New FrostWire 5.5.2 out – Look Mom, No Java required (full changelog)


A very important FrostWire update has been released featuring about 20 bug fixes and enhancements.

Mac users that had issues with 5.5.1 and downgraded to 5.5.0 should update to 5.5.2, lots of issues were fixed for the Mac platform as we get ready to submit FrostWire to the MacOSX App Store.

Look Mom, No Java required (on Windows, Mac coming soon)
A major change in 5.5.2 for windows is the way that FrostWire uses the Java Runtime Environment.

Before 5.5.2 our installer would check if you had a suitable Java Runtime Environment installed and if it wasn’t there it’d try to download Oracle’s JRE and install it in your computer. This complexity introduced the possibility of several thousand FrostWire installations to not finish properly, our files wouldn’t be decompressed correctly and many of you couldn’t run FrostWire.

After 5.5.2, it doesn’t matter if you have Java installed or not. Our installer comes with a Java Runtime Environment, now every FrostWire running 5.5.2 will be running the same exact version of the JRE thus getting rid of JRE Fragmentation issues. FrostWire comes with a JRE compiled from source by the FrostWire Team, it includes several fixes after the public release of the JRE 7u10 update, and you should feel FrostWire performing a lot better if you’re on Windows.

Lately the Java Runtime Environment has been getting a lot of bad press due to security exploits that affect Java Applets on web browsers, please know that these security vulnerabilities do not affect FrostWire in anyway.

Please let us know of any issues, or enhancements you think are of the utmost importance and we’ll try to include it on 5.5.3 which we hope will have some major changes in the UI, towards our final design for FrostWire 6, which will focus on making the user experience a lot friendly and according to more modern design trends in software applications.

Enjoy and share responsibly.

frostwire (5.5.2) stable; urgency=high
* Upgrade: Now 'Movies' or 'My Videos' folder is included by default on new
installs since we now have a built-in video player.
* Upgrade: The Smart Search engine can now be disabled. No torrents will be
indexed and no search against the local database will be performed if
* UI fix: Video Player Window Title now shows the file name being played.
* UI fix: Library > "Finished Downloads" renamed to "Default Save Folder"
* UI fix: When browsing another device on the Wi-Fi network newest shared files
are shown at the top of the table.
* Bug fix: On first installation FrostWire wasn't able to add 'From Devices' folder
to the Library.
* Bug fix: When restoring default settings FrostWire was not restoring default
library folders.
* Bug fix: Player remembers volume level from last song played.
* Bug fix: Sends correct file sizes on HTTP headers for shared files that
have changed in size after being shared.
* Bug fix: Repeat media play setting with only one item.
* Bug fix: New mime detector based on a bigger table.
* Bug fix: Video player doesn't skip frames when resuming from pause.
* Bug fix: Video player doesn't move frames when paused and volume slider
is being moved.
* Bug fix: Dropping a .torrent starts a download and doesn't ask to send to
a friend.
* Bug fix: (Windows) can delete files that are being played or seeded
from the Library.
* Bug fix: (Mac) compatibility with Mac OSX 10.5.x restored.
* Bug fix: (Windows) media player can open files with long paths.
* Bug fix: prevents NPE when opening a .torrent and trying to show icons when
the file system chooser wasn't available.

-- FrostWire Team  Tue, 15 jan 2013 20:00:00 -0500

One thought on “New FrostWire 5.5.2 out – Look Mom, No Java required (full changelog)

  1. my frostwire lags big time. I have to wait 10sec for every command to execute. from maximizing from tray, to typing something in the search bar, to selecting current download, to right clicking them…. what could be the problem?

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