QuickTime Player improved with QT7, but there are still plenty of lingering problems.
Generally, I’d use the new iTunes look instead of brushed metal. Clickable side margins might be useful, but there is a lot of space at the bottom of movie windows that can be used to move them.
The status area would use the subtle gradient seen in iTunes 6 and adopt a few of the behaviors used there:
- Annotations (except the title, which is always displayed in the window titlebar) would be displayed above the playback scrubber, rotating through (automatically or when clicked) the director, composer, writer, etc. Performers would have to be displayed one at a time.
- Clicking the enclosed triangle widget at the left of the status area would toggle the display of the level meters that are currently displayed at the right of the playback scrubber.
The Movie Info Window
Here is the current Movie Info window:
It’s as though the top and bottom sections of the Movie Info window were designed by different people.
Here is my design:
My Info window clearly labels movie annotations and allows the sections to be hidden by clicking on the header section or rearranged by dragging the handle at the right edge.
Not all of the movie annotations are available through the Properties window. Instead, you have to use Automator or another tool to access things like Director and Performers.