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]
Disable Caps Lock
If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.
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