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Netscape and Sounds

Posted on 1997-05-24
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Hi, I need to know three things:

1) How should I set Netscape so that it plays sounds? I click on an .au or a .wav sound and sometimes the default live audio plug-in will handle it, sometimes it won't. The old version in Netscape 2 at least gave a progress bar to indicate that it was doing/downloading something: in 3.01 I just get a small grey window and nothing happens for ages.

2) Thinking this would be better handled by a third-party App I download SoundApp and set the helpers preferences to send all .au and .wav sounds to SoundApp.

It does this but it won't /launch/ SoundApp, just save the sounds as SoundApp files. Then I have to launch it myself and open the sounds.

On the other hand I had to tell it /not/ to launch StuffIt every time I downloaded an .hqx file -- those are files I want to save to disk and get to later, not open while surfing and interrupt me. The sounds I want to hear straight away!

2) What are the differences between these seemingly-similar formats all listed in the Helpers file types dialog?

     audio/x-aiff
     audio/aiff
     audio/x-wav
     audio/wav
     ULAW Audio

Or to put it another way, what is the simplest way that I can set up Netscape so that when I click on an .au or .wav sound, it launches something and plays it straight away every time?

TIA,

johnny99
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slinkyslug earned 100 total points
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I suggest that you get the latest Quicktime plugin from quicktime.apple.com. This will handle all of the sound formats that you mentioned. Just download it and tell Netscape to use that plugin instead (I assume you know how to.)
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by:johnny99
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Good suggestion, although it doesn't answer all my questions.

I'm downloading it now...

I'd still like to know what the difference between

     "wav" and
     "x-Wav"

is though...
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