Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 22:16 UTC
Mac OS X Late last night (CET), we reported on the story that the VLC project needed more developers for the Mac version of this popular video player, or else the Mac variant may disappear. Just about every website out there reported on this issue, but it turns out it all got a bit exaggerated (on the internet? Surely you jest...). We spoke to VLC developer Pierre d'Herbemont to clarify the issue, and they've also put up a wiki page about the so-called demise of the Mac version of VLC. He also detailed what, exactly, they meant by "Apple is blocking us".
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Not Mac Enough
by Andre on Fri 18th Dec 2009 07:48 UTC
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It doesn't look Mac enough? Just wondering, what does this mean? Will the Mac version look completely different from the other OS'es.

This is more or less a problem with multi platform development. Keep the look consequent with the OS it is running on, or keep the look of the program consequent among all versions.

I have used the program on Linux and Windows, and if I would ever use OSX, and run VLC, I would like to see the interface I am familiar with.

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RE: Not Mac Enough
by Kroc on Fri 18th Dec 2009 09:03 in reply to "Not Mac Enough"
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It’s like the difference between Camino and Firefox on Mac. Sure they look samey enough, but Camino under the hood is a whole world more native on the Mac because of all the little touches. People who’ve used the Mac platform for several years care about these things because they grate when it’s not done properly. And I’ll regret saying this, but those on other platforms looking in on Mac stories wouldn’t understand this. I’m still discovering nice little touches in OS X four years later. Being native matters more on OS X than any other platform.

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RE[2]: Not Mac Enough
by bryanv on Fri 18th Dec 2009 15:04 in reply to "RE: Not Mac Enough"
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I'd argue that being native on OS X is about as important as being native on BeOS.

Sure, you can get something else to run, but it'll suck in comparison.

Or to put it in a less gentle way:

You can put Grandma in a dress and take her to prom, but it doesn't mean she's going to get lucky.

Edited 2009-12-18 15:05 UTC

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