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2020-05-22 | [3,110]

Kodi 18.7

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KodiKodi (formerly known as XBMC), is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a hard-drive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons.

Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive. Kodi will scan all of your media and create a personalized library complete with boxcovers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox.

the Kodi team is very pleased to announce the immediate availability of Kodi 18.0 “Leia” for all supported platforms (UWP for Windows Store and Xbox is working its way through the system as I type, so will be available shortly…). While we were planning to move more to a “release early, release often” model, this has some significant changes that really needed to be tested and bedded in before we launched it, so it did take a little longer than we’d hoped. It was, though, a worthwhile wait 🙂

To put it in some kind of context, this version includes:

Approaching 10,000 commits (code chunks changed)
More than 3000 pull-requests (collection of commits that were included in one go)
Nearly 9,000 changed files
Nearly half a million line of code added, and much the same number removed
Over 36 open source developers
A lot of dedicated free time conceiving, designing, developing and testing these changes (and all the infrastructure you see around them, including this web site)
Quite literally many, many cases of beer and wine

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…

News
Release Announcements

Kodi “Leia” 18.7 Release

You may have noticed that we’ve adopted a RERO approach to Kodi – release early, release often. Our aim is to fix problems more quickly, and then get those fixes out into the wild equally as quickly. This might mean some issues escape alongside the bug fixes, but, overall, it should mean better software, sooner, and without the disruption of a major version bump.

So, with no further fanfare: another release in the Kodi 18.x “Leia” cycle. The usual rules apply: bug fixes, not new features or functionality; most will be invisible, but will be much-appreciated if you’re been suffering from a problem we’ve managed to address.

You can find full details of closed pull requests on GitHub, so explore that if you want the details, but TL;DR…

Audio

Fix to not reset user-set volume (Android)
Fixes around multi-channel audio track support

Playback/Display

Fixes to Bluray subtitle language recognition
Fix playback of bus-encrypted bluray discs
Improved library handing for plugins if media source is removed
Use JNI instead of NDK for MediaCodec (Android)
Further work on maximum width and height/vertical-shift (Android)
Fixes around realtime handling of TS streams

Interface/Look-and-feel

Fix for watch icons not showing when content type is not set (Estouchy)
Fix navigation in skinsettings (Estuary)
Fix crash in favourites dialog
Apply safe area insets to Kodi GUI (iOS)
Fixes around focus after touch action
Improvements around dialog/toast handling
Fixed behaviour when accessing locked media sources

Music

Fixes around library handling of “isalbumartist” field
Fixes around expansion of .ISO images to avoid GUI freezes
Ensure album artist isn’t blanked out when scraping

Build System

Fix downloading dependencies from mirrors (Windows)
Library updates – bump gnutls (3.6.11.1) and nettle(3.5.1)

PVR

Fix EPG corruption when new channels are added during startup

Network

Improvements around handling of proxy credentials
Fix for proxy empty fields (proxy, username, password)

Addons-

Fix crash if an incompatible VFS addon is present
Fix display of title for compressed package directories
Fixes around addon settings folder naming

Subtitles

Fixes around decoding of HTML escape characters
Fix around SMI (SAMI) subtitles and quoted start tags

Profiles

Fixes for issues related to switching profile
Fixes to saving of lock preferences (master lock, lock video windows, etc.)

Other/General

Add “Swiss German” and “Portuguese (Brazil)” to language codes
Fix to guard against assert in tinyxml
Fix stack overflow when trying to find NFO files in a RAR file
Implement range checking in URIUtils::resolvePath
Implement support for extended local headers in ZIP files used by some scrapers

 

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