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Syncplay 1.3.0 beta 3d

Posted by Etoh on March 17, 2015
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The third beta brings improved VLC support (thanks Darkman802) and more options on how Syncplay should handle unpause events. If in the main Syncplay GUI menu bar you select ‘Window’ -> ‘Show auto-play button’ then you can also enable the ‘auto-play when everyone is ready’ feature. The ‘a’ part of the release tries to fix some minor issues with VLC seeking unnecessarily.

New beta Windows installer available from: http://syncplay.pl/Syncplay_1.3.0_Beta_Setup_[2015_04_21].exe
(If you are using the Git version of Syncplay, just update to Git HEAD)

Portable Windows executable version available from: http://syncplay.pl/syncplay-1.3.0-beta-portable-2015-04-21.zip

If any OSX Python developers can get the menu bar to show up in OSX then please make a pull request of the necessary changes.

As usual, if you are having problems or want to give feedback then please e-mail us (dev@syncplay.pl) or chat with us on IRC (#syncplay on chat.freenode.net). Github users can also create an issue, or you could tweet us @syncplay.

Syncplay 1.3.0 Beta #2

Posted by Etoh on January 25, 2015
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In addition to managed rooms (the new name for ‘controlled rooms’), the second beta includes a major new feature that allows for viewers to indicate that they are ready to watch. Please let us know what you think by e-mailing dev@syncplay.pl

To accommodate this change, the interface has also been re-worked. Check out the “Window” menu item if you want to bring playback controls back into the main window.

New beta Windows installer available from: http://syncplay.pl/Syncplay_1.3.0_Beta_Setup_[2015_01_25].exe
Portable Windows version is available from: http://syncplay.pl/syncplay-v1.3.0-beta2-portable.zip
(If you are using the Git version of Syncplay, just update to Git HEAD)

Note (2015-01-25): The public servers will not be updated to support 1.3.0 until tomorrow, so you’ll need to run your own server to try out these features.

Minor changes:

  • Some VLC bugfixes
  • Allows for longer offsets (to support chapter offsets with VLC)
  • Changes default program to run syncplay (python to python2) in *nix
  • Adds “load media stream URL” menu item to main GUI.

Syncplay 1.3.0 beta (try it now!)

Posted by Etoh on December 06, 2014
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Syncplay 1.3.0 has support for Controlled Rooms, includes translations into Russian and German, has better support for mpv, VLC and *BSD, and various GUI improvements.

Controlled rooms allows you to create ‘rooms’ where only those with the right password can seek, pause and unpause. See http://syncplay.pl/guide/client/#advanced for more details.

See http://syncplay.pl/changelog/ for the full list of changes. Thanks to all who contributed (inc. BrokeRU, DerGenaue  and nilsding for their translations and nilsding again for initial *BSD support)!

Want to test it out? Linux/OSX/*BSD users should simply use the git HEAD. For those wanting a Windows installer, you can get it from http://syncplay.pl/Syncplay_1.3.0_Beta_Setup_[2014-12-06].exe (Note: URL will change as new if new beta is released).

If you are having problems or want to give feedback (or indeed ask to help Syncplay support more languages) then please e-mail us (dev@syncplay.pl) or chat with us on IRC (#syncplay on chat.freenode.net). Github users can also create an issue, or you could tweet us @syncplay.

The next version of the beta should also have the ‘Are you ready?’ feature.

p.s. There are two known bugs with Syncplay 1.3.0 on OSX. One is that menu bars don’t show up (so you can only create a controlled room in –no-gui mode) and the other is that there are problems opening files by dragging it into Syncplay. If you’re an OSX developer feel free to fix it and give us a pull request”

Syncplay 1.2.9a – another mpv bugfix

Posted by Etoh on August 27, 2014
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Syncplay 1.2.9a is available from https://github.com/Uriziel/syncplay/releases/tag/1.2.9a

It is the same as 1.2.9, but addresses some compatibility issues with more recent versions of mpv and fixes the label of the pause button.

Highlights of Syncplay 1.2.9:

  • Improvements config window with greater access to control Syncplay functionality (e.g. OSD messages and rewind/slowdown thresholds).
  • Loads of fixes and tweaks, to make Syncplay run better, especially for VLC users.
  • VLC and mpv stay open after all files have finished playing, so so you do not have to re-open the player. (This was already the case for MPC-HC)
  •  If a user pauses while the leave message is displayed, it now states both that someone left and that someone paused. (Really useful if someone has “Pause when user leaves” enabled!)

See http://syncplay.pl/changelog/ for the full list of changes. Thanks to all who contributed!

There are new OSX instructions thanks to patricksnape . If you are having problems then please e-mail us (dev@syncplay.pl) or chat with us on IRC (#syncplay on chat.freenode.net

Syncplay 1.2.9

Posted by Etoh on August 11, 2014
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Syncplay 1.2.9 is available from https://github.com/Uriziel/syncplay/releases/tag/1.2.9

Highlights of Syncplay 1.2.9:

  • Improvements config window with greater access to control Syncplay functionality (e.g. OSD messages and rewind/slowdown thresholds).
  • Loads of fixes and tweaks, to make Syncplay run better, especially for VLC users.
  • VLC and mpv stay open after all files have finished playing, so so you do not have to re-open the player. (This was already the case for MPC-HC)
  •  If a user pauses while the leave message is displayed, it now states both that someone left and that someone paused. (Really useful if someone has “Pause when user leaves” enabled!)

