn't compare the track time correctly.
- The fullscreen monitor (Adv. Options / System) value would get reset if the selected monitor was no longer available (the monitor was off). The value is now preserved and if the monitor is not available, the player will go fullscreen on the primary monitor.

- When playing DVR-MS files, the "Stop" function didn't seek to the beginning of the media file.

- Pressing "R" to cycle through the aspect ratio modes no longer resizes the player window if "Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio" is enabled. If you try to move or resize the window after setting the Aspect Ratio, it will snap into shape.

- The right-click Open URL feature is now better adapted to opening SHOUTcast radio stations using the following format: http://yp.shoutcast.com/sbin/tunein-station.pls?id=[number]

- If Smart Play was disabled, Zoom Player would not use the selected Audio Renderer if the "MPC Audio Renderer" was installed and not chosen.

- When using the "Disable Smart Play for files with the following extensions" feature, the selected Audio and Video renderers weren't used, but rather windows (DirectShow) selected its own renderers. Now, you can select if you want Zoom Player or Windows to select the renderers (see above).

- Trying to play a DVD's "VIDEO_TS.IFO" file in media mode would not remove the background image before starting to play the DVD.

- You can now seek, pause and play streaming MMS content.

- The Open-URL dialog was limited to 255 characters.

- The next/previous chapter and track functions can now continue to the next file in the directory when a file fails to load.

- When a custom video renderer does not support the "IBasicVideo2" interface, the Derived aspect ratio value is taken from the source video aspect ratio.

- The "xvid" profile is no longer used to verify that SmartPlay is properly configured.

- When using FFDShow as the Subtitle renderer, subtitles are now ordered alphabetically.

- Fixed a crash when using the FFDShow Subtitle renderer.

- Fixed a crash when trying to play MP3/FLAC/APE audio files with an embedded "BMP" album art image.

- Fixed a list index out of bounds crash when Random Play was enabled and the "On Playlist Complete" setting was not set to "Auto Replay".

- Fixed an "Out of Resources" crash when trying to set the Zoom resolution to a extremely high value (over 16384x16384, which is now the limit).

- When playing audio media, the player now uses folder or embedded images as the pseudo video resolution for functions that require it (such as auto-sizing the user interface to fit the source video resolution).

- Auto-Correction of video aspect ratio is no longer applied when viewing stand alone, folder and embedded images.
- Switching between audio and media modes after playing an audio file would show remnants of the TAG display in the GUI window if the audio file was closed.

- Switching Stay On Top on/off followed by pressing the "Enter" key would reload the currently playing media instead of the action assigned to the "Enter" key.

- You can now play URLs from the Play History dialog.

- You can now play URLs from the command line if Zoom Player is currently running.

- There is no longer a limit of 255 character when trying to open a URL or file from the command line while Zoom Player is currently running.

- When first loading, the keyboard focus is now set to the main player user interface rather than secondary interfaces (Playlist editor, Equalizer).

- When the "On Playlist Complete" setting is set to close Zoom Player or shutdown the computer, the action is no longer performed if the options dialog is open.
- When the "Auto-Play next file in the playlist" setting was disabled, pressing Play when reaching the end of a media file would not perform the "On Playlist Complete" event.

- When the "Move the Playlist Editor display to follow the currently playing media file" setting was enabled, the playlist tried to change position and follow a new item even if the new item was already visible.
- When setting the screen saver mode to "Image SlideShow", re-opening the options dialog would disable the Image Directory browse button.
- When switching between different screen saver modes, the mode switch would not work well if you didn't restart the player.
- When a language or custom context menu script used unicode characters for sub-menus, the root menu name was not properly identified and sub-menu items did not show up.
- When using a language pack, some translated window titles using unicode characters would appear as "????"

- Using the "Del" keyboard macro to delete the currently playing media now removes the entry from the file browsing navigation interface cache.
- Deleting the default "Drapes" navigation skin, will now allow you to select other navigation skins when listed as the first entry in the skin selection dialog.

- Loading image files with the internal image decoder, depending on the image's apsect ratio, could display in the wrong aspect ratio if the "Auto-Fix Aspect Ratio for badly encoded content" setting was enabled.

- The A-B Repeat and RingTone creation timeline highlights were not updated properly on the Control Bar's timeline.

- Ejecting certain drive types would cause Zoom Player to stop the currently playing media even if the media was not on the ejected drive.

- The "Open the Options Dialog on the active monitor" setting wasn't being applied to the Basic Options dialog.
- When using FFDShow as the Subtitle renderer while using a video decoder other than FFDShow, combining this setup with Haali Video Renderer, would result in a pin connection error.

- Skins with no hint value for the Volume/Balance/Play Rate bars showed unrelated hint text.

- Skins with no playlist skinned would show the default onyx skin for the playlist interface with broken button transparency (red borders).
- Selecting a skin or applying a skin tint from the skin selection dialog no longer causes the player window to pop over and obscure the skin selection dialog.

- Installing a Skin file would ask you to open the Skin selection dialog even if it was already open.

- Fixed the "FolderImage" skin script code function that got broken in v7.
- When sorting by Size in the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces, the "Play all files in this Directory" entry was listed before the "Previous Directory" entry.

- With "Stay on Top" enabled along with "Screen-Align the Control Bar to" set to either Top or Bottom of the screen, the control bar would lose it's on-top status and would disappear if you clicked the video area or if a new media loaded.

- Performing a legacy install (where all installed files are placed in a single folder) no longer warns you of a problematic installation if UAC (User Account Control) is enabled and you installed under a directory other than the "Program Files" directory. As well as the above, the warning dialog now contains an additional checkbox to dismiss it from showing on future runs.

- The main application window should now appear in Flip3D under Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- With "Adv. Options / On Screen Display / Actions - Show Time Position Over Timeline" enabled, pressing Alt+F4 would close the position window rather than the player window.


Zoom Player 7.0

Change list from RC2:

* Support for APE TAG embedded folder image (PNG and JPEG image format are supported).

* If a fullscreen navigation interface is visible, right-clicking it will show a "Close Navigator" option.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback - On Playlist Complete) allowing you to play the next file in the directory with the same file extension.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / BluRay) allowing you to specify when a detected BluRay playlist containing HD content of a specified duration will be detected as the main movie over an SD (DVD quality) of longer duration.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Subtitles) allowing you to specify the subtitle synchronization adjustment value used by the subtitle synchronization functions.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar), allowing you to auto-hide the control bar after the specified number of seconds even when playback is paused.

- Fixed a video stuttering issue when using certain video renderer with Aero Desktop Composition enabled (Windows 7/Vista).

- An "ACCESS VIOLATION 00000000 READ ADDRESS 00000000" error when using the advanced playlist control has been fixed.

- Using the previous chapter function with only one chapter would go to the previous track rather than seeking to the first chapter.

- When enabling "Close on Inactivity" for the fullscreen navigation interfaces, Opening a navigation interface through the SendMessage WinAPI command would have caused the dialog to time-out and close instantly.


Change list from RC1:

* Zoom Player can detect a Blu-Ray disc structure, parse the Blu-Ray playlist and automatically load the longest video in the playlist (which is assumed to be the main movie).Thanks Christophe.
This feature can be accessed through several ways: 1. Switching to DVD Mode and pressing Play. 2. Opening the Drive (through the right-click menu). 3. Opening the BluRay folder. 4. Opening the "index.bdmv" file, which is now listedin the various file browsing dialogs.
This feature is limited to Zoom Player Home MAX.

* The default skin's Control Bar now includes a pop-up volume window, allowing you to more accurately and easily set the volume levels while fullscreen.

* The "Remember the last Media Position" setting has now been overhauled into its own separate "History" sub-section under the "Playback" section within the advanced options dialog.

* The "Remember the last Media Position" setting has been split in two, with a setting for "Retain Media Playback History" and a setting for "Automatically restore last media position on replay". This gives more flexibility as to which aspects of playback should be restored when replaying a media file.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / History) which controls whether the last play time and date is saved for the playing media.If disabled, the play date is not saved and the playing item will not be listed in the play history and play history navigation interfaces.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / History) which controls whether the audio volume should be restored to its the previous level when replaying the media file.
With this setting enabled, the audio volume level is retained for every media file played within the Playback History retention period (default is 30 days).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / History) which controls whether the audio volume should be restored to its the previous level when replaying audio-only files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) allowing you to disable Zoom Player control over FFDShow's video Sharpening values.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) allowing you to disable Zoom Player control over FFDShow's video DeInterlacing values.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) allowing you to disable VMR7's mixing mode (can fix VMR7 issues with some hardware).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio) allowing you to link the 'Volume Up'/'Volume Down' functions to the Equalizer PreAmp function so when the volume level reaches 100% and you continue using the 'Volume Up' function, the Equalizer PreAmp value is increased.Clicking volume down will first reduce the PreAmp value and when the PreAmp value reaches its previous level, the volume level is reduced.Setting the volume level through other means, will reset the PreAmp value to its previous level.
PreAmp is a digital amplifier function which can reduce audio quality if the audio recording volume is normal, but can be very useful if the original recording volume is low.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to set the player to stay on top of other applications when switching to audio mode (and restoring a normal window state after returning to media mode).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size) affecting the "Auto-Size User Interface to fit Source Video Resolution". When enabled, only the user interface height is adjusted.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to set the navigation scroll acceleration speed.After some tweaking, the default value has been sped up to "Very Fast" scrolling.The previous default value was "Average".

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to set the navigation scroll acceleration reset time in MS. The new default value is 300ms, in v6 the fixed value was 500ms.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing keyboard input to be used for Quickly Searching in many of the navigation interfaces.This setting is enabled by default.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to specify if keyboard searches are matched against the start of the line or any position in the line.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to set the keyboard input timeout (a value in MS indicating how much time should pass before the search query is reset).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / DVD / DVD Settings) that determines whether Zoom Player searches only CD devices (CD/DVD/BluRay/etc...) or all drives for content when pressing play in DVD Mode.Default is to only scan CD devices, but if you map network-shares as drives, you may want to turn this setting off.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Subtitles) allowing you to select whether Zoom Player disables FFDShow subtitle rendering when DirectVobSub is used as the Preferred Subtitle Renderer. By default, FFDShow subtitle renderer is disabled when using DirectVobSub.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Colors) which allows you to select whether FFDShow should be used for software color control.

* New Function (Alt+Shift+"Z") which compensates for badly encoded widescreen (16:9) content that is encoded in fullscreen (4:3) format by Zooming 33% into the Video (and returning to the previous video position when called a second time).
This function will also view widescreen (16:9) content as fullscreen on fullscreen (4:3) Monitors/TVs by Zooming in and cropping the left/right sides of the video.

* New Function (Ctrl+"E") allowing you to create Ring Tones by selecting a start and a stop position in many supported audio/video formats and extract the selected section in MP3/ACC formats supported by most mobile phones.
This feature requires the FFMPEG components installed on your system (which is available through the Install Center application).

* New Function (Alt+Shift+"W") to activate the White Wash screen-burn repair directly instead of accessing the function through the patterns function.

* The File Browser, Media Library and Playlist fullscreen navigation interfaces "Select" function has been expanded to allow selecting "Select all matching multi-part files", "All Audio", "All Pictures", "All Video" and "All matching the currently highlighted file Type" (file extension).

* The File Browser and Media Library fullscreen navigation interfaces can now access a "View" function which brings up a selection of files/information to view in the file list: 1. File Size 2. File Extension 3. Subtitle files 4. Archive files

* Pressing Right with the "Add to Playlist" function highlighted in the File Browser or Media Library fullscreen navigation interfaces will now take you to the Playlist navigation.Pressing left from the playlist navigator will take you back to the original navigation interface (either file browser or media library).

* New "Go to top of list" fullscreen navigation function (Applies to the Playlist, File Browser and Media Library interfaces).

* The Advanced Playlist Control interface has been redesigned to be more intuitive.

* The Play History fullscreen navigation interface implements a new function interface (accessible by clicking right).The functions are: 1. EraseCompletely erase the selected item. 2. HideHide the selected item, but keep media informationto maintain functionality (Last media position, volume). 3. Go to top of listMoves the focus to the top of the history list.

* Right-Clicking the Equalizer's bars will now reset each bar clicked to its default value.

* Hovering the mouse cursor over an Equalizer bar now shows its exact value.

* New "/WinName" command line parameter allowing you to set the Zoom Player Window Name.
For example: zplayer.exe "/winname:ZoomPlayer2"

* New File Association and Smart Play profiles for the MOD/TOD/MTS camcorder file extensions. (MOD = MPEG2 Program, TOD/MTS = MPEG2 Transport Stream).
Sadly, when JVC, Panasonic and Canon came up with the ".MOD" file extension, they didn't take into account its existing use as an Audio Tracker format.Due to this, ".MOD" extension is no longer associated with the MOD Audio Tracker format.You can change this default behavior by modifying Zoom Player's Smart Play profiles.

* Zoom Player will now save FFDShow's color control values in Zoom Player's media definition files (".df" file extension).

* New "VolumeWindow" Skin Script code, allowing you skin the new pop-up volume bar associated with the "fnVolumeWindow" function.

* Smart Play profile support for the latest DivX filters: MPEG4.ASP (DIVX/XVID) MPEG4.AVC (H.264) AAC Audio MKV Splitter

* You can now choose from three screen saver modes: 1. Plasma Cloud CGI. 2. Image Slideshow 3. Blank power-saving ode.

+ The default video renderer has been changed to VMR9 Windowless for Windows XP and EVR for Windows 7/Vista.

+ Scroll Acceleration is now active system-wide in all fullscreen navigation interfaces (where appropriate), making navigation faster and easier using remote devices and keyboards.

+ The media library fullscreen navigation interface now remembers the sorting order for each category independently.

+ The DirectShow filter registration options dialog feature (Adv. Options / System / Filter Management) has been rewritten to support configuration of popular DirectShow filters directly from the options dialog.Older unused filter profiles were removed and new updated profiles have been added.

+ You can now used Keyboard input with the GoTo navigation dialog to directly set the GoTo time.This requires that Keyboard Input for navigation be enabled.

+ Improved Screen Saver image selection randomness.No image will appear twice until all images were displayed first, even after the screen saver restarts.

+ Pressing PgDn/PgUp to play the next/previous media file in the same directory now works even after erasing the currently playing file, making it much easier to browse through a media or image collection to erase unwanted files.

+ Using the Next/Previous playlist track with random play enabled and only one file in the playlist no longer plays the same file again, but rather plays the next file in the directory.

+ The Advanced Options "Fullscreen Navigation" pages have been moved under the "Interface" section (previously it was within the "On Screen Display" section).

+ By default, the Media Library Filter Selection fullscreen navigation page will no longer appear when pressing Left on the Media Library category page (user-selectable through the options dialog).

+ The "Windows Media Video" Smart Play profile has been split into two distinct profiles: 1. Windows Media Video (used in WMV files) 2. VC1 (used in BluRay discs)

+ For clarity, the "Auto Segment Load" feature has been renamed "Multi Part file loader".

+ For clarity, the Multi Part file loader's "Segment Script" setting has been renamed "Name Masking" .

+ The "Multi Part file loader" feature has been disabled by default due to user confusion over files being added to the playlist automatically. You can re-enable this feature through the options dialog.

+ Pressing the ESC key with a fullscreen navigation interface enabled and secondary monitors are blanked will now remove the blanking first (In previous versions, the navigation interface was closed first).

+ Pressing the ESC key in the options dialog is now treated as if the Cancel button is clicked.

+ Frame Capture (Alt+"F") now works with the EVR video renderer.

+ Starting the screen saver from the main fullscreen navigation interface no longer pauses if an audio file is being played (only pause on video file).

+ To maintain backward compatibility, the Zoom Player chapter (bookmark) file extension has changed from ".chp" to ".zpchp". Zoom Player will still look for the ".chp" file when the newer format file doesn't exist.

- Closing multiple player instances at once with Zoom Player set to save its setting to a local file could cause the settings file to corrupt.

- A bug in the ID3v1 parser caused playlists containing audio files with ID3v1 tags not to save/load properly if the ID3v1 TAG contained in the audio file was semi-corrupt.

- Opening the options dialog through a skin button while a new audio file starts playing and the skin automatically changes to audio mode would cause a "not enough timers" crash.

- The "Default media open path" (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Paths) used by the standard open dialog and the file browsing fullscreen navigation interface can now accept network paths. For network paths to work with the file navigator, you must add the path under as an "Additional File Nav path" (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation).

- Chapters are now time based rather than frame based as different components (filters/renderers) would report different frame rates for the same media file, causing chapter files created with one set of filters playing invalid when using a different set of filters.

- Adding/Removing audio devices (such as a Skype Phone which acts as a speaker device), will no longer change the audio device settings Zoom Player uses.If you insert a new audio device while Zoom Player is already running, opening the options dialog or restarting the player is required.

- Zoom Player no longer requires "wmvcore.dll" on the system to run. (it may be required for WMV playback, depending on your setup).

- The Adjust Image fullscreen navigation interface lost the H-SIZE/V-SIZE values.They are now back.

- Fixed a crash when trying to open a DVD title over a network path.

- Fixed a rare crash when trying to show the Control Panel while the media library navigation interface is opening.

- The eMule File Tracker did not work with files between 2 and 4gb.

- The uTorrent File Tracker did not work if the Torrent folder and the torrent file name used the same name.

- The FFDShow Subtitle Renderer would sometimes display subtitles from previously played videos.

- Selecting files in the file Browser and Media Library fullscreen navigation interface and adding them to the playlist now adds them in the correct sorting order and doesn't re-sort the original list.

- Fixed a bug introduced in v7 RC1 which caused a "list index out of bounds" error when Random Play was enabled while only having one file in the playlist.

- Using the Quick Search function on the File Browser and Media Library fullscreen navigation interfaces with a directory containing a low number of files would previously show a blank screen.

- The "Play all files in this directory" navigation function would not appear if there was only one directory listed.Applies to both the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

- Using the Quick Search function in a directory containing 1000's of files could cause the file names to be cut short.

- You can no longer set image-blanking values greater than the video size.

- Pressing Enter after closing the options dialog could cause a play command to be issued (instead of the assigned function).

- The internal screen saver will no longer activate when the White Wash pattern is in use.

- If "On Playlist Compelete" was set to "Do Nothing" and the video renderer was set as EVR, reaching a media's end would result in the video disappearing.

- The Filter Profiles list (Adv. Option / System / Filter Management) would not list any filters when doing a Standard install.

- Transparent buttons on the control bar would lose their transparency region under certain conditions.


Here's whats new in v7 RC1:

New :

* Zoom Player now notifies you of new versions automatically (can be disabled under "Adv. Options / System").

* The Audio TAG display system has been rewritten and includes the following new features: 1. Enhanced scripting of displayed data. 2. Text Background with customizable translucency levels. 3. Additional text color for additional clarity. 4. Selectable background color.

* New Mini-WebServer support (Adv. Options / System), allowing you to control Zoom Player through any web browser.The Mini-WebServer is fully HTML scriptable.

* Zoom Player can now control FFDShow's DeInterlacing setting, allowing you to Enable/Disable deinterlacing support from the keyboard (ctrl+shift+"D"), right-click context menu and the fullscreen navigation interface (through the Adjust Image interface).
Make sure to use the latest version of ffdshow (at least beta 6) for this to function.

* Zoom Player can now control FFDShow's Sharpen setting, allowing you to Enable/Disable sharpen support from the keyboard (ctrl+shift+"S") and fullscreen navigation interface (through the Adjust Image interface).

* Support for MadVR Video Rendering technology.

* Support for FLAC Vorbis Audio TAGs, including display of embedded image (as folder image, PNG/JPEG formats supported).

* Support for ID3v2 embedded image display (mostly in MP3 files) (displayed as folder image, PNG/JPEG formats supported).

* New Fullscreen Information Navigation interface, showing you information on the currently playing media (Name, Resolution, TAGs, Folder Image etc...). This interface uses the new TAG display script system to display more advanced information.

* New position value for the TAG display allowing you to set it to "Animate".

* Support for the new QuickTime v7 ActiveX control. The new QuickTime control seems better and has better stability.
QuickTime v6 (and older) ActiveX control is no longer supported. By default, the ActiveX control is not used for playback, but rather DirectShow is used (as it's more responsive and supports more features), ActiveX mode is for compatibility with QuickTime content that may not play properly through DirectShow.
You can enable ActiveX support for QuickTime under: Adv. Options / Playback

* You can now use the Microsoft Windows Media Player ActiveX control to stream Windows Media content (mms://, rtsp:// and http://www.website/stream.asx type links).Using the ActiveX control means you'll be losing any advanced DirectShow based features (such as color-controls and video renderer selection) but bypassing any microsoft bugs in their DirectShow bridge to Windows Media Streaming (such as streams suddenly stopping of their own).
This feature is enabled by default, you can disable it under : Adv. Options / Playback / Windows Media

* The resize fullscreen navigation interface now allows you to directly set the current Aspect Ratio as well as see the aspect ratio values for all Aspect Ratio modes.

