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Windows Media Player Plus! Version History


Version 2.7 (December 11, 2014)

  • Fixed: broken plug-in functionality on Windows 8.1 after installation of the November 2014 Windows update rollup (KB3000850). Special thanks to berban for reporting.
  • Fixed: possible crash when closing Windows Media Player or when starting media playback. Special thanks to Paul Coddington and Philipp for reporting and testing a fix.
  • Fixed: when re-enabling Windows Media Player plug-ins after a crash, Now Playing plug-ins are now ignored. Previously, these plug-ins would become 'enabled' without actually being loaded or a way to disable them again.
  • By default, the global hotkeys now use the Ctrl+Shift modifiers instead of Ctrl+Win, to prevent possible conflicts with system hotkeys in future versions of Windows. (Reconfiguring the hotkeys to use the Windows key again is of course still allowed, and this change only affects new Windows Media Player Plus! installations.)

 

Version 2.6 (May 19, 2013)

  • New: support for showing the currently playing media in Skype's mood message.
  • Fixed: broken music playback and C00D11B1 errors in Windows Media Player 12 when trying to play a DRM-protected WMA file after a normal, unprotected file (or vice versa). Special thanks to Smeddlesboy for reporting and for testing a fix.
  • Fixed: possible crashes when Windows Media Player Plus! failed to initialize properly (e.g. due to an unhandled error). Special thanks to halonachos117 for reporting.
  • Fixed: possible crash when switching to Library mode after Windows Media Player was started in Now Playing mode, and library disc number support was enabled. Special thanks to Orest for reporting and for testing a fix.
  • Fixed: on Windows 7 and 8 with User Account Control turned on, Windows Media Player Plus! incorrectly disabled the MPEG-4 tag support of WMP Tag Plus 2.0 or higher (lower versions of WMP Tag Plus always have their MPEG-4 tag support disabled because of compatibility issues).
  • Fixed: Windows Live Messenger 'What I'm Listening To' wasn't updated for CD tracks.
  • Fixed: visual glitches when the current song changed in Party Shuffle mode and the Party Shuffle playlist was visible in the (centered) Details pane. Special thanks to Steve Swift for reporting.
  • Fixed: Windows Media Player Plus! always asked to configure Party Shuffle when it hadn't been configured yet, even when Windows Media Player was running invisibly in the background (such as is the case with Windows Media Center).
  • Fixed: when showing the currently playing media in the title bar of Windows Media Player 11 on Vista, the title bar didn't get updated properly.

 

Version 2.5 (November 18, 2012)

  • New: option to bring back the Find in library right-click menu item on Windows Media Player 12.

Tag Editor Plus

  • Added Publisher field to the Artist Info page.
  • Fixed: Windows Media Player could crash when opening Tag Editor Plus for a file that contained certain invalid tags (e.g. a Beats per minute tag with non-numeric value).
  • Fixed: possible Access Violation error when batch editing the Genre of more than 10 songs.
  • Fixed: Tag Editor Plus didn't show up in batch editing mode when one of the selected files couldn't be opened.
  • Fixed: embedded pictures, lyrics and comments were read-only when the first media that was played after opening Windows Media Player was a DVD or audio CD.
  • Fixed: embedded pictures, lyrics and comments could still be edited for files marked as read-only.
  • Fixed: editing the Composer, Writer or Conductor field didn't activate the Apply button (special thanks to Paul Coddington for reporting).
  • Fixed: Unicode characters in the song's artist/title were incorrectly displayed in Tag Editor Plus's title bar (special thanks to Joel Low for reporting and for testing a fix).

Hotkeys

  • New actions available for global hotkeys: step frame forward/backward (video only) and increase/decrease/reset playback rate.
  • The space bar local hotkey now also starts playback when stopped (previously, the space bar only had effect when Windows Media Player was playing or paused).

Party Shuffle

  • Fixed: possible Windows Media Player crash when removing the current song from the Party Shuffle playlist and then starting Party Shuffle again.
  • Fixed: when trying to remove the current song from the Party Shuffle playlist, the wrong song would get actually removed.
  • Fixed: in settings, auto playlists that contained restrictions (e.g. Limit Number Of Items) were not available to be selected as source for Party Shuffle (special thanks to Paul Coddington for reporting).
  • Fixed: when Windows Media Player Plus! auto-restored the Party Shuffle playlist at startup and the source playlist didn't exist anymore or was empty, the same warning could be displayed more than once.

