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V.r 2.19

    July 06, 2016
  • Note: This release contains extensive new function for Load Templates support. You can now use multiple templates simultaneously. Previously, only one template could be in use at a given time. It is recommended that you re-read the Load Templates Help page to understand the new capabilities. The term Current Load Template is renamed to Global Load Template in the documentation and it has essentially the same behavior. There are no changes necessary to your existing templates.
  • New feature - Multiple Load Templates can now be used simultaneously. This can be especially helpful when are driving multiple displays or multiple videos (or image slide shows) on the same display simultaneously. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Create Basic Templates - Three new methods are added to create some common template styles: 1) Standard Basic Templates; 2) Custom Templates by Rows and Columns; 3) Audio File Template. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Manage Load Templates menu item was added for enhanced control of editing Load Templates. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Load Template Source menu item is added to the Behavior menu. It designates where Load Templates are to be sourced from: 1) The Global Load Template or 2) Media Item specified Load Templates. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Exclude From Auto-Fades (in Play Modifiers), when checked will exclude a Media Screen from executing any Auto-Fades. (Learn more )
  • New feature - New Background Screen - The menu item creates a Media Item as a simple Background Screen intended to use as a backdrop behind other Media Screens. You can then quickly change its attributes such as set the background to an image, etc. (productivity) (Learn more )
  • New feature - Start Background Video When Media Screen Opens added (in Screens(2) Options), adds more flexibility for operating Background Videos. (Learn more )
  • New feature - UnLoad Multiple Screens - (in Actions Menu) Unloads a selection of Media Screens. You are prompted to select the Screens. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Text Screen - Text Background Mask - when applied, this will fill the area behind text with the designated Mask color. (Learn more, see Figure 1. )
  • New feature - Options(2) > Maximum Video/Image Size - This is used to flag a warning with Media List Validation by checking for videos/images that are sized too large and could be a source of performance issues. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Over-Sized Images now show a status bar warning when you select the Media Item.
  • Enhancement - When a Media Screen is already loaded, another Load request will now bring the existing Media Screen to the front of other Media Screens. Useful for some Script scenarios that depend on Load Steps.
  • Enhancement - Automator warnings were added to warn of several unrecommended script constructs.
  • Enhancement - Text Screen Themes management has been simplified (fewer menu items). The Default Theme is no longer managed separately from the other themes in the themes list. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - Image Transparency is now detected automatically and sets the Transparency value in the Screen Layout panel (PNG and GIF only). A section on Image Transparency has been added to the Help document. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - Image Transparency now also works with Load Templates and Cross Fade modes.
  • Enhancement - Size dialog has a new checkbox option to maintain size aspect ratio (width/height). (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Help Translation - A language translation widget (by Google) is added to the program help documents. It requires a web connection to work.
  • UI Change - Make First Video Frame Visible On Pre-Load has moved to Options > Screens(1) > Visibility Behavior.
  • UI Change - Exclude from Load Templates checkbox has moved from the Play Modifiers panel to the Media Screen Dimensions panel.
  • Removed - These menu items for Load Templates are removed Edit , Add New and Delete. They are replaced by the new Manage Load Templates feature.
  • Removed - Auto Play on Load (in Play Modifiers) - This was a legacy option that is no longer needed. 'Play' performs the load operation if a Media Item is not already loaded. If you have a Load step in a Script which depends on 'Auto Play', replace it with a Play step.
  • Bug fixed - Automator would not proceed to next Script step when: 1) A playing Media Screen was closed outside of the Automator; 2) After executing a step where the referenced media file was not found.
  • Bug fixed - When Media Screens were open and user requested to change the Media List, open Media Screens were not closed. A prompt has been added to confirm closing open Screens.

