Update on the Java/QuickTime/Flash Discussions
We've had some lively discussions about the relative advantages & disadvatages of Java Viewers, the QuickTime Player and Flash Viewers and I wanted to share something I suspected and confirmed.
I just got a new computer, Compaq Presario with an AMD Athlon 64 3500, 512MB RAM (I already added another Gig), 200GB HardDrive, DVD Burner with Windows XP Home and the usual accoutrements.
When I went into the Control Panel to start uninstalling the junk software, there was the Java "Coffee Cup" icon, already installed. Version 1.5
And not far from it, the QuickTime "Q" icon. Version 6.5 is pre-installed, too.
My preference for a Java viewer as my primary viewer has been the larger number of installations compared to the QT player. If other computer manufacturers are doing the same, this could soon put QuickTime on a near even footing with Java as far as number of Windows PC installations.
I'm liking the "2 viewer" method one of the big hotel virtual tour providers is using better & better; a good sized Java PTViewer image for the initial "quick look" and a Full-Screen QuickTime image for a more dramatic display.
Does anybody know how to tell if Flash is installed on a computer before I get this thing connected to the 'Net and all sorts of automatic upgrades start happening?