Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, it's finally here! Yes, OpenLP 3.0 has been released!
And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 WEB
One of our original goals with OpenLP was to move to faster releases, and while that didn't seem to happen for version 3.0, moving foward we are aiming to roll out releases much faster. With that in mind, we decided that the worst bugs have been fixed, and most people should be pretty happy with the 3.0 release.
Before we dive into the new features, here are some known issues which may apply to you:
One of the biggest changes in version 3.0 is that we completely rewrote the renderer, meaning that we were able to bring in efficient transitions between slides for text items (i.e. songs, Bible verses, custom slides). Transitions are available as part of themes.
Another major change in version 3.0 is the remote. Maintaining separate remotes for browsers, Android and iOS was painful and slow. In version 3.0 we rewrote the remote API, and have consolidated our work into the web remote. The web remote is also no longer bundled with OpenLP, allowing us to roll out updates to the remote separately from OpenLP itself. The old API's will be removed in a future release breaking the Android and IOS applications. Please migrate to the new Web Interface.
In addition to the two above, OpenLP now supports presentations on macOS, using LibreOffice, Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac and Keynote. Support of Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer has been removed.
Other New Features
VLC is now bundled with OpenLP on macOS and Windows, and there is no need to select a media players
Guide marks to show position within a clip and the ability to repeat the playing video
Motion (video) backgrounds in themes
Better screen detection and configuration
Performance improvements reducing start up times
The settings page has been updated, so a number of options have moved
All icons have been migrated from images to scalable monochromatic fonts to allow for the support of larger desktop displays and dark themes
OpenLP now ships with a dark interface/UI theme. On Windows and macOS, it can be enabled by enabling the dark theme on system. You can always force the dark theme by changing the Interface Theme in Settings
Media and Presentations now support being grouped by folders
Slide numbers in footer can be enabled in Settings
Songs can be searched by number
Chord support in songs (can be enabled in Song settings). The chords are shown in the "Chords View" section of Web Remote, which supports chord transposition and mobile devices
More song formats can be imported: - Singing The Faith - LivePresenter - ProPresenter 5 and 6 - EasyWorship 6 - ChordPro (for chords)
More bible formats can be imported: - SWORD - WordProject
Support for importing services from PlanningCenter
Updates and Bug Fixes
A lot more has been fixed, updated or improved, far too much to include here. If you're really curious, you can do a comparison between 2.4.6 and 3.0.0 on GitLab.
Head on over to the downloads section of the website to download version 3.0 now!
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