V.r 2.18

    June 02, 2016
  • Enhancement - Repair Moved File Paths now repairs Media File, Background Video/Image file; Marquees Favorites; Load Templates and Text Screen Favorites.
  • New feature - Automator > Actions > Script List Selection menu items added to select Next and Previous Script in the list. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Logo Marquee - Quickly create a Marquee is to put a small Logo image in a corner of the screen for branding purposes. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Apply Image Transparency - If the Media Item type is Image and the image has transparency, some extra processing is performed to apply the transparency. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Text Screen has a new Transparent background style. Thus, the text will be rendered over whatever Media Item Background is specified in the Screen Layout panel. So for example, you can have the text on top of a video and fade the text in/out with the Fader bar. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Actions Shortcuts for Remotes - Two new Action Shortcuts have been added (Select Next Script, Select Previous Script). This adds support for advancing to a desired Script using a Remote Controller device. (Learn more )
  • Removed - Text Screen > Prep Selected Item for Background Video menu item is removed; No longer needed. Use Text Screen Transparent background style instead.
  • Bug fixed - 'Marquee Start Timer On Screen Load' was not working.
  • Bug fixed - 'Marquee Reset Timer' button was not resetting the Marquee Timer Readout (even though the timer reset itself was working).
  • Bug fixed - When loading a Media Screen, a ghost image flicker of the Marquee was sometimes appearing in the upper left of the Media Screen. This fix also eliminates image flash/blink when loading a Media Screen that uses a background image. These issues were most noticable on slower computers.
  • Bug fixed - Manage Schedules - Duplicate Schedule button was not correctly cloning the selected Schedule. This caused edits to the duplicated Schedule to affect the original Schedule as well.
  • Bug fixed - Schedule Editor - When you check the "Apply to Multiple" checkbox, then do a date/time change, the wrong schedules were being changed.

V.r 2.17

    May 14, 2016
  • New feature - Refocus Program Window After Media Screen Loads. - When un-checked, the program window will NOT regain focus after a Media Screen completes the load process. This allows you to run automation on a system with only one display (ie no Secondary display attached). (Learn more )

V.r 2.16

    May 13, 2016
  • Enhancement - Import a Selection of Media Files now remembers last opened folder. (productivity)
  • Enhancement - User Interface - Improved input error checking/handling to several input dialogs.
  • Bug fixed - (Rare occurance) "System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException" error causes a program crash at the end of program shutdown. Related to missing program Temp folder deleted by Windows File System Maintenance service.

V.r 2.15

    May 10, 2016
  • New feature - Paste Attributes into Media Item can now be done on multiple Media Items at once. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Import a Folder of Media Files - A Folder Open dialog is popped up. Select a folder, then all supported media files in that folder are imported to new Media Items. Alternative to folder drag/drop method.
  • New feature - Import a Selection of Media Files - A File Open dialog is popped up. Select one or multiple files, then a new Media Item is created for each selected file.
  • Bug fixed - When using a Load Template, if first Media Item played is an image file, display duration was not calculated correctly.

V.r 2.14

    March 25, 2016
  • New feature - Global Marquee - You can now use a Global Marquee that will apply to all Media Screens. This makes Marquee usage easier since you don't need to create a separate Marquee for each Media Screen. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Set Global Marquee menu item is added under the Tools > Marquee Favorites menu. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Marquee Enabled checkbox is added to the Marquee Editor. This allows you to disable a Marquee (not show the Marquee on the Media Screen). Previously you had to delete the Marquee to achieve this. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Media Screen Dimensions (Location,Size) can now be copied and pasted via the Edit Dimensions dialog. (productivity)
  • Enhancement - Marquee Runtime Tools toolbar - The runtime buttons have been separated (from edit buttons) to a new toolbar. These runtime functions now work with the Action Apply Mode. (Learn more )
  • UI Change - Marquee Favorites menu items have been moved to the Tools menu.
  • UI Change - Hide Marquee on Media Screen Load - This attribute is now set in the Marquee Editor. Previously it was set in the Play Modifiers control section. If you are using this attribute, you need to reset it in the Marquee Editor.
  • Bug fixed - Marquee alignment on a Media screen was not aligned as configured until the Marquee was refreshed from the Marquee toolbar.

V.r 2.13

    February 05, 2016
  • New feature - Time display: Digits of Precision - You can set the display precision of time values to 0-3 digits (fractions of a second). (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Play Position Time Readout - Toggle playback time readout between Current Playback Time Position or Time Remaining by clicking on the time readout text. Works on both the Media list Editor and the Automator.
  • Enhancement - Media Information - When you create a Media Item, the Media File Information, time duration, media type, media size (width, height) is acquired. A new acquisition method is now used which is much faster. This will be especially noticable when adding a large number of audio files by drag/drop.
  • Enhancement - Web links - The Web link dialog now prevents entering HTTPS (Secure Http) links. Https is not supported by the .Net MediaElement and also can cause program errors. If you have any legacy Https Web links you should delete them. Do not enter YouTube links since YouTube has moved to Https.
  • Removed - Maximum Streaming Quality is removed from the Screens-2 Options. The associated Web site no longer provides this function.

