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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files Apps
Until I tried it, I didn't know that you could open text files with QuickTime Player and watch the whole thing fly by -- very cool. You can use all the menu items, too -- View » Enter Full Screenange, change to another size, etc. For more control, choose Window » Show A/V Controls (Command-K), then use the Playback Speed slider to adjust how quickly the text goes by.

[robg adds: This works in both 10.4 and 10.5. It was noted in a comment by Kirk M. to this hint, but I think it's worth running as a free-standing hint. The text scales perfectly as you resize the window, and each paragraph is one 'slide' in QuickTime Player. I couldn't get some text files to open, but most worked just fine.]
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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: jonesmac on Jan 08, '08 08:02:16AM

There has to be more to this than just File->Open File...

What kind of text files work?



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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: encro on Jan 08, '08 09:37:35AM

I think it will only read a standard text file but it also relies heavily on the extension sadly for determining what it can open.

In Testing:
.txt will work
.rtf doesn't
.html doesn't
.textClipping doesn't


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Steve



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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: mcmikemn on Jan 08, '08 08:43:10AM

Does this have anything to do with closed-captioning functionality?



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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: mbordas on Jan 08, '08 08:45:28AM

Quicktime has support for text tracks for a very long time. I think you could do this as far back as version 2 or 3 (back in the 'ol Mac OS 7 days)



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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: onefoot17 on Jan 08, '08 08:54:13AM

veerrry interesting. it also seems to work with some PDF files i tested. is it maybe because of QuickLook is so integrated with the system and the programs can all access some underlying structure?



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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 08, '08 10:48:49PM

I tried it first with a PDF, and I saw rendered views of whole pages. Going from page to page was not predicable. Interesting, but useless.

Then I dropped a text file on it, one that was a list of 11 things I love about my wife. It had 2 lines of white space after each list item. They played on the screen, white text on black, about 1.5 seconds per item, and ~ a half second between 'em. Cool. I found I could cut & paste [I'm using QuickTime Pro, if that makes a difference] and rearrange them just as if I was working with a video or audio clip. Cool.

Yep, I believe QT has been able to do this since way, way back, but I never actually tried this very thing.

BTW, the only way I tried it was dropping files onto a QT icon that I keep in Finder's toolbar.



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Been there since at least 2.0
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 08, '08 09:21:20AM

As others have noted, this has been a feature of QuickTime since at least version 2.0, when the ability to read subtitle files was added.



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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: Kip on Jan 08, '08 11:24:01AM

I wonder what controls the timing, because I opened a simple text file with 19 lines and QuickTime Player showed each line for about 2 seconds each or 38 seconds total. But running /usr/share/doc/bash/bash.pdf through the player resulted in the 64 pages running by in 8 seconds total.



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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: merlyn on Jan 08, '08 12:24:22PM
Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: patniemeyer on Jan 08, '08 07:44:37PM
As my friend Brian just pointed out, there is documentation on how to control the timing, fonts, etc. using {} markup here:

http://www.apple.com/quicktime/tutorials/texttracks.html


Pat

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Use QuickTime Player to 'watch' text files
Authored by: rpaege on Jan 09, '08 10:56:14AM

Also works with PDF files.



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