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Mr. KIA, you have written several articles on how to use Real Player and
Odin. Has there been much change?
Both RealPlayer and Odin have changed since I last wrote about them and
the changes are for the better.
Odin, as expected, has had the most significant changes.
Both are easier to install and work better
for most users. RealPlayer is now at version 8 and includes several
new features. Odin does not yet have a release number but is significantly
more stable, supports a richer set of the Win32 API's and has several
significant new features.
Perhaps the most significant external change is that the win32k.sys device
driver is now stable and is highly configurable. Many users now no longer
need to use pe.exe to invoke Win32 programs. There is a new utility,
win32kcc, the win32k control center. This utility configures win32k.sys from
the OS/2 command line. Win32K.sys features can be turned on and off as
needed to suit special case programs. No rebooting is required.
Installation is now simpler. Odin releases are now available in WarpIn WPI
format. The WPI installation script for Odin can update config.sys and
initialize the Odin .ini files for you. These operations no longer need to
be done manually. For the tweakers among us, the ZIP releases are still
The Odin release now includes an auxiliary installation tool, Odininst.exe.
This tool initializes the registry and .ini entries required by Odin. It is
no longer necessary to update these manually. If you update to a new release
of Odin and it does not seem to run correctly on your system, run Odininst to
ensure that you have settings for all the required entries.
There is yet another new utility, OdinApp. OdinApp is a sort of Hello World
Win32 application. It's purpose is twofold. It installs several enhanced
Win32 DLL's and it tests your Odin installation.
The defect reporting process has been formalized. There is now a standard
form for reporting defects. This makes it easier for users to provide a
useful description of the problem. This in turn makes it easier for the
developers to locate and correct the problems.
eGroups was bought by Yahoo, so the OdinUsers mailing list is now hosted at
This is still the best place to go for reporting problems
and getting assistance with Odin.
In the near future, the release schedule for Odin will be changing. This is
subject to change, but there will probably be weekly stable releases and
daily developer releases. This is an indication that the Odin project is
maturing in is getting close to being a feature complete, beta level project.
The developers deserve great praise for the work they have done. IBM too
deserves thanks. They have quietly supplied the Odin team with enhanced
DLL's and other support.
One item that unfortunately has not changed yet is that RealPlayer still
only works as a Netscape Helper Application. It can not yet be used as a
plug-in. However, with the progress Odin has seen, this too may change in
The WarpIn installer is available at the
Odin releases and the utilities mentioned here are available at
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