V.r 2.12

December 14, 2015
.Net Framework 4.6 upgrade
  • .Net Framework 4.6 upgrade - With this release, the program has been migrated up to .Net 4.6 (latest version). This should provide improvements in RAM memory management and performance (especially on 64bit OS versions). It also expands the capabilities for future program feature additions and improvements. .Net 4.6 comes preinstalled on most Windows 10 systems. If you are on Windows version 8/7/Vista, you may need to install it.
  • Windows XP, End of Development - .Net 4.6 cannot be installed on Windows XP. Therefore, there will be no new development for XP. Video Mill V.r 2.11 is the last release that can be installed on XP and will remain available to customers with XP machines. See the Program Information for Windows XP page for further details.

Automator Updates
  • New feature - Script Groups - You can now perform actions on multiple Scripts simultaneously with Script Groups. Actions such as Run-Script, Pause, Resume, Stop, etc. This adds signifcant new power and flexibility to the Automator. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Steps List Selector is added that allows for playing steps out of order. See Steps List Selector Behavior details.
  • New feature - Step Actions tool bar added. Some Step action buttons were moved to this toolbar from the Run Script toolbar. Includes a new Stop Step action. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Script Run Behavior. New selectable behaviors are added to change the way the Automator executes Scripts. Modes include media player behavior (like Windows Media Player) or slide presentation mode (like PowerPoint). See Behavior menu. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Wireless Remote Controller Operation. The Automator is now enabled to operate via PC Remote Control devices. Virtually any PC Remote Control device can be used. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Tablet and Touch Screen Operation. The Automator is now enbaled to operate via Touch Screen devices. (Learn more )
  • New feature - New Toolbars are added for sound Volume and Script List Item Selection. (Learn more )
  • New feature - User Interface. The various main control panels of the Automator can now be customized (scaled in size, set fonts, and show/hide panels. See Automator View menu. (Learn more )
  • New feature - UI Favorites. UI customizations can be saved as favorites and restored with a couple clicks. Makes it easy to swap between touchscreen mode and standard mouse/keyboard mode. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Script List Item Selection tool bar added. Moves selection cursor in the Script List to facilitate touchscreen usage. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Volume. You can now select how volume changes are applied: 1) To selected Script only; 2) To all running Scripts. See Actions > Volume menu. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Run Script button. Run button can now be set to perform Run/Pause/Resume. Useful for remote control operation. See Behavior menu. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Actions Shortcuts. This is a way to assign keyboard shortcuts to functions of the actions menu. It enables the remote control operation support. See Tools menu. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Run Multiple Scripts menu item is added to the Actions menu. You select the scripts to run via popup dialog. (Learn more )
  • Bug fixed - Automator Toolbars - Show All / Hide All was not working in all cases.
  • Bug fixed - Automator, A Script with two Play steps that play the same Media Item may end before all Steps are executed.

Scheduler Updates
  • New feature - Scheduler Plan Editor has more toolbar functions for setting schedule date and time; enable/disable a plan item. (productivity) (Learn more )
  • New feature - Scheduler Run Modes - The Scheduler can now be operated in several run modes. Each modes changes the way the Scheduler selects plan items to run based on date and time. Previously the Scheduler worked in only 24 hour mode. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Scheduler Log is added. Scheduler Log has time stamped messages from the Scheduler runtime events. It shows what items are scheduled and which items did not get scheduled with a reason message. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Scheduler - It can now run for multiple days without needing a restart (up to 24 days). Previously, it needed to be restarted every day.

