Picking a bone with QuickTime

by Francois Joseph de Kermadec

Yesterday, just about everybody in the industry received a press release from the very nice people of Bare Bones Software regarding a new AppleScript of theirs. Yes, an AppleScript, you read well. What does this script do? Attempt to solve one of the largest pains for web developers related to embedding rich content to a page.


2006-06-01 10:59:09
How about this bone...If you are using Linux/*BSD/Solaris, the Quicktime download page gives the following message, "We cannot detect your computer's operating system (most likely because you have JavaScript disabled). Please select your download from the choices below..."

At least they can honest about their lack of support for other OSs...There are LOTS of folks around the world using Linux. Just wait until Chinese government fully dumps MS.
2006-06-01 11:00:32

I am painfully aware of the fact QuickTime does not Linux like. I guess however this blog entry might not be the best way for your feedback to be heard by the people in charge of such decisions at Apple.


2006-06-01 16:12:01
Shouldn't the title be : "Picking a Bone with QuickTime"? It's clear after reading the article the "bone" in the title was meant as a reference to BareBones, but just looking at the title on MacSurfer it appeared that this article would be about some problems you were having with QuickTime.
2006-06-02 03:25:51

That is indeed an option!


Ron Northrip
2006-06-02 05:16:13
Actually, you need to pick a bone with Microsoft for their lack of support for standards. IMHO if they had just stuck with EMBED they probalby could have avoided most of the headaches they have today.

For those of you not using BBEdit, you could try IEWebFix -- which scans your entire website for offending code and extracts it into an external JavaScript files that adheres to Microsoft's approved method for resolving this issue.

Download at http://www.rnsoft.com/en/products/iewebfix
Ron Northrip
2006-06-02 05:18:11
Also, for all you do-it-yourselfers, there is a nice tutorial on how to fix it manually at
David Battino
2006-06-06 10:21:13
We discuss a similar technique for embedding audio files in “Build a Better Web Audio Player.” I have also used the script to embed QuickTime, but given the success of YouTube and Google Video, it seems like Web video is switching to Flash. In fact, I developed the Better Web Audio Player for a client who refused to install QuickTime.