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I found this last night and have found no other mention of it online to date.

If you run Software Update, and you have updates that can be installed, here's an interesting trick. Note that you must be able to land on the screen after the 'check for updates' splash. Once you reach the screen where you can select an update, drag a QuickTime movie into the lower white portion of the software update window, where the updates' descriptions are shown. The window will play the movie inside it, as seen at right. You even get the green "drop" arrow when you drag the movie over the area. I also noticed that once playing inside, you can drag out a "clipping", just like with a regular QuickTime window.

You can also drop images inside this area, and they will display with scrollbars to allow you to view the whole image.

I discoverd this by accident last night, and right now, it does not serve any real purpose, but it is very cool, and it does seem to fortell future ideas that Apple may have about what happens at the start or finish of an update installation.

[robg adds: That's my screenshot there, and as you can (maybe) see, you get the full QuickTime controller, though you may have to resize the Software Update window to see it. I agree there's no practical purpose to this hint -- if you want to watch a movie during an update, just do it directly by switching apps -- but it is interesting.]
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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: Mike A on Nov 07, '05 05:57:00AM

Maybe Apple intends to one day be able to better explain to novice users what these updates will do. A movie or picture would often be far easier to understand than a few lines of text.

Perhaps it could show off the new features an update will give you?

Oh, and can anyone confirm, exactly which versions of OS X does this work for? Is it only 10.4.3?



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: Kool on Nov 07, '05 07:00:08AM

Just a NSTextView with the "graphics allowed" checkbox set. The "editable" checkbox is apparently selected as well, so it accepts drag. It shouldn't, but it's not a very big deal, as the view's content is never saved anyway.

I am quite surprised this gets through as a hint! It's a little bug, it doesn't even remotely qualify as a hint!



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: wkoffel on Nov 07, '05 08:23:20AM

As per my other comment, this view is not an NSTextView, but a WebView. In theory, they could have subclassed it to explicitly disallow any external content. But probably not so much a bug as an unintended feature.



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: robg on Nov 07, '05 09:14:43AM

If I think something's interesting and might be of interest to more people, I tend to run it.

In this case, I showed this little 'bug' to three or four people on iChat. All of them found it intriguing, so I felt it worth sharing.

-rob.



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: exu on Nov 07, '05 10:29:04AM

I happen to like it when such things are posted. This made my morning space out and cup of coffee that much more enjoyable. Thanks for posting this "bug".



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: Kool on Nov 08, '05 07:31:35AM

Perhaps it looks intriguing at first sight, and it some cases unintended features can make for great uses, but really, we have multitasking in OS X now. We can use QT player as usual, also when we are running an update. There is no gain in usage or usability from this hint.

It's hints like this that makes me feel less and less interested in this site. You used to have such cool tricks to do really amazing things, or that unravelled some hidden features. Apparently all of those have been discovered by now... :-) You still run some nice hints, but the frequency of silly hints unfortunately is on the increase... just my € 0,017.



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: sdunlapa on Nov 08, '05 12:36:39AM

Kool...ur...just so Kooool. But this "HINT" is even kooler!



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: Kool on Nov 08, '05 07:19:20AM

What a silly remark! "Kool" just happens to be my surname. That it also happens to have a cool factor in English is just coincidence.

Johan Kool



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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...
Authored by: PlxoGuy on Nov 09, '05 08:10:30PM

Can we take a moment and enjoy a cute little quirk here, instead of cybergeek ourselves to death. That's the reason most of us got macs, right. Try something like that on Windows and the crazy thing would probably blow up.



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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: wkoffel on Nov 07, '05 08:21:25AM

If you examine the SUAppWindow.nib file in the Software Update package contents with the developer tools, you'll see that the bottom pane of that split view is just a 'WebView'. So the fact that you can run quicktime movies in it is a side-effect of the flexible architecture they used.

You'll notice also that you can drag text files, images, etc. into that window. Probably anything you can drag-and-drop into Safari will also display in Software Update.

Gotta love the power of resuable components!



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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: infodriveway on Nov 07, '05 12:42:02PM

OMG! Try dragging a .webloc (URL clipping) into the bottom half of the window!

This is so funny...

The links do pass through to the default browser.

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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: mark hunte on Nov 07, '05 11:57:22AM

You can also do this in the Help viewer.

I like tis and think its not a bug since the components intention is to act like a web browser and see typical web content.

So now that I have found this also works in the Help Viewer, This may means people can make a 'help' article which contains video content.

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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: webmac on Nov 07, '05 02:01:00PM

The Software Update window uses WebKit - if you drag a web url in the description pane the page will be loaded.



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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: infodriveway on Nov 07, '05 02:26:38PM

Which is exactly what I said about an hour and a half earlier, and a couple of posts up.

It is very kewl!

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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: quecojones on Nov 07, '05 02:04:08PM

Well, one use I can see for it is that with this you can watch a movie (or whatever) while you wait for the update to complete instead of just sitting there waiting for it (assuming you don't have nything better to do).



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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: spfolly on Nov 07, '05 10:26:08PM

As wacky as it sounds, but if I want to play a movie when I'm waiting for software update to install, I'd use QuickTime Player.



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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: sdunlapa on Nov 08, '05 12:39:01AM

That is wacky.



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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: GenesysX on Nov 08, '05 02:28:35AM

But what if it is Quicktime that is updating. Maybe not having the player open would help a little.

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Watch movies in the Software Update window
Authored by: Kool on Nov 08, '05 07:36:21AM

Don't you think WebView uses QuickTime too?!?



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