[vlc-devel] Rethinking the Mac OS X GUI

Georg Seifert georg.seifert at gmx.de
Wed May 27 23:39:40 CEST 2009


I may remind that I did some mockups and refinements of the new  
Interface by dudiak:
and did a refinement of an easy, just video window in Snow Leopard  

I would like to help refine it further and implement it. I know cocoa  
well enough to do this.


> Due to my work on the new VLC document icons, I've licked blood,
> and would like to contribute a bit more to the VLC project.
> Let me just quickly introduce myself.
> My name is Dominic Spitaler, I'm 17 years old and from Austria.
> I am a graphic design & multimedia student visiting “die graphische”  
> in Vienna.
> During the summer I'd like to rethink and redesign the GUI for VLC  
> media player
> on Mac OS X, as I believe that VLC is technologically probably the  
> best player
> out there, but the user interface trigs me (and a lot of other mac  
> users) to use it,
> and instead switch over to quicktime, which has a (in my believe)  
> better GUI.
> I'm really interested in usability, interaction and user interface  
> design,
> for three years mac user and have a passion for beautiful icons &  
> UI's.
> I have some experience in developing Windows applications and am  
> currently
> learning Cocoa, as my main OS has been Mac OS X for three years.
> I'd work together with a friend and colleague of mine.
> I think some main issues we'll try to fix in VLC will be:
> 	- Redesign & rethink the GUI to be easier to use, to learn and more  
> efficient
> 	- Update the visual appearance
> 		- to fix inconsistencies like different VLC icons all over the UI  
> (Preferences, About)
> 		- to be visually pleasing
> 		- for 10.5 Leopard (respectively Snow Leopard)
> 	- Make sure, the VLC interface follows the Apple Human Interface  
> Guidelines
> 	- Maybe change some default settings (f.E a better subtitle font,…)
> I hope our work would be appreciated,
> Dominic
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