General Updates
  • New feature - Stretch Across Displays has been added to make it easy to stretch a video across two or more displays. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Master Enable Video Filters - This will will allow you to enable/disable all video filters with one click without having to edit multiple Media Items. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Behavior tool bar was added as a productivity aid. It provides on click access to the features of the Behavior Menu. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Date/Time Edit Control - Improved Date/Time Edit Controls provides better globalization support. International users are encouraged to report any time/date controls in the program that do not allow data entry in your customary local format; or display dates and times in local format. (ex. Date format mm/dd/yyyy vs dd/mm/yyyy ; Time formats - 12 hour AM/PM vs 24 hour times.)
  • Enhancement - Streaming Media - Improvements to support more Web stream sources.
  • Enhancement - Auto-Fade-In / Auto-Fade-Out now fades in/out when you click the Pause, Resume or Stop buttons. Previously it only did fades at play begin (Play button clicked) and end of play. (Renamed, formerly called Fade-In All and Fade-Out All)
  • Enhancement - Play Position Scrubber Bar - Improved user control. Video Play position is not changed until the mouse button is released or if using the keyboard (right/left arrow keys) when the key is released. Scrubber Bar time position readout is updated as the mouse is dragged. This readout is located just below the scrubber bar.
  • Enhancement - Go To Toolbar on the Media List Editor now works with Apply To modes: Apply to Loaded Screens; and Apply to Group. Previously it only worked on the selected Media Item.
  • New feature - Images and Text Screens - A new option (Persist Image and Text Screen After Play Duration Ends) is added so you can either hide or persist an Image after its play duration has expired. (Learn more )
  • Bug fixed - Screen flicker - In some cases using full screen video, a flicker effect would occur between video plays exposing the Windows Desktop as a video ends.
  • Bug fixed - Certian Weblink urls that do not have valid media sources could cause a program error.

V.r 2.11

    November 25, 2014
  • Recommended upgrade for all editions.. This release includes important fixes and performance improvements for all editions and some new features and usability enhancements. Maintenance releases are free.
  • New feature - Text Screen added. It is a special type of Media Screen that displays multiple lines of text from any standard Text file. It provides a quick method to compose an audience message and present it on a visually interesting screen with minimal effort. (Learn more ) (All editions)
  • New feature - Automator Step Advance buttons added for Previous Step, Replay Step and Jump To Step(x). See special consideration when using Fade-In/Fade-Out. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Run Script at Step(x), new Automator menu item let's you pick the step to execute when a script is started. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Media File Tasker is a productivity shortcut to quickly load the media file of a selected Media Item into a favorite program. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Two new Color Methods added for the Color Tone filter: Three Tone Tint and Two Tone Colorize - Preserve Medial. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Play On Double-Click mode added. When enabled, selected Media Item can be played by double clicking it with the mouse, or by pressing the Enter key or Space bar. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Focus List Items menu item, Program cursor focus jumps to the listbox of Media Items. Most useful when in Play On Double-Click mode. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Image and Text Screen - Default Duration added. This time Duration is used when an Image and Text Screen Media Item has not been assigned a custom Post-Delay time. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Streaming Media - Default Duration used for streaming media until actual duration is discovered at Load/Play time. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Controls Section Headers Colors can now be customized to any preference. Default colors are set to white text on a dark gray header for enhanced contrast to visually separate the panels. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Load Templates management is improved. You can now create New Basic Template, and Edit the basic settings of an existing template. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Image Media Items (where the media file is a static image, ie. Jpg, Png, Bmp, etc) now support Fade-Out.
  • Enhancement - Behavior menu is added. All behavior mode menu items that resided in the Actions menu, are moved to the Behavior menu for logical grouping of mode settings.
  • Enhancement - Cross Fade now uses the Master Fade Durations found in the Media Item Options. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - Fader Bar now uses the Master Fade Durations found in the Media Item Options. This allows Fade-In and Fade-Out to have different durations if desired. The Fade Time Set button has been removed from the Fader Bar. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - Automator- Step time remaining now displayed on progress bar for a more useful operator metric.
  • Enhancement - Automator - Script Total Time Effective now considers Offset Time Steps and Script Repeat setting when calculating total expected run time.
  • Enhancement - Media Lengths of Drag and Drop files are now acquired when dropped. This task may take a few seconds to complete depending on how many files are dropped. You should wait for the "Acquisition Completed" status message before playing the dropped files. Streaming media is excluded, for performance reasons, and is acquired when you Load/Play a stream Media Item.
  • Enhancement - Retry on Video Codec error is improved. Better recovery from error and smoother visual handling.
  • Enhancement - Audio files, improved handling of audio screens.
  • Enhancement - Media Information button on the Edit Media Item tool bar now displays info for the selected Media Item via pop-up dialog. Detail level is set in the Report Options dialog. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - Reacquire Media Information menu item is added that lets you Reacquire the media length (time duration) for one or multiple Media Items. Useful if you have edited a video after you created the Media Item. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - View Loaded Screens Dimensions button added to Screen Manager tool bar, for one click access. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Performance, some minor design changes to improve performance and reliability.
  • Enhancement - Open/Close Controls Panels Toolbar behavior has been modified. Single-Click will now Open the control section associated with the clicked button and will bring the section into view for editing. Double-Click closes the control section associated with the clicked button. This change should greatly reduce the need to scroll to find a control panel. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - Scroll To Top (or Bottom) menu items added to View menu for easier navigation of the user interface. Scrolls the user interface to the top or bottom control panel section; includes keyboard shortcuts. (Learn more)
  • Enhancement - Maximum Number of Recent Files can now be changed in the General Options dialog.
  • Enhancement - Edit Media Screen Background Colors, C1/C2 is modified so you can now set them from your saved Favorite Colors. (Learn more )
  • Bug fixed - Load/Play would perform too many retry attempts when stream could not be opened.
  • Bug fixed - Fade-In-All and Fade-Out-All durations were not being set correctly from Media Item Options dialog.
  • Bug fixed - Duplicate Step button was not assigning a unique id to the duplicated step. Check the ids on Script Steps to make sure each step has a unique id. Delete and re-duplicate any steps if necessary.
  • Bug fixed - Media Length of a Media Item was getting reassigned incorrectly in a certian edge condition when using Cross-Fade mode. Use Edit Media Item > Reacquire Info for Multiple Items to reset to correct length. (Learn more)
  • Bug fixed - Miscellaneous minor bug fixes.

