April 2004 Archives

SGI sells Alias

It's official now. Read it here.

They claim, and i quote: "Sales of the entire Alias product suite will continue uninterrupted, and there will be no changes to the management team, service and support or product availability as a result of the sale."
Good to hear, but my fears are that MIPS will be left out in the cold in the near future. Some people at IRC suggest that this is merely a sale to beef up cash flow at SGI, but who are we to speculate about that :)

Thanks to Schleusel for pointing this one out

Realsoft3D v4.5 SP1 Released

Forum member nvukovlj recently announced the immediate availability of a new version of Realsoft3D for IRIX:

Realsoft have released an update to Realsoft3D v4.5 SP1 for IRIX.

You can get the latest revision from here:


Some changes with this revision:

It is finally n32 and is now mips4 only.
It has Michael Schmelling's plugins included with it. Information about these plugins can be obtained from


The new revision should render approx. 10% quicker than the old. You can use the benchmark scene available from their site to check this out, although for the demo version you'll need to decrease the res to 300x300


During the setup in the User Information -dialog just type "demo" in the
serial number box.

As I have mentioned earlier in the thread, since I am involved with maintaining the Irix version, you can direct any issues you find with it to me, however, I would also encourage anyone who likes the software to purchase it, as you get it for much less than the Windows version and keep the platform supported.


Be sure to leave any comments/questions in this forum thread.

An experimental IRIX version of VRED is now available, which is, according to their website, a "Virtual Reality System for visualization of complex 3d Scenes. For interaction a Action/Event aproach is used. It is based on the great open source Renderer OpenSG."

The Lite version is a free download - there is also a Pro version which requires a license but it isn't clear if an IRIX version exists for that one at this point or not.


XMCD Version 3.3.0 Released

Another announcement I came across - there are binaries for IRIX 5.x/6.5.x on the official site below.

---------------------- X M C D version 3.3.0 ----------------------

Take the CD player to the nth dimension.

I am pleased to announce the release of xmcd version 3.3.0, a CD player and ripper software suite for Linux and UNIX systems. It includes two programs:

xmcd - For the X window system
cda - A shell command-line utility which also features a curses-based, screen-oriented mode

In its evolution over the past ten years, xmcd has established itself as the premier CD audio application for the X window system with an attractive, easy-to-use user interface. It is the most feature-rich CD player that runs on Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, HP-UX, UnixWare, AIX, IRIX, Tru64 UNIX, SCO Open Server, BSD/OS and most other UNIX system flavors. It also supports the widest array of CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD devices, including multi-disc changers and some older SCSI-1 drives that do not work with other player applications. As a CD ripper, it allows you to extract full-quality digital audio data from your CDs and play them real time, save them to files or pipe them to other programs for processing. Several output file formats are supported, including RAW, WAV. AU, AIFF, AIFF-C, MP3, AAC (MPEG-2/MPEG-4), MP4, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC.

Xmcd supports the CDDB(R) Music Recognition Service(sm) and the CD-TEXT technology for disc identification and information, as well as auto-tagging of MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files using this data.

Xmcd also features "wwwWarp", the ability to remote control a web browser, so that you can search and access many useful web resources and information related to the CD you're listening to. The CDDB Music Browser provides related information and links to internet sites of interest, and the Local Discography feature lets you organize, browse and play files related to your CD collection. Xmcd literally takes music enjoyment to a level far beyond the standard stereo.

There are too many features to list, so visit the xmcd web page for full information, screen snapshot and downloads:


Xmcd is FREE, Open Source Software, released under the GNU General Public License. Pre-compiled binary kits for many platforms and architectures are available for download.

\\ // Ti Kan
\\/ xmcd - Take the CD player to the nth dimension.
//\ Email: xmcd@amb.org
// \\ Web site: http://www.amb.org/xmcd/

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