Wednesday, September 25, 2013

VLC Player 2.1.0 is out

As I always say, I’m not into software reviewing, but sometimes a software is so awesome that I want to share it with anyone who reads me, and VLC is one of those software. Being the Universal Player (it plays everything), it tends to update very slowly with small new features, codec changes, or video processing, making the new features invisible to the regular user, but with the 2.1.0 finally we see something new.

VLC

You can immediately see the huge change to the left bar, with an option to add audio from your Music directory, something that we have been needing since the release of Windows 7. Another thing to notice is the Streaming options, that allows you to subscribe to several streams easily... although I still don’t know how to change the streams services or add/delete if I want to.

One thing I noticed for the first time is the possibility to change the appearance of the icons/songs on the playlist (Icons, Detailed, Album Cover, List).

VLC

To quote the developers:

... named RinceWind. With a new audio core, hardware decoding and encoding, port to mobile platforms, preparation for Ultra-HD video and a special care to support more formats, 2.1 is a major upgrade for VLC. Rincewind has a new rendering pipeline for audio, with better effiency, volume and device management, to improve VLC audio support. It supports many new devices inputs, formats, metadata and improves most of the current ones, preparing for the next-gen codecs.

This player is the best there is, it’s free, no ads, it plays everything, what else do you want? Go and download it, now.

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