V.r 2.10

    August 29, 2014
  • New feature - Three Tone Colorize Method added to Color Tone filter. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Audio Muted Indicator added to the Volume control panel. Indicates mute status of the selected Media Item. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Screen Audio Volume and Mute status is added to the Screens > View Loaded Screens Dimensions dialog. Allows you to check audio status of all loaded screens at a glance. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Screens > Size to Reference Dimensions menu item restored by request. It was Deprecated in the v2.4 release. (Learn more )
  • Bug fixed - Video was not rendering correctly (size/location within the Media Screen), when reloading a Media Item after changing Video Dimensions in the Video Geometry control panel. Bug condition appeared only when Fit to Media Screen checkbox was unchecked.

V.r 2.9

    August 10, 2014
  • New feature - Display Mirror Tool, Always On Top option. When checked, the Mirror Tool window will stay in front of other program windows. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Program Start-Up by Batch File is available including passing parameters to: 1) Open a Media List file; 2) To run a Script. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Scheduler - Start At Program Startup, this option auto-starts the Scheduler when the program starts. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Scheduler menu items are added to Tools > Automation menu. Some have associated keyboard shortcut keys. (Learn more )

V.r 2.8

    July 24, 2014
  • New feature - Cross Fade mode: Fades a video into the next video. Current playing video fades-out while the new video fades-in. One click to change from cross-fade mode to standard play mode -- linking videos is not required. Fade duration is configurable. (requires Ultimate edition) (Learn more )
  • New feature - Two Tone Colorize filter method is added using the Color Tone filter. See the Renaissance Movie Trailer for an example of a similar type of video effect. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Link Background Video with Main Play Controls option is added for Green screen use. When checked, the main Play Control buttons, effectively sync play of both the foreground and background video. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Video Visibility Toggle button - The Media Screen(s) video Visibility is toggled between visible/hidden. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Go-To End-At Time Proximity, this allows you to set the Go-To End-At button so that it jumps play position to a predetermined amount of time prior to the end of any selected video (ex. 10 seconds before video end). (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Fade-In/Fade-Out has new, smoother fade transition method.
  • Enhancement - Pass video filename of the selected Media Item to an external program. Specify %MediaItemFilename% as the variable. (Learn more )
  • Bug fixed - In certian cases, when using Pre-Delay time on a video or image Media Item, the media screen would not become visible when the delay time expires.
  • Bug fixed - Descriptors panel in the Media List Editor was not fully exposed when all control panels were opened.
  • Bug fixed - When using a Load Template and running a Script, a Media Item with an image (png, jpg etc) was not diplaying for the full duration of the Media Item Post Delay time.

