Elisa Media Center
is a cross-platform (Windows Vista, XP, and Linux, eventually Mac)
media management project that is sponsored by
The company is also known for its sponsorship of the
multimedia framework. The Elisa project's
home page explains:
Elisa is an open source cross-platform Media Center featuring an intuitive interface with a professional look and feel which can be easily used with a standard TV remote control. Elisa is designed to be easily extensible through plugins. It relies on Python and
as core technologies.
Elisa can manage movies, photographs, and music. It can work with
media from locally connected peripherals, other machines on the LAN
and the Internet. The software includes support for IR remotes and
touchscreens. Elisa uses a modular design with support for
which give the system access to various media sites and
A fairly out of date
explains the capabilities in more detail.
A good way to see the capabilities of the software is to take a look at
demo video and screenshots.
Following on heels of the recently
version 0.5.1 (the initial public 0.5 series release),
version 0.5.2, entitled "Good news everyone" was
The main outlines of this release are:
- The integration of a media scanner that indexes one's music collection
and allows one to browse it by Artists/Albums, with automatic albums'
covers and artists' photos retrieval;
- The localization of the UI. Thanks to contributions from the community
Elisa is currently fully translated in Spanish, Catalan, French,
Italian, German, Dutch, Polish, Swedish and Brazilian Portuguese.
The Elisa source code is available for
packaged versions for Ubuntu and Debian should appear soon.
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