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Client Update - Valve
A minor update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

In addition to all the features of the May 21 update, this update includes:

In-Home Streaming
  • Improved visual stuttering/out-of-order video frames on certain hardware
  • Fixed a cause of all-black video streams related to specific Wi-Fi routers
Find out more about the new In-Home Streaming feature at http://steampowered.com/streaming


General
  • Fixed some reported crashes in the Steam client
  • Improved compatibility with old CPUs that do not support SSE2 (Windows only)
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

In-Home Streaming

General
  • Fix handling of corrupt data during downloads
  • Fixed several small memory leaks in the Steam client
  • Fixed a rare crash on workshop image update inside the library details view
  • DLC can now be disabled in the DLC properties page for a game

Windows
  • Fixed a case where Steam could be seen as a voice application on startup and Windows would lower sound of other applications

Steamworks
  • Fixed some AppVerifier errors/warnings caused by Steam that could make it hard for games to use AppVerifier to verify the rest of their code

Big Picture
  • Added new profile section to the main menu replace the old community section. This brings Big Picture more up-to-date in terms of design and features with desktop/web community and adds better activity feed and profile views.
  • Default all games filter to "On Platform" rather than "All Games" if you are not on Windows.
  • Fix just scrolling by any friend in the Big Picture friends list who has chat history causing the desktop chat for the same friend to open
  • Change pending friends invitations to collapse into a single friends list entry if there are more than 5 in total
  • Fix Web/Friends footer buttons not showing in some cases where they were functional and should be shown in the footer
  • Fix a case where after accepting a friend invite on the web it’s state in Big Pictures friends list would only be partially updated and it would still indicate it was an invite
  • Improved Big Picture movie audio / video synchronization along with some general video playback improvements.
  • Improved performance in some cases with the Big Picture window out-of-focus/in-game. The biggest gain here is on Linux, but all platforms should see some benefit.
  • Fixed focus when entering the quit menu sometimes not being on the first item
  • Fixed Steamworks games that utilize the Daisy Wheel for text entry in Big Picture not showing it successfully if they were launched via a launcher or other multi-process scenario
  • Improved movie playback support and support for animated gifs
  • Adding of non-Steam games is now directly supported in Big Picture
  • Non-Steam games now show icon art when available and when no custom art has been set in Big Picture
  • Fixed a bug where screenshot/out-of-focus mode could kick in when Big Picture had focus if you transitioned into it while already running a game
  • Fixed a bug where focus may end up in an unexpected place if the button currently in focus is deleted from the UI

Mac OS X
  • When creating desktop shortcuts make the helper shell script only writable by the local user (reported by Ilja van Sprundel from IOActive)
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

This update is a small set of fixes to the client released earlier this week. It includes the following new fixes.

General
  • Fixed some large SteamWorkshop mods causing some users to run out of memory and crash on update
  • Fixed and simplified PayPal purchase path in Big Picture mode
  • Steamworks: Fixed timeouts uploading leaderboard scores for games that update scores very frequently

Windows
  • Fixed regression with AppOverlay.dll causing compatibility issues with some applications

The following changes from the prior update will also be new if you have not already updated recently.

General
  • Added support for regional EULAs
  • Improved caching of leaderboard API requests
  • Improved handling of warnings on unrecognized links in chat
  • Fixed bug causing Windows service log message "Error: Failed to poke open firewall"
  • Fixed installing games from older retail discs
  • Fix message shown when you unblock someone
  • Improved keyboard accessibility in block/unblock success dialog
  • Fixed removing empty sub folders after game updates
  • Fixed SteamGuard UI problem preventing login in rare configurations
  • Fixed launching games dialog getting stuck in "Preparing to launch..." state
  • Fixed installed apps detecting content updates
  • Fixed inability to install games or force updates outside of the auto-update time window, if specified
  • Fixed repeated attempts to apply pending updates to a game that is currently running

Windows
  • Improved Steam overlay compatibility with 64-bit games, especially under Windows 8.1
  • Fixed a hang that occurred when opening the overlay for the second time in some games

Mac OS X
  • Improved initial startup time when launching Steam
  • Fixed crash in some newer games when launched from Steam

Linux + SteamOS
  • Updated the steam-runtime for Ubuntu 14.04 compatibility
  • Fixed potential hang when using certain UI toolkits that relied on SIGCHLD
  • Fixed a game crash occurring when more than ten processes were attached to the Steam overlay, fixing "CID The Dummy" on Linux
  • Added support for setting voice input device in Big Picture

Big Picture
  • Load correct localized eula if the language changes in the Choose Language panel
  • Fix progress % displayed for items that are queued for download
  • Fixed a bug in Web browser where big pages would be erroneously clamped
  • Fixed UI for pre-loading games
  • Added login help support for forgotten password and account name

