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24U SimpleSound Plug-In Overview

24U SimpleSound Plug-In enhances your FileMaker Pro solutions with the ability to play sounds and to manipulate ID3 Tags, allowing you to better customise your music database or record and deploy spoken instructions.

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  • Play back audio files directly from your hard drive or container fields to make your solution more accessible
  • Get information about a sound file to know everything about it, such as its quality or length
  • Read and manipulate ID3 metadata so you can manage your music library with ease

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Audio Playback

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In lets you play all OS-supported audio formats such as mp3, aac or m4a on Mac or wav on Windows. It can also run in the background.

You can add sound effects, music, or audio guides to your solution without having your data entry interrupted by the audio playback.

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Reading MP3 metadata

Reading MP3 metadata, including ID3v1, ID3v2.2 and ID3v2.3 tags, lets you keep your audio library organized without having to manually type information that’s already included in the audio files.

Writing MP3 metadata

Writing MP3 metadata, including title, artist, album, genre, or even artwork, lets you produce consistent MP3 archive, taking metadata information from your well organized database.

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Getting information about an audio file

Getting information about an audio file, such as length in seconds or number of samples, makes you able to programmatically control audio playback and implement user friendly interface for any kind of audio playback application.

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24U SimpleSound 4

  • 64-bit version fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 14 and later
  • Playback function has been completely rewritten allowing you to use any OS-supported sound format
  • Extended ID3 tags support to let you customize your MP3 archive even more
  • Server-side ID3 manipulation for more ways of integrating sounds into your solution
  • Improved registration process allows for seamless deployment in multi-user solutions

64-bit FileMaker pro and pro advanced support

24U SimpleSounds Plug-In 4 works on both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, making it fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 13 and later, regardless of which mode the application runs in. On OS X the plug-in comes as universal binary just like FileMaker Pro. On Windows you have to install the version matching your FileMaker Pro architecture.

You can upgrade to the most recent version of FileMaker Pro as soon as you are ready. 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 4 will simply work with it, allowing you to keep working on your solution.

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Playback functionality completely rewritten

We are now using DirectShow on Windows and AV Foundation on Mac instead of QuickTime we used in previous versions.

This has finally enabled us to build 64-bit version (QuickTime has never been updated for 64-bit). As a bonus, SimpleSound will also automatically support any new sound formats that are natively supported by the host operating system.

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Extended ID3 tags support

With 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 4 comes an extended support of more ID3 tags. Along with that, you are now able to work with ID3 Tag APIC.

All of this allows you to achieve a well organized music database with any type of description that you want.

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Server-side ID3 manipulation

We have also made 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 4 work on FileMaker Server, so you can automate your music library management using server-side scripts.

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  • SSound_Version ( { versionFormat } )
  • SSound_Register(selector)
  • SSound_Playback ( command ; sound {; offset} )
  • SSound_Get ( selector ; sound {; param1 {; param2} } )
  • SSound_Set ( selector ; value {; sound ; param1 {; param2} })

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System Requirements

  • Mac OS X: Any Intel Mac, 2048 MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced.
  • Windows: Dual Core 1.6 GHz processor, 2048 MB RAM, Windows 8, FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced.

Minimum requirements:

  • Mac OS X: Any Intel Mac since 2008, 2048 MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.9, FileMaker Pro 13.
  • Windows: 1 GHz processor, 2048 MB RAM, Windows 7, FileMaker Pro 13.
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