[theora] New release of the Cortado java player

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Tue Oct 27 15:24:33 PDT 2009

Earlier this year, Xiph.org took over maintenance of the Cortado java
applet, primarily used as a player for Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora files
on systems which don't have native support. Originally developed by
Fluendo SA and more recently the Wikimedia Foundation, it was hoped
and agreed that moving the 'official' hosting for this open source
project under the Xiph.org Foundation's umbrella would help
concentrate interest and expertise on this important component of the
free media codec infrastructure.

Now, after extensive work from all our contributors to bring it up to
date with the final Theora spec, I'm pleased to be able to announce
our first release, and the first cortado release of any sort in three
years. The new version is tagged 0.5.0 to indicate both the change in
hosting and the significant new support for files from the new
libtheora encoder implementation and Kate embedded subtitles.

In particular, 0.5.0 has:

      * Support for files encoded with Theora 1.1
      * Faster YUV to RGB conversion with better results
      * Basic support for embedded Ogg Kate streams
      * Seeking fixed for files with an Ogg Skeleton track
      * Maintained compatibility with the Microsoft VM

We strongly recommend upgrading to all users, this release really does
work much better than any of the earlier builds which are available,
and is essential for playback of the new, higher quality theora files
becoming available since the libtheora 1.1 release.

Source and sample builds are available from the Xiph.org download site:


Thanks to everyone who contributed!


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