V.r 2.7

    June 14, 2014
  • Enhancement - Arrange Toolbars menu item added to View > Toolbars.
  • Bug fixed - V.r 2.6 bug reported about "using a background video for Green Screen". This is a mitigation of the error by removing the option "Link Background Video with Main Play Controls" checkbox in Options > Screens(2). This means that when using a background video, it needs to be started separate from the Media Screen's top video using the Background Video Controls panel. The plan is to restore the option in a later release.
  • Bug fixed - Some system configurations were getting an error on program start-up (error message: "-1 is not a valid property for Width").

V.r 2.6

    June 06, 2014
  • Bug Reported - A problem has been reported with using a background video for Green Screen. Update: Release 2.7 has the fix for this bug.
  • New feature - Video Filters, a wide range of filters (20+) can now be applied to adjust video color, lightness, darkness and achieve various effects. see the Video Filters Gallery for screen shots of all effects.
  • New feature - Green Screen (or Blue Screen) capability is now available by using the new Chroma Key Filter.
  • New feature - Video Filters Controls are added to the program control sections to manage filter use per Media Item. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Video Filter Edit Tool is added to customize filter settings per Media Item. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Background Video capability is added for use with Green Screen technology and other filters that allow transparency. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Enable Video Filters checkbox in the Options dialog must be checked to use filters. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Time Remaining count down time added above Play Position progress bar. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Play Position Scrubber Bar, has much improved responsiveness to scrolling.
  • Bug fixed - When "Fit to Media Screen" checkbox was checked, video size was not recalculated in all cases.
  • Bug fixed - "File Save" sometimes would not prompt with Save-As dialog the first time a new Media List was being saved.

V.r 2.5

    May 17, 2014
  • Note - You may need to reset tool bars (View > Toolbars > Reset) if any toolbar buttons appear out of sequence.
  • New feature - Display Mirror Tool, If you do not have a direct line of sight to a secondary display, you can use this tool to monitor video on one or multiple secondary displays. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Fader bar, Performs adhoc fade-in, fade-out of video/volume. Will optionally pause/resume video on fade-in, fade-out. Useful to interrupt show videos to make a PA announcement. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Fade-In, Fade-Out , Individual Media Items can be set to fade-in, fade-out automatically on Play start and end. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Fade-In All, Fade-Out All, When enabled, all Media Items will fade-in, fade-out automatically on Play start and end. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Go-To Play Position toolbar, Jumps to preset positions within a video. Useful tool for rehersals when you need to reposition a video to a starting position repeatedly. Go-To Start-At/End-At times, plus five configurable Go-To buttons. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Media Item Start-At/End-At, Delay settings moved to a separate control panel (formerly in Play Modifiers). Buttons are added to set these from the current Play Position for productivity. The button previously on the Play Position panel to set Start-At to current Play Position was moved to this new control section. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Retry when Open Media Fails option, if a Media Item fails to load to a Media Screen when Play or Load is requested, the program will automatically attempt to retry the load. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Load Time-Out Interval, this will time-out a video load operation after a specified number of seconds. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Make First Video Frame Visible On Pre-Load lets you control video visibility when clicking the Load button to pre-load a video. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Media Information button is added to the Edit Media Item toolbar. Displays Media Info on the program status bar. Includes: Filename and path; Media Length; Media Natural Size. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Media Screen Load Performance Tuning will result in faster video loads in some cases.
  • Enhancement - Media List Report is improved when including Media Item Details. Now attributes are grouped to match user interface attributes sections.
  • Enhancement - Media List Validation, added more validation checks.
  • Bug fixed - Media Screen would sometimes "blink" when the Apply Live button was clicked in the Media Screen Dimensions panel (usually when the Media Screen was in full screen mode.
  • Bug fixed - When using an End-At position, video was not replaying if Play button was clicked a second time for replay.
  • Bug fixed - Playing an audio file (when first item played after program start up), load would take too long.

