One thing I absolutely love about New Year's Day (apart from insane partying and sleeping 'til night
), is that every year a new version of a software application gets released, and a version that absolutely knocks the socks off. And they never failed to disappoint me.
2008 does it again, with the release of the final version of foobar2000 0.9.5
, which has been mentioned briefly by other fellow members. I'm absolutely blown away by this update, because it literally puts foobar in another level, bridging the gap that existed between it and the competition, while retaining the customization possibilities for which foobar is so loved. What are those impressive features that makes foobar so attractive to a user like me you may be wondering? Exactly one, a new default user interface, check it out:
Peter Pawloski (foobar2000 main developer) managed to design a flexible and attractive frontend, heavily inspired by the 3rd party plugin ColumnsUI, not as powerful, that's for sure, but much more easy to handle for the mainstream user, thanks to the addition for a wizard that lets you choose from a predefined set of appearances, without messing with 'Tagz' (foobar's scripting language) but still giving you enough choice to find something it accommodates your tastes. The addition of other elements of customization, very easy to use for anyone, further lets you customize the chosen look, again without messing with code. The new customization system used by the interface also lets you add new UI Elements (akin to ColumnsUI panels), which already spawned interesting possibilities, like Facets
The list of improvements around the program is really big, feels almost like a major new version. Check out the changelog
, the release notes
, further explaining what's new in 0.95, with screenshots, and a screenshot gallery