QuickTime 4 Preview with Open Source & Final Cut -- Sporting enhanced features and a radically revised brushed-metal facade, a public preview of Apple's QuickTime 4 has appeared, along with the completed version of Apple's $1,000 video editing application Final Cut Pro. QuickTime 4's main attraction is its capability to stream live video and audio over the Internet, but it also features an improved suite of readable file formats, including Macromedia Flash and MPEG-1 layer 3 (MP3) data. Apple also announced a new open source project, Darwin Streaming Server, intended to let third-party developers create media servers for QuickTime content. The QuickTime 4 preview is available for Macintosh and Windows 95/98/NT; on the Mac, it requires System 7.1 and a 68020 processor or better with at least 8 MB of RAM, although many features are available only for PowerPC-based systems. The preview release uses a 375K installer which then downloads additional components based on your choice of QuickTime functionality (Basic Playback, Deluxe Playback, QuickTime Authoring, or a custom set). Completed installations weigh in anywhere between 5 MB and 15 MB. [JLC]
Adding Links in Snow Leopard's Mail
Apple Mail in Snow Leopard now has a Command-key shortcut for adding a link to an email.
If you use plain-text email, this will not be helpful at all, but if you send styled email, it's a nice shortcut for adding URLs to your email messages. Simply select the word(s) you want to make into a link, press Command-K, and enter the URL to build into the link.
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