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Changes for v18.3 (Leia) - v18.4 (Leia)

  • Another couple of months have passed since we last pushed out a release, and so, in our ongoing efforts to produce the best media software in the world, it's time to squash another few of those more irritating bugs. Usual rules apply: don't expect any new features, don't think that this will change your life, it won't make you richer or more attractive, but it will hopefully be more stable and usable for people who've been victims of any of these bugs.
  • So, what have we done? Well, you can find a full summary of closed pull requests here, but the summary would be...
  • Interface
  • Fix Missing text when sorting from inside addon
  • Clear/save focus-history when leaving window with focus on parent folder item
  • Picture slideshow fixes (Estuary)
  • Subscribe to controller install events (games)
  • Fix radio button text length (Estuary)
  • Fix season/episode formatting for video addons (video)
  • Don't consider display mode ids constant (Android)
  • Playback/Display
  • Fix PlayMedia builtin for playlists (.strm) and "artists" smart playlists (music)
  • Fix PlayMedia builtin for smart playlists and playlists (music)
  • FFmpeg: Bump to 4.0.4-Leia-18.4
  • Load program from stream property without using streaminfo (video)
  • Fix initialization of AVD3D11VAContext structure (video, Windows)
  • Fix TS resume point, related to PR16314 (video)
  • Fixed memory leak, fixed segfault (video, Linux)
  • Fix PAPlayer to handle passthrough for TrueHD (audio)
  • PVR
  • Fix component dependencies
  • PVRRecordings: Prevent concurrent calls to video database
  • Other/General fixes
  • Use first protocol from add-on in add network dialog
  • Use exact matching for protocol in file+dir factories
  • Use of absolute paths in combination with hosts in URLs
  • Fix file times for vfs addons
  • Fix + sign HTTP folder
  • Corrections to filesystem CircularCache initialization and termination
  • Controller fixes
  • Delete stream details when video info is refreshed
  • Do not attempt to further resolve plugin paths for failing entries
  • Revert "fixed: We should always update stream details from player..."



Changes for v18.2 (Leia) - v18.3 (Leia)

  • Two months have passed since our last bugfix release and already we have a new one ready for consumption. Fancy a few more features? There aren't any, with one teeny-tiny exception. Apparently DTS-HD audio only tracks are a thing and Kodi can now play them like any other music format. That's it. No more features. Seriously.
  • However, since Kodi 18.3 is a bugfix release, we have a boatload of erm... fixes. In fact, too many to mention. Below is a non-exhaustive list of (mostly) usability fixes.
  • Estuary
  • Fixed favourites widget not scrolling properly on 16:10 displays
  • Fixed API button was not reachable with a mouse on Settings window
  • Fixed Skin Settings window scrollbar focus
  • Fixed order of TV Show title and Episode title in Video Info dialog
  • Added Search button to the side menu in the Video and Music windows
  • Fixed Wall and Infowall views scroll to bottom on certain aspect-ratios
  • Fixed broken side menu navigation in the Addon Browser window
  • PVR
  • Fixed a Group Manager crash when adding a new group
  • Fixed EPG UI corruption and/or EPG data not showing with newly added channels
  • Fixed PVR guide window channel data being overwritten
  • Music
  • Added support for DTS-HD audio tracks
  • Fixed wrong album or artist thumb art being picked from scraper results
  • The remaining fixes are under the hood and range from addressing nasty memory leaks to DVD playback from HTTPS sources, with a couple of crash and burn events in between. A special thanks to all the users that found a bug, took the time to report it and, in some cases, provided a fix.



Changes for v18 (Leia) RC 2 - v18 (Leia) RC 3

  • Update documentation regarding Python and Skin develoment: Kodi Doxygen
  • Linux powermanagement: change logind detection to also use Dbus
  • Android: Fix playback for some PVR add-ons
  • Fix performance issue in PVR recording sub menu by reducing number of resume point update requests
  • Android: Assign joysticks in order of MRU (last activation)
  • Fix crash when an add-on did not define a version number
  • VideoPlayer: fix state of a/v players after switching refresh rate
  • Add new setting that allows to hide "spoiler" text for TV shows or movies
  • Of course there are several more changes which are listed on our github repository found here: RC1 changes.
  • https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/milestone/115?closed=1



Changes for v18 (Leia) RC 1 - v18 (Leia) RC 2

  • Most notable changes to mention in this Release Candidate:
  • Update documentation regarding Python and Skin develoment: Kodi Doxygen
  • Linux powermanagement: change logind detection to also use Dbus
  • Android: Fix playback for some PVR add-ons
  • Fix performance issue in PVR recording sub menu by reducing number of resume point update requests
  • Android: Assign joysticks in order of MRU (last activation)
  • Fix crash when an add-on did not define a version number
  • VideoPlayer: fix state of a/v players after switching refresh rate
  • Add new setting that allows to hide "spoiler" text for TV shows or movies
  • Of course there are several more changes which are listed on our github repository found here: RC1 changes.
  • https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/milestone/115?closed=1



