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31 October, 2007

Windows users never impressed with anything Apple does

Quick LookWhile talking to a pro-Windows user who hates Apple very much (he denies so), he kindly points out to me that Quick Look is nothing new, as Windows had it since Windows 98. I think it is a great opportunity to demonstrate the power of Quick View. Simply click the embeded Quick Time movie above (encoded in H.264, 6 sec, 188.7KB).

The above short clip demonstrates how Quick View works, as mentioned in this previous blog entry. All you have to do is 1) select the file, 2) hit the spacebar, and it comes out nicely. Quick View works with most documents, and not just showing the first page, it also allowing viewing of subsequent pages, as well as playing movies etc, and can also be viewed in full screen. The best part is that... much much faster than launching the associated application.

What did he tell me? Well, it was clearly nothing new, because you can preview a document in Windows Explorer in Windows 98. Thanks to Parallels Desktop for Mac I bought, I can verify what he said.

From the screenshot below, you can see the the content of a .bmp (quickly created by Paint) was shown in a tiny area. Nevertheless, it provides 'preview'.
win98_preview2.jpg

And, please note there's no tiny preview for a basic plain text document, created by Notepad.
win98_preview.jpg
That was what he compares to, a tiny view window, not even able to display simple text content. This kind of 'preview' has been available on Finder long ago.

Apple is able to constantly improving technology. Apple never claimed that they invented all technologies, but they are able to combine them nicely, in a beautiful way and still improving productivity. Mac OS X Leopard combines all modern technologies and taking the computing experience into a giant next level.

In this Windows supporter's words, Microsoft invented the 'preview', and Apple's Quick Look was merely an improvement over it.

H.264QuickTime 7The video clip is encoded with state-of-the-art video codec H.264, which delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rate. QuickTime Player 7 (free) is recommended for watching the video.

Posted by Antony on 31 October 2007 4:41 PM | all things Mac

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well, its the same concept. Same technology. Same same same. Mac claimed that they built everything (which they don't : Mac OS, Mouse and GUI technology was aqquired from Xerox, Microsoft developed Microsoft Surface technology since 2000, Apple came up with Multi-touch claiming its theirs wtf!) Apple always say "Revolutionary" ,it is , it is very innovative but its old stuff reused
Posted by corekasto on 24 September 2008 10:17 PM.
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