Monday, November 30, 2009
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM
Picasa is a truly superb program for digital photo management, and the fact that it's free makes it even better. I'm using it more and more now that I've added Facebook and Smugmug functionality into the program, but I noticed something odd when I installed it on a Windows 7 system: it refuses to recognize any sort of MPEG4/h.264 videos unless Quicktime is installed. This made sense on a Windows Vista computer, where native support for those file types was lacking, but Windows 7 has superb support for MPEG, h.264, Divx, and Xvid video files. So why would Picasa require Quicktime to be installed in order to support playback of these files? I don't know enough about how the MPEG4 codecs are implemented in Windows 7, but I'd be very surprised if there was no way for third-party applications to take advantage of them. So come on Picasa, make the most of what Windows 7 has to offer and free users from having to install the always-in-need-of-an-update Quicktime. Please?