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QuickTime, QuickTime Pro to merge in Snow Leopard?

updated 12:15 pm EST, Wed February 11, 2009

One QuickTime for all?

The two current versions of Apple's QuickTime software may merge into one come the release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, new information hints. The latest developer seeding of Snow Leopard is said to enable all features of QuickTime by default, including advanced functions such as sharing and movie creation or capture. Special features have typically been reserved for QuickTime Pro, a $30 package advertised through pop-ups in the regular QuickTime Player.

Pro may be seen as increasingly marginal and irrelevant source of Apple income however, due in part to the introduction of phone and media player sales. There has also been a proliferation of third-party media apps for the Mac, many of which can handle the same tasks as Pro, sometimes for free. Apple itself has promised that Snow Leopard's QuickTime X will be a radical revision of QuickTime, though mostly in terms of streamlining.




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  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    what?

    They don't use pop-ups in QuickTime to advertise QuickTime Pro anymore, and haven't for many years.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    pop-ups

    Yeah, they don't do pop-up windows, but they certainly do force attention on it by putting "Pro" next to all the menu items in viewer.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    and...

    Did it occur to anyone that Apple may have also done this because it is a developer seed, and there's no reason to lock down features that you want people to test.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @testudo

    do you really think you are the smart one here:

    "Though the accessibility of Pro features in the Snow Leopard builds could simply be a measured aimed at affording developers access to test the new version of QuickTime broadly, it was also reported that QuickTime system preference panel has been updated to completely omit the registration pane -- a sign that the change may be permanent."

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Appleinsider

    Clearly the superior reporters

    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/02/10/snowleopardsquicktimemaypackprofeaturesatno_cost.html

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Re: @testudo

    Well, yes, I am the smart one, because I figured that one out all on my own, and didn't have to go to AppleInsider to get the quote.

    But, really, how smart does one have to be to be considered the 'smart one' of the MacNN boards?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    and...

    Maybe this is also an idea Apple has to try to justify the cost of Snow Leopard. Since most (if not all) changes are supposed to be 'under the hood' and about performance improvements and bug fixing, it will be a hard sell to the masses to find reasons to upgrade.

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    IT remembers popups

    Hope so. QT may not have used annoying popups for years, but the popups (that do nothing except confuse n00bs) and it's 'phone home' behaviour are what the IT department remember and make it harder for me to get QT installed at work.

    2 things IT guys hate: n00b questions and things trying to cross their firewall. Why make more work for themselves?

    Of course, all the IT guys have it because they all have iTunes. The ones under 30 anyway...

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