A tale of two QuickTimes

“Among the casualties of the impending transition to 64-bit apps is one long-lasting oddity: QuickTime 7 Pro,” Dan Moren writes for Six Colors. “What makes this app so unusual are a few factors. For one thing, it’s one of Apple’s own apps. For another, it was first released in 2005, making it almost 13 years old, though it hasn’t seen an update in about 8 years.”

“But despite its age and the fact that the writing was on the wall for QuickTime 7,” Moren writes, “news that it wouldn’t see an update when macOS makes the jump to all-64-bit-all-the-time sparked some cries of frustration from users, including both myself and Jason [Snell], who have carved out a place in their workflows—and their hearts—for this little anachronism.”

Moren writes, “The biggest reason that people are up in arms about the death of QuickTime 7 Pro is that its successor, QuickTime Player X, never quite filled its shoes when it came to features.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Would that QuickTime X gets some of QuickTime 7 Pro’s features before expiring into the 32-bit ether.

Interns: TTK! Prost, everyone!

How to find which apps on your Mac are 32-bit – April 13, 2018
Mac users will start getting 32-bit app warnings today – April 12, 2018
Apple: High Sierra will be last macOS release to support 32-bit apps ‘without compromise’ – June 29, 2017


    1. I’d be willing to bet supporting that PC product was one reason why it was killed. Having something that allows “Flash” levels of interactivity on a PC platform is just asking to be the vector of a malware attack, and some QuickTime based ads did just that.

      Adobe’s stopped supporting QuickTime since Apple won’t fix the security vulnerabilities in the PC software, so they’re looking for alternatives on that side.

  1. I still use QTP7 regularly to make movies out of a numbered list of images (usually visualistation of simulation images), I’m not sure what I’ll do once it stops working (not sure I like the command line alternatives), probably wlll have to keep a copy of Sierra or eariler running on an old computer.

    QTP7 is a throwback to the golden age of Apple – amazing power hidden behind a user friendly interface

  2. “The biggest reason that people are up in arms about the death of QuickTime 7 Pro is that its successor, QuickTime Player X, never quite filled its shoes when it came to features.”

    Apple meta since Jobs died.

  3. I will bet that 90% of the whining commenters never bothered to spend a minute writing to Apple to voice their concerns about this indispensable product. I don’t like Apple’s shitty decisions and inaction, but maybe they would be different if their biggest fans didn’t love to squeal to eachother on forums that no one at Apple bothers to read and instead put in an ounce of effort to make a differece.

    Despite their faults I have more respect for Apple management for simply not giving a damn what people say and going their own way. Creating a simply and effective program like Quicktime 7 is portrayed as being should be a piece of cake for all of the “Pros” out there who swear that Mac Pros that aren’t user upgradeable are “toys”. It would be a veritable gold mine given all the huge demand there apparently still is.

  4. Writing to Apple about anything relating to computers is a complete waste of time. For example:

    1. Mac Mini
    2. Mac Pro (2019 release date and when was the last one?)
    3. OSX releases (flaky as all get out)

    Two things happened in the last eight or nine years and it was a tale of two Steves. Steve Jobs died and Steve Ballmer was replaced and boy does it show with the respective operating systems.

    I’m not saying that Windows is better than OSX at the moment but Apple needs to more than provide us with more than soothing words or shibboleths. The latter word only works with the most diehard fanboy and I’m long past that stage.

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