XBMC 9.11 Alpha Improves Playback And Skinning Powers

Windows/Mac/Linux: XBMC media centre has dropped a 9.11 alpha release for all platforms, with quality fixes on all three computer platforms and more powerful skinning abilities. If you're not afraid of a bug or two, it's yours to grab.

From the outset, not a whole lot looks new, but XBMC has made some real improvements under the hood. From the developer's release notes:

  • DirectX has replaced OpenGL for Windows
  • Numerous skinning engine updates which allow for use of some fancy new skins
  • Many improvements to the video player which allow for much smoother playback
  • Switch to Core Audio on OSX
  • Many VDPAU improvements under linux
  • Many platform-specific customizations

There's a promise for "much much more" to be revealed as the final release approaches, but core video and audio improvements is always welcome among media fans.

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XBMC 9.11: Alpha1 ready for testing [XBMC via Kabatology]


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