Why the hell isn’t QuickTime X Complete?

I am a heavy user of QuickTime Pro. I use it daily to record and produce audio content. When Snow Leopard’s QuickTime X was announced, I was thrilled by its pure sexiness. I couldn’t wait until I got my filthy paws on the new interface and screencasting features. Sadly, when Snow Leopard hit, I was incredibly disappointed in QuickTime X.

In fairness, they did move some pro features to the main branch. You can now export AppleTV and iPod versions of your video without paying a single dime extra. Unfortunately, there is no QuickTime X Pro. I can’t export my audio as an AIFF file in QuickTime X. I am forced to use the ancient QuickTime 7 to export audio. In fact, QuickTime X doesn’t even exist on the Windows platform. Those poor saps are stuck in the same boat as I am.

This raises the question: Why did Apple half-ass QuickTime X? Why haven’t they addressed the substantial hole they have created? It is unclear to me and everyone else I know. “Use the old version” is just simply not an answer. Apple pulled the same nonsense with iMovie ’08. “Yeah, it is kind of broken, but you can still use the old version.” That was pretty much the only explanation or response Apple gave us at all for why they are releasing broken software. This is unacceptable, and we need to let them know. Complaints, lack of financial support, and support of competing software are the only ways we can get it across to Apple that we won’t take their tomfoolery lightly.

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Grant is a writer from Delaware. In his spare time, Grant maintains a personal blog, hosts The Weekly Roar, hosts Quadcast, and writes for video games.