Legend : "*" = New "+" = Change "-" = Fix --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 release candidate 2: New : * New IPTV color-highlighting for the playing channel and program (on channels that support archive playback). You can tweak the colors in the options dialog. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to hide outdated archive channel EPG entries that are too old to stream. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that specifies the default Playlist Load / Save folder. If nothing is specified, the standard windows supplied path is used. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that controls whether Zoom Player should ask you for a confirmation when you clear the playlist. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) to control whether text that has no room to display fully starts scrolling. Currently this only applies to the main window's title text. Change : + The IPTV EPG files are now loaded and parsed in a background thread. This means that the interface should open quickly and you can close it even before the EPG data is finished parsing so the entire interface should feel faster. This change should also fix issues caused when Windows thinks Zoom Player's window has become unresponsive while parsing EPG data (for example, on some systems I got reports that the IPTV window would lose it's "on top" value). Fixes : - Trying to play a video with an external audio track, for example: "myvideo.mkv" and "myvideo.mp3" in the same folder with the "Load External Audio tracks" setting enabled, resulted in a lot of instability. I rewrote the whole interface and now it's much more stable. Please note that this feature also requires Zoom Player's DSP filter to be enabled (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio - Enable Internal DSP Filter). - The Playlist Editor's "Load Playlist" feature accidentally listed media files instead of playlists by default. - The Folder Browser dialog should no longer appear partially off-screen or hidden by the task bar. - Fixed an IPTV EPG Filtering issue where entering a value into the filter box and then switching to another channel would make it impossible to clear the filtering value. - Under some conditions, the play history fullscreen navigation interface could show a value of "00:00:-1" for the last play position. - When using a non-default font, the play history last play position could mess with the alignment of the file/url. - IPTV Logo caching from EPG files did not work properly for some entries based solely on channel name. - Playing too many broken URLs or files is sequence could have resulted in play history entries being generated even though nothing was played. - Reduced the chances of showing IPTV EPG information for the wrong channel when using badly crafted playlist or EPG sources. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 release candidate 1: New : * Opening the IPTV interface for the first time now offers you the option to automatically download free, child-friendly, publicly available IPTV channels from around the world through the Free-TV project: https://github.com/Free-TV/IPTV * Using the "Play Stream" button on the IPTV interface will no longer try to play an EPG program and will always try to play the channel live. * New "Play Program" button on the IPTV interface. The "Play Program" button is used to play archived IPTV programs. If the channel does not support archive playback or if the selected program is no longer (or not yet) archived, the "Play Program" button will remain disabled. * New "Add Free Channels" button (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that adds free, child-friendly, publicly available IPTV channels from around the world through the Free-TV project. * You can now control outdated EPG programs background colors (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV), making it easier to distinguish which programs have already aired. * Support for more IPTV Archive playback schemes (including "Flussonic"). * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to specify the symbol used to highlight archive channels in the IPTV stream list. Fixes : - No longer marking IPTV channels as archive if their "catchup-days" value is "0". - The Playlist Editor's search box did not support unicode characters. - You can now use Ctrl+V to paste Unicode text into the Playlist Editor's search box (including special characters such as Emoji). - Fixed a bug that could cause Zoom Player to freeze when trying to play YouTube URLs containing a space character after the URL. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 10: New : * Support for IPTV Archive playback. For channels that support it, double-click the program to start playing it. You can easily identify Archive supporting channels by the icon next to their name. There are multiple implementations of IPTV Archive support and I did my best to make sure all were covered, but if something is not working as intended, let me know on Zoom Player's sub-reddit. * New IPTV Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that clears the playlist before streaming. This setting is enabled by default, disabling it adds the channel to the playlist and play it without clearing the playlist. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to prevent embedded playlists (playlist files within playlist files) from loading when Zoom Player loads a playlist. This setting is enabled by default as embedded playlist can lead to unfortunate infinite-loops cases and other stability problems. Change : + Playing media from the Advanced Playlist Control now ensures the newly played item is visible in the Playlist Editor. + I Didn't like the behavior of the new setting (enabled by default) that automatically hide the control bar when clicking the video area. What annoyed me was that it was canceling my action, so if I wanted to pause the video, it would ignore the pause action and just hide the control bar. Now I adjusted this feature to hide the control bar and not block the intended action. Fixes : - Fixed a bug that caused the IPTV caches to get wiped clear when Zoom Player was pruning the media library thumbnail and meta-data cache. - Playing an entry from the Advanced Playlist Control interface no longer loses the entry's selection. