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Multimedia Application Development Environment

Objective

The objective of MADE is to develop a system for the production of interactive multimedia applications and to validate it with industrial prototypes. The project aims to establish the MADE toolkit as a market standard and will use standard multimedia hardware and software.

The toolkit will provide C++ object libraries including 2-D and 3-D graphics, still images, multifont formatted text, audio and voice sequences, video sequences, animation objects and interaction objects. All these objects will be based on a common object model.

Other important functionalities will also be offered such as SGML (Standard Generalised Mark-up Language) and HyTime (a hypermedia product) translators, an ODIF support library for interchange of multimedia documents, and an interface to relational and object oriented data-bases.

The project will define a portability level that will assist portability across Unix and MS-DOS platforms. Windows-NT will be supported in the final version.

The MADE utilities will provide a set of application development tools including multimedia object editors, a user interface editor, utilities for authoring, and tools for: on-line help support, user interaction recording, and object monitoring.

Special attention will be given to the product's ergonomics through the participation from the beginning of the project of the ergonomics team of FhG-IAO.

MADE aims to deliver four ready-to-market applications built using the validated environment:

- a health-care system featuring ultrasound laboratory patient data, including text, data, 2D and 3D images, synchronised videoclips, audio and hypermedia
- a multimedia maintenance manuals application for aircraft supporting SGML/HyTime full representation for interchange
- a training system for automobile engineers to provide training and on-line technical assistance to support complex "numerical simulation" activities
- a tourist kiosk application, able to provide rich and captivating information for tourists in transit based upon touch screen interfaces using a "map" metaphor.

The MADE project is heavily involved in international standardisation through the "PREMO" working group in the scope of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC24/WG6 "Multimedia Presentation and Interchange". CWI chairs the working group and Bull represents AFNOR interests. PREMO has already established formal relationships with Object Management Group (OMG), Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA) and Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group (MHEG).

Coordinator

BULL SA
Address
Tour Bull 1 Place Carpeaux
92800 Puteaux
France

Participants (9)

British Aerospace Defence Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Guild Centre Lords Walk
PR1 1RE Preston
ENGINEERING SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL SA
France
Address
Rue Saarinen 20, Silic 270
94578 Rungis
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung eV (FhG)
Germany
Address
Holzgartenstraße 17
70174 Stuttgart
Gipsi SA
France
Address
2 Boulevard Vauban
78053 Saint-quentin-en-yvelines
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES
Portugal
Address
Apartado 10105, Rua Alves Redol, 9
1017 Lisboa
Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique - INRIA
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau-rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay
Iselqui SpA
Italy
Address
Via Ugo Tombesi 8
60131 Ancona
NORSK REGNESENTRAL
Norway
Address
Gausstadalleen, 23, 114
0314 Oslo
STICHTING VOOR MATEMATISCH CENTRUM - CENTRUM VOOR WISKUNDE & INFORMATICA
Netherlands
Address
Kruislaan 413, 4079
1009 AB/10 Amsterdam