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What is 'Navigator' and how to use it?
Navigator is the name of the player’s fullscreen user interface. The Navigator is always stays in one of seven view modes. The navigator can display a combination of the following interface elements in the main player window (on top of the video and slideshow):
    Depending on the view mode
  • Header - at the top of the window
  • Table of elements - in the center of the window
  • Footer - at the bottom of the window
  • Regardless of the view mode
  • Panels - in the center of the window
  • Messages (OSD) - at the top-right conner
  • Control bars - at the top and bottom of the window
In the context menu (right-click menu) of the main window, you can show/hide the panels (in the 'View' section) or set needed view mode (in the 'Select View Mode' section) and also view the hotkeys for these actions. To cycle the view modes sequentially, F1 key or the button on the additional control bar are used. The F2...F8 keys are used for quick transition to the desired mode. The content of the menu section 'Mode: ...' is refreshed when the view mode is changed and contains actions available only in this mode. Short description, interface elements and fast acсess keys for view modes:
  • Presentation

    Description: to display the presentation (video and slideshow)
    Elements: none (except panels and OSD)
    Keys: Esc - activates the 'Information' mode. Enter - activates the 'Playlist' mode. Arrows: Left - 'Jump backwark'; Right - 'Jump forward'; Up - 'Next cover'; Down - 'Previous cover'
  • Information

    Description: to display the current playlist item/group
    Elements: header, footer
    Keys: Esc - activates the 'Information' mode. Enter - activates the 'Playlist' mode. Arrows: Left - 'Jump backwark'; Right - 'Jump forward'; Up - 'Next cover'; Down - 'Previous cover'
  • Library

    Description: for displaying library playlists and related actions
    Elements: header, table, footer
    Keys: Esc - activates the 'Presentation' mode. Enter - changes the current playlist. Arrows: Left - activates the 'Playlist' mode; Right - activates the context menu of the library
  • Playlist

    Description: to display the contents of the current playlist and related actions
    Elements: header, table, footer
    Keys: Esc - activates the 'Presentation' mode. Enter - depending on the type of item it collapses/expands it, makes the item current, pause/playback the current item. Insert, Space - marks the item for export. Arrows: Left - activates the 'Library' mode; Right - activates the context menu of the playlist
    Note: The mode is not available if the current playlist is empty
  • Playback history

    Description: to display the history of the most recently played items
    Elements: header, table, footer
    Keys: Esc - activates the 'Presentation' mode. Enter - starts playback of the selected item
  • File browser

    Description: to display media files (in Windows Explorer style) and import them
    Elements: header, table, footer
    Keys: Esc - activates the 'Presentation' mode. Enter - if the type of the selected item is a folder, it proceeds to display its contents. Arrows: Left - go to the contents of the parent folder; Right - activates the context menu of the file browser
    Note: initially shows the contents of the folder with the file of the current playlist item or the contents of the My Computer folder if the playlist is empty
  • Main menu

    Description: Displays the contents of the main window context menu
    Elements: header, table, footer
    Keys: Esc - activates the 'Presentation' mode. Enter - depending on the type of the menu item shows its contents or executes the action associated with the item. Arrows: Left - shows the contents of the parent menu item
All tables and panels use the standard Windows methods (Arrow keys/Page Up/Page Down/Home/End and mouse wheel) to scroll the content. In the Navigator panels, Esc is used to close the panel, Enter to switch the content pages, Insert to switch the word wrap mode, Ctrl + A or left mouse button clamp to highlight, Ctrl + C to copy the text.
What is 'Import' and how to use it?
Unlike the other players, all actions needed to open and playback media files are divided into two parts. The first part is handled by a process called 'Import'. Import is a common term for database applications, meaning the convertation of the source information for later storage in the database structure.
How does it works? The user adds folders or files to the import queue, the import process in the background analyzes the media file data and adds items to the current or temporary playlist as the result. Import progress is displayed by the Navigator in the OSD and message panel. All operations performed by import (which can take a lot of time depending on the type of media file) are performed only once. The playlists content is stored inside database until it will be deleted by the user actions (the exception is temporary playlist, which content are automatically deleted on player exit). You can import folders, files or drives. Import of folders is preferable, because this speeds up the process of media files selection (import automatically scans all folders and files within the selected folder), and also allows the import to handle audio playlists and files better. Import of files should only being used when it is necessary to add one or more specific files to the playlist.
    There are different ways to queue folders or files for the import:

  • Selecting them using the import dialogs (located in the 'Windows' section of context menu (right-click menu) of the main window)
  • Drag and drop them to the main player window
  • Copy them in explorer and paste to the main player window
  • Using the YAP items in the explorer context menu (disabled by default, activated by option in the 'System' options section)
  • Using the Navigator view mode 'File Browser' (Insert - to mark folders or files, Right arrow - to open file browser context menu and import)
What is 'DirectShow'?
DirectShow is a Microsoft technology that was first introduced in Windows 98. Allows an application to build a DirectShow graph and utilize DirectShow filters inside it to play media files. DirectShow filters are divided into categories (for example, source, splitter, video decoder, video renderer, etc.). Some filters are developed by Microsoft and supplied with Windows (pre-installed in the system), others are developed by third-party manufacturers (user installation is required). Examples of Microsoft filters are Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder, Enhanced Video Renderer ( EVR ) and others. Examples of third-party developed filters are LAV Filters, DirectVobSub, madVR and others.

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