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VLC Streamer Helper 4.7

Stream media to your iOS device from your PC or Mac

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 June 2014
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Downloads To Date: 28262
Developer: Hobbyist Software
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VLC Streamer Helper (Windows)
Drag or add media from your PC or Mac to the helper app for easy access from your iOS device.

You’ve got a shedload of media stored on your PC or Mac, and you’d like to watch it on your iPad or iPhone. You could, of course, swap media in and out of your iOS device’s storage using iTunes, but it’s inconvenient and also restricts you to media that’s Apple-friendly.

You could go to greater lengths and install a media server solution such as Plex, but if that sounds like overkill, you could plump for VLC Streamer instead. It’s based on the award-winning VLC Media Player, which means it’ll play just about any media file you throw at it, and exists solely to enable you to stream content from your computer to your iOS device over your network.

For this to work, you’ll need to install this Helper software on your PC or Mac (note the Linux version is an unsupported beta – see here for details). Once installed, skip through the helpful wizard and then tweak the quality settings according to the speed of your network or your choice of iOS device, then add files if you wish before switching to your iPad or iPhone.

Thankfully the helper’s main purpose is to make it easy to access media directly from your iOS device, so you don’t need to sit at your computer picking and choosing video, music or photos – you can do this directly from the iOS app itself.

You’ll find plenty of tweaks – such as custom port settings and password protection – via the Helper app’s Settings tab. It’s a slick solution that works best in small networked environments where your media is accessible from one or two computers only.


A polished and simple solution for streaming all kinds and formats of media to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

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You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.11 brings:

• Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
• Additional 3D Touch features: You can now quickly Peek and Pop chats.
• Redesigned Settings tab. 
• You can now view all your starred messages across all your chats in Settings — Starred Messages.