Related link: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/mac.html
Although I wasn’t one of the folks who purchased a new iMac G5 right before MWSF last week, I did purchase QuickTime Pro 6 not too long before Tiger came out. To my dismay (a much lesser dismay than someone who may have purchased a new iMac G5), my QT Pro 6 was nowhere to be found on Tiger. It was updated to version 7, that was that, and I was out of $30. Or so I thought; it’s amazing what annoyances will drive people to do.
Earlier today, I was trying to watch a video, but QT 7 wouldn’t put it in full screen without being upgraded to Pro. Right as my wallet almost came out of my pocket, I suddenly remembered something: why not copy QT 6 Pro off of an external drive that I had an old image of Panther on from last spring and see if it would play on Tiger?
It turns out that I was able to rename and copy it right into my Applications folder and get all of the Pro options just like old times. Under the About menu, I get this message: “QuickTime Version 7.0.3, Player Version 6.5.2″. Works for me.
One thing it doesn’t allow me to do, however, is download QuickTime movies (like movie trailers and things) from within a web browser. (I was hoping to grab a local copy of HOT HOT HOT, an amazing little gem I ran across earlier today. I’ll leave it at that.) But in the end I still salvaged $20 or so of my initial $30, and that’s better than nothing. I suppose I could use the external drive as a startup disk for the sole purpose of downloading QT videos, but that would be a bit much. I’d probably shell out another $30 before going to that length.
So until I desperately need something that QT 7 Pro offers that I’m not able to get with my perfectly good copy of QT 6 Pro, I think I’m going to hold off. I’m sure there are lots of great things that QT 7 Pro does that you can’t get done in QT 6 Pro, but as someone who doesn’t do much with video, I couldn’t tell you what they are and haven’t needed them yet. And heck, I wouldn’t want to risk another $30 tonight anyway — I could lose it again you know (but probably not tonight.)
Update: As a reader pointed out, it’s also possible to snag the QT internet plugin (see discussion) to get back the ability to save files locally from within the browser (with one extra step.) So that amounts to salvaging $29 of $30 in my book.
Anyone out there have any particular uses for QT 7 Pro that QT 6 Pro isn’t good enough for?