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Mac OS X has been rewritten from the ground up, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features highlights all of the most important and user-relevant aspects of this release. Experienced instructor and lifelong Mac user Garrick Chow introduces current Mac users to the improvements in the latest OS. While not a complete overhaul of the operating system, this update does address a fair number of internal systems and external user features. Garrick explores all of these updates, including enhancements to the Finder and the Dock and a completely revamped QuickTime player. He shows the wealth of improvements to built-in applications like Safari, Preview, iChat, and Mail, and explains the updated 64-bit support within Snow Leopard.
Before we wrap up this chapter on the new QuickTime X Player that comes as part of Snow Leopard, I think it's worth taking a couple of minutes to talk about what's missing from this version of QuickTime as compared to the previous version, QuickTime 7. If you are a QuickTime 7 Professional user, you've probably noticed that the features of QuickTime X seem pretty sparse comparatively. Some of the capabilities missing from QuickTime X that were available in QuickTime 7 Professional were the ability to Copy, Cut, and Paste portions of the video, the ability to extract or delete video or audio tracks or overlaying tracks over each other, and the ability to export movies using the full range of QuickTime codecs.
Fortunately if you had QuickTime 7 Professional installed when you installed Snow Leopard, it's still on your Mac. It's just been moved to the Utilities folder. So if you look inside your applications folder, and look inside utilities, this is where you will find QuickTime 7. But I installed Snow Leopard on a blank hard drive, so I don't have QuickTime installed here. And it will only be installed if you choose it as a customer-install option when you installed Snow Leopard. If you do want QuickTime 7 installed on your Snow Leopard machine, you will find it on the MAC OS X install DVD, which Snow Leopard came on, under Optional Installs and if you run Optional Installs, and continue through the menus here, and here is where you will find QuickTime 7.
So you can just check that, continue through and install it. Now as I am recording this movie, this is the only way to install QuickTime 7 on your Mac running Snow Leopard. The version of QuickTime 7 you can download from Apple's website is for Leopard only and won't install on a Snow Leopard system. That could very well have changed by the time you are watching this, but at the moment, if you need to install QuickTime 7 you have to do it from the Snow Leopard installation disc, going through the Optional Installs package that I am showing you here. And you will still have to upgrade to QuickTime 7 Professional if you want all the pro features available.
So this wasn't really a movie showing you any new features, but I thought it was important for QuickTime 7 Pro users to have this information.
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