Disc numbers in media library

  • Fixed: navigating through the media library was slow when an external application was connected to Windows Media Player, such as Windows Media Center or Logitech Media Display (special thanks to Alex Polling for reporting).
  • Removed warning in settings about this feature being experimental, and reworded the setting itself while moving the more detailed explanation underneath.

Current media in Windows Media Player's title bar

  • Now also showing the current media in the title bar of Windows Media Player's Now Playing mode (previously, only the title bar of Library mode got changed).
  • Fixed: the tooltip of Windows Media Player's task bar preview still contained the old title bar text of the previously playing media (Windows 7 or higher only, special thanks to Joel Low for reporting and for testing a fix).

Miscellaneous

  • Made the Stop after current and Close after current menu items also available when right-clicking Windows Media Player's Play button, for faster access.
  • Restore Media at Startup now won't restore any media when Windows Media Player is launched invisibly in the background (such as when running Windows Media Center).
  • Fixed: on non-English versions of Windows Media Player, the Tag Editor Plus and File menu items didn't appear in Now Playing mode.
  • Fixed: the File menu item didn't appear for songs whose filename contained Unicode characters.
  • Fixed: now properly displaying Unicode characters when showing the currently playing media in Windows Media Player's title bar and in Windows Live Messenger's 'What I'm Listening To' field. Advanced Title Formatting (ATF) in general now supports Unicode too.
  • Fixed: Windows Media Player Plus! always tried to show its settings window on the first Windows Media Player run after install, even when Windows Media Player was running invisibly in the background (such as is the case with Windows Media Center). This could also cause 'unauthorized window' errors in the event log while using a Windows Media Center Extender. All info/warning/error dialogs that Windows Media Player Plus! can show are now hidden as well when Windows Media Player is running invisibly in the background.
  • Support for Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 8.

 

Version 2.1 (March 30, 2011)

  • Fixed: Possible crashes in Windows Media Player (with thanks to Jimmy Malmqvist for reporting this and for testing a fix).
  • Fixed: Access violation error when clicking OK or Apply in Settings, and no playlists (apart from the Party Shuffle playlist) existed in the library.

 

Version 2.0 (March 19, 2011)

  • New: Global hotkeys
  • New: Party Shuffle
  • New: Advanced playback: Stop after current and Close after current.
  • New: Play next right-click menu item for Windows Media Player 11.
  • New: an option to let Windows Media Player play/pause when pressing the space bar, regardless of which UI element is focused.

Tag Editor Plus

  • Added support for viewing/editing album art, lyrics and comments.
  • Added batch editing support, i.e. editing tags of multiple songs at once.
  • Tag changes are now immediately written to the music file when clicking OK or Apply (if the file is not playing or in use by another application).
  • Improved validation of Release year.
  • Fixed: Invalid variant type conversion error when entering a two-digit year on the Summary tab.
  • Fixed: The Tag Editor Plus window didn't remember its size correctly.
  • Fixed: possible Index out of bounds error when using the Advanced tab.

Restore Media at Startup

  • Added support for restoring audio CDs.
  • Fixed: when media was restored paused on Windows Vista/7, it was possible that you could still hear a fraction of the audio before the actual pause occurred.

Windows Live Messenger (What I'm Listening To)

  • Fixed: What I'm Listening To could sometimes disappear during a song change.
  • Windows Media Player Plus! now only clears What I'm Listening To if it was set earlier by the plug-in itself (to prevent clearing it when it was set by another application or plug-in).

Miscellaneous

  • Fixed: 'Find as you type' incorrectly got triggered when typing something in Windows Media Player's Media Guide.
  • Fixed: the Tag Editor Plus and File menu items didn't appear for files on the Desktop.
  • Fixed: when the currently playing media was shown in Windows Media Player's title bar, it could disappear from the title bar for a moment during a media change (most noticeable with pictures).

 

Version 1.1 (July 4, 2010)

  • Fixed: Windows Media Player crashed when accessing the Windows Media Player Plus! settings while the plug-in was disabled.

 

Version 1.0 (May 19, 2010)

  • First public release.

 

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