Media Manager


 Version: 3.2   (Release Notes) Price: $25.00 USD 
 Requirements: Win98SE/2000/ME/NT4/XP/Vista/Win7 License: Shareware, 30 days 
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Purple Parrot Media Manager provides a wide variety of functions for managing media images, videos, audios and DVDs. Features include jukebox, file management, playlists, thumbnails, albums, and slide shows. Special features include an integrated email function, hotkeys, CDDC support for retrieving CD song information from the Internet, an integrated web browser with pop-up ad blocking and browser history cleaning, MP3 "tag" data update capability, an image magnifier, a target game, a sleep timer, and a snooze-option alarm clock that plays music playlists, CDs, or DVDs.

Supported file formats include: jpeg, gif, bitmap, metafile, tiff, pcx, xif, png, mng, icon, cursor, mp3, wav, wma, cd audio, midi, avi, mpeg, wmv, and others.

Also included with Media Manager is a tabbed web browser and a picture painting program, with dozens of effects.

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Media Manager Image/Picture Features:

Supports the following image (picture) formats:
      Bitmaps (*.bmp, *.dib, *.rle, *.xbm)
      GIF images (*.gif)
      JPEG images (*.jpeg, *.jpg, *.jpe)
      Metafiles (*.wmf, *.emf)
      Network graphics images (*.png, *.mng)
      Icons and cursors (*.ico, *.cur)

• Pictures display in thumbnail view
• Change the size of your thumbnails
• Quickly visualize all pictures in a folder
• Create albums; email to friends or family
• Run slide shows of pictures in a folder or an album
• Place a magnifying glass on pictures
• Have a picture you don't care for? Blast it full of holes with the Target game.
• Click to view images full size

• Zoom and shrink pictures
• Rename, copy, move, delete, email, and print
• Enter captions

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Media Manager Video/Movie Features:

Supports the following video (movie) formats:
      Video files (*.avi, *.ivf)
      Movie files (*.mpg, *.mpe, *.mpeg, *.mpv2, *.m1v, *.mps)
      Windows video files (*.wmv)

• Videos display in list view
• Quickly visualize all videos in a folder
• Create albums; email to friends or family
• Run video playlists
• Click to play videos full size

• Zoom and shrink videos
• Rename, copy, move, delete, and email
• Select a video for continuous play
• Play, pause, stop, restart, fast backward, fast forward, skip to end

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Media Manager Audio/Music Features:

Supports the following audio (music) formats:
      MP3 files (*.mp3, *.mp1, *.mp2, *.mpa)
      WAV files (*.wav)
      Windows audio files (*.wma, *.asf)
      MIDI files (*.mid, *.midi, *.rmi)
      CD audio track files (*.cda)

• Audios display in list view
• Quickly visualize all audios in a folder
• Create albums; email to friends or family
• Run audio playlists
• Click to play audios

• Rename, copy, move, delete, and email
• Select an audio for continuous play
• Play, pause, stop, restart, fast backward, fast forward, skip to end

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Media Manager Playlist Features:

Setting up playlists, for videos or audios, is a simple process using the display shown below:

• File search to quickly locate media files
• Flexible methods for addings files
• Sort files alphabetically or manually arrange their order
• Option to prevent duplicate files
• Enter your own playlist names


Once a playlist has been defined, all you have to do is close the definition window to start your playlist.

• Several options for the order in which files are played
• Click on a single file to play it immediately
• Quickly switch to a different playlist
• Select individual playlist files without changing the entire list

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Media Manager CD Player Features:

• Full CDDB support (CD titles and songs downloaded from the Internet)
• Ability to manually enter/change CD titles and songs
• Several options for the order in which tracks are played
• Click on a single track to play it immediately
• Click on the "up arrow" to shrink the size of the player
• Select individual CD tracks for playing
• Select a track for continuous play
• Play, pause, stop, restart, fast backward, fast forward, skip to next track

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Media Manager Alarm Clock Features:

• Wake up to your favorite music, whether it's a single song, a playlist, a music CD, or just a regular alarm sound
• If your computer is equipped with a DVD player, a movie could rouse you to consciousness
• Preset on which days you wish to be awakened
• After the "alarm" sounds, just like a regular alarm clock, you can gain a few more minutes sleep by pressing a "snooze" button

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Agent Installation Instructions:

If you wish to use the interactive tutorial included with the Purple Parrot Media Manager (recommended), which provides a four-minute overview of the program, you must download and install additional software from Microsoft. If you have any problems with these instructions, please visit the Microsoft Agent Home Page or go directly to the Microsoft Agent Download Page.

STEP 1: Install Agent Core Components (391KB)
Download and run the MSAgent.exe setup program to install the core components. You may then delete the setup program. Windows 2000 users may be able to skip this step. The Microsoft Agent Core Components are already installed on Windows 2000.

STEP 2: Install the Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice, Text-to-Speech Engine (997KB)
Download and run the TV_Enua.exe setup program to install this component. You may then delete the setup program. The Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine provides speech output capabilities for Microsoft Agent so you can hear what the characters are saying through you sound speakers.

STEP 3: Install the Microsoft Speech Control Panel (927KB)
Download and run the SpchCpl.exe setup program to install this component. You may then delete the setup program. The Speech Control Panel will add an icon to your Control Panel to enable you to list the compatible speech recognition and text-to-speech engines installed on your system and customize their settings for your use.

STEP 4: Install the Merlin Agent Character (1.78MB)
Download and run the Merlin.exe setup program to install this component. You may then delete the setup program. Once the Merlin Agent character has been installed, there should be a Merlin.acs file in your C:\WINDOWS\MSAGENT\CHARS or C:\WINNT\MSAGENT\CHARS folder, depending upon your operating system.

STEP 5: Install SAPI 4.0 Runtime Support (824KB) -- Windows XP users ONLY
Download and run the Spchapi.exe setup program to install this component. You may then delete the setup program. Remember that you ONLY download and install this component if your operating system is Windows XP.

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Viewer for Microsoft Word Documents

The Media Manager user manual is saved in Microsoft Word format. If you do not have Word installed on your computer, you can install a free viewer program from Microsoft which will still allow you to read our manual.

Download and run the wd97vwr32.exe setup program (3.76MB) to install this component.

If you have any problems with the above download, please visit the Word Viewer Download Server page.

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Recommended Minimum System Configuration

• Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later
• A Pentium 100 MHz PC or faster
• At least 64 MB of RAM
• At least 16 MB of free disk space (21 MB if you install Microsoft Agent)
• Screen resolution of 800 by 600 pixels or higher
• Screen colors: High Color (16 bit) or better
• A Windows-compatible sound card
• A compatible set of speakers

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