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Yes, It's finally here, after two months of work (with one month in Thailand during these two months), version 2.60 is finally ready.

I did make a few infastructure changes before the final release (you can see some of it on the options dialog), so there's actually quite a bit of changes from 2.60rc2, even more than I planned for.

Also around this time, the Zoom Player skins finally have two homes in Skinbase.org and Deskmod.com . Hopefully this will encourage more of you to try your hand at skinning Zoom Player.

I already have many new features planned for the next version, so stay tuned!

Here are the changes since v2.50:
* New File Navigator Interface (Shift+"F" or "Enter" in Media Mode).
   The File Navigator Interface allows you to navigate your entire
   file system using simple keystrokes which can be mapped to a
   remote control device.

   [LEFT/RIGHT] arrows switch between Files and Drive selection.
   when [left] is pressed when on the left pane, the Navigator
   will go up one directory.

   [UP/DOWN] arrows cycles through the available files in the current
   [ENTER] pick which file to play or Enter/Exit directories.
   [BACKSPACE] is used as a shortcut to go UP one directory.
   [INSERT] when a directory is highlighted will play the entire
   directory, including sub-directories.  When a file is highlighted,
   the current directory+sub-directories will be played.  When a
   drive is highlighted (bottom of file list), the entire Drive will
   be played.

   [UP/DOWN] arrows cycle through the available drives, the path
   used is for the active drive is the last path visited.  The
   visited paths are remembered between sessions.
   [ENTER] on a drive will set the file path to the drive's root
   directory and set the focus to the file panel.
   [INSERT] the entire drive will be played.

 * New DVD Trailers Definition System that allows you to have
   Random and Specific trailers play before every DVD, for more
   information, see the "default.trailers" file in the Zoom Player
   directory.  You can specify which file is used at:
   Option->DVD->DVD Tools.

 * New DVD Auto-AR interface (Options -> DVD -> Auto-AR).
   Using this new interface you can set the Video Position,
   Blanking Position and Aspect Ratio automatically for
   the three types of DVD content:
    4:3 - Full Frame
   16:9 - Letterbox
   16:9 - Anamorphic

 * OSD Customization of the Navigator Interfaces.  You can now
   pick the font Face, CharSet, Bold, Italics, Colors that will
   be used on most of the Navigator Interfaces.  I've also
   consolidated the look of the interfaces so that they look
   more coherent.

 * New LCD Communication Interface.
   While not directly controlling LCD devices, this interface
   allows external programs to use certain Zoom Player playback
   information for LCD display.
   See online-help for more information.

 * New Context Menu for the Control Bar.  Accessible by right
   clicking the non-Timeline area of the Control Bar or by
   middle clicking the Timeline area.
   Using this context menu you can access Control Bar related
   settings without having to open the options dialog.

 * The "Keys" interface on the Options dialog now has an additional
   function.  It can now export the active Zoom Player key list
   (the one currently loaded) into a Girder 3.1 compatible GML file.
   This should allow you to easily map remote control functions
   using girder ( [URL='http://www.girder.nl']www.girder.nl[/URL] ).

 * New "External" entry on the Options dialog.

 * You can now set the WinDVD DeInterlace and Audio Output modes.
   These settings only take effect if the WinDVD filters are not
   currently active (playing some video) and may not work with
   the trial version of WinDVD.

 * You can now set the PowerDVD DeInterlace and Audio Output modes.
   These settings only take effect if the PowerDVD filters are not
   currently active (playing some video) and may not work with
   all versions of PowerDVD.

 * Faster Folder/DVD image resize code.  Not as good at downsizing
   compared to the previous filtering code, but it's A LOT faster
   and the image still looks very good.  It also gives better
   quality when enlarging the image.

 * The Timeline display items (Current Position, Total Length,
   File Name, etc...) are now independent so you can display
   them in any combination you desire.

 * New Timeline display setting allowing you to show an idle
   state mode within the Timeline (enabled by default).

 * The Pop-Up OSD messages are now outlined for better clarity
   (can be disabled at Options->OSD->Actions).

 * Faster Gradient draws (skin script).

 * The Ctrl+"B" Cycle Subtitle track function will now work for
   subtitles displayed using VobSub.

 * The Shift+"B" Disable Subtitle function will now work for
   subtitles displayed using VobSub.

 * New Alt+"U" DVD Play from Start function.
   When used, Zoom Player will play the DVD from the Start, bypassing
   any auto-loading bookmarks/stop position.

 * New "/CD:[n]" Command Line Parameter to set the Active CD/DVD drive.
   Example: "zplayer.exe /CD:F" will set the Active CD/DVD to drive "F".

 * New "/ADD:[path]" Command Line Parameter that adds entire paths to
   the play list.  For Example:
   "c:\\program files\\zplayer\\zplayer.exe" "/add:e:\\my video files\\"
   Notice the "", if this parameter isn't encased, spaces in the given
   path would be considered a different parameter.

 * New "/FILENAV" Command Line Parameter which starts Zoom Player with
   the File Navigator interface active.

 * New keyboard/remote mapping function "exInterface" to explicitly
   Toggle specific interfaces.

 * New "On Play Complete" toggle that allows the next file
   (alphabetically ordered) in the same directory to be played.

 * New DVD Setting "Assume DVD Menu at all times".  This setting will
   make Zoom Player assume you're in a DVD Menu at all times forcing
   the arrow keys to work only as menu navigation controls.  This is
   useful for problematic discs which seem to confuse DirectShow into
   thinking they are not in a DVD Menu while they are in fact in one.
   When this setting is enabled, you can't use the Arrow keys to
   position the video in DVD Mode, however, you can still use the
   Shift+Arrow keys to perform the same task.

