Open Video Player Initiative

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-07-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Barclay also said Akamai and Adobe are collaborating on the Open Video Player initiative, previously founded by Akamai, and the release of OSMF technologies. The goal is to ensure a consistent framework for media player development that enables developers, publishers, content owners, corporations and others to more quickly and easily build new video players that create and sustain profitable new business models, he said.

"Open Source Media Framework complements and solidifies Akamai's Open Video Player initiative," said Tim Napoleon, chief strategist of digital media at Akamai, in a statement. "OSMF leverages code from Akamai's Open Video Player and Adobe's expertise and resources to assist media companies and publishers in redefining the benchmarks for online video experiences that are powered by standards-based workflows."

Also, Barclay said TLF goes beyond what is possible for Web text layout using HTML and CSS technologies today, with support for complex languages, bidirectional text, multicolumns and other advanced typographical features and controls. TLF is an extensible ActionScript library built on top of the text engine in Adobe Flash Player 10 and Adobe AIR 1.5 software. Source code and component library for TLF are available as open source at no charge under the Mozilla Public License at http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/tlf/.

Barclay noted that TLF is used in The New York Times' TimesReader 2.0 and The Boston Globe's GlobeReader, and Acrobat.com Presentations. In addition, Makebook uses TLF to deliver an online, creative authoring network that makes it easy for users to write, share work with family and friends and then publish online.

"APIs that are standard in the open-source Text Layout Framework from Adobe gave us a jumpstart as we leveraged the high-end components for makebook.com," said Mark Stanley, founder of Makebook. "With TLF we can more easily provide our customers with quality typography features and the text layout control they require for their self-publishing projects."  



 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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