This guide describes how to use Oracle interMedia ("interMedia").
Oracle interMedia ships with Oracle Database Standard and Enterprise Editions.
For information about Oracle Database and the features and options that are available to you, see Oracle Database New Features.
This guide is for application developers and database administrators who are interested in storing, retrieving, and manipulating audio, image, video, and heterogeneous media data in a database, including developers of audio, heterogeneous media data, image, and video specialization options.
If you are interested in an overview and how to use Oracle interMedia, see Chapter 1 for general introductory information.
For information about medical imaging, see Chapter 5.
For information about image metadata handling, see Chapter 5.
For tuning tips on storing media in the database, see Chapter 8.
The sample code in this manual will not necessarily match the code shipped with the Oracle installation. If you want to run examples that are shipped with the Oracle installation on your system, use the files provided with the installation. Do not attempt to compile and run the code in this manual.
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Please see your operating system-specific installation guide for more information.
For more information about using interMedia in a development environment, see the following documents in the Oracle Database software documentation set:
For more information about using JDBC, see Oracle Database JDBC Developer's Guide and Reference.
For more information about using XML, see Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide.
For reference information on both Oracle interMedia Java Classes and Oracle interMedia Java Classes for Servlets and JSP in Javadoc format, see the following Oracle API documentation (also known as Javadoc): Oracle interMedia Java Classes API Reference and Oracle interMedia Java Classes for Servlets and JSP API Reference. The API documentation is available in the Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2) Online Documentation Library and also from the documentation section of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Web site at
For information about using Oracle Application Server 10g Multimedia Tag Library for JSP, see Oracle Application Server 10g Multimedia Tag Library for JSP User's Guide and Reference in the Oracle Application Server 10g Online Documentation Library.
For more information about Java, see the API documentation provided by Sun Microsystems at
For more information about the Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) API, see the following Web site (which is maintained by Sun Microsystems)
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In this guide, Oracle interMedia is sometimes referred to as interMedia.
In examples, an implied carriage return occurs at the end of each line, unless otherwise noted. You must press the Return key at the end of a line of input.
Although Boolean is a proper noun, it is presented as boolean in this guide when its use in Java code requires case-sensitivity.
The following conventions are also used in this guide:
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The following substantive changes have been made to this guide since release 10.1:
Revised the PL/SQL Web Toolkit Photo Album sample application and the interMedia Code Wizard application in Chapter 3 to add support for the new Metadata feature.
Revised the IMExample Java Sample Application in Chapter 4 to add support for the new Metadata feature.
Added Chapter 5 on the new Metadata and DICOM features.
Removed outdated material about products, features, and methods that Oracle interMedia no longer supports.
Revised material as needed to reflect minor bug fixes and ongoing improvements.