Internet multimedia has just become a little richer with the release of Apple Computer's QuickTime version 2.5 for the Macintosh--with the Windows equivalent expected to follow soon.
The latest version of Apple's media framework introduces the ability for Power Macintosh users to play back MIDI files at CD sound quality, along with a new graphic importer component which allows any QuickTime-aware application to import a range of file formats, including Silicon Graphics and Photoshop.
For the first time, there is also a QuickTime control panel, which governs output to external MIDI devices and can be used to switch on or off the new AutoPlay feature for audio CDs and CD-ROMs.
The high-quality MIDI support will be a boon to users of Netscape 3.0, which comes bundled with a QuickTime plug-in and can thus play MIDI files embedded in Web pages as the pages are viewed. A separate set of components allowing Netscape to be used as an online QuickTime VR viewer is also available for download and QuickTime itself now offers editable track for 3D objects.
Support for MPEG movie playback is promised within four weeks and the ability to directly edit MPEG will be part of QuickTime 3.0 later this year.