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VLC Streamer now integrated with Mac’s Finder

If you’re using Mac OS, and you’re updated to the latest version, then VLC Streamer now offers a way to right click (or cmd+click) on a movie in the finder to add it directly to VLC Streamer.

The new option is in the settings tab.

It makes use of my newish (free) app Right Click Booster.

When you click to add the right-click item, you’ll be prompted to install Right Click Booster if you don’t have it already – and taken to the Mac App Store to download it for free.

You can get Right Click Booster (currently free!) at the Appstore.

Translations please…

VLC Remote and VLC Streamer rely on you to translate them into your native language.

If you’d like to help – please click through to http://translate.hobbyistsoftware.com and translate some strings.

The site isn’t really mobile-friendly, so you probably want to do this on your laptop.

I’m always happy to provide free copies if you help with translations – email me at rob @ hobbyistsoftware.com if that would help.

Thank you!

Why we’re not supporting Chromecast

I get asked about Chromecast a handful of times a month.

I have a Chromecast to test on, and I love the concept. I’d love to be able to support it with VLC Streamer.

Unfortunately, Chromecast just doesn’t work very well.

In my testing – it fails to play most streams (streams that play fine on Android, iOS and VLC).

I wrote in the forum a couple of months ago with more details for the technically minded.

I assume that Chromecast will get better over time, and I’ll give it a try again in a few months.

Unfortunately, my expectation of Chromecast is not necessarily one that the Chromecast team share. I expect Chromecast to ‘just work’.

If streams play on iOS and Android, then I don’t expect to have to battle to format them specially for Chromecast. Equally, I expect integration to be simple rather – whereas the Chromecast team expect me to implement a whole complex system of searching and communication.

For the most part – the Chromecast team response has been to refer to state that vlc streamer steams don’t meet the required specification and that any crashes are therefore not Chromecast’s problem.

You can see the lively discussion here. It’s one of the most +1’d posts on the ChromeCasst developer forum.  I think that means I’m not the only frustrated developer.

As a Chromecast owner, I’m not sure what you can do. The fact is that Chromecast is hard to integrate – and doesn’t do a good job with HLS streams. Until the Chromecast developers fix that – VLC Streamer won’t be supporting Chromecast.

 

Please update for VLC 2.1 …

We just released an update of VLC Remote that supports VLC 2.1

We are trying a new approach to the windows store; Instead of keeping a free version and a paid version, we are switching to one version – but with a free trial.

There is no requirement to upgrade to the full features, and if you don’t then it will simply behave like the free version after your trial period.

If you already have the paid version:

You’re all set. You don’t need to do anything except update to the latest version.

If you are using the free version:

You don’t need to pay for anything, but you do need to switch to the new version.

You can try the paid features for free, and if you don’t like them enough to pay after the trial, you still don’t have to pay (but you’ll be reduced back to the free version features)

To update, click here:

Buy Now

 

If you don’t update, the free version will continue working as it does now – but it won’t support VLC 2.1 when that arrives.

Thanks for your support – I hope things will be a bit simpler after the switch.

 

Now out of beta (please pay us!)

We have now released a full version of VLC Streamer – thank you to everyone who has helped during the beta testing.

The beta build will expire in a few days, and it will ask you to upgrade. At that point, you can either keep the free version, or get the paid version.

The free version is ad-supported, and it also disables the ability to copy movies to the device for watching later. The full version has no ads, and you can copy movies over.

As a way of thanking our beta users, we’re keeping the price at $1 initially to let you switch over to the full version for a thoroughly reasonable price!

You can get the full version here:

Buy Now

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

Looking for beta testers…

If you’d like to test the new VLC Remote, and you can spare time to give regular rebuilds a thorough test and write feedback, then please let me know.

Please email me at rob at hobbyistsoftware dot com – let me know

1) what devices you have,
2) why you’ll be a good tester.

I can only have a very limited number of testers, so don’t be offended if you don’t get in…

Open links in the background – iBrowse

I just released an update for iBrowse which does two things.

  1. Brings it up to date with iOS5
  2. Brings the feature I have wanted for ages – you can now open links in a background tab

I use this when I’m browsing a news site. I go to news.bbc.co.uk, and I can now click and hold on a link, then select ‘open in background tab’. That story starts loading, and I pick a few other stories to load in the background.

Now I switch to coverflow view and swipe to one of the stories (which has probably already loaded by now).

It’s only $1, and there is a free version to try!

iBrowse is available as ever at the App Store.