Announcing Zoom Player v2.90 beta 1



This beta contains A LOT of changes to the internal code, I had to rewrite 100's of lines to implement the new dynamic menuing system (see below).

I have been testing it for several days now and it's been completely stable on my system, but you can never really know about these things.

As I've posted in another thread, I'm off to europe on the 29th and I won't return until the 10th or so, so I may not be able to answer any specific questions. I will try to drop in if there's a computer available to me.

Changes since 2.80:
 New :

 * New Toggle (Options -> Toggles) allowing you to have the Control Bar
   aligned to the Tom/Bottom of the Monitor when in windowed mode.
   Set to either Top or Bottom, overrides all other Control Bar position

 * New Setting (Options -> Settings -> Interface) allowing you to detach
   the Control Bar from the user interface.  The position of the Control
   Bar in Window and Fullscreen modes are remembered independently.
   Can also be accessed by middle clicking the Control Bar.

 * New DVD Setting (Options -> DVD -> DVD Settings) allowing you to set
   the Closed Caption Background to Transparent (otherwise Opaque).

 * New Audio Balance (stereo) interface.  Using the Alt+Shift+"," and
   Alt+Shift+"." keys you can move the Audio Balance Left to Right.

 * New Open Drive Function (Shift+"D") allowing you to open every file
   on the drive according to the allowed extension list (Options ->
   Values -> Other).  The code also checks if the drive contains a
   VCD, SVCD or DVD disc and only opens the appropriate files accordingly.

 * New Command Line Parameter allowing you to set the keyboard file,
   Example: "c:\path\to\exe\zplayer.exe" "/key:c:\path\to\key\keyfile.key"

 * New Skinning interface (not implemented on default skin) allowing you
   to create an Audio Balance Control on the user interface.  It works
   similar to the Play Rate Control and implemented through the
   BlanaceExData skinning function.

 * New "TimelineCursor" Skinning Variable allowing you to set the cursor
   used for timeline seeking.

 * New FillMask skinning helper function for easily filling skin areas
   with a mask of another bitmap (useful for backgrounds with transparent


 * The Custom Context-Menu interface has been completely revamped, there
   are no more fixed items and more functions are accessible.  Backward
   support for the previous custom menu interface won't be supported,
   however, it doesn't take more than 2 minutes to manually convert.

 * The default Context-Menu for the Media, DVD and Tray interfaces has
   been sorted and expanded.

 * The Association dialog now shows you which extensions are associated
   and allows you to remove association.

 * The File Navigator interface now uses the Open Drive button when using
   the Insert key on a drive letter.

 * Separated the Custom Audio Device to Media and DVD so you can decide
   if it affects one or the other (or neither).

 * The Next/Previous Chapter buttons now act as Next/Previous Tracks when
   no chapters are defined.  When Chapters are defined they will only
   change tracks if you are on the last/first chapters.  This allows
   you to cross-chapter media files.

 * New Overlay Color automated verification system that double checks if
   DirectShow is returning the correct overlay color used in OSD
   transparency.  This is required due to bugs in such filters as the
   WinDVD v4 Video Decoder which modifies the overlay color code for some
   unknown reason.

 * The vlLeft and vlTop skin parameters have been moved into the
   VolumeExData function and should no longer be used in future skins.

 * The rtLeft, rtTop parameters and RateData function has been integrated
   into a new "RateExData" function for further skinning simplification.

 * The skinning documentation has moved from the plasticblue to the
   brownish skin as it is updated to much all the new functions.

 * The red error dialog now has a "Close" button on them, some people
   were unaware they could be closed by pressing Escape or Clicking on
   the dialog.


 * Fixed a problem when the Override VMR setting was enabled and you
   simply wouldn't see any video.

 * The TransBitmapCopy function was not working properly.

 * Fixed a bug that could cause crashes on non-english versions of

 * Fixed a problem that would alter the DVD Background Image aspect

 * Using the new DrawExText would cause position covered by the
   text not to react to mouse clicks.

 * Open Filter Property Pages should no longer mess up buttons with
   Hover Graphics.

 * Fixed possible crashes (multiple divide by zero) with Scene Cut files.

 * Clicking the mouse on the Play List Navigator could pop an error dialog.
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