Apple has finally let a preview release of its QuickTime 3.0 media software out on the Internet.
QuickTime 3.0 is a landmark release for Apple, because it brings almost the same feature set - including editing and authoring ability - to Windows as those enjoyed by MacOS users. It also adds support for AVI files and a cluster of other digital media formats and brings QuickDraw 3D to Windows for the first time.
The preview, version 3.0b2 for MacOS, Windows 95 and Windows NT, expires on January 6, suggesting that the release version will be announced on that day at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The software will also be the centrepiece of MacOS 8.1, which is due at the same time. Apple officials have indicated that some extra components will be added by that time, but have not said which ones.
Apple has created a developer Website with links to news and samples at http://quicktime.apple.com/preview/ .
The Mac OS installer includes QuickTime, QuickTime VR, Sound Manager, the QuickTime Plug-in, MoviePlayer, and the QuickTime MPEG Extension (PowerPC-based Mac OS only).
The Windows 95/NT installer includes QuickTime, QuickTime VR, QuickDraw 3D, Sound Manager, the QuickTime Plug-in, and MoviePlayer.