 * New Interface Setting "Move Mouse off-screen when Mouse is hidden
   by inactivity".  I think it's pretty self-explanatory, it just moves
   the mouse cursor off-screen when it's hidden due to inactivity.

 * New Playback Setting "Reset Play-Rate when Playing/Pausing Playback".
   By default it's enabled and acts as previous version of Zoom Player.
   However, when disabled, pausing/resuming playback will not alter the
   play rate.

 * New "Set as Default" button on the Overlay Colors dialog that allows
   you to save the current Overlay Color settings as the default values
   which are used each time you press the "Restore Default" button.

 * New "Anamorphic Aspect Ratio is relative to" selection box that
   allows you to define if the Anamorphic AR mode is relative to
   the source aspect ratio or to the defined video dimension.

 * The mouse double click can now be assigned to Toggle the Overlay
   Color Control interface.

 * The Media mode "Subtitle" context-menu entry has been changed
   to "Language".  It should now behave exactly as the Media Player
   "Language" entry works, and as such should also display OGG
   Audio/Video selection entries.

 * As per the change above, OGG stream selection should now work.
   If both OGG and VobSub are in use, OGG takes precedent.  So make
   sure your OGG subtitles are actually within the OGG file.

 * You can now set the CD/DVD drive through the "DVD->DVD Values"
   interface.  This is EXACTLY the same setting as the one at
   "Values & Tools->Interface", I duplicated the setting so people
   could find it when looking for it in a DVD Context.

 * New Value (Options->Values->Other) allowing you to specify the
   base name for Folder Images.  By default folder images are
   either folder.jpg or folder.bmp.  But by setting this value
   to "cover", cover.jpg and cover.bmp will be looked for instead.

 * You can now associate the M3U play list extension.

 * You can now associate the OGG and OGM file extensions.

 * The MP3 ID3 OSD settings have been moved to the OSD tab and will
   now allow you to set the font (so it is no longer shared with the
   standard OSD display).

 * When saving a play list, you will now be prompted if you want
   to save the full path to the file names.  This is useful if
   you want to save CD-Based play list which shouldn't have
   the file path listed.

 * You can now disable the Mouse Cursor from Auto-Hiding.  Also,
   the Auto-Hide setting for the Control Bar has been moved next to
   the "Hide in [n] Seconds" value in order to make it more accessible.

 * The Volume Increase/Decrease keys has been changed from "Home"/"End"
   to Shift+"Home"/Shift+"End". I've also changed the play previous/next
   files in directory keys from "PgUp"/"PgDn" to Shift+"PgUp"/Shift+"PgDn"
   The idea behind these changes is that now these keys are available
   for use in the navigation interfaces.

 * Modified the DVD Menu detection code once again, this time it's
   a hybrid between the old system and the newer system, hopefully
   this should work best with most discs, especially the odd ones
   with very deep menus which confuse DirectShow.

 * Fixed a skin issue with the Volume and Rate bars.

 * Going in and out of Fullscreen mode no longer breaks Drag&Drop
   onto the Play List editor.

 * Pressing Space in Checkbox lists should no longer jump to different

 * Enter key now works in the Play List Editor and the Chapter/Bookmark
   editor to play an Item.

 * Removing items from the play list, no longer interferes with the
   playback order.

 * Removing the currently playing video from the Play List will
   now stop playback and close the video.

 * Fixed a few bugs dealing with Random Play.

 * Exiting Zoom Player while in Zoom/Fullscreen mode will no longer
   set the window position to the top left corner.

 * Mute status is now remembered upon exiting Zoom Player.

 * Opening a Directory will no longer add files that contain acceptable
   extensions as part of their base names.
   For example, this file name is no longer considered a valid media file:
   This also applies to the Next/Previous file in dir playback option.

 * Zoom Player by default would make sure that the OSD display would
   always stay on-screen even when the video was zoomed.  This can be
   problematic for multi-monitor displays and can now be disabled:
   Options->Setting->Interface->Prevent OSD from moving off-screen

 * While not really designed for it, the Play List Editor should now
   be easier to navigate using a remote device.

 * Deleting items through the Play List Navigator now works.

 * Add Directory should now work under Win9x when adding the root drive.

 * Context Help should now open the associated web page rather than just
   showing it's URL.

 * You can now separately hide the mouse cursor and the control bar.

 * Screen saver no longer remains disabled if you exit Zoom Player while
   in Zoom/Fullscreen mode.

 * Made a possible fix so that on multi-monitor configurations, going
   to Fullscreen should not set the video resolution to the size of the
   first monitor, but rather to the size of the current monitor.

 * Can't see how I forgot to put this one in ... Alt+"X" will now
   exit Zoom Player.
Download Mirrors:
@Vextron.com - Installer
@Rio.ee - Installer
@Hoyty.com - Installer
@Vextron.com - Zip
@Rio.ee - Zip
@Hoyty.com - Zip

The latest version of the LCD API:

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Excellent, Blight.

I'm much more comfortable using ZP and all its options, now. The problems I had were not due to your program, but the buggy directshow filters. I tinkered with it alot over the weekend and have most if not all of it figured out. I even figured out how to circumvent some of those annoying cinemaster problems. This usually involves registering a different set of filters and starting a DVD, then without exiting ZP, switch back and register the cinemaster filters, restart DVD, and voila, best in audio and video.


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Discussion Starter · #4 ·

Thanks ... new skins are always good. I plan to add a few more skinning features in v2.70, but nothing that'll conflict with the current interface.

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And the best player just keeps getting better!

Thank you SO much for the new Alt+"X". You've just solved some BIG issues when integrating ZoomPlayer into an automated (Crestron/AMX-Phast) Theater!

Looks like it's time for yet another donation to the cause.

Great work.

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