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Windows console applications. Multimedia

Operating systems : Windows

MPlayer : FFmpeg

Media players appeared long ago, but their heyday began with the mass spread of personal computers powerful enough to play video files. This coincided with the mass spread of operating systems and other software with graphical user interface. However, a program with a graphical user interface is dualistic in its nature: there is a code responsible for graphical user interface, for the appearance and there is a code - for performing the task the given application has been created for in the first place. Both code complexes consume system resources, their response time to user actions makes up certain amount of waiting time. And in cases or concepts when appearance is taken as less important - less important to the point of sparing or almost sparing to employ it - console applications, among others, appear. Moreover, the segmentation of the GUI and of the engine makes it easier to change the graphical user interface or perform complex automated operations.

The scheme is implemented for media players for Windows as well. MPlayer, for instance, in its usual form is a console application, starting up quickly, having fast response to user actions, consuming system resources almost entirely for its immediate task. And on this basis if desired, one or another graphical interface may be added for creating, all in all, a new application.

MPlayer - / home page /

Console media player for Windows. Basis for SMPlayer and UMPlayer. There are versions for Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Apple Darwin, Mac OS X, QNX, OpenSolaris/Solaris, Irix, HP-UX, AIX, some other *nix system, BeOS, Syllable, AmigaOS, AROS, MorphOS, DOS, Windows.

Supported video, audio formats, static images, subtitles, etc. ( List and More extensive list of video and audio codecs ).


"Dead Man"

Image : MPlayer - 1


"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"

Image : MPlayer - 2


"10,000 BC"

Image : MPlayer - 3


"13 Tzameti"

Image : MPlayer - 4


"The Draughtsman's Contract"

Image : MPlayer - 5


"Balzaminov's Marriage"

Image : MPlayer - 6

FFmpeg - / home page /

Pack of utilities and libraries for work with video and audio files. Created in and for Linux, but there is a Windows variant. Source code may be compiled for some other operating systems.

Supported file formats and codecs: ( List ).

Also, VLC media player can be run in text mode, ncurses using.

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Internet Explorer 3


Features : Screenshots : Download links World Wide Web service with its online experience like hypertext links, surfing, web pages as a combination of text and images / multimedia brought Internet to general public. As to general public, it all very much revolves around the web browser. The first web browser ever, WorldWideWeb (later renamed Nexus) had many of the features later to be considered as standard for web browsers, but it was an experiment, accessible and known to very few. The rest of users might expect more likely only a text-mode interface experience through a text-based web browsers like Line Mode Browser. The turning point for the World Wide Web and all Internet was the advent of Mosaic, a graphical web browser, in 1993. First for Unix and then for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. Mosaic was not the first web browser for Windows though and it could not supersede Cello, the first and initially the only web browser for Windows. Microsoft Windows was the fastest growing major platform for PC in the first half of 1990s. But Microsoft did not seem to recognize the importance of the web browser then. So the main competition under Windows at that time was among several versions of Mosaic and Cello. This competition gave birth to Netscape web browser, which became the dominant software of its kind for several years. This success and great public attention attracted by World Wide Web by 1995 made Microsoft to join in the efforts. Internet Explorer 1 was just a first experiment. Internet Explorer 2 was intended to push the Internet Explorer case - it was made available to all Windows users for free, even commercial companies. But Netscape positions were not much undermined, Internet Explorer 2 being distinctly weaker in many features is among the reasons for that. Only after the release of Internet Explorer 3.0 Microsoft browsers began to close Netscape in qualities. Internet Explorer 3 was not the first Microsoft attempt to find technical and marketing model like were Internet Explorers of 1 and 2. And it was not the first Microsoft modern web browser, the first for Microsoft to beat and surpass Netscape and all other web browser competitors like Internet Explorer 4 was. But Internet Explorer 3 still was the first in some things: the first commercial browser with Cascading Style Sheets / CSS support, the first Microsoft web browser without Spyglass source code and the first Microsoft web browser to gain a significant user share, 20-39% by the end of 1997 [ 1 ]. Still, Internet Explorer 3 was a transitional, intermediate piece of software between the early browsers and the modern ones. As to its modern state, there is an interesting detail: Internet Explorer 3 can run under 32-bit Windows 7, unlike generally the 4.0-6.0 Explorers. Features HTML (with tables and frames) support is quite strong ( More ), Internet Explorer 3 lets some HTML tricks to be used without extra strain, like "HTML table borders without CSS". CSS support in Internet Explorer 3 is weak ( More 1 ) ( More 2 ). Internet Explorer 3 also supports VBScript, ActiveX (more than 1,000 Controls), Java applets, inline multimedia, VRML and a Microsoft's reverse-engineered version of JavaScript named JScript. All of the versions and capabilities corresponding to the level of the times. Internet Explorer 3 was released for several platforms: x86(16/32 bit), 68k, PPC, MIPS, Alpha AXP. And several operating systems: Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, System 7 / Mac OS 7, Mac OS 8.

ELinks. Use


Jump to: ELinks - Text-based or console web browser. Description: features, screenshots, download links. ELinks. Configuration - How to configure ELinks. Once started, ELinks allows a user to do almost all it is capable of by means of its menu. So it is only how to start ELinks and how to do several other things as an example that is explained here. 1 ) Starting ELinks - ELinks may be run under a GUI environment (X Windows, MS Windows, etc) or some command-line interface. In the first case a terminal emulator / console must be opened before ELinks is to be started: xterm, rxvt, Win32 console and others: ELinks ( Linux ) - To start ELinks, enter command: elinks - To start ELinks opening a web document from Internet: elinks Web address of a web document - To start ELinks accessing hard disk to browse local folders: elinks file:/// or: elinks / - To start ELinks opening a local folder: elinks file:///home/user1/ or: elinks /home/user1/ - To start ELinks opening a local file: elinks file:///home/user1/document1.htm or: elinks /home/user1/document1.htm ELinks ( Windows ) - To start ELinks, enter command: elinks - To start ELinks opening a web document from Internet: elinks Web address of a web document - To start ELinks accessing hard disk to browse local folders: elinks file:/// - To start ELinks opening a local folder: elinks file://c/home/user1/ - To start ELinks opening a local file: elinks file://c/home/user1/document1.htm 2 ) To access the menu of ELinks: Press Esc on keyboard 3 ) Opening a web document in ELinks already running: Press g on keyboard or Esc --> File --> Go to URL --> [ Enter a web address ] --> Enter 4 ) Going back: Left arrow of Arrow keys on keyboard or Esc --> File --> Go back 5 ) Opening a link in a new tab in background: Shift - t or Esc --> Link --> Open in new tab in background 6 ) Going to the next tab: Shift - > or Esc --> View --> Next tab 7 ) Closing a tab: Press c on keyboard or Esc --> View --> Close tab 8 ) Passing a URI to an external application when running ELinks in a terminal emulator. There are many applications it is possible to pass a URI to, here it is about passing a URI to clipboard.