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Kodi 14.2 Helix - Release Candidate

We are proud to announce the release candidate of Kodi 14.2 in which we further try to improve stability. As you may all know by now, we have a new name, a new logo, and a wide variety of new features, but underneath the new coat of paint remains the same software we all love. 14.2 will become the the second and final bug-fix release in the Helix range. As we have mentioned in our Kodi 14.0 release announcement, we will be releasing these extra releases to squash down any issues left after the first big release. Below you will find a list of fixes so far. In the Kodi 14.1 release announcement you can find the sum up of previous fixes done in the Helix range.

Fixes so far

  • * Fix: Application stopped responding on Windows
  • * Fix: Gap-less playback on MP3
  • * Fix: Playback of rtmp protocol
  • * Fix: Scanning of newly added episodes
  • * Fix: Fix multipath source scanning
  • * Fix: Loading external subtitles in some cases
  • * Fix: packaging of PIL module on Android. This fixes some script error when using weather add-on
  • * Fix: Fix video playback on all platform after refresh rate change
  • * Fix: Various bugs that were present in PVR add-ons.
  • * Fix: Save weather location
  • * Fix: Fix filtering of foreign add-ons
  • * Fix: ftps handling
  • * Fix: use LastWrite instead of ChangeTime for file system on Windows
  • * Feature: Bump OSX SDK to 10.10

Windows

Finally, the bug that haunted us in the 14.0 and 14.1 release has been solved. Windows should be stable again and perform as it should.

A Few Warnings and Notices

This release marks the switch to the new name Kodi. When you install this releases , your library and add-ons will be moved to Kodi, making reverting back to 13.2 fairly difficult. As such, it is recommended that you back up your library as well as your settings before installing Kodi.

If you are using a skin other than the default Confluence, it is possible that you may find the software keyboard blank as a result of the previously mentioned keyboard layout upgrade. If so, you need to either switch to a new skin, or see if your skin has a Helix update. While Kodi automatically checks for addon and skin updates, you can speed up this process by visiting the add-ons browser from the settings menu and selecting use the context menu for doing”Check for updates” or “force refresh”

Also, as Kodi is an unsigned application on OSX, you may need to go through a slightly different process to start it the first time. After you have copied Kodi to the Applications folder, you will need to “right click” or “two finger click” Kodi from within the Applications folder and select “Open” and then accept the warning. You should only need to do this the first time you run Kodi.

Download

This time we will provide the downloads from a specific forum thread to gather feedback on stability and possible regressions. All the downloads are listed in the first post. To upgrade from any previous build, just install on top of your current version.

How to Contribute

If you use Kodi, we encourage you to report problems with it on our forum first and after – if asked – submit bugs on Trac (following this guide: How to submit a bug report). Do note that we need detailed information so we can investigate the issue. We also appreciate providing support in our Forums where you can and donating to the XBMC Foundation if you like. For a current FAQ on Kodi 14, visit our Helix FAQ. You can of course also follow or help promote Kodi on any or all of our listed social networks.