Virtual Reality Mode
  • Added “Virtual Reality mode” to the View menu and removed the –vr command line option. This will only appear if SteamVR is installed and if a supported HMD is detected
  • Added support for switching from desktop mode to VR, then back to desktop and into Big Picture
  • Added support for detecting when an HMD has been plugged in after Steam has started
  • When running in VR mode Steam will now open only the VR window and not the normal Big Picture window
  • Moved VR mode log files under the Steam client install directory
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded. The following changes are new in this update:

General
  • Added support for regional EULAs
  • Improved caching of leaderboard API requests
  • Improved handling of warnings on unrecognized links in chat
  • Fixed bug causing Windows service log message "Error: Failed to poke open firewall"
  • Fixed installing games from older retail discs
  • Fix message shown when you unblock someone
  • Improved keyboard accessibility in block/unblock success dialog
  • Fixed removing empty sub folders after game updates
  • Fixed SteamGuard UI problem preventing login in rare configurations
  • Fixed launching games dialog getting stuck in "Preparing to launch..." state
  • Fixed installed apps detecting content updates
  • Fixed inability to install games or force updates outside of the auto-update time window, if specified
  • Fixed repeated attempts to apply pending updates to a game that is currently running

Windows
  • Improved Steam overlay compatibility with 64-bit games, especially under Windows 8.1
  • Fixed a hang that occurred when opening the overlay for the second time in some games

Mac OS X
  • Improved initial startup time when launching Steam
  • Fixed crash in some newer games when launched from Steam

Linux + SteamOS
  • Updated the steam-runtime for Ubuntu 14.04 compatibility
  • Fixed potential hang when using certain UI toolkits that relied on SIGCHLD
  • Fixed a game crash occurring when more than ten processes were attached to the Steam overlay, fixing "CID The Dummy" on Linux
  • Added support for setting voice input device in Big Picture

Big Picture
  • Load correct localized eula if the language changes in the Choose Language panel
  • Fix progress % displayed for items that are queued for download
  • Fixed a bug in Web browser where big pages would be erroneously clamped
  • Fixed UI for pre-loading games
  • Added login help support for forgotten password and account name

Virtual Reality Mode
  • Added “Virtual Reality mode” to the View menu and removed the –vr command line option. This will only appear if SteamVR is installed and if a supported HMD is detected
  • Added support for switching from desktop mode to VR, then back to desktop and into Big Picture
  • Added support for detecting when an HMD has been plugged in after Steam has started
  • When running in VR mode Steam will now open only the VR window and not the normal Big Picture window
  • Moved VR mode log files under the Steam client install directory
Client Update - Valve
Steam’s Family Library Sharing is now released for all Steam users. Players who share computers can now also share their available libraries with one another, each earning their own achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam Cloud. It’s all enabled by authorizing shared computers and the familiar accounts that log into them.

Read on for more information about Family Library Sharing.
Client Update - Valve
A minor update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded. The following changes are new in this update:
  • Fixed some games which crashed or failed to launch when installed to alternate Steam library folders
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Steam on Mac OS X to complain incorrectly about case-sensitive filesystems, blocking future updates
  • Fixed a bug that could, in very rare conditions, cause Steam to remove other unrelated files while uninstalling The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
  • Fixed a bug that could cause all game server favorites to be removed when logging in to Steam from different machines

This update also includes all of the following changes from the Feb 19 release:

General
  • Fixed "App already running" error when re-launching app in some cases
  • Fixed some cases where the Uninstall progress dialog could stick around forever
  • Added more UI feedback to the login dialog if Steam needs to download account data
  • Added a Show Password option in Big Picture mode to simplify password entry when using a controller
  • Added IP tracking to game server favorites. Favorites will automatically update to new server IP addresses if the game server is using a persistent account
  • Disabled Family Sharing Beta in Offline Mode

Windows
  • Fixed bug forcing Japanese text input to hiragana mode on focus change
  • Fixed repeated crashing in GameOverlayUI.exe when running as Administrator

Linux / SteamOS
  • Added an auto-detect step for audio outputs when booting SteamOS for the first time. You can change the selected output device using the Audio option under settings
  • Added under/overscan and brightness settings to the initial SteamOS startup UI
  • Added support for selecting your sound input device on SteamOS (for voice chats)
  • Fixed device volume not being reset to 100% when changing audio device outputs
  • Improved the error messages when Steam is unable to adjust system Audio settings from within Big Picture mode
  • Updated the Steam Runtime libraries

Mac OS X
  • Fixed launch issues for certain games using non-standard memory allocation routines
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam Client update has been released and will be automatically downloaded. The specific changes are listed below.

