Talk:Kodi v18 (Leia) changelog

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1 Posted initial placeholder of condensed changelog for Leia

I have here only posted an initial placeholder for a condensed changelog list here at Kodi v18 (Leia) changelog just to help anyone get started. I am not sure if any the features and functions that will be posted here will eventually actually made it into Kodi v18 (Leia) before the future feature freeze for it or not, or if some of them will bumped to the next (or next next) of future version of Kodi. Please also note that some things that will be put in it can and will probably be sorted into the wrong category initially. I am however sure that (many) things will be missed and that this list may never be fully completed, even as just a condensed changelog, so please, as an ongoing work. any assistance in improving it will be much appreciated. Gamester17 (talk) 10:28, 16 January 2017 (EST)

2 Tips for maintaining release changelogs

Hiya all! If any of you guys are looking to volunteer assisting with maintaining a condensed changelog then may I suggest that you utilize the Kodi article on Wikipedia and/or Kodi's own Wiki here on http://kodi.wiki/index.php

Kodi condensed changelog is available on Wikipedia today as release history listed under the Releases section (click "[expand]" to see the list):

Best source today is the closed pull requests, and you also have all non-pull repository checkins under Timeline on Kodi's Trac site:

Most of that information has been copied the Changelog (for a full changelog) and Releases (for condensed changelogs history) articles on http://kodi.wiki/index.php or vice verse:

Before the changelogs http://kodi.wiki/index.php was listed per point release:

There used to be a condensed changelog available as Roadmap on Kodi's Trac but that has not been maintained for a long time:

Some more information on the new Isengard features also look to be available in the kodi.tv wiki today, and hopefully this will become a tradition to follow in future releases as well:

Personally I think it is mostly uninteresting to keep a condensed changelog for each nightly or even alpha releases, as the monthly blog posts on kodi.tv main news page work better for those. Regards // Gamester17 (talk) 10:28, 16 January 2017 (EST)

3 Features and functions that did not make it into Jarvis, Krypton, or Leia?

Here below is a condensed list of larger features and functions that it looks like they did not or might not have made it into the v16, v17, or v18 releases of Kodi but there still are opened pull requests or development branches for these things. These might or might not make it into the v18 (Leia) release of Kodi or they might never make it into Kodi at all Gamester17 (talk) 10:28, 16 January 2017 (EST)

