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Old 20th October 2018, 05:12   #5
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but Ryerman, consider the changelog:

Winamp 5.8
* New: Windows Audio (WASAPI) Output plug-in (w.i.p.)
* Improved: Added an option to completely disable Winamp's video support

-i'm going to try this. what i will be curious about is if it will still play the audio from video files or not, if this option is enabled?

* Improved: Added an auto-fullscreen option to video prefs
* Improved: Added /ENUMPLAYLISTS to the command-line support
* Improved: Windows 8.1 and 10 compatibility

-not sure how its improved, but as i use Win10 now, seems potentially important, esp if it helps keep winamp from crashing/corrupting a DB.

* Improved: [in_mod] OpenMPT-based Module Player (replaces old MikMod player)
* Improved: [ml_playlists] Added browse path & edit title functions in Ctrl+E editor
* Improved: [Bento] Updated scrollbars and buttons and other tweaks (thanks Martin)
* Improved: [Bento & Modern skins] Added a Playlist Search feature (thanks Victor)

-i'm not sure how much the playlist stuff will matter to me, but apparently it wasn't a figment of my imagination, Bento DOES look better imo.

* Fixed: New URLs not being remembered after using Reset history in Open URL dialog
* Fixed: Various memory leaks

-self explanatory, and i'll always want that.

* Fixed: [gen_tray] Not showing correct current icon pack in preferences
* Fixed: [in_avi] Divide-by-zero crash with badly formed files (thanks ITDefensor)
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Crashing with some ID3v2 tags

i believe these are fixes to bugs i reported, at least in part, so this ALONE would warrant the upgrade for me.

* Fixed: [ml_wire] Slow loading issue
* Fixed: [ssdp] Crash on load if jnetlib was not correctly initialized
* Misc: Minimum required OS is now Win XP sp3 (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
* Misc: More general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizations

-wish i knew what they were, but let's take em at their word.

* Misc: Moved shared DLLs to Winamp\Shared folder
* Removed: All former "Pro" licensed functions (Winamp is now 100% freeware again)

-love this, should help if i need to enable mp3 encoding.

* Removed: gen_jumpex & UnicodeTaskbarFix (making way for native implementations)

- saved my gen_jumpex.dll but i forgot to do the same for the UnicodeTaskbarFix although i have no idea if i need it at all?

* Removed: [in_wm] DRM support
* Replaced: CD playback and ripping now using native Windows API (instead of Sonic)

-its about time!

* Replaced: MP3 Decoder now mpg123 based (instead of Fraunhofer)

-idk if this is an improvement or a regression? or is it a push? is mpg123, better, worse, or the same? i would love to know if there is a general consensus on this? i could revert i think b/c i have those .old marked files, right?

* Replaced: AAC Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
* Replaced: H.264 Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
* Replaced: MPEG-4 Pt.2 Decoder now using Media Foundation (Vista and higher)
* Updated: [in_vorbis] libogg 1.3.3 & libvorbis 1.3.6
* Updated: [libFLAC] FLAC 1.3.2
* Updated: [libyajl] libyajl v2.1.0
* Updated: [OpenSSL] OpenSSL v1.0.1i
* Updated: [png] libpng v1.5.24

-i guess libpng might matter to me if it is also the same file that handles jpegs.
MISSING from the changelog is the removal of Gracenote / autotagging files / plugins that no longer worked, which is a plus since it doesn't work.

so i bolded whats compelling to me personally and put some notes why, and as this is an official release, i guess i don't understand the blah attitude... it may be a bit underwhelming overall and it may be a bad sign for future development (i hope not), but its still imo a worthy version to update an existing install to.

i never understood why someone would post in the forums a bug or problem, but then go on to report they were using 5.581 instead of 5.666? i always use the newest b/c if the ver of winamp i use has a problem, it will only get looked at and fixed if i report it to the devs on the current official release.

not trying to strong arm you, or anyone, just explaining myself.

BUG #1 = Winamp skips short tracks
Wish #1 = Multiple Column Sorting
Wish #2 = Add TCMP/Compilation editing
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