Much has been said about HTML5 and how it would benefit the web. Obviously, with Apple banning Flash from its devices and other companies slowly following there has been enough said about this topic. Nonetheless, the move towards HTML5 makes a lot of sense, since it is lightweight, doesn’t need any plugins and it more or less adapted by all Browser vendors (Google Chrome 5.x, Safari 5 and FireFox 3.6.x all come with HTML5 support).
Especially, when it comes to media files on the web (video and audio) HTML5 brings a build in player, which is faster loading then any Flash player. Furthermore, one can rest assure that the video looks the same on every platform and any device (iPhone, Android, etc.). But HTML5, apart from having support for video and audio build in, also brings support for productive environments, like Drag & Drop from the desktop to the browser and more.
Given the latest inovations in this field, we have adopted some of these practices to Razuna already and are very happy to announce the following. Note: Some of the listed changes below are already available at our Razuna Hosted Platform (hosted Digital Asset Management for only $1.80/GB!) over at http://razuna.com. For the self-hosted version, these changes will be available in Razuna 1.4.
HTML5 enabled Uploader
Recently we have changed our Uploader from a Flash based uploader to a HTML5 Uploader (Don’t worry for those who don’t have a HTML5 enabled browser, the Uploader will fall back to a Flash based tool, and if you don’t have Flash installed you even get a Silverlight Uploader!).
The new Uploader allows you to upload many files at once (just as before) but for those with a HTML5 enabled browser it will even be able to Drag & Drop assets from your desktop directly into your browser! That’s right, simply mark your assets in your Explorer/Finder and drag them over to the Razuna Uploader and you will see them in the Uploader, ready for you to upload.
Drag & Drop assets from your desktop to the Razuna Uploader with HTML5 enabled browsers (Google Chrome 5.x, Safari 5 and FireFox 3.6.x). Works on Windows, MacOS X and Linux.
HTML5 player and conversion
We have already added support for converting Audio files to the OGG format and are using the HTML5 audio player in Razuna 1.3.5. Now, we are going to add conversion to the OGG format for video assets and will enable the HTML5 video controls as well. These changes will soon be available in the Razuna Hosted Platform as well in the Razuna 1.4 download.
HTML5 Google Chrome Frame Support for Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7 & 8
- Start using open web technologies – like the HTML5
canvastag – right away, even technologies that aren’t yet supported in Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.
Since we want everyone to enjoy the beauty and speed of HTML5 we have already enabled Google Chrome Frame support on the Razuna Hosted Platform and have incorporated the code in Razuna 1.4.
Right, so here we go, we have added (or about to add) a bunch of HTML5 goodies for you to enjoy and to make your business workflow with Razuna even more efficient. I hope you enjoy working with Razuna as much as we enjoy making it for you.
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