New interesting features in the upcoming version

The upcoming version will have new interesting features and you can test it now. Links at the bottom of the page.

Some of the features require Qt 5. The Windows version has been built with Qt 5.6.

Support for high DPI screens.

On these screens SMPlayer (and many other applications) looked very tiny. In the new version the interface is scaled so it looks good.
This feature requires at least Qt 5.4.

Support for 2 in 1 computers with touch screen.

SMPlayer includes now a “tablet mode” (available in the Options menu). When the option is turned on it makes some changes in the GUI so that it would be easy to control SMPlayer by touching the screen.

  • the font size and buttons are increased
  • some of the options in the menus are hidden
  • sliding vertically in the video changes the volume, sliding horizontally seeks in the video
  • tapping while in fullscreen displays the floating control

When the user changes the tablet mode in the Windows action center, SMPlayer will detect it and ask if it should switch to the SMPlayer’s tablet mode as well.

This feature has only been tested on Windows 10, however I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t work on Linux as well.

Support for dual screen

Now it’s possible to send the video to a second screen connected to the computer, while controlling the application in the computer’s screen.

Note: the desktop must be configured as “extended”.

There’s a new option in the Video menu: send video to screen. It shows a submenu with all detected screens.
One of the screens is labeled as “primary screen”, which is the computer’s screen. If you send the video to another screen the video will be displayed on that screen in fullscreen mode. The SMPlayer interface will remain in the computer’s screen (it won’t display the video) where you can control the video (seek, change volume, subtitles, playlist, open another video…) while the video is displayed on the second screen. If you send the video to the primary screen the video will be re-attached to the SMPlayer window.

This option has only been tested on Windows 10.

Global shortcuts

Now it’s possible to use the media keys (play/pause, stop, volume+/-, etc.) as global shortcuts. That means that those keys will work even when SMPlayer is in the background. You can activate this option in Preferences -> Keyboard and mouse.
This option requires Qt 5.

Settings are remembered for online streams too

This means that for example you can add bookmarks to YouTube videos or other online streams (as long as they are seekable).

Testers for these new features are very welcome. If you find any problem, please let me know.

Download:

Version for Windows:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/smplayer/files/Unstable/

Packages for Ubuntu (smplayer r7834):
https://launchpad.net/~rvm/+archive/ubuntu/testing/+packages
(the package for Ubuntu precise is built with Qt 4)

Packages for Debian 8, Fedora and OpenSUSE (smplayer r7864):
https://software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=home%3Asmplayerdev%3Atests&package=smplayer

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