Perian Development Team: It's Time to Retire
is a free Swiss-Army-Knife utility extension for Apple’s QuickTime application, which allows you to play all kinds of media files with QuickTime that QuickTime normally wouldn’t have the ability to play. Apple was very picky in selecting the compatibility for the kinds of media files QuickTime could play and this was the reason the open-source Perian extension was created. No one likes not being able to watch the video they just got because of file restrictions.
Today the development team stepped up to the plate to announce the discontinued support for the Perian extension for QuickTime. According to the Perian development team, as they were nice enough to alert us of their plans on their Web site
, support for Perian after the final update will last only 90 days and then support for the extension will be put to rest – meaning they will no longer be pushing updates or offering customer support if you find glitches in the software.
After one last update, Perian could become public domain as the development team plans to post Perian's code publicly to allow users and developers to freely modify the code for the extension to keep the extension alive for future versions of Mac OS X. The development team cannot promise support for OS X Mountain Lion, however the extension already works with Mac OS X Lion as of late. The team recommends that Mac users start switching to alternatives such as VLC Player or MPlayer OS X to continue the support of non-QuickTime supported file formats on future versions of Mac OS X that Perian will no longer run on.
A Perian user myself, the extension was a wonderful addition to Mac OS X, as it created a seamless integration of all kinds of file formats right into the QuickTime application without the need to open other kinds of media-playing applications to play them. The integration of the file formats is so smooth that you might think Apple programmed it. Unfortunately, a large audience will miss Perian. We can only cross our fingers and hope it continues to work in OS X Mountain Lion.