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Version 13.5 enhances Zoom Player's Home Theater PC look & user experience, introduces a great new selection of internet radio stations, fixes many small bugs and provides an important work-around for a performance degradation issue introduced in the Windows 10 Creators Edition (more on this below).
* Enhanced fullscreen navigation experience
The new navigation style is cleaner and optimizes the available content area. In the next few weeks we will be releasing a special version of the new navigation style designed for use by the visually impaired or when viewing on a smaller screen.
* SHOUTcast Radio Station index
Real-time access to the SHOUTcast.com internet radio station list directly from Zoom Player, the most popular radio stations from across the globe, easily accessible and sorted by genre.
* YouTube Enhancements
With DirectShow, Zoom Player now supports playback of YouTube 1080p/1440p/4K/8K DASH streams. With the YouTube IFRAME player, you can now specify the preferred streaming quality and use an interactivity mode which enables mouse clicks to interact with YouTube's widgets and thumbnails. Non-English searches using the YouTube media library plugin now work correctly.
* User eXperience Enhancements
The media library category thumbnail text is now easier to read with better background contrast, You can now instruct Zoom Player to seek to key-frames for faster (less accurate) seeking, Hot Mouse tracking and click logic on the main fullscreen navigation interface was changed to be more consistent with other interfaces.
* Windows 10 Creators Edition
In Windows 10 Creators Edition, Microsoft changed large fonts anti-aliasing (reduces font blockiness) to the higher-quality ClearType Algorithm. As a result, drawing each line of text took 10 times longer and compounded in real life usage to x50-x100 slower screen updates.
As a work around, a new setting (Adv. Options / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization - Anti-Aliasing) has been introduced to control the anti-aliasing mode used when drawing navigation text. The new setting has the side-benefit of even faster screen updates on lower end PCs by disabling Anti-Aliasing entirely.
What more is new?
Zoom Player 13.5 includes many new enhancements and features, the full list is available here:
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Would you like to see great new features become a reality sooner rather than later? please join us by supporting Zoom Player on Patreon. As a patron you will receive early access to exclusive content, input on future development and the warm fuzzy feeling you get in your heart for helping to make Zoom Player even better.
The complete change list from version 13:
If you missed a version, check out the change list archive:
In version 13 we focused on introducing exciting new features and access to content designed to fit with your daily viewing experience.
Love YouTube? If you answered YES, you would surely love the media library's new and direct access any of your favorite YouTube channels. On top of that, Global and Country-specific YouTube Trending videos in a variety of subjects and up to date YouTube Search results on any subject are just as easily accessible.
Playing YouTube content using DirectShow in Zoom Player was possible for a while now. However, Zoom Player 13 introduces YouTube's official IFRAME web based player (optional, can be disabled in the options dialog to restore DirectShow playback with its advanced hardware decoding and post-processing capabilities).
By connecting with the very cool TheMusicDB.com, Zoom Player 13 can automatically scrape Art and Meta-Data (description, release date and more) for Albums and individual audio Tracks. Even without the use of an online database, the internal audio scraper has been enhanced to extract existing meta-data from each audio track, ensuring all available audio file information is clearly displayed.
Downloading subtitles in your preferred language(s) is now a piece of cake. By integrating with the very popular OpenSubtitles.org website, Zoom Player 13 can download the correct subtitle file for your media by matching the media file's hash (unique ID) with OpenSubtitles.org's database.
Do you like to listen to podcasts and other content distributed through RSS feeds? In version 13, you can easily integrate RSS feeds directly into the media library for easy streaming and staying up to date on all the latest in podcasting.
Streaming has been enhanced on every level with improved reliability, new fine-tuning customization features and user experience shortcuts to play streams quickly.
Many of the features discussed above are only possible due to the new plugin interfaces introduced throughout Zoom Player. This includes Media source plugins (YouTube/RSS), Subtitle download plugins ( OpenSubtitles.org ), Scraping plugins ( TheAudioDB.com / TheMovieDB.org ).
All these plugins are released as open-source https://github.com/bLightZP?tab=repositories with the code to be used as a sample for 3rd party developers looking to extend Zoom Player with new access to content.
What else has changed
A lot more has changed in version 13, there were smaller features introduced, other features were enhanced, code was optimized to make Zoom Player load and run faster and bugs were squashed. To review the full change list, click here :
There are interesting new features planned, including an enhanced JukeBox experience for music and music videos, a direct interface to SHOUTcast.com's internet radio station index, Torrent streaming and much more ...
Would you like to see these great new features become a reality sooner rather than later? please join us by supporting Zoom Player on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/zoomplayer. As a patron you will receive access to exclusive content, input on the future of development and the warm fuzzy feeling you get in your heart for helping to make Zoom Player better for everyone.
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We truly appreciate your investment in Zoom Player. With your support Zoom Player can continue growing in new and exciting ways.
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