XBMC, an open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media that is available for multiple platforms, has been promoted to version 13.2 Beta 1 and features quite a few fixes and small improvements.It's been several months since the release of the XBMC 13.0 “Gotham,” probably the best and most complete release in the history of this software. The developers implemented some remarkable new features, but it looks like there still are things to fix and changes to be made.
“About a month ago we released our 13.1 version which included several bug fixes compared to the 13.0 release. Because of the fact that not all fixes could be included in that point release, we now are happy to announce a 13.2 beta1 version. This includes an additional list of fixes, that should resolve some of the common problems reported by users. Unfortunately we cannot fix all things reported. Hopefully you will understand. Below you will find a list of most important fixes included in this release.”
“Do note that this release contain only fixes and no new features. So it should be safe to install on top of current 13.0 and 13.1 release. In due time we will of course release a 13.2 stable version after we are confident there are no regressions compared to 13.1 stable,” notes the dev in the announcement.
According to the changelog, the onplaybackstarted event for external players has been fixed, the OSD menu DVD menu can no longer be shown with mouse or touch input, GetText and the delete sound option have been added for add-on developers, the wrong sample-rate selection on OSX has been fixed, and optical USB devices with > 2 channels on OSX should now work properly.
Also, a problem with overlapping subtitles has been corrected, accented letters are now displayed correctly, a prompt for a master pin is now shown when the add-on manager is locked, a number of GUI translations have been updated, some of the included add-ons have received new versions, and several bugs and memory leaks have been fixed.
Keep in mind that if you upgrade to this version, you might encounter some problems, especially with the add-ons, which might not work. If you are using any particular add-ons, you might want to wait until the final version of this software is released.
Check out the official announcement for a complete list of new features, updates, and changes. You can download XBMC 13.2 Beta 1 right now from Softpedia.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.