Yesterday I had a debilitating fit of procrastination, and ‘Burnt Cog‘ – a simple flash-based media viewer is the end-result (as well as an update to my home page, something I like to try to get in once every seven years or so).
If you like the image/movie effect on the front page of ideacog.net and have a little tech-savvy, feel free to download the source:
Download Burnt Cog (zip, 1.3mb, GPL/MIT license)
Here’s what a movie looks like, here’s what an image looks like.
From the README file:
Burnt Cog is a simple flash-based image or movie displayer based on a folder of media. After you install it, put images/flv files into a folder. They will be randomly displayed with a title-overlay and a nice burn-in effect. It also (optionally) auto-generates a light-weight navigation of the items in the folder.
I wanted a tool that was extremely simple to add content to. In this case – I just drop new flv, jpg or png files into a folder. The filename will be converted to the caption and they’ll immediately enter the rotation.
There are probably a ton of other great tools like this, but I’m afraid I’m stubbornly DIY. If it helps someone else, great!