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 9: New : * Added a clock to the top of the IPTV's Electronic Program Guide section. * Added a button to clear the IPTV channel logo cache (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV). Clearing the logo cache forces Zoom Player to re-download the channel icons. Change : + If an IPTV channel doesn't have a logo or ID in the M3U playlist file, Zoom Player now tries to use an icon from the EPG XML file based on the channel name (or partial name) and caches the logo so it shows even if you keep the EPG panel closed. + IPTV Stream Channel -> EPG matching by Channel name (when a Channel ID is not present) now works when the EPG contains multiple channel names for the same channel. + IPTV Stream Channel -> EPG matching by Channel name (when a Channel ID is not present) now matches even if there is an uppercase/lowercase mismatch in the name or the EPG contains only a partial name. + IPTV Stream Channel -> EPG matching by Channel name is now automatic if no EPG data was found using the Channel's ID. + The IPTV section of the options dialog is now a lot more informative with regards to the Playlist/EPG download status (or failure). + Closing and re-opening the IPTV interface will now maintain the EPG listing. Fixes : - Refreshing the IPTV list after a new Playlist or EPG finished downloading should now maintain open groups and EPG listing. - Fixed a bug that prevented some IPTV channel logo from saving properly and may have even caused the wrong icon to show up for some channels. - The IPTV Stream list did not display correctly if specifying a DPI value higher than 100% in Zoom Player's options. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 8: New : * New Wakeup on LAN feature (Adv. Options / System) that allows you to turn on PCs. This feature is extremely useful when using NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices as your source for the media and you only want to turn them on when using Zoom Player. With this new feature, you can specify multiple MAC addresses to wake several PCs and you can trigger the wake-up action with a choice of conditions such as: 1. When starting Zoom Player 2. When opening the Media Library 3. When opening the File Navigator If there are other use-cases where you would want Zoom Player to wake-up remote PCs, let me know. * New button on the IPTV Interface to toggle 50% window transparency. * New IPTV setting to merge duplicate channels. This can be useful if you're using multiple EPG files/links that contain EPG info on the same channel. * New IPTV setting (enabled by default) to keep the IPTV interface window on top of other windows and applications while Zoom Player is in fullscreen mode. * New IPTV setting to control the screen ratio between the stream list and the EPG. The default value is 1:1.5 (Making the EPG 150% wider than the stream list). * If an IPTV channel doesn't have a logo in the M3U playlist file, Zoom Player now tries to use an icon from the EPG XML file and caches the logo so it shows even if you keep the EPG panel closed. Change : + To prevent distracting confirmation messages popping up, the IPTV interface no longer prompts you to update the list once an IPTV M3U playlist or XML EPG finished downloading, instead it will enable a refresh button which you can click at your leisure. + Enhanced IPTV stream list keyboard navigation. + When opening the IPTV interface with the EPG hidden, the EPG data will not load until the EPG section is opened which results in the IPTV interface becoming accessible faster. + When loading IPTV playlists, if a channel does not contain ID information, Zoom Player will try to match EPG entries based on the channel name instead. + IPTV channel logos should appear faster if there are broken links in the M3U playlist file. + Closing and opening the IPTV interface window now restores the previously opened group layout. Fixes : - Resizing the IPTV interface window could leave trails on screen until the stream list was scrolled. - Right clicking a history entry and selecting "copy" in the playback history interface returned a jumble result when copying links. - The scroll bar on the description section of the IPTV program information dialog accessible by right-clicking an EPG program did not show/hide properly based on the window size. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 7: New : * You can now easily multiply Zoom Player's windowed skin resolution from the skin selection dialog (press "N" to open) to better match Zoom Player's skin to your monitor's resolution. * You can now time-shift IPTV channels in the EPG by right-clicking an EPG entry. * New IPTV Safe mode setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that blocks access to Hiding Groups, Adding/Modifying favorites and EPG Time Shifting. Change : + Zoom Player will load slightly faster when using a multiplied resolution skin. + Zoom Player's title text now scrolls if there is no room to show the entire text. Fixes : - Filtering the media library by Genre stopped working. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 6: New : * This feature has been requested by many. The ability to scale Zoom Player's skinned windows to make them easier to use on 4K and 8K displays: New Setting (Adv. Options / System) that allows you to resize the current windowed skin by 200-800%. Please note that this setting may not work well with some older Zoom Player skins. * New button added to the IPTV interface that allows you to toggle the EPG display on and off. * New IPTV setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to hide old EPG entries (programs that have already aired). * New Search feature in the media library category editor. Change : + Redesigned the media library category editor layout. Hopefully it's clearer and easier to work with. + Pressing ESC with the player window in focus now closes the IPTV interface window. + Pressing ESC now closes the "Patterns" interface instead of having to cycle through every pattern. Fixes : - You can no longer set an IPTV program start notification or switching to the live stream if the EPG entry is older than the current time (has already finished airing). - The IPTV notification message before a program starts will now remain visible for several more seconds. - Loading M3U playlists containing links to other M3U playlists, no longer tries to insert the embedded playlists as part of the loaded playlists, which can cause many unforeseen issues. - Loading some M3U playlists in the playlist editor did not always show the media's title. - Opening a stream from the IPTV interface in fullscreen mode would hide the IPTV interface in the background behind the video window. - Under some conditions, the "Add Folder to Category" and "Remove Folder" buttons in the media library category editor were enabled for Plugin based categories which would have allowed you to mess up these categories if you were not careful. - When adding a new plugin based Media Library category, you can no longer add duplicate entries even after renaming the category. - In the media library category editor, you could press the "Remove Folder" button when selecting the "Folders:" entry instead of an actual folder. - Trying to use Ctrl+V to paste a search term into the playlist editor's search field would result in "????" when trying to paste unicode characters or emoji. