Category Archives: vlc-free-android-carrier

Mac users: Fullscreen issue

Update: VLC 2.0.3 has been released for Mac OS now – please update to this if you are getting fullscreen control problems.
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Mac users: If you updated to VLC 2.0.2, then you’ll notice that there is a bug with the fullscreen control.

The http interface (which VLC Remote uses) simply isn’t working for fullscreen. I have contacted the VLC Mac developers and they have fixed this (Thank you!). They are planning a mini-release in the next few days, or you can download the nightly version from

http://nightlies.videolan.org

I have tested the build dated 2012 07 14

you can download directly with these links (they’re also on the VLC Remote facebook page which is probably easier to get to from your computer)

32bit version: http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/macosx-intel/vlc-2.0.2-i686-20120714-0218.zip

64bit version: http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/macosx-intel/vlc-2.0.2-x86_64-20120714-0318.zip

thanks again to the VLC team for such a swift fix.

NB: these links are to a non-released version of VLC, so the standard use-at-your-own-risk warnings apply!

Multiple Monitors on Mac…

If you have multiple monitors connected to a mac, then this might interest you.

I just launched my first app in the Mac Appstore. It’s called Multi Monitor Wallpaper.
It lets you take one large image and apply it across your monitors.

You can move and scale the image, and even tweak the exact layout of your monitors.

My app cuts up the image and applies it across your screens.

Let me know what you think!

You can get it at the Mac Appstore

VLC 2.00 is live

VLC 2.00 has been approved for release, so the new version should be hitting the front page of Videolan.org very soon.

==Update: It’s live now.

Please remember a few things when you upgrade:

1) Make sure you have the latest version of my setup helper. The older versions won’t correctly configure VLC 2.00
2) You will need to run the setup helper again when you upgrade – this is because some of the configuration settings get wiped with each upgrade.

On Windows, you need setup helper version 4.20, on Mac version version 3.30.
Click ‘Check for updates’ in your current setup helper or get ’em here.
http://HobbyistSoftware.com/vlc

If your browser is giving you an old version, then clear the cache or try in a different browser!

Version 2.00 is live

We have been working on version two for a few months now, and it has some really great functionality.

The main new feature is that it uses bonjour (where possible) to scan your home network for computers. This means that in most cases, you won’t have to do the pairing setup to get connected to VLC.

And there is a load of other stuff:

  • added wheel-picker for fine grained position and volume
  • favourite folders
  • thumb scroller for browsing large folders
  • full support for tablet devices
  • improved power usage on widget
  • numerous minor fixes

There will probably be some glitches (we have already had one report) – unfortunately, that’s pretty much a fact of life with Android as there are so many different devices, and we can’t even attempt to keep them all for testing.

If you do have any problems, then please email me at rob@hobbyistsoftware.com and I’ll do my best to sort it out.

In the meantime – I hope you enjoy the update

– let me know what you think!

Please tell us about any bugs!

There was a stupid bug in version 1.32 which crashed when you opened the settings page.

That is now fixed in 1.33, but it might have been fixed a little sooner if I had got an email on the subject!

So – if there is any problem with VLC Remote, please do send me an email. You can use the feedback option in the settings page, or just write to rob@hobbyistsoftware.com

Thank You!

Tip: Keyboard Shortcuts

Using the keyboard gives a really great way to control volume and position with really fine-grained control.

This is a great way in which VLC remote is now better on the Pre and Android than it is on the iPhone.

I wanted a way to let you jump in big or small increments, so I assigned a whole row to volume changes, and a whole row to position changes.

This picture shows how it works…

key shortcuts

(Click to see larger version in your browser)

To help you remember; The row which has ‘V’ in it is for volume. The row with ‘P’ in it is for position.

Enjoy!

Tip: Stop VLC asking to fix files

this isn’t actually a VLC Remote feature, but it is annoying when you are trying to play things remotely and VLC keeps asking whether to fix files.

You can control the behaviour in VLC at

  • Preferences (switch to All preferences in the bottom left)
  • Input / Codecs
  • Demuxers
  • AVI
  • Force Index Creation

Tip: Access external drives

(requires paid version of VLC Remote)

Unfortunately, VLC doesn’t recognise aliases or shortcuts (it just tries to play them), so these won’t help you.

There is a dedicated drive button in the browse page that will take you to your full drive list. If you are using Windows and don’t see your external drive, then you may need to make sure that your external drive is mapped to a drive letter.

You can even set your external drive as your default directory to make browsing faster in future. Just tap on the heart/folder icon when you are in the drive you want and that will become your default folder for when you next launch this remote.