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$Id: NEWS,v 1.24 2003/03/02 12:10:46 gbazin Exp $

Changes between 0.5.1a and 0.5.2:
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Core support:
 * advanced config options are now hidden by default.
 * new --spdif option to use the S/PDIF audio output by default.

Codecs:
 * support for DV audio through the ffmpeg library.
 * new but basic MPEG video decoder based on libmpeg2.

UNIX ports:
 * fixed the GNU-pth support.

Win32 port:
 * multi-channel audio and S/PDIF support for both the DirectX
   and Waveout plugins.
 * localization support via gettext is now fully working.
 * rc interface is now fully useable.
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Changes between 0.5.1 and 0.5.1a:
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Mac OS X port:
 * fixed a problem that caused VLC to select the wrong language when
   English was set as the preferred language.

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Changes between 0.5.0 and 0.5.1:
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Core support:
 * new mouse gesture interface
 * audio volume can now be changed at any time, even when no file is
   playing

Input access:
 * various minor fixes on the network inputs
 * fixed some weird URL parsing problems (/Volumes/toto:tata/harry@coin.mpg)
 * VCD: fixed track number and chapter indexing

Input demux:
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 * fixed a bad initialization in the mp4 plug-in
 * new --buggy-psi option for TS streams which do not update their
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   continuity counter

Codecs:
 * support for MPEG-2 intra slice refresh (aka. Slice-I) streams

DVD support:
 * fixed a bug which turned the default interface command-line only
   without the user consent

UNIX ports:
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 * GTK: fixed a crash when going fullscreen or changing volume from the
   popup menu
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 * X11: new screen saver disabling plug-in (--extraintf screensaver)
 * KDE: fixed compilation with KDE 3.1
 * ALSA: fixed mono files output

Mac OS X port:
 * fixed a crash on start-up on some localized systems
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 * lowered real-time priorities to avoid lock-ups on slow machines
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 * VLC can now be made the handler of ftp http mms and udp URLs
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 * playlist enhancements
 * added half, normal and double video window menu items
 * new step forward/step backward commands
 * the dock should no longer be visible in fullscreen mode
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 * the Mac OS X binary is now compiled with Ogg/Theora support
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 * vlc.app is now VLC.app

Win32 port:
 * fixed the "RichEdit line insertion error" bug
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 * VLC can now be run from outside its installation directory
 * fixed a bug that prevented to find the default subtitle font
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BeOS port:
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 * smarter BeOS priorities to avoid lock-ups
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 * few enhancements in the interface (especially the Settings window)
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Opie port:
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 * native video output is working again
 * only commandline interface support
 * support for MPEG4, DivX through ffmpeg package

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Changes between 0.4.6 and 0.5.0:
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Core structure:
  * object structure which allows for full re-entrancy, known as libvlc
  * new audio output architecture based on filter pipelines, providing
    S/PDIF and multi-channel support
  * localization support via gettext on most architectures
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  * new stream output architecture, allowing to use VLC to unicast,
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    multicast or broadcast a stream to another VLC (only MPEG 1, 2 and 4
    and A/52 streams are supported)
  * build system now uses autoconf/automake/autopoint

Input access:
  * mms:// support
  * ftp:// support
  * stability fixes in the HTTP access
  * auto-detection of RTP encapsulation
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  * VCD entry points support
  * VCD image file support
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Input demux:
  * support for *.asf format
  * improved support for *.avi, especially over an HTTP connection
  * support for *.mp4 and *.mov format
  * support for ogg encapsulation
  * support for raw DV format
  * support for *.wav format
  * new demuxdump demux allowing to save a stream to a file
  * raw AAC support

Stream discovery & playlists:
  * support for the SAP/SDP and SLP protocols
  * support for .m3u file format
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  * support for .asx file format
  * hack to find the streaming sources in html-pages with embedded wmp
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Codecs:
  * support for the microdvd, subrip, ssa1, ssa2-4 subtitles file formats
    (only available with the .avi demux)
  * support for ADPCM audio codec
  * support for raw PCM data
  * support for Cinepak video codec
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  * support for DV video codec via libdv or ffmpeg
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  * support for AAC audio codec via libfaad2
  * support for Xvid codec
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  * support for Xiph.org's Vorbis audio codec
  * support for Xiph.org's Tremor audio codec (when compiling from sources)
  * support for Xiph.org's Tarkin and Theora video codecs (when compiling
    from sources)
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  * new codecs supported by latest ffmpeg versions: WMV, WMA, SVQ 1, H263,
    H263i, MJPEG A/B
  * fixed an endianness bug in LPCM codec

DVD support:
  * experimental preliminary support for DVD menus via libdvdplay

Miscellaneous:
  * new WxWindows interface
  * all interfaces allow to dynamically change the volume, the audio
    device and the channels configuration
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  * headphone channel mixer with virtual spatialization effect
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  * Mozilla plugin based on libvlc for embedded playback in webpages of any
    format that VLC can play
  * new swedish translation
  * updated french, german, dutch and italian translations
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GNU/Linux, *BSD & misc. UNIX ports:
  * OSS and ALSA audio output modules support A/52 over S/PDIF output
  * OSS support for multi-channel (up to 6) analog sound cards

Mac OS X port:
  * localization support via GNU gettext software
  * completely revamped Cocoa interface
  * new preferences panel
  * new open panel with full features
  * video output screen can be chosen in the Video menu
  * audio device and channels configuration can be chosen in the Audio menu
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  * new playlist drawer and messages windows
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Win32 port:
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  * preferences dialog box redesigned
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  * waveout module supports multi-channel audio output and A52 over S/PDIF
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  * support for VCDs
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  * new dialog box to select avi subtitles
  * some new shortcuts (in particular to play/pause or stay on top)
  * new menu entry to spawn another interface
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  * rc interface is partly fixed and useable
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BeOS port:
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  * new settings window for adjusting post-processing, brightness,
    contrast, etc
  * enhancements of the playlist window
  * new messages window to see debug info
  * fixed a few crashes
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iPaq port:
  * slider bar in GTK+/GPE Familiar interface
  * fixed crash on directory change in Familiar interface
  * added qte_main module for use in all modules that need Opie or Qte support
  * native video output module for Qt Embedded/Opie is not working