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--- What's new in Zoom Player v10:

  * New pre-configuration wizard!
    The wizard opens automatically on a fresh installation or can be
    manually triggered by using the Alt+Shift+F12 keyboard macro.
    
    The wizard lets you automatically configure Zoom Player based on the
    playback PC device profile:
    
    1. PC
       This is the default configuration used in previous versions of
       Zoom Player.

    2. HTPC (Home Theater PC)
       When choosing the HTPC profile, the following settings are adjusted:

       A. Buttons added to the Control Bar:
          * Subtitle Cycling.
          * Open the Media Library fullscreen navigation interface.
          * Maximize video to fullscreen.

       B. Buttons removed from the Control Bar:
          * Fullscreen on/off toggle.
          
       C. The mouse left button-click is assigned to 'Mouse Gestures'.
       
       D. The open file function is assigned to open the file browsing
          fullscreen navigation interface, affecting the control bar button
          and the 'Open file' right-click menu entry.
       
       E. Zoom Player automatically starts in fullscreen mode with the
          main fullscreen navigation interface open.
       
    3. Tablet
       When choosing the Tablet profile, the following settings are adjusted:
       
       A. Buttons added to the Control Bar:
          * Seeking controls
          * Lock user interface function
          * Maximize video to fullscreen.

       B. Buttons removed from the Control Bar:
          * Fullscreen on/off toggle.
          * Open File
 
       C. The mouse left button-click is assigned to 'Mouse Gestures'
          with the static mouse click set to toggle the Control Bar on/off.

       D. The open file function is assigned to open the file browsing
          fullscreen navigation interface, affecting the control bar button
          and the 'Open file' right-click menu entry.
       
       E. Zoom Player automatically starts in fullscreen mode with the
          main fullscreen navigation interface open.

       F. Zoom Player prompts for the tablet screen's physical size.
          
          Zoom Player uses the screen size information to adjust the following
          settings to ensure they work well with touch input:
          * Fullscreen navigation scroll bar size.
          * Control Bar size.
          * Hot-Corner click-region size.
          * Color Control UI size.

       G. The control bar auto-hides after 15 seconds instead of 3.

       H. The number of lines displayed in the fullscreen navigation
          interfaces is reduced, making line selection easier.

       I. Do not show timeline position when hovering with the mouse over the
          timeline since tablets do not use mouse as input device by default.

       J. Disable quick searching using the keyboard.

       K. Set LAV Video hardware acceleration to DXVA2 Native
       
       L. Hide button hints (no mouse to hover with).

  * New "Media Scanner" fullscreen navigation interface (Ctrl+Shift+"M").
    The Media Scanner scans the PC's drives, searching for media content
    (audio/video/images) and presenting a clear list featuring the content
    of each folder identified to contain media.
    
    Each media folder can be browsed, added to existing media library
    categories or used as a base for a new media library category.
    
    With the new Media Scanner, you no longer have to leave the fullscreen
    navigation interface to setup the media library.

  * New "Stream Selection" fullscreen navigation interface (Shift+"E").
    The stream selection navigation interface allows you to easy select
    which of the playing media's Audio and Subtitle streams to enable.

  * New "Mini Color Control" fullscreen navigation interface that by default
    replaces the old color control fullscreen navigation interface.  
    
    The new minified version uses as little screen-space as possible to
    ensure color changes are clearly seen as they are being applied.

  * New "Control Bar" button on the skin selection dialog, introducing
    a new class of skinning specifically for the control bar, allowing you
    to pick custom control bar designs, regardless of the currently used
    skin.
    
    By default, Zoom Player ships with 5 custom control bars:
    1. Onyx Very Small
    2. Onyx Small
    3. Onyx Medium
    4. Onyx Large
    5. Onyx Very Large

  * Zoom Player is now "Large Address Aware".  This means that Zoom Player
    and filters in use by Zoom Player can now allocate more than 2GB of RAM.
    