  • Add initial framework for media importing and library integration for UPnP / DNLA sources[1]
  • Add initial framework for media importing and library integration of new sources[1]
  • Add initial support for media provider addons for the new media importing framework[1]
  • Add initial support for media import addons for the new library integration framework[1]
  • Add a unified Games Manager Library and GUI front-end launcher with online metadata web scraping support
  • Add Games Library for Game Metadata, exposing info (current level, number of lives, number of coins earned, etc.) to GUI
  • Add "Heimdall" new multi-scource metadata extraction engine and web scraper framework and addon API for compatible scrapers
  • Add new "Heimdall" compatible scrapers for Games (e.g. TheGamesDB.net), Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, and Music, etc.
  • Add generic and user-mappable cross-platform Joystick (and Gamepad) abstraction layer for joystick APIs and joystick clients
  • Add support for "Peripheral" Addons for updatable configuration of input devices[1]
  • Add UPnP Multi-Client support with full UPnP server/backend Bi-Directional client/frontend communication and sharing
  • Add support for flagging of local verses remote content, and flagging of online verses temporary offline remote content
  • Add support for handling duplicate media in several ways (ex. multiple versions of same movie in different resolutions)
  • Add Pictures (Digital Images) Library GUI with metadata tags scraper to database and OSD interface
  • Add further optimizations to Kodi's GUI engine for faster rendering on low resource embedded devices
  • Add abstracted scene-graph deferred rendering for GUI renderer abstraction[2]
  • Add framework support for binary addons (inc. closed source proprietary addons) for media player cores
  • Extend Addons API to support binary addons (inc. closed source proprietary addons) for media player cores
  • Add support for C#, Java, Go, Modula-3, OCaml, Octav], and Scheme addons via Groovy and SWIG code-generation
  • Add support for Lua, Perl, PHP, R, Ruby, Tcl scripting languages based add-ons via Groovy and SWIG
  • MIPS processor architecture support for Sigma Designs MIPS SoCs on Android
  • MIPS processor architecture support for Sigma Designs MIPS SoCson Linux
  • ARM processor architecture support for Sigma Designs MIPS SoCs on Android
  • ARM processor architecture support for Sigma Designs MIPS SoCs on Linux
  • Add support for display on DirectFB support via Mesa and DRM for OpenGL ES 2.0 support
  • Add initial native support for rendering display and input on Wayland compositors
  • Add support for Place-Shifting streaming videos / music output ability to UPnP Server, Web Server and JSON-RPC API's
  • Add on-the-fly video transcoding output ability to the UPnP Server, Web Server, and JSON-RPC API's for remote apps
  • Add on-the-fly audio transcoding output ability to the UPnP Server, Web Server, and JSON-RPC API's for remote apps
  • Add on-the-fly image transcoding output ability to UPnP Server, Web Server, and JSON-RPC API for remote apps
  • Add initial optional X11 support on EGL (EGL-X11) based systems on Linux, full-screen mode only
  • Add native BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java) and BD-Live menu and navigation support for decrypted Blu-ray Disc (via libbluray)
  • Add Blu-ray AACS decryption and DRM encrypted playback via third-party library (libaacs)
  • Move music lyrics addon core handling to core and add native support for lyric plugin services
  • Move LCD API and LCDproc support out of Kodi's core and instead into a Python script service add-on
  • Move Last.fm scrobbler and Love/Hate scrobbling out of Kodi's core and instead into an add-on
  • Replace cximage and imagelib with the freeimage
  • Add a Stalker Middleware Addon backend clients maintained and available from Kodi's community
  • Add HDHomeRun (SiliconDust) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
  • Remove internal SiliconDust HDHomeRun VFS client code in favor of external PVR Client Addons
  • Add possibility to utilize multiple PVR clients addons at the same time
  • Improve ability to utilize multiple PVR clients addons at the same time
  • Improve PVR API and database adding many new EPG and Channel properties
  • Add basic support for audiobooks (.m4b, .mka and .mp3 files with chapters), with resume support
  • Add support for flagging of local verses remote content, and flagging of online verses temporary offline remote content
  • Add support for handling duplicate media in several ways (ex. multiple versions of same movie in different resolutions)
  • Add framework support for binary addons (inc. closed source proprietary addons), for video codecs
  • Extend Addons API to support binary addons (inc. closed source proprietary addons), for video codecs
  • Add EGL rendering (including scaling) interoperation to VAAPI hardware decoding[2]
  • Add VAAPI hardware decoding for HEVC (H.265) and VP9 in Linux/BSD/Unix where the hardware supports it
  • Add VAAPI hardware decoding for VP9 in Linux/BSD/Unix where the hardware supports it
  • Add VDPAU hardware decoding for HEVC (H.265) and VP9 in Linux/BSD/Unix where the hardware supports it
  • Add VDPAU hardware decoding for VP9 in Linux/BSD/Unix where the hardware supports it
  • Add DXVA hardware decoding for HEVC (H.265 in Windows where the hardware supports it
  • Add DXVA hardware decoding for VP9 in Windows where the hardware supports it
  • Add support for VP9 hardware decoding for MediaCodec API in Android 4.4.2 and later when the VPU supports it
  • Add support for VP9 hardware decoding on Amlogic SoCs in Android 4.4.2 and later when the VPU supports it
  • Add automatic refresh rate switching support for video playback on Android 5.0 and later, including Android TV[3]
  • Add initial AudioTrack API support for Android 5.0 "Lollipop" and Android TV
  • Add "accessibility" options for hearing impaired and visual impaired
  • Add support for WSGI (Web Server Gateway Interface) to extend the Python support in Kodi's integrated webserver
  • Add support to AudioEngine for devices with up to 72 audio channels (64 unknown + 8 mapped)
  • Add Google Breakpad implementation on Android for minidumps
  • Add keymap for Nexus Player
  • Add ability to open the SmartPlaylist Editor for a given playlist
  • Add support for specifying image scaling algorithm for image resizing/caching
  • Add support for reading tags in .mka and .dsf containers (using new FFmpeg tagloader)
  • Add support for caching font vertices on GPU side (requires Windows 8 and DirectX 11)
  • Add support for hardware based Stereoscopic 3D (requires Windows 8 and DirectX 11)
  • Add support for interleaved Stereoscopic 3D mode on Windows platforms
  • Add support for checkerboard Stereoscopic 3D mode on Windows platforms
  • Add DNS Name Cache to native IPv6 support
  • Add support for multiple source inputs stream/demuxer to DVDPlayer video player core
  • Add support for handling external audio track / stream files to DVDPlayer video player
  • Update rendering system on Microsoft Windows platforms to DirectX 11 and Direct3D 11
  • Update to "MilkDrop2" audio visualization addon (only DirectX/Direct3D version for Windows)
  • Add touch panel coordinate offset configuration to the display adjustment setting[4]
  • Improve touchscreen input support on all supported platforms
  • Improve the "GlobalSearch" function by adding EPG search support
  • Improve binary addons buildsystem with support for downloading and installing MSYS/MinGW environment
  • Add thumbnail support for info provider group in addons
  • Improve Stereoscopic 3D video playback and rendering support
  • Add support to fetch and display season year based on first aired episode
  • Add support for RGB -> BGR convertion for RenderCapture on Freescale iMX.6
  • Add initiial support for DACP (Digital Audio Control Protocol) over AirTunes
  • Add support for PNG coverart over AirTunes
  • Update AirPlay / AirTunes protocol support library (libshairplay)
  • Add OSD control option to enable sharpness control for MMAL Renderer (Raspberry Pi)
  • Add support for Actions Semi (actcodec) video hardware accelerator decoding on Android[5]
  • Add possibility to use multiple PVR clients of the same PVR backend type at the same time[6]
  • Add timer addition to PVR functions in JSON[7]
  • Add additional PVR / EPG extensions and notifications support to JSON-RPC API
  • Add and populate plot and new recorded date info labels when playing recorded TV[8]
  • Improve IPv6 support (incluing adding IPv6 support for NFS)[9]
  • Change to use use max rating over average rating for Movie sets[10]
  • Change MediaCodec to rendering directly to a droid Surface to go through EGL as standard[11]
  • Add option to toggle Commercial skipping notifications[12]
  • Add support for file based stubs and improve support for disc stubs[13]
  • Improve HDMI-CEC support (including adding actions on TV standby for Pause playback & Stop playback)[14]
  • Refactor core settings[15]
  • Add support for user configurable custom MIME-types for UPnP/DLNA for streaming[16]
  • Show user rating under info in Confluence skin[17]
  • Improve GUI engine (and Confluence skin) by removing or merging obsolete and duplicate windows/dialogs/code
  • Add support for external PGS subtitles with .SUP extension[18]
  • Add support for WebP pictures using an FFmpeg based image loader[19]
  • Add support to "Import All" for adding videos to library even if there is no scrapper data[20]
  • Add the WeTek Play remote to peripherals as a new default supported as input device[21]
  • Add support to enable transfer of encrypted (DRM protected) streams from inputstream to Kodi[22][23]

3.1 References