* The equalizer fullscreen navigation interface now allows you to set the volume level.

* Pressing Left on the Main Navigation interface now brings you into a system function menu allowing you to close the navigation interface, start the screen saver, blank secondary screens or close the player entirely.This menu is not accessible if you are using Safe Mode navigation.

* You can now select if the Internal Screen Saver covers the entire monitor or only the active video area.

* You can now specify the slideshow value for the internal screen saver. The Default value is 15 seconds (previously it was once per minute).

* You can now select a transition effect for the internal screen saver.

* The play history fullscreen navigation interface now allows you to play back web addresses (mms streams for example) and such links are now identified by the URL icon.

* You can now Right-Click the volume bar to the left/right of the current volume level to increase/decrease the volume in small steps instead of directly setting the volume level with the mouse cursor position (which is done with the left mouse click).

* New "Save Playing file as ..." Function accessible through the Playlist right-click context menu or by using the Alt+Shift+"S" keyboard macro. When used, a save dialog will pop-up allowing you to save the currently playing media file to a new location on your computer.

* All Subtitle settings have moved to "Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Subtitles".

* Opening a subtitle file with a media playing will try to display the subtitles within the playing media.

* The file-open dialog now has a "Subtitles" filtering category.

* You can now select the preferred subtitle renderer filter.Options are 1. DirectVobSub, also known as "VSFilter" (default). 2. FFDShow.
When selecting FFDShow, Zoom Player will try to use the FFDShow video decoder filter to render the subtitles.If the FFDShow video decoder is not used, the FFDShow subtitle renderer filter will be used instead.
Please note that this feature requires FFDShow build 2998 or newer to function and wont work on versions of Windows older than Windows 2000. Previous FFDShow builds had a bug that limited subtitle functionality.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to select the active player mode (Previous/Media/DVD/Audio) that Zoom Player should start in.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Tags) allowing you to choose whether the Folder (Background) image is drawn.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) controlling whether subtitle files are listed in the Media Libary and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse) allowing you to change the functionality of the mouse right-click button.You can choose between Disabled, Context Menu (default) and a Custom function.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to control whether loading entire directories also loads image files (Used by Open Directory function, Play all files in this directory navigation function and when opening archives). Does not have an affect on Media Library image categories.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to choose whether to interact with QuickTime content or treat it as a media file.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Smart Play) which determines if Zoom Player falls back to DirectShow graph creation mode if Smart Play fails to create a media file graphic.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Color Control) allowing you to instruct Zoom Player to try use FFDShow as the preferred color control interface (overriding any hardware supported controls).
Please note that this feature requires FFDShow to be used as either the Video Decoder or as a Post Processing filter.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / System / Events) allowing you to execute an external program when Zoom Player is starting and closing (with an option to wait for the starting program to close).
Usage Example: Set a custom monitor resolution using an external command line tool and then set the resolution back when Zoom Player closes.

* New Settings (Adv. Options / Playback / Paths & Files) allowing you to hide the archive extraction window (the external program executed to extract the archive).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to display file sizes.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to pause the video when opening a navigation interface while a video file is playing (audio playback is unaffected by this setting).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) controlling whether right-clicking the navigation interface closes it.This was the previous default behavior, but the new default action is to display the context menu.Enable this setting to restore the previous default behavior.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) controlling whether the new Fullscreen Information navigation control routes keyboard input to the player (using the keyboard arrow keys to control the player rather than the fullscreen interface).

* New "/DATAPATH:[PATH]" command line parameter which can be used to specify an alternative path to any user-changeable configuration files used by Zoom Player, including: 1. "MediaAutoGraph" directory (Controls which decoders are used) 2. "DVD-Bookmarks" directory (DVD Bookmarks and Last Position data) 3. "zplayer.playcache" (Play History and Last Media Position) 4. "zplayer.library" (Media Library paths) 5. "zplayer.radio" (Streaming Station list) 6. "zplayer.eq" (The Audio Equalizer values) 7. "default.zpl" (The last active Playlist)
Usage: /DATAPATH:Z:ZP_DATA
When using this parameter, it's vitally important that at the very least, the "MediaAutoGraph" directory exists in the Data Path, otherwise, playback may fail.

* New "/DEINT:[0/1]" command line parameter to enable/disable DeInterlacing.
Usage: /DEINT:0 - DeInterlacing disabled. /DEINT:1 - DeInterlacing enabled.
DeInterlacing requires the use of FFDShow as either the Video Decoder or as a Post-Processing filter.

* New "/CLOCK:[n]" command line parameter that allows you to set the media synchronization timer for DirectShow playback.
Usage: /CLOCK:0 - Default (same as not using the parameter at all) /CLOCK:1 - Disables Synchronization entirely /CLOCK:2 - Sets Synchronization to the System Timer

* The Playlist Fullscreen navigation interface now allow you to enable/disable the Random Play state.

* Playback support for the AMR audio format and file association of the ".AMR" extension.

* Playback support for the VP7 video format and file association of the ".VP7" extension.

* Playback support for the Theora video format and file association of the ".OGV" extension.

* Playback support for the AIFF audio format and file association of the ".AIFF" extension.

* Playback support for the MPEG2 Transport Stream media format and file association of the ".M2TS" extension.

* Playback support for LPCM audio in M2TS files.

* Support for the Gabest MPEG2 Splitter audio stream switching using the keyboard macro Ctrl+"A".

* New Open Web Page function (Ctrl+"W") accessible from the right-click context menu, allowing you to open web pages in Zoom Player.

* New "Prune History" button (Adv. Options / Playback) which erases any play history entries that are no longer pointing to an existing file.

* New "<PlayListPos>" dynamic script variable that is used to display the current position in a playlist.

* New "<FilePath>" dynamic script variable that stores the currently playing media file path.

* Some of the fullscreen navigation interfaces have a new right-arrow on the active line indicating additional functionality when clicking right.

* Zoom Player now uses uTorrent's WebUI Token authentication for an additional security layer.

* The Station fullscreen navigation interface now indicates if a station is a TV or Radio station.

* The Station fullscreen navigation interface now remembers the last selected station when exiting the player.

* The Station Editor incorporated a new "Update Station" button allowing you to update a station's details without having to delete and add.

* The Media Library and File Browsing Fullscreen Navigation interfaces now support sorting by file size.

* Support for UTF8 encoded skin files (which can include UTF8 encoded text for button hints and other skin text elements).

* The Folder image base name (Adv. Options / System & Files / Paths, Folders & Files) can now accept multiple values for the base name separated by the "|" character.For example, setting the Folder image base name to "folder|album" would cover image files starting with "folder" and "album", such as: Folder.jpg Album.png

* New Menu script command allowing you to execute external programs through the right-click context menu.See "English.Menu" in the "Language" Zoom Player directory for more information.

* New "1100" CommAPI command which enables/disables timeline updates.



Changes :

+ The Color Control interface (Adv. Options / Playback / Video / Color Control) has been rewritten and now supports FFDShow as a mode of color control.
Zoom Player will first try to use Hardware Color Control (Overlay Mixer, VMR9 and EVR).But if a certain function isn't supported, it will try using FFDShow to supplement the functionality.
For example, neither EVR or VMR9 support Gamma controls, when these video renderers are in-use, Zoom Player will try using FFDShow to control the Gamma while the other color control remain hardware based.
Please note that FFDShow must be used as a decoder or post-processor for this modified feature to work.

+ Using Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 should improve the open file dialog responsiveness.

+ The Media Library path editor has been further streamlined for simplicity.

+ All browsing for directory dialogs now allow you to specify a path through an edit box, making it easier to specify direct IP network paths.

+ When detaching the Control Bar, it now snaps to other interfaces such as the Video Window, Equalizer and Playlist Editor.

+ Opening the Main Navigation interface should now be faster, especially on multi-core CPUs.

+ The internal screen saver is now capped at 50fps.

+ Previously, when enabling text display for the internal screen saver, you had both the time and playing information displayed.You can now choose to display each individually.

+ The Station Editor interface has been redesigned for simplicity.

+ Random Play now remembers the random order of play so that you can go to a previous random track in the same order as it was played.

+ Support for more Flash Video and VP6 sub-types.

+ The Media Last Position database (used in play history and restoring the last position of a played media file) is now automatically saved every 30 minutes and a backup file is kept in case something goes wrong (previously it would only save when exiting the player, which could cause position data to be lost in cases where the computer or player crashed).

+ The Play History interface has been restructured to make it a bit easier to use.

+ The Search function within the play history dialog now filters the item list and only shows items that match the search value.

+ The "Adv. Options / System & Files / Paths, Folders & Files" page has been divided into more logical areas: 1. Adv. Options / Playback / Path & Files. 2. Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /Fullscreen Navigation / Paths. 3. Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /Audio Tags / Paths & Script.

+ The Frame Capture (screenshot) feature has been moved to: Adv. Options / System & Files / Screen Saver & Capture

+ Drives with no volume name no longer display empty brackets in the fullscreen file browsing navigation interface.

+ Playing a single file with random play enabled no longer plays that file in a loop if the "On Playlist Complete" setting is set to do something else.

+ The Volume Up/Down keyboard macros have been changed from Shift+"Home" and Shift+"End" to "+","=" (volume up) and "-" (volume down). The Previously associated Video Zoom-In/Zoom-Out functions are still accessible through the keypad "+" and "-" keys.
This should make it easier to control volume, especially on netbook/laptop type devices which don't have access to the keypad without using a special function button.

+ The active playlist is now automatically saved every 15 minutes (to prevent data lose in case windows crashes).

+ The "5000" CommAPI command used for seeking in time can now accept a fractional value indicating MS.For example, "122.500" will seek to 2 minutes,2 seconds and 500 ms.

+ The "Image Resize" fullscreen navigation interface has been renamed to "Adjust Image".

+ The "/Sort" command line parameter now works even if Zoom Player is already running.

+ The "File Extensions" Adv. Options Menu has been moved under the "File Format Association" menu (was previously under the system menu).



Fixes :

- Fixed a memory leak when playing web (HTML) files.

- Fixed a few rare occurrences of Floating Point errors.

- The "Export Settings" function would not properly save some unicode paths.

- The Skin Tint profiles did not support unicode names.

- Fixed a division by zero error in the Download Navigator when downloading 0bytes sized files from uTorrent or eMule.

- Fixed a memory leak in the Download Navigator.

- The Zoom Player Install Center application could show a newer version of an installed component as requiring an update.

- Having track information (Duration/TAGs/etc...) loaded in the background would not properly read non-english character sets.

- Sorting randomly didn't maintain the playing index which could cause the wrong TAG information to be displayed.

- When playing a media file from the fullscreen navigation interfaces, Zoom Player will now hide the default background image beforehand so there's a smoother transition into the video.

- Associating a file extension (".avi" for example) through the open-with Windows Explorer dialog under vista would disable Zoom Player's ability to associate the file extension.

- Doing a Standard (non-legacy) Zoom Player install with UAC disabled would sometimes break file association (usually due to a bad install).

- M3U playlists with directory-relative file paths would not always load.

- Trying to register Zoom Player automatically by double-clicking the registration file would fail if the evaluation period has ended.

- Loading or Dropping a subtitle file no longer reloads the file to display the subtitles if the subtitle rendering filter is already in the graph.

- Cycling through Subtitle tracks in ".MKV" files containing no internal subtitles with one external subtitle file, didn't work.

- You can now associate shortcut files (".lnk") with Zoom Player DVD external program execute events (On PAL/NTSC DVD detected and On DVD Stop events).

- An access violation crash could occur if you have the stop function set to closing the playing media (instead of seek to start), move the previously played file to a different directory, try playing it again (and fail since the file is no longer there) and then try playing a DVD.

- If you had the "Hide extension for known file types" enabled in Explorer's folder view options dialog, Zoom Player's open dialog would not list the correct files.

- The "/Sort" command line parameter did not function if no files were specified as part of the command line.

- The Open Dialog did not list CD Audio files when the media type was set to CD-Audio.

- The Open Dialog did not list the DVD file (VIDEO_TS.IFO) when setting the media type to "Video".

- The file browser fullscreen navigation interface did not list download percentage for eMule/uTorrent downloads under some conditions even when correctly configured.

- When enabling "Continue to the next item on the playlist when an invalid file is played", the next playing file could display an incorrect aspect ratio and may even not load if the next file was the last in the playlist.

- When drag & dropping files to the playlist editor, the currently playing file would not highlight correctly and going to the next/previous track (file) may load the wrong one.

- When drag & dropping files to a specific spot in the playlist editor, the files would appear in reverse order.

- The file association options dialog page would show incorrect icons if you were using Windows Vista with UAC enabled.

- Newer version of the Flash ActiveX component are now detected. Previously flash playback would work, but the player would list it as missing.

- The "Open Directory" function should now work properly with network paths.

- The ".3G2" extension was missing from the default video extension list.

- Having the control bar auto-hide when the mouse cursor is moved away didn't work properly on secondary monitors.

- If the internal screen saver was active in combination with the Guard Dog feature (Adv. Options / System), the Guard Dog would misidentify the player as unresponsive and close it.

- The internal screen saver would not activate if the secondary monitors were blanked out.

- The internal screen saver no longer shows or moves the mouse cursor.

- The internal screen saver did not respect the aspect ratio of images displayed when the Source Relative Stretch (Pixel Aspect Ratio) feature was enabled.

- With the internal screen saver's streamer function disabled, the transition effects got broken.

- The internal screen saver would take CPU power even if the streamers were disabled.It now takes a lot less CPU power (only during transitions).

- The "1950" CommAPI command used for removing items from the playlist did not properly adjust the currently playing item index when an item was removed.In addition, it would not close the currently playing file if it was removed.

- You can now paste (Ctrl+V) into the Chapter editor's "Go To time" and "Go To Frame" dialogs.


--- What's new in v6.00:

New :

* Since a lot of people don't appreciate the changes microsoft
made to Windows Vista with its UAC limitations, the Zoom Player
installer now lets you choose between two modes:

Standard install where dynamic files are saved in the AppData
(Application Data) directory and static files are saved in the
install directory.This is required when running Windows Vista
with UAC enabled or running Windows XP with a limited user account.

Legacy mode where all the files are saved in the selected directory.
This is easier to backup, but wont work properly when running
Vista with UAC enabled or Windows XP on a limited user account.
With Legacy mode selected, the file extension association functionality
is restored to Windows XP levels (UAC under Windows Vista limits some
file extension association functions such as changing file icons).

* To maintain compatibility with Windows Vista's user account control
(UAC) mechanism, the Zoom Player installer (using Standard Install)
will move all files that require modification to the windows Application
Data directory (Can be reached by typing "%AppData%Zoom Player"
in any folder window).

In addition to the move, user-specified skins must be re-selected
through the skin selection dialog.

* Zoom Player now warns you when it detects you are running in
legacy mode under restricted file access (UAC in Vista or a limited
user account under XP/Vista).

* New "Auto-Configure" button on the Smart Play options dialog.
When clicked, all current decoder configuration will be reset
and then the system is scanned for the best decoder configuration
using the currently installed decoders.

* New F8/F9 skin modes (equivalent to the Onyx Lite skin).

* Full EVR (Enhanced Video Renderer) support.
Please note that due to a Microsoft issue/bug, you must use
YUY2 as the colorspace, otherwise color control features
will not function.

* Added support for Haali's Video Renderer technology.
Haali's Video Renderer uses Bicubic interpolation of video using
3D hardware.This means improved video quality, especially when
up-scaling to higher resolution.Older 3D Graphic card may not
be supported (Cards with PS 1.4 or better should work well).

* Zoom Player can now communicate with uTorrent's Web UI interface
in order to display download progress within the Media Library
and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.This feature
is accessible under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker".Press the "?" button on
this page for additional information.

* Zoom Player can now keep track with eMule's temporary files directory
in order to display download progress within the Media Library
and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces.This feature
is accessible under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker".Press the "?" button on
this page for additional information.

* New "Download Manager" navigation interface (Ctrl+"J"), allowing you
to get an overview of your currently downloading files (compatible with
eMule and uTorrent).

* You can now specify additional paths for the File Browser (Adv. Options /
Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation).
New paths appear as drives.You can add network shares (for example
"//USER/Video/" and even local paths such as "C:Media" creating instant
shortcuts to important directories on your system.

* The File Navigation interface now shows the drive sizes and free space.

* The Chapter editing interface has been modified with a chapter name history
drop-down list and instead of a dialog opening up when adding a chapter,
now you can just type in the chapter name (or pick from the drop-down
history list) and press enter or click the add chapter button, making it
easier to add chapters.

* The Scene Cut editor has been simplified and enhanced.The Scene cut
editor no longer requires you to click on the save button, saving is
done automatically now. A new edit button allows you to edit entries
without having to remove an old entry first.Lastly, the scene cut
interface layout has been updated to make it simpler to use.

* Zoom Player's ".zpl" playlist format has been extended to support
TAG data (author,composer,artist,etc).All TAG data read from
a media file (ID3,ApeTAG,WMA Tag,etc) is automatically saved
within the play list format (allowing you to override TAG data
display without actually modifying the source media file).

* New "Configure Subtitle Filter" button (Adv. Options / Playback /
Video & Subtitles) allowing you to configure the Subtitle filter
more easily.

* Options dialog tree nodes now have an icon to make them easier to
navigate and remember.

* The Media Library, File Browser and Playlist fullscreen
navigation interfaces now offer a "Quick Search" option
allowing you to more easily browse through large listings.
The Quick Search option is accessible by navigating to the
right and selecting the "Quick Search" entry.

* The Media Library and File Browser navigation functions have
been restructured so that the sorting function is now part
of a sub-menu.

* "Select All" and "Clear Selection" functions have been added
to the Media Library and File Browser navigation interfaces
as a sub-menu under the "Select" function.

* The Playlist navigation interface has been restructured so
that the sorting method is now a sub-menu with more sorting
options available (by Size, Directory, Date and Randomly).

* Pressing right on the Playlist history navigation interface
now brings you to the top of the list (the most recently
played item).

* New "Navigation Style" Navigation interface, allowing the
navigation skin to be replaced from within the navigation
interface itself.

* New "Open Navigator" button on the Media Library Path Editor.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Video / Aspect Ratio)
instructing Zoom Player "Derived" Aspect Ratio mode to Automatically
Adjust (fix) the Aspect Ratio for badly encoded content.
This would convert 4:3 content encoded as 720x480 to display as 720x540,
720x576 to 768x576, 352x240 to 352x264, 352x288 to 384x288, etc...
Badly encoded 16:9 content is also adjusted in a similar fashion.

This setting also fixes small aspect ratio inaccuracies caused by a
requirement made by video encoders for the video pixel width or height
to be dividable by 16 (or 8 or 4).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to disable the
delete key from erasing the currently playing file.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to lock filter/decoder
configuration (property) pages to the main user interface (otherwise they
appear as a floating window).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display) allowing you
to select custom DVD & Media background images.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to skip the "Library
Filter Mode" page.With this setting enabled, navigating left on the
media library category list will go straight to the Main navigation menu.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to specify the minimum number of
characters that appear when using Quick Search.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) restoring the ability to "Play all
files in this Directory" from the main file list (file and
media library navigators).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to select if Cut,
Copy & Paste operations allow you to overwrite files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to highlight previously
viewed files.This setting with the "remember last
media position" setting (Adv. Options / Playback) and will
highlight any previously viewed file in the Media and File
Navigation interfaces by making its icon semi-transparent.
Please note that this feature can tax the CPU if the play
history (generated by remembering the last media position)
is over a few 100 files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to set the
"On Play Complete" event (which triggers when a playlist has
finished playing) to "Randomize & Replay", giving you another
random play method.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to limit
remembering the last media position to media files longer than
a specified amount of minutes.This is useful when you don't want
the last media position remembered when playing short media files.

* New Button (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to reset the
Remember Last Position cache (and play history, which use the same data).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video & Subtitles) allowing
you to enable/disable Closed Captions support for media files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video & Subtitles) allowing
you to automatically hide Closed Captions when playing media files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video & Subtitles) allowing
you play media files with the subtitles not showing by default.

* New "Guard Dog" feature (Adv. Options / System).
When enabled, the Guard Dog periodically tests that the Zoom Player
process is responding.If the process stops responding for a
specified number of seconds, the Guard Dog will close the player and
start a new instance using a specified command line parameter list.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System & Files / Paths, Folders
and Files), allowing you to select the Frame Capture (screenshot)
format.BMP, PNG and JPEG are supported.

