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Headspace Gets "Beatnik" Support in Latest HTML Tools

Headspace Inc. today announced that Beatnik technology will be included in Macromedia's Dreamweaver, NetObjects' Fusion, and RandomNoise's Coda Web site authoring tools.

Headspace's Beatnik enables developers to add high quality audio to their Web pages with minimal download times. Developers can add sound effects and hi-fi stereo music files to a Web page. With support for Beatnik being added to these HTML authoring tools, more developers will have the opportunity to include this type of audio using a drag-and-drop interface.

Unlike streaming audio techniques, Beatnik sends files as "packets" of audio, and uses a real-time software synthesizer which reconstitutes them on the client machine into high-fidelity music. The music or audio files may be encrypted using Beatnik's 40-bit encryption technology, allowing copyright owners to publish their material on the Web without fear of theft.

At the present time, Netscape is including the Beatnik plug-in with its Communicator 4.0 product line, and an ActiveX control is available for Microsoft's Internet Explorer. In the future, Beatnik will not require the plug-in, and will use Java 1.2 technology instead. Both the plug-in and the ActiveX control presently play RMF files that are fully compatible with the sound engine which is to come with Java 1.2.

For additional information about Headspace or Beatnik, or to download the free plug-in or ActiveX component, visit the Headspace Web site.