During this past week I’ve been talking a lot about alternatives for VLC. I’ve covered MPlayer and Movist so far, and both these apps are very stable, good looking and overall promising. But what about the actual VLC? You should have heard not so long ago that the development of VLC for Mac was going under some trouble, and that the devs were talking about ceasing it.It’s not like that, fortunately.
VLC is getting a new face. Its codename is Lunettes, it’s got a brand new user interface, it’s fully 64-bit enabled. It’s basically a new application. From what we can read on the official Lunettes’ wiki page:
“VLC for Mac must attract designers.We have decided to offer to designer the possibility to edit via a simple text file the look of VLC.
VLC for Mac needs a good interface to be the best Video Player.We want to make sure you’ll get the best experience ever when watching your favorites TV shows or Movies using VLC.For instance, if I am watching a TV show, and then quit Lunettes. At next launch Lunettes will offer you to go back to where you were.
Then the famous playlist fades out: It is not visible by default, and you don’t have to use it anymore.
Also in fullscreen you can now scroll through your playlists or TV channels.
And finally Lunettes is 64 bits.”
Lunettes VLC Mac
And I’ll tell you what, it works. It’s fast, it’s nice, it’s smart enough to remember where I was before I quit the app. The cool thing is, you can already head over the Github page of the project and download an early working build of Lunettes.The future of VLC has been that promising, I believe.
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