    Large Address Aware is required when playing 4K video content through
    MadVR using a very large frame buffer.

  * New "Media Scanner" entry on the media library fullscreen navigation
    category list giving easy access the new media scanner fullscreen
    navigation interface.

  * New "Remove folder(s) from categories" function on the media library
    fullscreen navigation category list enabling easy removal of folders
    from existing media library categories.

  * New "Hot Corner" feature (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings)
    that triggers customizable functions when the mouse (or finger with
    touch input devices) clicks on one of the screen's corners while in
    fullscreen mode.
    
    By default the functions are:
    Top-Left corner     : Main fullscreen navigation interface
    Top-Right corner    : Playlist fullscreen navigation interface
    Bottom-Left corner  : File browsing fullscreen navigation interface
    Bottom-Right corner : Media library fullscreen navigation interface

  * New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse / Settings) to limit
    "Hot Corner" feature to fullscreen mode (enabled by default).

  * New settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Mouse) to set which
    function is triggered when using the 4th (Forward) and 5th (Backward)
    buttons on the mouse.
    
    By default the forward and backward buttons are set to perform
    a medium distance seek, but any Zoom Player function can be assigned
    to the buttons using the 'Custom' option.

  * New setting (Adv. Options / Playback / Video) to control
    LAV Video Decoder's hardware acceleration.
    
    By default, Zoom Player now sets the hardware acceleration to
    DXVA2 Copyback (which falls back to software mode if it is
    not supported by the hardware/drivers) in tablet mode and
    "Use LAV's setting" on PCs and HTPCs.

  * New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation / Settings)
    that controls whether clicking the right/left screen edges navigates to
    the left/right.
    
    This behavior was previously enabled and hard coded, it is now optional
    and disabled by default.

  * New setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation) that
    switches between the old color control navigation style and the new
    mini-color control navigation style.
    
    The current navigation skin must support the mini-color control
    navigation mode for the setting to have an affect.

  * A few great looking background patterns for the customizable dark/light
    fullscreen navigation interfaces are now included with the installer.
    The browse button next to the "Override navigation background image"
    setting now opens the new patterns folder by default.

  * The advanced playlist control can now be searched with either an
    "OR" or an "AND" type Boolean search when using multiple words.

  * New "Lock user interface" control bar button.
    When enabled, the mouse and keyboard interfaces are disabled until
    the top-left corner of the screen is quickly clicked 3 times or the
    space bar is quickly pressed 3 times.

  * New "/MainNav" command line parameter that starts the player with the
    main navigation interface visible and fullscreen.

  * New "Main Navigator" setting for the "Start Player in" feature
    (Adv. Options / Interface / Position & Size).

  * New Text Viewer font size settings for both ASCII and ANSI (used to
    display art in NFO files) under "Adv. Options / Interface / On
    Screen Display".

  * New "exLAVHWAccel" extended function that specifies the type of
    video hardware acceleration used by the LAV Video Decoder filter.
    
    Values:
    0 = Use LAV's setting
    1 = None (software decoding)
    2 = NVIDIA CUVID
    3 = Intel½ QuickSync
    4 = DXVA2 (copy-back)
    5 = DXVA2 (native)

    Extended functions can be mapped to keyboard events to make switching
    between different hardware acceleration modes more accessible.
    
  * New smart play profile to support decoding of Apple's ProRes format.

  * Media can now be played directly from the fullscreen download manager
    navigation interface.

  * New API message #1935 to add a file to the playlist and automatically
    start playing it.

  + Zoom Player should load faster, especially on a fresh install or when
    upgrading to a new version.

  + Rewrote the entire fullscreen navigation mouse click/touch code to
    prevent clicking and double clicking outside list boundaries selecting
    the first/last list entry.

  + The Image Adjust, Image Blanking, Equalizer and Color Control navigation
    interfaces are now much more reactive when quickly clicking the mouse or
    touch input devices.