* New Auto-Segment load setting (Adv. Options / System & Files /
Paths, Folders and Files), allowing you to match file names
automatically by how similar they are.Press the "?" button
for more details on how the matching works.This feature is
on by default for versions that support it.

* New Function (fnBlankMonitors) assigned to the Alt+Shift+"K"
keyboard macro, allowing you to manually toggle blanking
(black-out) of non-playing monitors.The automatic-blanking
of non-playing monitors is accessible through the options
dialog (Adv. Options / System - Blank non-Playing Monitors
while in Fullscreen / Zoom mode).Pressing ESC restores
any blanked out monitor.

* New Function (fnFSActMonitor) assigned to the Alt+Shift+"Enter"
keyboard macro, allowing you to go fullscreen on the currently
active monitor, overriding the fullscreen to monitor "X" setting.

* New "fnPosToClipboard" function (Alt+Ctrl+"C") allowing you to copy
the current playing position to the windows clipboard (which can then
be pasted in another program).

* The Zoom Player function selection dialog is now split into three
categories: Content, Interface and Control.The function list is
also sorted, making functions easier to find.

* New Vista specific feature allowing you to make the entire
Zoom Player window semi-transparent.This also requires that
you use a video renderer that would work (Haali's/VMR9/EVR)
and that VISTA Aero is enabled.To use:
Alt+Ctrl+F4 = Fully visible window.
Alt+Ctrl+F5 = 80% visibility.
Alt+Ctrl+F6 = 60% visibility.
Alt+Ctrl+F7 = 40% visibility.

You can also specify exact transparency values using the new
"exTransWin" extended function.

* New "exTransWin" extended function, allowing you to specify
a transparency value (1-255) for the Zoom Player window.
This function requires Windows VISTA with Aero enabled.

* New "exRandomPlay" extended function, allowing you to discretely
set the Random Play setting to on/off (compared to the fnRandomPlay
function which toggle between on/off).

* New "exSkinTint" extended function allowing you to set the skin's RGB
tinting value.

Example:
zplayer.exe /exfunc:exskintint,$7F3000

* New "/Browse" command line parameter instructing Zoom Player to open
the specified web address in its internal web browser.This command line
works even if Zoom Player is already running.

Example:
zplayer.exe /browse:http://www.inmatrix.com

* New "/SP:[n]" command line parameter allowing you to turn Smart Play ON/OFF.
To turn Smart Play off use "/SP:0" to turn it on use "/SP:1".

* New "/Color" command line parameter allowing you to set the skin's RGB
tinting value




Example:
zplayer.exe /color:$7F3000

* New "/Config" command line parameter.Using this parameter,
you can specify which local (non-registry) configuration file
Zoom Player should use. This parameter is very useful when running
multiple instances of Zoom Player, each with a different configuration.
If the specified configuration file doesn't exist, Zoom Player will
create one (using the default configuration).

Usage:
zplayer.exe "/config:z:path to config filefilename.local"

Note that the "" characters are required as this command
line parameter contains spaces.

* New "/Func" command line parameter.This parameter allows
you to instruct Zoom Player to execute functions directly
from the command line.

This parameter can also be used while Zoom Player is running,
enabling simple command-line based automation.

Example for always starting with the Main Navigator open:
zplayer.exe /Func:fnMainNav

For a full function list, see the Function List:
http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/zpfunctions.shtml

* New "/ExFunc" command line parameter.This parameter allows
you to instruct Zoom Player to execute extended functions
directly from the command line.

This parameter can also be used while Zoom Player is running,
enabling simple command-line based automation.

Example for always starting with the Playlist Editor open:
zplayer.exe /ExFunc:exInterface,2

For a full function list, read the Skinning Tutorial:
http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/zpfunctions.shtml

* New "/MultInst" command line parameter.Using this parameter
instructs Zoom Player to start another instance of the player
even if Zoom Player's multiple-instances setting is set to
disabled.

* New "/nCols", "/nRows", "/Col" and "/Row" command line parameters
allowing you to divide the active monitor into columns and rows which can
be used to position the player window.The "/nRows" defines the number
of rows, "/nCols" defines the number of columns, "/Col" defines the
active column (starting with column "0") and "/Row" defines the active
row (starting with row "0").

Example:
zplayer.exe /ncols:3 /nrows:3 /col:1 /row:1

* New "/StartPath" command line parameter allowing you to set the initial
path for the file-open dialog and the file browsing navigation interface.

* New "IconScale" parameter for the "ListData" navigation
skin-script command, allowing you to set the size of
list line icons relative to the size of the line height.

* New "" skin script dynamic variable that returns the current
playing index.

* New "" skin script dynamic variable that returns the current
playlist item count without adding the "file(s)" text to the returned value.

* All screen saver settings have been moved to:
Advanced Options / System / Screen Saver

* The internal screen saver has been enhanced to support image
slideshows in addition to the plasma background.

* You can now specify if the text information and animated streamers
are displayed by the internal screen saver.

* Added support for the Microsoft DVD decoders (part of Windows Vista).

* Support for PowerDVD v8 filters (CD Audio/H.264/MPEG2 and DVD Navigation)

* Added support for the "ffds" XVID sub-type created by the
ffdshow encoder.

* New "default" button next to the Archive Playback configuration
dialog (Adv. Options / System & Files / Paths, Folders and Files).

* Added support for DCoder's Bass Source filter.The bass
source filter adds support for the following audio formats:
AAC, ALAC, APE, FLAC, MP3, MPC, TTA, WV, MO3, IT, XM, S3M,
MTM, MOD, UMX.

* Added support for DCoder's Bass Source filter SHOUTcast streaming.
DCoder's Bass Source filter is more reliable and supports streaming
of SHOUTcast MP3/OGG/AAC content.

* Added support for the Illiminable FLAC decoder as an alternative
to CoreFLAC.

* Added support for FLV4 type Flash Video (".FLV" files).

* The Keyboard Shortcut list (F1) has been restructured, making it
easier to find keyboard macros.

* Can now quickly get duration for Windows Media Audio (".wma") files.
The default value for auto-get duration now includes the "wma" format,
If you are upgrading from a previous installation, you will need to
go to "Adv. Options / System / File Extensions" and press the Default
button next to the "Auto-Get Duration" edit line.

* The ".DVR-MS" file extension can now be associated with Zoom Player.

* The ".EVO" file extension can now be associated with Zoom Player.

* Added support for the ".CBR" and ".CBZ" comic book formats to the
archive extraction tool.To enable, you must reset to the default
archive extensions (Adv. Options / System & Files / File Extensions).

* Initial EVO/EVOB (HD-DVD video files) playback support,
If you are upgrading from a previous installation, you will need to
go to "Adv. Options / System / File Extensions" and press the Default
button next to the "Video" edit line.

* You can now activate a Zoom Player registration by double-clicking
on a valid "zplayer.regkey" file from within Explorer.

* New "ProgressColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation
Skin-script command, allowing you to select which color will be
used when displaying download progress within the Media Library,
File Browsing and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation
skin-script command, allowing you to select which color will be
used for the path text within the Media Library, File Browsing
and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathOutline" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation
skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will
be used for the path text within the Media Library, File Browsing
and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathExtraColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation
skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will
be used for the extra path text within the Media Library, File Browsing
and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathExtraOutline" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation
skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will
be used for the path extra text within the Media Library, File Browsing
and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "ConfirmColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation
skin-script command, allowing you to select which color will be
used for the confirmation fullscreen navigation interface.

* New "ConfirmOutline" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation
skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will
be used for the confirmation fullscreen navigation interface.

* The DVD AutoGraph script format now supports a parameter that
connects the Video Decoder's Subpicture pin to the Video Renderer
directly (to support DXVA with subtitles).

* New DVD profiles for the Convolver filter:
http://convolver.sourceforge.net/

* The Main fullscreen navigational interface is now accessible directly through
the right-click context menu.

* Support for the ".WAX" ,".WVX", ".WMX" playlist file extensions.

+ Newly supported file extensions: M4B, HDMOV.

* New "1130" CommAPI command that retrieves the currently playing frame rate
per second (FPS).This is the same value seen on the information dialog
("I" keyboard macro).

* New "1140" CommAPI command that retrieves that estimated frame rate per
second (FPS).This value is not 100% accurate as some formats do not
have a fixed frame rate or simply do not report a frame rate.In cases
where the real FPS is unattainable, an estimated FPS value is returned.

* New "1811" CommAPI command allowing you to retrieve the number of items
in the current playlist.This message is also shown when the playlist
item count is modified.

* New CommAPI message 1860 allowing you to pass a web address (URL) for
Zoom Player to open.



Changes :

+ "Zoom Player WMV Professional" has been renamed to
"Zoom Player Home Premium".

"Zoom Player Standard" has been renamed to
"Zoom Player Home Basic".

+ Dropping items into the playlist now drops the items at the mouse
cursor position in the playlist.

+ The Color Control and Equalizer navigation interfaces have been
redesigned to take less screen space.

+ The default skin is now selected directly from the skin list,
(as the first skin listed) instead of clicking on the default
skin button.

+ The skin selection interface is now sorted alphabetically.

+ The skin selection interface behavior has been changed slightly.
In order to apply a custom tint, you must now click the Apply Tint
button.

+ The default Audio mode skin now has a wider volume bar and
includes a new button that opens the station manager.

+ The Control Bar and OSD Pop-ups are now accessible even when the
player window is set to "Stay on Top".

+ Pressing stop twice was set to resume playback from the position
prior to the stop function being called.This wasn't too clear so
now a "Resume" OSD message pops up.

+ The Navigation interfaces should work slightly faster, especially
in situations where more complex navigation skins are used (skins
with large transparency effects).

+ When setting the navigation interface's line count, the Equalizer
and Color Control interfaces ignore a value of "-2" as they are
only 3 lines to begin with.

+ The Frame Capture Alt+"F" (screenshot) function should now work
in all video renderers except Overlay Mixer, VMR9 Renderless
(VMR9 Windowed and Windowless should work) and EVR.

+ The archive configuration now allows you to specify dynamic system
paths.For example:
"%programfiles%7-Zip7z.exe" x "%n" "-o%p"
Instead of :
"C:Program Files7-Zip7z.exe" x "%n" "-o%p"
The default values have been updated and you can use the new
default button to set them.

+ The ".iso" and ".img" extensions have been moved from the executable
extension list into the archive extension list.With the latest
version of 7-Zip (www.7-zip.org) installed, you can now extract
and play CD/DVD images directly from within Zoom Player.Make sure
to press the default buttons (Adv. Options / System / File Extensions).

+ The Main Navigation interface should appear much quicker now,
especially when accessed while a video is playing.

+ The "/X", "/Y", "/W" and "/H" command line parameters now
function even if Zoom Player is already running, allowing
you to re-position & size the main user interface window
from the command line (previously, these parameters only
worked when initially running Zoom Player).

+ The Media Library and File Browser navigation functions have been
re-ordered for increased usability.

+ The File Association options dialog has been restructured
for additional clarity.

+ You can now specify a +6,+8 or +10 values for the navigation
interface line count.

+ Function descriptions have changed to make them easier to Read,
Understand and Search.

+ The Girder Exported commands are now sorted and split into
categories, making it easier to program remote devices
and home automation systems.

+ Mouse left click while holding the Alt key now zooms in 10%
instead of 50% (which wasn't as useful).

+ The Alt+"S" keyboard macro that shows the subtitle filter configuration
dialog can now be used without any media playing.

+ Ctrl+"C" now enables/disables closed captioning when used by
media files (it was previously limited to DVDs).

+ You can now select a custom playlist font without having to
customize the playlist colors as well.

+ Synchronizing the Subtitles Ahead/Back is now done in 100ms
increments (instead of the previous 25ms).

+ The Mouse Wheel "function-cycle" function and the Mouse Wheel
Function navigation interfaces now list the custom function as
the actual function name instead of "Custom".

+ The AB-Repeat function (Alt+"R") used to loop a specific section of
audio/video will now highlight the timeline to indicate the looping
section (only on the default and newer skins).

+ When using the File Browsing and Media Library navigation interfaces, the
Copy & Paste functions will now show an OSD message while moving files and
a success/fail OSD message when the file operation completes.

+ The File Browser and Media Library navigation interfaces will now
display the file's icon when using the function pane.

+ If no navigation interfaces are enabled through the options dialog,
the main navigation interface will no longer be accessible.

+ The DVD Fast Forward and Rewind rate now support two more values:
"8/16/32" and "12/24/48".

+ Opening "mms://" addresses should now work a little better.

+ When opening the player with secondary windows open (playlist editor,
equalizer, etc...) the keyboard focus did not remain on the main window.

+ Several items on the right-click menu have been renamed for clarity.

+ The "Add Chapter" function's keyboard macro has been changed from "C" to
Ctrl+Shift+"C".

+ Real-Time Frame rate reporting on the information dialog should now work
with Custom Video Renderers as long as they support the IQualProp interface.

+ The "1600,1601 and 1703" Audio Track CommAPI commands are now accessible
for media files (no longer limited to DVDs).

+ The "1700,1701,1703 and 1704" Subtitle CommAPI commands are now accessible
for media files (no longer limited to DVDs).

+ Updated description of video renderers.

+ When opening the options dialog on a monitor with resolution too low
to display the entire dialog, the dialog will now cover more of the
screen area.

+ Enabling/Disabling the DVD & Media Background images has moved to
"Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display"



Fixes :

- A bug in the archive extracting code could cause extracted
archive to extract in the wrong directory under some conditions.

- When random play was enabled and only one file was playing,
the "On Play Complete" event was called if the same file was
opened twice.

- The external command to "Enqueue/Play with" Zoom Player has been
moved to a shell extension under Windows 2000/XP/Vista, making it
faster and more reliable.

- Playing the next/previous file in the directory, or using similar
functions such as playing the next/previous file of the same type
in the directory didn't work with UNC paths (network paths).

- When extracting and playing the content of an archive file, the
first file in the archive would be loaded twice in succession.

- Some M3U playlist files wouldn't load properly if the files within
contained ANSI characters which conflicted with UTF8 decoding.

- Setting a custom aspect ratio with a "0" value could cause
Zoom Player to crash with an invalid division by zero error.

- A sorting glitch was fixed in the file browser and media library
navigation interfaces where the "Go to previous directory" option
appeared at the bottom of the file list instead of at the top.

- Deleting entries from the Chapter Browser navigation interface no
longer causes a "Divide by Zero" error in some cases.

- Having both "Auto-Size User Interface to maintain Video Aspect Ratio"
and "Prevent moving the user interface off the primary monitor" enabled
could cause a freeze when using the Alt+"4" or Alt+"5" functions to Zoom
the video window beyond the size of the monitor.

- When using the internal image decoder, Zoom Player can now detect
badly named image files (such as PNG files with JPG extension).
Supported mislabeled image formats include: BMP, JPG, PNG.

- Some MJPEG files may not have been detected properly by Smart Play.

- Fix for the Zoom Player Install Center where it wouldn't
recognize certain updates as up to date if they were
installed to a unicode file path.

- The Zoom Player registration key is now searched for in
both the Zoom Player directory and in the application data
directory.

- Pressing "Del" to erase the currently playing file with
other entries selected in the playlist would not remove the
erased file from the playlist.

- ID3/TAG display of unicode file name would show "???" if
the audio file had no ID3 data.

- ID3/TAG display of unicode file name would show "???" if
the audio file ID3 data containing unicode text and the
Windows country code was non-english.

- ID3/TAG display wouldn't always update when loading certain
audio file formats.

- When trying to select a DVD auto-execute software (Adv. Options /
Playback / DVD / DVD Tools), typing in the "New" field would not
enable the "Apply" button.

- The Skip to the next file in the playlist when an unplayable file is
encountered function no longer skips to the next file if the entire
playlist is unplayable.This fix prevents the playlist from looping
in error messages forever.

- Improved Network path support for paths starting with "//".

- The internal image decoder can now load images from network paths.

- Ejecting a drive while listening to streaming media could cause
playback to stop.

- Using the "," character as part of a chapter name would truncate
the chapter name.

- When specifying a transparent color for the Timeline, loading
a different skin that didn't contain timeline transparency would
not clear the transparent regions properly.

- Fixed a bug where applying a custom File Extension Association icon
would not always work properly.

- Failing to load a media file with a background image enabled could
cause the background image to display in an incorrect aspect ratio.

- The TV Pattern mode would incorrectly draw a red vertical line at
some resolutions.

- The background image and circle pattern would not respect the source
relative stretch feature when it was set to a specific monitor (the
stretch value was applied to all monitors).

- Cosmetic fix for the navigation scrollbar widget being slightly
inaccurate position wise.

- Under some conditions, the TCP port would not become accessible.

- File Association should now be working under Windows VISTA with
UAC mode enabled.

- The "Continue to the next item on the playlist when an invalid
file is played" didn't work when the file was missing rather than
corrupt/problematic.

- Using the play next file in the same directory should no longer flash
the media background images between files. This fix also makes the
images load faster.

- When the player was set to "Stay On Top", some options dialog sub-menus
would appear beneath the options dialog, making them inaccessible.

- When Stay On Top was enabled, some interfaces were appearing behind
the main user interface.

- Setting a Playlist Font/Color override would return to the skin values
when switching skin modes.

- When the player window would lose focus, the control bar
stopped auto-hiding.

- With some file formats, the playlist would not update the
total playlist duration properly.

- Enabling the "Show Time Seek Position Over Timeline" feature
would cause the Zoom Player window to become the top-most
window if the mouse cursor hovered over the timeline.

- Trying to open the Options dialog with the main window set
to "Stay on Top" and Zoom Player set to only show an icon on
the tray area would cause the options dialog to appear behind
the main window.

- Monitor Powerdown will no longer be disabled when playing
in windowed mode (Powerdown will only be disabled when
fullscreen).

- Exporting Girder commands while using a local configuration file would
not use the correct window name, preventing the exported girder file
from working.

- More cases of unsupported hardware color control are now detected by the
color control navigational interface.

- Disabling the "'Del' key moves media files to the recycle bin (with
confirmation)" settingwould erroneously disable the erase function from
working in the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces.

- Trying to play Audio-CDs through the file browsing navigation interface
would not play the file.

- Detaching the control bar would not snap its position to
the previously saved detached position under some conditions.

- With a detached Control Bar, it was possible for the mouse wheel
functions not to work if the control bar was moved.

- Trying to play streaming content while in DVD Mode would not
switch to media mode automatically and then fail to play.

- The Context Navigator did not use the scripting parameters
assigned to it correctly.

- The Contact Sheet creation form didn't allow you to select
the contact sheet color values.

- Some navigation interface titles could not be translated
into other languages.

- The "exSetMode" function would not switch modes properly
under some conditions.

- Switching between Media/DVD/Audio mode could result in
an Audio mode skin loaded in DVD mode.

- Switching between skin modes in the skin selection dialog would not update
the available skin lists properly between modes.

- Opening the skin selection dialog with a navigation interface visible
would not show the correct tint values (it showed the skin's tint
values rather than the navigation tint values).

- When Stay On Top was enabled, the seek-to hint window would appear
behind the main user interface window.

- The "Scrollbar Highlight" color for forced Playlist colors
was not being saved properly.

- If the internal screen saver got activated with the open
file dialog already open, it could cause Zoom Player to
become non-responsive.

- Navigation interfaces would not appear when using VISTA Aero and
having the blank secondary monitor feature enabled.

- Pressing Insert in the File Navigator with no files listed would
raise a List out of Bounds error.

- The File Navigator would forget the last active drive if you opened
and closed Zoom Player without opening the navigator.

- The "/F:[x]" and "/Z:[x]" parameters did not go Fullscreen on the right
monitor if Zoom Player was in window mode.

- Fixed a buffer overlow issue thanks to Luigi Auriemma.

- Fixed a number is not integer error with the uTorrent file tracker.

- The Zoom Player install center would not allow you to configure
filters if Zoom Player was installed in a unicode directly.

- Loading ".WPL" playlist containing network addresses should now
look for the files over the network rather than in a local path.

- The basic options dialog tree list wouldn't translate properly.

- Windows Media files that required a password to play would fail to
display the password prompt and fail to play.

- Switching the Navigation Interface color-tint through the skin
selection interface could cause a crash under certain circumstances.

- Playing a media file from one of the navigation interfaces no
longer shows the media background image before playing the file.

- Having the Control Bar Auto-Show and then having it Auto-Hide
if the distance is too big could cause the Control Bar to
remain on-screen under some circumstances.

- The Scene-Cut Jump and Mute Audio functions were not working correctly.

- Clicking on the Zoom Player tray icon while fullscreen on a secondary
monitor would cause the Zoom Player window to resize without drawing
the skin properly.

- Improved stability for DCoder's DVB filter's graph building.

