Kodi: rilasciata l’ultima versione di “Leia” (18.8) e al via la prima Alpha di 19.x “Matrix”

Matteo Bottin

Preparate i fazzoletti, perché la versione appena rilasciata di Kodi, la 18.8, sarà l’ultima della serie “Leia”. Anche questa volta parliamo di solamente piccoli bugfix che affinano ulteriormente l’esperienza. Allo steso tempo il team di sviluppo ha annunciato che la serie 19 di Kodi avrà nome in codice “Matrix”, e ha accompagnato il tutto con una prima versione Alpha.

Kodi 18.8 “Leia”

Se avete voglia di addentrarvi nei dettagli dei cambiamenti implementati nell’ultima versione vi rimandiamo alla pagina di GitHub. Per tutti gli altri, il changelog “corto” è il seguente:

  • Sistemato un problema di sicurezza in gnults
  • Aggiornamenti delle librerie e compatibilità
  • Fatto funzionare in Android i client/server di MariaDB 10.5.4
  • Sistemato l’accesso al database video per Ubuntu 20.4 e altre distro usando versioni più vecchie di libfmt
  • Sistemata la gestione dei sottotitoli dagli archivi
  • Sistemato l’accesso CDDB
  • Apportati piccoli miglioramenti al login e al display della memoria
  • Sistemati gli EDL quando gli skip point si trovavano all’inizio di un file
  • Miglioramenti al codice per sistemare eventi specifici
  • Attivazione dell’alpha blending per il player video (Windows)
  • Gestione migliorata delle exceptions (prevalentemente Android)

Kodi 19.x “Matrix” – Alpha 1

Il futuro di Kodi è “Matrix”, e l’azienda ha appena rilasciato la prima versione alpha del progetto (Alpha 1). In questo caso le novità sono tante, ma potrebbero causare qualche problema con alcuni utenti, quindi installatela a vostro rischio e pericolo.

Le modifiche riguardano tantissimi aspetti, dall’audio al video, dai giochi alla rete. Il più grande cambiamento però potrebbe riguardare gli addon: Kodi è passato a Phyton 3. Questo potrebbe disabilitare alcuni addon, e quindi portare qualche problema di compatibilità.

Potete comunque trovare il lungo changelog (in inglese) a fine articolo o nella pagina ufficiale di Kodi. Se volete provare la Alpha 1 vi basta seguire le istruzioni che trovate a questa pagina.

Audio/Music

  • Improved handling of multi-disc CD sets and box sets
  • Additional metadata tags
  • Improved handling of album release dates
  • New setting to open music fullscreen/visualisation window automatically when playback is started
  • A new, Matrix-inspired music visualisation is now available to install – great care has been put into making this perform well on lower-end systems

Video

  • Software decoding of the AV1 CODEC

Subtitles

  • Subtitle opacity can now be changed
  • New dark grey colour for subtitles

Estuary Skin

  • Redesign of the music fullscreen/visualisation window to match other fullscreen windows – allows fanart and visualisations to be shown without coloured overlays
  • Additional media info flags added to music fullscreen/visualisation window info display
  • The default Playlist view now uses the Widelist view format with options on the sideblade menu as in other areas of the skin
  • A new “Now Playing” view added for music playback, showing media details for both any selected song in the playlist and those for any currently playing song

Games

  • iOS now supports game controllers (Xbox/PlayStation/other supported Bluetooth controllers)

Platform Specifics

  • Darwin (Apple) platforms:
    • Objective-C code migrated from manual memory management to ARC
  • iOS:
    • Added showing total/free space
    • Kodi log can now be shared using native sharing sheet
    • Kodi GUI is no longer obscured on devices with notch
  • macOS:
    • Blank Other Displays setting no longer requires app restart
    • “Toggle fullscreen” now uses default macOS shortcut
  • Android:
    • Static HDR10 support for all source types (if supported by the device)
    • Dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support for streaming services (if supported by the device)
  • Windows:
    • Static HDR10 support for all source types (if supported by the GPU)

Information Providers (scrapers)

  • New python scrapers for music – available in repo as Generic Album Scraper and Generic Artist Scraper
  • New python scrapers for TV & movies – available in repo as The Movie Database Python and The TVDB (new)

PVR

  • PVR reminders
  • TV and radio channel groups and Estuary home screen widgets
  • Group manager usability enhancements
  • Channel manager usability enhancements
  • Guide window navigation controls
  • Estuary PVR information dialog enhancements
  • Setting ‘Switch to full screen’ now supports channel types
  • Playlist context menu items for recordings
  • Dynamic PVR categories for Estuary home screen
  • Ability to sort channels and EPG by the backend order of channels
  • Support group specific channel numbering and option to start group number locally from 1
  • Support for starting EPG entries as live
  • Support displaying recording sizes and being able to sort by them
  • New, Live, Finale and Premiere for EPG, recordings and timers
  • Guide window performance improvements
  • Search window performance improvements
  • EPG performance and memory usage optimisations
  • C++ API for PVR Addon development

Network

  • Improved information around the security implications of enabling external interfaces
  • Added default-on switch to require a password for the web interface
  • Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed add-ons and their dependencies. This has been implemented to prevent third party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons, which was the cause of numerous error reports in the past.
  • Improved support around official repos, allowing users some safeguards when installing private repositories

Addons

  • Probably the biggest change: with this release, we move to Python 3 for addons (see note below).
  • Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed addons and their dependencies. This has been implemented to prevent third party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons, which was the cause of numerous error reports in the past.

Due to the discontinuation of Python 2, Kodi now utilises Python 3 for addons. Because of this change, this update might disable addons where a compatible version isn’t available, although these will be reactivated as soon as their authors provide new versions. The list of Kodi Matrix compatible addons available from the official repository is growing by the week, but not everything has been ported over yet.

Fonte: Kodi (18.8), Kodi (19.x)