Where Did The Name "QuickTime" Come From?

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  1. LJ94 macrumors newbie

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    Just a thought - does anybody know why QuickTime was named "QuickTime" in the first place? I know there was the old QuickDraw technology pre-OS X, but what does "QuickTime" have to do with audio/video?
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    QuickTime actually preceded QuickDraw and QuickDraw 3D, so they likely derived their names from QuickTime. It's a good question regarding the genesis of the name, but I simply remember installing it way back on my Mac LC. I believe I started with v.2.0 or something close to that, and possibly 1.0 on my Mac SE but can't say I was too version conscious in those days (I was only 10).

    I would tend to think that the name has something to do with Hypercard as that was the original multimedia application that started introducing sound, video, transitions and images all into a package (if anything PowerPoint owes due respect to Hypercard). Looking at HyperCards wiki, it looks like Quicktime did develop using Hypercard or may have began development for making Hypercard more video versatile.
     
  3. jdelgado macrumors regular

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    Actually, I think is the other way. QuickDraw preceded QuickTime. I remember using QD with one of the original Macs (ca. 1986-87). QuickTime showed up later ... I do not remember exactly, but I think I first used it with a IIci.

    Regarding the name, I guess was selected as prefix for other technologies, the same way "i" is used now.
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Yeah I think you're right.
     
  5. jdelgado macrumors regular

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    Forgot to take a shot to the question of the OP. My guess is that on one hand QD is concerned with drawings (lines, regions, points) whereas QT is about time-dependent objects (animations), thus the name QuickTime.
     
  6. twisted337 macrumors newbie

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    Hey Gimme,could you please pm me?I have a question I need to ask you about System Preferences.TY!
     
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    That is correct.

    QuickDraw was done for the Lisa in the early 1980s. QuickTime came out somewhere around 1990.

    QuickTime's name was a nod to QuickDraw.
     
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    You can ask here too if you want. We're all friends here.
     
  9. Michael.Hill macrumors newbie

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    It was Steve Jobs' nickname given to him by his wife after they had sex :D
     
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    And now you are expanding. Lots of thread to find, I am sure.
     
  11. Michael.Hill macrumors newbie

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    it was a joke dude, calm down.
     
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    I am calm as a history of eastern violent promises, I just hail idiocracy.
     
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    The story that I heard back in the 90s is that by compressing the video, you could "quicken" the "time" taken to download them. It's clearly also influenced by QuickDraw but I suspect that there's some truth to the "download time" story too.
     
  14. aeaglex07 macrumors 6502

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    exactly.. this was back in the days of slow dial up modems. they were competing with Real Player among others but it didn't matter which codec you used, it was all slow.

    thankfully those days are over. :D
     

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