SubFire 1.7 for Chrome and the Web released

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SubFire 1.7 for Chrome and the Web released

Postby acroyear » Wed May 04, 2016 1:09 am

Version 1.7 is now on the web at http://p.subfireplayer.net/ and will be at the Chrome web store soon.

Main updates:
  • Ability to filter the Artist page by the Music Folder (6.0 servers only)
  • Handling Error code '41': using enc: based authentication for LDAP users that can't use md5 token-based
  • Fix icon for Chrome-Android "Add To Home Page" feature
  • Removed the Firefox "Install as App" feature, as Firefox has removed it on their end

With Chrome 50 for Android, it is now possible to turn on some chrome:flags to get MUCH improved performance and accuracy, working around some bad bugs in the WebView Audio tag for Chrome 40-49 (and 50 without the flags). These have no effect on Chrome for the Desktop (nor, I think Chrome for IOS).

In the address bar, enter chrome://flags

Find in page: "unified" in order to find "Enables the unified media pipeline on Android", and enable that. What it does is tell Chrome to use the same media playback engine as the Desktop version does, instead of the buggy original one that only worked correctly with VBR files.

Optional: scroll back to the top and find in page: "Gesture" in order to find "Gesture requirement for media playback. Android normally blocks the audio tag from running as a result of a background javascript action, partly to keep bad sites and advertisements from bursting forth sound unexpectedly. This results in the browser always waiting for the user to do something before it plays unless the app is in the foreground. For a set it and leave it music app, this can be frustrating. By changing this, the browser will work like the Desktop version and immediately play the next track as the last one ends. Granted, this runs the risk of other websites automatically playing media, and if you have a limited data plan, that may not be desired, so use this one at your own discretion.

I do not know at what point the unified pipeline will be accepted into the main Android release without the need for the flag, which once done, would give this same optimization to the regular Android browsers like Samsung's, and eventually FireOS. The Gesture one will probably always be optional, given the risk involved in bandwidth costs for limited data plans.
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Re: SubFire 1.7 for Chrome and the Web released

Postby acroyear » Wed May 04, 2016 1:14 am

I still need to test the artist music-folder filter on FireTV with the remote control before I can submit it to the Amazon store. Hopefully should have that by the end of the week.
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