V.r 2.4

    April 25, 2014
  • This is a major release with significant new function and is a recommended install for all users. However, do not install this release on the day of a performance. Read the Deprecated features item below to understand what is changing. You will need some time to assimilate the design changes and understand how it may affect your existing Media Lists.
  • See Feature Comparison by Edition page to see which editions support each new feature.
  • New feature - Open/Close Controls Sections Toolbar, The control sections of the user interface now open and close with a new tool bar. This saves space when sections are closed. (Learn more )
  • New feature - A new, three column user interface is introduced for more optimum use of display space (See screen shot) .
  • New feature - Load Templates, Create Load Templates that feature your own themed signage to wrap around videos. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Exclude from Load Templates, New checkbox was added to Play Modifiers > Screen Load Behavior. You can exclude individual Media Items when Load Templates are active. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Apply Live button, Some of the program control sections allow you to turn On/Off the connection to a Media Item's live Media Screen. Can be useful in cases where you want to edit a Media Item and have the new value propagated to its Media Screen immediately without having to reload the item. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Video Crop, Crop your video to visually interesting shapes: Rectangle, Ellipse, Diamond and Parallelogram. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Video Stretch, Stretch the video to completely fill the Media Screen or fit to the Media Screen while maintaining video aspect ratio. (Learn more. )
  • New feature - Video Resize/Zoom, do a custom resize including Zoom-in. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Resize / Relocation Tool, was added as an alternative to using Windows Title Bars to drag Media Screens to resize and relocate. It is also used to size Crop Area and do custom video size within the Media Screen. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Audio Balance, Balance the audio across Left and Right channels as desired via simple slider control. (Learn more. )
  • New feature - Video Speed, Speed up or slow down the video as desired by any amount. Usually used for scanning a video during editing but can be used for special effect during performance as well. (Learn more. )
  • New feature - Playback Position Buttons, Buttons are added to the Play Modifiers panel to set Start-At and End-At times from the Playback Position Progress bar. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Copy/Paste Attributes from Media Item , this copies all attributes (except the Media File name) from one Media Item so you can paste them into another Media Item. (Learn more )
  • New feature - The Media List editor can now be configured for touch screen devices during performances. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Toolbars can now be scaled in size for easier mouse access or to enable a touch screen interface. (Learn more )
  • New feature - A new toolbar is added with List Item Selection buttons. Use for navigation when useing the program in touch screen mode. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Easier toolbar management to show or hide toolbars via selection list.
  • Enhancement - Volume functions are moved to a separate toolbar.
  • Bug fixed - In some cases, Play Position scrubber was not working in Single Screen mode when a video was paused.
  • Deprecated features - With the introduction of Load Templates, a more powerful and flexible design, the Load: Default Size and Location for Media Screen settings in the Screens(2) Options have been deprecated. The following features are now obsolete and removed with this release:
    • Display Reference Dimensions; Default Size and Location for Media Screens from the Screens(2) Options.
    • Size Modes no longer available: Display Reference Dimensions; Current Reference Dimensions.
    • Location Override and Size Override from the Media Screens Dimensions control section.

V.r 2.3

    March 21, 2014
  • New feature - New feature - Options Import/Export functions are added to the Tools menu. This allows you to Export your current Options to a file and restore them to another computer by Import. Useful for Dongle Key use.. (Learn more )
  • The pilot program associated with this release has been discontinued.

V.r 2.2

    March 17, 2014
  • Enhancement - The program now supports scaling of the user interface up to 200% on high-resolution displays (high DPI/PPI dots/pixels per inch). Choose scaling factor in Windows Control Panel > Display.
  • Bug fixed - Media Screen Titlebars visibility was not always being set to current visibility mode when exiting Full Screen mode back to Normal window state size.

V.r 2.1

    February 23, 2014
  • New feature - Added new Step types for automation Scripts: 'Stop Script', 'Pause Script', 'Resume Script'. So now, one Script can perform these acitons on: another Script; or on itself via Timed Offset steps. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Marquee Easy Location is renamed to Marquee Alignment and now uses the Alignment Tool dialog for easier editing. After installing this release, check your Marquee Alignment setting in the Marquee Editor to confirm it is correct. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - IPC Sender External Program now has the option to Restore active window focus after starting. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - In Options > Screens(2), the Target Display selection was reverting to Primary display when no Secondary display was detected. The value now remains as Secondary display, even when no Secondary is detected. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Program windows now restore their last display location and size when opening a window at program start-up.
  • Enhancement - If displaying program windows on a Secondary display and the display is disconnected, program windows are automatically moved back to the Primary display.
  • Bug fixed - When playing a video from a Script Play step, then stopping the video by clicking Stop button in the Media List Editor (or other external Stop method), the Script was not getting a media ended notification.

