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Winamp 5.51 Beta Preview (Build 1741)

Winamp 5.51 Beta, Build 1741

Winamp 5.51 Beta Full (US English version)
Winamp 5.51 Beta Pro (US English version, asks for key during install)
Winamp 5.51 Beta Lite (basic 2.x-style mp3/cd player)

Winamp 5.51
* New: Autoplay Handlers for Audio, MP3 and Video CD's on WinXP & Vista
* New: Default Programs registration for installations on Windows Vista
* New: Optional Constant-Q Equalizer and optional ISO Standard frequency bands
* New: [in_flv] Flash Video decoder (vp6 only, not h.263)
* New: [ml_local] BPM column
* Improved: Browser download manager now uses CD Ripping destination folder
* Improved: Deletion of embedded album art via Artwork tab in File Info
* Improved: More accurately translated Language Packs (see note below)
* Improved: More miscellaneous UI/dialog tweaks & improvements
* Improved: Option to set the number of pixels to scroll for modern songticker
* Improved: [Gracenote/MusicID] Better error checking & memory cache optimizations
* Improved: [gen_ff] More miscellaneous freeform skinning engine optimizations
* Improved: [gen_hotkeys] Added optional WM_APPCOMMAND support for media keys
* Improved: [gen_hotkeys] Added increase + decrease rating on current track
* Improved: [in_dshow] Reading of length and bitrate for non-default video formats
* Improved: [in_flac] Optimized disk caching for increased performance
* Improved: [in_mp3] Better optimization for older Pentium Pro/2/3 cpu's
* Improved: [in_mp3] Support for reading ALBUM ARTIST field if TPE2 not present
* Improved: [in_mp4] Better Unicode support and metadata read optimizations
* Improved: [in_mp4] Optimized disk caching/reading
* Improved: [in_vorbis] Support for reading YEAR field if DATE not present
* Improved: [ml_disc/in_cdda] Disc reading tweaks and other general optimizations
* Improved: [ml_history] New tracking control options
* Improved: [ml_local] Album column sorting order logic
* Improved: [ml_local] Better playlist handling
* Improved: [ml_local] Bumped track# metadata guessing limit from 130 to 999
* Improved: [ml_local] Database query and memory optimizations
* Improved: [ml_pmp] Support for drag&drop from Explorer into portable device view
* Improved: [ml_transcode] Prompt to delete aborted transcodes
* Fixed: Artwork not found if .nfo filename contains a period
* Fixed: ASX Parser converting all stream links in .asx playlists to upper case
* Fixed: Classic songticker wraparound glitchiness
* Fixed: Global Hotkeys list destroyed when changing language packs
* Fixed: Gracenote/MusicID not using Winamp's proxy setting
* Fixed: Parsing of ansi ASX playlists containing non-standard characters
* Fixed: Restore from System Tray if previously closed in a minimized state
* Fixed: Setup resetting desktop icons :-o
* Fixed: Spectrum vis incompatibility crash with some 3rd-party input plugins
* Fixed: Truetype replacement font alignment in Winamp Modern winshade songticker
* Fixed: Various miscellaneous keyboard shortcut issues
* Fixed: Winamp Agent registry entry typo (wianmpa.exe)
* Fixed: [Bento] Collapse/Expand Playlist not respecting 'Show Album Art' setting
* Fixed: [gen_ff] Potential high CPU usage of songticker object
* Fixed: [gen_hotkeys] Restore from minimized state whilst About dialog is open
* Fixed: [gen_ml] Blank ML when restarting Winamp from a minimized state
* Fixed: [gen_ml] Cancelling Online Media password prompt clears password & filters
* Fixed: [in_dshow] Miscalculation of some mpeg video lengths
* Fixed: [in_flac] Divide-by-zero crash on corrupt files
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Deleting Lyrics3 tag in Alt+3 Editor also deletes ID3v1 tag
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Handling of ID3v2 with bad version/revision #'s
* Fixed: [in_mp3] ID3v2 parsing crash with some mp3's
* Fixed: [in_mp3] ID3v2 tag not showing when ID3v1 tag reading is disabled in config
* Fixed: [in_mp3] MPEG Info not showing in Alt+3 for files with large ID3v2 tags
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Now only reads first ID3v2 tag if more than one is present
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Winamp UI freezes when loading certain corrupt mp3's
* Fixed: [in_mp4] Playback of mp3 in mp4 container
* Fixed: [in_mp4] Seeking when paused
* Fixed: [in_mp4/jpeg.w5s] Crash when Art field is in metadata with no embedded art
* Fixed: [in_vorbis] UTF8->UTF16 optimized (fixes File Info delay bug)
* Fixed: [libmp4v2] Corrupt m4a's not playing, better handling of ones beyond repair
* Fixed: [ml_autotag] Stops processing when switching to another ml view
* Fixed: [ml_disc] CD view/titles not refreshing when ejecting old/inserting new CD
* Fixed: [ml_disc] Crash when using invalid strings in playlist filename generation
* Fixed: [ml_disc] No Burn button under some system configurations
* Fixed: [ml_disc/ml_pmp/ml_transcode] Processing of # in Destination Folder path
* Fixed: [ml_local] Artist column in descending order when sorting by Year
* Fixed: [ml_local] Down key in Search field not focusing the Simple View list
* Fixed: [ml_local] Last Updated, Album Gain & Podcast column sorting orders
* Fixed: [ml_playlists] Shift+Enter hotkey to Enqueue playlist
* Fixed: [ml_plg] Crash when stopping Playlist Generator scan or resetting database
* Fixed: [ml_pmp] Column sorting orders
* Fixed: [ml_rg] Restore from minimized state whilst rg results dialog is open
* Fixed: [ml_transcode] Restore from minimized state whilst config dialog is open
* Fixed: [ml_wire] Podcasts not being downloaded if <title> includes carriage returns
* Fixed: [ml_wire] Lockup when encountering scripts in <description> field
* Fixed: [out_disk] Output folder always resetting to My Documents\My Music
* Fixed: [pmp_ipod] 'Add album art' option always checkmarked
* Fixed: [tataki] Potential crash when encountering an invalid/superficial error
* Misc: Alt+3 Auto-Tag now saves Gracenote FileId and ExtData fields
* Misc: Double-click Stereo indicator to open Playback prefs (Bento & Modern skins)
* Misc: Installation is now prevented on Win9x
* Misc: Split the Playback prefs into 3 tabs: Playback, Equalizer & Replay Gain
* Misc: Various installer setup & localization translation tweaks
* Misc: Various Bento skin fixes, tweaks and improvements
* Misc: Various Winamp Modern skin 5.5-related updates
* Misc: [ml_local] Removed deprecated 'Show album gain values' option in Prefs
* Updated: Bento skin #116
* Updated: libpng 1.2.22
* Updated: [vis_milk2] MilkDrop 2.0b



