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Perian plug-in for QuickTime to be discontinued

The popular Perian plug-in for extended media support will be discontinued, though several alternatives will remain available.

By May 14, 2012


Four free apps to give your new Mac a little boost

Apple has announced its annual Back to School promotion, which includes an online rebate for $199 toward the purchase of an iPod Touch. But, though your new Mac is great out of the box, here are a few free applications you might want to add right away.

By May 25, 2010


QuickTime 7.5.5: H.264 playback stutters

Many QuickTime users use the H.264 codec to encode content, but under QuickTime 7.5.5, some users are experiencing stuttering upon playback of encoded video.

By October 16, 2008


VLC update fixes MP4 security bug

The popular media player VLC has been updated to address a potential security flaw.

By April 13, 2011


Twitter's strange Discovery engine

commentary The top story in my Discover tab recently was about bark beetles. I have to believe that Twitter's Discovery engine has mistaken me for another user.

By May 15, 2012


VLC Media Player 1.1 release candidate 1 available

The VideoLAN organization has released a new build of VLC Media Player for OS X. The version 1.1.0-rc of the player has been updated with numerous changes and fixes, including a major reworking of the VLCKit framework, CoreText-based text renderer for subtitles, and support for new codecs and enhanced features of current codecs.

By May 27, 2010


Odds and Ends: Essential video codec packs for OS X

While most videos use common and open standards such as H.264 that are readily viewable, others may be more obscure and will require you to install a special codec to view them.

By February 5, 2010


QuickTime 7.2 Special Report: Problems with AVI files -- fix

QuickTime 7.2 Special Report: Problems with AVI files -- fix

By July 19, 2007


Applications stop launching by opening a file

There may be a situation in Snow Leopard where opening a file either in the Finder or in the Dock will not open them in the default application. The application may launch and then become unresponsive without loading the application.

By October 6, 2009


MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature from MacFixIt where our editors answer questions e-mailed to us by our readers.

By February 4, 2010