A group of developers has posted a project on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise money for a project that should bring CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning to Android devices. The project called Open MAPI should make it possible to connect an external USB optical disc burner to an Android device and burn to the disc using an app.
MAPI is an abbreviation for Image Mastering Application Programming Interface and is a common name on Windows systems where it deals with CD and DVD authoring and recording in e.g. Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker.
For this project the developers try to raise € 88,000 for the development of an open source version of MAPI for the Android operating system. It will work with devices that support OTG (USB on the Go) something that will likely become a default feature in the upcoming Android version, 4.4 also known as Kitkat. The aim to make it easy to get files on the burner, once the burner is connected it becomes accessible using an app that will allow for easy reading and writing to the drive.
The developers are no strangers to regular visitors of the site, the lead developer is also behind DVD-Ranger / CinEx and has developed FoxSDK a burning engine used in several burning and movie backup applications. Recently they also posted a crowdfunding project on the same site to raise money for the CinEx module. Later the project was pulled, allegedly because users complained and the crowdfunding website decided to put the project on hold.
At this moment the project has raised € 248 from 26 funders with 61 hours left to meet the goal of € 88,0000.