[speex-dev] Official GUI Speex player

Jean-Marc Valin jean-marc.valin at hermes.usherb.ca
Wed Jun 18 09:26:49 PDT 2003


Well, there are already Speex plugins for widely used GUI players. I
don't see what an "official" standalone player would add. Of course you
can still write it, but I don't see a point in making one player "the
official player". As for cross-platform, it would basically mean it
would have to be written in Java, but even that is inconvenient for
platforms that don't ship Java by default (e.g. Linux). That's why I
think it's a better idea to have good player/plugins for different
platforms and make them as easy to download/use as possible.


> One thing that is keeping Speex from being adopted is a lack of GUI 
> players.  I think that Speex could benefit from an offial cross-platform 
> GUI player.  The goal of the player should be to be stable, to the 
> point(no fluff like visualisations, playlists, an equaliser, etc.), self 
> contained(no external .DLLs, etc), and to be small(500k or less) so that 
> people with modems don't have to wait long for it to download.  I made a 
> mockup using Visual Basic and MS-Paint(attached PNG).  It is missing a 
> few things like preferences, volume control, and an exit button and it 
> could use some better graphics for the control buttons but would work if 
> it could actually play files.

Jean-Marc Valin, M.Sc.A.
LABORIUS (http://www.gel.usherb.ca/laborius)
Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

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