Streaming Multimedia Plugin for Unix Mozilla
Written by Fredrik Hübinette
Tired of getting teased by Windows users because your Mozilla isn't as |<()()|_
as theirs? Well, your problems are almost solved. Plugger is a multimedia
plugin for Unix Mozilla, Opera or Netscape that handles Quicktime, MPEG, MP2,
AVI, SGI-movie, Tiff, DL, IFF-anim, MIDI, Soundtracker, AU, WAV and Commodore 64 audio files. And now, with Plugger 5.1.3, MPEG audio and video can be played
streaming. No more waiting!
Plugger is a very small plugin, because Plugger
uses external programs to show/play the different formats.
Changes since version 5.1.2
- Bugfixes in compilation
- Bugfixes in openoffice support
- Workaround for a mozilla bug, preventing some crashes
Changes since version 5.0
- Many bug fixes
- Make install now installs plugger correctly for most
browsers, including plugger-controller
- Rewrote gobble routine to be faster and use less cpu
- Added an openoffice helper script which makes OO 1.1 integrate
much better with plugger
- Now using autoconf to make installation easier
- Plugger now uses m4 to allow macro-processing in pluggerrc
- Added more status information to Help->About->About Plugins
- Pluggerrc updated with all the latest applications
- Mplayer integration fixed
- No more zombie processes (I hope)
This is what you need:
Well, actually, most everything on this list is optional, but
you'll get more use out of plugger if you have more of these
installed on your system.
All of the external programs above can also be used as Mozilla helpers, but
you need Plugger to handle the <EMBED> tag. With Plugger your animations
will show up in your Mozilla window exactly as it would in windows. With
Plugger you will also see streaming MPEGs, which in my experience, is an
entirely cool feature.
|Plugger version 5.1.3, no binaries available anymore, since compilation is now much easier. If you want RPMs or DEBs, ask your distro maker.
|mplayer||Download||This will enable you to view AVI (including DivX), MPEG, quicktime, WAV files and much more..|
|TiMidity++||Linux-x86-glibc2.0||You need Timidity to play MIDI files.|
|Patch files||All platforms||Timidity needs these instruments to play MIDI files.|
Solaris 2.5.1 (sparc)
Solaris 2.5.1 (x86)
|Since mplayer can show just about everything that xanim can, xanim is now just a backup. Good to have if you're having troubles with mplayer. If you have any troubles with this, make sure you have the latest version 22.214.171.124 or later of xanim. Please note that xanim isn't very good at showing MPEG video, so I
would recommend installing mplayer instead.
|mpg123||Linux-x86-glibc2.0||mpg123 is used to play MPEG audio files in streaming mode.|
||Allows you to play OGG/Vorbis audio with plugger.
|AlsaPlayer||N/A||Alsaplayer is a good player for MP3, WAV and MOD files.|
|Mikmod||Mikmod is used to play Soundtracker/Protracker/Screamtracker MOD files.|
||XMP is used by plugger to play Soundtracker/Protracker/Noisetracker and plenty of other MOD files.|
|Sidplay||Linux-x86-glibc20||Sidplay emulates the Commodore 64 SID chip - only for nostalgia.|
||STsound will allow you to play .ym files, which emulates an Atari ST sound chip
|GQview||Download||GQview will allow plugger to display most image types.|
|ImageMagick||Download||ImageMagic's 'display' program will enable Plugger to display PNG, TIFF, BMP, Photoshop and other image formats.|
||Together with ImageMagic, this will enable plugger to show GIMP images.
|GV||Download||GV (GhostView) will enable Plugger to display PDF and Postscript files.|
||Xpdf will enable inline PDF reading in your mozilla.
|abiword||Download||AbiWord will allow you to view Microsoft Word and RTF files with Plugger.|
|Gnumeric||Download||For Excel files.|
||Plugger can now inlinew pdf documents in your Mozilla using
Acroread, which can be a good alternative to the acroread
plugin. However, I usually prefer to use xpdf
||Openoffice will enable plugger to show word, excel, powerpoint and other office documents.
||With vrweb, plugger can display vrml data as well.
||The "molecule" hack from screensaver will enable plugger to
show PDB (Protein Data Bank) files.
Note that you don't actually need all the programs above to use Plugger.
If you don't have all the tools above, just edit the config file to fit
your needs. The config file is normally installed in /etc/pluggerrc-5.1.3 or
- Download and untar the archive.
- Change directory into the Plugger directory.
- Run ./configure
- Run make
- If you have root access, do 'make install' as root. Otherwise,
do 'make localinstall'.
Test your plugin
Now that you have Plugger installed you might want to test that it
works. Proceed to the Plugger testing grounds.
If for some reason your plugin doesn't work, proceed to
the troubleshooting page.
You may also want to try older versions of Plugger which are available
What else should I get for my Mozilla?
shockwave - Macromedia flash player for linux.
- RealAudio - Play audio without extreme downloads.
Problems? Questions? Suggestions? Check out the online forum.
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