|Some minimum hardware is necessary to play multimedia. For audio
playback you must have a sound card and speakers. For video you need
a Pentium 200 or equivalent processor, 32 MB of RAM and a video card
capable of displaying 16-bit color at a minimum screen resolution
of 800 x 600. If your computer is up to the task you can begin to
add plug-ins to enhance you browser's capabilities.
Plug-ins are programs that allow your browser to play multimedia files or handle other files. If using a Macintosh computer you may need to increase the memory allocation of your browser when you add plug-ins. While some plug-ins are included with newer versions of browsers, they may not be the latest releases. Links to download plug-ins are provided below the following descriptions.
provides live and on-demand real-time audio and video streaming content
on the Web. You can play RealAudio broadcast-quality stereo over 28.8Kbps
modems, AM-quality at 14.4Kbps, and near-CD-quality audio at ISDN
and faster connections.
Apple QuickTime 4 Plug-in By Apple Computer,
Inc. supports numerous MIME types and file extensions, including QuickTime
animation, music, MIDI, audio, video, and VR panoramas and objects
directly in a Web page. The Apple QuickTime Plug-in's "fast-start"
feature allows you to experience QuickTime content while it's downloading.
It works seamlessly within firewall environments and requires no special
Crescendo By LiveUpdate delivers stereo MIDI
music. The free Crescendo plug-in has a CD-like control panel with
complete transport controls and digital counter, and includes cool
new features like auto-detach, playlist support, =encryption, Java
Flash Player By Macromedia supports animation
and entertainment on the web with Flash vector graphics and animation.
Shockwave By Macromedia delivers interactive
multimedia, graphics, and streaming audio. Many Webcasters utilize
Shockwave. Shockwave supports streaming high-resolution images and
vector graphics that zoom and pan up to 25,000% and interactive animations
that can include streaming CD quality audio.
Adobe Acrobat, an essential tool for universal
document exchange, lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document
Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms, as well as fill
in and submit PDF forms online. This plug-in is a must for printing
tax forms, online journal articles, order forms, etc.
PowerPoint Animation Player & Publisher
by Microsoft allows users to view PowerPoint animations and presentations
in a browser window or as a stand alone application.
Windows Media Player
Nullsoft Winamp is a high-fidelity music player for Windows 95/98/NT.