See http://syncplay.pl/changelog/ for the full list of changes. Thanks to all who contributed!

There are new OSX instructions thanks to patricksnape . If you are having problems then please e-mail us (dev@syncplay.pl) or chat with us on IRC (#syncplay on chat.freenode.net

Fixes from RC1:

  • mplayer: Fixed handling of file switches (seeking and pause state)
  • Fixed Syncplay Public Server not working whatsoever

Put Syncplay 1.2.9 RC1 to the test!

Posted by Etoh on July 21, 2014
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Release Candidate #1 of Syncplay 1.2.9 is available for testing from https://github.com/Uriziel/syncplay/releases/tag/1.2.9-RC1

Highlights of Syncplay 1.2.9:

  • Improvements config window with greater access to control Syncplay functionality (e.g. OSD messages and rewind/slowdown thresholds).
  • Loads of fixes and tweaks, to make Syncplay run better, especially for VLC users.
  • VLC and mpv stay open after all files have finished playing, so so you do not have to re-open the player. (This was already the case for MPC-HC)
  •  If a user pauses while the leave message is displayed, it now states both that someone left and that someone paused. (Really useful if someone has “Pause when user leaves” enabled!)

See http://syncplay.pl/changelog/ for the full list of changes. Thanks to all who contributed!

This version should have improved support for Mac OSX. If you are having problems then please e-mail us (dev@syncplay.pl) or chat with us on IRC (#syncplay on chat.freenode.net). Oh, and if the RC works fine then let us know that as well 🙂

Syncplay 1.2.8a – mpv bugfix

Posted by Etoh on May 06, 2014
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New in 1.2.8a:

  • + Added “Never slow down or rewind others” option
  • ! Fixed incomparability with new version of MPV
  • ! Fixed HTTP stream support for mpv

…so you only really need to upgrade to this from 1.2.8 if you are using the mpv media player.

Available from: http://syncplay.pl/download/

If you hadn’t noticed from the Syncplay 1.2.8 news post, we have a new e-mail address!

Got idea, feedback, or bug reports? You can:

Syncplay 1.2.8 has arrived!

Posted by Etoh on April 27, 2014
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Backwards compatible with 1.2.x as usual. Available from: https://github.com/Uriziel/syncplay/releases/tag/1.2.8

Important fixes:

  • Important bug fix so that Syncplay works with MPC-HC 1.7.4.
  • Fixed issue with VLC and Windows XP (reported by /u/supersaw7)
  • Allow command line interface to be opened without PySide being installed
  • Fixed makefile handling of single user installations (code contributed by joelixny)
  • Fixed MPC-HC failure if loading file on launch too slowly

Other highlights:

  • Added initial support for DVD sync with VLC
  • Information about other rooms is not displayed on OSD by default
  • Room user list now ordered alphabetically

See http://syncplay.pl/changelog/ for a full list of changes. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release (including code contributor blaenk)!

Got idea, feedback, or bug reports? You can:

Syncplay 1.2.7 out now!

Posted by Etoh on March 01, 2014
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It’s backwards compatible with 1.2.x with graceful fallback for some new features.

Windows installer: https://github.com/Uriziel/syncplay/releases/download/1.2.7/Syncplay.1.2.7rev1.Setup.exe
Linux Tarball: https://github.com/Uriziel/syncplay/archive/1.2.7rc4.tar.gz
OSX Installation Instructions: http://syncplay.pl/guide/install/#OSX

Highlights include:

  • Optional hiding filename and filesize for increased privacy.
  • Notification when you start playing while alone in room.
  • Now actually works with VLC.
  • Many other improvements with handling low quality network connections, interface, player support and other things.

See http://syncplay.pl/changelog/ for a full list of changes. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release!

Syncplay 1.2.7 RC4 out now!

Posted by Etoh on February 21, 2014
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Syncplay 1.2.7 RC4 is available from: https://github.com/Uriziel/syncplay/releases/tag/1.2.7rc4

Additions (+), changes (*) and bug fixes (!) compared to RC3:

  • + Allow syncplay.ini as well as .syncplay files for directory-level configuration files
  • + Made packageable for Linux (code by blaenk)
  • + Added more MPV, VLC and OSX player paths to search for
  • * Various tweaks to syncplay.lua
  • * VLC support now installs by default on Linux
  • ! Improved UTF-8 support in mplayer, mpv and userlist
  • ! Avoid TypeError if ShowMoreSettings is saved as a boolean (code by solarnz)
  • ! Don’t show MAL privacy notification if no libMal
  • ! Fixed problem which made it not work with MPV 0.3 (code by ion1)
  • ! Fixed problems with pauses and seeks while no file is open on MPC-HC (e.g. due to joining a room)
  • ! Fixed bug where VLC would not close properly (i.e. it would disappear, but process would never end)

Full changelog available from: http://syncplay.pl/tech/changelog/

Hopefully this will become Syncplay 1.2.7 Final and we can start working on the next version.

As always, you can discuss this release in the #Syncplay IRC channel on irc.freenode.net.  If we’re not around you may have to idle on the channel to get a response, but we will read everything that is posted.

P.S. If you want to show your support for Syncplay then please consider drawing a picture and sending it to urizieli [at] gmail.com as our chief programmer would really appreciate that.