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Always Show Recipient In iChat

In iChat under Snow Leopard, choosing View > Always Show Recipient Bar puts a buddy's status message and color at the top of any iChat window. It can also be used to select among multiple open iChat logins you have to send a message to that buddy, or to select among multiple accounts you have registered in Address Book for that buddy.

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VLC 2.0

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VideoLAN has released VLC 2.0 (nicknamed Twoflower), a major release for the free, open-source multimedia framework and player that offers wide support for various video formats. At the user interface level, the new release moves to a completely overhauled single-window design. Under the hood, the update provides faster decoding on multi-core processors, improved decoding for MKV and MOV formats, additional codec compatibility (including ProRes and AVC/Intra), and improved subtitle rendering to better fit the displayed window. It also offers support for Blu-ray playback (though this is noted as “experimental”). View a lengthy list of features and format compatibility on VideoLAN’s Web site. (Free, 24 MB)


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Ray Thompson  2012-02-22 13:33
I just now checked my VLC and it doesn’t know about 2.0.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-02-20 20:01
If you're using 1.x, the update isn't automatic, from my experience. You must go to the VideoLAN Web site and download 2.0.
Laine Lee  2012-02-22 09:01
I could find 2.0.0 rc1, but no 2.0.1. Are you sure there's a 2.0.1? Where is it?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-02-22 13:33
It's just 2.0, available from the VideoLAN Web site.
Dave Sacher  2012-02-22 09:41
I love the new VLC Player 2.0. It handles every audio or video file I've thrown at it, with ease! Only snag I found was that the version listed for "Snow Leopard +" is compiled for 64-bit machines; I had to grab the "Leopard/Intel" version, which works great on my Core Duo-based iMac.