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Perian's Type Installer (was PerianAddFile) patches QuickTime Player's Info.plist file to automatically handle Perian filetypes and give them appropriate icons.

What's New

Version 2.4.3_TigerFixed:
  • Added srt "document" icon*
  • Now if QuickTime Player was not running before the launch of Perian's Type Installer, on quit, it will be closed.
  • Recompiled for Tiger support
*I know that srt files can't be opened directly with QuickTime Player, however I think that these files should have a nice icon too.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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FDeuce Member IconReview+4
FDeuce
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For a Mac flat out doesnt get any Better....a Must have Perian & VLC player or unbeatable

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Version 2.4.3_TigerFixed
Markus-Schaller Member IconComment+8
Markus-Schaller
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Does this work on Snow Leopard?

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Version 2.4.3_TigerFixed
dorkypants Member IconComment+118
dorkypants
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Installer runs but fails with dialog saying:

cp: /Applications/QuickTime Player.app/Contents/Resources/ac3.icns: Permission denied (1)

My everyday login is a non-admin account. Tiger 10.4.11 MacBook.

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Version 2.4.3_TigerFixed
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Try with the Administrator account (the first created after os x installation to be clear). So the patch should be applied only once (and after every QuickTime Player update).
I'll try to fix this behaviour but in the meantime try as I said and please report if it works :)

logamberat
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it does work when you signing in as administrator.

thanks! excellent stuffs :)

Dom21 Member IconComment+58
Dom21
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Does this add any functionality to QT Pro? Should I install Perian if I have QT Pro?
Thanks (OSX 4.11).

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Version 2.4.3_TigerFixed
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Not it doesn't add any functionality to Quicktime Player. This little app adds only icons for the filetypes for wich is necessary perian to play with QT (this is done patching Info.plist of QuickTime Player.app).
Since Perian adds only support for decoding formats, I've decided to give these files a nice icon, instead of the default blank one.
If you don't use QuickTime Player and/or Perian to watch your movies, you don't need this app.

LeopoldBloom
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It's not really clear what you're asking. Like the developer said, Perian's Type Installer doesn't add any functionality to QT. But, if you're using QT (including Pro), Perian _does_ add functionality. QT Pro has many more options for converting, exporting, etc. than the regular version, but it still suffers from the same codec limitations. Perian solves this for you by adding a large variety of codecs to QT's library, making it a VLC-like media player that will handle just about any file format or codec you throw at it.

Perian's type installer simply allows your computer to recognize file types that QT doesn't support by default as QT files. For example, if you have an MKV file and it's set to open with QT (which will play it with Perian installed), it will still be described as a UNIX Executable file in the Finder because it's not a supported format by default. Perian's Type Installer causes files like this to be properly recognized and labelled as QT files.

Dom21
+0

Thank you Leopold and Dev, that clears it up :)

Springheelmac
+2

HOWEVER, if you do not have PERIAN, install that. That DOES add functionality to Quicktime Pro.

dorkypants Member IconComment+118
dorkypants
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installer crashes (MacBook 10.4.11 with all Apple System Updates installed).

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Version 2.4.3
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Hi, I may expect this, unfortunately I don't have 10.4u sdk installed in my mac.
I'm searching some friend of mine who can compile this script for Tiger too and maybe in a few times I'll post a compatible version. Apologize for that incovenient.

filmgirl Member IconComment+1
filmgirl
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Well, it adds the "type" icon but on my Intel MB running 10.5.1 it still doesn't play MKV

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Version 2.4.2
neonblue2
+2

What do you expect? This isn't Perian.

filmgirl
+0

Well, since I do have Perian installed - I thought perhaps this would work. As it stands, MKV plays sans audio in QT. If the problem is that the Perian plugin isn't compatible with MKV, then why is this add-on changing the icon type? It becomes confusing because I was under the impression this was released by people affiliated with Perian - if it's just some dude's custom Apple Script, that should be more clear.

neonblue2
+1

It adds QuickTime style icons for formats that QuickTime doesn't support natively. No extra file formats will be playable they'll just look better.

RunAway (Developer)
+2

Hi, my script adds only icons and file associations via Info.plist patching.
It adds icons for filetypes listed here: http://perian.org/#detail and MKV is included.

ChuckK Member IconComment+35
ChuckK
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Has the incompatibility issue Toast (Titanium 8) been resolved yet?

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Version 2.4.2
RunAway (Developer)
+2

Uhm what incompatibility? My script modifies only Info.plist file inside QuickTime Player.app bundle and places some files (the icons) into Resources folder. I don'think this can interfering with Toast

tollie Member IconComment-1
tollie
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@developer: how difficult would it be to make these file types (eg. FLV) show up as Movies in Spotlight, etc, instead of as Documents? Thanks.

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Version 2.4.1
hugelshofer
+1

this is not the Perian developer page !!

this apple script does just cosmetic changes.

please head over to Perian
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22923/perian

dorkypants Member IconComment+118
dorkypants
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Doesn't work on my Tiger 10.4.11 system:

sh: line 1: /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy: No such file or directory (127)

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Version 2.4.1
RunAway (Developer)
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Should be fixed :)

jrrjrr
+0

Re-downloaded 2.4.1. Still getting the script error.

RunAway (Developer)
+0

Sorry, I meant "should be fixed with 2.4.2" (as soon as MacUpdate update the page with new version.

jrrjrr
+0

Yes, fixed in 2.4.2. Thank you!

Alex-B Member IconComment+2
Alex-B
+0

The hints are great. Now can the developer please update this app to work properly?

Thanks

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Version 2.3
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Date 04 Mar 2009
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