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I think I pretty much finalized the features for this version.


Quite a lot of features/improvements/fixes in this build, make sure you read through the entire change list.


Track down any bugs and report them here. Hopefully, the final version will be released within two weeks.

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* 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.

   General:
   [LEFT/RIGHT] arrows switch between Files and Drive selection.

   Files:
   [UP/DOWN] arrows cycles through the available files in the current
   directory.
   [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.

   Drives:
   [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.

 * 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.
   Currently allowing you to directly select which buttons are
   visible on the control bar without having to open the options
   dialog.  Additional items may appear on this menu in the future.

 * 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 upsizing the image.

 * The Pop-Up OSD messages are now outlined for better clarity.

 * 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 "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.

 * You can now associate the M3U play list extension.

 * 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
   settings.

 * 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 list index out of bounds error when opening play list files
   with Random Play enabled.

 * 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 valid:
   "my.avi.list.txt".
   This also applies to the Next/Previous file in dir playback option.

 * 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.

 * Can't see how I forgot to put this one in ... Alt+"X" will now
   exit Zoom Player.
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Great work Blight, however, I can't seem to read the "default.trailers" file for more information. I would like to use a VOB. or AVI. file for the trailer. It seems to want a file with a .trailer extension.

Thanks

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[B]* 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[/B]
Download Mirrors:
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Vextron.com
YES!!!! Zoomplayer now reigns supreme. Thats THE feature I've been waiting for and why I was still running TT on my HTPC. ZP is going on my HTPC this weekend. Can't wait to use Cineplayer v4 video filters. Thanks Blight.
 

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Cool, the AR stuff seems like a great idea. Don't have access to my HTPC right now to see how it handles slightly different aspeccts.


Also, I put it on my site too, but your mirrors seem to be handling the load quite well.
 

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Bill Don:

The default.trailers file is a text file containing definitions of which trailers should load and how. It's a configuration file which resides in the zoom player directory.


Mad Chemist,Namlemez:

I haven't put the Auto-AR setting through hard testing, I would like you (and everyone else who plans to use it) to test it and look for bugs.
 

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* 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.


could someone post a link for the help on this? I have looked around a little and cant seem to find any info on this...


thanks for the help.


this player is really awesome - just installed this version over 2.30. definitely have been some great additions.

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I'm not a delphi programmer so a quick question:


What is a Atom, I've done heaps of windows programming but never run accross that?

Any source code on how to use this in a different language or at least a clue what is actually happening so I can port it


THanks


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Er, ATOM is a WinAPI interface, not Delphi.


All the ATOM commands are specified in the Win32 SDK.

As for what it does, it create a handle for strings so that they can be passed between applications.
 

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Hi All,


I tried to evaluate the new auto aspect ratio features this weekend.


I didn't get it working properly but I didn't spend perhaps enough time on it. I was kind of multi-tasking because I was trying new resolution/refresh rates combos as well. There seemed to be less choices in the aspect ratio department in this version of ZP, there was a selection for "Animorphic 4:3 source" which was usefull but I think it's missing now. If the custom setting is modifyable I may be able to arrive at a solution though.


I will try this again tonight using my non-HTPC (my regular computer) where it should be easier to confirm or deny it's usablility.


Meanwhile, Maybe someone else has tried it?



Your Pal,


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It's now "Anamorphic" without the 4:3 source.


The reason is that there's an additional setting against which AR is it anamorphic, the currently selected size or the source size...
 

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Hi,


Well my tesing indicates that it works. For 4:3 sources I use the "animorphic" AR with "Relitive to Source" setting. I also use this for 4:3 letterbox at the moment. For Animorphic stuff I use the AR disabled setting. Configured this way ZP does all the aspect ratios correctly for me without any input from me. Color me happy.


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I think you can actually use disabled for all 3, make presets for each one to fit perfectly and then just have it switch presets for each disc type.


But there's more than one way to skin a cat.
 

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I think you can actually use disabled for all 3, make presets for each one to fit perfectly and then just have it switch presets for each disc type.


But there's more than one way to skin a cat.
Can someone verify if this works for them. I tried, but ZP didn't switch presets.
 
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