V.r 2.0 What's New

    February 15, 2014
  • Enhancement - Media Screen location is now saved as a relative offset from the display origin (upper left corner). Absolute display coordinates were used in V1. By saving relative offsets, the Media List becomes portable to any extended display making it easy to plug into display systems at virtually any new venue. It also eliminates the tricky aspects of extending displays on the windows desktop that were associated with using absolute display coordinates (ie display orientation).
  • Enhancement - Play will now Load a Media Item if it is not already Loaded. This eliminates the need for the two step Load then Play operation. You can still pre-Load a Media Item with the Load button if desired.
  • Enhancement - Media Screen Dimensions (location and size) are no longer automatically saved when you close a screen. A Save Screen Dimensions to Media Item function is added to the Screens menu and a button on the Screen Manager tool bar. This gives you a finer degree of control over Dimensions. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Screens Mode feature was added. Single Screen mode: Uses only one Media Screen for simpler screen management when you only want to play one video at a time; Multi-Screen mode: Allows for multiple Media Screens (same as V1 screens mode). (Learn more )
  • New feature - Default Size and Location for Media Screen on Load options were added. These values will determine Media Screen load location and size for ALL Media Item when loaded or played. They include: Target display, location or alignment on display, and screen size. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Override Media Screen Location and Size on Load option was added to the Screens Dimensions attributes. Used when you want to override the Default Size and Location specified in the feature above. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Screen Alignment Tool was added to the Screen Manager tool bar. Allows you to quickly align a Media Screen within a display. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Resize Screen by Size Mode function was added to the Screen Manager tool bar. Allows you to quickly change sizes of Media Screens. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Skip Rendering of Layout Attributes option was added. Use this if you don't want borders or backgrounds created on a Media Screen. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Render in Software option was added to Modifier Attributes. If you don't have a codec that supports a media file type, it may be possible to be rendered by software. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Scale All Media Items Dimensions was added. It will scale all Media Item Screens Dimension by a factor you specify. Useful when the performance system display has a different PPI/DPI (pixels/dots per inch) than the display you developed the design on. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Windows Desktop Color was added as a Media Screen background color. The screen Background Style is set to a solid color matching the current Windows Desktop Color. Useful when you want the background of the Media Screen to be 'invisible' against the Windows Desktop. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Restore Window to Normal Size function was added. Works on both full screen and minimized Media Screens. (Learn more )
  • New feature - Media Screen Visibility Behavior options now apply to all Media Screens. In V1 they only applied to the Screen Swap tool bar. (Learn more )
  • Enhancement - Title Bars Toggle behavior has been changed. It will show/hide title bars on all Media Screens. Any newly loaded screens will adhere to the current mode. The title bars attribute was removed from the Screen Layout Attributes (now obsolete).
  • Enhancement - Window title bar never shows on full screen Media Screens. Eliminates the need to hide title bar before entering full screen. Screens Options for Full Screen Load Behavior options were removed. (now obsolete)
  • Enhancement - Scale Screen Size by Factor moved to Screens > Size menu from the Screens Manager tool bar.
  • Enhancement - The Scheduler now Plays a Media Item rather than doing a simple Load. There is no longer a need to set the Play on Load attribute for scheduled Media Items.
  • Enhancement - The Escape key (Esc) will now escape a Media Screen out of Full Screen mode back to Normal window size.
  • Enhancement - The comparison tool to compare current extended displays to previous session extended displays is removed; Now obsolete with change to Media Screen location as a relative offset.
  • Enhancement - Media Screen Attributes Restore Previous Size and Auto-size to Video have been removed. (Obsolete with new Size Override attributes).
  • Bug fixed - Eliminated window ghosting (flicker) when loading a media screen.
  • Bug fixed - Media List Editor window was losing focus after loading a Media Screen. Required an extra mouse click to reactivate the window.
  • Bug fixed - Some image media (png, jpg) was being mislabeled with streaming media attribute.
  • Bug fixed - Saved volume values were not being used at Play start.