libavg library is made for media presentations and installations that is meant to make Macromedia Director superflous.
Installations are scripted using an XML-based layout language and Python for interaction.
Multimedia on linux has made great progress. A few years ago, video support was very limited, low-latency-audio was impossible and getting jitter-free performance was a nightmare. This has changed, and all that's really missing is some glue that joins the different libraries. libavg is an effort to do for multimedia installations what the Gimp did for image editing, what OpenOffice did for word processing... and what Linux did for operating systems in general: give people an alternative that's free (as in speech, not beer).
Presumably, companies will be using avg too, but the main effort will be to support artists and designers that don't have the resources to buy commercial software. Of course, that means that the system needs to run well on old computers, while allowing the use of all features on modern pcs.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· This release includes major improvements in the tracking subsystem, big rendering performance increases for complex scenes, sound support, a much improved words node, and many minor enhancements.