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NEWS DECEMBER 7 , 2000
Apple Releases QuickTime 5 Preview 2
New version supports skins, AppleScript

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]et.com

Apple has released the second version of its QuickTime 5 Public Preview, this time adding in support for customized skins and AppleScript, as well as compatibility with Windows. As of this writing (9:40 a.m. PST), the download site was not working properly. The error is expected to be fixed today.

For those who have not yet used QuickTime 5, it adds a number of features not found in previous versions, including:

  • A new interface.
  • "Skip" Protection, which did not seem to be working in the first Public Preview. We haven't had a chance to test the second version yet.
  • Flash 4 support.
  • Cubic VR support, which allows users to add tops and bottoms to their panoramas or VR objects.
  • New music synthesizer that supports DLS files and SoundFonts.
  • Enhanced AppleScript commands, including the ability to turn any QuickTime file into a self-presenting, self-closing movie.
  • MPEG-1 locally or streamed over the Internet.
  • An enhanced DV Codec for faster rendering of digital video.
  • Shoutcast support.

For more information or to download the Public Preview (when the site is fixed), visit http://www.quicktime.com.

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