, the uniquely skinnable audio player, has recently released a new stable version. With over 200 fixes, tweaks, and added connivances, it's worth checking out if only to see what's new.
Xion is an audio player designed to be fast, easy on memory, be innovatively easy to skin, and just play music. When it came out, it received a warm welcome by skinners who just were enjoying the skin format of the program. No, it doesn't do as much as WinAmp; no, it isn't as minimal as Foobar. This app does fill a certain role, though: it is a light, skinnable, audio player. If winamp does too much boating for you, or if Foobar's simplicity doesn't have enough glamour for you, then Xion might be what you are looking for.
"With 200+ fixes it is well worth the download! There have been many improvements, fixes and changes to make this release well worth the wait."
Here are some highlights:
008 - Add wrapping song name
021 - Add support for new animation types that allow volume/balance and progress display
046 - Add support for Installing Skins that aren't in the Xion Interface Directory. Will copy there and open
112 - Add right click menu to Stop button
113 - Add support for "Fade out and Stop" by Shift Clicking the Stop button
114 - Add support for Toggling "Stop after current" by Ctrl Clicking the Stop button
124 - Add Support for the following file formats: mo3,umx,aac,mp4,m4a,ac3,ape,mac,cda,mpc,mp+,mpp,spx,tta,wv,o
123 - Add support for AutoPlay CD's when they are inserted
168 - Add Portable Release build option that builds a version that doesn't access the registry or have support for file types
There are a total of 227 changes of various degrees of importance. If you want to see what is new, at the site. A lot of effort into preventing crashes was made. If you didn't use the player in the past due to stability issues, give it a try now. Chances are, it's fixed. If not, let them know about it (at least in a reply here if not, better yet, ).
"I've converted from using the FmodEx engine, over to the BASS engine which opens up a large array of new file formats including AAC, MP4, M4A, MPC and APE to name a few."
"This release brings with it many new features for the skin engine which give skinners even more power to create amazing skins." This app was known and loved by several skinners for its easy to use and powerful skinning engine. It just was fun to skin. There are no text files to make or code, yet it can do some crazy stuff. Change 21 ("Add support for new animation types that allow volume/balance and progress display") should be interesting. Everything is controlled by layer naming and internal file manipulation; no dicing and splicing images. I would love to see more programs embrace this method.
04:59 pm, Sunday, April 29, 2007 (6 years ago)