Smart Monkeys, Inc. has designed and published a series of five MxM plug-ins for the Medialon Show Control product line. The SMI MxM Series redefines the way Medialon users program shows and installations by offering easier programming, shorter code and faster computation.
"For the first time since Medialon Manager has become available to programmers around the world, an independent company is offering additional tools to improve the capabilities of Medialon Show Control software," says Smart Monkeys co-founder, Stephan Villet. "We're pleased to be the first third-party company providing Medialon MxM plug-ins. Our collection of MxMs is a powerful toolkit that allows programmers to be more flexible and work a lot faster."
The SMI MxM Series consists of SMI Lists MxM, SMI Media Info MxM, SMI Tables MxM, SMI Strings MxM and SMI Variables MxM. Although Medialon users need a license to register each of the SMI MxM plug-ins and use them in programs, the software can be downloaded immediately from the Smart Monkeys, Inc. online store for testing features in the Medialon Manager Demo mode.
SMI Lists MxM gives extended power over List objects manipulations. Simple and easy to use, this plug-in enables users to search, resize, reverse and merge lists in seconds. They can sort a list and automatically keep associated lists synched to it. Commands such as "Convert to Medialon List" and "List Adjust Position" save time and many lines of code. Simple calculation (min, max, sum, average) is included and duplicates or empty items can be removed quickly. The plug-in is priced at $149.
SMI Media Info MxM is a very easy to use Media Metadata aggregator supporting numerous audio, video and picture codecs and formats. Users just select a media file and retrieve hundreds of metadata that can be used in programs and/or simply displayed on panel designs. The plug-in is priced at $49.
SMI Tables MxM brings the power of arrays, tables, databases and more inside Medialon Manager Pro or Lite with no additional software required. This MxM creates an advanced data structure natively within Medialon Manager. An SQL backend supports table functionality with quick sorting, filtering and a range of output options. Since the plug-in is based on SQLite, programmers experienced with SQLite can use standard SQL queries. The plug-in is priced at $299.
SMI Strings MxM makes strings manipulation even more powerful, offering a complete new set of commands never available before in Medialon Manager. Users can split, swap and trim strings; count substrings; convert or remove non-print characters; and check string format. It also introduces Regex (regular expressions) to Medialon programming. This codified method of searching is extremely powerful and well known to developers worldwide. With SMI Strings MxM and the Regex syntax, string computation is limitless. The plug-in is priced at $199.
SMI Variables MxM implements pointers and more for Medialon Manager changing the way users manage variables in projects and saving hundreds or thousands of lines of code. Correction, modification and improvement of projects are fast and efficient; users can loop, iterate, convert and manage variables with incredible ease. Distance, speed and temperature conversions are included. The plug-in is priced at $249.
In addition, Smart Monkeys, Inc. offers the SMI MxM Pack, which bundles all five plug-ins for $749, a greatly reduced price compared to individual purchases.
""Medialon's technical team is impressed with the powerful functionality Smart Monkeys' new MxMs bring to the table," said Eric J. Cantrell, North American Sales Manager for Medialon, Inc. "Opening up our system for third party developers to create plugins introduced the possibility for advanced functionality that even we hadn't envisioned. It's exciting to see power users like Smart Monkeys finding new and more advanced ways to adapt our software to make it even easier to use and more powerful."