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SMIL Tools To Get the Job Done, Part 4

By Scott Clark It's back to basics... RealPix and RealText Files
Now that we know about the SMIL tools that are either available now or coming soon, we can move on to the tools used to create the RealPix and RealText files. Since RealPix and RealText are, like HTML and SMIL, ASCII text files, you can always use your favorite HTML editor to edit the files. Since RealPix is an XML document, you could also use your favorite XML editor (has XML been around long enough for you to even have a favorite? I digress..). Even though Allaire's HomeSite does not automatically recognize the .rp file extension that RealPix uses, it does allow you to open the file in the HomeSite editor. It recognizes the RealPix tags, and knows which parameters and attributes are available for each tag, including transitions and fades. By placing your mouse on any tag, you are presented with a list of all parameters and attributes are available for that tag. This can help you learn the RealPix tags, and surely speeds up the development process. Audio and Video Files
Although RealNetwork's own audio and video encoding tools will do the job quite well, that doesn't mean that there aren't any new encoding tools coming out! Veon's V-Active for RealSystem G2
V-Active for RealSystem G2, from Veon will not only encode audio and video, it will feature an integrated timeline utility which will let you create the RealPix and RealText files. The tool will include templates designed to facilitate the production of SMIL presentations. This may be that all-in-one tool that we've been hoping for. Veon promises to release the tool by the third quarter of this year, so we'll keep our fingers crossed.


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