Axel Dörfler has decided to tackle the issue of playing audio CDs on Haiku with the cool bells and whistles we expect. Check here for more information about the Audio CD File System that Axel is working on. Very good to see indeed!
Tyler Dauwalder has posted the first version of his read only UDF filesystem to BeBits. UDF is the filesystem used mainly on DVD’s and such, but is also used on various CD’s etc. It’s a pretty important filesystem going forward, and it’s great to have. Currently it supports most commercial (read: pressed) dvds and cds, but not those burned with packet writing software. No information about if it will eventually support the others or not. Fingers crossed.
It seems Tyler created this filesystem as part of OpenBeOS. Their modular design is very very impressive. Tyler, thanks for all your hard work! Keep it up.
Dane put up a little reminder on leBuzz that TuneTracker, the professional quality radio automation software for BeOS, will no longer be available at the current $99.95 price. TuneTracker’s price will increase to $149.95 after this Wednesday, May 15th, with the official debut of TuneTracker 2 on June 1st. All of those that purchase TuneTracker 1 at the lower price will automatically be upgraded to version 2 for free, so why wait?
Update : The TuneTracker2 site is now live. - Nutcase
Not sure what to make of this - whether they are looking for help to finish, or giving up and being nice by letting their accomplished work go - either way, it _could_ mean good things for OBOS and BlueOS.
First, Frans van Nispen, one of the co-developers of Inferno, posted comments to the Inferno beta list, indicating that the developement of Inferno is now on hold. But hold on, while it looked like Inferno was going the way of Steinberg… he then posted this: Inferno is not dead ! The bugs will be solved ! Also when YNOP gets back (where did he go ?), he will still continue the Inferno developement for BeOS..
So, YNOP, where are you?!.
Frans also wrote to the beta list that Inferno will sometimes crash at start - known problem. Try restarting, should work.
Sum Software has released a bit of a Christmas present for all - Becasso 2.0. Sum Software’s web page exclaims that even though “It has been quiet for a while, but that didn’t mean we were resting on our laurels”, that they “have been listening” to their regular users, and have implemented a “whole slew of new features”.
A surprising, and welcomed new feature is the ability to read and write .tiff format images - in the form of a new translator. Of this, BeGroovy forum member eexlebots has to say: “Petty sweet…and about time!!!”. My sentiments exactly.
With the closing of the BeBits store, Becasso can now be registered through Kagi, and only cost $29USD. The version available on BeBits is the full version, and you will not be required to download Becasso again after registering, only a required key file.
Enjoy all. And Merry Christmas!
Thomas Neumann, author of APlayer, a former Amiga audio player now available on the BeOS platform (both x86 and PPC), recently wrote in to let everyone know that APlayer development continues, and that he is working really hard on a version 4 of the software. Thomas estimates that it will be about 5 more months before the full release, as he is adding in a ton of new features, ones which do require a lot of work. One of these new features include an optimized MP3 decoder, which uses either MMX or 3DNow! instructions if available on the system.
Thomas also needs beta testers for the new version of APlayer, currently at beta 3, with a 4th beta due out soon. The application also comes with full source, for you beta testing tinker’ers out there. To become a beta tester, you only need to go to the homepage and sign up on the beta list.
Get out there, test the app, and show your support to the devs with the heart to stick it out with us!
Allow me to quote directly from an email that just appeared in my “News Submissions” folder:
For those of you still interested in BeOS multimedia, 3ivx just released the latest (3.5) version of their MPEG-4 video codec. According to the docs, it now encodes about 10 TIMES faster than previous version! Download here: http://www.3ivx.com/download/beos.html
Clear, Simple, to the point, and imho, newsworthy. Go download it and let them know their BeOS support is appreciated.
So it looks as though time is passing, and other OSes are beginning to catch up with our beloved OS in areas that we were so many light years ahead of not so long ago…
Slashdot has a story up about DeMuDi, Debian Music Distribution, which “is the first distribution of GNU/Linux whose sole purpose is to create a stable OS for Multimedia.” With the use of specific hardware, combined with realtime kernel patches, Linux “can achieve hardware level latencies”. The distro includes multitrack hard disk recording software, physical modelling and virtual analog synthesizers, beatboxes, midi sequencers, and other audio related applications.
With such an organized effort to bring Linux in the “BeOS arena” of low latency multimedia, BeOS is endangered with pro audio (if BeOS ever could have held such a title). Too Little, too late? I think not - yet. But we do need to get things organized, here and now.
Mike Zader was looking into MP3 Pro at Coding Technologies, and if they’re considering a port for BeOS. Here’s their answer:
This is not yet decided. Technically, the libraries should be easily ported to BeOS so if there is a demand and a company interested in doing so, this should be possible.
Whatever happens, we will post this on our website.
So is there demand? Is there someone out there willing and capable of porting the codec?
Sorry, forgot the link.
Dane Scott Productions has released the demo version of BRS TuneTracker. If you downloaded the demo version from BeBits the first couple of days it was out, and it has problems, download it again. And, better mention that this app is a great one to do demo’s with at BUG meetings. Hit the Read More button for the full press release. Way to go Dane! You are truly an entreprenuer on the BeOS platform!
3ivx has updated their beos software again, this time including an encoder, so you can save your movies as 3ivx. This is great news. I really think we should be pushing 3ivx as a format for popular things like movie trailers, since they are offering support for lots of platforms. Thanks 3ivx guys!
The 3ivx site has posted notice that they will be releasing version “delta 3″ of their video codec at CeBit, and it will include an encoder. They have been maintaining all platforms (including BeOS) and hopefully the encoder will appear on Be at the same time as the others. If the encoder were to convert sorensen to 3ivx, i would be VERY happy. As is, 3ivx could end up being important, and its great that they are bringing us beos users along for the ride.
DVD has been one of the most sought after applications for BeOS. Countless users ask about it, and many say it’s the only thing holding them back from using BeOS 100%. Well, that is all about to change. As I type this, a window on my desktop is playing my Saving Private Ryan DVD direct from disc. Thats right… BeOS has DVD playback, and it’s available NOW. Read On…
Well.. in a stunning move of not-so-coolness, 3ivx launched today, but only with a windows version and a note that the BeOS version will “Take a little longer”. It is listed on their page, and their commitment seems to be intact, but it looks like another waiting game has begun. Oh well. Time to offer our support and let them know how much we want it… Maybe we can get it pushed up on their schedule. On the upside, this will allow lots of content to be created before our codec is released.
Happy Machines, a company whos’ staff includes the orignial Divx coders, has just announced the December 15th release of 3ivx, their newest MPEG-4 codec. The release will simultaneously support 5 platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, *nix, BeOS, and Amiga. This thing has all the makings of the newest video codec of choice, and BeOS is a native platform. Sounds good to me. Read on for the full release…
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