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 5: New : * You can now select IPTV streams as favorites and they automatically show up under a "Favorites" group at the start of the stream list. You can right click a favorite stream to re-arrange or sort your favorites list or simply remove the stream from the favorites section. * You can now hide IPTV groups from being listed by right-clicking the group and selecting "Hide Group" or through the options dialog. * Right-clicking an IPTV EPG entry will now show the program's description and allow you to set a notification to remind you that the program is about to start as well as specify that you want to automatically switch to the program's stream in due time. Notifications are remembered even if you close and re-open Zoom Player, but they will not activate if Zoom Player is not running. * New Hidden IPTV Group controls (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV). * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area) that allows you to control whether the timeline displays the current playlist track number. You can also toggle this setting through the control bar menu by right-clicking the timeline with nothing playing (or middle-clicking if something is playing). * The Advanced Playlist Control interface is now accessible through the right-click menu under the "Open Interface" section. Change : + Optimized EPG parsing, improving load time by 5-15%. + The playlist editor's search feature has been enhanced to support repeated search. Simply press Enter to cycle between all entries that contain the searched term. + The Station Manager window now has an "X" in the corner to close the window (previously you had to click the "close" button). Fixes : - The Media Libary's category editor's "Playlist" category option did not display categories correctly if they had certain unicode characters in the name (e.g. Emojis). --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 4: New : * The IPTV auto-updating EPG and Stream List downloads can now handle ".zip" and ".gz" archive URLs (e.g. "https://website.com/epg.zip"). * New Filter EPG feature on the IPTV interface. * New IPTV setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that controls the EPG font size. * New IPTV setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to control whether the EPG filter checks program description or only the program's title. * New "Custom Action" button on the main window (near the top-left) that allows you to set any standard Zoom Player function to the button. By default this button opens the new IPTV interface. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that allows you to assign a function to the new "Custom Action" button. Fixes : - The IPTV interface should feel a bit smoother (less flickering). - In the media library's category editor, specifying a category name containing unicode characters would not highlight the entry in the category list after clicking. - Media Title containing certain unicode characters (e.g. emoji) did not show when loading some playlist formats (m3u, asx, b4s, wpl). --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 3: New : * The IPTV interface now supports automatically downloading stream lists and electronic program guide URLs every specified number of days. * IPTV Stream icons are now downloaded automatically. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) allowing you to control the Stream's icon size. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) allowing you to control whether the Stream's text is resized along with the icon size. * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to ignore grouping and just display the entire stream list. * New Settings (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to customize the IPTV interface with your own color scheme. Change : + If an IPTV stream list contains mixed information with some streams lacking a group specification, all such streams will now show under an "Unspecified" group. If only one or no groups are specified, grouping is disabled automatically. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 2: New : * A completely new IPTV (streaming live TV and VOD) interface (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) with support for EPG (Electronic Program Guide), Channel Grouping and many customization options. Some features (icons, automated EPG/M3U downloads, etc) are still a work in progress and are not part of this beta. * New setting (enabled by default) to automatically hide the control bar when clicking the video area, making it much easier to quickly hide the control bar. * You can now edit the last play time and date directly from the media library meta-data editor. Fixes : - Using unicode characters in the ISO Auto-Mount command would not save the path properly after restarting Zoom Player. - The Advanced Options "System Sounds" and "Audio" sections did not scroll smoothly when using the scroll bar. --- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 1: New : * Two new settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Customization) that allow you to override the poster image and backdrop for Movies and TV show categories. The backdrop setting is an easy override, just place a "backdrop.jpg" or "fanart.jpg" in the same folder and Zoom Player will use it automatically. Updating a movie poster image requires you enable the "Do not use scraped image as thumbnail / backdrop" setting for each of the media library's TV or Movie categories, otherwise the poster image will still use the scraped image (due to image-caching maintaining a copy of the old image) and then re-scrape the movie folder.