Boxee Updates Beta

Boxee has updated the latest beta build for the general public. The have fixed over 500 things in the new version. There were also some new things added as well.

* 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

I have been using the new version for a little while and the overall feel of the Beta just felt more responsive. More at the Boxee Blog.

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