- Ejecting a non-playing CD/DVD/USB device while a DVD is playing
would cause the DVD to stop.

- The Next/Previous chapter functions were not working properly in
the default DVD skin.

- On some non-standard resolution, the fullscreen navigation interface
would not cover the right-most pixel.

- Playing audio files with file extensions that could also be used for
video files (such as ".MP4") would have Zoom Player remember the
last media position for the audio file, even if remembering audio
file last position was disabled.

- Playing a Matroska file with External subtitles would not allow you
to cycle through the external subtitle tracks with Ctrl+"B".

- Having On Play Complete set to "Do Nothing" while having "Remember
Last Media Position" enabled would cause the video to rewind, even
though it should have paused on the last frame.

- CommAPI message 5130 (call navigation function) was not working.

- Under Windows VISTA, pressing Alt+Tab with some interfaces would
cause several buttons/checkboxes to disappear.

- Filter property pages will now appear on the same monitor as the
Zoom Player user interface.

- Several small cosmetic glitches fixed in the default skin.

- Cosmetic glitch fixed in the advanced playlist control (buttons could
overlap).

- Several navigation interfaces were not showing unicode text correctly.


Changes from 6.00 RC2 :
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* New "/Browse" command line parameter instructing Zoom Player to open
the specified web address in its internal web browser.This command line
works even if Zoom Player is already running.

Example:
zplayer.exe /browse:http://www.inmatrix.com

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display) allowing you
to select custom DVD & Media background images.

* Added support for the PowerDVD v8 MPEG2 video decoder.

* New CommAPI message 1860 allowing you to pass a web address (URL) for
Zoom Player to open.

+ Dropping items into the playlist now drops the items at the mouse
cursor position in the playlist.

+ Updated description of video renderers.

+ When opening the options dialog on a monitor with resolution too low
to display the entire dialog, the dialog will now cover more of the
screen area.

+ Enabling/Disabling the DVD & Media Background images has moved to
"Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display"

- The external command to "Enqueue/Play with" Zoom Player has been
moved to a shell extension under Windows 2000/XP/Vista, making it
faster and more reliable.

- The installer automatically sets legacy mode when running under
Windows 95/98/ME.

- A few more "divide by zero" bugs should be squashed with EVR.

- Playing the next/previous file in the directory, or using similar
functions such as playing the next/previous file of the same type
in the directory didn't work with UNC paths (network paths).

- Opening the media information dialog ("I") while fullscreen and
then switching to windowed mode would incorrectly show the dialog.

- When Stay On Top was enabled, the seek-to hint window would appear
behind the main user interface window.

- Erasing sub-directories in the file browsing navigation interface
would fail under some circumstances.

- Setting the control bar to be aligned with the top/bottom of
the screen instead of the video area didn't work properly.

- Fullscreen Navigation Safe Mode (File Browsing/Media Library
navigation interfaces) got broken.

- Using the "Play all files in this directory" function from the
file browsing fullscreen navigation interface would crash.

- Networked mapped drives didn't work well with the file browsing
fullscreen navigation interface.

- Playing a media file from one of the navigation interfaces no
longer shows the media background image before playing the file.

- Left over debug code broke the media library navigator if no
drive D: existed on the system.

- If transparent action OSD was enabled with OSD skinning enabled
prior to installing v6.0 RC2, visual glitches could occur in the OSD.

- Under some conditions, the TCP port would not become accessible.

- Some Windows Media settings were not enabled in the preimum version.


Change log from v6.00 RC1:

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* You can now specify additional paths for the File Browser (Adv. Options /
Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation).
New paths appear as drives.You can add network shares (for example
"//USER/Video/" and even local paths such as "C:Media" creating instant
shortcuts to important directories on your system.

* The Chapter editing interface has been modified with a chapter name history
drop-down list and instead of a dialog opening up when adding a chapter,
now you can just type in the chapter name (or pick from the drop-down
history list) and press enter or click the add chapter button, making it
easier to add chapters.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to lock filter/decoder
configuration (property) pages to the main user interface (otherwise they
appear as a floating window).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation / Settings) allowing you to select if Cut,
Copy & Paste operations allow you to overwrite files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display /
Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to specify the minimum number of
characters that appear when using Quick Search.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video & Subtitles) allowing you to
enable/disable Closed Captions support for media files.

* New Button (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to reset the
Remember Last Position cache (and play history, which are the same thing).

* New "/SP:[n]" command line parameter allowing you to turn Smart Play ON/OFF.
To turn Smart Play off use "/SP:0" to turn it on use "/SP:1".

* New "<FileIndex>" skin script dynamic variable that returns the current
playing index.

* New "<PlayListCount>" skin script dynamic variable that returns the current
playlist item count without adding the "file(s)" text to the returned value.

* New DVD profiles for the Convolver filter:
http://convolver.sourceforge.net/

* The Main fullscreen navigational interface is now accessible directly through
the right-click context menu.

* Support for the ".WAX" ,".WVX", ".WMX" playlist file extensions.

+ Opening "mms://" addresses should now work a little better.

+ When using the File Browsing and Media Library navigation interfaces, the
Copy & Paste functions will now show an OSD message while moving files and
a success/fail OSD message when the file operation completes.

+ When opening the player with secondary windows open (playlist editor,
equalizer, etc...) the keyboard focus did not remain on the main window.

+ Real-Time Frame rate reporting on the information dialog should now work
with Custom Video Renderers as long as they support the IQualProp interface.

+ The "Add Chapter" function's keyboard macro has been changed from "C" to
Ctrl+Shift+"C".

- Fixed List Index out of Bounds error when playing archived files.

- Switching between skin modes in the skin selection dialog would not update
the available skin lists properly between modes.

- Using the play next file in the same directory should no longer flash
the media background images between files. This fix also makes the
images load faster.

- The Screen Orbiting feature did not accept values properly.

- Setting a Playlist Font/Color override would return to the skin values
when switching skin modes.

- Disabling Skinning of the OSD Action pop-up and setting it to transparent
didn't work properly.

- The Skip to the next file in the playlist when an unplayable file is
encountered function no longer skips to the next file if the entire
playlist is unplayable.This fix prevents the playlist from looping
in error messages forever.

- Improved Network path support for paths starting with "//".

- Cosmetic glitch fixed in the advanced playlist control (buttons could
overlap).

- Cosmetic glitch when drawing translucent scrollbar/path graphics within
the fullscreen navigation interfaces that caused the scrollbar and path
graphics to become less and less transparent over time.

- More cases of unsupported hardware color control are now detected by the
color control navigational interface.

- Disabling the "'Del' key moves media files to the recycle bin (with
confirmation)" settingwould erroneously disable the erase function from
working in the media library and file browsing navigation interfaces.

- Trying to play Audio-CDs through the file browsing navigation interface
would not play the file.

- EVR with Smart Play disabled should now work on Windows XP (with .NET v3
or newer installed).

- Various "Invalid Floating Pointer operation" EVR errors have been fixed.

- Opening the skin selection dialog with a navigation interface visible
would not show the correct tint values (it showed the skin's tint
values rather than the navigation tint values).

- When the player was set to "Stay On Top", some options dialog sub-menus
would appear beneath the options dialog, making them inaccessible.

- When the player window would lose focus, the control bar
stopped auto-hiding.

- The internal image decoder can now load images from network paths.


January 27th, 2008:

Announcing Zoom Player v6.00 release candidate 1
Version 6 is nearing completion and includes many new features, enhancements and bug fixes.

Change log from v6.00 beta 2:

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* Full EVR (Enhanced Video Renderer) support.
Please note that due to a Microsoft issue/bug, you must use
YUY2 as the colorspace, otherwise color control features
will not function.

* New "Configure Subtitle Filter" button (Adv. Options / Playback /
Video & Subtitles) allowing you to configure the Subtitle filter
more easily.

* Added support for the ".CBR" and ".CBZ" comic book formats to the
archive extraction tool.

* New "fnPosToClipboard" function (Alt+Ctrl+"C") allowing you to copy
the current playing position to the windows clipboard (which can then
be pasted in another program).

* New "exSkinTint" extended function allowing you to set the skin's RGB
tinting value.

Example:
zplayer.exe /exfunc:exskintint,$7F3000

* New "/Color" command line parameter allowing you to set the skin's RGB
tintint value

Example:
zplayer.exe /color:$7F3000

* New "/nCols", "/nRows", "/Col" and "/Row" command line parameters
allowing you to divide the active monitor into columns and rows which can
be used to position the player window.The "/nRows" defines the number
of rows, "/nCols" defines the number of columns, "/Col" defines the
active column (starting with column "0") and "/Row" defines the active
row (starting with row "0").

Example:
zplayer.exe /ncols:3 /nrows:3 /col:1 /row:1

* New "/StartPath" command line parameter allowing you to set the initial
path for the file-open dialog and the file browsing navigation interface.

* The File Navigation interface now shows the drive sizes and free space.

* New "1130" CommAPI command that retrieves the currently playing frame rate
per second (FPS).This is the same value seen on the information dialog
("I" keyboard macro).

* New "1140" CommAPI command that retrieves that estimated frame rate per
second (FPS).This value is not 100% accurate as some formats do not
have a fixed frame rate or simply do not report a frame rate.In cases
where the real FPS is unattainable, an estimated FPS value is returned.

* New "1811" CommAPI command allowing you to retrieve the number of items
in the current playlist.This message is also shown when the playlist
item count is modified.

+ The options dialog tree view is now vista skinned.

+ uTorrent passwords are no longer plain-view.If you've used this feature,
you need to re-enter your password.

+ The "1600,1601 and 1703" Audio Track CommAPI commands are now accessible
for media files (no longer limited to DVDs).

+ The "1700,1701,1703 and 1704" Subtitle CommAPI commands are now accessible
for media files (no longer limited to DVDs).

+ The Alt+"S" keyboard macro that shows the subtitle filter configuration
dialog can now be used without any media playing.

+ If no navigation interfaces are enabled through the options dialog,
the main navigation interface will no longer be accessible.

- The installer now copies files over between standard and legacy
installations (previously the files were only copied between legacy
and standard installations). This could cause cases where the
registration key not found.

- Exporting Girder commands while using a local configuration file would
not use the correct window name, preventing the exported girder file
from working.

- The "/F:[x]" and "/Z:[x]" parameters did not go Fullscreen on the right
monitor if Zoom Player was in window mode.

- Fixed a buffer overlow issue thanks to Luigi Auriemma.

- Fixed a number is not integer error with the uTorrent file tracker.

- The Zoom Player install center would not allow you to configure
filters if Zoom Player was installed in a unicode directly.

- Loading ".WPL" playlist containing network addresses should now
look for the files over the network rather than in a local path.

- The basic options dialog tree list wouldn't translate properly.

- The fusion skin now has a black video area (previous video area
was dark gray, which didn't confirm to video display standards).


January 9th, 2008:
Announcing Zoom Player v5.02 final
This version fixes a bug that caused Zoom Player v5.01 to think it was corrupted.


Announcing Zoom Player v5.01 final
This release patches a recently discovered vulnerability (not found in the wild).


6.0 Beta 2, Changes from v5.50 beta 1:

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* Since a lot of people don't appreciate the changes microsoft made to Windows Vista with its UAC limitations, the Zoom Player installer now lets you choose between two modes:
Standard install where dynamic files are saved in the AppData directory and static files are saved in the selected directory. This is required when running Windows Vista with UAC enabled or running Windows XP with a limited user account.
Legacy mode where all the files are saved in the selected directory. This is easier to backup, but wont work properly when running Vista with UAC enabled or Windows XP on a limited user account. With Legacy mode selected, the file extension association functionality is restored to Windows XP levels (UAC under Windows Vista limits some file extension association functions such as changing file icons).

* Zoom Player now warns you when it detects you are running in legacy mode under restricted file access (UAC in Vista or a limited user account under XP/Vista).

* New F8/F9 skin modes (equivalent to the Onyx Lite skin).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) allowing you to automatically hide Closed Captions when playing media files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to set the "On Play Complete" event (which triggers when a playlist has finished playing) to "Randomize & Replay", which gives you another random play method.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback) allowing you to limit remembering the last media position to media files longer than a specified amount of minutes.This is useful when you don't want the last media position remembered when playing short media files.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio & Subtitles) allowing you play media files with the subtitles not showing by default.

* New "Guard Dog" feature (Adv. Options / System). When enabled, the Guard Dog periodically tests that the Zoom Player process is responding.If the process stops responding for a specified number of seconds, the Guard Dog will close the player and start a new instance using a specified command line parameter list.

* The Media Library, File Browser and Playlist fullscreen navigation interfaces now offer a "Quick Search" option allowing you to more easily browse through large listings. The Quick Search option is accessible by navigating to the right and selecting the "Quick Search" entry.

* The Media Library and File Browser navigation functions have been restructured so that the sorting function is now part of a sub-menu.

* "Select All" and "Clear Selection" functions have been added to the Media Library and File Browser navigation interfaces as a sub-menu under the "Select" function.

* The Playlist navigation interface has been restructured so that the sorting method is now a sub-menu with more sorting options available (by Size, Directory, Date and Randomly).

* Pressing right on the Playlist history navigation interface now brings you to the top of the list (the most recently played item).

* New "exRandomPlay" function, allowing you to discretely set the Random Play setting to on/off (compared to the fnRandomPlay function which toggle between on/off).

* New "/Config" command line parameter.Using this parameter, you can specify which local (non-registry) configuration file Zoom Player should use. This parameter is very useful when running multiple instances of Zoom Player, each with a different configuration. If the specified configuration file doesn't exist, Zoom Player will create one (using the default configuration).
Usage: zplayer.exe "/config:z:path to config filefilename.local"
Note that the "" characters are required as this command line parameter contains spaces.

* New "/Func" command line parameter.This parameter allows you to instruct Zoom Player to execute functions directly from the command line.
This parameter can also be used while Zoom Player is running, enabling simple command-line based automation.
Example for always starting with the Main Navigator open: zplayer.exe /Func:fnMainNav
For a full function list, see the Function List: http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/zpfunctions.shtml

* New "/ExFunc" command line parameter.This parameter allows you to instruct Zoom Player to execute extended functions directly from the command line.
This parameter can also be used while Zoom Player is running, enabling simple command-line based automation.
Example for always starting with the Playlist Editor open: zplayer.exe /ExFunc:exInterface,2
For a full function list, read the Skinning Tutorial: http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/highlights/zpfunctions.shtml

* New "/MultInst" command line parameter.Using this parameter instructs Zoom Player to start another instance of the player even if Zoom Player's multiple-instances setting is set to disabled.

* All screen saver settings have been moved to: Advanced Options / System / Screen Saver

* The internal screen saver has been enhanced to support image slideshows instead of the plasma background.

* You can now specify if the text information and animated streamers are displayed by the internal screen saver.

* You can now specify a network address for the uTorrent fullscreen navigation file tracker.

* Added support for the Microsoft DVD decoders (part of Windows Vista).

* Added support for the "ffds" XVID sub-type created by the ffdshow encoder.

* New "default" button next to the Archive Playback configuration dialog (Adv. Options / System & Files / Paths, Folders and Files).

* The DVD AutoGraph script format now supports a parameter that connects the Video Decoder's Subpicture pin to the Video Renderer directly (to support DXVA with subtitles).

+ The Color Control and Equalizer navigation interfaces have been redesigned to take less screen space.

+ When setting the navigation interface's line count, the Equalizer and Color Control interfaces ignore a value of "-2" as they are only 3 lines to begin with.

+ The archive configuration now allows you to specify dynamic system paths.For example:"%programfiles%7-Zip7z.exe" x "%n" "-o%p" Instead of :"C:Program Files7-Zip7z.exe" x "%n" "-o%p" The default values have been updated and you can use the new default button to set them.

+ The ".iso" and ".img" extensions have been moved from the executable extension list into the archive extension list.With the latest version of 7-Zip (www.7-zip.org) installed, you can now extract and play CD/DVD images directly from within Zoom Player.Make sure to press the default buttons (Adv. Options / System / File Extensions).

+ The Main Navigation interface should appear much quicker now, especially when accessed while a video is playing.

+ The "/X", "/Y", "/W" and "/H" command line parameters now function even if Zoom Player is already running, allowing you to re-position & size the main user interface window from the command line (previously, these parameters only worked when initially running Zoom Player).

+ The Media Library and File Browser navigation functions have been re-ordered for increased usability.

+ The File Association options dialog has been restructured for additional clarity.

+ You can now specify a +6,+8 or +10 values for the navigation interface line count.

- A bug in the archive extracting code could cause extracted archive to extract in the wrong directory under some conditions.

- When random play was enabled and only one file was playing, the "On Play Complete" event was called if the same file was opened twice.

- When extracting and playing the content of an archive file, the first file in the archive would be loaded twice in succession.

- Setting a custom aspect ratio with a "0" value could cause Zoom Player to crash with an invalid division by zero error.

- A sorting glitch was fixed in the file browser and media library navigation interfaces where the "Go to previous directory" option appeared at the bottom of the file list instead of at the top.

- When using the internal image decoder, Zoom Player can now detect badly named image files (such as PNG files with JPG extension). Supported mislabeled image formats include: BMP, JPG, PNG.

- Some MJPEG files may not have been detected properly by Smart Play.

- Fix for the Zoom Player Install Center where it wouldn't recognize certain updates as up to date if they were installed to a unicode file path.

- The Zoom Player registration key is now searched for in both the Zoom Player directory and in the application data directory.

- Pressing "Del" to erase the currently playing file with other entries selected in the playlist would not remove the erased file from the playlist.

- ID3/TAG display of unicode file name would show "???" if the audio file had no ID3 data.

- ID3/TAG display of unicode file name would show "???" if the audio file ID3 data containing unicode text and the Windows country code was non-english.

- ID3/TAG display wouldn't always update when loading certain audio file formats.

- When trying to select a DVD auto-execute software (Adv. Options / Playback / DVD / DVD Tools), typing in the "New" field would not enable the "Apply" button.

- Ejecting a drive while listening to streaming media could cause playback to stop.

- Using the "," character as part of a chapter name would truncate the chapter name.

- When specifying a transparent color for the Timeline, loading a different skin that didn't contain timeline transparency would not clear the transparent regions properly.

- Fixed a bug where applying a custom File Extension Association icon would not always work properly.

- Failing to load a media file with a background image enabled could cause the background image to display in an incorrect aspect ratio.

- The TV Pattern mode would incorrectly draw a red vertical line at some resolutions.

- The background image and circle pattern would not respect the source relative stretch feature when it was set to a specific monitor (the stretch value was applied to all monitors).

- Cosmetic fix for the navigation scrollbar widget being slightly inaccurate position wise.

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Zoom_Player_WMV_Professional_Beta/978385825/4


WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 5.5 Beta 1:

* Zoom Player can now communicate with uTorrent's Web UI interface in order to display download progress within the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces. This feature is accessible under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker". Press the "?" button on this page for additional information.

* Zoom Player can now keep track with eMule's temporary files directory in order to display download progress within the Media Library and File Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces. This feature is accessible under "Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation / File Tracker". Press the "?" button on this page for additional information.

* New "Download Manager" navigation interface (Ctrl+"J"), allowing you to get an overview of your currently downloading files (compatible with eMule and uTorrent).

* The Scene Cut editor has been simplified and enhanced. The Scene cut editor no longer requires you to click on the save button, saving is done automatically now. A new edit button allows you to edit entries without having to remove an old entry first. Lastly, the scene cut interface layout has been updated to make it simpler to use.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Video / Aspect Ratio) instructing Zoom Player "Derived" Aspect Ratio mode to Automatically Adjust (fix) the Aspect Ratio for badly encoded content. This would convert 4:3 content encoded as 720x480 to display as 720x540, 720x576 to 768x576, 352x240 to 352x264, 352x288 to 384x288, etc... Badly encoded 16:9 content is also adjusted in a similar fashion. This setting also fixes small aspect ratio inaccuracies caused by a requirement made by video encoders for the video pixel width or height to be dividable by 16 (or 8 or 4).

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to skip the "Library Filter Mode" page. With this setting enabled, navigating left on the media library category list will go straight to the Main navigation menu.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) allowing you to disable the delete key from erasing the currently playing file.

* New Setting (Adv. Options / System / Paths) allowing you to select the Frame Capture (screenshot) format. BMP, PNG and JPEG are supported.

* The Zoom Player function selection dialog is now split into three categories: Content, Interface and Control. The function list is also sorted, making functions easier to find.

* New "IconScale" parmeter for the "ListData" navigation skin-script command, allowing you to set the size of list line icons relative to the size of the line height.

