[ANN} Windows installer version 4.4 released
dinkypumpkin at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 13:52:25 EDT 2011
On 30/08/2011 17:43, Chris Marriott wrote:
> Thanks for this. If I have a stable, working, 2.79 Windows installation,
> do I have a reason to upgrade? What will the new version give me?
If you like what you have, there is probably no reason at all to change.
I would boil down the upgrades like this:
For all users:
Along with some bug fixes and improved metadata tagging, get_iplayer
2.80 incorporates new code necessary to deal with changes in stream
formats for national radio stations that came online in the spring. It
also includes a fix required to download HD video. If you only download
non-HD TV or regional radio programmes, you may not notice the
difference. Because a few of the changes were necessary for at least
some users to continue using get_iplayer, it seemed a good idea to make
a formal release and establish a new working baseline for everyone.
There has been a fair amount of traffic here about how to get patched
versions, do ad hoc updates of get_iplayer, etc. With a new release, we
can dispense with all that and just tell those who need it: Upgrade.
But if you don't need it...
For Windows users specifically:
* New installer provides the ability to update helper application
sources without issuing a new installer package. Hopefully, that will
make it easier to keep Windows users up to date in the future.
* Updated sources for all helper applications. AtomicParsley source was
incompatible with installer, FFmpeg source was moribund, LAME source
dispensed broken app. We had an partially-obsolete installation
package, so it seemed an update was in order. Specific versions given
in the previous announcement:
* Updated FFmpeg guaranteed to support current version of get_iplayer.
Old version was OK for most people, but it would never be updated, and
get_iplayer relies on FFmpeg a little more than it used to for audio
* Updated RTMPDump that, at least anecdotally, is more robust in dealing
with resuming downloads. RTMPDump performance is subject to a number of
variables, of course, but hopefully this will improve things a bit.
* Metadata tagging of MP4/M4A/MP3 files. This could be patchy to
non-existent for Windows users. Since the old installer could no longer
deliver AtomicParsley for tagging MP4/M4A, it seemed like the time to
get Windows users on par with other platforms as far as tagging is
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