[vlc-devel] VLC Dashboard Widget for Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger
glenbo at blarg.net
Tue Apr 26 10:46:26 CEST 2005
VLC Developers, you guys do great work. I'm a big fan of VLC.
With the upcoming release of Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger, I thought I would
share with you a widget I made for my personal use. It adds VLC
controls to the Tiger Dashboard. In my home media setup I have a mac
mini connected to my television and then just a trackpad near my couch.
I wanted a way to access all the controls of VLC without leaving
fullscreen, and without using the keyboard. I also didn't feel like
mapping a bunch of extra mouse keys to VLC commands. This widget takes
advantage of the Applescript support you have built in. I made the gui
in the look and feel of the VLC controller. When buttons are pressed
application, which takes an applescript call and sends it to VLC. It
looks somethings like this:
/usr/bin/osascript -e 'tell application "VLC"' -e "VLC_Event" -e 'end
It's a little kludgy, but it works well. However, because there are so
-> osascript -> applescript -> VLC ) there is sometimes a small lag. On
that note, the lag could be removed with a little custom code in the
form a widget plugin. A widget plugin is just a cocoa bundle renamed
.widgetplugin that contains some Objc-C code that can talk directly to
VLC. That's where my developmental abilities start to get shaky. I'm
not really proficient at anything deeper than scripting languages,
although I'm working on that. For an example of what I am talking about
see the iTunes widget when you get a chance to play with Tiger.
What I'm hoping is that you guys find this widget useful, and can use
it in some way. I'm also hoping that someone more adept at the VLC
codebase than I am can help me make this widget work better. That would
take the form of a widget plugin that would bypass the whole
applescript run-around. Another cool option are the fullscreen controls
like in the new Quicktime Player. Those work great. They are dashboard
related, but exist within the application itself.
Anyways, check it out if you want. I'd appreciate any feedback.
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