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Winamp 5.2 Beta

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Noticed they’ve begun public(ish) testing of Winamp 5.2 Beta. Some interesting changes/fixes in the current Beta;

* New: [ml_pmp] Synchronization the Media Library with your portable media player (Compatible with iPod, Creative, & Microsoft Plays For Sure devices)
* New: [in_mp3] gapless MP3 playback
* New: [in_wave] in_wave 3.0
* Improved: [in_mp3] unicode id3 tags
* Improved: [in_mp3] preliminary id3v2.4 support
* Fixed: [in_wave] 32bit floating point WAV playback distortion
* Updated: [enc_lame] LAME 3.97b2

Seemingly new builds will be released every few days/weekly so if you’re into Winamp you might be interested in trying out what’s coming up. Again, note it’s BETA. I still currently prefer foobar2000, but no doubt it good to see things like Gapless playback & a syncronization manager for portable Media players. Now where’s the next foobar2000 V9 Beta ;)

Written by Julio Franco

January 25th, 2006 at 12:26 pm

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Firefox / IE 7 News

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Noticed over on The Burning Edge that several changes have been made to the tabbed interface;

* Close buttons on tabs, including background tabs (as long as browser.tabs.disableBackgroundClose is true & each tab is at least browser.tabs.tabClipWidth pixels wide).
* Make it easier to get back to the “parent tab” when you click a link that opens in a new window: if a link opens a new tab with focus, when that tab is closed, focus returns to its parent tab only if you have not manually switched to another tab.
* Simplify the preferences available for tabs.
* Improve the visual appearance of keyboard-focused tabs.

Seemingly these were conceived a little too late to make it into Firefox 1.5, though will certainly be in Firefox 2.0.

Speaking of next version Browsers, I’ve also had a look at Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (As you may have seen in the news in the past few days). The interface is actually quite like Firefox in some regards (Address bar + Search bar on top, along with menu to add/modify search engine). While the Delete Browsing History feature is the exact same as Firefox 1.5’s Clear Private Data. IE 7 also features a phishing filter (Firefox 2.0 is due to implement one also).

It’ll be interesting to see how rapidly site developers conform to the security & other changes in IE 7 though. We’ve all read how Firefox & Opera have compatibility issues with certain sites & ironically IE 7 will encounter these in part due to actually improving compliance with standards, e.g. by default I was unable to download iPod Updater from Apple’s site (Due to the security pop-up after submitting my details), at an iVillage forum my wife visits the layout was incorrect.

Written by Julio Franco

January 22nd, 2006 at 5:27 pm