New VLC Windows 8 screenshots show revamped UI

It's been well over a year since the volunteer team at VideoLAN completed its Kickstarter campaign to help fund a Windows 8 version of its popular VLC media player. Since then, the team has taken longer than expected to develop the app. In early December, VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf sent Neowin a note stating that while they had submitted the app to Microsoft for publishing in the Windows Store, it had been rejected due to an audio related crash bug.

Today Kempf sent Neowin some new screenshots of the VLC Windows 8 app, showing off a revamped user interface. It definitely has more of a Modern UI style. The new shots show how the app looks while showing audio and video clips in its menu.  Kempf told us that the UI continues to evolve so the app may still look a little different when it is released to the public.

And when will that happen? Kempf said that they are still "fixing the core audio issue we had" but the VideoLAN team hopes to resubmit VLC to the Windows Store sometime next week. Hopefully they can get that last bug out of the way so that it can finally be published.

Images via VideoLAN

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If anything they are just proving to be a bunch of incompetent developers. No understanding of modern app design. Dependencies on old, cross platform, sheet. etc. etc.

Wish you'd link to the source so I could read what VideoLAN actually say about this...

Just looking at the screenshots though, that is some terrible design work by whoever they have on the team putting it together. It looks about as touch-unfriendly as any desktop app and completely fails to understand modern and mobile design principles that Windows, Android, and iOS (and large swaths of the web) are all using to great effect.

And after all that, they've only shown screenshots from what could be either a Full HD or higher resolution screen rather than at the 1366x768-eque smaller tablet screens a lot of people would actually be using it on. What does this look like on Surface, for example? Or one of the new mini-tablets?

I really regret financially supporting this project. It seemed so exciting and genuinely useful a year ago.

prettyconfusd said,
I really regret financially supporting this project. It seemed so exciting and genuinely useful a year ago.
Excellent points regarding the design and resolution. I consider my money lost anyway because even if they do release something for Windows 8 I'm not the least bit interested.

Looks kinda nice and agree with the Zune comment above it does seam a little cramped. Looks more like a media centre than just a player. I am sure all the bits will get sorted i dislike though But what i dislike others may like so who knows heh.

Plex loos much cleaner than this... this UI looks very cluttered and trying to be modern... but all they have to do is fix the fonts and alignment of some elements and it should be good.

It's a pity that VLC's designers have chosen to ignore the guidance on the top and left margins. Everything feels to close to the edges and makes the screen look uncomfortably cramped, making the whole thing not only inconsistent, but also amateurish.

Ha well when it does make it to Windows Store, It should be bug free... Its taken an age to develop

People complain Microsoft are slow, Windows 8.0 came and went, Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1 might hit the scene before VLC App sees the Store at the rate they're going

I like the interface. personally,,,I like the modern windows 8 UI. If only more third parties actually take the time to design apps for win...I think it will be among the prettiest tablet app interfaces.

I also like the flat nature of the Modern UI - but even Microsoft didn't even bother to make its native desktop apps and dialog windows "flat"... Some companies do it great (I like the avast! flat interface). I don't get why they ditch the 3D effects so strongly in 8, but just left it in bits and pieces everywhere.

Thats always the issue with microsoft. Their OS/programs always have remnants leftover from previous generations which makes it look "unfinished".

That's what they always say. Do these guys really think any of their backers are still satisfied with their empty promises? Every few months when people start getting antsy again and ask them what's up they toss out a few screenshots like bones to a dog. Far from having the basic courtesy to at least provide regular updates, even irregular updates seem like a big chore to them. I don't care how busy you are, if you've taken people's money then transparency is paramount. You need to at least learn to communicate better and in a more regular manner. We are busy at work too, but still have to provide regular updates/reports to our managers.

On top of that it seems they severely overestimated their own abilities to port the app over. No-one needs every single feature from the desktop version (which still remain available, remember) ported over right from day 1 version 1. I'm sure if they had started with a blank slate they'd have had a full-featured Metro player available by now. Others seem to have managed it, whereas this is a textbook case of how not to manage a project. Even our rewards were so delayed and when they finally did arrive they turned out to be cheap POS (http://boredomline.tumblr.com/...yed-81-for-a-small-piece-of). Anyway we are more than ready to forget about the rewards if we just get the damn app.

