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Friends of Time to Mark 10th Anniversary of QuickTime

QuickTime 1.0 was completed December 2, 1991 By DMN Staff Writer
A nonprofit volunteer organization called Friends of Time has been formed as the 10th anniversary of QuickTime approaches, with the aim of "securing the place of QuickTime in technology history."

The group plans an invitation-only party in San Francisco on December 1, with proceeds earmarked to raise funds for a permanent QuickTime museum exhibit. A website,, also has been launched as the permanent online home of QuickTime and will serve as a resource for its history, imagery, and an anchor point for the extended QuickTime family.

It was in 1991 that a group of visionaries at Apple Computer imagined the personal computer as an entertainment and content device at a time when most people were trying to figure out why anyone would want a personal computer in the first place.

They developed QuickTime, a video and animation system that swiftly became the de facto standard throughout the world for creating and consuming digital video. Work on QuickTime 1.0 was completed on December 2, 1991, with a product launch at MacWorld/San Francisco in January 1992.

In an age where "ground-breaking" technologies are forgotten in months, QuickTime still remains at the center of the digital world. Proof of its durability is the incorporation of part of QuickTime's core technology in the new MPEG-4 standard, which will shape professional and consumer digital media for years to come.

People in the QuickTime "family" went on to play central roles as innovators and executives in technology companies such as Microsoft, Palm and Exodus Communications. Artists such as Peter Gabriel, Michael Penn and The Residents, and creative users throughout the world discovered the artistic freedom afforded them by QuickTime and pioneered the multimedia experiences that are taken for granted today in television, motion pictures, CD-ROMs and DVDs.

The Founders of Friends of Time include the following: Jim Batson, Chris Flick, Peter Hoddie, Austin Miller, Carlos Montalvo, Kirk Shorte, Mitchell Weinstock, and Charles Wiltgen.

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