1. The new Flash Video Decoder (in_flv) only plays VP6 content.

It will not play files with older h.263 video content, such as the FLV videos on youtube.
The main reasons for this are:
i) We currently aren't licensed to decode h.263 (this may change in the future)
ii) AOL Video streams are switching to VP6 codec in an FLV container.

Please do not post here to ask why you only hear audio but see no video when trying to play FLV files from youtube (or similar sites).

If you require support for youtube style h.263 FLV playback, then you can either:
i) Choose not to install the FLV Decoder in the Installer Options, and use the known in_dshow workaround instead, or
ii) Install the FLV Decoder so that it handles AOL/Winamp FLV streams, and save/rename all your youtube FLV files with e.g. the .FLV1 extension, and add ;FLV1 to the in_dshow extension list instead.

2. Re: Optional Constant-Q Equalizer and optional ISO Standard frequency bands

Please refer to this page for further info:

3. Re: Option to set the number of pixels to scroll for modern songticker

You can find this new option via:
Winamp > Prefs > Skins > Modern Skins -> General tab:
Move text x pixels

It was hard-coded to 5 pixels in Winamp 5.5
but the new default value in 5.51 is 1 pixel.

A neat little trick is to set it to 0 pixels, which scrolls the same as 1 pixel except, if you're using the Modern Songticker Scrolling method, there'll be no delay on the bounce (ie. when it switches direction from left-to-right or vice-versa).

4. Album Art config still isn't implemented (refer to the 5.5 Released thread)

5. The simple offline CD Info Editor from 5.35 still hasn't been re-implemented.

6. Re: Improved: More accurately translated Language Packs

Of the lang packs included with the default distribution, the French, Dutch, German, Spanish & Polish packs have been greatly improved by the community. The Italian pack has also received some updates. The Swedish pack hasn't been updated at all, because no-one volunteered (or if they did, they either backed-down afterwards and/or didn't produce the goods).

However, for legal reasons, only the English installer is available in this preview.

The updated lang packs will be included with the final release of 5.51,
though there is a chance that they might be included with a follow-up beta...