* New "ProgressColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation Skin-script command, allowing you to select which color will be used when displaying download progress within the Media Library, File Browsing and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation skin-script command, allowing you to select which color will be used for the path text within the Media Library, File Browsing and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathOutline" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will be used for the path text within the Media Library, File Browsing and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathExtraColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will be used for the extra path text within the Media Library, File Browsing and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "PathExtraOutline" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will be used for the path extra text within the Media Library, File Browsing and Download Manager fullscreen navigation interfaces.

* New "ConfirmColor" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation skin-script command, allowing you to select which color will be used for the confirmation fullscreen navigation interface.

* New "ConfirmOutline" parameter for the "ColorData" navigation skin-script command, allowing you to select which outline color will be used for the confirmation fullscreen navigation interface.

* New Vista specific feature allowing you to make the entire Zoom Player window semi-transparent. This also requires that you use a video renderer that would work (Haali's/VMR9/EVR) and that VISTA Aero is enabled. To use: Alt+Ctrl+F4 = Fully visible window / Alt+Ctrl+F5 = 80% visiblity / Alt+Ctrl+F6 = 60% visiblity / Alt+Ctrl+F7 = 40% visiblity. You can also specify exact transparency values using the new "exTransWin" extended function.

* New "exTransWin" extended function, allowing you to specify a transparency value (1-255) for the Zoom Player window. This function requires Windows VISTA with Aero enabled.

* The default Audio mode skin now has a wider volume bar and includes a new button that opens the statio manager.

* The Control Bar and OSD Pop-ups are now accessible even when the player window is set to "Stay on Top".

* Pressing stop twice was set to resume playback from the position prior to the stop function being called. This wasn't too clear so now a "Resume" OSD message pops up.

* Newly supported file extensions: M4B, HDMOV.

* The Navigation interfaces should work slightly faster, especially in situations where more complex navigation skins are used (skins with large transparency effects).

* The skin selection interface behavior has been changed slightly. In order to apply a custom tint, you must now click the Apply Tint button.

* The skin selection interface is now sorted alphabetically.

* The Frame Capture Alt+"F" (screenshot) function should now work in all video renderers except Overlay Mixer, VMR9 Renderless (VMR9 Windowed and Windowles should work) and EVR.

* Function descriptions have changed to make them easier to Read, Understand and Search.

* The Girder Exported commands are now sorted and split into categories, making it easier to program remote devices and home automation systems.

* Mouse left click while holding the Alt key now zooms in 10% instead of 50% (which wasn't as useful).

* Ctrl+"C" now enables/disables closed captioning when used by media files (it was previously limited to DVDs).

* With some file formats, the playlist would not update the total playlist duration properly.

* Enabling the "Show Time Seek Position Over Timeline" feature would cause the Zoom Player window to become the top-most window if the mouse cursor hovered over the timeline.

* Trying to open the Options dialog with the main window set to "Stay on Top" and Zoom Player set to only show an icon on the tray area would cause the options dialog to appear behind the main window.

* Monitor Powerdown will no longer be disabled when playing in windowed mode (Powerdown will only be disabled when fullscreen).

* Detaching the control bar would not snap its position to the previously saved detached position under some conditions.

* Trying to play streaming content while in DVD Mode would not switch to media mode automatically and then fail to play.

* The Context Navigator did not use the scripting parameters assigned to it correctly.

* The Contact Sheet creation form didn't allow you to select the contact sheet color values.

* Some navigation interface titles could not be translated into other languages.

* The "exSetMode" function would not switch modes properly under some conditions.

* Switching between Media/DVD/Audio mode could result in an Audio mode skin loaded in DVD mode.

* The "Scrollbar Highlight" color for forced Playlist colors was not being saved properly.

* If the internal screen saver got activated with the open file dialog already open, it could cause Zoom Player to become non-responsive.


--- What's new in v5.00:

New :

* The default skin has been replaced with a new cleaner, clearer and more versatile skin.

* All navigation interfaces have been rewritten from scratch. Navigtion is now much simpler, only using 5 directional controls (UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, SELECT/ENTER).
All interfaces are inter-connected through the "MAIN" navigation interface and are much more easy to control using a mouse or touch-screen.
Furthermore, navigational interfaces are now scriptable using a simple text-based scripting language, allowing you to easily reposition the layout and introduce alternative graphical elements.
Clicking the right and left most pixels in any of the navigation interfaces is equivalent to clicking RIGHT/LEFT on the arrows.The mouse wheel can be used for UP/DOWN and Double Clicking is the same as SELECT/ENTER.
Multiple navigation styles are now available for download.

* Smart Play (previously Customized Media Mode) has been vastly simplified.In the simple mode, only the available profiles and the currently used filters are visible.If the currently used filter matches a profile (which it most always will), the profile will be highlighted.
Smart Play is now available in all version of Zoom Player to a lesser degree.

* The Advanced Options dialog has been rewritten from scratch. The new dialog layout is much more logical and should help make Zoom Player's powerful features much more easy to access.

* A new install center application is now available, allowing for easy updates and filter configuration without the need to manually install each component.

* The Keyboard Editor will now let you create Global HotKeys. These are functions assigned to keys that are active even if Zoom Player itself is not the active application. Global HotKeys also have (on a per-key basis) the option to bring Zoom Player to the front.

* The Auto-Get Duration for media files has been rewritten to get the duration in the background (working only on unused CPU cycles), allowing you to load massive play lists without having to wait.
Getting durations for media files also supports more formats and is now enabled by default.

* You can now drop Subtitle files on the main user interface in order to display the subtitle track with the currently playing media file. Requires DirectVobSub installed and Smart Play enabled.

* New Equalizer Navigator (Shift+"Q"), allowing you to access Equalizer settings through the navigation system.

* New Play History Navigator (Shift+"H"), allowing you to return to previously played files (if they still exist).

* New "ZPS" Skin Installation System.Simply opening any "ZPS" file (file with a .zps extension) will run Zoom Player and prompt you to install the skin.

* New Navigation Skin selection option within the Skin Selection interface ("N").

* New Contact Sheet creation dialog (Alt+Shift+"C").Using this new interface, you can easily create contact sheet for the currently playing media file (doesn't work with DVDs). You must also set the video renderer to VMR9 Windowless.

* New Functions allowing you to play the Next and Previous files in the same directory as the currently playing file with a matching file extension.These functions are now assigned to the "PgUp" and "PgDn" navigational keys when navigator interfaces are not visible.
For example, when viewing "MyImage.jpg" in a directory that looks like this:
MyImage.jpg MyImage.avi MyImage2.jpg
Pressing "PgDn" will show "MyImage2.jpg", skipping "MyImage.avi" These functions enhance Zoom Player's capability as an image viewer.

* New Functions (Accessible on the Play List's right-click context menu) allowing you to move selected items to the top/bottom of the play list.

* New Function (Alt+"E") that enables you to Open/Close the last visible navigator.This last visible setting is saved between sessions, thus allowing you continuous navigation through multiple sessions.

* New Function (Shift+"L") allowing you to show/hide the all Control Bar buttons (without the need to select/remove which buttons are visible). This function has also replaced the Hide/Show All Control Bar buttons on the Control Bar Context-Menu.You will now be presented with a "Hide All Button" toggle (with a checkbox indicating ON/OFF state).

* New Function (Shift+"J") that reloads the currently playing media file.

* New Function "fnDeleteCurrent", Assigned by default to the Delete key (when the navigational interfaces are not in use), allowing you to erase the currently playing file (with confirmation).

* New Function (Shift+"Esc") allowing you to close all navigational interfaces.If no navigators are visible, this function does nothing.

* New Functions allowing you to go to the Next/Previous DVD Title. This requires that the DVD is authored to accept this functionality (some DVDs are authored to prohibit certain types of access). The macro keys are Alt+Shift+"]" for Next DVD Title and Alt+Shift+"[" for Previous DVD Title.

* New Extended Function (exZoomTo).This function can be set to Zoom the video area to a specific Zoom percentage (for example, Zoom to 125%). You can access this function using the keyboard editor.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface) allowing you to have Zoom Player switch to fullscreen/zoom modes when starting to play new content.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / OSD), allowing you to force all OSD Displays (Navigators, OSD Actions, Control Bar, etc...) to display relative to a specific position on screen (while in fullscreen) or locked to fullscreen on the active monitor. When enabled, it allows you to Zoom/Move the video without it having an effect on the positioning of the On Screen Display elements.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / OSD / Fullscreen Navigation), allowing you to choose if you want to sort directories first (list the directories before listing any of the files) in the File and Media Library navigators.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / OSD / Fullscreen Navigation), allowing you to choose if you want to include sub-directories when playing all files in a directory.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Playback), which by default tells Zoom Player to play the next file in the play list when the current file ends, but when disabled, Zoom Player will pause at the end of each file (useful for presentations).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Video / Aspect Ratio) allowing you specify which monitor you want Source Relative Stretch (Pixel Aspect Ratio) to apply to.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / System) allowing you to blank
(black-out) all secondary monitors (any monitor not currently playing video).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / System) allowing you to enable the Internal Screen Saver for Audio-Only files (so that the Internal Screen Saver would kick-in even if the file is playing).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Playback / Windows Media) allowing you to use the "WMAPro over S/PDIF" DMO filter to output Windows Media Audio through the S/PDIF port.This setting requires that you use an external Receiver with Windows Media Audio capabilities.

* New Setting (Skin Selector / Save Position).When enabled, each skin's position (window position and size) will be remembered on an individual basis.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / Control Bar / Display), allowing you to position the control bar at the Top, Center or Bottom of the video area.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation) allowing you to choose which navigation interfaces are to be listed on the Main Navigator.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation), allowing you to enable a Safe Mode where potentially unsafe navigation functionality (cut/copy/paste/erase files) is hidden from the function list.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigation), allowing you show hidden files (default off).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Tags) allowing you to choose Auto-Hide the background folder image along with the tags.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / Control Bar) allowing you to show the Control Bar when the mouse cursor is at the top of the screen.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Control Bar) allowing the Control Bar to hide automatically if the mouse cursor is moved a certain distance away from the control bar (50 pixels).

* The mouse left click (DVD/Media), double click and middle click can now be assigned custom functions.

* New Mouse Left-Click setting to only move the user interface window (without the ability to move the video while in fullscreen).

* Support for DCoder's DC-DVB filter (a filter capable of using Zoom Player to view Digital-TV with TimeShifting) has been improved with new Teletext funtionality (number 0-9 to enter page numbers and Ctrl+"B" to switch Teletext on/off). Download the filter at "www.dsp-worx.de".

* The Chapter Editor and GoTo dialog have been merged into a single interface.The new interface is easier to use and more powerful.

* The Chapter Editor now allows you to input a time to seek to using an HH:MM:SS.ms structure.The input is pretty flexible, allowing variants such as H:M:S, M:S, S.ms, etc...

* Pressing Ctrl+"V" in the Chapter Editor pastes the clipboard value into the "H:M:S.ms" Time field.

* New Setting on the Chapter Editor allowing you to keep the dialog open even after seeking to a new position. (Useful for FanSub Editors)

* The current time in MS is now visible on the Chapter Editor.

* The Navigation Keyboard Macros (Up/Down/Left/Right/Select) can now have a custom function assigned to them when a navigator is not in use.

* New "Remove Non-Exisiting Entries" button on the Play History interface, allowing you to remove old entries where the file no longer exists on the system.

* New "On Play Complete" value of "Open Media Library".

* New "/MEDIACAT:category name" command line parameter allowing you to open the media library navigator within the category selection screen when Zoom Player starts.Using "/MEDIACAT" alone will open the category list in the previously saved position, while specifying a category name would highlight a specific category, for example "/MEDIACAT:Music" would highlight the Music category.

* Automatic support for Audio file folder image support by base name. For example, if you have "song.mp3" and "song.jpg" in the same directory, "song.jpg" will automatically load as a folder image.

* New "FolderImage" Skin-Script function allowing you to draw the folder image anywhere within the main user interface.

* The "VolumeExData", "BalanceExData" and "RateExData" Skin-Script functions can now use a Target parameter allowing you to place a Volume, Balance and Rate Control interfaces on the Play List Editor, Equalizer and Control Bar.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the main user interface window is maximized.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the skin selector interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the station manager interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the color control navigator is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the equalizer interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if any navigation interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the media library editor interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the chapter editor/GoTo interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the play list editor interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the play list editor interface is maximized.

* New Skin Script Commands allowing you to have Transparent elements within the timeline (both on the control bar and on the main user interface).

* New Skin Script CreateExButton "ActiveHint" value, allowing you to change the button's hint value depending on the button active state.

* New Skin Script CreateExButton "ActiveHoverX" and "ActiveHoverY" values, allowing you to set a button image when the button is both active and the mouse is hovering over it.

* Entering a negative FunctionParam value on any of the group skin script functions ensures that the skin's window size remains unchanged (use with care).

* New Skin Script "SearchFG" play list parameter, allowing you to set the font color for the search box.

* New Skin Script command "CBarFontMargin" allowing you to specify side margins within the Control Bar timeline in which the font shouldn't be drawn.

* New Skin Script command "TLineFontMargin" allowing you to specify side margins within the main GUI timeline in which the font shouldn't be drawn.

* SHOUTcasted audio information (Title, Author, URL, Copyright, Description) can now be accessed by the following Skin-Script tags: , , , , .

* New "" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the current Audio Volume level percentage (0-100).

* New "" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the currently playing file's index number.

* New "" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the current video zooming used in the window interface (affected by the Alt-"1..5" keys and the new "exZoomTo" function).

* New "cBarTLMinWidth" Skin-Script constant allowing you to specify the minimum width of the Control Bar's TimeLine (default 64 pixels).

* The Skin Selection dialog now has an "Uninstall" button.

* New "RN" tag for the Zoom Player Play List file format (".zpl") instructing Zoom Player to randomize the play list once loaded.

* New Communication API Messages "2610, 2611, 2620, 2621, 2630, 2631, 2640, 2641" allowing you to query the current video display area located within fullscreen mode and to set a new location/size.

* New Communication API Messages "2700, 2701" allowing you to get and set the current Play Rate (Media Mode Fast Play/Slow Motion and DVD Mode Fast Forward/Slow Motion/Rewind rates).

* New Communication API Message "5130" allowing you to execute navigational control functions.

* New Communication API Message "2710" allowing you to query the Random Play state (it is also sent when the user changes the Random Play state).

* New Communication API Message "1450" allowing you to request the Unique DVD Identifier information.

* New DVD "Additional Filter", the "Trombettworks Channel Downmixer", http://www.trombettworks.com/directshow.php

* The Nero DVD Navigator is now a DVD Navigator option.

* New support for ".FLV" (Flash Video) files (used on YouTube and several other locations).You need a recent version of ffdshow (with the FLV1 codec support enabled) and the Gabest FLV Splitter to get the files to play.

* New Smart Play support for WMV:AP (Windows Media Video:Advanced Profile).You also need updated Windows Media decoders to play this new format (the decoders come with WMP 11 and possibly in a decoder pack from Microsoft).

* New Smart Play profiles for several uncommon AVI/MOV codecs.

* New Smart Play profiles for WavPack Audio.

* New 256x256 Windows VISTA icon.



Changes :

+ The WMV DRM license acquisition code has been improved and you should no longer be required to use Windows Media Player to acquire licenses.

+ Zoom Player's image-scaling code has improved.This means a very nice speedup when drawing scaled image elements (navigators, background/folder images, etc...) and a slight improvement in image quality. (Licensed from Avery Lee's VirtualDub)

+ The Media Library Path Editor ("Shift+"M") interface has been restructured, making it clearer and easier to use.

+ The Skin Selection ("N") interface has been restructured, making it clearer and easier to use.

+ The Station Editor ("X") interface has been restructured, making it clearer and easier to use.

+ When running a new version for the first time, you will now be prompted only for important missing decoders.The full list can still be found in the options dialog.

+ The missing decoders list in the Advanced Options dialog has been split into a list of Important decoders and All decoders in order to emphasize that not all decoders listed are required for general day to day media playback.The Simple Options dialog will only show the Important decoders.

+ The Media Library navigator interface should work faster on networked drives and use less drive access.

+ The Media Library navigator will now only highlight the currently playing file once instead of constantly trying to highlight it.

+ The Media Library navigator now remembers the last path location for each category.

+ The erase navigator confirmation dialog now returns to the navigator it was called from.

+ The navigation interfaces can now work without any graphics (without the "NavData" directory).Won't look very good though.

+ Using the Next/Previous Track function with only one file in the play list will play the Next/Previous media file in the same directory (useful for picture browsing).

+ The Auto Show control bar when the cursor is at the screen's bottom now also Auto Shows the control bar when the cursor is at the screen's top.

+ The control bar no longer closes when opening a navigation interface while the control bar is detached.

+ When stay on top is enabled, the control bar remains accessible if it is detached from the user interface.

+ "Advanced Options / Interface / Control Bar / Buttons" no longer lists inaccessible functions.

+ The Information Dialog ("I" with a media file playing) now shows format information for the playing file (requires Smart Play enabled).

+ Integration into Windows Vista file association interface. Zoom Player should now appear as a supported program for all association extensions supported by Zoom Player.

+ A new value has been added to the "Select" (Enter key) allowing it to open the previously open navigator.

+ Switching display resolution while in fullscreen should now react better with the main window covering the full display in the new resolution.And if the display area covered the entire monitor, the display area is now modified to cover the new resolution.

+ Pressing Stop while already stopped (in media mode) will now return the playback position to its previous position.

+ The Default Play List skin has been tweaked a bit for usability and clarity.

+ The File and Media Library Navigators will now dynamically update their content when a removable media is inserted/removed.

+ When opening the File Navigator and the previous saved directory position no longer exists, the file navigator will go up through the directory path until a valid directory does exist or the root path for the drive is reached (previously, it would go straight to the root path).

+ The Blanking Navigator will now allow you to Enable/Disable Blanking.

+ The Control Bar will now have a minimum width of 64 pixels for the timeline and whatever space the active Control Bar buttons take.

+ The Mouse Cursor over the Volume, Rate Control, Balance and Equalizer bars will now use the "Hand Point" mouse cursor.

+ The Fast Play/Slow Motion rates have changes slightly.

+ Showing the Control Bar now hides the navigator interfaces.

+ Better streaming support.

+ Customized Media Playback has been renamed to "Smart Play".

+ Updated Smart Play profiles to account for Elecard v4's change of filter identifications.

+ The "Mouse Wheel" section of the Options Dialog has been renamed to "Mouse" and the "Mouse Toggles" section has moved under it.

+ The Skinning Constants "", "" and "" in DVD Mode will now display the DVD Title instead of the file name (which when playing DVDs always points to "VIDEO_TS.IFO".This is simply more informative.

+ Pressing Enter in the Chapter Editor without any fields filled will now seek to the current position (useful for Subbing).

+ The Information Dialog (Press "I") now shows an approximate bitrate as calculated using size of the file being played when DirectShow doesn't return a valid bitrate.

+ Playing external audio tracks should now maintain proper synchronization when seeking.Playing external tracks will also create improved graphs.

+ The Sort by Date feature now sorts new files first.

+ "Play List Editor display moves to follow currently playing track" setting now centers the currently playing track within the list (instead of having it appear at the top of the list).

+ The White Wash pattern (Shift+"P") now ignores aspect ratio and moves the bar somewhat faster (previously it was too slow).

+ The Smart Play Source Filter selection now allows you to add DMO filters as post processors.

+ Improved shortcut support.When loading shortcuts, instead of loading the shortcut into the play list, the entry is replaced by the file the shortcut is pointing to.
Furthermore, you can now use shortcut files in the file and media library navigators.

+ The TAG-Display background color now uses the user-specified Fullscreen Background color instead of Black.

+ The Browse for Folder dialog is now resizable.

+ The Sub-Type list on the Audio/Video Smart Play configuration dialog will now display the FourCC code for each Sub-Type.

+ The Girder Command export function now exports Zoom Player's functions in a more orderly list grouping function types into Girder categories.

+ The Key Edit dialog is now a bit more friendly.

+ The Blanking Navigator key has been changed from "K" to Shift+"K" in order to prevent accidental activation.

+ The File Navigator key has been changed from "E" to Shift"F" in order to prevent accidental activation.

+ The Scene-Cut and Chapter Editor interfaces now require the use of Zoom Player Professional.



Fixes :

- Executing external applications on Windows 95/98 could cause a crash.

- Audio Renderers containing "00" in their device name (such as the "SB Audigy 2 ZS Audio [A400]") could have disabled audio under some conditions.
- Under certain conditions (such as logging a user out while Zoom Player is still running), Zoom Player would have crashed with an "Unhandled OS Exception" error.

- Trying to run multiple instances all using the same TCP/IP port will no longer crash with a bind error.

- Opening non-standard URLs (tivo:// for example) should now work from command line.

- The Hide TaskBar setting could cause issues in VMR9 Renderless Exclusive mode.

