Boxee Beta Gets Update

If you are an HD buff or simple HTPC fan then you will love Boxee. In CES 2010 we saw the Boxee new UI and in all honesty it was pretty clever. However, there were some issues with the new version. For me it was high CPU usage. I know that I do not have a high-end PC but why does the interface crash all the time. I used the new Boxee for 2 days and in the end uninstalled it with a heavy heart.

Nevertheless, I still did not give up on Boxee and so, we have a new Beta version, which according to the blog has 500 issues resolved. Five hundred is a very high number but I am hoping it will fix some problems that I was having before.

List of changes or fixes:

  • Multilingual keyboard support: under settings->appearance->region to add keyboards
  • Significantly improved video quality of our DXVA support
  • Regained support for older graphics cards (pre-2.0 pixel shader) which was broken after move to DXVA
  • Improved file scanning performance
  • Hardware acceleration of H.264 on Intel HD4500 cards
  • Hang on FLAC tag read over SMB
  • SMB crashes when canceling SMB operations
  • Hang on shutdown due to wait for SMB and file scanner
  • Hang in file scanner when manually scanning a folder
  • Hangs due to excessive locks around database pool
  • Hangs when left idle due to UDP sockets leak
  • Corrupted graphics on some ATI cards (X1600)
  • Log file cycling (every 32M, old log overrides boxee.old.log)
  • Present action dialog when clicking on DVD icon to allow browse/eject
  • Optimization to file scanning making it less IO intensive
  • Fixes to iPhone remote keyboard under Linux
  • Added support for m4b playback (audio books)
  • Crash in ID3 tag reading (playback and background scanning of some mp3 files)
  • Crash in some wav files which contained extra-info in the wav header (playback and background scanning)
  • Crash on some rss feeds caused by mis-parsing of empty http headers
  • Crash on image extraction from mp3 tags (in some cases)
  • win32: fixed runtime error in some cases where vc90 runtime was not installed properly
  • Dual screen issues. sometimes a movie would only show black screen when switching screens.
  • Allow apps to define properties for rtmp streaming
  • Playback of some internet video streams, mainly coming from playlists (partial read of the network buffer was causing wrong codec detection)
  • Playlist playback of internet video streams was sometimes using the music player instead of the video player
  • Playback of music from history (was not working and now it will open the folder played from)
  • Logout was broken enabling logging-in even after password change (was using stored cookie)
  • Win32: when launching boxee while another instance is running it will just bring the other instance to front

DXVA support is improved which is good news since most HTPC users would want their GPU’s to do all the work.

So, don’t wait and download the latest version of boxee from here: Download

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