Tuesday, December 10, 2019
If you are reading this blog post you are probably searching for an alternative for the deprecated multimedia (or intermedia) feature of the Oracle Database... and you are in the right post as APEX Media Extension is that replacement!
Just like you, I loved the Oracle Multimedia feature in the Oracle Database. I used the feature in many different applications, mostly related to images. For example, when some students upload images of their work in an Oracle APEX app, or teachers upload images to include in tests, I made thumbnails of the images and resized them so they fit really nicely on the page.
Unfortunately, Oracle announced starting in Oracle Database 18c, Oracle Multimedia is deprecated. You can still use it, but you know it will go away at some point... and that is what happened with Oracle Database 19c. Oracle Multimedia is now desupported and doesn't even work anymore. The Oracle Multimedia packages are still there, so your code is still compiling and valid, but it's not doing anything anymore.
In this initial release, we've focussed on converting media, such as:
We are eager to hear where else you use Oracle Multimedia!
BUT that is not all... we decided to include this functionality also in APEX Office Print (AOP) (Gold and Enterprise versions)! So, if you already use AOP, in our upcoming version you are fully covered already :)
Interested? Please leave your email on the APEX Media Extension website and you will be first to know when it's released.
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