World's first open source MHEG and CI Plus Authoring Tool released

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

BRISTOL, UK — Digital TV software specialist, Ocean Blue Software, has released its Triton™ MHEG-5 and CI Plus Authoring Tool as an open source and royalty-free product for application authors and developers.

The tool, developed by Ocean Blue as an MHEG-5 and CI Plus (CI+) application author, contains many of the features commonly found in professional integrated development environments (IDE) and allows developers to create dynamic and visually impressive graphical user interface applications for digital TV platforms.

Ocean Blue is releasing all the source code for the tool to the open source community free of charge. Ken Helps, CEO of Ocean Blue explains why: “As a player in the digital TV industry we feel it is our responsibility to contribute towards the progression of both the MHEG and CI+ markets.” Helps continues: “With the release of Triton to the open source community we hope to encourage developers to get creative and develop innovative TV applications which will in turn benefit end-users and broadcasters.”

The benefits of Triton Authoring tool include:

  • Rapid prototyping of MHEG and CI+ applications
  • Construction of professional GUI applications
  • Speed of UI application design
  • Reduced total cost of ownership for UI applications
  • Simplified UI application development oriented around tools designers are familiar with
  • In-built code editor
  • Generation of MHEG-5 and CI+ application code at the click of a button.

Ocean Blue Software has also developed a PC Simulator tool which is available to purchase. The simulator allows developers to test and debug their application on their personal computer.