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APPLE UPGRADES QUICKTIME MULTIMEDIA ARCHITECTURE

 CUPERTINO, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ --
 Product Description
 The latest upgrade to Apple's QuickTime multimedia architecture software, version 1.6, is designed to improve performance, and the use of sound and graphics.
 QuickTime 1.6, an extension to System 7, contains all the features of previous versions of QuickTime, including the ability to cut, copy, and paste dynamic data, such as video, sound and animation with the same ease-of-use the Macintosh has always provided with graphics and text. The features of QuickTime 1.6 will be implemented on the Macintosh platform first, and later on Windows and UNIX platforms.
 The new upgrade includes Sound Manager 3.0, an enhanced version of system software for recording and playing digital sound on Macintosh computers.
 Significance
 Apple believes the new upgrade will enhance customers' use of dynamic data types by significantly improving performance, sound and graphics support.
 Performance: With QuickTime 1.6, movies play back more than 10 percent faster than QuickTime 1.5 movies, giving customers smoother and better movie playback.
 Sound Manager 3.0: The new Sound Manager provides customers using third-party sound cards with the ability to input and play back CD-quality 16-bit sound from QuickTime movies. Apple intends for the Sound Manager 3.0 to be licensed to and distributed by third-party hardware and software developers, who need or have products that can benefit from high-quality sound. In addition to support for high- quality sound, customers will be able to import sound from CD sources directly into QuickTime 1.6 movies.
 Graphics support: By supporting Apple's color-matching technology, ColorSync, QuickTime 1.6 will ensure that colors in a movie played on one color monitor will be the same when played on any other color monitor. QuickTime will support the full range of colors, from 1-bit black and white to 32-bit color, allowing customers to play QuickTime movies on a wider range of Apple computers, including the 4-bit gray-scale PowerBook and Duo computers. In addition, QuickTime 1.6 will enhance the text-track feature introduced in QuickTime 1.5 by supporting smoothed, TrueType text. This enhancement means that when a QuickTime movie that includes text is re-sized, jagged edges of the text will smooth out.
 Memory requirements: Finally, QuickTime 1.6 will require almost 90 percent less memory than QuickTime 1.5 when installed, giving Macintosh customers with entry-level machines more flexibility when installing QuickTime.
 Availability
 QuickTime 1.6 will be available in May 1993. Apple plans to bundle QuickTime 1.6 into the System 7.1 upgrade kit and with all new Macintosh computers. In addition, Apple plans to distribute QuickTime 1.6 through a variety of bulletin boards and user groups. QuickTime 1.6 will also be available with many Macintosh third-party applications. Customers can call 1-800-769-2775 ext. 6596 to get QuickTime 1.6 shipped directly from Apple for a U.S. $10 shipping and handling fee.
 Pricing
 Bulletin boards, user groups and resellers may charge a nominal fee for materials, labor, and connect time. Apple also offers developer licensing programs. Pricing for these programs may vary.
 System Requirements
 QuickTime runs on Macintosh computers equipped with a 68020 processor or better, 4MB of memory, and versions 6.0.7 or later of the Macintosh operating system.
 NOTE: Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. QuickTime, Sound Manager, ColorSync, TrueType, QuickTime for Windows, System 7.1, PowerBook, and Duo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Marcella Wucher of Apple Computer, 408-862-3364, or Brooke Cohan of Stirling & Cohan, 415-513-0973, for Apple Computer/


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