With Beta 4 we are only looking at bug fixing rather than features. Further down we will list several of the more important fixes that have been added since last beta. Hopefully Beta 4 will be the last one, before we will enter Release Candidate stage. This means final release is nearing.
For a full run down of the major features of XBMC 13, as well as a review of the hazards of switching to XBMC 13, see our Beta 1 post. The list of all Gotham related news can be found here listing all past blog posts.
- * Fix unwanted volume restore on Airplay volume
- * Fix occasional crashing on GUI language changing
- * Don’t drain Wii battery by disabling motion sensing
- * Fix various problems when using NFS as media source
- * Restore the music background playback ability for iOS
- * Improved support for Amazon Fire-TV
- * Fix various playback issues on Android
- * Fix double application of 16-235 correction on DXVA-HD.
- * Other fixes
After you have updated from Frodo or any earlier alpha or beta it might pay of, to force refresh the XBMC.org repository. This is to make sure the most recent repository list is loaded and needed updates become available. This could be the case when wanting to use the new subtitle downloading feature and you cannot find the new services to install. Doing it regardless doesn’t hurt. Here’s a quick how-to found on our wiki: Force refresh
Creating a skin for XBMC takes many months of designing, coding, testing, tweaking and a lot of patience to get it just right. However with every major XBMC release there is the problem of skins becoming incompatible due to various code changes. So for every release people who put a lot of effort creating these skins, need to adapt it for the next XBMC version. This could mean that your favourite skin doesn’t work in the next XBMC version. We are very glad to say, that thanks to a group of skin developers, there are already 9 Gotham compatible skins available in XBMC.org repository. From memory this has never happened before, that within beta stage there are that many already available for you to enjoy using. On our forum there are several more skins being worked on, to get these into shape for people to use. So hopefully by the time of final release, there will be several more available. So let’s all thank the developers for their hard work they do for the XBMC community.
Available in our Gotham repository are:
For the Beta downloads go to:
- * Windows
- * OSX and OSX-x86-64
- * Android-ARM and Android-x86
- * Apple TV and iOS installation instructions
- * XBMCbuntu (with beta2 is available on download page. You will need to update it to current beta version)
- * Ubuntu users, please point to the “unstable PPA” as described in the Linux instructions
- * For OpenELEC releases visit their website
How to Contribute
If you use these builds, we encourage you to submit bugs in Trac (following this guide: How to submit a bug report), provide support in our Forums where you can, or donate to the Foundation if you like. For a current FAQ on XBMC 13, visit our Gotham FAQ.
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