Portable VLC Media Player is now VLC Media Player Portable, and version 0.8.5 has been released as a multilingual package. For the unfamiliar, VLC Portable is the popular VLC Media Player packaged with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your audio and video files along with a player that can handle them all with you. This new release adds in several new features, including: the ability to run from a CD, in-place upgrades, partial WINE support and more. Read on for all the details...
Portable VLC becomes VLC Portable
The first thing you'll notice is that the name has been changed from Portable VLC to VLC Portable. Why the name change? The new names are designed to put the base application names first. All of the apps here at PortableApps.com are being renamed in this fashion over the next week. This makes it easier to sort and use your apps, too.
So, what's new? Quite a few things:
Live/CD Support - VLC Portable supports running from a CD or other read-only media right out of the box, making it even easier to carry with you and use on other systems. Full details are in the support topic on Running from a CD.
In-Place Upgrades - VLC Portable now supports the ability to do what we're calling an "in-place upgrade". This means that you can extract it right over an existing installation of VLC Portable without losing any of your settings and it'll Just Work. This will apply to future releases of VLC Portable as you'll still need to manually update due to the directory changes.
Partial WINE Support - The VLC Portable Launcher is now compatible with WINE running under Linux/UNIX even though VLC itself does not yet fully function within WINE. This means you can install and configure VLC Portable within WINE even though it will not play any media.
Grab a Copy
The new release of VLC Portable is available for immediate download from the VLC Media Player Portable homepage.