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daisy-player - player for DAISY Digital Talking Books or Audio-CD's


daisy-player [directory_with_a_Daisy-structure |
Daisy_book_archive] [-c cdrom_device] [-d ALSA_sound_device] [-i]
[-n | -y]


Daisy-player reads a Daisy-CD and plays the audio-files. DAISY versions 2.02 and 3 are
currently supported, as well as volumes with multiple books.

Daisy-player also can play Audio-CD's and tries to get CD-information from a cddb-

A list of items on the Daisy-CD or Audio-CD will appear. Press <ENTER> to start playing.
When reading of an item has finished, daisy-player will play the next item and the cursor
will automatically skip to that item, so that an attached braille-terminal will display
the name of that item.


One could also give a directory with a daisy structure as argument to daisy-player.

One could also give a file in ZIP-format with a daisy structure as argument to

-c cdrom_device
Use DEVICE as the CD device. DEVICE is the device special file name of the CD-ROM
device. The default is /dev/sr0.

-d ALSA_sound_device
Daisy-player will play on this sound device. Default is "hw:0".

-i Ignore reading of the bookmark.

-n Don't fetch cddb-information of an Audio-CD from the internet.

-y Fetch cddb-information of an Audio-CD from the internet.


The name and version of this program and the name of the author will be displayed left
aligned at the top of the screen. The name of the current loaded book will be displayed
right aligned.

The second row of the screen will display the number of pages of the current loaded book
(if any), the current selected level and the total number of levels, the total playing
time, the current displayed screen and the total number of screens.

The next rows will display the title of the item, the first page of the item within
brackets (if there are pages) and the playing time. Items in higher levels will be
indented. (Three spaces each level.) When "just playing this item" is active, a "J" will
be viewed at the first column of that item.


Daisy-player recognizes the following keyboard-commands:

cursor down,2
move cursor to the next item

cursor up,8
move cursor to the previous item

cursor right,6
skip to next phrase

cursor left,4
skip to previous phrase

view next screen

view previous screen

enter Start playing

pause/resume playing

home,* play on normal speed

/ search for a label

d store current item to disk

D,- decrease playing speed

e,. stop playing and eject

f find the currently playing item and place the cursor there

g go to time in this item or song (MM:SS)

go to page number (if any)

h,? give this help

j,5 just play current item and place a "J" at the first column.

l switch to next level

L switch to previous level

n search forewards

N search backwards

o select next output sound device

p place a bookmark

q quit daisy-player. The playing-point will be saved as bookmark.

s stop playing

U,+ increase playing speed


Daisy-player uses the sox-library and the ALSA sound-driver for audio-output. On some
systems daisy-player quits with the message that the soundcard cannot be used. I don't
know how to solve this problem yet, sorry.

When playing an Audio-CD skip-left and skip-right react a little late. The same for
commands like 'U', 'D' and HOME.


Daniel Veillard <[email protected]>
for the XML2 library.

Kim Nilsson <[email protected]>

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