  + The GoTo Time fullscreen navigation interface is now much more
    touch-intuitive with +/- icons under the Hours/Minutes/Seconds
    fields to quickly change the values without having to use the 
    more cumbersome directional arrows interface.

  + The file browsing fullscreen navigation interface no longer displays the
    volume label of network drives as it caused massive slow downs if the
    network drive was disconnected.

  + The fullscreen navigation interfaces' close button now only reacts when
    the mouse button is released or when the finger is moved off the touch
    surface.  The change makes the interface more intuitive when used with
    touch interfaces.

  + Double clicking on the fullscreen media library category or file
    browsing drive list now opens the last position instead of the first
    item in the list.

  + When hovering with the mouse over the main fullscreen navigation
    interface's grid, the active entry is now set to the item selected
    instead of just highlighted, making use of a keyboard+mouse setup
    more intuitive.

  + The order of the navigation interfaces has been changed along with the
    default navigation interfaces listed in the main navigation interface.
    You can still choose which navigation interfaces to list through the
    advanced options dialog.    

  + The on-screen clock is now hidden when a fullscreen navigation interface
    is visible.

  + The default value for "Navigation Scroll Mode" is now set to
    "Middle Centered".

  + The icon in the path area was removed from several fullscreen navigation
    interfaces.

  + The path text was changed to be more subtle in several fullscreen
    navigation interfaces.

  + Played items in the media library and file browsing fullscreen navigation
    interfaces are made easier to spot by changing played media's icon to
    25% transparency (compared to 50% in previous versions).

  + Several actions, (for example trying to open a category in the media
    library that contained no files) would not show any visual cue to
    indicate why no action took place.

    These action will now Pop-up an OSD message to indicate the cause.

  + When opening the options dialog for the very first time, it will now
    open centered within the active monitor (previously it would open
    centered on the main UI window).

  - Due to a bug, the scheduler interface became impossible to enable even
    when using the MAX version.

  - The "Check for updates" setting was broken and may have notified of new
    components on the install center even though they may have not been any.

  - Closing a fullscreen navigation interface by clicking/touching the "X"
    area located at the top-right corner of the screen could accidentally
    trigger a "right" navigation function, which by default is to seek forward
    20 seconds.

  - Long-presses on buttons now work when used with a touch screen (instead of
    the default windows behavior of a long-press being used to right-click).

  - Double-click action will not trigger accidentally when trying to quickly
    select/unselect entries in the Playlist, Media Library and File Browsing
    fullscreen navigation interfaces.

  - The selected file(s) attribute in the Media Library, Playlist and File
    Browsing fullscreen navigation interfaces would not clear after performing
    several actions (Cut, Paste, Add to Playlist, Remove from Playlist and
    Clear Playlist).

  - Fixed a memory leak when using the main navigation interface in grid mode.

  - Certain mouse actions and features did not perform well when the text
    viewer was used.

  - When playing a file using the file browsing fullscreen navigation
    interface, opening the interface will now mark the file as seen without
    requiring you to exit and re-enter the folder.
  
  - Scrolling quickly through the "image adjust" and "image blanking"
    fullscreen navigation interfaces could cause values to change using a
    multiplier instead of accurately one at a time.

  - In the FREE and PRO versions, the chapter points on the timeline could
    not be disabled.

  - Pressing Backspace before typing anything else in a fullscreen navigation
    interface that had QuickSearch enabled could cause the dialog to appear
    frozen until other characters were entered.

  - Using the "End" key to go to the end of the line when using the
    fullscreen keyboard navigation interface would go one character after
    the line's end.

  - If the "Auto-Show the Control Bar on Mouse Movement" setting was enabled
    and the "Limit Control Bar Auto-Show to Fullscreen / Zoom mode" was
    disabled, it took two clicks to close the control bar.

  - Using the CommAPI #1930 message to add files to the playlist now
    automatically translates "/" characters to "\" if the path is local,
    fixing cosmetic issues in the playlist.


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