General
  • Fixed "App already running" error when re-launching app in some cases
  • Fixed some cases where the Uninstall progress dialog could stick around forever
  • Added more UI feedback to the login dialog if Steam needs to download account data
  • Added a Show Password option in Big Picture mode to simplify password entry when using a controller
  • Added IP tracking to game server favorites. Favorites will automatically update to new server IP addresses if the game server is using a persistent account
  • Disabled Family Sharing Beta in Offline Mode

Windows
  • Fixed bug forcing Japanese text input to hiragana mode on focus change
  • Fixed repeated crashing in GameOverlayUI.exe when running as Administrator

Linux / SteamOS
  • Added an auto-detect step for audio outputs when booting SteamOS for the first time. You can change the selected output device using the Audio option under settings
  • Added under/overscan and brightness settings to the initial SteamOS startup UI
  • Added support for selecting your sound input device on SteamOS (for voice chats)
  • Fixed device volume not being reset to 100% when changing audio device outputs
  • Improved the error messages when Steam is unable to adjust system Audio settings from within Big Picture mode
  • Updated the Steam Runtime libraries

Mac OS X
  • Fixed launch issues for certain games using non-standard memory allocation routines
Client Update - Valve
(Feb 11: This update was re-released for Windows to resolve an issue with future client updates.)

A new Steam Client update has been released and will be automatically downloaded. The specific changes are listed below.

General
  • Renamed family features to better disambiguate between Family Library Sharing and Family View.
  • Fixed a case where reconnecting to Steam would cause the client to switch back into Family View
  • Show “invalid file system” if a game tries to install files larger than 4GB on FAT32
  • Make "View Community Hub" item in a game's context menu go to the game hub if available.
  • Ukrainian language support added to the Steam Client
  • Fixed applying wrong region restrictions in some cases
  • Fixed installing from old retail install discs
  • Fixed region restrictions for F2P games in some cases
  • Fixed launching games requiring product keys for DLC (Uplay games etc)
  • When installing a game, put it at the end of the download queue instead of the front

Big Picture
  • Fixed “NoBigPicture” dialogs not showing correctly localized strings
  • Ensured that “start in Big Picture” setting is automatically cleared if Big Picture fails to launch and one of the “No Big Picture” dialogs is shown so that the next launch will start with desktop UI
  • Fixed some cases where multi-monitor setups would not fully restore original monitor layout after closing Big Picture when a non primary monitor is chosen for Big Picture use
  • Changed X360 controller guide button to never trigger desktop UI to Big Picture UI transition if used while a game is in focus
  • Make characters selected in daisy wheel less obvious for password field text entry
  • Fix so that Steam controller can be used when assigning overlay screenshot hotkey
  • Change login panel so "Remember Password" is always visible
  • Add Change Password UI
  • Fix using Steam Controller to scroll panels showing EULAs
  • Significantly faster Big Picture startup on all Mac & many Linux machines.
  • Add "Validate Content. . ." to Links & More menu, to verify local game content
  • Reduced CPU/GPU usage when running games in Big Picture mode.
  • Fixed using the Steam controller to enter passwords
  • Added an experimental Virtual Reality mode on Windows for use with the Oculus Rift. Launch the Steam Client with –vr on the command line to try it. Please tell us what you think in the Steam VR hub

Linux
  • Wait for the network to connect before auto-login
  • Fix so all supported locales can be used in Daisy Wheel
  • Fix so that daisy wheel defaults to the correct language after the language is changed
  • Added ability to control system audio devices in Big Picture via the Audio option under Settings
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam Client update has been released and will be automatically downloaded. The specific changes are listed below.

General
  • Introducing Steam Family Options , a new way for parents and families to establish access to the Steam features and content they choose.
  • Added global setting to allow downloads during gameplay, and change the per-app settings to be global/allow/deny.
  • Added UI for Family Sharing to specify which accounts may play games on authorized computers
  • Add disk-activity indicator to downloads page, will light up if updates are slowed because Steam is waiting for the local disk to write data
  • Simplify application name displayed for Steam executable in Windows firewall and crash dialogs
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when quitting the Steam Client
  • Fixed canceled recurring subscriptions to remain valid until expired
  • Fixed current download rate display when downloads are paused/stopped
  • Fixed regression with downloading optional DLC while the app is running
  • Fixed crash in game backup code if a user didn't own a mounted depot
  • Fixed estimated download-time staying blank in the Downloads page
  • Fixes for Asian text input in the Steam overlay affecting the input state of the game

Big Picture
  • Add control of per-game update settings under "Links and More" in the Library
  • Fixed download progress indicator to correctly start at 0%, not 100%
  • Fixed smooth scrolling in some panels to not jitter backwards before continuing to correct scroll offset
  • Fixed Steam Controller bindings left browse column to scroll correctly as focus moves off screen
  • Most notification toasts should now respond to pressing the guide button or clicking on the notification
  • Modal dialogs should now close when clicking outside of the dialog
  • Fix estimated download time remaining string getting cut off
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam Client update has been released and will be automatically downloaded. The specific changes are listed below.

General
  • Friends UI error handling fixes.

Big Picture
  • Fix for italics fonts
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