April 21, 2016 Last Updated 2:37 pm

Apple makes Adobe’s life miserable with decision to kill off QuickTime for Windows

Apple has recommended that Windows users uninstall their versions of QuickTime, but some Creative Cloud applications still require the software in some cases

Apple’s decision to no longer provide security updates for its QuickTime software for Windows has a number of companies and organizations scrambling, one of which is Adobe.

Apple last week said it recommended that Windows users uninstall QuickTime. But Adobe revealed that some of its Creative Cloud software depended on QuickTime.

QT-Win“Adobe has worked extensively on removing dependencies on QuickTime in its professional video, audio and digital imaging applications,” the company said.

“Unfortunately, there are some codecs which remain dependent on QuickTime being installed on Windows, most notably Apple ProRes. We know how common this format is in many workflows, and we continue to work hard to improve this situation, but have no estimated timeframe for native decode currently.”

One Adobe employee, speaking for himself not the company, wrote online to defend his company**. “The security vulnerability is in Quicktime for Windows, not Adobe’s applications. This is a real issue for customers that rely on using Apple’s ProRes codec on Windows, but many many people are doing professional work with the AVI codec wrapper, image sequences like DPX/PNG/etc, MXF container formats, and cross platform codecs like DNxHD, etc.”

As usual, Apple has been silent about its move, and why it decided to stop updating the Windows version. Yes, QuickTime is ugly, outdated, etc. But so is iTunes, for that matter. (And let’s not once again go into the mess that is the App Store).

Still, Apple has left some Windows users in a bit of a bind, sullied its own name with some Creative Cloud users, and not done Adobe any favors.

Come to think of it, this feels like a very Apple kind of move.

** No link to the quote because I wouldn’t want to get the guy in trouble for speaking his mind, even if he was defending Adobe. These tech companies can get touchy about tech personnel speaking publicly.

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