Jubler 3.0.0-rc3 review

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Jubler is a tool to edit text-based subtitles.

License: GPL
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 1808K
Developer: Panayotis Katsaloulis
Price: $0.00
Updated: 20 Feb 2006
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Jubler is a tool to edit text-based subtitles. It can be used an an authoring software for new subtitles or as a tool to convert, transform, correct and refine existing subtitles. The most popular subtitle formats can be used. Preview of the subtitles in realtime or in design time, spell checking, translation mode and styles editing are some of the main features.

It is open source under a liberal (GNU) public licence. It is written in Java 5.0  (a.k.a. Java 1.5.0 ) in order to be really multi-platform. It has been tested under Linux, Windows XP and Mac OS X.

Here are some key features of "Jubler":
General features
It supports Advanced SubStation, SubStation Alpha, SubRip.  SubViewer (1 and 2) and MicroDVD file formats, although it is easy  to extend it to support other file types.
All encodings supported by Java platform are also supported here  (like UTF-8). The user is able to select a list of preferred  encodings in order to load the localized subtitle files.
GUI internationalization support through gettext utilities.
Styles are supported (when saving in SubStation formats). These  styles are either specific either per subtitle or per character.
Translating mode (parent & child editors) is supported
Graphical preview of the subtitles using the FFMPEG library.  Current frame, waveform preview and waveform listening is supported.
Graphically display of subtitles, which can be moved and resized.
Play the subtitles file using a video player (mplayer). While in  playing mode the user is able to freely edit the subtitles (and  inform the player for this change) or add a new subtitle in real  time
Mark subtitles with different colors, either when editing or real  time when playing the video
Spell checking, with support for dictionary selection
Test the subtitles on the movie and navigate with a full graphical  interface
Select areas in the movie just in time and add new subtitles
Easy installation for Linux & Windows platforms and a generic  installer for all other platforms (without FFMPEG support)

Key editing features:
Editing individual subtitles
Time shifting
Frame rate conversion automatically, by user request or using a  free user factor
Fixing time inconsistencies such as overlapping with an  optimization algorithm
Undo & redo
Cut, copy, paste, delete areas according to time & color patterns
Clear areas used for hearing impaired.

What's New:
Initial Mac OS X version.
Big endian bugs fixed.
"Quit" introduced. Menu shortcuts are now editable.
MPlayer threading issues fixed.
Cache is created only when needed.
Full AC3 support.

Latest version of JRE
MPlayer to view subtitles
ASpell to spell-check the subtitles.

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