More Information About Language Packs: 1 | 2 | 3


Reporting Bugs:

Please report any issues with the beta in this thread only.
Make sure your report is complete, according to the sticky threads in Bug Reports, ie.
Clean install, no 3rd-party plugins, list of plugins, full step-by-step method of reproduction, relevant system specs, exact error messages, screenshots, which skin (one of Classic, Modern, or Bento only, or all three), links to sample files, etc.
If error reports, screenshots, sample files, etc are smaller than 200kb, then please attach them to your post here. Otherwise, please upload to one of (recommended),, or and post the url here (no rapidshare or imageshack or similar links please).
Note that incomplete/lame bug reports may be totally ignored.

Particular areas which need testing are:
  • CD Burning, Ripping & Playback (incl. cddb)
  • MusicID Playlist Generator (play tracks similar to)
  • Milkdrop 2.0b
  • New EQ options (Constant-Q & ISO Freq bands)
  • Language Packs (general functionality)
  • Check for any gen_ff/skinning bugs, esp the new pldir.mi maki library
  • Unified File Editor
  • Installer & Setup (check all sections)

Known Bugs/Issues:

-Switching between language packs or from/to English (US) can lead to some of the online related media library tree items (effectively ml_orb and ml_online) losing their position and dropping to the bottom of the tree

-ml_autotag might return wrong results for some tracks if songs are not in the online Gracenote fingerprint database. Alas, there's not much that we can do about this....

-Auto-Tag results dialog is hidden under Winamp when Always On Top is enabled

-Winamp won't restore if minimized whilst Milkdrop & AVS config/about dialogs are open

-Drag+Drop from Bento skin Open Files Dialog clears the playlist instead of adding to it

-Playlist contents are blank when in docked toolbar mode and Winamp is minimized

-Changing the TrueType replacement font in Prefs doesn't update in real-time and requires a Winamp restart to take effect (most noticeable in Winamp Modern skin) *

-Two filters is always checkmarked in Edit View for Simple views *

-CDDB Editor genre glitches, eg. saves with "General" at front *

-Winamp disappears from taskbar on reopening if previously closed in a minimized state *

-[in_flv] Bad/stuttery audio when EQ or 24bit playback enabled *

* = fixed internally


Common Requests:

Commonly requested features taken from all of the 5.5 beta/final threads.
Feedback is welcome, though there's no need to keep making requests for any of these:
  • Bento skin: Vertically resizable main player area
  • Bento skin: Options to hide MCV Info Pane / tabs / etc
  • Bento skin: Options to detach vid/vis/other windows
  • Bento skin: Options to add/edit/remove tabs or rearrange windows/components
  • Gecko/other engine for Bento browser (instead of IE)
  • Winamp Modern skin: AlbumArt in Notifier
  • Winamp Modern skin: Any other missing new Bento features
  • Album Art window for classic skins (if possible?)
  • Lang pack updates for other locale translations
  • Same scrollbar/buttons for Playlist as ML
  • Select/Edit fields in Mass Autotagger results before updating
  • Publisher (or other fields) shown in AlbumArt Columns and/or Details view
  • Anything else already covered in the above notes, eg. AlbumArt config
  • Any other items already on the official Wishlist

Updates & Extras:

Color Editor 2.1.1
Check this thread for the latest installer - some feedback on Vista is required!.

Winamp Essentials Pack v5.51 Beta
* Added Winamp3-style Playlist Sidecar for Winamp Modern skin
* Added DrO's Time Restore & Autoplay v2.1.1
* Updated Lite-n (gen_nopro) to v1.4 (info)
* Updated Nullsoft Waveform Wrapper to v1.01 (info)
* Updated Skins In Submenu to v1.9.1 (More Info)
* Updated enc_vorbis to v1.1 for better localization support
* Removed deprecated ml_lite_n plugin (installer now auto deletes this on upgrades)
* Note: Language files are still incomplete (more info here)
* Otherwise, same as 5.35 EP
* Full Changelog
* More Info & Mirrors

Official Bento skin Color Themes thread

Winamp Skin Development Pack v1.02
Includes updated maki libs (pldir.mi, std.mi)

Old Winamp 5.5 Released thread
Old Winamp 5.5 Beta Preview 3 thread
Old Winamp 5.5 Beta Preview 2 thread
Old Winamp 5.5 Beta Preview 1 thread
Old Winamp 5.36 Beta Preview thread
Old Winamp 5.35 Released thread
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