This version has the following main changes:
Send audio to device
In version 16.6 one featured option was the possibility to send the video to an external screen. Now, in version 16.9 there’s the new option to send the audio to the specified audio device. It can be useful to send the audio to a TV via a HDMI cable or a bluetooth device.
Improvements on the playlist
Now it’s possible to hide any column (right click to see the options). The search field is also hidden by default, a new search button shows/hides it. These changes are intended to prevent the playlist window to be too wide.
Returning to Qt 4 on Linux
Since version 16.6 SMPlayer is built with Qt 5 by default. However many linux users complained about some problems with Qt 5.These are some of them:
- the numeric keypad keys won’t work as shortcuts
- Qt 5 uses its own file open dialog instead of the native one
- the systray icon is not displayed in the systray but in the top left corner of the screen
So I think for the moment it’s better to return to Qt 4 until Qt 5 had those issues fixed. For that reason now the Ubuntu packages are compiled with Qt 4 again.