Many new interesting features have been added lately to SMPlayer. This page will give you a quick overview of all of them.
Version 17.1 features experimental support for Chromecast. Now you can send videos from SMPlayer to your Chromecast device, including local files from your computer and online streams like TV channels or videos from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more. More info.
SMPlayer includes now a 'tablet mode', available in the menu Options. When the option is turned on it makes some changes in the interface so that it would be easier to control SMPlayer by touching the screen.
Now it's possible to send the video to a second screen connected to the computer, while controlling the application in the computer's screen.
There's a new option in the menu Video: send video to screen. It shows a submenu with all connected screens.
One of the screens is labeled as 'primary screen', which is the computer's screen. If you send the video to another screen the video will be displayed on that screen in fullscreen mode. The SMPlayer interface will remain in the computer's screen where you can control the video (seek, change volume, subtitles, playlist, open another video, etc.) while the video is displayed on the second screen. If you send the video to the primary screen the video will be re-attached to the SMPlayer window.
On high DPI (dots per inch) screens SMPlayer looked very tiny. Now the interface is automatically scaled so it looks correctly. There are also settings in Preferences -> Interface -> High DPI where you can adjust manually the scale factor or turn off this feature.
Now it's possible to use the media keys (play/pause, stop, volume+/-, etc.) as global shortcuts. That means that those keys will work even when SMPlayer is in the background. You can activate this option in Preferences -> Keyboard and mouse.
This means that, for example, SMPlayer can resume playback or set bookmarks on YouTube videos or other online streams (as long as they are seekable).