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smplayer 0.7.0

SMPlayer may have been dead for a while, but it seems very active now, with two releases in just one month. The latest SMPlayer 0.7.0 brings basic support for YouTube and MPlayer2 as well as other new features.

What's new in SMPlayer 0.7.0:
  • Mplayer2 support
  • Use precise seeking with mplayer2. It can be enabled/disabled from Preferences > Interface
  • Basic support for YouTube which allows you to open urls via Open > Url, or as a command line parameter. You can also drag and drop a link from a browser to the smplayer window.
  • You can select the desired quality for YouTube videos under Preferences > Performance
  • New favorite menu, where you can add your favorite videos, music, streams, etc. It's also possible to add submenus.
  • New command line option: -disable-server which is used to disable the server used to communicate with other instances. You can use this to launch multiple SMPlayer instances

To install / upgrade to SMPlayer 0.7.0 in Ubuntu, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer

For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the SMPlayer download page.