RealNetworks and Lotus Development have announced beta availability of RealSystem G2 for the Lotus Notes & Lotus Domino 4.6 client-and-server collaboration platform at the RealNetworks Conference & Exhibition '99 in San Francisco.
Domino Media Connection Services for RealSystem G2, developed by RealNetworks and Lotus, facilitates the creation and streaming of RealAudio and RealVideo over intranets and the Internet.
"We think this is very significant because it's going to put RealSystem G2 technology into the hands of millions of Lotus Notes and Domino customers running on the 4.6 platform," said Brett Goodwin, product unit manager for enterprise products at RealNetworks. "Then we'll follow that up with a release later this summer with full support for R5."
The software integrates the RealPlayer G2 with Lotus Notes clients for embedded playback of media in a Notes document or Web page, as well as RealProducer G2 for the encoding of streaming media within Notes.
"If you're in a Notes document or e-mail message or Web page, you can play back media embedded in another document, and it's a very easy, integrated, clean experience for the end user," Goodwin said.
In addition, the RealServer G2 Workgroup Edition is integrated with the Lotus Domino server, allowing storage and streaming of audio and video content from the Domino object store.
"It will enable Domino customers to stream on-demand RealAudio and RealVideo on intranets and the Internet," Goodwin said. "Because Domino will be able to store media files in the object store, they can automatically take advantage of Domino's capabilities for content management, security -- all of those features inherent in Domino can now be applied to media files."
A wizard that allows insertion of streaming media into any Notes document, email message or Web page is also included.
The beta version of Domino Media Connection Services for RealSystem G2 is available on the Web at http://www.lotus.com/mediaconnect, or at http://www.real.com/company/pressroom/pr/99/lotus.html. It will be included at no extra cost with Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino Designer, Lotus Domino Application Server and Lotus Domino Enterprise Server.
Separately, RealNetworks also announced a collaboration with Intel to deliver client-based 3-D software called RealText 3D. The low-bandwidth software allows creation of 3-D text incorporating animation and effects including twists, fades, melts and wipes. RealNetworks plans to offer the Web Design Effects (WDE) Software from Intel Architecture Labs (IAL) as a RealPlayer G2 plug-in. The technology allows deliverance of streaming 3-D graphics and other multimedia content.
In a third announcement, RealNetworks trumpeted the RealSystem G2 Advertising Application, which integrates RealServer G2 with advertising software to enable delivery of streaming-media and traditional banner ads within any RealServer G2 presentation. The application is available from RealNetworks' Web site.
RealNetworks is located in Seattle, and can be found on the Web at http://www.real.com. Lotus, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, can be reached at +1-617-577-8500, or on the Web at http://www.lotus.com. Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080, or at http://www.intel.com.