- Flash files should now play in the proper aspect ratio on display devices that do not use square pixels.

- OSD Messages wider than the monitor will now be cut to fit the monitor.

- Possible fix for VMR9 Renderless Exclusive fullscreen mode where tray icons may have flashed.

- Shortcuts with targets using unicode paths are now supported.

- Auto-Get duration would not work under certain conditions.

- Under certain cases, loading play list files with relative paths would not always find the files.

- Parameters in shortcut files are no longer ignored.

- Zoom Player can now use/display BMP files created with Photoshop. (Recent versions of PhotoShop create improperly formatted BMP files).

- Zoom Player user interface elements will now snap to the Visible Work Area (Task Bar rather than the Monitor border).

- The mouse cursor would not hide properly when using the internal image decoder or the Flash/HTML/QuickTime ActiveX controls.

- When Zoom Player was set to save its configuration file locally, or when using an alternative window name, Zoom Player would not load files from external programs if it was already open.

- Auto-Disable DVD Subtitles and Preferred DVD Subtitles are now mutually exclusive (with warning message).

- Opening a new file with the mouse cursor hidden and the control bar visible would hide the mouse cursor to the point it wouldn't show again.

- When Detached, The Control Bar can now be resized from the right as well as the left sides of the interface.

- Better handling of filters that change the duration of the currently playing media in real-time (such as TSFileSource).

- The navigation interfaces would not display properly on a secondary monitor under certain conditions.

- You should now be able to erase the currently playing file from within the Media Library Navigator.

- Mid-Stream aspect ratio changes should now work better (was not working well when switching DVB TV-Channels).

- Switching to Audio Mode from DVD Mode and then back to DVD Mode would load the Media Mode skin instead of the DVD Mode skin.

- A few stability tweaks to the skin parsing engine (better handling of badly written skin-script).

- The setting to prevent Zoom Player from using Smart Play by the extension of the file being played was not working properly.

- Fixed a possible stability issue with Smart Play and problematic filters.

- A System-Sound would play when trying to exit Zoom Player using the TCP Interface.

- The Hand Icon used over the Volume/Balance/Play Rate controls was not the windows hand icon, this is now fixed.

- The Definition File "SetAudioSync" setting wasn't being applied when playing DVDs.

- Using the "/F" or "/Z" parameters while Zoom Player is already fullscreen on a secondary monitor could cause the display to move to the primary monitor.

- The Change Resolution on Fullscreen feature may not have properly covered the video area.

- The Search area background color on the Play List Editor was not being set properly for the default skin.

- External Control Bar buttons (not part of the control bar button list) would not show under certain conditions.

- Having blanking enabled should no longer obscure the navigation interfaces.

- Audio TAGs (ID3) would not position properly in some cases.

- Opening directories would not always sort them properly.

- When ejecting DVDs as they are playing, Zoom Player may have tried to automatically replay them causing a DVD Not Found error to pop.

- Setting the mouse left click to move the video area would not work in fullscreen mode.

- The Navigator Background skin code definition would only accept the image if it existed in the root skin directory.

- The Navigator Background skin code definition was ignored if no icon file was set.

- Automatic Save/Restore of the last position for ".dvr-ms" and ".ts" files was not working correctly.

- Scene-Cut would malfunction under certain conditions (especially when trying to use it in combination with ".dvr-ms" files).

- The Play List Editor Window sizes would glitch if closing Zoom Player while the Play List Editor was maximized.

- When Zoom Player was set to disable the Windows Screen Saver in fullscreen mode, it could under some conditions cause hardware powerdown not to activate after Zoom Player was closed.

- Having a Volume/Balance/Play Rate bar on either the Control Bar, Equalizer or Play List interfaces would disappear when going fullscreen.

- When scrolling on the Play History or the Key Editor, the screen will now update while scrolling.

- Audio files will now be listed in the Play History even if the setting not to remember the last position for audio files is enabled.

- Removing the currently playing file from the play list would not clear the file name from the Task Bar or Tray Icon.

- Adding Chapters/Bookmarks would not automatically make the new Chapters/Bookmarks accessible in certain cases.

- The "" Skin Script value wasn't being cleared when a file was closed.

- Sorting the play list could lead to the currently playing item highlight on the play list editor to show the wrong file.

- Moving items in the Play List up/down could fail on unicode files.

- The Bookmark/Chapter Navigator would not support unicode chapter descriptions.

- The Gradient skin commands were not being effected by the skin tint.

- Several Option dialog tabs may have not translated properly when a unicode translation was used.

- Using a forced duration value in a Zoom Player Play List file would carry over the duration to the next file in the play list if it did not have a forced duration.

- The Pop-Up OSD Action message would not show Unicode characters properly under some conditions.

- Pressing Enter in the Station Navigator when the navigator contained no entries would have caused a crash.

- Switching from DVD Mode to Audio Mode and trying to select a different skin, would set the skin to the DVD Mode and not the Audio Mode.

- Closing the Player when the screen saver is active on a secondary monitor caused Zoom Player to crash and not close properly.

- Opening a URL from the command line would have caused it to open using uppercase, which some servers would not accept as a correct location for the item.

- Communication API Message 2500 would only transmit if a specific play on insert setting was enabled.It will now always transmit if a new disc/drive was inserted.

- Communication API Message 1850 did not properly support UTF8 file names.

- Enabling the TCP/IP interface using an Extended Function did not properly enable the interface.

- Holding Alt+Enter (fullscreen) for a several seconds straight could cause a crash.

- Some cosmetic glitches when using XP Themes.

- Grid Interfaces (Play History, Key Editor etc...) now respect the windows color scheme.


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* The default skin has been replaced with a new cleaner, clearer and more versatile skin.

* The mouse left click (DVD/Media), double click and middle click can now be assigned custom functions.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / OSD / Fullscreen Navigation), allowing you to enable a Safe Mode where potentially unsafe navigation functionality (cut/copy/paste/erase files) is hidden from the function list.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface) allowing you to have Zoom Player switch to fullscreen/zoom modes when starting to play new content.

* New Function (Shift+"J") that reloads the currently playing media file.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the main user interface window is maximized.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the skin selector interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the station manager interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the color control navigator is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the equalizer interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if any navigation interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the media library editor interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the chapter editor/GoTo interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the play list editor interface is active.

* New Skin Script Active tag for determining if the play list editor interface is maximized.

* New Skin Script Commands allowing you to have Transparent elements within the timeline (both on the control bar and on the main user interface).

* New Skin Script CreateExButton "ActiveHint" value, allowing you to change the button's hint value depending on the button active state.

* New Skin Script CreateExButton "ActiveHoverX" and "ActiveHoverY" values, allowing you to set a button image when the button is both active and the mouse is hovering over it.

+ Entering a negative FunctionParam value on any of the group skin script functions ensures that the skin's window size remains unchanged (use with care).

+ The Play List, Media Library and File Browser navigation interfaces only check for the existance of an external subtitle file once (instead of checking each time the interface is opened).

- Opening the Options dialog on a Monitor/TV with a resolution lower than 800x600 will show scroll bars allowing the dialog to remain accessible.

- External Control Bar buttons (not part of the control bar button list) would not show under certain conditions.

- Having blanking enabled should no longer obscure the navigation interfaces.

- You couldn't disable Smart Play in Zoom Player Standard.

- Increase/Decrease Play Rate functions would not display the exact play rate on the pop-up OSD.

- Audio TAGs (ID3) would not position properly in some cases.

- Navigation interfaces should no longer show hidden files.

- Getting media duration would not work under certain conditions.

- The context navigator colors were not correct if it was the first open navigator.

- Opening directories would not always sort them properly.

- Opening the media library in a filter mode containing no categories would cause an error dialog to appear.

- Setting the mouse left click to move the video area would not work in fullscreen mode.

- Move to Bottom/Top functions on the Play List navigator would not always work properly.

- You could add the "Previous Directory" to the play list in the File / Media Library navigation interfaces.


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* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / Control Bar / Display), allowing you to position the control bar at the Top, Center or Bottom of the video area.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigator) allowing you to choose which navigation interfaces are to be listed on the Main Navigator.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Fullscreen Navigator) allowing you to choose If the Navigate-Left key goes up a directory until reaching the root directory or goes to the Drive/Category list directly (File and Media Library Navigators).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Audio Tags) allowing you to choose Auto-Hide the background folder image along with the tags.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Interface / Control Bar) allowing you to show the Control Bar when the mouse cursor is at the top of the screen.

* Clicking the right and left most pixels in any of the navigation interfaces is now equivalent to clicking right/left on the arrows.

* New 2710 CommAPI message allowing you to query the Random Play state (it is also sent when the user changes the Random Play state).

* Pressing Enter on the File Navigator drive list will now open the drive at the root directory.Pressing Right on the drive list opens the last directory browsed on the selected drive.

* Pressing Enter on the Media Library Navigator category list will now open the category at the root directory. Pressing Right on the category list opens the last directory browsed on the selected category.

* New "On Play Complete" value of "Open Media Library".

* New 256x256 Windows VISTA icon.

* New Skin Script "SearchFG" play list parameter, allowing you to set the font color for the search box.

* New Skin Script command "CBarFontMargin" allowing you to specify side margins within the Control Bar timeline in which the font shouldn't be drawn.

* New Skin Script command "TLineFontMargin" allowing you to specify side margins within the main GUI timeline in which the font shouldn't be drawn.

+ The media library navigator now remembers the last path location for each category.

+ The control bar no longer closes when opening a navigation interface while the control bar is detached.

+ When stay on top is enabled, the control bar remains accessible if it is detached from the user interface.

+ "Advanced Options / Interface / Control Bar / Buttons" no longer lists inaccessible functions.

+ The Information Dialog ("I" with a media file playing) now shows format information for the playing file (requires Smart Play enabled).

+ The internal screen saver now runs at idle priority (doesn't take any CPU power unless the CPU isn't doing anything else). This also fixes the problem where using a remote control to turn off the screen saver would not always react instantly.

+ The TAG-Display background color now uses the user-specified Fullscreen Background color instead of Black.

+ The Browse for Folder dialog is now resizable.

- The navigation interfaces would not display properly on a secondary monitor under certain conditions.

- Adding files to the play list from the File or Media Library Navigators could fail under certain conditions.

- Auto-Get duration would not work under certain conditions.

- The Fullscreen Navigation font wasn't being saved properly.

- Having a Volume/Balance/Play Rate bar on either the Control Bar, Equalizer or Play List interfaces would disappear when going fullscreen.

- The mouse cursor would not hide properly when using the internal image decoder or the Flash/HTML/QuickTime ActiveX controls.

- When opening the Media Library Navigator and going to the category selection screen for the first time and then back to the file listing, the file list position would reset.

- Opening non-standard URLs (tivo:// for example) should now work from command line.

- Under some circumstances, the file navigator wouldn't highlight the currently playing file properly.

- The navigation scrollbar size would not always scale properly.

- Opening a new file with the mouse cursor hidden and the control bar visible would hide the mouse cursor to the point it wouldn't show again.

- Frame advance got broken.

- Holding Alt+Enter (fullscreen) for a several seconds straight could cause a crash.


Changes from v4.51:
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* All navigation interfaces have been rewritten from scratch.
Navigtion is now much simpler, only using 5 directional
controls (UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, SELECT/ENTER).

All interfaces are inter-connected through the "MAIN"
navigation interface and are much more easy to control
using a mouse or touch-screen.

Furthermore, navigational interfaces are now scriptable
using a simple text-based scripting language, allowing you
to easily reposition the layout and introduce alternative
graphical elements.

Multiple navigation styles are now available for download.

* Smart Play (previously Customized Media Mode) has been
vastly simplified.In the simple mode, only the available
profiles and the currently used filters are visible.If the
currently used filter matches a profile (which it most always
will), the profile will be highlighted.

Smart Play is now available in all version of Zoom Player
to a lesser degree.

* The Advanced Options dialog has been rewritten from scratch.
The new dialog layout is much more logical and should help
make Zoom Player's powerful features much more easy to access.

* The Keyboard Editor will now let you create Global HotKeys.
These are functions assigned to keys that are active even if
Zoom Player itself is not the active application.
Global HotKeys also have (on a per-key basis) the option to
bring Zoom Player to the front.

* The Auto-Get Duration for media files has been rewritten to
get the duration in the background (working only on unused CPU
cycles), allowing you to load massive play lists without having
to wait.

Getting durations for media files also supports more formats
and is now enabled by default.

* You can now drop Subtitle files on the main user interface in
order to display the subtitle track with the currently playing
media file.
Requires DirectVobSub installed and Smart Play enabled.

* New Equalizer Navigator (Shift+"Q"), allowing you to access
Equalizer settings through the navigation system.

* New Play History Navigator (Shift+"H"), allowing you to return
to previously played files (if they still exist).

* New "ZPS" Skin Installation System.Simply opening any
"ZPS" file (file with a .zps extension) will run Zoom Player
and prompt you to install the skin.

* New Navigation Skin selection option within the Skin Selection
interface ("N").

* New Contact Sheet creation dialog (Alt+Shift+"C").Using this
new interface, you can easily create contact sheet for the
currently playing media file (doesn't work with DVDs).
You must also set the video renderer to VMR9 Windowless.

* New Functions allowing you to play the Next and Previous files
in the same directory as the currently playing file with a
matching file extension.These functions are now assigned to the
"PgUp" and "PgDn" navigational keys when navigator interfaces
are not visible.

For example, when viewing "MyImage.jpg" in a directory that looks
like this:

MyImage.jpg
MyImage.avi
MyImage2.jpg

Pressing "PgDn" will show "MyImage2.jpg", skipping "MyImage.avi"
These functions enhance Zoom Player's capability as an image viewer.

* New Functions (Accessible on the Play List's right-click context menu)
allowing you to move selected items to the top/bottom of the play list.

* New Function (Alt+"E") that enables you to Open/Close the last visible
navigator.This last visible setting is saved between sessions, thus
allowing you continuous navigation through multiple sessions.

* New Function (Shift+"L") allowing you to show/hide the all Control Bar
buttons (without the need to select/remove which buttons are visible).
This function has also replaced the Hide/Show All Control Bar buttons
on the Control Bar Context-Menu.You will now be presented with
a "Hide All Button" toggle (with a checkbox indicating ON/OFF state).

* New Function "fnDeleteCurrent", Assigned by default to the Delete key
(when the navigational interfaces are not in use), allowing you to
erase the currently playing file (with confirmation).

* New Function (Shift+"Esc") allowing you to close all navigational
interfaces.If no navigators are visible, this function does nothing.

* New Functions allowing you to go to the Next/Previous DVD Title.
This requires that the DVD is authored to accept this functionality
(some DVDs are authored to prohibit certain types of access).
The macro keys are Alt+Shift+"]" for Next DVD Title and Alt+Shift+"["
for Previous DVD Title.

* New Extended Function (exZoomTo).This function can be set to Zoom
the video area to a specific Zoom percentage (for example, Zoom to 125%).
You can access this function using the keyboard editor.

* New Settings (Advanced Options / Interface / OSD), allowing you
to force all OSD Displays (Navigators, OSD Actions, Control Bar,
etc...) to display relative to a specific position on screen
(while in fullscreen) or locked to fullscreen on the active monitor.
When enabled, it allows you to Zoom/Move the video without it having
an effect on the positioning of the On Screen Display elements.

* New Settings (Advanced Options / Interface / OSD / Fullscreen
Navigation), allowing you to choose if you want to sort directories
first (list the directories before listing any of the files) in the
File and Media Library navigators.

* New Settings (Advanced Options / Interface / OSD / Fullscreen
Navigation), allowing you to choose if you want to include
sub-directories when playing all files in a directory.

* New Settings (Advanced Options / Playback), which by default tells
Zoom Player to play the next file in the play list when the current
file ends, but when disabled, Zoom Player will pause at the end of
each file (useful for presentations).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Video / Aspect Ratio) allowing you
specify which monitor you want Source Relative Stretch (Pixel Aspect
Ratio) to apply to.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / System) allowing you to blank
(black-out) all secondary monitors (any monitor not currently
playing video).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / System) allowing you to enable the
Internal Screen Saver for Audio-Only files (so that the Internal
Screen Saver would kick-in even if the file is playing).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Playback / Windows Media)
allowing you to use the "WMAPro over S/PDIF" DMO filter to output
Windows Media Audio through the S/PDIF port.This setting requires
that you use an external Receiver with Windows Media Audio capabilities.

* New Setting (Skin Selector / Save Position).When enabled,
each skin's position (window position and size) will be remembered
on an individual basis.

* Support for DCoder's DC-DVB filter (a filter capable of using
Zoom Player to view Digital-TV with TimeShifting) has been
improved with new Teletext funtionality (number 0-9 to enter
page numbers and Ctrl+"B" to switch Teletext on/off).
Download the filter at "www.dsp-worx.de".

* The Chapter Editor and GoTo dialog have been merged into a single
interface.The new interface is easier to use and more powerful.

* The Chapter Editor now allows you to input a time to seek to using
an HH:MM:SS.ms structure.The input is pretty flexible, allowing
variants such as H:M:S, M:S, S.ms, etc...

* Pressing Ctrl+"V" in the Chapter Editor pastes the clipboard value
into the "H:M:S.ms" Time field.

* New Setting on the Chapter Editor allowing you to keep the dialog
open even after seeking to a new position.
(Useful for FanSub Editors)

* The current time in MS is now visible on the Chapter Editor.

* The Navigation Keyboard Macros (Up/Down/Left/Right/Select) can now
have a custom function assigned to them when a navigator is not
in use.

* New "Remove Non-Exisiting Entries" button on the Play History
interface, allowing you to remove old entries where the file no
longer exists on the system.

* Automatic support for Audio file image support by base name.
For example, if you have "song.mp3" and "song.jpg" in the same
directory, "song.jpg" will automatically load as a folder image.

* New "FolderImage" Skin-Script function allowing you to draw the
folder image anywhere within the main user interface.

* The "VolumeExData", "BalanceExData" and "RateExData" Skin-Script
functions can now use a Target parameter allowing you to place a
Volume, Balance and Rate Control interfaces on the Play List Editor,
Equalizer and Control Bar.

* SHOUTcasted audio information (Title, Author, URL, Copyright,
Description) can now be accessed by the following Skin-Script tags:
<trackname>, <artistname>, <urllink>, <copyright>, <comment>.

* New "<Volume>" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the current
Audio Volume level percentage (0-100).

* New "<FileIndex>" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the
currently playing file's index number.

* New "<VideoZoom>" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the
current video zooming used in the window interface (affected
by the Alt-"1..5" keys and the new "exZoomTo" function).

* New "cBarTLMinWidth" Skin-Script constant allowing you to specify
the minimum width of the Control Bar's TimeLine (default 64 pixels).

* The Skin Selection dialog now has an "Uninstall" button.

* New "RN" tag for the Zoom Player Play List file format (".zpl")
instructing Zoom Player to randomize the play list once loaded.

* New Communication API Messages "2610, 2611, 2620, 2621, 2630, 2631,
2640, 2641" allowing you to query the current video display area
located within fullscreen mode and to set a new location/size.

* New Communication API Messages "2700, 2701" allowing you to get
and set the current Play Rate (Media Mode Fast Play/Slow Motion and
DVD Mode Fast Forward/Slow Motion/Rewind rates).

* New Communication API Message "5130" allowing you to execute
navigational control functions.

* New Communication API Message "1450" allowing you to request
the Unique DVD Identifier information.

* New DVD "Additional Filter", the "Trombettworks Channel Downmixer",
http://www.trombettworks.com/directshow.php

* The Nero DVD Navigator is now a DVD Navigator option.

* New support for ".FLV" (Flash Video) files (used on YouTube and
several other locations).You need a recent version of ffdshow
(with the FLV1 codec support enabled) and the Gabest FLV Splitter
to get the files to play.

* New Smart Play support for WMV:AP (Windows Media Video:Advanced
Profile).You also need updated Windows Media decoders to play
this new format (the decoders come with WMP 11 and possibly in
a decoder pack from Microsoft).

* New Smart Play profiles for several uncommon AVI/MOV codecs.

* New Smart Play profiles for WavPack Audio.

+ The WMV DRM license acquisition code has been improved and you
should no longer be required to use Windows Media Player to
acquire licenses.

+ Zoom Player's image-scaling code has improved.This means a
very nice speedup when drawing scaled image elements
(navigators, background/folder images, etc...) and a slight
improvement in image quality.
(Licensed from Avery Lee's VirtualDub)

+ The Media Library Path Editor ("Shift+"M") interface has been
restructured, making it clearer and easier to use.

+ The Skin Selection ("N") interface has been restructured,
making it clearer and easier to use.

+ The Station Editor ("X") interface has been restructured,
making it clearer and easier to use.

