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Hey Spacey, Have You Tried This? Onideus Mad Hatter 26-07-2007
 Re: Hey Spacey, Have You Tried This? SpaceGirl Reply Send to a Friend   Print
 
Toby A Inkster wrote:
> Travis Newbury wrote:
> 
>> Do you want the player to be open source?  Adobe (and Macromedia
>> before them) have always given out the specs for creating SWF files.
> 
> The SWF specs have been published, but:
> 
> 	1. You need to agree to a fairly restrictive licence,
> 	   promising not to use them to build a competing
> 	   player; and
> 
> 	2. FLV is not included in the published specs.

FLV can't be, as Adobe have to license the codecs it uses. They can't 
give that away for free.

> The Flash Player is only available for Windows 98 and above, Mac OS X
> and x86 versions of Linux, and because of the restrictions on the spec
> licence, third parties can't use it to produce players for other
> platforms -- they need to reverse engineer the format instead, making
> it effectively no better than a closed, proprietary format.

At the same time this is a good thing. It has kept the player extremely 
small and fast. OpenSource isn't all good! :)


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