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17 December 2009, 09:38

VLC for Mac OS X needs developers

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The VideoLAN project, developers of the open source VLC multimedia player, is urgently seeking developers to work on the Mac OS X port. According to a posting on the VLX forums "there are now effectively zero active developers for MacOS" which has already led to the 64 bit releases of VLC for the Apple operating being put on hold. The original appeal in May 2009 for developers seems to have had no response.

Remi Denis-Courmont, a VLC developer, also noted that if the situation continues, then VLC 1.1.0 would be the last version for Mac OS X, as there are no developers to work on the Mac versions user interface or to update the code to support the new VLC output architecture. He added that "Taking into account the learning curve to VLC development, I think it is fair to say that the situation is now critical".

VLC on Mac OS X is a popular application for the Apple platform, despite it's flaws, and the application is used by other programs, such as HandBrake, to provide functions such as DVD decoding. Although other software, such as Perian and MPlayer OSX Extended can perform many of the functions of VLC, they lack among other things, the network streaming support of VLC.


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