Swfdec got a logo! I think it looks really great. It even fits perfectly with the Ubuntu Swfdec Page. Thanks so much Cris for the design. Now someone only needs to fight the MoinMoin installation on Freedesktop to give the webpage an update. And after that, we’ll have a nicely branded Swfdec.

In other news, I proposed our newest addition, swfdec-gnome, for the GNOME 22 desktop. Swfdec-gnome contains the stuff you need to integrate your downloaded Flash files better into the desktop: There’s a thumbnailer and a small player application. Note that I did not propose to include any browser integration, as I don’t think Swfdec is good enough for that. Yet. Maybe there’ll be swfdec-epiphany integration in GNOME 2.24. ;)

Bastien already had lots of feature requests which got me thinking: What integration features do people really want for local Flash files? After all, this is supposed to be a small application, not one with 25 different menus for what you can do with it. So question to anybody reading this: If you had such a player, what should it be able to do?


#1 Someone on 10.26.07 at 07:42

Sorry but this icon is ugly and doesnt integrate with Gnome

Go for TanGo!

Anyways I appreciate the work youre putting into swfdec, but I think that
you should change projects name to something more cool, something less geeky. I guess thats why Gnash, while beeing the worse project, still is more in the news and stuff ..

#2 Max on 10.26.07 at 08:07

Open flash files and play them. So when started it would just spawn an open file dialog, and if a .swf file was opened it would play it. That’s all. (Except for maybe a small settings dialogue available through right clicking in the swf playing area).

#3 Mikael Hallendal on 10.26.07 at 08:24

Nice one Benjamin, looks great!

#4 aguafuertes on 10.26.07 at 08:27

Really nice!

#5 Michael on 10.26.07 at 08:56

Oh… no Tango love for the logo? :(

#6 Mathias on 10.26.07 at 09:23

I would like few options (in order).

Open File
Making thumbnails (for integration with file managers)

A more advanced player could be developed by someone else, ceep your focus on the real deal. I would love to see swfdec good enough to bee the default and preinstelled player on the major distros.

#7 Patrys on 10.26.07 at 10:26

Maybe instead of a player create a widget that allows hooking into and out of the movie clip (allow calling functions from outside and emit signals from inside). That way we can have what I really call integration (using SWF as part of the interface) and a standalone player should not take more than foo hundred lines of code.

#8 Chris Cunningham on 10.26.07 at 11:57

“Save video” for files which embed FLV. Aside from that, nothing. Flash should be treated as just another multimedia format, and handled by Totem. I don’t think you’re really going to get people moving away from the existing model for organising and accessing their flash games (browser bookmarks) when it appears to have been adequate for years.

– Chris

#9 mike on 10.26.07 at 12:47

For Flash Videos: Totem.

For “Games” and “Apps”, hmm, yeah, if you don’t have Play/Pause Totem would not be right, so something like a really “small” (in terms of the feature set) player!

#10 Dylan on 10.26.07 at 13:57

I can live with the logo, but can you change Swfdec to something more catchy? How about Splash? Sounds not-too-different from Flash, and you can keep the same logo ;)

#11 Dylan on 10.26.07 at 14:21

I’m on a roll today: Swift (SWiFt). Still works with the superman logo.

#12 mark on 10.26.07 at 21:49

I must say that for some strange reason, there was an immediate association in my mind between the logo and the German SS emblem.

#13 ethana2 on 10.27.07 at 03:41

Does it spoof URL’s for the flash files? That’s an essential feature. It seems more sites every day pull stuff where the files check the page their being played from. You can’t trust the files with the truth.

Heck, that’d be handy for /online/ flash files.