Changes for v18 (Leia) Beta 3 - v18 (Leia) Beta 4

  • We hereby present you the forth Beta build of Kodi v18 as we are heading towards the final release. Since we are now in Beta stage our focus will be on solving bugs and possible usability problems. So far it has been proven to be quite solid to use as a daily driver for those who were brave enough to try it out. Of course you should still keep in mind it's not a final release yet and that on any upgrade a small glitch could happen as we are still doing rework. Once you decide to give it a try it is highly recommended that you create a backup first.
  • Currently included
  • A full changelog is nearly impossible to create and in this release article we will only cover the basics. For a more extensive list you can visit our wiki page v18 (Leia) changelog which will be update along the way. From now on all v18 releases will not contain any big new features as we are focussed on bug fixing only.
  • Most notable changes to mention in Beta 4:
  • Finally implemented binary repository for Android, OSX and Windows
  • Further improve controller handling
  • Fix playback of files in playlists that have mixed content of audio and video
  • Fix possible crash on exit
  • Bump NFS library to 3.0
  • Various other code improvements and cleanups
  • Of course there are several more changes which are listed on our github repository found here: Beta4 changes.



Changes for v18 (Leia) Beta 1 - v18 (Leia) Beta 2

  • We hereby present you the second Beta build of Kodi v18 as we are heading towards the final release. Since we are now in Beta stage our focus will be on solving bugs and possible usability problems. So far it has been proven to be quite solid to use as a daily driver for those who were brave enough to try it out. Of course you should still keep in mind it's not a final release yet and that on any upgrade a small glitch could happen as we are still doing rework. Once you decide to give it a try it is highly recommended that you create a backup first.
  • Currently included
  • A full changelog is nearly impossible to create and in this release article we will only cover the basics. For a more extensive list you can visit our wiki page v18 (Leia) changelog which will be update along the way. From now on all v18 releases will not contain any big new features as we are focussed on bugfixing only.
  • Most notable fixes to mention in Beta 2 are EPG and PVR interface optimisations and Live TV related fixes. Further more there are some improvements regarding Bluray playback and menus. Of course there are several more changes which are listed on our github reposity found here: Beta2 changes.
  • https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/milestone/111?closed=1



Changes for v18 (Leia) Alpha 3 - v18 (Leia) Beta 1



Changes for v18 (Leia) Alpha 2 - v18 (Leia) Alpha 3

  • We hereby present you the third and last alpha build of Kodi v18 as we are going forward entering beta stage. This release is a continuation of the previous two with our continous focus on solving bugs and usability problems. So far it has proved to be quite solid to use as a daily driver for those who were brave enough to try it out. Of course you should still keep in mind it's not a final release yet and that on any upgrade a small glitch could happen as we are still doing rework. Once you decide to give it a try it is highly recommended that you create a backup first.
  • Currently included
  • A full changelog is nearly impossible to create and in this release article we will only cover the basics. For a more extensive list you can visit our wiki page v18 (Leia) changelog which will be update along the way. This third alpha release contain no big new features as we are focus on bugfixing only.
  • Make sure to also go through our news sections which contain all past announcements regarding the Leia release and some highlights of what it will contain.
  • Stability and usability is key
  • In general the whole stability has been improved quite a lot. The times you still get glitches or occasional crashes haven been reduced due to just ripping out not so well coded parts and replaced with a more structured design and standard. Not that the old code was bad however over time new insights were gained and having newer code standards just make it better. Untangling all parts or components and make them behave better next to each other has been one of the biggest efforts done so far.
  • Current available skins
  • Due to changes in how Kodi works skins need to be updated for each release. As of this moment we have the following ones have been update by their developers and are readily available from our repository.
  • Adnoic, Aeon Nox 5, Andromeda, Black Glass Nova, Chroma, Confluence, fTV, Grid, Mimic, Nebula, Omni, Rapier, Sio2, Xperience1080
  • More will follow at a later point in time when we approach final release.
  • The story continues
  • Although we don’t really have a clear future plan or clear cut goals (except making a great media center) we would welcome any developer who wants to spend time on getting Kodi better in every way. Either improving the core code to newer standards, fixing bugs or implementing a new feature we haven’t thought of. Compared to years ago the code has become better to understand and follow for newcomers to get started. Once we get something written down of certain to reach goals we will certainly share them.
  • A great improvement has been made on the documentation that explains how to compile and work on the core code for Kodi. We highly recommend to read the article Kodi's GitHub codebase new face and better documentation.
  • Release time
  • You might also wonder when we will actually release this as a final version? Currently we don't really have a set time however it should at least be somewhere this year so. There's still enough room left for improvements however we could change our minds at any point in time and just call it ready enough to start the release cycle. In short we can't say or promise anything. For now we will start doing the Alpa release on a regular bases to bring further balance to the force.



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