Totem continued the Gnome development frenzy that peaked lately, also releasing a 3.5.90 version (3.6 beta) that brings many things that we should be happy about.
The changes concern both obvious optical GUI changes, and functional under the hood improvements and the combining result is a big step towards the future for Gnome’s default video player application.
First of all, Totem was renamed to Videos in the same context of renaming every Gnome core app into its main using purpose like the Epiphany renaming to Web for example.
There are also plenty of build fixes to make it possible to build with Wayland support and now we can truly say that Videos is “preparing” for the future. This is very important for both development and testing – feedback purposes. This is also the first release that is fully ported to Gstreamer 1.0.
Two obvious GUI changes are the hiding of the title bar when Videos is maximised and the moving of some menu items to the app menu like shown on the below screenshots:
- Plenty of build fixes to make it possible to build with Wayland support
- Increase thumbnail size to 256 px
- Rename to “Videos”
- Hide titlebar when maximised
- Move some menu items to the app menu
- Command-line parsing bug fixes
- Use Grilo to list DVDs and other optical media
- Remove connection speed preferences
- Stop DVD playback when disc is ejected
- Fix ordering of the playlist after drag’n'drop
- Port to GStreamer 1.0
- Add HTTP proxy support
- Much improved error messages
- Add variable rate playback
- Use Clutter for the OSD
- Disable visualisations by default
- Animate rotations
- Add av-offset support
- Prepare the ground for chapter support in non-DVDs
- Make screenshot UI-less, like in gnome-shell
- Simplify the screensaver and browser plugin code
- Remove publish and iPlayer plugins
- Use Grilo 0.2
- Better search sidebar
- Add hook for site-specific user-agents
- Add hook for custom subtitle selection through plugins
- Move recent-files handling to a plugin
Since this is an unstable beta release, I suggest you wait till the release of Gnome 3.6 to meet the new Videos, but you can always compile it from source if you can’t wait!