An Expected Level of Quality

The just-released iPad version of VLC presented this gem upon first launching in portrait mode:

VLC's Startup Screen in Portrait

Zoomed-in on that text:

VLC's Startup Screen in Portrait


Of course, one might expect this sort of thing from an app whose desktop version has a toggle between “Basic” and “All” in its Preferences:

VLC's Desktop prefs
As seen in VLC on Mac OS X

At least the text displays correctly in landscape mode. Now if only the app would actually play a video file.


  1. VLC is a free and open-source video player for multiple platforms, providing support for many, many video formats. While it’s far from great, it will play almost anything you can throw at it, and one shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Still, here we are. ↩︎