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VLC for Windows 8. A native app, fully featured and fully open source. Play all your files, streams and optical media.
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UI Mockups

Posted by VideoLAN (Creator)

Dear backers,

First of all, thanks a lot for the support over the last few days. Today, we crossed the threshold of 70 % of our fundraising goal and there are another 10 days to go. Thanks to more than 1,800 of you, it looks like we will be able to make it in time!

Today, we would like to share our first draft for the user interface on Windows 8 and RT with you.

It was created by Ashraful Sheikh, who is responsible for the current design of our website. You can find his portfolio on his site Made by Argon. While this isn't the final design, it shows the direction where we will be going. You can find the artwork at full resolution here and there.

We hope that you like it and we are looking forward to your feedback!

Jean-Baptiste & Felix for the VLC for Windows 8 team

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    1. VideoLAN Creator on

      @Morwenna: thanks for the feedback.

    2. Samuel Parkinson on

      Looks like a brilliant layout. Glad your moving a few things to the windows menus but can't wait to see what this becomes.

      Glad to see that music player features are going to be included. Will make for a great application.

    3. Morwenna on


      Here is some feedback:
      - Of course the Android tablet can't be missed ! Be carefull of the proportions, Windows has a 16:9 screen
      - Is it really usefull to have the latest movies seen on the first column ? Do you often watch a show twice in a short time? I'd prefer something like "favorites" or "watching" if I'm currently watching something & I simply paused my movie
      - settings and search must be in the charm bar
      - music could have an image (often available)
      - normally the 3 buttons 'open etc.' should only be available in the top/bottom menu available on right click

    4. Kieran Russ on

      sorry guys but using an image of an android tablet for this is not acceptable when your trying to gain support. There are no end of images that could have been used of actual win 8 tablets

    5. VideoLAN Creator on

      Hello everyone,

      Just a few quick remarks to answer your comments.

      Settings and search will probably go to the charm bar. It was just easier to show the concept to people who are not familiar yet with Windows 8.

      We will probably do a dark and a light version of the application. The mockup is just in dark, so far.

      Then, this is fitting with most of the Metro guidelines, even if the second screenshot is using a classic Android tablet. We will post an update with another tablet.

      Thanks a lot,

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      Remi Soyode on

      So we pledge money to this project for windows 8 and RT and you give us a mock-up with an Android tablet in it...
      Looks good though.

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      Stephane Boulard on

      Not bad for a first draft, a good inspiration taken from Zune desktop software.
      These pictures shows clearly that the designer is skilled but there are rooms for improvements.

      Maybe the designer should take a look at the official Modern UI guidelines, and why not playing around the few existing popular apps available on the store.

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      Andrew Wurzer on

      Clearly taking some cues from the old Zune app. It looks very nice. I know technically you're supposed to use the search charm for search, but honestly, I'm not a big fan of that. Takes you too far out of the experience of the app, so I have no problem with the Search in the app.

      Very promising.

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      Thejo on

      Probably they used the tablet as a reference to show how it might look on a tablet device. So please go easy on the thrashing already :) it's a 'mockup' as they said, I'm sure they know what they are doing.

    11. Maurice Mpayamaguru on

      Bad move on the interface design. I can recommend a great artist if you need someone more capable and experienced. It doesn't look terrible, but it is very far from what it needs to be on the usability side of things. A problem the desktop versions of vlc have always suffered from. Needs a page one redesign.

    12. John Liu on

      Didn't support this kickstarter to get an Android app. Please read the Metro design guidelines :-(

    13. John Liu on

      Why is the mockup in Android. When you do design work for iPad, do you put that mockup in an Android frame as well?

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      Guillaume Bolduc on

      Nice! I like it! Don't forget to apply a windows themed frame in the future! ;)

      Bien joué! Je l'aime bien. Mais n'oubliez pas de changer le frame pour un orienté windows! ;)

    15. Alex H. on

      It does not take full advantage of the Metro UI. I would highly recommend you to take a look at the MetroTube app on WP8 which is awesomely design.

      C'est dommage que cela n'exploite pas au maximum l'interface Metro de Windows 8 / RT. Je vous recommande fortement de jeter un coup d'oeil a l'application MetroTube sur WP8 qui est superbe.

    16. Socrates Medina on

      That looks really nice, can't wait to have it installed in my new Windows8 PC

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      Daniel Garcia on

      It doesn't look bad overall, but I sure hope there are "lighter themed" versions.

      This interface looks way too dark/serious, and would be glad to get something fresher with softer tones in white/light_gray background to spend my entertainment time around.

    18. Richard Gunther on

      I love it so far, but I'd kill the Android tablet frame--suggests you don't know the platform well enough!

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      Raveen Bhasin on

      1. Why is the mockup on Android?
      2. Why do you have your own search button when Windows already has its Search charm? Makes me feel like you are designing for Android and not Windows - use the charms for Settings and Search

    20. Greg Bulmash on

      Beautiful. Really looking forward to this happening and with such a gorgeous UI design.

    21. Antoine EMOND on

      Awesome. I agree with Luca's comment though (about settings).

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      Jim Edelen on

      Looks great. I can't wait.

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      Christof Hoeke on

      Apart from the wrong tablet shown on the mockup ;) this looks fantastic :D

    24. Luca Spolidoro on

      This design is really good! Compliments to Ashraful!
      Please note that per Windows 8 Guidelines, the app settings should be implemented in the settings Charm and not in the top menu.
      How you would distinguish movies from tv shows? Can you show them in group, ordered by name and series #, even if they are not separated in a folder? that would be awesome!

    25. Sahas Katta on

      That looks phenomenal. A huge improvement over the original screen shots you folks shared.

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      adesc on

      This seriously rocks. Can't wait for the WinRT, and hopefully, Windows Phone version :)
      Bon courage les gars ^^

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      Evan Powell on

      Looks great but why does the second picture have an Android device?

    28. Vinay Kapadia on

      Looks great so far! Can't wait for this, I've been hoping for it since I first got my Surface RT. So far I can play the basics on the MS Video app and PressPlay allows me to watch FLVs, but having a full VLC app would be *amazing*.

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      Ranjeet Chakraborty on

      That's wonderful, I can't wait to play my mkv collection on the Surface. This would be the most important app I need for W8 :)

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      Andrea Faulds on

      Looks stunning! I hope this Kickstarter makes it. :)