+ When running a new version for the first time, you will now be
prompted only for important missing decoders.The full list
can still be found in the options dialog.

+ The missing decoders list in the Advanced Options dialog has been
split into a list of Important decoders and All decoders in order
to emphasize that not all decoders listed are required for
general day to day media playback.The Simple Options dialog will
only show the Important decoders.

+ The Media Library navigator interface should work faster on
networked drives and use less drive access.

+ The Media Library navigator will now only highlight the currently
playing file once instead of constantly trying to highlight it.

+ The erase navigator confirmation dialog now returns to the
navigator it was called from.

+ The navigation interfaces can now work without any graphics
(without the "NavData" directory).Won't look very good though.

+ Using the Next/Previous Track function with only one file
in the play list will play the Next/Previous media file in
the same directory (useful for picture browsing).

+ The Auto Show control bar when the cursor is at the screen's
bottom now also Auto Shows the control bar when the cursor is
at the screen's top.

+ Integration into Windows Vista file association interface.
Zoom Player should now appear as a supported program for all
association extensions supported by Zoom Player.

+ A new value has been added to the "Select" (Enter key) allowing
it to open the previously open navigator.

+ Switching display resolution while in fullscreen should now react
better with the main window covering the full display in the new
resolution.And if the display area covered the entire monitor,
the display area is now modified to cover the new resolution.

+ Pressing Stop while already stopped (in media mode) will now return
the playback position to its previous position.

+ The Default Play List skin has been tweaked a bit for usability
and clarity.

+ The File and Media Library Navigators will now dynamically update
their content when a removable media is inserted/removed.

+ When opening the File Navigator and the previous saved directory
position no longer exists, the file navigator will go up through
the directory path until a valid directory does exist or the root
path for the drive is reached (previously, it would go straight
to the root path).

+ The Blanking Navigator will now allow you to Enable/Disable Blanking.

+ The Control Bar will now have a minimum width of 64 pixels for the
timeline and whatever space the active Control Bar buttons take.

+ The Mouse Cursor over the Volume, Rate Control, Balance and
Equalizer bars will now use the "Hand Point" mouse cursor.

+ The Fast Play/Slow Motion rates have changes slightly.

+ Showing the Control Bar now hides the navigator interfaces.

+ Better streaming support.

+ Customized Media Playback has been renamed to "Smart Play".

+ Updated Smart Play profiles to account for Elecard v4's change
of filter identifications.

+ The "Mouse Wheel" section of the Options Dialog has been renamed
to "Mouse" and the "Mouse Toggles" section has moved under it.

+ The Skinning Constants "<filename>", "<filetitle>" and "<filebase>"
in DVD Mode will now display the DVD Title instead of the file name
(which when playing DVDs always points to "VIDEO_TS.IFO".This is
simply more informative.

+ Pressing Enter in the Chapter Editor without any fields filled will
now seek to the current position (useful for Subbing).

+ The Information Dialog (Press "I") now shows an approximate bitrate
as calculated using size of the file being played when DirectShow
doesn't return a valid bitrate.

+ Playing external audio tracks should now maintain proper
synchronization when seeking.Playing external tracks will
also create improved graphs.

+ The Sort by Date feature now sorts new files first.

+ "Play List Editor display moves to follow currently playing track"
setting now centers the currently playing track within the list
(instead of having it appear at the top of the list).

+ The White Wash pattern (Shift+"P") now ignores aspect ratio and
moves the bar somewhat faster (previously it was too slow).

+ The Smart Play Source Filter selection now allows you to add
DMO filters as post processors.

+ Improved shortcut support.When loading shortcuts, instead of loading
the shortcut into the play list, the entry is replaced by the file
the shortcut is pointing to.

Furthermore, you can now use shortcut files in the file and media
library navigators.

+ The Sub-Type list on the Audio/Video Smart Play configuration
dialog will now display the FourCC code for each Sub-Type.

+ The Girder Command export function now exports Zoom Player's
functions in a more orderly list grouping function types into
Girder categories.

+ The Key Edit dialog is now a bit more friendly.

+ The Blanking Navigator key has been changed from "K" to Shift+"K" in
order to prevent accidental activation.

+ The File Navigator key has been changed from "E" to Shift"F" in
order to prevent accidental activation.

+ The Scene-Cut and Chapter Editor interfaces now require the use of
Zoom Player Professional.

- Audio Renderers containing "00" in their device name (such as the
"SB Audigy 2 ZS Audio [A400]") could have disabled audio under some
conditions.

- Under certain conditions (such as logging a user out while
Zoom Player is still running), Zoom Player would have crashed
with an "Unhandled OS Exception" error.

- Trying to run multiple instances all using the same TCP/IP port
will no longer crash with a bind error.

- The Hide TaskBar setting could cause issues in VMR9 Renderless
Exclusive mode.

- Flash files should now play in the proper aspect ratio on display
devices that do not use square pixels.

- OSD Messages wider than the monitor will now be cut to fit the monitor.

- Possible fix for VMR9 Renderless Exclusive fullscreen mode where
tray icons may have flashed.

- Shortcuts with targets using unicode paths are now supported.

- Under certain cases, loading play list files with relative paths
would not always find the files.

- Parameters in shortcut files are no longer ignored.

- Zoom Player can now use/display BMP files created with Photoshop.
(Recent versions of PhotoShop create improperly formatted BMP files).

- Zoom Player user interface elements will now snap to the Visible
Work Area (Task Bar rather than the Monitor border).

- When Zoom Player was set to save its configuration file
locally, or when using an alternative window name,
Zoom Player would not load files from external programs if
it was already open.

- Auto-Disable DVD Subtitles and Preferred DVD Subtitles are now
mutually exclusive (with warning message).

- When Detached, The Control Bar can now be resized from the right
as well as the left sides of the interface.

- Better handling of filters that change the duration of the
currently playing media in real-time (such as TSFileSource).

- You should now be able to erase the currently playing file from
within the Media Library Navigator.

- Mid-Stream aspect ratio changes should now work better (was not
working well when switching DVB TV-Channels).

- Switching to Audio Mode from DVD Mode and then back to DVD Mode
would load the Media Mode skin instead of the DVD Mode skin.

- A few stability tweaks to the skin parsing engine (better handling
of badly written skin-script).

- The setting to prevent Zoom Player from using Smart Play by the



extension of the file being played was not working properly.

- Fixed a possible stability issue with Smart Play and problematic
filters.

- A System-Sound would play when trying to exit Zoom Player using
the TCP Interface.

- The Hand Icon used over the Volume/Balance/Play Rate controls
was not the windows hand icon, this is now fixed.

- The Definition File "SetAudioSync" setting wasn't being applied
when playing DVDs.

- Using the "/F" or "/Z" parameters while Zoom Player is already
fullscreen on a secondary monitor could cause the display to move
to the primary monitor.

- The Change Resolution on Fullscreen feature may not have properly
covered the video area.

- The Search area background color on the Play List Editor was not
being set properly for the default skin.

- When ejecting DVDs as they are playing, Zoom Player may have tried
to automatically replay them causing a DVD Not Found error to pop.

- The Navigator Background skin code definition would only accept
the image if it existed in the root skin directory.

- The Navigator Background skin code definition was ignored if no
icon file was set.

- Automatic Save/Restore of the last position for ".dvr-ms" and ".ts"
files was not working correctly.

- Scene-Cut would malfunction under certain conditions (especially
when trying to use it in combination with ".dvr-ms" files).

- The Play List Editor Window sizes would glitch if closing
Zoom Player while the Play List Editor was maximized.

- When Zoom Player was set to disable the Windows Screen Saver
in fullscreen mode, it could under some conditions cause
hardware powerdown not to activate after Zoom Player was closed.

- When scrolling on the Play History or the Key Editor, the
screen will now update while scrolling.

- Audio files will now be listed in the Play History even if the
setting not to remember the last position for audio files is enabled.

- Removing the currently playing file from the play list would not
clear the file name from the Task Bar or Tray Icon.

- Adding Chapters/Bookmarks would not automatically make the new
Chapters/Bookmarks accessible in certain cases.

- The "<track>" Skin Script value wasn't being cleared when a file
was closed.

- Sorting the play list could lead to the currently playing item
highlight on the play list editor to show the wrong file.

- Moving items in the Play List up/down could fail on unicode files.

- The Bookmark/Chapter Navigator would not support unicode
chapter descriptions.

- The Gradient skin commands were not being effected by the skin tint.

- Several Option dialog tabs may have not translated properly when
a unicode translation was used.

- Using a forced duration value in a Zoom Player Play List file would
carry over the duration to the next file in the play list if it
did not have a forced duration.

- The Pop-Up OSD Action message would not show Unicode characters
properly under some conditions.

- Pressing Enter in the Station Navigator when the navigator contained
no entries would have caused a crash.

- Switching from DVD Mode to Audio Mode and trying to select a
different skin, would set the skin to the DVD Mode and not
the Audio Mode.

- Closing the Player when the screen saver is active on a secondary
monitor caused Zoom Player to crash and not close properly.

- Opening a URL from the command line would have caused it to open
using uppercase, which some servers would not accept as a correct
location for the item.

- Communication API Message 2500 would only transmit if a specific
play on insert setting was enabled.It will now always transmit
if a new disc/drive was inserted.

- Communication API Message 1850 did not properly support
UTF8 file names.

- Enabling the TCP/IP interface using an Extended Function did not
properly enable the interface.

- Some cosmetic glitches when using XP Themes.

- Grid Interfaces (Play History, Key Editor etc...) now respect
the windows color scheme.



What's new in v4.00:

New :

* Zoom Player Professional has been split into a third version. "Zoom Player WMV Professional" is a seperate version of Zoom Player which is capable of playing DRM encoded Windows Media files.
Due to the licensing fees involved in playing DRM content files, Zoom Player WMV Professional requires a purchase upgrade from any previous version of Zoom Player.
In order to play DRM files you must first obtain the DRM license by using Windows Media Player 9 to obtain the license, or with certain WM-DVD discs, just by inserting the disc in the drive for the first time (note that license can expire after several sessions).
You must also download this patch from microsoft which fixes important issues with Windows Media DRM playback: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;823738

* Zoom Player now has an Audio-Bar mode. Playing files in the Audio-Bar mode will disable any video output and certain features that relate to video output and navigation. There is also a new Audio-Bar default skin element with 3 visual configuration (F4/F5/F6). You can switch to Audio-Bar mode by pressing F2, or using the new skin button.

* Double clicking on the file name area will now switch between Audio mode and DVD Mode.

* The Navigator Interfaces have been rewritten from scratch. Most of the functionality has remained the same, but the graphical elements have a clearer look and are now skinnable.
Here are the usability changes:
- The File Navigator 1. Switching between the file and drive listing is now done using the left/right (directions switched). 2. The right direction in the file navigator will go up a directory where possible. 3. The current path is now always visible.
- The Play List Navigator: 1. The design has changed entirely, the display is now split into three regions, the main play list, the current directory for the highlighted file and a mini file browser. 2. When the Play List items are active, pressing the Left button will remove the currently highlighted item from the list. 3. When using the Up/Down buttons within the Play List items, the file browser will automatically switch the current location of the highlighted file. 4. The Right button switches between the Play List items and the File Browser. 5. Pressing Enter in the file browser will add a highlighted file or enter a directory. 6. Pressing the Left button in the file browser will add an entire directory or all the files in the directory if a file is highlighted
- The Media Library Navigator: 1. Similar to the File Navigator design, the media categories are now visible on the left pane at all times. 2. The Right/Left buttons always switch between categories and the active category is highlighted on the left pane.

* The Professional version of Zoom Player can now automatically extract and play any Archive Format (default presets for 7Z,ARJ,BZ2,CAB,RAR and ZIP using the freely available 7-Zip extraction suite). You can configure your own extractors under "Options / Values / Other", but I recommend grabbing 7-Zip at www.7-zip.org as it's free and fast. This new feature can also be used to extract AlbumWrap MP3 files using the freeware "mp3splt.exe" tool from "http://mp3splt.sf.net".

* New Stream Selection Interface (Only for the Professional version) allowing you to automatically select Audio and Subtitle streams according to Language Codes, Stream Name text matching and specific stream numbers.

* Zoom Player can now filter out filters that can cause playback instability in standard playback mode through a Filter Black List.
By default I have included the following filters that are known trouble-makers: BiCubic Resizer DivX Antifreeze DeDynamic Audio Filter Morgan Stream Switcher Subtitle Mixer Subtitle Parser TFM Audio Filter
You can easily add/remove filters to the black list through the options dialog (Filter Control / Standard Media Playback). This should make Zoom Player a lot more stable on systems where a lot of 3rd party software have been installed.

* On a fresh install, Zoom Player will look for missing components required to play popular file formats. If no components are detected for a specific file format, you will be prompted to go to the media setup guide. This check is only done once when installing a new version.

* Zoom Player will now try to load JPEG image files outside of DirectShow. It seems that DirectShow is very resolution-limited and even the best display hardware doesn't support a video-surface with the resolution captured by recent Digital Cameras.
The new JPEG Module uses a software bilinear scaler to resize the images, so quality should be better than standard image viewers, although a bit slower.
You can disable the JPEG Module and let DirectShow try to load these images under "Advanced Options / Filter Control / Settings".

* Customized Media Playback Splitter, Audio and Video profiles can now blacklist themselves according to the file extension being played (previously you could only whitelist extensions).

* New Entry (Advanced Options / Values / Other) allowing you to Auto-Get the duration of Media Files according to file extensions. The default is not to Auto-Get as this slows down loading of play lists, however an entry of "AVI;MP3;MPA;OGG" won't slow it too much.

* New Setting (Options / DVD Setup) allowing you to hide the Audio/Video decoder profiles that are not currently registered on your computer.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Mouse Wheel) allowing you to reverse the direction of the mouse wheel with regards to the functions it calls.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Settings / Playback), allowing the Media Definition File (a file containing information on the file being played such as color values, volume, balance, etc...) to be saved automatically (default:off).

* New Setting (Advanced Options / OSD / Navigators) allowing you to have the Play List Navigator opened if the Chapter Navigator is opened and doesn't contain any chapters.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / OSD / Navigators) allowing you to select whether the Left Pane on the File and Media Library navigators is visible. When the Pane is invisible, the top-directory box will show additional details about the media category and drives.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Control Bar / Settings) allowing you to limit the control bar so that it only shows up on mouse movement when in fullscreen mode.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Control Bar / Settings) allowing you to have the Control Bar always visible when playing an Audio file in fullscreen.

* New Button (Advanced Options / Filter Control / Management / Registered Filter Manager) on the Registered Filter Manager allowing you to Re-Register the DirectShow filters that come as default with windows. This should help in such cases where a 3rd party program can destabilize the default system or in case you want to unregister all filter and restore your system to a default state.

* New Color Selection (Advanced Options / OSD / Navigators) for Navigators Internal, External and Select Framing Colors.

* You will now be prompted to install DirectVobSub if it's not installed on your system (only one time when a new version is installed).

* New "/SPEAKER:[value]" command line parameter allowing you to set the Windows Speaker setting. Zoom Player will restore the default speaker value when exiting. Possible values are: /SPEAKER:0 - Direct Out /SPEAKER:1 - Headphone /SPEAKER:2 - Mono /SPEAKER:3 - Quad /SPEAKER:4 - Stereo /SPEAKER:5 - Surround /SPEAKER:6 - 5.1 /SPEAKER:7 - 7.1

* New "/AUDBAR" command line parameter starting Zoom Player in Audio-Bar mode.

* New "/LOCKFS" command line parameter which locks Zoom Player in fullscreen mode (useful for Kiosk-Type operation).

* New "/VOL" command line parameter allowing you to set the Zoom Player volume level on start-up. Value can be 0-100. Example: "x:pathtozoom playerzplayer.exe" /vol:75

* New "/MEDIANAV:[CATEGORY]" parameter allowing you to start Zoom Player opened in the Media Library Navigator at a specific category. Example: "x:pathtozoom playerzplayer.exe" "/MEDIANAV:TV Shows"

* New "/EJECT:[n]" command line parameter allowing you to eject a CD/DVD drive from the command line. Example: "x:pathtozplayer.exe" /EJECT:F

* Zoom Player can now associate and play CellPhone 3GPP (.3GP) s263 video files (Must have QuickTime installed for it to play).

* You can now associate the OptimFROG (.OFR) extension and play OptimFROG files once you the decoder installed. OptimFROG is yet another lossless audio compression format (in the nature of APE and FLAC). You can get the OptimFROG decoder here: http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/formats/optimfrog.shtml

* You can now associate the ".FLAC" extension. FLAC is an Open-Source lossless Audio Format. You still need a decoder for it to play. For more information see: http://www.inmatrix.com/articles/mediasetup.shtml

* You can now associate the ".MPC" extension. MPC is a lossy audio format similar to MP3 and Vorbis.

* Two new sections have been added to the Menu file. These new sections allow you to define the menu used for the Context Menu Navigator in DVD and Media modes. I have included useful default entries for these.

* Zoom Player should now support WMV PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio). You must set the Aspect Ratio mode to Derived for PAR to kick in (you should always set the Aspect Ratio to Derived unless you have other special requirements).

* The LCD interface has been extended and can now be used to call Zoom Player standard and extended functions.

* New Toggle (Advanced Options / Settings / Toggles) allowing you to choose how text is truncated to fit the desired space. This effect a lot of text elements within Zoom Player such as the Navigator display and ID3 display. The default setting is to "Vowel Decimation" which tries to remove vowels so that more text remains readable. The alternative is to cut the end of the text.

* Two new ID3 display tags "" returning the length of the currently playing file and "" returning the total duration for the entire play list.

* The DVD AutoAR feature can now execute an external program when a DVD Aspect Ratio mode changes.

* Zoom Player can now display APE Tags from MPC/MP3/APE/FLAC files.

* Zoom Player can now display WMF Tags from WMA files.

* Zoom Player can now play UTF8 encoded M3U play lists.

* Zoom Player now has 4 default skin visual configuration modes, one with only the volume control (Press "F4"), the same layout with the Balance and Play Rate controls (Press "F5") or the minimalistic layout (Press "F6") or the Video Only Layout (Press "F7").

* New Profiles for Nero Digital filters. These filters seem to be capable of decoding MPEG1 audio (including MP3), MPEG1 Video, XVID and DIVX. Playback is not perfect, I noticed big issues with DIVX playback. These filters are also supposed to decode MPEG2 video and possibly even DVD, but I was unable to get them to work.

* New Profile for the Elecard Video Decoder as a DVD Video Decoder. It may only work for unencrypted DVDs.

* New "Select All" button on the Association Page.

* The ScanCode button (Options / Keys) now shows you when a multi-media key is pressed so you can now identify such keys and add support for them in the keyboard file using the "mcAddKey" function.

* Two new skin variables "cBarNoText" and "tLineNoText" allowing you to disable text display on the timeline and control bar timeline.

* Two new skin variables "tLineFontHeight" and "cBarFontHeight" which are superseding "tLineFontSize" and "cBarFontSize" which were ill suited for Large Fonts. Support for the older variable remains to keep compatibility with old fonts.

* New skin variable "AudioSkin" implying that the specified skin doesn't contain any video area.

* New skin constant "", showing the user selectable entry that usually shows within the timeline (useful to use if you want to disable the text on the timeline itself and show it elsewhere).

* New Keyboard Macro (Shift+"V") to enable/disable the Internal Screen Saver. This macro uses the new "fnSSaverToggle" function.




Changes :

+ Zoom Player now supports VMR7 Windowed playback in all play modes. If you previously used a customized video renderer, make sure to update your settings.

+ Audio DSP should take less CPU power, especially under SSE/SSE2 capable processors.

+ The External Audio Track support has been greatly expanded. You can now specify an alternative search path for External Audio Tracks (Advanced Options / Values / Other), audio track naming is now more flexible, for example: MyVideo.avi MyVideo.english.mp3 MyVideo.spanish.wav MyVideo.japanese.mpc
All are valid names now. You can use any file format specified as an audio extension under "Advanced Options / Values / Extensions".

+ The Customized Media Playback configuration dialogs should now be a little easier to understand.

+ The Segment Matching Code has been enhanced to support "*" masking. This new method only works when used at the end of the mask. For example, a mask of "x??.*" would match the following: Andromeda.4x01.answers_given_to_questions_never_asked.avi Andromeda.4x02.pieces_of_eight.mpg Andromeda.4x03.waking_the_tyrants_device.avi And so forth ...

+ SHOUTcast Playback should now be more reliable, Zoom Player will now try the alternate servers if one fails to connect.

+ The "System" Options dialog entry has been replaced with a "Formats" entry. The content of the previous "System" dialog has been moved to the "System Overview" tab within the new "Formats" section. Another tab on the formats section now contains a list of detected missing playback components with links to where you can download and get more information about each component/format.

