Re: My final post

From: Alan Horkan <>
Date: Tue Nov 08 2005 - 15:29:38 CET

On Tue, 8 Nov 2005, Hubert Figuiere wrote:

> Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 01:36:07 -0500
> From: Hubert Figuiere <>
> To: Alan Horkan <>
> Cc: Abiword is Awesome <>
> Subject: Re: My final post
> Alan Horkan wrote:
> >>Features I'm really looking forward to is OpenDocument import and the
> >>ability to run Quicktime panels in my document (like animated GIFs).
> >
> >
> > I dont believe anyone has mentioned animation or video support and it
> > seems like an unlikely feature to be implemented.
> This is a really old feature on MacOS, as when QuickTime was release,
> Apple patched the PICT support to allow doing it in any application.

Do you think a similar technique could be applied to gdkpixbuf?

For most users I expect it would be enough to be able to embed a static
preview (of the first non black frame) and provide some way to open an
external video player. Presumably the plugin would vaguely resemble what
AbiPaint does.

> But I don't think it will happen anytime soon:

Sure, nothing happens if a developer is not interested in doing it and I'm
not convinced many people badly need to be able to embed video in Abiword
('cept maybe those of us (ab)using abiword instead of Powerpoint). I'd
also hate to see what would happen if you mime encoded a video file into
a .abw document.

> 1/ QuickTime is proprietary as its windows counterpart.

Are we talking about something a lot more complicated than gdkpixbuf?

> 2/ AbiWord is to write documents, not to make multimedia presentation

true but it is something I'm sure someone will want to add eventually

> 3/ there are plenty of other more important things, including SVG
> support, etc.

more important things is of course the best reason not to worry about

- Alan

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