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Better multimedia support for OpenOffice.org on Unix systems

Jul 02, 2010, 04:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kai Ahrens)


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"Playing back audio and video content on Unix system was and is still a matter of choices.

"On the one hand, this is a good thing for the user. It offers a wide range of frameworks that best suit his/her needs. But on the other hand, this also brings a developer of a multi platform, general purpose Office productivity suite like OpenOffice.org (OOo) into the situation to make a choice. The choice needs to be made just to ensure that we don't have to provide a different backend for all multimedia frameworks that already exist. This just doesn't work for resource reasons. So, a framework needs to be chosen that meets the needs of a group of users as large as possible.

"A few years ago, we created a flexible multimedia solution for OOo that offers the chance to extend the set of supported external frameworks in an easy way and with only little development effort."

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