Zoom Player Home 14.4.0
To that end, Zoom Player employs a slick and simple user interface, combined with easy to access features while at the same time providing advanced control dialogs over every feature imaginable.
Zoom Player was designed from the ground up to load quick, take as little system resources as possible, provide user feedback/direction as appropriate and maintain as much isolation from other applications and system components as not to undermine overall stability.
Zoom Player Home remains Free for Non-Commercial use.
What's new in Zoom Player v14.4:
Initial support for the AV1 video compression format:
AOMedia Video 1 (AV1), is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AV1
The AV1 codec should eventually provide a 20% superior image quality/bitrate compared to HEVC (H.265).
New "Run Application" media library plugin that lets you run applications and scripts directly from a media library category thumbnail.
New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface), Station manager should stay on top of other application when switching to fullscreen mode.
New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback), Load .URL files as streaming media (otherwise load as web page).
New (Adv. Options / Playback) "On play complete" option to execute an application or script as soon as the playlist completes playing.
Media library meta-data scraping had issues with long file paths and URLs (over 200 characaters, depending on Zoom Player's installation path) due to an early design decision to make the cached entries easy to identify using their file names and URL addresses.
However, to this day, windows does not support paths longer than 255 characters correctly. As a work-around, if a long file name or url is processed, the cache mechanism now uses a short hash instead of the full file name or url.
Enhanced support for RSS feed thumbnails. More thumbnails should show up when adding RSS feeds as media library categories (including more category thumbnail for feeds that support them).
If an RSS Feed has multiple entries with the same publish date, the entries will now be second-level sorted by URL.
The number of RSS entries cached by the media library plugin has been raised from 2000 to 5000.
Two Sonique visualization resolution settings have changed from an aspect ratio of 4:3 to 16:9 : 320x240 -> 320x180 640x480 -> 640x360
This change may not be reflected in the drop-down list if you are new resolutions are set according to the numbers above.
Enhanced the SHOUTcast station sorting.
When downloading playlists, Zoom Player now uses the windows temp folder instead of the 'my documents'.
When playing archive files (zip/rar), the archive is now extracted to the windows temp folder instead of 'my documents'.
Meta-data returned when playing streaming audio is now trimmed to remove superfluous spaces before/after the returned text.
A race condition caused the scrape manager thread not to signal it is terminating correctly, causing Zoom Player to freeze on exit.
The media library playlist plugin now supports playlist URLs longer than 255 characters long.
RSS feeds containing a special unicode line-break character in the description would trigger a freeze when opening the RSS media library category a second time.
Enabling the "Share Play History at a custom path" setting and not specifying a trailing "\" in the folder name would cause the play history to be saved incorrectly.
The "Continue to the next Playlist item when an invalid file is played" setting would skip tracks if the unplayable media was the last playlist entry.
Opening a playlist from the file-open dialog would not always preserve the active playlist entry as specified in the playlist file.
Some unicode characters did not show up correctly in the playlist editor and music OSD if the selected font did not support the characters. Now a different windows text-rendering function is used, one that takes unsupported character from a system-default font.
When including an executable entry in the playlist, playback did not progress to the next track correctly and would cause the wrong title to appear in the playlist editor.
Playing an audio file with visualization could cause the right click menu to show multiple "close navigator" entries when right-clicking on a fullscreen navigation interface.
The SHOUTcast station browser would show duplicate entries after opening the dialog multiple times on different days.
When playing SHOUTcast/ICEcast streams, playing the next track would cause the previously playing title to overwrite the new track's title in the playlist editor.
Opening a streaming URL from clipboard (Alt+Ctrl+"U") failed to work if the URL was a playlist.
Pressing the "Play (add to playlist)" button while a navigation interface was visible and the "Stop closes the navigation interfaces" setting was enabled prevented playback of the station from starting.
Parsing ".CUE" files failed when the an entry contained the word "TRACK" in either the performer or title tags.