+ If Windows Animation is enabled (in windows), Zoom Player will no longer animate the window when going fullscreen or when minimizing as it's not very elegant.

+ The "zplayer.regpath" file now allows you to specify a second line with the new Zoom Player Window Name so that you can run multiple instances of Zoom Player and control each remotely as a unique entity. For example, the content of the "zplayer.regpath" file would look like this:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareVirtuaMediaZoomPlayer2 Zoom Two

+ The "System" Options dialog section now displays the merit of each listed filter and also lists known "bad filter" offenders (filters can cause cause audio-loss, flipped video image and so forth).

+ The Flash (SWF files) background color is now set to the fullscreen background color (Advanced Options / Values / Interface), default to black.

+ The Flash and QuickTime playback experience should be better now. The Right-Click context menu should now work perfectly and the keyboard/mouse should be a bit more responsive.

+ DVD "VIDEO_TS.IFO" files are now ALWAYS listed on the File and Media Library navigators.

+ OGM Audio Selection should now work even if the OGG Splitter is not set to Output all Streams.

+ Zoom Player will now check your DirectX version when you try to select the VMR9 as the Video Renderer and inform you if you don't have DirectX v9 installed.

+ The external Minimalistic and Ultra Minimalistic skins have been removed as their functionality is more than covered by the new skin layouts within the default skin.

+ Zoom Player now checks the DirectVobSub path list when looking for subtitle files instead of only looking in the same directory as the media file.

+ The Customized Media Playback Audio/Video Decoder configuration dialog now fits 800x600 resolution in advanced mode.

+ The /F:[n] and /Z:[n] will now allow you to force Zoom Player to fullscreen/zoom mode on a selected monitor even if Zoom Player is already running.

+ DVD Auto-AR values are now applied only once each time the Aspect Ratio mode changes instead of every chapter.

+ The screenshot function will now save the screenshot to the "My Documents" folder if no alternative folder is specified.

+ New "function" parameter on the "DrawExText" skinning function allowing you to specify a double-click function for text labels.

+ Vowel decimation is now used to ensure ID3 display fits within the display area.

+ The Resize Navigator now displays the current Video Aspect Ratio.

+ Adding a chapter from the chapter editor dialog will now enter the specified text as the chapter name if such a text was given.

+ You can now select the Custom Mouse Wheel function from a list instead of manually typing it in.

+ Going fullscreen now moves the Zoom Player window to the front.

+ The System Overview now lists the filter version numbers when the filter files contain them.

+ The Alt+"A" macro will now also open the AC3Filter property dialog.

+ The F1 keyboard macro now opens the key-help dialog with the focus on the search field.



Fixes :

- Zoom Player could stop responding when trying to load a new media file while the first media file was still being loaded.

- Wrong date encoding error could pop when opening files with no creation dates (could happen with some VCD/SVCD images).

- Playing multiple VIDEO_TS.IFO file through a play list should now work again (as long as the IFO files are not looped in a DVD Menu).

- Going to fullscreen on a second monitor using the setting on "Options / Values / Interface" would set the fullscreen size according to the resolution of the monitor the user interface currently resides on instead of the real monitor resolution.

- Using Zoom Player to execute external files could cause certain Zoom Player features to stop responding.

- Opening a DVD while another DVD is already playing would not save the last position properly for the original DVD.

- Remembering the last position on media files would ignore the number of days to save this data and would in fact save it forever. Furthermore, several entries were kept for each file played. It is recommended that you erase the old "zplayer.playcache" file as old entries may stick forever.

- The Increase/Decrease Play Rate wasn't working in the correct order when increase after decreasing or the other way around.

- Dragging the Zoom Player window across monitors or changing resolution should no longer disable the VMR9 scaling fix.

- Dragging the Zoom Player window across monitors or changing resolution should no longer reset the VMR9 color control values.

- Dragging the Zoom Player window across monitors or changing resolution should no longer reset the Overlay color control values.

- The /Q parameter now works when used in combination with the scene-cut end playback event.

- Flash end-of-file should now be detected better.

- Flash clipping should now be OK when setting to the Source or Derived AR modes.

- The Setting to have ZP not clear the play list when opening files externally, wasn't really working (play list was getting cleared anyhow).

- Enter will now open the selected navigator in DVD Mode as long as there is no DVD playing.

- If customized media playback failed to renderer a graph, it was possible that a valid standard graph would get created, but the video would wrongfully appear in an external window.

- Changing the Customized Media Mode Splitter twice would throw an error about the file being in use.

- The Screen Snap Pixel value would not save properly.

- Could not save a Scene-Cut file for DVD discs if they were not previously played.

- Trying to play a truly locked media file (most applications allow you to read files even if they are using them, so not a lot of files are truly locked) could cause ZP to stop responding after an error dialog popped.

- The DrawExText "ShadeBottom" parameter was actually using the value from the "ShadeTop" parameter.

- Switching skins would not set the active skin elements correctly.

- The Control Bar and TimeLine fonts should now appear properly when Windows is set to 120dpi Large Fonts.

- Can now load UTF8 file names from WPL play list files.

- Fixed too many unicode related issues to even begin listing them here.

- "SetOPMWReversed" wasn't exported properly for translation.

- Possible "Insert Disc in Drive" dialog opening inappropriately when opening an ejected DVD drive.

- The /OpenDrive parameter would open a dialog asking you to insert a disc if a CD drive has been ejected and the drive then opened.

- Mouse wheel would not work properly when the play list editor window was visible before going to fullscreen.

- Custom Media Playback should now work with WMV file that use internal scripting code.

- With Random Play enabled, items would play that were previously removed from the play list.

- Tab switching in options dialog is now more logical.




v4.0 RC3
* VMR7 support added to Standard Media Mode and Customized DVD Mode.

* New Entry (Advanced Options / Values / Other) allowing you to Auto-Get the duration of Media Files according to file extensions. The default is not to Auto-Get as this slows down loading of play lists, however an entry of "AVI;MP3;MPA;OGG" won't slow it too much.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Control Bar / Settings) allowing you to have the Control Bar always visible when playing an Audio file in fullscreen.

+ A Zoom Player WMV Professional key will now activate WMV features on the Zoom Player Professional executable and using a Zoom Player Professional key on the Zoom Player WMV Professional executable will only enable the Zoom Player Professional feature-set.

+ Slight change to the top-buttons on the media mode skin.

+ Further expansion and stability of the TCP/SendMessage interface.

+ The Filters in use Customized Media Mode listing now shows the registration state for the selected profiles.

+ Going fullscreen now moves the Zoom Player window to the front.

- Possible fix to AC3 Filter connection issues.

- Auto Segment Loading could incorrectly match non-media files (such as subtitle files with the same base name).

- Mouse wheel would not work properly when the play list editor window was visible before going to fullscreen.

- Certain Flash files could lose audio when resizing window.

- Loop current media file feature could cause a crash when playing non-DirectShow content (HTML/QuickTime/JPEG/Etc...).

- Unicode file names will now show properly on the application task bar (when the setting is enabled under Options / Settings / Other).

- Tab switching in options dialog is now more logical.


v4.0 RC2
+ The F1 keyboard macro now opens the key-help dialog with the focus on the search field.

- DVD Video/Audio Decoder and Navigator selection would not be remembered under certain conditions.

- Using the Configure buttons on the Customized Media Playback filter listings would cause the dialogs to appear over and over again in a loop.

- The Internal JPEG Decoder would not display JPEG images when certain conditions were met.

- Loading JPEG images with a slideshow value of 0 will now stay on the same image until next track is called or another image is loaded manually.

- Values for DVD Auto-AR external program execute would not save.

- Value for External Audio Track path would not save.

- Value for Internal JPEG Image Decoder would not save.

- Could not save a Scene-Cut file for DVD discs if they were not previously played.

- Background image would not load properly under some conditions.



v4.0 RC1
* New Stream Selection Interface (Only for the Professional Version)
allowing you to automatically select Audio and Subtitle streams
according to Language Codes, Stream Name text matching and specific
stream numbers.

* Zoom Player will now try to load JPEG image files outside of
DirectShow. It seems that DirectShow is very resolution-limited
and even the best display hardware doesn't support a video-surface
with the resolution captured by recent Digital Cameras.

The new JPEG Module uses a software bilinear scaler to resize the
images, so quality should be better than standard image viewers,
although a bit slower.

You can disable the JPEG Module and let DirectShow try to load
these images under "Advanced Options / Filter Control / Settings".

* New TCP/IP external control interface. This interface is still
experimental. The interface is similar to the SendMessage code
currently in use, but allows you to send control information to
Zoom Player and can be accessed accross a network.

By default, it is set to off and can be enabled at
"Advanced Options / Values / Interface" where a connection port
can also be selected.

* Customized Media Playback Splitter, Audio and Video profiles can
now blacklist themselves according to the file extension being
played (previously you could only whitelist extensions).

* New Toggle (Advanced Options / Settings / Toggles) allowing you
to choose how text is truncated to fit the desired space. This
effect a lot of text elements within Zoom Player such as the

Navigator display and ID3 display.
The default setting is to "Vowel Decimation" which tries to remove
vowels so that more text remains readable. The alternative is
to cut the end of the text.

* The DVD AutoAR feature can now execute an external program when
a DVD Aspect Ratio mode changes.

* New "/LOCKFS" command line parameter which locks Zoom Player in
fullscreen mode (useful for Kiosk-Type operation).

* New Setting (Options / DVD Setup) allowing you to hide the
Audio/Video decoder profiles that are not currently registered
on your computer.

* New Settings (Advanced Options / Settings / Windows Media) allowing
you to use AC3 Filter as an Audio Post-Processor for Windows Media
DRM content. Make sure you have PCM input enabled in the AC3 Filter
property page, otherwise it won't work.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / OSD / Navigators) allowing you to
select whether the Left Pane on the File and Media Library navigators
is visible. When the Pane is invisible, the top-directory box
will show additional details about the media category and drives.

* New Color Selection for Navigators Internal, External and Select
Framing Colors (Advanced Options / OSD / Navigators).

* New Button (Advanced Options / Filter Control / Management /
Registered Filter Manager) on the Registered Filter Manager allowing
you to Re-Register the DirectShow filters that come as default with
windows. This should help in such cases where a 3rd party program can
destabilize the default system or in case you want to unregister all
filter and restore your system to a default state.

* The LCD interface has been extended and can now be used to call
Zoom Player standard and extended functions.

* Two new ID3 display tags "<Length>" returning the length of the
currently playing file and "<PlayListTotal>" returning the total
duration for the entire play list.

* The ScanCode button (Options / Keys) now shows you when
a multi-media key is pressed so you can now identify such
keys and add support for them in the keyboard file using
the "mcAddKey" function.

* New Keyboard Macro (Shift+"V") to enable/disable the Internal
Screen Saver. This macro uses the new "fnSSaverToggle" function.

+ Zoom Player can now acquire WMV DRM Auto-Licenses as long as WMP has
individualized the system (usually happens when originally playing
DRM content).

+ Zoom Player now supports VMR7 Windowed playback in Customized Media
mode. If you previously used a customized renderer, make sure to
update your setting.

+ You can now use VMR7 and Overlay Mixer when playing WMV DRM content.

+ Subtitles can now be viewed with WMV DRM content using DirectVobSub.

+ The External Audio Track support has been greatly expanded. You
can now specify an alternative search path for External Audio Tracks
(Advanced Options / Values / Other), audio track naming is now more
flexible, for example:
MyVideo.avi
MyVideo.english.mp3
MyVideo.spanish.wav
MyVideo.japanese.mpc

All are valid names now. You can use any file format specified
as an audio extension under "Advanced Options / Values / Extensions".

+ The Customized Media Playback configuration dialogs should now be
a little easier to understand.

+ The System Overview now lists the filter version numbers when the
filter files contain them.

+ The Alt+"A" macro will now also open the AC3Filter property dialog.

- Playing multiple VIDEO_TS.IFO file through a play list should now
work again (as long as the IFO files are not looped in a DVD Menu).

- Clicking on a missing format link on the Basic Options dialog would
throw a protection fault error.

- The /OpenDrive parameter would open a dialog asking you to insert
a disc if a CD drive has been ejected and the drive then opened.

- The "/TRAILER", "/KEY" and "/KEYDVD" command line parameters were
broken.

- The gradient skin functions were giving bad results.

- Custom Media Playback should now work with WMV file that use internal
scripting code.

- With Random Play enabled, items would play that were previously
removed from the play list.


v4.0 beta 3
* Zoom Player Professional has been split into a third version.
"Zoom Player WMV Professional" is a seperate version of Zoom
Player which is capable of playing DRM encoded Windows Media
files.

Due to the licensing fees involved in playing DRM content files,
Zoom Player WMV Professional requires a purchase upgrade from any
previous version of Zoom Player.

In order to play DRM files you must first obtain the DRM license
by using Windows Media Player 9 to obtain the license, or with
certain WM-DVD discs, just by inserting the disc in the drive
for the first time (note that license can expire after several
sessions).

You must also download this patch from microsoft which fixes
important issues with Windows Media DRM playback:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;823738

Furthermore, you must have a Display Card capable of working
in Video Mixing Renderer 9 (VMR9) mode.

* The Navigator Interfaces have been rewritten from scratch.
Most of the functionality has remained the same, but the
graphical elements have a clearer look and are now skinnable.

Here are the usability changes:

- The File Navigator
1. Switching between the file and drive listing is now done using the left/right (directions switched).
2. The right direction in the file navigator will go up a directory where possible.
3. The current path is now always visible.

- The Play List Navigator:
1. The design has changed entirely, the display is now split into three regions, the main play list, the current directory for the highlighted file and a mini file browser.
2. When the Play List items are active, pressing the Left button will remove the currently highlighted item from the list.
3. When using the Up/Down buttons within the Play List items, the file browser will automatically switch the current location of the highlighted file.
4. The Right button switches between the Play List items and the File Browser.
5. Pressing Enter in the file browser will add a highlighted file or enter a directory.
6. Pressing the Left button in the file browser will add an entire directory or all the files in the directory if a file is highlighted

- The Media Library Navigator:
1. Similar to the File Navigator design, the media categories are now visible on the left pane at all times.
2. The Right/Left buttons always switch between categories and the active category is highlighted on the left pane.

* Double clicking on the file name area will now switch between
Audio mode and DVD Mdoe.

* New Setting (Advanced Options / Control Bar / Settings) allowing
you to limit the control bar so that it only shows up on mouse
movement when in fullscreen mode.

* Two new skin variables "tLineFontHeight" and "cBarFontHeight"
which are superseding "tLineFontSize" and "cBarFontSize" which
were ill suited for Large Fonts. Support for the older variable
remains to keep compatibility with old fonts.

* Zoom Player can now associate and play CellPhone 3GPP (.3GP)
s263 video files (Must have QuickTime installed for it to play).

* You can now associate the OptimFROG (.OFR) extension and play
OptimFROG files once you the decoder installed. OptimFROG is
yet another lossless audio compression format (in the nature of
APE and FLAC). You can get the OptimFROG decoder here:
http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/formats/optimfrog.shtml

+ Audio DSP should take less CPU power, especially under SSE/SSE2
capable processors.

+ The playback from archive formats now has a checkbox which allows
you to select whether the file extension should be looked at to
determine if the file is an archive, or if the whole file name
should be evaluated (in a case where the file name might actually
contain the string, such as "my_music_albw.mp3" or "audio.zip.mp3").

+ The Segment Matching Code has been enhanced to support "*" masking.
This new method only works when used at the end of the mask. For
example, a mask of "x??.*" would match the following:
Andromeda.4x01.answers_given_to_questions_never_asked.avi
Andromeda.4x02.pieces_of_eight.mpg
Andromeda.4x03.waking_the_tyrants_device.avi
And so forth ...

+ SHOUTcast Playback should now be more reliable, Zoom Player will
now try the alternate servers if one fails to connect.

+ The "System" Options dialog entry has been replaced with a "Formats"
entry. The content of the previous "System" dialog has been moved to
the "System Overview" tab within the new "Formats" section. Another
tab on the formats section now contains a list of detected missing
playback components with links to where you can download and get
more information about each component/format.

+ Zoom Player can now detect if Flash or QuickTime is missing and
inform you on the "Missing Formats" page.

+ New "function" parameter on the "DrawExText" skinning function
allowing you to specify a double-click function for text labels.

+ If Windows Animation is enabled (in windows), Zoom Player will no
longer animate the window when going fullscreen or when minimizing
as it's not very elegant.

+ Vowel decimation is now used to ensure ID3 display fits within the
display area.

+ The Resize Navigator now displays the current Video Aspect Ratio.

+ You can now select the Custom Mouse Wheel function from a list
instead of manually typing it in.

- Extracting from archive didn't work for unicode archive names.

- Using Zoom Player to execute external files could cause
certain Zoom Player features to stop responding.

- The Control Bar and TimeLine fonts should now appear properly when
Windows is set to 120dpi Large Fonts.
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Home Theater PC made Simple
Zoom Player's fullscreen navigation interface is based on a simple 5-Key system (up/down/left/right/select). The 5-key system allows easy access and navigation to such interfaces as Media Library, File Browsing, Playlist, Color Control, Audio Equalizer, Chaptering, Play History and many more. The system's simplicity makes it ideal for users with no previous computer experience.

With Zoom Player, you can instantly Convert any PC into a Home Entertainment Center or Home Theater PC (HTPC) with no requirement for specialized hardware or operating system (Zoom Player runs on every version of Windows).

Utilizing Zoom Player's modular design and flexibility, you can easily design a safe viewing environment, limiting or extending functionality, making it ideal for both children and to the consummate professional.

Forward Thinking
Zoom Player's Install Center will scan your system for missing or outdated components and automatically present you with a list of recommended updates and patches. Using Zoom Player's Install Center technology, you can be sure your system is up to date with the most recent technological innovations without compromising security (all updates are digitally signed) while gaining access to a centralized location, removing the burden of manually searching for the latest updates yourself.

Technology meets Sophistication
Zoom Player installs easily, learning your computer's hardware and software setup. Using the innovative Smart Play technology, Zoom Player employs the ideal "play profile" for every session. This profile comprises the most suitable Audio and Video decoders matched with compatible components - a combination that guarantees a perfect viewing experience, time after time.

A tool for every need
Zoom Player addresses every aspect of DVD and Media control. Zoom Player plays media in every conceivable color composition, display type, playback speed and more. With Zoom Player you can create and manage personalized Media Libraries, virtual Chaptering and Bookmarks, cut and edit scenes with the Scene Cut Editor. Zoom Player employs customizable display characteristics and user defined presets, allows to Remote-Control all menu, navigation and playback functions via wireless (RF) or Infra-Red (IR) Remote Control units, and comes ready with a set of TCP/IP Commands to allow control of Zoom Player via the internet (or any TCP/IP based connection).

Customize, Modify, Reshape as you like
Use Zoom Player's flexible customization options to match your taste. Modify the Graphical User Interface, menus and splash screens. Change operation modes, control options, codec compatibility and many other features. Don't compromise. Make the system meet your EXACT needs.

Shape your desired viewing environment with ease using Zoom Player's modular design and flexibility. Extend or limit functionality as you wish. Personalize the interface, functions and viewing parameters to suit any type of use, any viewer - from a simple, safely monitored, children-friendly viewing tool to a sophisticated, no-limits powerhouse for professionals.

Flavors for All
Zoom Player comes in three flavors: Zoom Player Professional, Zoom Player Premium, and Zoom Player MAX Professional.




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Price is roughly usd.40 (1 year free upgrades). It seems though one still needs another player:
- DVD from external drive : doesn't work, VLC no problem
- BluRay from internal drive: error "Unable to play [00000.m2ts]" bla bla, VLC no problem
- Unable to customize interface, also here, VLC no problem
- Toolbar (Control bar), when visible, is floating. One should hit shift-spacebar to bring up the control bar.
- Things may unexpectedly not be working anymore and you need to spend time on finding find the solutions
(e.g. playing a video, click on slow motion button, nothing changes, video goes on playing at normal speed,
or suddenly there is no sound. I didn't change anything. VLC plays the video -with- sound, so one has to spent time on checking)

All kinds of little things, hence one needs another player to play the stuff Zoom Player can't.



Review by vhwul62 on Jun 27, 2019 Version: 14.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 6/10




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Review by Steve34 on Jan 18, 2019 Version: 14.4 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Can't even play mkv and any movies in my harddisk. useless!

Review by yoi on Dec 14, 2018 Version: 14.4 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10




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Review by Steve21 on Jul 11, 2018 Version: 14.2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Splash Player 2 the best player for HD video!

Review by crap on Jun 5, 2018 Version: Crapy OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10


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