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01 February 2010, 12:30

VLC 1.0.5 arrives, extensions planned for 1.1

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VLC Logo The VideoLAN Project developers have announced availability of version 1.0.5 of their popular VLC Media Player. VLC is a free open source cross-platform multimedia player for various audio and video formats.

According to the developers, the latest maintenance release is "specially aimed towards Windows and Mac platforms" and addresses a number of bugs found in the previous release. VLC 1.0.5 features codec updates, version 4.4.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) on Windows and the Mac version adds support for the latest aluminium Apple Remotes. Other changes include translation updates and various performance improvements. All users are advised to update to the latest release.

The developers note that they have started working on the next major update to the media player, saying that "VLC 1.1 is on the road". According to a blog post VLC developer Jean-Philippe André, version 1.1 will allow users users to write their own plug-ins for VLC. Like Mozilla's Firefox web browser, the extensions will let users add even more functionality to VLC, such as an IMDb add-on to get plot or cast information about a movie.

More details about the release can be found in the release announcement and change log. VLC 1.0.5 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Existing users can use the built-in "Check for Updates" feature to upgrade to the latest release. VLC is released under version two of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).

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