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Steam client update released - 24th Feb 2011


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Steam client update released

A Steam client update is now available. To apply the update, click the File menu inside of Steam and then select "Check for Steam Client Updates...". The specific changes include:

New Features and UI updates

Steam Screenshots

Added support for Steam Screenshots. Press F12 while in any game that runs the Steam Overlay to take screenshots, then publish them to your Steam Community profile, or anywhere else on the web. Each user is allotted 1 GB of Steam Cloud storage for screenshots.

Library Search capability and related navigation updates

Added Search capability to the library for quick filtering of your list. Press Tab to move focus to and from the search field, press Esc to clear the search.

Moved access to all library sub views (Games, Media Tools, Downloads, etc.) into the library's dropdown control

Voice quality improvements

Changed microphone voice input from 11 kHz to 16 kHz

Changed voice output from 8 kHz to 16 kHz

Fixed the settings-dialog microphone test to correctly re-init the calibration client if the active voice device changes

Reduced voice prefix buffer size from 200 to 100 ms, but increased trailing from 200 to 400 ms - reduces latency when transitioning from silence to active voice, but still should keep it from sounding like chat is cutting out mid-sentence

Increased thresholds for voice activity detection, making it less sensitive

Increased amount of gain applied to voice

Changed disconnect message when a friend ends a voice call to ' has ended the call'

Windows: Fixed microphone to reinitialize correctly if Windows signals that a device in the system has changed

Windows: Changed voice output device for Steam to be the default communication device

Web addresses

Added an option to display the client's URL address bar, and turned it off by default, given its limited utility

Web views now include a "Copy Page URL" command in the context menu, to copy the page's web address to the clipboard

Game invites

Moved game invites from friends outside of the chat stream, into their own panel in the chat dialog for improved discoverability

Account security

Added password strength meter to the Change Password wizard

Added a prompt to choose a new password if you've recently had Steam Support change your password on your behalf

General bug fixes

Fixed game invites not working from lobby-based games

Fixed games not launching automatically after resolving a cloud conflict

Fixed download rate sometimes erroneously reporting very high speeds

Fixed a crash on startup or when viewing Games page

Fixed client hang which could occur while hovering on links in any HTML-based display area

Corrected check box states in the Friends window menu to properly remain in sync

Fixed bug where some downloadable content was not downloaded until the client was restarted

Fixed a rare and small, but steady memory leak caused by the Steam Overlay in some full screen D3D10/D3D11 games

Mac OS X: Fixed a problem where attempting to resume a paused/interrupted download could always report ‘server unavailable’

Mac OS X: Fixed password input fields in the Steam Overlay to correctly receive input

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and they have a further item on the new feature

Steam Screenshots Feature Now Available

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Steam just made it easier to take and share screenshots of your favorite games.

Press your hotkey (F12 by default) while in any game that runs the Steam Overlay to take screenshots. Then publish them to your Steam Community profile as well as Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit to share them with your friends.

With 1GB of personal Steam Cloud storage, you can upload thousands of screenshots to show off your best moments for all your friends to see. Or you can make them private if you'd rather keep them to yourself.

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Use the new screenshot manager to upload your screenshots while still in the game, or at a later time. You can customize your screenshot hotkey by visiting the In-Game section of Steam settings.

To give the new screenshots feature a try, just restart Steam to get the latest client update.

Always nice to have a simple way to take and share gameplay screenies :thumbsup:

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