Why are they wasting their time agonizing over the UI when they had promised last time that their first priority was to release a working player and they'd improve the UI over time? Get the show-stopper bugs sorted out for heaven's sake before tinkering endlessly with relatively inconsequential things. Unbelievable. Although I don't use VLC I was really excited when this was announced and donated for the Windows RT version which we needed, but I know now it most likely is never going to arrive. Neither will the WP version, so if you're still waiting just pay for MoliPlayer Pro which they not only managed to get out the door but have also updated regularly since. Perhaps after a few years' delay they need not even make excuses any more for the continuing lack of a release if Windows RT itself doesn't survive that long. This was my very first Kickstarter experience too, and I don't think I'm going to bother with any more crowd-funding campaigns unless they already have the product developed and ready to go. Shame on VLC for letting their backers down.

I fully agree with you on everything you typed. At this point it's beyond ridiculous that they still haven't gotten the app out the door when smaller devs have shipped out similar apps with a fraction of the budget. MoliPlayer is awesome and was well worth the price I paid for it

Yea I've been waiting a while but you know what? I pitched in for that Minecraft movie and after 2 years they eventually delivered. In the meantime I read about them going to MineCon, planning another movie, and even had irregular updates. However they did eventually deliver. I believe the VLC team will too... Eventually.

Now then yes they might of bit off more than they can chew but as it is all of their builds are compiled from a singular code base. Why port the existing code? So that they can do just that. Most of the workload has been ridding the code of forbidden APIs and handling it better. In the end I'm sure it will be worth the while.

Now then the "thank yous"... I thought I would get something more than what I got. I just got a card shipped via airmail the cheapest way possible.

shinji257 said,
Yea I've been waiting a while but you know what? I pitched in for that Minecraft movie and after 2 years they eventually delivered.
Frankly I don't think these two instances are in any way comparable. You watch a movie, what, once or twice at most unless you're obsessed with it. And you can always hold off on watching it. The app however is required, especially for Windows RT. There are alternatives now and I even paid for one (cost much less than my VLC donation too) because I got sick and tired of waiting and decided to stop fooling myself. I don't even care about VLC for Windows 8 because better (non-Metro) alternatives already exist. But of course their mixed up priorities have been evident from the beginning.

shinji257 said,
Now then yes they might of bit off more than they can chew but as it is all of their builds are compiled from a singular code base.
Which is why I said that if they'd started afresh they'd probably have released multiple updates by now. Speaking of builds, all of us backers were mighty pi**ed that after they took our money for the Windows 8 version and didn't bother with any updates for ages, they went ahead and released VLC for iOS first. I think it's clear where their priorities lay for the allocation of funds despite there being no Kickstarter held for the iOS release.

shinji257 said,
Now then the "thank yous"... I thought I would get something more than what I got. I just got a card shipped via airmail the cheapest way possible.
Yes, and isn't that perfectly symptomatic of how the project's been run? Over-promising and under-delivering all the way instead of the other way around?

P.S. I posted my comment above ("That's what they always say") in response to Figure 8 Dash's "soon...." Which moderator moved it down so it looks now as if I responded to Dot Matrix? What sort of craziness is this? Are you trying to deliberately move it down the page and hide it to de-emphasize the criticism?

Edited by Romero, Jan 25 2014, 8:04pm :

This will give XBox Music (worst name ever) a run for its money. Not sure if I like the back arrow tucked all the way up in the corner like that. Too close to the corner.

Dot Matrix said,
This will give XBox Music (worst name ever) a run for its money. Not sure if I like the back arrow tucked all the way up in the corner like that. Too close to the corner.

It looks like Zune.

Dot Matrix said,
This will give XBox Music (worst name ever) a run for its money. Not sure if I like the back arrow tucked all the way up in the corner like that. Too close to the corner.

How is Xbox Music the worst name ever? I like it... obviously not better than Zune, but still fits into their master Xbox Entertainment brand.