VLC, the popular cross-platform media playing software, is planning to release Version 4.0 in the coming months, according to reports from Protocol. The newest feature of the latest update is set to be a redesigned interface.
VideoLAN foundation president, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, has expressed hopes that the redesign will help the video player look “a bit more modern”. The company is also working on integrating more online content into the software, and a new way of running VLC in a webpage, per protocol.
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VideoLAN first gave a glimpse at the new interface in February 2019 at the Free and Open-source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) conference. The interface at the time shows that VLC ditched its dated light grey color scheme for a design featuring transparent interface elements, and modern-looking icons which will likely debut in Version 4.0.
The VideoLAN team is also working on bringing more online content into the software. It plans extensions to offer third-party videos, free ad-supported videos in the future.
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