announced it is working with Macromedia
and several other companies to bring the QuickTime APIs (application programming interfaces) to the Windows platform.
By bringing the full feature set of QuickTime to the Windows
platform, developers will be able to create their content once
on either a Macintosh or Windows-based system, and deliver that
same content across multiple platforms without having to run
separate development efforts.
"This QuickTime development project
marks the first step in Apple's plans to move all of its core
interactive multimedia technologies--something we call the
QuickTime Media Layer--to key industry operating systems such
as Windows, OS/2, and Unix," Marco Landi,
Apple's chief operating officer, said in a prepared statement.
QuickTime currently supports video, sound, graphics, animation,
text, music, and motion picture file standards such as MPEG,
enabling these multiple media types to be synchronized and
distributed in broadcast quality.
Apple said it will begin beta testing in late fall.
Apple will collaborate with Macromedia, the Media 100 group
of Marlboro, Massachusetts-based Data Translation,
and Truevision to implement the complete set of features
of QuickTime API to work on Windows 95 and NT systems.