Uh Oh – No more VLC for Mac?

Download Squad warns that VLC for Mac has no more developers!!

Quick! Are you a Mac programmer? An open source advocate? Well, VLC has a job for you! You’ve always wanted to lead up an entire development branch of the world-famous VideoLAN Client, right?

It seems, through gradual atrophy and a steep learning curve that prevents developers from just ‘jumping right in’, VLC for Mac now has zero developers; none, nada, zilch. Looking at the time stamps on the VLC forum, development for the Mac has been weak since at least May this year, with bugs and Mac-specific improvements going untended due to lack of MacOS X programmers.

So this is my call to all you developers out there – don’t give up on us Mac users or on VLC.

Embed YouTube videos into Keynote

I wanted to embed a YouTube video into my presentation in Keynote for tomorrow, so I did a search for a tutorial and found a YouTube video telling me what to do – but it seemed so convoluted. I then remembered reading about a new site that could convert YouTube videos to a format that would work in your media player. I found the announcement about Farkie on DownloadSquad and started to try it out – but got nowhere :(

This is all I could get after trying five or so times to get one video.


Instead I was able to get Vixy to work :)

Just a little tip from me after trying multiple options.

Love me Some Adium

I’m a poet and didn’t even know it :) Seriously though, Adium has released version 1.3 and if you’re a Mac user you need this IM Client!! I’ve been using the beta for a while, but if you weren’t brave like me you may not know that Adium now supports Facebook chat and so much more! This from Read Write Web:

Highlights include the addition of Facebook chat to the list of options and a new search bar that lets you quickly find anyone on a long list of contacts.

This incredibly customizable program lets you chat seamlessly across almost every IM network you can think of – the absence of interoperability becomes almost inconsequential after you sign up for an account on each service and tell Adium to log in to each. We are very excited about the upgrade.

And thank you Read Write Web for pointing me to Adium Xtras – I’m going to have a lot of fun here!!

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MAC Del.icio.us Tool

This is filed under just for fun in my book – but might be useful to some of you. Delish is a freeware app for Mac OS X 10.5 that lets you see thumbnails of your del.icio.us bookmarks. This tool was pointed out to me by Lifehacker.

Features of Delish:

  • Del.icio.us Integration.
    Delish organizes all of your links, tags, and bundles.
  • Why look at URL’s as text?
    Delish generates a high-resolution thumbnail of your links.
  • Find what you’re looking for.
    Search links and tags quickly, then open them in your default browser.
  • Multi-touch support.
    Pinch and scroll gestures on supported hardware.

Google Search for Macs

Oooo – this looks neat:

I haven’t played with it yet, but Google has a Mac search now.

If you run into a problem on a Windows computer, all you have to do is type a little description of the problem and Google takes care of the rest; Mac users, on the other hand, often need to include a little context in their search—instead of typing a query like text editor, you type text editor mac. Google’s Mac-specific portal, found at http://google.com/mac/, now includes a Mac-specific search box. It’s not groundbreaking, but the guaranteed Mac-specific results could come in handy next time you’re looking for a specific application or you’re troubleshooting your Mac.

Found via Lifehacker.